Saturday, April 01, 2006

Playing Dr. Doolittle 扮演杜立德醫生

Playing Dr. Doolittle

A beautiful butterfly landed on my palm on a sunny morning, allowed me to take as many close-up photos as I like without flying away, Cool! It surely would make anyone a happy man, believing that he/she has gained the trust from a butterfly. I have seen butterflies stopping on the surface of sweating human bodies, probably attracted by the warmth and humidity, or the contents of human sweat. But it could be even worse - dying or too weak to fly away.

People like me always willing to believe that animals do have human feelings and can be friendly to humans. I have always been dreaming of myself being Dr Doolittle, able to communicate with animals, understanding them, and able to give them the help they need and gain their trust. But the brutal fact is, wild animals are instinctively either too timid or alerted in response to human’s approach, just like having an instinctive dread of fire. Humans are bounded to be their natural enemy.

A wild animal that would not go away on your approach normally means two things : it is either too sick or weak to escape, or there is something it needs or needs to protect from you so desperately that it is worth risking its own life. Of course, it could be the reason that it has never seen a human before and is unaware of the fatal danger. Some people love to feed wild animals, thinking that this will do them good. In fact, apart from making them depend totally on human feeding, the animals will also loose their alert on humans which are always the major potential danger to their life, and thus destroying their instinctive survival ability in the wild.

And then again, it could be even worse – the wild animal would not go away, simply because it wants you as food!

Sad, cruel, but true.







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