Findings and pronouncements by science aside, we humans know very little about the world in which we live. We argue about the sentience and intellect of dolphins and apes (LINK), while missing the idea that all live is sentient, has emotions, fear, hunger, even love. Or are we 'civilised humans' just choosing not to see our similarities for fear of what it might mean to our 'self-appointed' mastery over all life.
So far removed are we from all that lives around us, we see the natural world as something to be fought and tamed rather than helped, or at the very least cooperated with. We need our world for its bounty of creatures that feed and clothe us, plus all that grows to sustain us.
What humans are missing is a connection to our world and that failing deprives us of a 'sixth sense' we attribute to animals that flee a tsunami by running up-hill or when they display other sentient activity. Without that connection, humans don't know when a natural event is imminent, nor are we able to understand when those creatures upon which we depend cry out against our ignorance and cruelty.
Yet the animal kingdom is far from defenceless and it would appear than animal attacks on humans and other animals are increasing in frequency, savagery and, in the case of Orca and Chimpanzees, complexity. Here are but a few examples;
This year the killing of Gorillas by packs of Chimpanzees has been witnessed for the first time (LINK), (LINK),
Reports of run-ins with Killer Whales along the coast of Spain and Portugal began surfacing early last year (2020). Despite it being baffling Orca behaviour towards vessels, the attacks are reported by those on board to be coordinated by the whales (LINK), (LINK),
There are the rabid vampire bats in Peru that have attacked over 3,500 people, killing at least 20 people (LINK), (LINK), (LINK),
6,000 wild camels that surrounded a northern Australian town of 350 people, destroying infrastructure and homes (LINK),
Uncharacteristic, deadly attacks by Komodo Dragons in Indonesia (LINK), (LINK),
The New York Post has assembled a partial list of animal attacks lately (LINK),
Animal Mass Deaths
Many people are not surprised that the animal kingdom appears to be fighting back against humans in cities, forests and oceans around the world and they point to the human treatment of animals as the reason. We eat and clothe ourselves with animals. We develop new weapons and new drugs using animals as test subjects (LINK), (LINK) (LINK),.
We decimate species faster than new ones appear while massive die-offs of life have been witnessed in the oceans and the skies these last few decades with many ascribed to human activity and pollution.
An estimate from a few years ago states; “3 Billion birds gone from North America since 1970” (LINK), but that estimate is now low because bird deaths around the world continue with increasing frequency.
Mass die-offs of birds and other lifeforms have been witnessed for centuries, most due to natural infection, ground water poisoning, volcanic activity or atmospheric phenomenon. Our industrial and atomic ages have accelerated the frequency of animal die-offs but by January of 2011 the incidences began to rise around the world with even the staid, BBC commenting on the phenomenon:
“ It all started when residents of Beebe, in the US state of Arkansas, woke to find thousands of dead blackbirds strewn across roads on 1 January. Then, in Louisiana, about 500 birds - including starlings, cowbirds and redwing blackbirds - rained down from the skies.
Only days later, news outlets once again became excited by the discovery of dozens of unfortunate jackdaws who had met their fate over Falkoeping, in Sweden.
Other bird and fish die-offs - as these mass deaths are called - were also reported as far away as Japan, Thailand, Brazil.”
Then, in March of 2011 the Fukushima district of Japan experienced a large earthquake and destructive tsunami which flooded inland, killing thousands and destroying miles of infrastructure, most notably three of the four atomic reactors at the TEPCO, Dai-ichi power plant began to melt down (LINK),
From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States:
"The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident brought together compromised irradiated fuel and large amounts of seawater in a high radiation field. Based on newly acquired thermochemical data for a series of uranyl peroxide compounds containing charge-balancing alkali cations, here we show that nanoscale cage clusters containing as many as 60 uranyl ions, bonded through peroxide and hydroxide bridges, are likely to form in solution or as precipitates under such conditions.
These species will enhance the corrosion of the damaged fuel and, being thermodynamically stable and kinetically persistent in the absence of peroxide, they can potentially transport uranium over long distances. " (LINK),
All life on Earth was, and continues to be impacted by the massive and on-going release of radiation from that event. Seals, star-fish, crustaceans, fish, birds, creatures of the field and forests, our crops, our livestock and yes, even humans will continue to experience defects at birth, reduced fertility, cancers and death for generations to follow (LINK), (LINK),
Following are links to a number of news stories related to animal deaths just in the past 36-months:
What happens when Bigfoot decides he's had enough? (LINK), (LINK), DNA evidence?
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