Are you kind to the living things around you?
June 27, 2008 11:34am CST
I've noticed practically all wild animals are more responsive and sometimes playful if you talk to them. Of course it depends on the type of animal, and the experiences they've had. But it seems like most animals are more willing to chill out around humans if we not only don't pose a threat, but we at least quietly, verbally interact. For example, there's a tribe of rabbits living in our yard, and by extension, the whole neighborhood. The rabbits keep rabbiting each other, producing more rabbits to rabbit around all over again. A few of these rabbits spend a large amount of time hovering around our garden, but lately, we've begun talking to the rabbits as they watch the tasty veggies grow, telling them to eat the grass, that's our food! We're not chasing them out, but it's become a semi-humorous game of wits between us and the rabbits. My girlfriend saw one rabbit all but napping in the garden. They probably like the smell. Animals are perfectly willing to be friendly to us, it just takes some patience with communication.
• United States
27 Jun 08
I have to admit that I am not always kind to the living things around me. My love and kindness toward our winged and 4 footed friends is constant, however, I'm not always as patient and understanding toward humans. This is something I really have to work on. Except I've never seen an animal do anything as deliberately mean and hateful as I've witnessed in human behavior. I understand why a mountain lion would attack his prey...it's survival and genetics. I'll never understand why a person would instigate violence on another living creature.