It is Thanksgiving here in Canada and I am thankful for much in my life – certainly living in this peaceful, if silly, little country must be on my gratitude list. Also, people who are kind to animals. Some cheer for the day and for this often sad world:
This story, of a chimp who saw the sky for the first time in her life – previously caged in a lab – got a lot of coverage. I had been meaning to post it. Here is the same story with an added compilation of animals seeing outdoors for the first time. (What we do to them is horrifying.) Get out your Kleenex, though.
If there is one thing I love, it is stories about animals making it clear they are none too pleased with us. I’ve collected a few:
Keep it up, animals. We deserve a lot worse.
This should have been included in my most recent Beryl O’Links – it’s such a gorgeous story, though, that perhaps it is fitting to give it its own post. Ndakasi, an orphaned gorilla, dies in the arms of the ranger who saved her. (There is glory on this earth. We just don’t see it enough.)
It is our stupidity and cruelty and selfishness toward animals that has caused all of what we are now experiencing. So, in a way, I am glad that our lockdown is allowing them to roam more freely. My fear, however — and I believe it is justified — is that once we are out and about again, and they have become accustomed to us not being out and about, they will pay the price (as always).
makes us stay inside and watch
reruns of Mad Men.
Covid 19 is,
I think, payback for human
abuse of critters.
So, while you watch Mad
Men or Bewitched, enjoy a
vegan snack or drink.
(If you choose Bewitched,
try not to channel Mrs.
Kravitz while shut in.)
And when we are free
again, don’t revert to the
eating of carcass.
You have to love this. If you don’t, go away.
I’m on time for Burns Day – not a week late as I was for Milne (see post below). Check out what I wrote two years ago, which in turn links to a previous Burns-related item.