*The Poison Pie Column*

Of Crows and other Creatures

Written By: 戴梦 Martina

“A man’s heart away from Nature becomes hard…lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too.”-Luther Standing Bear

“Whenever we went camping I couldn’t wait to go home,” I’ve admitted, recalling fond memories of Algonquin Park canoe trips.  One day was enough to see a couple birds, splash some lake water, set up a tent and pretend to be in desperate Neanderthal-need of firewood. Good times in that one day. But after one day the whole Pocahontas thing got old fast. I’m not Carrie Bradshaw, but the mosquitoes, lack of internet and lack of pavement really transported me to caveman times, not in a good way.


But I really don’t think you have to be a gung ho camper or even an outdoorsy person to appreciate nature. That’s like saying nature only exists outside. Or like you’re on this planet alone while you’re on the internet, as if the rest of the Animal Kingdom ceases to exist if you don’t notice…

      The Animal Kingdom abounds with sentience. Whether we like it or not, we aren’t alone on the planet:

Why Animals Rock

~A List of Inspirations in the Animal Kingdom~

1. When Caterpillars enter the chrysalis, enzymes dissolve it completely into liquid. Contrary to popular belief, the caterpillar doesn’t grow wings.  Instead the entire body of the butterfly rebuilds new organs and a new nervous system. So when you feel like things are falling apart in your life remember: caterpillars turn into liquid before they fly.

2. Elephants never forget. You’ll forget before they will simply because elephants have the best sense of smell on the planet. Police should train elephants instead of dogs. Olfactory function is an indicator of good memory and memory maintenance. In fact, odor identification tests are used to predict and detect Alzheimer’s disease onset. So elephants are like the antithesis of Alzheimer’s.  Did you know familiar smells raise Oxytocin levels, making you happier? I think the elephants are onto something….

My heart just melted...elephants always break my heart...we treat them so shitty :( but I love them

3. Shakespeare once said, “And though she be but little, she is fierce,” and so I give you:

27 Amazing Animal Facts

4.  In the Animal kingdom, the usual Game of Thrones mantra takes precedence, every animal fighting for their own kind. But not always. Unlikely friendships have been formed: whales and dolphins, cheetahs and dogs, dogs and elephants, Gorillas and kittens, toads and mice, geese and deer, tigers and pigs, tortoises and hippos…

●•●•●•●•●•● Animals ●•●•●•●•●•●

5.  And this:

Just a fun fact to get you all through the weekend....you're welcome !!  :)

6.  In his book Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin writes, “I can imagine few things more beautiful or intellectually profound than finding the basis for our humanity…nestled inside some of the most humble creatures that ever lived,” He compares our cells to those of these guys:

Break a sponge in half, and two grow.  More than a colony, less vulnerable than a tissue-based creature.  Human societies could learn a lesson from the lowly sponge. Tube Sponge (Aplysina fistularis).

{Sponges are animals}

7.  You know how we give cats a hard time for being bitchy, delusional of being gods, having entitlement complexes, acting presumptuous and spoiled? Well…

8. Sloths have been known to occasionally grab their own arms, mistaking them for branches. This might lead to their death. BUT sloths have abnormally quick healing abilities, capable of regenerating after even severe injuries. So remember when you feel like a complete idiot,  you might have a sloth’s rebound.

A very photogenic sloth…   (Hay sloth, Is there the person called Chewbacca as relative of yours? )

 9. In the movie Lucy, one super woman learns how to use more than 10% of her brain. Well, turns out the dragonfly is way ahead of her, using 80% brain power to process all the visual information it collects from its comprehensive 360° vision made of over 30, 000 lenses per eye.

10. Crows, ravens and jays have a special connection with humans, termed by John Marzluff as a cultural coevolution. In his book, Gifts in Crows, Marzluff explains how crows exhibit characteristics such as language, delinquency, frolic, passion, wrath, risk-taking, and awareness. Strangely familiar…

Not so different after all: find your personality’s animal by taking this quiz! Till next time, live happily ever after~~~

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