Where do I call home?

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© Donna Mullins
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An old film shot taken at the Atlanta Zoo. I have mixed feelings about zoos. I love to be able to see animals like this awesome gorilla,but at the same time,would he be better off left alone in his natural surroundings? Poachers would love it if he was. Zoos offer animals safety and food,while the "wild" offers them freedom that unfortunately allows them to be hunted down for the sake of the almighty dollar. It's a no win situation. My heart goes out to these wonderful animals .It is instilled in all wild animals to be free,but if they had a choice,and knew what was waiting for them back "home",wonder what they would do?

41 responses

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Interesting commentary Donna and oh, what an expression...They are so human!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Donna, you are so right. However, I'm inclined to believe that they're happier when free. This makes me sad.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Home is where your heart is ~ and its not where I am now, forsure. Perhaps the Gorilla feels like I do. Poor fella

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    I share your sentiments; however, since some of us can't afford to travel we do with these opportunities. A masterful capture personified in such a great 'thinking-man's' pose. Very 2001

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    I'm with you, Donna, about zoos.Nice portrait.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    I totally agree with you Donna, they are all so beautiful and really deserve to be in their own surroundings. I still think that they are probably better off there despite the poachers. Perhaps some day we will learn to live and let live??

  • Andrea Silies

    Andrea Silies gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    definately has a far away look - nice capture

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Great capture and narrative, he looks bored, unfortunately !

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    For now I am going to just say this is indeed a fabulous intelligent creature and his thoughts are from another place in time....an emotional image for sure

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    I absolutely agree with you .....they're so neat to see in the zoo, but you do wonder how much they would love to be in the wild. What a super expression you captured here!!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    I agree with you also !!! there is no place like home !!!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    I am torn also with Zoo's . Lovely Photo and great expression!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Awesome shot and well-put sentiment!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    P.S. Can you imagine the monumental boredom of these trapped animals?

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Delightful portrait! Faved!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Excellent shot Donna! I have the same mixed feelings about this. I try to avoid the zoo because it makes me so sad.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Boy... do I wish the shot was mine. Just amazing.

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solís

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solís   gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Excellent! Perfect title... He certainly seems to be thinking that...


    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    I wonder what he is thinking...

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    great 1! boredom and less than adequate space often makes them go batty...

  • JanElle

    JanElle gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    At the rate things are going the gorillas in captivity may be the only hope for the future of this remarkable species, a sad and all too common situation these days. Just an awesome portrait, Donna!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (20 Jan 2013):

    Nice portrait.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (21 Jan 2013):


  • Barbara Thurlow

    Barbara Thurlow gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    Gorgeous shot of one of my favorite cousins, Donna. I love the expression you captured.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Jan 2013):

    F A N T A S T I Q U E n t r y !

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (23 Jan 2013):

    Fully relate to your mixed feelings. This is among the best animal portraits I've seen. Outstanding work.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (23 Jan 2013):

    Amazing image. Well done

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Jan 2013):

    Love your insightful narrative! The wildlife have it tough either way...You caught the expression very well on this gorilla..

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (24 Jan 2013):

    expressive!! loved your write up too..thought provoking!

  • Jim Bennett

    Jim Bennett   gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    Very full of emotion

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte   gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    What an expression... excellent!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (26 Jan 2013):

    Beautiful pose, seems to be meditating. Very beautiful!

  • Raymond Clarke

    Raymond Clarke gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    I totally agree!

  • Raymond Clarke

    Raymond Clarke gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    Awesome capture! I agree with your comment wholeheartedly!!

  • Tannis Dyrland

    Tannis Dyrland said (14 Feb 2013):

    Great photo. Wonder what he's thinking.

  • Felicia

    Felicia gave props (19 Feb 2013):

    Great photo and I agree with your caption...

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   gave props (20 Feb 2013):

    Couldn't agree with you more. In fact, I wrote a story about that....take a look sometime. This is a great photo. I love the contemplative look of this guy.

  • George Papachristou

    George Papachristou said (21 Mar 2013):

    Great capture.

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (18 Apr 2013):

    Great capture - looks like he is deep in thought!

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (21 Sep 2014):

    Masterful capture, Donna! Love it. I am absolutely against keeping animals in the Zoos.

  • Peter Hall

    Peter Hall gave props (8 Feb 2015):

    Terrific capture, I am with you entirely about Zoo's, I shall never travel to their wild places but that is a good thing....better they are left alone.....if only humans could do that.

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