“Just Animals?”


DindimJoao Pereira de Souza and Dindim

I have a severe dislike of the phrase, “just animals.”  I often wonder why a comparison to animals always seems to imply that animals are somehow so far beneath humans as to deserve no more concern than a rock at the bottom of a river.

So I decided to share some interesting stories about a few creatures who are anything but just animals.

Take the photo above for example.  A penguin named Dindim travels thousands of miles every year to visit the man who saved him.  His is a wonderful story.

And how about Togo and Balto?  They were just two of the many sled dogs to participate in the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska.  Without their help, an entire village of Alaskans could have been wiped out.

Then there’s Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon, who was responsible for saving the lives of 194 men during WWI.

And I haven’t mentioned the thousands of military and police working dogs who save lives every single day, or the story of the mother cat who ran into a burning building time and time again to save her kittens.  She was severely burned as a result, but she got it done.

So the next time you hear someone refer to animals with a condescending tone, just remember that, “… man hath no preeminence above a beast.” (Eccl 3:19)

Still think they’re just animals?

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