Who Says Animals Don't Feel For Their Humans?

There's no doubt that animals can hold a special place in our lives. A lot of people, however don't understand the profound connection that can form between animals and “their humans”. They might say they love their pets, but they don't see how much animals can truly feel for their owners. A Facebook wall post led me to a website that describes these connections to a tee.

You cannot look at this and tell me that animals don't feel the loss of their humans. Some people think animals aren't intelligent or emotional enough, for this, but I think this video would prove them wrong.

It's nothing like this, but I remember coming home after having spent a month in the hospital and having to sleep downstairs on a makeshift bed because I couldn't climb the stairs. Missy, my brown tabby, was at the end of the bed every day when I woke up, almost as though she were making sure I didn't leave again. Yes, I'm tearing up as I'm typing this.

This one is a bit long, but can you imagine how awesome it would be to be able hug a lion and hold it like a teddy bear as you slept? That's how it happens for this wildlife expert who calls himself “the lion whisperer”. The lions know him by sight and, while they appear to be attacking him, they are just playing with him the way a German Shepherd would with its owner. In contrast, my cats have scratched me so much that I still have scars. To get a good look at this amazing story, here's the video.

Most of the “cuddly stuff” is in the beginning, but it's really interesting to see how this man interacts with these wild and normally-dangerous creatures.

Note: I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but do not try anything like this at home! In North Carolina there was a man a few years ago who kept a tiger as a pet from the time it was a cub. It was largely tamed, but it ended up attacking and killing a 10-year-old boy. “Tamed” and “domesticated” are not the same thing!

Speaking of which-

You may remember a story a few years ago about Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy being attacked by one of their tigers during a show. At first it wasn't clear whether or not Roy was going to make it, but he's recovered significantly in the ten years since the incident- a lot more than anyone thought he would. What I find most interesting is that, while most of us assumed it was an attack, Roy says it wasn't. Apparently he had passed out on stage and Montecore-the gorgeous white tiger who's been part of their show for years-grabbed him by the neck and tried to drag him offstage. Roy says he was acting on the feline instinct of grabbing a baby by the scruff of the neck and carrying it to safety, but, for obvious reasons, this only caused more damage. The recovery Roy made is nothing short of miraculous; the fact that he can walk, talk and even perform magic again is inspirational in and of itself! Ten years later, Roy and Montecore are still the best of friends. For more details, visit http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2013/sep/30/siegfried-roy-revelations-10th-anniversary-tiger-i/.

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