Meanwhile on the Planet

This photo is from Amboseli, a park in Kenya famous for elephants, that my wife and I got into a groove of visiting a few times a few years ago. This is one of my favorite pictures, two friends greeting one another, querying each other, displaying obvious good will, emotions like humans.

I commend to you the author Carl Safina whose insights about animal minds are essential. See my posts Do Animals Think? and Elephants Display Emotion Just Like You Do for links to his work.

Just now, we’re all up in ourselves here in the United States about the eclipse next Monday. Our country closes up over myopic media-driven obsessions, the eclipse for one thing and this week, for another, Trump/Charlottesville, topped today with a side of possibly Islam-tinged terror in Barcelona (cable channels can never leave ‘possibly Islamic-tinged’ alone). Sometimes it’s hard to hear from our mass media about much anything else in the world beyond our country.

Sad and evil things happen out there. From the African continent this week, where dedicated people are fighting the good fight on behalf of the non-human world,  here are two:

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC/

Lunchtime for Cheetahs

Here is a sequence of a cheetah stalking, catching and killing a gazelle from our recent visit to the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya:

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First she spies an animal that bears scrutiny. She gets low to the ground.

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It doesn’t take long to draw a crowd, which is keeping a respectful distance.

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And the chase is on. It’s going to be the guy with the antlers.

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Closing the gap.

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This will just about do it.

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And it’s lunchtime for the cheetah and her two young male cubs.

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