We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Gwynnie ... This is a delightful film clip of animals being animals. There are instances like this in every species interaction, like the female gorilla in the American zoo which rescued a small child who had fallen into the enclosure, and carefully picked it up and cradled it until she could turn it over to her keeper. But this particular interaction is so charming because the animals took such delight in each other.
When we were in Hawaii, we stayed at a hotel where they had dolphins in a pool and they fed them every day while residents watched. One dolphin had something tucked under one flipper every time we saw it. When I asked the keeper what it was, she told me that the dolphin, one of two females in the group, had acquired the plastic swim cap she was carrying around after her sister had had a baby [and she hadn't]. The keeper thought that it probably made her feel better to have something to look after.
Just delightful. My son at age 7 had a "pet" manatee when we lived in The Keys. This sea cow loved lettuce, which cost a fortune down there, but my son would spend his nickels buying a treat for Manny every day.
Also noticed that after I put squirrel baffles on my bird feeders this winter, one bird started spraying seed and corn with his wings so our lone squirrel has something to eat. They're quite funny to watch as the squirrel waits patiently atop a tree stump until Bird makes this offering.
Somehow, watching that little act makes everything else go OK the rest of the day.
Well, I guess there are penalties for living overseas. The message I'm shown in the window when I click the arrow is "The video contains content from National Geographic, who has decided to block it in your country." Kind of ironic that I should be barred from seeing the video since NatGeo basically makes its living "taking advantage" of the far off and exotic lands such as the one I'm in now.