Are petting zoos cruel to animals?3 min read . Updated: 01 Jul 2016, 12:41 AM IST
The question gains prominence in the light of the recent shutting down of the Tiger Temple in Thailand, where you could walk a tiger cub and click selfies
Do close interactions with the animal world make us feel more passionately about them? Do they make us want to save them or make us more proactive about their protection? On a recent trip across Australia, I was struck by how many wildlife parks and zoos offered kids and adults the experience of hugging a koala, feeding a wallaby or clicking a selfie with a kangaroo. The latest rage right now across the Aussie continent is a selfie with this delightful looking marsupial called the quokka.
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