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In recognition of the up-coming U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
ZOO DIARY â€“ TURKEYâ€™S DILEMMASCENE: CITY ZOO Thanksgiving eve. The zoo denizens are upset with the zoo directorate having not been included in the Thanksgiving celebrationsOnce again, weâ€™re not included in Thanksgiving celebrationsDid you really expect to? I mean, why should they? Who are we? Merely the tools in which they make money. Thatâ€™s all - and how do they thank us? Closing the zoo for the day so we canâ€™t even expect extra treats from visitors. This is so typicallyâ€¦human
SOUND: GOBBLE-GOBBLEâ€¦ GOBBLE-GOBBLEâ€¦.
Noise? What noise? Are my stripes straight?
â€˜You are magnificentâ€¦ Those teethâ€¦those sparkling eyesâ€¦â€™ Maybe if youâ€™d get your face away from that mirror and stop admiring yourselfâ€¦ A person has to make sure that he looks good from every angle. Being the sole representative of the zebra specie in this zoo comes with a responsibility. A daily body examination is necessary to ensure that all my black stripes are evenly spaced on my perfectly white skin. â€˜Yesssss! Perfection personified!â€™ Far be it to burst your bubble, Zeebâ€¦ â€¦I am not zeeb - or zebby - or zeeby-baby. Iâ€™m a zebra. Z-E-B-R-A!RAT Gotcha Zebby-boy â€“ like I was sayinâ€™ â€“ the way that I see it, the stripe on your upper right leg doesnâ€™t wellâ€¦match the left
What?! You must be mistaken. Itâ€™s not possibleâ€¦ How could this be? I just checked it not two minutes ago and it was perfectly aligned
(MANNY, the boa constrictor slithers in)
Hey â€“ how â€˜ya doinâ€™? Manny â€“ youâ€™re out. Free. Did you eat lunch, yet? Yes Manny â€“ I do hope theyâ€™ve fed you some nourishment. I mean, itâ€™s important to keep up your strength. We donâ€™t want you slithering around hungry looking for anybody, heh-hehâ€¦ Thatâ€™s the last thing we need - being that weâ€™re your friends and all - that is to say, we donâ€™t want you to experience hunger pangsâ€¦
As I remember, I had a nibble a month ago but no in between snacks since then. Sure is quiet around here. No humans to knock on the glass of my enclosure. One day...one sweet day...someone is gonna hit hard enough to break the glass and they'll find out why my knick-name is Mr. Squeeze
NOISE: GOBBLE-GOBBLE GOBBLE-GOBBLEâ€¦
There it is again. Sounds familiar-like
(a turkey suddenly drops down from a tree) A tree chicken. How unique. I am a turkey who requires sanctuary Listen chicken sweetheartâ€¦ â€¦turkeyâ€¦I am â€“ um â€“ an endangered specie. Yes â€“ thatâ€™s it - and am declaring myself on the extinct list thus requiring sanctuary
You must be someone important judging by your extensive vocabulary. All cultured and important species have an extensive vocabulary â€“ and a beautiful body, of course (zebra looks at himself in the mirror) You handsome fool!
I am very important. In fact, I can state with absolute knowledge that I am number one on everyoneâ€™s hit list, today(slithering closer) Well I for one, believe you. You do look very appealing â€“ in an endangered species way of course
Wish we could help, turkey, but we live out in the open with nowhere to hide
I could send a protest letter to the Zoos of America if that could assist you in any way(slithering almost directly in front of TURKEY)Well turkey â€“ really feel for you, in the true sense of the word. I just happen to live inside in a huge glass enclosure that has lots of hiding places. Why donâ€™t you come back to my place and check things out? I live alone and thereâ€™s nobody to bother or see usThatâ€™s a very generous offer on your part â€“- Manny â€“TURKEYMannyAnything for a friend in need. (the two start to make their way to MANNYâ€™s place) The farmer took good care of me up until before Thanksgiving. You can see for yourself when we get back to your pit. Oh I intend to
(contâ€™d.) Did anyone ever tell you that you have a beautiful, full body. I bet under all those feathers, you have nice firm flesh
Laterâ€¦when weâ€™re aloneâ€¦theyâ€™ll be plenty of hugging to go around
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Just in case any one wants to join in...trace your hand and make a turkey! Here's mine.
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In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis put on understanding the international relations of the post-Arab uprising in the Middle East. An unprecedented combination of widespread state failure, competitive interference, and instrumentalization of sectarianism by three rival would-be regional hegemons (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran) in failing states has produced a spiral of sectarianism at the grassroots level.
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Without Islam there would be no Shakespeare. This may seem surprising or even controversial to those who imagine a "national bard" insulated from the wider world. Such an approach is typified in the words of the celebrated historian A.L. Rowse, who wrote that when it came to creatively connecting with that world, Shakespeare, the "quiet countryman," was "the least engaged writer there ever was."
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Here’s one turkey who won’t take Thanksgiving lying down. Just look at those muscles!
I missed getting a drawingÂ up last Friday due to illness (which, I think, is the only time I’ve missed due to illness this year– a pretty good record, if I do say so myself.) I plan on having a second drawing later today to get me back on schedule.
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As promised, here’s your second turkey of the day, to make up for missing one last week. And this nervous guy really wishes he wasn’t here. Poor guy, the countdown to Thanksgiving is too much for him.
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This turkey is checking to see if his crash diet was enough to save him from the dinner table. What do you think? Is he safe?
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This turkey has given up hope and is waiting for the inevitable. I hope you’re having a much better day!
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It’s Thanksgiving! (Or, it is for those of us in America.) Here we see the Turkeys who survived have much to be thankful for and are dancing with joy.
I’m told that some of my depressed turkeys from the last few days have made people feel guilty about consuming a bird during the holiday. But I hope my pen and ink sketches haven’tÂ put any seriousÂ doubtsÂ in anyone’s mind. And I hope you’re having aÂ wonderous holiday whatever youÂ do or eat.
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It’s the day after Thanksgiving! And this turkey is very happy to see it!
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It’s the final turkey of the month, and I end things as we began them: with a contented turkey with no cares in the world. See you tomorrow for December’s theme.
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By Cal Cleary Ã–zge Samanci is a multi-media artist, an assistant professor at Northwestern University, and a talented cartoonist who has hadÂ exhibitions of her work hosted all over the world. Her first graphic memoir, Dare to Disappoint, is out now from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It follows Samanci’s coming of age in Turkey. From a […]
And here’s another happy turkey!
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Here’s a rather bold turkey. This bird sees nothing but blue skiesÂ in his future.
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And here’s another happy, contented turkey. Happy Friday!
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Last week we saw nothing but happy turkeys. Now things might change…
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Word spreads fast on the turkey farm.
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The truth about Thanksgiving has begun to sink in…
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This month makes some turkeys angry.
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This poor guy is resigned to his fate.
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We begin the week with a turkey who is running scared. I hope you’re having a much better week yourself.
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This turkey hopes that if he sneaks away quietly, he’ll escape Thanksgiving.
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This turkey stoically accepts his fate. Thanksgiving is coming no matter what.
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Not every turkey can be as composed as yesterday’s bird.
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