In news from Florida, a five-year-old girl was fatally injured in a freak accident after a sturgeon jumped into her family's boat. The fish, which can grow up to eight feet long and has prehistoric hard plates on it's back, landed on the boat on the Suwanee River and thrashed around, wounding the deceased girl's mother and brother as well.
A story like this reminds us that seemingly gentle creatures of the sea can be deadly. In the mid 1960s, my four-year-old daughter bent over the edge of a dolphin pool to reach out to one of the creatures who approached. She jerked her hand back when it bit her. Whoever heard of a dolphin biting? I can only assume the poor creature resented being confined.
And here's an animal story about another area where everyone should feel safe.
Humans might have overpopulated the world, but wild creatures like insects, animals, fish and birds are still around.
Here's an excerpt of a poem I wrote ten years ago:
I love, therefore I am more
Than the flimsy body here
Lists of things that I adore
Neatly on file and so clear.
Loving beauty of nature
The wonder of giant trees
Springing up without nurture
Nutrients supplied with ease.
The pure love of animals
Who forgive and never judge
Their complaints are minimal
Giving consciousness a nudge
We are all part of the balance in nature. Don't forget from whence we came—caveman, living and fighting for survival on the planet filled with danger. Bigger animals would have hunted our ancestors until they learned to outsmart each type. Just how powerful do humans need to be?
You might legally own your property, but who lived there before? Maybe ancestors of the same insects who try to invade your home right now.
Makes you think, doesn't it?