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Volunteering--X Posted [Aug. 18th, 2003|08:14 am]
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In answer to thedarkcrystal's request for interspecies communication stories (a very good idea, by the way), I have made this post.
Volunteering at the wildlife center has been a beautiful experience--I've helped to save lives, witnessed a few miracles, and even communitated with some animals. I have taken the instances of interspecies communication (animals communicating with humans) so much for granted since I've been volunteering that I've forgotten all except the most recent instances. So here they are:

1. Toby
There is a young opossum named Toby at the center, and one day I went into his enclosure to get him more food and water. He immediately came out of his box and came over to sniff my shoes, and then he looked up at me. I don't know exactly why, but that was the most beautiful look I have ever gotten. Then he sniffed my shoes some more while I gathered his food dishes, and then, sadly, it was time for me to leave and get him some new food & water. I said, "Toby, is it okay if I leave?" and then he promptly got out of my way so I could open the door. It was pretty cool--you can think it was a coincidence if you want to, but I don't think it was.
2. The barn owl
Barn owls can give very peircing stares if they want to, but one day when I was in the enclosure, one with a broken leg gave me a very strange look that wasn't characteristic of a barn owl, in fact the very same look that Toby had given me. It was pretty cool. I could tell that the owl was trying to tell me something, but I don't know what.
3. The little goldfinch
While feeding a young goldfinch, I could tell that this would be the last time I would see the little bird. Not because of the appearance or habits of the goldfinch--just the impression I got was enough for me. And then I saw a big bulge on one side of the bird's neck that I hadn't noticed. I mentioned it to a more experienced volunteer, and they said that the bird probably wouldn't survive. And then I looked at the bird again and, lo and behold! the same look. He/she wasn't there the next time I came in.
And that's really all I can think of (for now, at least). I hope you all enjoyed these stories.

From: treepatter
2003-08-21 02:42 am (UTC)
You are so lucky that you get to interact with animals in such a close environment. Thanks for sharing those
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-08-21 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks--yeah, it's pretty amazing there sometimes (or should I say all the time), and I've really learned a lot since I started volunteering there.
And you're welcome.
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