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A Young Girl Amidst Wild Animals

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A Young Girl Amidst Wild Animals

In 1959 my military father was posted to Bangkok, Thailand bringing along his wife and seven curious children. We were soon housed in a large, walled compound that was meant to keep the burglars out and more than likely my four brothers in. Not to worry, as there was much to explore within the half-acre space made up of yard, walls, fence and roofs to climb and leap from. A veranda wrapped around one side to the back of the house where a rectangular pond of water separated the viewer from a tall stand of pine trees and beyond that the wet lands of rural Bangkok.

With the Monsoon rains came the deadly Bandit Krait snakes weaving through the flooded yard as if they had waited all year for this opportunity. Not content to watch from the window, my brother Mick would instigate a challenge to tight walk the fence crisscrossing the yard and hope that none of us fell to the snakes below. One morning, as we left for school, a cobra lay in the driveway, its mouth stuffed with a big, fat toad. The back of the cobra’s head held the design of an eye as if watching us standing five steps above on the porch. The cobra was between the car, and us so my mother let us observe this rather intense biology experience before the gardener carried the distracted cobra away to be killed.

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12:25PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

I am glad that only your hair was pulled as it could have been much worse.I am not suprised that the baboon was angry with people.

7:31PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

nice story

7:26PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

nice story

2:11AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thanks for sharing this.

11:56AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

great story and a very good point at the end! An important point.

6:16AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Very good article, thanks for sharing.

5:38AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011


5:03AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

I hope that we all can learn from this article.We should enjoy animals in their own habitat.Why would you imprison an animal?

1:58AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

What this author very adroitly was saying is the shock of seeing animals treated in an everyday environment became common place, but still bothered her. Only after she left that country and saw the animals were being sold to zoos to entertain us, (ever been to the zoo? Then you have participated in the zoo making money enough to pay a country for some animal being treated thus), or rented out to movie productions, also to entertain us, (ever watch Tarzan?).

She ends her article ', “The voice of the natural world would be, “Could you please give us space and leave us alone to get along with our own lives and our own ways, because we actually know much better how to do it then when you start interfering.”

We are the culprits in this. We pay for animals to be shipped out of their environment to entertain us. It is wrong.

7:38PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Sad. Thanks for the article.

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