Rockome Gardens

Educated Animals

One of the stranger attractions at Rockome Gardens were the vending machine-like displays of performing animals. A placard reassures the visitor that these animals are treated well, that they enjoy their activities and receive plenty of food and water. But one can't help but feel a bit sorry for the duck that displays such frantic, neurotic dabbling at the piano keyboard in order to be rewarded when a machine dispenses a bit of cracked corn.

When the timer clicks to an end, the light snaps off, and the frantic duck races to a metal scoop where the food has fallen.

I don't get the chance to dance with chickens often enough.

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