Wednesday, 22 January 2014

I , Me , Myself

When we see an animal, we kind of make out an idea of the kind of presence and the aura it has in its surrounding.Every animal has been associated with an emotion and a power,something like in chess,where animals like knight, bishop and rook are animals. We easily know about that particular animal when we see it.Sadly, an animal doesn't have a control on what humans got to feel when we see it. It plays along in its own way. It has its own personality, a character, a demeanor which goes along itself, be it any kind of animal. Of course it all depends on the conditions where an animal is, factors like human interventions, its position in the food chains and its inner flamboyance. A leopard in Sri Lanka (yala) will have a totally different personality than that of one in India. Simple reason being that the former doesn't have tiger, a stronger animal in food chain. So Indian leopard will be found mostly on high trees. Similar can be said about African and Asian elephants. Size is a matter in personality there. Also different individuals in groups have altogether different ways of reacting. As seen in packs of hyenas and wild dogs.
Anyways, the reason I came up with all these rantings are some amazing movies like Eight below, life of pi,and myriad movies dedicated to animals and birds. There really is something amazing in portraying animal emotions, or imbibing emotions in them; take for instance the lion king series. Here is below a series of pictures about the personalities and expressions.

Probably the most sought after avian, when it comes to exemplify courage, stealth , power, high position,eyesight,attitude and many more positive traits. I have never heard more maxims about these virtues being related to any other animal apart from this one.Such is the might of this amazing animal that even neil armstrong said "Houston, tranquility base here, the eagle has landed" , lunar eagle being the name of his shuttle. Here is a pic of a mighty eagle in forests, ever alert with its great eye.

The most flamboyant personality of the jungle, the Tiger. Be it a cud, an adolescent or an adult tiger, anything written about them falls short of compliments.Tiger is always metaphored as a warrior, a powerful person, leading a life of a king and many more.And why not, the flamboyance of tiger is reflected in every step it takes, every sound it makes. Its sheer presence knocks the calmness of the forests off and converts it into a place of terror for a while. Of course its a fact that forests cannot exist without tiger for the obvious reasons. No wonder the most elusive animal of the forests is the king , the amazing tiger.Here is a pic showing a adolescent and adult tiger with calm expressions

Jackal, this animal for some reason reminds me of the joker in playing cards, considered to be a cunning owing to their opportunistic behavior and being scavengers.One finds all these traits in jackal. It has been accurately portrayed as someone shrewd but not a powerful character.

The Bison or indian gaur represents brute strength. Its said that more powerful a person becomes, his approach towards life becomes calmer. Bisons show exactly that. Its the tallest of all wild cattle and its size is too intimidating.It is mostly a silent animal, unless triggered similar to most animals.The horn as shown in the pic is a sign of strength and are more spectacular in males. Gaurs are among the most heavy animals of the world and yet once of the very calm customer too.

 Coming to the most common denizen, who is most cautious, agile and most alert , the deer. You see the deer and immediately you remember yourself the way you used to be in primary school and being summoned by the principle of the school. That said, since they are so alert , I feel they are the most sincere individuals in forests.They are simple, down to earth, polite, and always ready to face dangers.
This famished deer, walking in swamps to search food , and the clouds over it , apparently show the tough times hovering on it. Deer looks up to the clouds, may be asking something , and its skinny body indicates the tough times it had in past....

Another picture of a sambar deer below, shows its alertness, via its ears.As if setting its antenna to get info about the approaching enemy.

Langurs are one of the most eloquent bunch of animals in forests. Its very rare to find them silent, or alone. They are one temperamental animals. Resembling the most naughtiest, but also helping nature of animals. They are always reflected so , in many adaptations and movies. Here is a pic of a angry , raged langur.

Its always said that if there is an animals whose emotional quotient matches very close to humans is the elephant. They have to be the most feared animals , if their cub is disturbed. Emotional attachment of an elephant with its herd is a very deep relation. The way a cub is taught the ways of life is just exemplary. The bond between the female elephant and her cub is so overwhelming that they are heartbreakingly close to us. 

Elephants are also seen wandering alone. Most male elephants are alone as they approach puberty. They are very aggressive and irritable at the same time. Its known to take fights with any other male elephants and behavior is highly erratic.
The expressions and the personalities of animals are too visible to know them well. Over a period of time they get acquainted and adjust themselves to their surroundings be it jungles or zoos. The problem occurs when human wants to change something that animals is used to. This is nature isnt it , no one wants to be shifted from comfort zones.And when shift occurs, their has to be a repercussion. And sadly its always the animal that has to pay.
I just hope someday,we all would understand the welfare of animals , treat them as personalities and not just animals, that would be the day we will certify our race to be called humans..... hope soon..

1 comment:

  1. Love to go through your blog...the picts are excellently different and the read also is unusual stuff and not the mundane same things one gets to favorite pict here is the Indian Gaur with a rainbow horn :)