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  • To make up for my lack of communication skills with animals, I have always enjoyed introducing different species to each other. It is a joyous/ amused/ excited feeling that results; the same feeling I get when I place my pets in a new environment, and watch them slink/ sniff/ screech/ fly around. Am I cruel to enjoy watching an animal's bewilderment?
    Here, Bluey (the parakeet) and Stilton (the gerbil) stand side by side on a classic rooftop balcony, staring out into space, watching or not watching, planning or not planning, being amused or not being amused. They seen to be enjoying some sort of telepathic chat; one I would have loved to be part of. But humans have long since seperated themselves from the rest of nature; from its traditions, from it's languages, from its world. Bluey and Stilton's conversation is probably simply friendly words exchanged between two small herbivores. They both know what it is to be prey, they both know the pleasures of sunflower seeds. They are at peace. I am not allowed in this club, sadly; I can only watch sullenly from the window. But, if I can lip-read, than I am in luck:

    "Hey, Blue, you wanna go grab a couple seeds from the bar?"

    "Nah, I'll just stay and watch the sunset."

    "Oh, come on; Cheddar's in there, waiting with the drinks!"

    "I suppose...It is getting dark..."

    "We can burn off the calories later on the wheel."

    "...But what if the human is watching?"

    "Trust me, she's not. Let's party!"

    "But-"


    (As Stilton scampers into the wooden box (the bar) Bluey takes off from the upturned cage lid (the balcony) and flies in circles around the room (the sunset). After this, my hiding place is discovered, and the party is called off. All connection is lost between Stilton and Bluey (from what I can tell) My search for inter-species communication is satisfied.)

    It is amazing where your imagination can take you. It is not a wonder of the world why so many movies and books out there star talking animals. Cheers!
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