Comforting Thought: We all have four limbs and a shared history

A Bornean orangutan reaches out to help a conservationist who appears to be stuck in a river.

“Just as all humans are the same and each human differs. All species are the same and each species differs, and within that, each creature too, is an individual. It is a matter of mystery and delight compounded that so many species can bring that buondary between us, so that the hawk looks for the falconer, the dog seeks her human companion, the elephant stands vigil for the lost woman and the killer whale playfully shoves a sailboat but gives the kayak only the gentlest nudge.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

“Different species are like people who knew each other in high school but have since gone on to different lives and livelihoods. Lots in common, common roots. A bond, perhaps neglected. We are all so similar under the skin. Four limbs, the same bones, the same organs and lots of shared history.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

From: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina

Comforting Thought: We all have four limbs and a shared history
Comforting Thought: We all have four limbs and a shared history

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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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