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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/cobras-protect-baby_n_5599335.html

There's nothing terrifying about this, dammit. These appear to be Hamadryad cobras, which are highly intelligent, and often curious about us. That they can recognize a human baby as helpless and non-threatening, and even act protectively toward it, speaks volumes about the often startling potentials of life on Earth. Adam was supposed to name and count and dominate the world's animals -- but some of those non-human animals seem to have been given commandments of their own: Love thy neighbor, even if he is a little weird. :-)

Click on link given here to see the video.

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btripp
Jul. 21st, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
I was always amazed at how protective Nikki (the calico that came in a package deal with The Wife) was when Daughter #1 was tiny. She'd sit on the floor right in front of the bassinet and stare down the hallway like a sphinx like she was saying "nobody's getting near this baby thing". It was quite endearing, as it was so obviously her "standing guard".


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polaris93
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Paddy, the cat my adoptive parents had when they first adopted me, was the same way. Cats can be extremely protective toward their babies, regardless of species. :-)
btripp
Jul. 21st, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
Of course, in India, the kid might well be some level of Avatar, and is getting the attention of the appropriate fauna!
polaris93
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
That's true. :-) But Hamadryad cobras are fascinating. They're very intelligent, reluctant to use up venom (the stuff's very expensive, metabolically speaking), and even more reluctant to make humans angry at them (we're bigger than they are, and we have sticks, well-shod feet for stomping, rocks, guns . . .) And in all seriousness, I think the world is more closely wolven, humans included as well as any other living creatures, than we want to think. There was that video of a mother cat who had just given birth to kittens taking in and nursing a clutch of baby ducklings. Yes, cobras can be dangerous. And so can we. Yet somehow these odd conjoinings of humans and cobras occur, in spite of everything.
ford_prefect42
Jul. 22nd, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
We're... far less different from critters than we'd like to think.
polaris93
Jul. 23rd, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
Yes, Although for some reason that doesn't bother me. I just hope that it's our best side they resemble -- I'd hate to think there's more of our worst out there going wild.
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