AD: Sir, these cuts in the city budget are going to hurt you in the polls.
MA: What can I do? The economy's not responding. I can't raise taxes any more. I can't close down firehouses or reduce services. This is the only way.
AD: It'll look bad, sir.
MA: Just send them in.
(Door opens, animal chattering starts)
MA: Hello. So glad you could see me on such short notice.
MA: As you may know, the city has been hit hard by the economy and we're forced to cut back. The city zoo has to be closed.
MA: And I'm sorry, we're going to have to let you go.
MA: Look, I don't like this any better than you. But I have a tough job and I'm going to do it. And frankly, of all my choices, you're the only ones who don't vote.
MA: You can go back to you cages, gather your things and you'll be escorted out of the compound.
MA: Hey, look, you have nothing to gripe about. I don't know why we have chickens in the zoo. It's not like no one's never seen a chicken.
MA: But the elephants..
MA: Those are zoo animals. Or used to be until the budget cuts. Where else in this city can you see the majestic moose...
MA: Or the wombats...
MA: Or the meerkats...
(sings a couple of bars of "Acoona Matata" from the "LION KING".)
MA: I love the chimps as much as the next man...
MA: That's why I even had a few in my administration. But you're all going to pack your trunks.
MA: Not literally. We can not afford the luxury of a zoo any further.
AD: Mr. Mayor.
AD: Couldn't we keep the zoo open a little bit longer, if we, you know, fed some of the smaller animals to some of the larger ones?
MA: You're right. It worked at the Department of Education.
AD: You know, people might be willing to pay extra to see that. Maybe even televise it. Sell the rights. Pay per view. Make it a real "Zoo Survivor" kind of thing. Get some corporate sponsors.
MA: You think?
AD: Hey, it's nature's way.
MA: Let's do it. All you animals, back to your stations. Let's movie it, creatures!
(animals shuffle off)
AD: That went well.
MA: Yes. Send in the sanitation workers.