November 22, 2010

Polar bears, dogs, lions and love and play

Polar bear and husky dog in affectionate moment
from FirstscienceTV documentary "Polar bears and dogs playing"

I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked the best could easily be described as "common decency". I treated somebody well for a little while, or maybe even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have had anything to do with it. Also: I cannot distinguish between the love I have for people and the love I have for dogs. When a child (...) I used to spend a lot of time rolling around on rugs with uncritically affectionate dogs we had. And I still do a lot of that. The dogs become tired and confused and embarrassed long before I do. I could go on forever.
                                                                          -Kurt Vonnegut
         Quoted in Daniel Levitin's The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

Below is an amazing video showing dogs and polar bears at play, the picture above is from this movie:

Here is a lion who likes to roll around affectionately with humans. Some of you might already have seen at part of this video where the lion Christian sees his caregivers again after a long time in the wild:

If you want to get more details of the story, you can read the book A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion or you can see more on Youtube- the full story (there are 5 parts):

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