The Shut-in Stand-Up

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Elk saves Marmot

on December 20, 2011

Zoo keepers in Idaho were curious about their 4 year old elk’s strange water trough behavior – until it pulled out a half drowned marmot – saving the critter from drowning.

Which, I think goes to show that nature is not as red in tooth and claw as we would like to think – since this is an act of altruism – the elk gained nothing by it’s rescue of a creature with no connection to the elk’s well being or daily existence.

Something that more people could learn – it generally costs us very little – other than paying attention – to do great deeds with significant impact for others.

It’s time we studied animals as they are – not what we would like them to be.

It’s not anthropomorphizing to understand that animals have emotional qualities that are not that removed from our own – we are, after all, animals that have learned to manipulate our environment – while the other animals just exist within their environment – which they explore and understand in their own way.

So it shouldn’t be that hard for us to observe what’s evident and trust that we are not reading in – just capable of reading more than we usually allow ourselves – owing to prejudice and bias and preconceptions – usually that animals are less sophisticated than humans – so when one does display behaviours such as rescuing a marmot – we are astonished, when we shouldn’t be.



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