Our friend Ailsa pointed out that last Thursday, October 4th, was World Animal Day. This got me thinking about the different levels of freedom and autonomy that animals have in our world.
There are places where they are wild, but interact with us by visiting our campsites or gardens. Some stay hidden from view, keeping our ecosystem working behind the scenes. Some we’re lucky enough to find in their own environs…
Then there are those who live in protected areas like parks, where they can come and go, but live relatively protected, and probably become a bit too comfortable with us.
And then there are those we keep in captivity, whose natural environments we try to duplicate… although we know we always fall short in some ways…
And finally there are those we have domesticated, or tamed to some degree. Some we use for food or clothing, some for protection and companionship…
Regardless of where you find them, or how you enjoy them, animals are all around us, and depend on us to keep the world clean and safe place for them – and us – to live. Many of them actively trust us to provide for them.
Let’s try not to disappoint.
Happy World Animal Day! (A little late.)
This post was written in response to a Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa at wheresmybackpack. This week’s theme is Animals, in honor of World Animal Day. To learn more about the challenge and to see the beastly posts from other bloggers, click here.