About a week ago, I accidentally came across YouTube videos describing true facts on various deep-sea creatures, lizards, birds and other animals.
The purpose of the videos was to educate and offer interesting facts about the creatures in a humorous, silly way. Baritone narration tells the viewer about the Mantis Shrimp and compares it to a psychotic clown whose purpose is bent on brutalizing crustaceans.
The bullet fist mantis shrimp is able to produce a blow at the same acceleration as a .22 caliber bullet. The strike is so powerful it can produce light and heat under water. The narrator then profanely compares the blow to the video game Mortal Kombat.
The mantis shrimp is capable of taking on octopi despite its small stature. Its brutality comes from what I see as fearlessness.
I have always been fascinated by animals, and desired to learn more about them. I am intrigued by their behavior, even the ones that commit some vile, acts like the mantis shrimp. It’s probably why I want to have a pet.
I am willing to spoil an animal senseless. When my family was fostering my grandmother’s Bichon Frise, I would give him two baths and put special oil on his skin to get rid of the dog smell. I fed him Fresh Pet — one of the best foods on the market — because I wanted to make sure he was healthy and content with what he was eating.
That’s how I have always felt about animals.
Recently I was on Facebook and noticed a post on the Jay County Humane Society’s wall stating there was no more room for strays. Every dog and cat cage is full. The post also mentioned county animal control is overrun with abandoned animals. “Please take care of your pets,” the post ended.
I never understood why some decide to take on the responsibility of a pet and not choose to take care of the animal. The dog, cat, bird, reptile or any other pet is a dependent just like a child.
I remember one day, when I was lost in Gaston, knocking on a local woman’s door asking for directions. I was thankful she gave me a way out, but I couldn’t help but notice her two pets.
An adorable little dog, probably a Yorkie mix, was inside curiously peeking through the strands of its brownish black hair to see why her dearest human was letting out all the heat. Outside was an older Boxer, gray hair adorning his jowls and a makeshift sweater from a human shirt on his body. His hind legs were weak, and he was shivering. He came by and let me pet him, but he was trying to get inside in the warmth; it was the first snow of November.
I let my guide know he looked to have been suffering a bit. She informed me he had arthritis, but I shouldn’t worry, he has a hot pad he can sleep on.
I should have reported it. How many more incidents have I over looked?
The mantis shrimp makes us aware of its brutality, force and strength. Its prey doesn’t get that luxury. It falls victim and within seconds is killed or eaten
Pets don’t have a luxury either; humans undermine their dependency. They are left abandoned in trailers, deserted on the road to fend for themselves, used solely for breeding, thrown in the river when there is no longer any use, beaten, left to wallow in their excretions and made to fight.
For those of us who know the biblical order of creation, what came first, animals or humans? Not to say animals are greater or better in God’s eyes, but He had purpose for them as we do.
Dominion over animals doesn’t mean the right to abuse. It means to rule over.
Since when do good rulers brutalize their subjects?