In­trud­ing on zoo wa­ter pol­icy

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

You’d think bu­reau­crats at the U. S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture would have bet­ter things to do than pres­sure the Den­ver Zoo into chang­ing the type of wa­ter it gives to an­i­mals in its Toy­ota Ele­phant Pas­sage ex­hibit.

Re­cy­cled wa­ter, which a zoo spokes­woman said meets fed­eral stan­dards for hu­man consumption in the 1980s, is out. Potable wa­ter is in. And the ele­phants, tapirs, leop­ards and rhi­nos are feel­ing so much more re­freshed. Not really.

The switch was not trig­gered by alarm­ing re­ports, since zoo staff in­sist there is zero ev­i­dence the re­cy­cled wa­ter has un­der­mined any an­i­mal’s health.

What, pray tell, do USDA of­fi­cials imag­ine is the qual­ity of wa­ter ele­phants drink in the wild?

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