Too bad the default size image app prevents the larger image as sent to me ...it's difficult to see the smaller version.
That's to keep thread windows from being blown way out of size by someone posting a poster sized pic or something. If one Control-clicks on an image > Open in New Tab/Window we can see the full sized image.
Always treat wild animals with care by keeping your distance. A cassowary fiercely defends territory. The buck kangaroo will attack anyone it sees as a challenge to his position as leader. The male emu will fiercely defend the nest and the young.
Arguing with a bear might be a known no-no but cute and cuddly isn't the way any wild animals see their role.
s'truth Last time we were down in the Keys Ted brought me to check out the only fresh water spring in the Keys. We were sitting on a rise above the water, when Ted spotted a chick inching her way through the underbrush on the far side of the pool toward a 6ix foot alligator.
Ted called out to her that there was an alligator there, but she said "Yes, I know, I'm trying to get close enough so my boyfriend can take my picture with it!"
Ted yelled to her that the alligator was waiting for her to get closer, but couldn't convince her that it was actually a dangerous wild animal because she insisted that there wouldn't be a dangerous animal anywhere that tourists had access to. She was also convinced that this animal (who looked for all the world like a heavy old LOG that couldn't catch a tortoise) could possibly pose a danger, since she could just turn and walk away.
Ted finally managed to convince her boyfriend to call her back to our side of the Blue Hole, telling him that it was indeed wild, and "made it's living" by feigning an inability to pose a danger to any unwary animal that couldn't tell that it wasn't a log... and that it was fully capable of a sudden burst of speed that more often than not, ended very badly for the unassuming beasty.
Turned out that Ted was more concerned for the safety of the alligator than the stupid girl, since had the alligator lunged at her, it would surely have ended with the local game warden having to put the alligator down in spite of it merely doing what was in its nature to do.
In fact... that's the chief reason for signs posting, "PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS" since it inevitable leads to the animal being put-down because of stupid people (mainly tourists)..assuming the animals are tame.
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