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Guides News – November 2016

As much as the sight of my wall hanged calendar in my office frightens me, it also excites me that we are in the 11th month of the year. This means that the rains should be on their way, many more bird species should follow them and the bush is going to transform into a forest of noisy insects.

Animals don’t just do anything.

A lion prostrated under a tree in the heat of the day isn’t doing anything. It is resting during the hottest hours, conserving energy for when conditions are more favourable.

A tortoise spending most the winter in a hole or under a log might have a greatly slowed heart beat and its metabolic rate might be exceptionally low, but it is simply avoiding the harsh conditions that its surroundings are presenting it with at the time.

My point is simply that there is a purpose in whatever animals do. Even behaviour that we might not be able to interpret properly has some method behind it; just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean the animal is doing something at random.