Americana: And a Fish in a Fir Tree

Christmas shopping got you down? Too much tinsel and ticky-tacky? The Chicago area's Brookfield Zoo has the answer: give your loved ones a Siberian tiger, or perhaps a rhinoceros. Under the scheme, the zoo has put up all 2,000 of its animals for "adoption," although they stay in the park. You can make someone a "Brookfield parent," or become one yourself, by donating money to help the hard-pressed zoo keep going. Prices vary. Parental rights, of a sort, to the Siberian tiger go for $1,800 a year; the rhino costs $2,000. Says Joyce...

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