PRAIRIE DOGS: FRIEND OR FOE
In MY BLOG from June 4, 2011, I wrote about how prairie dogs may communicate in a more complex way than even monkeys or dolphins.
Today, I was reading more about these delightful little ground squirrels. On one website, I read an article stating people typically have strong views about prairie dogs. They either like them, hate them, or find them entertaining. The article theorizes that attitudes about prairie dogs tend to be formed around their role as competitor, curiosity or comrade.
The article goes on to explain, "Ranchers and farmers compete with them for the land. Naturalists observe their curious habits. A family strolling along the Boulder Creek path might just enjoy watching them behave like a miniature family. Regardless of their perspective, most folks have an opinion about prairie dogs, and for many those sentiments are strongly held."
If you fall into the curious or comrade category, click here from more photos I took yesterday and read the article about how these little critters are close to having their own verbal language that is even more sophisticated than monkeys or dolphins. Pretty interesting ...
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."
"I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on (the movie) Babe that by the
end of the film I
was a vegetarian."
~ James Cromwell