In the six months I’ve been writing for Care2, I’ve covered so many stories of sadness and grief about the plant, animal and human creatures in the world…but not today. Today is a good time to relax and enjoy some animal videos that also demonstrate some of the wonderful characteristics that make human life worth living: Relaxation, Wonderment, and Friendship.
A baby sunbear is captured in those blissful few moments just before sleep descends. Eyelids drooping, s/he wants to rest but is unwilling to miss a moment of life’s excitement:
Try to keep your own eyes from widening as you watch the tarsier. This tiny nocturnal primate needs big eyes to find food in the dark, but it certainly looks as if s/he is wide-eyed with wonder. The background music doesn’t add much, but this closeup footage is amazing:
From the way Democrats and Republicans are carrying on, you would think that friendship among different species was impossible. Yet this badger and otter are setting a good example of what could be:
The ability to enjoy and learn from these animals is a true gift to us all. Let’s rest, ponder and appreciate friendship today, and in 2010 redouble our efforts to protect and care for each living thing, people included, that is part of the complex web of life on earth.
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Photo Michael "Mike" L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com, Creative Commons license.