Sunday, February 18, 2007

A trip to the zoo

Cute eh?

I was at Guzoo recently and they had this little guy there.

I got to feed him his bottle, then I lay on the floor and let him climb on me. It was wonderful. He was very gentle and didn't scratch or bite, although he did chew on my hair.

I was just getting up when my friend decided to snap some pics.

Many people believe that the only place for a wild lion is in the wild, but the truth is, zoo lions live longer, are better fed, in better health and have greater reproductive success, than wild ones, and they are not subject to the stresses of hunting, protecting their young, disease, hunters and poachers, or loss of habitat.

Monday, January 1, 2007

A New Year, A New Day, A New Start

As an animal lover, I am a firm believer that all animal life is valuable. All, animal life, that is, and human life is the most valuable of all.

If the human animal were wiped off the face of the earth tomorrow, the rest of the animal kingdom would get on with its life and not even notice, but if all species but humans were to disappear, humans would be unable to survive without them. The humans need animals in a way that no animal would ever need a human.

We need animals for food, clothing, companionship, for entertainment, for research, for education, we need their strengths and their instincts.

To misquote the words of a famous animal activist, animals are ours to eat, to wear, to hunt, to be entertained by, to experiment on. Animals were put on this earth as part of a very delicately balanced plan, we call it the web of life, the food chain, the balance of nature, and it is as important today as it has ever been.