I love to watch animal videos. I guess it’s because I’m too lazy to have a pet. Or probably my Mongolian genes are working on my subconscious thoughts–we are supposed to be animal loving nomads.
Videos about grateful wildlife. There are so many YouTube videos about grateful wildlife that I almost feel that the concept of morality has been spreading among all the creatures. People save a deer or fox or a duck once, the next thing they know, they come back to “express” their gratitude, sometimes with the next generation in tow. Their grateful eyes seem to say “thank you” and the sound they make can be interpreted as “I love you”. I know it is very silly, but I can’t help watching it.
One of the most consistently grateful animals is deer in a Japanese temple and the entire little township. They would bow to you in order to get a snack and they would bow again after getting a snack. Watching human bowing is not enough, I guess. We really love to watch a deer bowing. I have to say I suspect the monks in the temple secretly trained these deer to bow for the purpose of attracting worshipers and tourists. At least in the beginning. After the first several deer learned the trick, other deer in the region started to emulate.
Videos of pets with table manners. Pets have to have table manners too. They wait quietly for their turn. Some even learn to use forks and spoons.
Videos apologize for animal behaviors. I love those videos. Why a lion eats its preys? One video explains that it is trying to kill the weaker ones so that the whole herd of buffaloes can be healthier. I would never have imagined. Thank you BBC for telling me that and gives the lions the job of a safari health inspector. Also why a bull of elephant seal wants a harem? That doesn’t sound very moral, does it? The video explains that it is because the strongest gene needs to be passed into the next generation and the weaker genes should be prevented from doing so. I have to say they sound a little lame and expedient. I’d like to suggest to the video producers that they should hire better script writers to come up with better stories.
Videos of human living with ferocious animals. I don’t think I will ever understand people who live with bear, leopard, tiger, or lion. However I love to watch the videos. Every minute I am terrified that the beast is going to become a real beast and eat the human partner for dinner, but the beast seems to be postponing that beastly moment indefinitely…
Videos of Serengeti, Maasai Mara or other national or private game reserves of Africa. I don’t know why people, including me, like to watch lions hunting and eating their prey. Is it for the same reason that people in ancient Rome enjoyed watching gladiators fighting wild beasts; people in the bad old days enjoyed watching beheading?