Science: The Happy Prisoners

People who feel sorry for animals in zoos are wasting their sympathies; zoo-bound animals seldom regret their lost life in the wild. If properly housed, fed and entertained, they often lead happier, fuller lives than the humans who come to watch them.

This is the considered conclusion of Dr. H. Hediger in a book, published in London, called Wild Animals in Captivity (Butterworth; 35 shillings). Dr. Hediger is director of the Zoological Gardens at Basle, Switzerland, but he is no mere animal-keeper. He is an ecologist,*who appreciates the psychological as well as the material needs of animals.

Wild animals in "freedom," says Dr....

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