Do you receive occasional emails with adorable pictures of odd animal pairs, like an elephant lifting a mouse with its trunk, or a deer lying alongside a bear cub? Do they make you smile?
Humans have a lot of ideas about what goes with what, what’s normal, and all that. But I have an inkling those are just ideas. Nature does as she pleases without asking our permission, and sometimes she comes up with an inspiring combination.
One such poignant combination was recently pointed out by Carolyn Resnick, creator of The Carolyn Resnick Method and Liberty Horse Training.
I’ve excerpted that story for you here. If you like it, I invite you to fill out the form below it to become a PetWrites.com member and receive regular mind- and heart-opening pet articles.
Here’s the excerpt from her site:
A Visit from a Friend
I got another visit from our sparrow. Again, I asked Maestro to canter around me and upon his first step into the canter, here came his friend flying onto his back from some unknown place. This was the second time this little bird has done this when I began training. He flew away when Maestro came to me. I scared the bird off his back, from me being too close to him. The little sparrow has joined the horses and rides all of them daily. I have watched him for some time and the only reason he seems to want to sit on the horses is that it is fun. He eats from the ground with the horses and sits on them with no interest in picking bugs off them. Usually I see sparrows in groups, but we do not have any other sparrows on our ranch right now.
Sometimes the horses try to shoo him off their backs, but he will not go. I have seen the horses flinging their heads violently in the bird’s direction when he is on their backs and he just hops a few inches to safety on another part of the horses back. The horses then forget he is there and go on with their day. The horses do not scare him at all. When he is on the ground with them, their moving feet are inches from him and he is fine with that. However, I cannot get 10 feet from him before he will choose to fly away. I get the crazy idea that evolution will change him and he will become friendlier to us. I envision that he could evolve riding on us as well.
(Original source: www.carolynresnickblog.com/2011/10. To see the original of the story about these two odd animal friends, click on the ‘odd animal friends’ link. When you get to the page, scroll down to find the story.)
So… why do I think a sparrow and a horse are such a wonderful example of odd animal pairs? Maybe it’s because the sparrow seems to be just out for a good ride. He’s in it for the fun of it. Sure, the horses consider him a pest, but as long as he doesn’t bother them they’ll let him hang with them.
He’s a gutsy little fellow. If you’ve ever spent any time around horse hooves, you know how big and sharp and menacing they can be, even to a human. But he is not intimidated. He’s going for it!
So, go for it! If you were to something gutsy today, just for the fun of it, what would it be? Let us know in a comment at the end of this post.
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