DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THESE TWO COYOTES ARE EXPRESSING THEIR AFFECTION TO EACH OTHER ….. OR DO YOU BELEIVE THAT ONLY WE HUMANS CAN DO THIS?
Because what you believe will shape your actions.
So our science keeps seeking to know our wild ones in ways we never could imagine. And the “knowing” is not merely what we observe about them physically, but more important, understanding their inner world. This is the Science of the Future, as we evolve as humans.
And so the following words from Henry Beston’s Classic book, The Outermost House, ring true of an understanding we are reaching for ~
“We need a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge, and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.
We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken a form so far below ours. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the Earth.”
And so it is for Coyote….