A turkey’s head can be red, white, pink, blue, or gray, and can change color according to his mood, with a solid white head and neck being the most excited. Free-living turkeys can adapt to virtually any dense native plant community as long as openings (such as a meadow) are present.
Whales are cetaceans, along with dolphins and porpoises, and are descendants of land-dwelling mammals. Like all mammals, whales breathe air, are warm-blooded, nurse their young with milk from mammary glands, and have body hair.
Cat nose pads are uniquely different, like fingerprints in humans.
They can also have a litter of kittens fathered by more than one male.
There are over 90 different species of deer, ranging from the 20 pound Northern Pudú to the 1,000 pound moose.
A fawn will take his/her first steps in the first 20 minutes of life.
The Kaibab Squirrel habitat is confined entirely to the ponderosa pine forests of the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the northern section of Kaibab National Forest. This species is not found anywhere else in the world!
It is obvious to see that nonhuman animals are not “lesser than” us. They are just different. When we look at our fellow animals’ unique evolutionary adaptions it is often with wonder and awe. Their physical and intuitive abilities regularly surpass our own in terms of speed, strength, sight, smell, sense of direction, and at times, group/family unity. Yet in many ways we still hold power over them, if only through our own manufactured mechanical and industrial evolution.
Regardless of their remarkable abilities though, it is so obvious that other animals are perceptually aware, with the capacity to feel, and especially to experience fear and suffering. They want to live. No studies are required; that’s all we need to know.
This is why it is so important to use our power wisely to protect and care for our fellow animals, be they small and scaly or large and furry.
“Do unto animals as you would have them do unto you.” Light; www.gentleworld.org
This story was written in collaboration with, M. Butterflies Katz.