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Why Humans Love Animals

Why Humans Love Animals

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 Why Humans Love AnimalsThroughout history, no species has ever been as fascinated with itsfellow creatures as human beings. We have hunted animals, eatenthem, raised them, bred them, domesticated them, drawn them,composed songs and poetry about them, and loved them for millennia. But why? What is behind this intense fascination we'veusually had with other creatures, whether fuzzy and cute or scary anddangerous—or each? The thrill. Absolutely nothing compares usingthe thrill you get whenever you see a big animal in its naturalenvironment for the very first time. We adore the excitement of encountering bears, large cats, deer, eagles, owls, and other herbivores and predators. Although it’s ill-advised to do this within thewild, we love to watch them unseen, our breath caught in our throatsand our hearts filled with wonder. Just seeing the majesty and power of these remarkable creatures as soon as can be a life-changingexperience. Another thing that makes an encounter with a largeanimal in the wild so memorable will be the fact that it is so rare—very couple of people have the privilege of encountering theseanimals anywhere, let alone in the wild. We love to go to zoos to seebig animals we'd never see within the wild, from a safe vantage pointbehind glass or bars. Even seeing them in captivity can give us theexact same sense of excitement. Curiosity. What do animals do whenwe're not looking? How do they behave when they're pleased, sad,scared, angry, or hungry? How do they hunt, what do they eat, andwhat can they teach us about being alive? A lot of of us are thirsty for knowledge about animals and their lives. We want to know howthey're similar from us and how they're various. Maybe if we knew allthere’s to know about other animals, we could much better comprehend ourselves as a species—and have a clearer picture of where we came from. We adore zoos and other animal facilities for the chance they give us to understand about animals and see themclose-up—some zoos even let you shadow a zookeeper for a day. Itis difficult to find anybody who wouldn’t adore to have an opportunityto understand more about animals each rare and numerous. A senseof wonder. As a child, did you have a preferred animal—one thatseemed so stunning, outlandish, potent, or special you had beenconvinced it had to have magical powers? Some of us fell in love withthe expressive beauty of horses, some of us with bizarre andoutlandish animals like elephants and giraffes, and some of us withpotent hunters like lions or wolves. We've always secretly wonderedwhat it would be like to run like a cheetah, fly like an eagle, swing likea monkey, or swim like a dolphin. From the biggest whales towardsthe tiniest amoebas, animals have usually filled us having a sense of wonder. And with their physical abilities frequently far beyond ours,animals truly do have special powers. As a species, animals haveinspired us to understand to fly in planes and go under the sea insubmarines—but we can by no means do it with the grace of a bird or 

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