These are certain to cheer you up!
A big h/t to FOTM’s joworth!
There is a trope among ethologists (animal behaviorists) that animals or non-human creatures (as if human beings are not part of the “animal” kingdom!) operate simply by instinct and so, they do not have “higher-level” emotions such as love and loss, or abstract moral principles such as justice. Much of those convictions stems from our inability to communicate with them, not being conversant in their languages.
Increasingly, however, studies are showing those notions to be wrong.
Elephants return to the “graveyards” — places in which their family members had died — and use their tusks to caress the bones of their lost ones. How is that behavior not a sign of mourning and grief?
Chimps show they have a sense of justice — about fairness. They are disgruntled when another chimp receives preferential treatment — getting a better reward for performing the same job.
And as for love, defined as ” an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment,” non-human creatures show in their behavior every indication that they do love. Not only that, their love spans some of the range we accord to humans — from the sexual love of eros, to the familial love between parent and child and among siblings, to the platonic love between even inter-species friends. As you can see in these lovely pictures:
There is one profound difference between humans and other animals.
As St. Bonaventure once observed: Non-human animals are creatures without sin.
H/t FOTM’s Ken L.
Reach out and call a friend!
H/t FOTM’s silent reader Ken.
Be here tomorrow for “Friends, Part 2″!
A 2-year-old little girl, shopping with her mom in an outdoor market, wandered off into the market’s one-lane walkway.
A van runs over the tiny tot not once, but twice.
Then, one after another, 18 heartless passers-by walk past the crumpled toddler lying on the street.
Finally, seven minutes after the accident, a garbage-collector, Chen Xianmei, went to the toddler’s aid.
This happened last week in Foshan city, Guangdong province, China.
The little girl’s name is Yueyue (“Little Joy”), the daughter of a young couple who are migrant workers — poor people from the rural countryside who defy the Chinese government’s population-control residency rules and leave the villages to work in the cities. In so doing, the migrants have illegal status. They number in the hundreds of millions.
Doctors say Yue Yue “is in a deep coma and clinically brain dead.” Her parents now face the agonizing decision whether to turn off Yueyue’s life support machine. The toddler might have been saved if a seven-minute procession of cyclists and pedestrians had not looked the other way.
The shocking incident was caught on Chinese state television, CCTV, and has stunned millions in China, with many saying their society – which has enjoyed 30 years of rapid development – is rotten and immoral. There is an outpouring of soul-searching and self-revulsion across China, with many seeing the callousness of the drivers and the passers-by as evidence that their country is losing its soul.
One netizen commented on what he called an ethical decline that starts with corrupt officials and ends with a “zombie” population stripped of its humanity. “Find those 18 passers-by, dissect their brains and see what medicine the Communist Party has been feeding us to make them like the walking dead,” wrote one widely forwarded post on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
The case is quickly becoming a political issue and it is feared Communist Party officials have called for tighter controls over the reporting about the incident for fear of a public backlash.
Public anger already has long been festering over rampant corruption in politics and business, lack of the rule of law, pollution that is seeing cancer rates soar and the widening rich-poor gap, with many of the ‘spoilt’ siblings of the political elite – so called princelings – being singled out for extra criticism.
Both drivers who ran over Yue Yue have been arrested, but claimed not to have seen the little girl in the “dark” street. One driver said: “I was on the [cell] phone when it happened, I didn’t mean it. When I realised I had knocked her down, I thought I’d go down to see how she was. Then when I saw that she was already bleeding, I decided to just step on the gas pedal and escape seeing that nobody was around me.”
The Chinese government awarded good Samaritan Chen Xianmei $1,570; a company in the city has offered to donate $7,500 to Yueyue’s family and rescuer.
It is claimed that many people in China are hesitant to help people who appear to be in distress over fears they will be blamed. High-profile law suits have ended with good Samaritans ordered to pay hefty fines to individuals they had tried to help.
Here’s the video [WARNING: graphic]
There is something very wrong with China, a country where:
Don’t take my word for it. China’s own people are saying their country is soul-less.
“Little Joy” died shortly after midnight of brain and organ failure, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
You’ve seen the gardens of the Fellowship.
But it’s not just our gardens that make our hearts sing.
Meet the Fellowship’s fur-children!
TheBoldCorsican’s Baby, 5, and Evva, 2:
Cathie’s grand-kitty, Sophie:
Eowyn’s Gaby, who has healed her broken heart from losing Gabe to PKD:
Send pics of your fur-children to FellowshipTips@aol.com
Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida
Be sure to read to the end – it’s surprising!
At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.
The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the “apex predator,” can still fall victim to implemented “team work” strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and ”survival of the pack mentality” bred into the canines.
See the remarkable photograph below, courtesy of Nature Magazine.
Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.
H/t my ol’ friend Sol.