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.