Animals: Capers

Zoogoers, like circusgoers, are not so much interested in seeing animals as in seeing animals act. Two years ago some 2,250,000 people flocked to the St. Louis Zoological Park, famed for its animal stunts, to watch two chimpanzees do battle in a boxing ring. This winter St. Louis trainers worked arduously on a new act which they hope will supplant the now-retired fighting apes.

Three 3½-year-old female elephants enter the ring, sit around a table, get three steins filled with colored water which resembles beer.* They sip their drinks, act increasingly tipsy, stagger...

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