IMG_2267Although integral to the concept of our (unscientific) grim struggle up the evolutionary ladder of life, it is really only a few animals that seem like blood-thirsty murderous creatures.

I remember the shock of seeing a chicken coop after a mink got in there and ripped most of those poor gentle creatures apart, seemingly just for the savage joy of the kill.

But on my sister’s farm I watched the most amazing compassion between a dog and a dying cow.   My sister hoped the cow would pull through, but for three days their dog would not stray from her spot at the cows head, not even for food.  Only when the cow died did that faithful friend leave her side.

Then one day I watched in breathless awe as our horse tried to keep our cat away from a rabbit she was determined to kill.  (The cat prevailed,……..and the horse hung her head in sorrow.)

But someday, “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox;  and dust shall be the serpent’s food.  They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, says the Lord.”  – Isaiah

These National Geographic videos are called ‘Unlikely Animal Friends’.

The picture if of a red-listed Giant Salamander we saw in Slesse Creek.