When we were children, the zoo seemed like a magical place full of adventures where we could discover exotic animals, ride carousel horses or other animals, or simply observe animals that we only saw in cartoons. Inspired by our childhood cartoons, we believed that once the zoo gates close, the animals would start talking, go on adventures, and have lots of fun. But not all of us ever thought about how these animals really feel standing there as mere objects of display while everyone's watching every step they take. Only when we grew up, we realized that they actually don't go on magic adventures or have lots of fun. They are simply caged in small spaces far away from their families and natural habitats for visitors to stare at them.

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CiscoZulfikar 1 week ago

That's just sad

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Not all the zoos are like that but Shafiqul Islam tells a story about the worst conditions for animals to live in Mirpur Zoo in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shafiqul is a professional photographer from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He tries to express his feelings and thoughts through his photographs. The artist loves animals and enjoys photographing them, therefore, this project called "Prisoners" was really important for him to express his feelings towards these horrible conditions for animals to live in Mirpur Zoo. The photographer uses his lenses to show what these animals really feel. For the most part, sadness and loneliness.

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Laura Ford-Everett 1 week ago

So malnourished and the saddest giving up face :(

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"Going to [the] zoo is one of many ways for people to entertain themselves. Besides that, people also go there for educational purposes or to do research. However, the main purposes of [the] zoo is to protect wildlife and let all of us understand the importance of nature. There are many exotic animals that bear the chances of dying out in the wild. Therefore, [the] zoo plays [an] important role [in] for saving the endangered animals. But in Mirpur Zoo, the case is quite ironic. The visitors go there with the expectation to see the fun, playful side of the animals. Sometimes the animals and the birds are forced by the visitors to act in such way. But the visitors can't see the actual situation inside the cages. The fear, the hunger, the pain and the sadness... it seems like the animals are kept as prisoners without committing any crime!" - the artist told Bored Panda.

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Laura Ford-Everett 1 week ago

AWE OMG. I want to hold his little hand

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John Louis 1 week ago

what species of animal is this? It looks like an extremely sick chimpanzee?

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"Here is a photo story of such animals in Mirpur Zoo in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The story is not about the carelessness or the poor job done by the zookeepers. It's about the pain of the animals that are kept in insufficiently small areas or cages, out of their habitat. If people look into their eyes and feel the emotion and expression deep enough, they might hear the silent screams as well."

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Laura Ford-Everett 1 week ago

WTH is this? Where is soft grass for him to bounce through?

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yerawitchSam13 1 week ago

So damn heartbreaking.

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"My inspiration to do this long term project came from the expressions of the suffering animals. Once I went to visit the zoo and felt like they are not even close to being happy. I wondered how would I feel if I was kept in a small room and provided as little food as just to live, that broke my heart and thought I should express their pain through photographs." - explains the artist.

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Shazza 1 week ago

My heart is breaking

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Laura Ford-Everett 1 week ago

OMG He's so desperate to get out. These photos are killing me. These animals are dying a slow painful death....there's not enough money in Bangladesh to feed them, then pls pls do not have a "zoo"

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yerawitchSam13 1 week ago

I just want to hug and rescue all of these poor babies.

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Maya Ayeis 1 week ago

the exit is so high... :'(

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Josie Uvlugiayaaq 1 week ago

This is so wrong

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Mia Cardenas 1 week ago

and his wings, what are they for? heartbreaking

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Marcia Seever 1 week ago

Why is this allowed? Why is this not against the law? Can't someone save these poor souls? please.

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purple jellyfish395 1 week ago

Bro keeping a chimpanzee in a zoo is basically like keeping a human in a cage,they share 98% of their dna with humans!we should feel shame for making our closest living relatives go through such torture.

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