Posted 6 months ago on June 8, 2013, 2:21 p.m. EST by windyacres
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The Wildebeest are strong, fast, tough, and physical but aren't very smart. When the members of their herd become weak from age or injury, they're not smart enough to prevent the weak from being eaten. While there is often attempts at helping to protect each other, (especially the mother of a baby wildebeest), they fail and the hyenas and lions survive because of this. It is natural.
It was natural that coyotes or wild dogs would kill and eat calves, and my farmer/partner of mine lost two calves to them. He solved the problem by putting a pair of donkeys with the cows, and we never lost another cow. The donkeys sometimes aggravated the cows, but they stayed with the herd.
I soon learned exactly how the donkeys solved the situation when another friend brought his dog to the farm. I had seen this dog run among the cows without fear. We decided to walk out into the field towards the herd and the dog came with us. The donkeys were never aggressive towards people but dogs were a different story. The male donkey spotted the dog and instantly was at full speed charging the dog but was 50 yards away! Just as instantly the dog was running away back toward the fence full speed. The dog slammed into the barb wire fence but never stopped scrambling until he was past the fence and kept running. The donkey was satisfied that the dog was not in the field and stopped at the fence. It was fascinating to me that the dog, (that had never encountered a donkey), instantly knew the animal was smart and would defend the field aggressively, (unlike the cows).
In nature, lions, hyenas, and dogs cannot afford to be injured, because then they are just another weak thing to be eaten, which of course explains why they attack the weak in the first place. It's a tough world,... but humans have the capacity for a different world.
Humans need a Mother's Love for Her Baby type of mentality. When enough humans agree that our most important focus should be to protect the weak, the better world we long for, will arrive.