Hugs Can Change the World
Originally My Favorite Video About Hugs
Here I go Trying to Change the World again
The Free Hugs campaign video has been an inspiration for me for quite some time. Whenever I have interacted in the forums I often would pass the video on to others. Juan Mann did a great thing giving out his free hugs. Hugs are healthy, and good. Hugs are necessary for our well being.
Anyone who knows me knows I am not a touchy feely person. I like the Patrick Swayze line from Dirty Dancing: "This is my frame; this is your frame." I taught that to my daughters. I have my space and you have yours and there must be an invitation before those spaces wil combine into a hug.
That being said, I love hugs. I would hug everyone every day. I just wasn't raised in a hugging family, and out of respect for other people, I do not just "reach out and touch someone".
When I was a kid, there was this huge dog on a neighbors porch. It was an Old English Sheepdog, but because it had been shaved, it looked like a giant terrier. He was crying, and I went to see why, and it turned out that he wanted a hug. I gave him a hug. Many years later, I bought an Old English Sheepdog for that very reason, they love hugs.
His name was Max. He was my son Sean's "best friend" and they were inseparable.
I think hugs are the most important physical contact there is. I believe that if all of the world leaders hugged a baby every day there would be no war, and no hunger. No one who hugs a baby every day will turn a blind eye to suffering.
So it is that my son sent me a video on Facebook about a hug.
My two favorite things, Lions and Hugs
More research Turned Up More Lion Hugs
Research is The Easy Part
In the course of my research there was so much information and so many videos to choose from, so many stories about hugs that I wondered if I should make two hubs or three! And that is not to mention the tears or the fact that I am out of kleenex! So the upshot is that at the end I will give you links to the many web sites and will just review the stories here.
I should put a note in that when you see the lion rubbing his cheeks all over the people in these videos, that is ultimate affection. The cats have scent glands in their faces and are marking these humans as theirs. That is so that if any other animal gets near them they will have the "kings" scent on them. This is a way of protecting family. No one whom the big cat has bested will dare mess with any of his "pride".
Back in the 1960s it was easy to get an exotic pet if you wanted to pay the price. During that time many motion pictures were made that included these animals. Trainers who bought the animals knew how to care for them. You may have heard of the series Gentle Ben, a bear that was owned by Dan Haggerty, who later gained television fame as Grizzley Adams. There were many people who owned "wild" animals.
Born in 1910, Joy Adamson would go on to raise wild lion cubs in Kenya, after they'd been orphaned. This lead to the book and subsequent movie, "Born Free". It was the Adamson's who would later take on the task of integrating Christian the Lion into the wild. I touch on this here, because the world is a rather small one after all.
My story about hugs has taken me around the world and back, and through history. What started as a story about how hugs affect us physically has turned into so much more.
There is now a Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation, has chapters all over the world. They are trying to see that animals who were meant to be free are not kept in cages and performing in circuses and zoo acts.
Many of us have seen the animals who do perform, and we have been told how these endangered species are being bred in captivity for their own good, and to preserve the species. We are told that our ticket prices, purchases of memorabilia, such as tee-shirts and photographs helps to keep these endangered animals alive in the game preserves where they are being raised in this country.
The truth is they do not belong here. The truth is that they are performing just as any other circus animal is. The truth is they are caged to transport and perform. These animals that are wild, are also very loving. They deserve to be free. There are preserves for them in their own countries.
Let's Take Another Look at Christian. It was in his Best Interest to be Free
Ever Seen A Liger?
Sadly The Liger is a Hybrid
The Hybrid Liger is an experiment in genetics taken on at one of the American Preserves. Cross breeding wild animals is nothing new, but if you have paid attention and watched the videos, this is not in the best interest of the animal, of science, or a viable way of preserving the species. These preserves are started to save an endangered species. They claim to put on shows to raise money for worldwide animal preservation, when in reality they are simply trying to make a name for themselves and gain for themselves.
I realize that there may be some who have done no harm. I suppose I may sound like a conspiracy thoerist after all when I say if you watched the above video, then you heard the part about breeding humans with chimpanzees... You watched the video, right?
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