I read that all sorts of animals in zoos and animal parks are missing their human visitors now that they are closed. They have got to learn the routine and know when to expect visitors to appear. Seems they like looking at these strange creatures called humans, getting as close as they can to investigate them, loving the attention they normally get from them and acting up for it. They can't understand why the visitors have stopped coming.
In particular, animals that are normally in actual physical contact with humans such as pygmy goats go to the gate of their enclosure at the usual time the visitors appear. The keepers have set up a patting rota for them to make up for the lack of visitors doing it.
Somewhere in another universe, dear brother, you got saved.
I've often thought that we underestimate ourselves as an interesting species. In the context of our AG's, we marvel at their intelligence but wouldn't it make sense that they would be marveling right back at us, probably more-so. We're (arguably?) smarter, bigger (much bigger) and do all sorts of interesting stuff.
This is why I've never bought into the argument that parrots should always be free. It could be (at least I like to think so) that their lives can be far more safe, enjoyable, richer, stimulating, etc. living with caring human companions.
Chris, I love that idea! Them marveling at us as being interesting, potentially unpredictable creatures!!
Jane, that story with the pygmy goats waiting for pats is really cute! Sometimes zoos are a bit depressing, but it is nice to know that the animals can get enjoyment from us. I remember being at a pig farm and the farmer said he loved the pigs. He said at chicken farms, they don't really care for their keepers, but the pigs all run up to greet the farmer.