posted on May, 13 2008 @ 08:33 PM
I've worked with animals since i was a kid. I' ve probably got more social interaction with other species than with humans in my lifetime. As a
kid, i always had a collection of reptiles, monkeys, and other unusual critters. Growing up i worked with lots of different kinds of animals, both
in the wild and with captive raised animals. There's a few people on tv these days doing stuff with animals, we all hung out together as kids.
I don't suggest the average cityslicker go out wrestling gators or jumping out of trees onto deer with a bowie knife, but if you're capable (you
know who you are) then these are considered survival options. Sometimes depending on what you're doing, it can benefit to have 250lbs of leverage
to do battle with a 10 foot gator trying to break your leg with a swipe of it's mighty (tasty) meat filled tail. At 180lbs that gator can toss you
off balance a lot easier, at 250, you can absorb the gator's tailsnap and still stand solid and firm.
I've worked with animals at a sanctuary where we took in orphaned exotic animals. If a zoo went out of business, we usually got the animals. If a
drug dealer got busted and they confiscated a lion or something like that, we got it. I worked with 150 large cats on a daily basis, as well as a
whole slew of primates, bears, lemurs, bearcats, birds of all sorts, reptiles, both venomous and non, and a whole assortment of small critters like
coati, capybara, cavy, and other weird little critters.
with knowledge and skill, capturing a 6' gator is not as dangerous as it sounds, and using the techniques the Seminole used, one could easily harvest
enough gator meat to keep several people fed. Between that, and harvesting frogs, snakes, crawfish, turtle, and other small critters that live in
the places you'd find gators, it'd be easy for a skilled hunting party of 3 or 4 to feed a decent sized village when it comes to meat. If you know
how it's easy, and if you have the body weight to do so, it becomes extremely easy.
Whatever your size and body type though, make sure you use it to it's potential. If you weigh 90lbs take advantage of it by becoming a skilled
climber, and learn how to stalk animals unobtrusively. If you weigh 300lbs, learn how to make that weight work for you, and a weakness can become a
strength. Being 300lbs means you can drag large animals around, or heft some good sizable pieces of building material into place to build a solid