The shapes they create are just beautiful.
For me this is the only way animals should be.
No Cages, no Zoos, no Sea parks, just NO !
I don’t really know how they are still going?
Wildlife sanctuaries, yes great. Help them, heal them, yes that’s fantastic, I am completely on board.
But to keep them in cages, or even as exotic pets, locked up, swimming or pacing around the same small enclosure for life ? Unable to fly away, just used for our occasional viewing pleasure?
That’s not right.
Just no, it feels wrong.
No dolphin or whale should be captured and kept, no bird caged or grounded for our amusement, or in our names. Not in mine, please anyway.
What are we victorians? Haven’t we moved on by now?
For anyone who has had the absolute honour of seeing these kind of animals in nature, where they should be, knows that they are not the same animals that you see in captivity. With their eyes so wild, bright and alive. It is absolutely thrilling and a blessing.
I can barely bring myself to look at their caged brothers and sisters, already devoid of life, hope and vitality, with a sense that they are already dead and broken inside.
But in the wild…
It is one of the greatest joys of life. To see them there is an experience you never forget and which has changed me for the better every time.
I once had the luck and privilege to have a whole herd of these gorgeous giraffes, in whole families running along with us for maybe half an hour.
For some reason I had not ever pictured them in big groups or even running weirdly. ?
All I can say is, It was utterly incredible.
Happy, living, doing their thing, free and really alive.
As they should be.