A few years ago in a Dallas Park, a feral lab mix and his partner had spent the summer evading would-be rescuers by working together to befuddle their human saviors with Capone-esque cunning and style. But after several months the rescuers noticed the lab mix was travelling alone. Fearing something had befallen his partner they upped their capture efforts until one day they were surprised to discover he not only did not run from them but sought them out, barking furiously as he moved off. Then the lab turned his attention to the humans again and barked. Each time they approached the dog would move off, turn and barked to them again. The people would again follow. This was the way the little lab lead the rescuers to his partner, who was denned up under a dead tree with ten new little lives tucked under her. The pups were sick and mom was not doing well either but luckily the rescuers knew what to do and though it took numerous hours and plenty of hard work, the family was saved and re-homed together. A perfect ending for Hero, Mona and the ten little ones.
We are often amazed at these seemingly uncommon feats of heroism and communication displayed in animals, whether between themselves or between others not of their kind. Hero got his point across. But was it such an unusual thing? Or is it that we are finally allowing ourselves to see an animal’s completeness? Are we amazed at the act? Or are we amazed we finally see that all animals can communicate with each other? Was Hero amazing? Or were the amazing partners in this rescue the humans who took the time to listen? How many other Humans did the dog try to persuade to follow him in the days that followed that birth? Or did he know these particular people were the ones who would take the time to hear him?
If one were to google ‘animals helping animals’ or ‘animals helping people’ one would find the above event is not unusual at all. In fact it is quite common. And these are only the ones reported or witnessed by ourselves. We can believe communication comes in only the physical form. But is it such a stretch to believe the same or even different species communicate in a telepathic or energetic sense? How do lionesses determine which members goes where during an ambush attack on prey? How does one member of a herd of caribou know the wolves have selected another member of the herd and so do not race off in panic?
And if other species can communicate among themselves, why would they not be able to speak to us? We are also animals.
There are more witnesses to communication between species, but one outstanding example is N’kisi, an African Grey Parrot. N’kisi does not mimic Human language, he speaks it. He converses in it with an ‘amazing’ understanding of events happening around him. Because he can physically speak the words of Human language, he is able to communicate on a more familiar platform, but it hints at what we still do not completely embrace: the animals are talking. As they always have, as they always will.
Still have doubts? That’s OK. New ideas are hard to wrap our minds around sometimes. I invite you to click on the link below and make you own determination.
http://www.sheldrake.org/nkisi/ The study of an African Grey Parrot who lives with Aimee Morgana and uses the English Language to communicate with his family. Published in Journal of Scientific Exploration (vol 17 issue #4, 2003).