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Episode 43

The K Ohle with Kurt…

Pet-o-Philia with Doug…

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The K Ohle #43: Pet-o-Philia with Doug Benson

Doug and Kurt talk about Doug’s pets of his past, how elephants console each other, and play the second installment of Spirit Human. (And don’t forget to enjoy the constant squeak of the power meter in the room!) At the top, Kurt chats about zoos and commercials.

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9 comments

  • hahahha, I’m happy a bunch of people came here to defend zoos. I appreciate your education.

    but the joke will still work just as well if I just do it about seaworld, and not about zoos. which is really the point. THE JOKE.

  • @Jeff MacDonald

    Came here to say exactly that.

    There is a big difference between a zoo and a menagerie. A well run, well funded zoo is a sanctuary for animals. Animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated from the wild or poor treatment in captivity, endangered animals who could otherwise fall victim to poaching, etc. A zoo saves animals and protects them.

    A poorly run zoo, an underfunded zoo…those are not zoos. Those are menageries. Sea World is a menagerie. Circuses are menageries. Their only purpose is to show off exotic animals. Their only purpose is to exploit and exhibit.

    Your San Diego Zoo, your Columbus Zoo & Aquarium… those are high caliber examples of real zoos. They not only serve to educate the public, but to serve the animals themselves. Kurt’s opinion of zoos is not a realistic one.

  • Zoos are extremely different than the view that Kurt has described here. The vast majority of animals in zoos are there for rehabilitation, conservation, and scientific purposes. The point of zoos are not just to educate the public, but also to breed, rehabilitate, and study the animals that humans have decimated on the planet. Granted, there is the obvious element of entertainment gained by putting the animals on display, but pretty much every AZA accredited zoo is helping the worlds animals, not hurting them. I have interned briefly at a zoo, and know many scientists that work at zoos. SeaWorld is not a zoo.

  • Awesome episode.

    I’ve read that freezing to death from hypothermia wouldn’t necessarily be as peaceful as believed. Apparently with hypothermia die naked (known as “paradoxical undressing”) because the victim becomes irrational and sometimes blood rushes back into the extremities, causing a burning sensation.So Kurt, you might die staring back at the confused snow foxes as you strip and yell and fumble incoherently around until you curl up in a ball and die. I’ve got to admit, if I where that snow fox and I didn’t know what was truly happening, I’d think it was hilarious.