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Newt’s back-up career: zoo director

November 09, 2011

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If he had not entered politics, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would have spent his life taking care of animals.

“I think probably one of my greatest moments of my life was going to Africa and seeing animals,” Gingrich told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Tuesday, according to a transcript. “I — look, if I weren’t so concerned about the future of this country, I would have spent my life as either a vertebrate paleontologist or a zoo director.”

“Would you really?” asked Morgan.

“Yes, I mean, I — when you say to me about really great moments of happiness, it is hanging out at zoos,” said Gingrich.

Asked which particular moment comes to mind, he explained: “Oh, I think it was probably being on the Serengeti Plain. I mean, Callista and I were there. She was taking pictures like crazy. And you are in a — in the Range Rover, which they tell you to stay in. And you’re 15 feet away from three lions. You’re watching two cheetahs who have just finished eating an antelope and they’re sitting up on this rock, you know, sunning themselves.You look around and you think, wow.”

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