The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.
They were not made for humans
any more than black people were made for whites
or women for men.
-Alice Walker, poet and novelist (b. 1944)
I have always felt that if we are blessed, and quiet, and respectful,
animals will invite us into their world.
We humans have changed or tried to make animals into the image
that we feel they should be.
All good things are wild and free. ` Thoreau