Zoologists, studying the patterns of lions and zebras for many generations, have begun a plan of integration between the two species and it is creating a stir among zoo keepers, visitors, and the scientists who instituted the plan. Zoologists claim that it is largely a cost-savings plan and that lions have been maligned in the public mindset for far too long and captive breeding has eliminated the hunting instincts within them.
They claim absolute scientific data backing their finding that says that lions raised in captivity, particularly 2nd and 3rd generation, having no experience in hunting, that are well fed, will not attack zebras in the enclosures, saving valuable land and showing a strong responsible ethic towards saving the planet, reducing waste, and fulfilling a mandate of integration.
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Zookeepers, however, report that once the lions are placed in the zebra enclosures, they inevitably are left dealing with the aftermath: dead zebras, traumatized workers and visitors, and an ever increasing cry from the public.
In some European locales, organized demonstrations and boycotts have arisen, claiming that it is not "safe" to bring their children, who are eye witnessing the devastation of the zebra within the enclosures, by the lions.
Zoologists, certain of their scientific data, claim that zookeepers are not adequately feeding the lions, which only leaves them hungry and desperate for food, forced, in this sense, to prey upon the zebra.
In situations where the lions have been fed under the supervision of zoologists, including the measurement of food, but have still attacked zebras, the zoologists claim that the "negative energy emitting from the fear and phobia of the zoo employees" is creating an atmosphere of "violence and attack" from the lions. They claim that the protestors are actually increasing the risk to the zebra, with their "negative energy" and "refusal to protect the environment."
The zoologists point to their research, the conservation of land, and have issued a statement reinforcing their commitment to integration claiming, "we can manage this."
Behavioral experts have been brought in, who support the integration data, to assist the lions in their new environment. One such expert was recently hospitalized with an unconfirmed report of a lion attack but the surveillance video has been destroyed and the expert has declined to comment.
Zoologists have urged the public to "not add to the problem" by videotaping the integration program.
"Lions are not inherently violent", one zoologist stated, "it is the environment that causes the violence. We must stop seeing lions as predators. It is antiquated and it is morally repugnant. Behavioralists repeatedly show that lions are peaceful and tranquil creatures and should be treated as such. "
The BBC reported that "an extremely prejudicial environment" is contributing to the zebra attacks by these 3rd generation captivity lions, citing the behavioralist claim that the "nervousness, bordering on phobia" of the employees, is causing the lions to attack the zebras. In one recent headline, the editor wrote, "Zebra Hurt At Zoo; Mishandling Suspected" while another claimed "Lions At Risk of Public Demonization."
Update: French and German media have reported that they will no longer be carrying pictures of lions attacking. "Glorifying violence is not what we do" said Der Speigel in a release late last night.