Your inner animal

If you were an animal what would you be?  Do you have an inner animal?  We all love our cats and dogs and yes even our cockatiels and can identify with their needs.  They can communicate with us in different ways such as how they tell us they need a “treat” (my cat seems to constantly need these) and how they welcome us home (not the cat – that is just not cat-like behaviour – I am talking of course about the cockatiel who has not picked up any bad habits from his feline sister).

However, strange things happen when you get out into nature especially when it is in an exotic location where the animals are so totally different to our domestic pets and indeed our local wildlife.  However different, wild and exotic theses animals may be there is indeed something about them that we can identify with.

Ever seen an elephant getting rid of his itch on a lumpy tree trunk?  Oh my goodness.  You can just identify with the scrumptious feeling of scratching that hard to reach itchy spot.

And what about those days when you just don’t want to talk to anyone and the people who do talk to you are idiots so you just ignore them

You see this is something that adventure travel can bring to your life. The ability to get up close and personal to the most fascinating creatures only to realise that you are looking at yourself!  Darwin’s theories are irresistible – even more so if you get the chance to visit the Galapagos Islands.  What is so unique about this place is that the animals are so totally unafraid of humans.  Wow – that is incredible to me when I compare it to the behaviour of the animals in Africa for example.  No wonder elephants, lions, and antelope are so skittish when humans are around.  They just don’t trust us any more.

So in the Galapagos you don’t need a zoom lens to get up close and yes the animals there are even more natural so it is even easier to identify “yourself”. How about these albatrosses stumbling across the rocks.  Sort of reminds me of myself after a long day of wearing heels – or maybe some of those super models with the impossibly high platforms shoes……. followed up by the adorable seal blowing kisses under water.

And if you are shy you can totally identify with this octopus who seems to duck his head and then blush.  Kinda like when that gorgeous lad in Grade 7 asked if he could borrow your calculator.

The world is out there in all it’s glory full of interesting sights and sounds.  Go see the animals and find yourself in the process!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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