Of all the Jurassic World parodies circulating online, perhaps the most hilarious and popular is the #JurassicZoo trend, in which zookeepers the world over are re-creating one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
As far back as the first trailers for Jurassic World, viewers were treated to a scene in which Chris Pratt, as Owen Grady, trains a team of velociraptors, holding the three dinosaurs at bay with a series of hand commands. Now, that scene has given birth to a growing social media trend of tributes aimed at Jurassic World.
— Catherine Wellman (@Wellmanator) June 18, 2015
On Wednesday, a Tumblr user by the name of Feminerd shared an image that depicted a zookeeper copying Pratt’s movements in the scene. Rather than a trio of velociraptors, however, that man was facing off against three walruses, at least one of which looked completely disinterested in the photograph. As the Huffington Post points out, the photo quickly went viral, giving rise to a growing copycat trend as zookeepers from all over the world weighed in with their own Jurassic World recreations.
— Sarah Perata (@SarahPerata) June 18, 2015
Using the hashtags #JurassicZookeeper, #PrattKeeping, and #JurassicZoo, zookeepers shared photographs of themselves facing off against a variety of animals, including penguins, otters, rhinos, and dolphins, as Wired points out. Even quokkas, an unusual Australian animal, were involved in the #JurassicZoo photos. Earlier this year, quokkas were responsible for their own trend, as taking a selfie with one of the seemingly smiling animals became a social media challenge, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
— Taronga Zoo (@tarongazoo) June 18, 2015
— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) June 17, 2015
As the trend quickly spread online, it even garnered the attention of Pratt himself. Later on Wednesday, Pratt tweeted his approval of the #JurassicZoo images, calling them “absolutely awesome.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) June 18, 2015
— Georgia Aquarium (@GeorgiaAquarium) June 17, 2015
— WIRED (@WIRED) June 17, 2015
Haven’t seen this one on Twitter yet, Brevard Zoo by Zookeeper Rick, stolen from The Nerdist #JurassicZoo pic.twitter.com/pb1wGE7xnt — Smilodonichthys (@fossilfriendly) June 17, 2015
Jurassic World, meanwhile, appears to be on track to break its second weekend release record, with $103 million projected by Sunday evening. By Monday, Jurassic World could take in over $400 million domestically, making it the highest grossing film in the Jurassic Park franchise, as well as an inspiration to zookeepers everywhere.
[Image: Feminerd/Tumblr via CBC]