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Kids Say the Smartest Things

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Moebelle, 18 Aug 2016.

  1. Moebelle

    Moebelle Well-Known Member

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    Since we have multiple threads on this site that relate to irritating and laughable statements made by typical zoo guests, I was interested in starting a thread where people can share the more intelligent statements they've heard. I say 'kids' because they are the ones that you wouldn't expect to hear random animal facts from children. I apologize if there is already a thread for this.

    Last year I heard a child approximately at the age of 5, telling his grandmother how a bonobo is a human's closest relative.

    On one occasion I heard a little girl at around the age of 4 correcting her father that gorillas are apes, not monkeys.

    Without him reading the sign, I heard an 8 year old boy correct his mother on the fact that okapis are related to giraffes, not zebras.
     
  2. savethelephant

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    Not exactly with smart things, but when I have gone to the Bronx zoo the past two weeks :)D) whenever I look like I am/about to take a picture I see other kids say "Oh I'm sorry" and they move away (To which I usually reply something about how it's no problem, I'd rather let young kids learn/watch an animal than me take a picture of one)
     
  3. FelipeDBKO

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    Currently I'm 13 years old... not exactly a kid. But when I was younger, I already knew a lot about animals.
     
  4. aardvark250

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    Yes,I am thirteen too but I knew about okapi and aardvarks when I was 7-8 years old.
     
  5. jbnbsn99

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    13 is still a kid.
     
  6. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

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    I'm almost 19 and I still consider myself to be more kid than adult, no matter what the law says:p

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  7. zoogiraffe

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    Never mind that I am over 40 and I am still a big kid!!Well in the mind I am the body on the other hand is starting to have other ideas!
     
  8. FelipeDBKO

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    13 is a preteen.
     
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    No, it is teenager, and still is a kid. :p
     
  10. Andrew_NZP

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    Thirteen, teenager.

    A kid is someone who isn't legally an adult.
     
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  11. Dassie rat

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    Hubert was the smartest child I have met as a volunteer. He was about 5 years old and came to see the Hoofed Mammal trolley in the giraffe house. "I bet you don't know what my favourite animal is.... My favourite animal is a tapir." I thought that made a nice change, but I was taken aback when he said, "I know about prehistoric platypuses." I came out with a list of genera ... "Stereopodon, Ob.." "Obdurodon". It makes a change from dinosaurs ... and trying to explain why Dimetrodon is not a dinosaur.
     
  12. Dassie rat

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    Like Kenneth Williams, I still consider a kid to be a baby goat.
     
  13. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    From my perspective, 33 is still a kid.

    :p

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  14. jayjds2

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    I'm 15 (almost 16) so call me a kid or not (don't really care, but most people think I'm an adult until I tell them otherwise) but by now I know more about some species than keepers in keeper talks, tour guides, or the like do. But I'm not the focus!

    I can't think of too many smart things kids have said that I've heard, because their parents usually let them believe the wrong things. Today, however, I did have a kid point to a monkey and say "you're pointing the camera the wrong way Mr.! The monkey is right there!". I had turned my camera to the side and was talking to someone over my shoulder.
     
  15. FelipeDBKO

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    So a 17 years, 11 months and 29 days person is a kid?
    I don't know if this is the person's opinion, age difference in Brazil or something else, but saying you're a kid or not, age does not change.
     
  16. jbnbsn99

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    Yup. 18 years old is still a kid.
     
  17. ThylacineAlive

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    Thus bringing us full circle to my post:p

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