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I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m...

ZOO - spoiler alert, and the BIRDS

I watched James Patterson’s “ZOO” tonight. It was the pilot for a series. Scared me. I knew it would. I had to watch a bit of something else before I could settle down. I hated that the lions killed Simon, and then they killed the good black guy helping the biologist. The most scary part was at the end when the lion dragged the good black guy into the tree and after he threw him over the branch, and walked away, the black guy opened his eyes and looked up. YIKES! There was a lion on the next branch!

It’s true that we affect the creatures, though it’s in the nature of some creatures to be carnivorous hunters. I halfway expected one of the lions to jump in the truck and drive it, knowing James Patterson’s style a bit. :)

But animals do imitate us a bit. They certainly know to be afraid of guns and other devices. They know to turn their heads and shield their eyes. Hunters must aim for the eyes. That’s awful. But they do adapt to human behavior, so while we’re studying them, they’re studying us. A truth.

Tonight while I was taking photos of the raccoons, my camera would beep every time it focused, as usual. One of the birds up in the tree began imitating the beep, which I thought was funny. Birdie imitated it perfectly. But the best of all time was today when I was out in a park with my camera, and the birds went nuts. One of them kept making the sound of a car alarm. Hilarious. The bird was warning other creatures that there was a human in the area with a dangerous object, which might be a gun. So take care. DANGER! It was the car alarm sound somewhere between a police siren and a ooh-eeh, ooh-eeh,, over and over again. I knew instantly where the bird had gotten it, and what it was trying to say. It’s a smart adaptation. All the other critters knew also.

That reminds me of a friend who had an African Gray Parrot. That bird would imitate the microwave ring, and the telephone. He would whistle like his owner did in the shower. Though he didn’t talk to strangers, when we left there, I said goodbye and we walked out the door. The Parrot then began shouting loudly, “GOOD-BYE! GOOD-BYE!” Then he broke into a whistled song.

We should appreciate and enjoy the uniqueness of the creatures. And we should respect them. They all serve a purpose, for which God created them. Part of that purpose has to be making this world a very beautiful and interesting place. Thanks be to God for this wonderful creation.

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