Without reserve

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"Anyone who says that life matters less to animals than it does to us has not held in his hands an animals fighting for its life. The whole of the being of the animal is thrown into that fight, without reserve."

Quote by Elizabeth Costello in "The Lives of Animals" by J.M. Coetzee

About the picture above:

"It is one of the great spectacles of the natural world and the largest mass movement of land animals on the planet. This extraordinary picture, taken by award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Bloom, shows just a fraction of the 1.5 million majestic wildebeest which cross the Mara River in Kenya every year. They are joined on this incredible journey by 500,000 gazelle and 200,000 zebra.

This is a path fraught with dangers. The waters of the Mara River are teeming with hungry crocodiles and the strong currents can claim as many as 3,000 wildebeests each year. Add to this the lions, hyenas, leopards and jackals lying in wait on dry land, and the jostling mass of herbivores seems like a banquet in waiting. They are particularly vulnerable at night, when individual stragglers can be picked out, and the younger and weaker members of the herd are easily dragged down. Overall, about 250,000 wildebeest die during each trip." (Extract from dailymail.co.uk article).

 Imagine if humans were able to live life this unreservedly!!


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