Okay, I did my third exam today so decided to take some time to post a blog entry.
A month or so ago, I stumbled on an amazing video on youtube. It’s actually a clip from a news show.
Intrigued, I searched out all the other videos on youtube about him. You have to mention lion in the search box because apparently there’s a Kevin Richardson who used to be part of the Backstreet Boys. Anyway, this person is a truly incredible individual and the relationships he has with the lions are awe inspring. Probably the clip that reveals the most about how strong his relationships with the lions and lionesses are is this one;
Like the speaker said, lionesses are extremely protective of their cubs so the fact that one offered her cub to Kevin speaks volumes about her relationship with him.
After ferreting out all the clips I could find, I discovered that he had written a book with someone else; basically an autobiography of his life with the lions and how he came to start working with them. As soon as I could, Iwent to the local Chapters and bought it. It was fantastic! Such an enjoyable read. He had little individual stories for each of the different animals he’s formed relationships with. The only thing I would say was a bit of a downside to the book was that it hopped along the timeline rather than following it chronologically. One story would lead into another story which came years after, which would lead to another story years before and it could get a bit confusing sometimes. That’s my only complaint though and it’s technical. The actual story content is awesome, I had to fight to make myself put it down so that I could study for midterms.
I have looked through all the courses available to me through my animal biology major and I have decided to take the two animal behaviour courses available, largely because Kevin’s work has reall piqued my interest. I have also been interested in psychology for a while so this is a good way to tie it into what I’m doing. Kevin Richardson has been a great inspiration to me and I hope to sometime be able to do something like he is doing, that would definitely be my dream. Even if not professionally, I now know that I can hope to acheive a relationship like that with any exotic animals I decide to raise. Believe me, I know what it’ll take and I am willing to put it in. I could go on right now about how raising an exotic animal and raising a child might not be all that different but I’m going to leave that for a future post as it will be rather lengthy.
On to the other stuff I mentioned. I found a youtube clip I love and think you’ll like too;
I thought I’d put that as your humour source since I’m too exhausted to put up a quote from “How to be a Canadian”. I probably will in future posts though. Until next time.