Monday, February 16, 2015

Even the fiercest animals can show love.

A few months ago there was a story trending about a cat in Russia that saved a baby by lying next to it in cold weather and mewing loudly until someone noticed. Thankfully the baby was saved and unharmed. The cat happened to be an outdoor cat shared by many people. One headline referred to the cat as homeless, which was misleading. She wasn’t really a homeless, but she was an outdoor cat shared by several people. A cat that has the freedom to come and go has a fun life. Some people felt the cat needed a home, but she really has many homes.

Most of the people said the cat is a hero. However, a few believed the cat was only acting on some sort of instinct to keep warm. Most disagree, including me. Perhaps there was some motherly instinct involved because the cat is a female, but I disagree that it was only about survival.

This is because I once had a cat who proved he was more than just instinct.

One day our dog was in the front yard and another dog came charging into the yard. Next thing I know, there is all this growling and snapping. I see a blur of two dogs fighting and race over, yelling, but unable to stop them without getting bit. As I hurry to get the hose, Felix happened to be under a car. He charged out and jumped on the dog’s back hissing. The unknown dog ran off in shock. Why would Felix bother to do such a thing? There was nothing in it for him.

Humans have instincts too for everything we need. Do we write off our own love as just an instinct? That everything we do is just for instinctive reasons? There was a time when I would have never associated certain animals with love. Yet, there have been several videos displaying that even lions who were raised by humans can love their owners.

How about sharks? Sharks are known as meat eating machines. However, yes, even sharks can show affection. 

Here are couple of videos with loving moments from Sharks and Lions. The sharks are more subtle, but I think the affection is there. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I really wouldn't want a lion smooch though.
I think it's beyond instinct. I know we attribute human feelings to animals that just aren't there, but animals do feel in their own fashion.
You had one tough cat!

Pat Dilloway said...

I wouldn't want a shark to love me.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I follow you with the cat, but stop at sharks, snakes, tarantulas, and the like. Just nope. Nope. Nope.

Cindy said...

I wouldn't want to get near sharks or lions either. But I just find it interesting that they can be affectionate.

Cherie Reich said...

I'd be okay with a lion hug. There's more to animals than people often think there are.