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Celebrating Animal Miracles

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We are constantly surrounded by people in our daily lives that a small fraction of our thoughts is saved for animals, breathing the same air as we are, unless we own pets. What goes unnoticed is the trail of hardworking ants on the bark of a tree, monkeys playing hide-and-seek and a calf taking its first steps. This article aims to raise awareness about the beauty that we can find in animals as well as their needs.


Animals, The True Victims

Pollution comes into direct contact with animals, only to hurt or kill them and destroy their habitats, whereas humans often make themselves the victims of harmless criticism. While animals are not appreciated enough, this is compounded by the fact that their population is reducing. The defense mechanisms of animals are still capable of being undermined by activities like poaching, hunting, deforestation and pollution. Humans can never get enough despite all of what animals have been through like the threats.

Voice Of Animals

There is more to an animal sound than noise or music. Animals produce sounds to communicate in different events like danger, seeking mates, and hunger. Animals have a language of their own but it's too ambiguous to be understood by humans. It takes an open mind to see through the animal sounds and become the voice of animals by standing up to them. We could support causes to protect their rights. If you think about it, animals have their own livelihood and humans have spoiled the image of animals roaming freely in the wild and bubbling joyously under the sea, with greed in their hands.


Little Things

We take for granted the little things that animals have brought about. For instance, the sound of birds chirping in the morning, fruits resulted from insect pollination and companionship. Savoring those moments by taking pictures is not the same as observing them happen naturally without means of technology. Take a moment to take in whatever animals have offered to us.

Gifted Animals

As much as we humans like to think we are the most blessed, animals are able surpass the limit of our abilities, depending on the environment that they live in. Polar bears easily adapt to the cold whereas we ironically use their fur to keep warm. Dolphins are able to find food by using an ability termed echolocation, where they emit sounds and make use of the echoes. Humans are merely one type of being on the planet.


Ecosystem

The ecosystem would not be whole without the existence of animals. They play a significant role to the ecosystem. In fact, small animals are still important in the food chain as larger animal consume them. Disruption in the food chain affects the ecosystem, which is vital for our survival. What we don't notice is that humans and animals are one and the same in the completeness of the ecosystem.

Ecosystem

Ecosystem

Simple Animals

On the earth that we live on, humans have developed a life to earn a living such as infrastructures, services, education, facilities and so much more. This recognizes the human needs to achieve a life worth living. Human needs according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs comprise of self-fulfillment needs, psychological needs and basic needs. While we have needs that go above the basic needs in the hierarchy, animals have it simpler, with basic needs being their main priority. With that understanding, humans should empathize with animals as their human activities have made it difficult for animals to obtain their needs. We should hold animals in high regard, not because of their colourful prints, but because animals live with minimal needs compared to us. This comparison is especially significant when it comes to seeking material possessions. Instead of seeking jewelry, an animal would probably keep more food for itself.


Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Animals Represent Love

Animals don’t speak but their actions speak for themselves. Like how human mothers take care of their children, animal mothers do the same. An animal mother’s love is pure in that it comes from their natural instinct.

Animal Mom

Animal Mom

© 2019 Li-Jen Hew

Comments

Li-Jen Hew (author) on December 20, 2019:

Hi Frank. Thanks for your comment and I feel honoured to be visited by great writers like you and others as well.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 05, 2019:

clever and eye-awakening piece you have written Li-Jen often catching me reading your stuff because it's so worth the read thank you

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 09, 2019:

Hi Sean, I like the way you describe animals as brothers and sisters. That's sweet. Yes we can see God in every being. Thank you!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 09, 2019:

Hi Shaloo, thanks for your comment and my pleasure!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 09, 2019:

Hi Mary. Great that you're able to see something special in animals since you said they 'win' no matter what strategy. Thank you!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 09, 2019:

Hi Jodah, thank you for supporting animals. I believe your words are true. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 09, 2019:

Hi Bill, yes you're quite close to animals, as seen in your articles especially Maggie your dog! Thanks!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 08, 2019:

Great article, my sweet Li-Jen! We have to stand for these brothers and sisters because that's what all creatures are. We can't live happily causing pain to them. Thank you for writing this little gem!

Let us see God in every being!

Sean

Shaloo Walia from India on September 07, 2019:

Many thanks for speaking up for our animal friends!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 06, 2019:

We have different animals in the cottage and we often find ourselves interfering with them for our own fun. As I observe, they still win no matter what strategy we have. You are right about how unaware we are about our animal friends.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 06, 2019:

Thank you for taking a stand to protect our animal friends, Li-Jen. They can’t speak for themselves so it is the least we can do. Man is greedy and thoughtless in many ways. We think we are superior but that is far from the truth. I love animals and they have as much right to live on this Earth as humans.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2019:

I have spent the better part of the last ten years surrounded by animals. At times I consider them better company than humans....definitely more trustworthy. :) Articles like this one are very important to raise awareness, so thank you for writing it, and blessings to you always.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 06, 2019:

Hi Rinita. Thanks for your generous comment. I liked your opinion about being two-faced. Good point. Yes, the first picture is my drawing haha. I try to create my own picture as much as possible for copyright purpose but this time, I didn't put in enough effort haha. Thank you!

Rinita Sen on September 06, 2019:

Excellent point you make, Li-Jen. I specially liked the part where you said we don't care unless it is our pets. I constantly see people defending and speaking for dogs, especially stray dogs because supposedly they make good pets, but otherwise continuing to harm the natural environment needed for wild animals such as tigers, giraffes, wolves, and elephants, because supposedly they are harmful to humans. I despise this two-faced approach. Animals don't need our compassion, they just need their natural home, the one that we are constantly destroying to fulfill our needs. Appreciate you writing this article. BTW, is that first drawing yours?

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