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In The Pigman, why does Lorraine hate the Baron Park Zoo?

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There are a couple of reasons why Lorraine is not a fan of Baron Park Zoo. Firstly, she doesn't like seeing all the creatures kept in captivity just so that people can gawk at them.

Secondly, she is of the opinion that the attendants who work at the zoo are not all that intelligent.

She had stopped going to the zoo a few years earlier, after watching the sea lions being fed. The zoo employee did not bother to throw the fish up in the air one at a time and in different parts of the tank so that the sea lions could have a good time and get some exercise. Rather, he simply dropped all the fish into the water while standing on the diving board.

In short, Lorraine is an animal lover and does not agree with the way things are done at this zoo and probably at zoos in general.

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Lorraine hates the Baron Park Zoo because she does not enjoy seeing the animals caged up and she feels that the park attendants are often detached and unmotivated caretakers who complete the motions of their daily jobs with very little inspiration. For example, she observes that they display very little inclination to engage the animals when they feed them.

One particular incident which illustrates this is how one attendant feeds the sea lions at Baron Park Zoo. Lorraine relates that the attendant merely drops the fish 'unimaginatively' into the tank. She thinks that the attendant should have made a game out of it or tried to make feeding time fun for the sea lions. Lorraine believes that if her mother had ever allowed her to have a dog, that dog 'would have been the happiest dog on earth.' This is because Lorraine is sure that she knows how the minds of animals work and understands just the kind of games they enjoy playing.

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