June 2, 2006

In you, dear animals...

We see ourselves.

Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo

8 comments:

Sanjay said...

Yeah, I have a toddler, I spend a lo of time at zoos.

So, here's a question. We see ourselves in animals. Fine. But why are we so crazy for dinosaurs? What do we see there exactly?

tiggeril said...

What? Dinosaurs are awesome. They're the gigantic, fearsome, strong creatures that we would like to be if we weren't parked in front of our computers all day.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

So I take it that the cute animal moratorium has been lifted??

PatCA said...

Yes, we do see them as ourselves, which IMO is a problem.

(See Grizzly Man, Open Water, and the coyote across my street.)

tiggeril said...

Another bonus point for dinosaurs: They're extinct so we don't have to worry about blundering into piles of brachiosaurus poo.

Wickedpinto said...

Animals are EXACTLY what they are.

They are ignorant children, startled by kindness, they are older children, who demand the same kindness they had only a short time earlier, and they are pure and empty vessels that never learn, just the way that our maternal and paternal attitudes towards children which parents wish their children would stay forever while hoping for the infinate future that awaits them.

(come ON! the crazy guy gets at least a diss off of this kinda eloquence!!)

James Wigderson said...

Humans, the other white meat.

LoafingOaf said...

PatCA said Yes, we do see them as ourselves, which IMO is a problem.

(See Grizzly Man, Open Water, and the coyote across my street.)


I don't intend to set up camp in the Grizzly Maze (where Timothy Treadwell said pretty clearly he could be killed by bears at any time), and I don't intend to be lost at sea in shark infested waters. But why do you hold up these movies as Exhibit A and B for why it's a "problem" to see similarities between humans and other animals?

As far as a coyote across your street, the coyotes around here only attack humans when they're rabid. Otherwise they're not even seen. Human predators are a far bigger problem.