Thursday, 29 October 2015

Madhouse diaries : Life behind bars (the circus zoo)

This week, Juliette had to go to the orthodontist's to have her braces tightened up (the orthodontist was very impressed with how much progress there's been already) so we decided to make a day of it. After walking into town, we had a quick lunch at McDonald's then went to check out the animals at the visiting circus.

I always feel really sad for animals as big and majestic as these tigers in their tiny little cages.

They seemed quite restless and agitated, possibly because there was a show about to start.

The lion seemed much more content and chilled out than the tigers !

I thought he had a seriously saggy mummy tummy until I realised he had a mane so he was a male - maybe he's just got skinny?

Pierre's favourite moment (so far) was when the tiger decied to do a huge poo. This was trumped (no pun intended !) when the elephant kept doing huge farts that made his tail waft about ! Never work with children and animals !

We headed over to see the lone elephant, sharing his space with some totally unfazed alpacas and shetland ponies !

It was slightly startling to see that there was only a piece of wire marking the edge of his enclosure - he seemed to respect it though.

As well as delivering the aforemention trumps that had the Madhouse kids giggling their heads off, the elephant delighted us all by drinking out of his water butt with his trunk.

I attempted to get a film but my camera battery died. Sophie's will be better so check out her blog, Sophie's Bilingual World, in a couple of days.

We went and stroked the horses, donkeys and zebras.

And got up very close to some camels.

This one looked very cute and docile.

But most of the others had very foamy mouths - yuck !

The big white tiger had chilled out now and was contentedly licking his paws, just like a pet cat.

The orange tiger looked as if he was sadly peering out, wanting to get out of his cage.

Even the elephant looked sad.

Unlike Pierre !

Sophie was enjoying herself taking hundreds of photos, which I've no doubt she'll be adding to her blog very soon.

On the way home, we saw loads of jellyfish in the harbour.


Nothing particularly unusual but we'd never seen them coming to the surface and sucking in air or going to the harbour walls and eating seaweed (presumably).

Life Unexpected

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. It is such a shame to see the animals in cages like that, I really feel for circus animals, they don't have a very good life at all. Amazed that the elephant only had a wire separating it from passers by, it clearly doesn't care that it's staying there. Great photos and videos (typical children, giggling at anything that comes out of a bottom!!).
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

  2. Oh no I really don't like that they're in cages. They should be free! Absolutely incredible to get to see the animals up close those! But yes, I agree they look so sad! Amazing photos and videos.Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

    1. They are just starting to have mini demonstrations (of literally about 5 people handing out flyers about animal cruelty) when the circuses come to town, but France is so far behind the UK on that front.

  3. those cages do seem small. surely they must have laws etc to make sure the amimals are well cared for?

    1. To be fair, the cages all interlock so they can walk through from one to the other and the white tigers had an outside area they could jump down to, but they're still small. I hate to think of how many hours they spend in the lorries going from place to place too :(

  4. I think I'm with everyone else here ont he cages animal thing, I wonder if it is a English thing to find it slightly strange. I had to laugh at the elephants though and their bottom talk! Well done on the orthodontic feedback, keep the braces away from the Lions, I once let mine drop into their cage as a child which did not go down so well! Thank you for sharing your day on Country Kids.

    1. LOL I'm trying to figure out how you managed to drop your braces into a lions cage ! They're glued on to teeth now so you couldn't take them out if you wanted to !