Everyone always goes on about it being cruel to cage up animals for the publics amusement and, in the most part, i completely agree with them. If I were a lion I'd much rather be lazing around on the plains of the Serengetti, occassionally hunting wilderbeest and chasing lanky villagers than be cooped up in a relatively small caged area.
But i reckon some animals must be way better off locked up in a enclosure for their whole lives. Take emporer penguins for example; male emperor penguins have to spend the majority of the year huddled (like penguins) in massive groups to help stave off the -47.c cold whilst looking after an egg when the mother goes traipsing off for hundreds of miles to sea for months at a time to look for fish. Think of that freezing boredom for just one minute. It must be absolute agony! And, to compound the misery, when the mother returns the whole family has to survive on regurgitated fish until the other poor bugger has to go and make the same journey all over again. If they weren't such stupid birds they'd probably have the inclination to move closer to the sea. The whole kaboodle sounds like a pretty crappy existence if you ask me.
So, I've come to the only logical conclusion; penguins in zoos must be the envy of the whole penguin world. They get to live in warmer climes with little swimming pools to dip in, they don't have to walk hundreds of miles to the freezing sea and they get a regular supply of non-regurgitated fish to enjoy all year round and all they have to do is put on two or three shows a day for the loving paying public. If they can master riding a little bike then they probably get even better treatment. Penguins in zoos- You lucky bastards!!!
So, what other animals are better off in the safe surrounds of captivity?