04.23.10

Pittsburgh Zoo Ceases To Compare Elephants To Accused Rapists

Posted in Going To The Zoo, Gridiron at 11:51 am by

(image originally posted at Deadspin, and not, we should stress, from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s Stupid Ape exhibit)

While Byron Leftwich has replaced Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers depth chart, the embattled QB finds himself supplanted by former Penguins icon Mario Lemieux, at least where a local zoo is concerned.   From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :

An image of Big Ben has been used in a display on the pathway leading to the elephant barn at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The graphic compares the height of the elephants to other creatures.

The Steelers quarterback was still at the zoo on Thursday, but a new sign has been made using the image of hockey great Mario Lemieux and will replace the Roethlisberger piece of the exhibit.

Asked if the display change has anything to do with current events, a zoo spokesman said, “well, we have had some calls.”

“Mr. Roethlisberger isn’t the most popular person lately,” said Tracy Gray, manager of public and media relations.

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