Sunday, March 30, 2008

Beyond Cute

Take eight-and-a-half minutes out of your busy schedule and watch this.

Try to keep your jaw from dropping to your lap while you watch. Betcha can't.

(H/T Cute Overload)

Warning: The comments section contains a "spoiler." See if you can resist the temptation to peek, and just let yourself be amazed for awhile.


Blogger dez said...

We need to get away from the notion that we have the right to use animals because God told us we could.

Animals are not separate things from us. We, too, are animals. Not so much different as we like to think.

The great apes are so much like us it hurts. The larger monkeys, like baboons and macaques, are not far from that.

What is especially interesting are the intelligent ones that are more distantly related. Dolphins have complex language and social structure. Their sonar can read your body like a doctor reads a detailed MRI, and can pinpoint cancer cells that the human eye can't see.

Elephants communicate over huge distances using sub-sonic vibrations in the earth, heard through the sensitive pads of their feet. They mourn their dead and celebrate birth. Though lacking the tool-using abilities of primates, their trunks are quite capable of fine manipulation, as we just saw.

African Gray Parrots are as intelligent as chimpanzees. As smart as a four or five-year-old human child, but with a far larger vocabulary than most.

How long until we realize that we are not better than they are? Our unique intelligence and technology have given us dominion over them, not some invisible man in the sky. We need to start treating the other passengers of Spaceship Earth with some respect.

Without them, the rest of this journey through space will get very lonely.

Oh, and that was too cute!

Sunday, March 30, 2008 11:42:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

I hear ya, Dez. The arrogance of the human race is gonna be our destruction, if there's any justice at all.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 2:28:00 AM  

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