A couple of summers ago, we went to the Traverse City Zoo.
Here is a picture, which makes clear how you are not to treat the animals.
It says, “Please do not aggravate, agitate, annoy, badger, besiege, bother, discombobulate , disturb, distract, disrupt, feed, grate, heckle, harass, harry, irk, molest, persecute, perturb, pester, plague, ruffle, tease, torment, touch, unsettle, upset, vex or worry the animals”
“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.”
– Psalm 50:10-11