2013 is here and since I’m wearing my sustainability hat today I thought I would share some important conservation thinking . The most important point that needs to be made is that ALL wild animals are dangerous. There are many documented incidents of “Bambi” attacking people for various reasons.
So here’s the thing. You may think that the monkeys that play on your lawn (We have a lot of that here in KZN, South Africa) are desperately cute. You then think that you should help them by leaving fruit out for them and one day even feeding them by hand. What a thrill! It’s a very human trait to want to care for animals so don’t feel too bad about it. We also have a terribly bad habit of wanting to give animals “human” characteristics or anthropomorphising. It’s all well and good, but it could get your pets, your children and even you badly injured or killed.
This happens because of the old truism “Familiarity breeds contempt”. The animals lose their instinctive fear of humans. This almost always ends in a disaster and usually means that a wildlife control officer must destroy the entire troop.
Don’t try to “tame” wild animals, don’t feed them and do not ever try to befriend them. They are not your friends. They are not your pets (who have been domesticated over thousands of years) and they are not human, they don’t have human morals or restraints and if your 4 year old stands between them and food, they will not worry about killing your 4 year old.
So please folks if you really love wild animals then we must allow them to retain their natural fear of humans. For their own sake.