In the early morning of December 26th, 2004, a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that sent giant waves to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Over 200,000 people lost their lives that day. It was a tragic day that no human could have predicted, yet there are countless stories of animals who did seem to anticipate the deadly disaster.
Climate change is speeding up. According to some research, the earth is losing 200 species of plants, insects and animals a day. Britt Selvitelle and Aza Raskin believe that understanding non-human language can save the world. They are neither linguists nor environmental scientists. They do have impressive resumes in the field of technology.
In 1989, Chito was walking along the shore of the Parismina River in Costa Rica. Suddenly, he saw something eye-catching. It was a larger than life crocodile. Usually, the fearsome reptile would be something to avoid at all costs. Yet Chito saw the creature was in distress. It had been shot in the left eye and was severely injured.
Sigmund Freud once said, “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies.” He praised their honesty and pure nature. Freud’s most famous dog, Jofi, would sit with him during therapy sessions. Originally Jofi was there because she helped Freud relax. But soon Freud noticed that Jofi’s presence would also lift the spirits of his patients.
Throughout history, there have been stories of animals committing suicide. Two thousand years ago, Aristotle wrote about a horse that was so ashamed after unknowingly mating with his own mother, that he killed himself. While these types of stories sound improbable, there are cases where animals kill themselves, and no one knows why.
Texas millionaire and hunter Corey Knowlton recently paid $350,000 to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia. There are only 4,000 to 5,000 black rhinos left in the world, and now there is one less. While it’s easy to paint Corey as a monster, he says that hunters like himself are endangered animals’ best hope for survival.
Imagine loving someone so much that you’d swim more than 5,000 miles to see them. Dindim manages to swim that far every single year to visit his friend Joao Pereira de Souza in Brazil.