I watched our local news and they went to the former Sea World park in Vallejo, CA, now run by Six Flags. They also have a Killer Whale named Shouka. I assume Shouka lives alone. People were outside saying stuff like "I hope they tighten up their precautions so it doesn't happen again."
This year Pepper the Parrot was sorely missed. Pepper's bizarre, crackpot rendition of the national anthem last year had me in tears of laughter from start to finish. And how many other singers are wheeled out onto the field perched atop an RC car? Pepper's childlike mangling of the lyrics was nothing short of hysterical. Wherefore art thou, Pepper?
Fortunately, Animal Planet brought in two new things which helped cut the sting of a Pepper-less national anthem:
If the idea of clubbing baby seals (and no, I don’t mean adolescent water mammals dressed in midriff-revealing skirts and halter tops shimmying drunkenly at some place called Spanky’s or Porky’s) turns your stomach, you’ve probably signed a petition or two against the act. You may have even emailed a friend or two to ask for his or her support.