"They Love You Unconditionally, Without Wavering..."
It's pretty much common knowledge that dogs and cats make wonderful pets, since so many people have them as such.
I once visited my brother Dave and his wife Marilyn many years ago, at her parents' farm in Idaho, and in the morning we went chorin', one chore of which was feeding the cows out in the pasture.
As we pulled up in the pickup truck carrying bales of hay, we offloaded the hay and spread it out for them, but what I noticed was these cows knew their handlers and came right up to them like they were good friends, as they began to eat. They responded every bit as much as a dog or cat would as a pet, and as a city boy, I thought that was amazing.
Since then, through the years, I've observed how different species of animals have interacted with humans and other animals, not necessarily of their kind, and my heart has been truly touched...
Shirley and Jenny... tugged at my heartstrings when learning of their story, where they were both in a circus together 22 years before, and were then separated for as much time. Jenny was a baby, and years later when they were reunited at a reserve sanctuary, Shirley didn't recognize Jenny at first, but when she did, boy look out... check out their story and short video for the heartwarming details.
Jenny has since passed away on October 17, 2006, at the age of 34. Shirley celebrated her 70th birthday July 6th, 2018. This is Shirley's story.
Another touching story regarding the interaction of animals from the wild, and humans...
A baby condor chick was separated from its mother at a very young age, and it was apparent that the mother was not coming back for him. This gentleman raised the condor, until he was able to eat animal carcasses, and learned to fly and locate animal carcasses on his own.
When the condor began to fly, he would return every day. One day, he didn't return. The surrogate father felt the condor returned to the wild, where he belonged.
It was not long before the condor returned and was very affectionate towards his surrogate father, with much appreciation and love for him.
It is said by the local people, that the condor returns frequently to visit his surrogate father, each time displaying great love and affection.Condor Returns.
There are many more heart-warming stories of animal and human interaction.
There is a woman who has an iguana that's about 4 to 5 feet long, likes to crawl up onto her lap, and rubs its neck up against her face affectionately. A lizard, who knew?
Another instance of animal interaction with a human, is a man at a lake taps the surface of the water, and a fish swims over to him. He cups his hands just below the surface, and the fish swims into his palms and wiggles around affectionately. The man lifts the fish out of the water and gently tosses it two or three feet in front of him, and the fish speedily returns back to the man's palms. A fish, enjoying human interaction... what's up with this?
There are stories where trainers, scientists, caretakers have spent many years with animals from their youth, and then leave them in their new home. The humans return five or ten years later, and the animals remember them and affectionately greet them.
On one such occasion, a gorilla brought out his mate to introduce to his handler that had come to visit. This displays that the gorilla had a sense of pride, and also the awareness of wanting his handler to know his mate.
There are also instances where whales and dolphins have interceded when humans are in the water and sharks are closing in on the humans; these mammals protect the humans to ensure they get back to their boat safely. Incredible, how do mammals of the sea instinctively know that humans need to be protected?
Lastly, a bull elephant died, and 300 elephants gathered to pay their last respects to him.
There had to be many herds that came from distant grazing areas, to pay their respects.
This demonstrates that elephants express honor to a worthy leader, and travel great distances in order to do so. Elephants are truly noble animals.
I am awestruck at the wonders of nature, and I'm truly touched that animals seem to have more affinity for feelings and responsibility than we've ever given them.
© 2019 Lou Tennenini