reply to post by DaphneApollo
Our back yard is their front yard. Amen.
It is for this reason that I hate to see people thoughtlessly whack a spider with a shoe, or crush it with tissue. Spiders are perfectly adapted
killing machines, the bane of flies, wasps, bees, moths, and other irritating insect interlopers to a persons domain. They have evolved over millions
of years to be as well adapted to their environs, and their preferred prey, as they are. They are also beautiful, amazing, and fascinating creatures.
Rather than bashing at them with various implements, I prefer to leave them be, and put their awesome webs wherever they will. I am comfortable
around them. My sister and my mother however, are not so magnanimous toward them, and either kill the poor buggers, or have me come and remove them
from the home. I would rather be asked to move a spider, than have them kill it out of reasonless fear, especially since so few of our native spiders
are in any way dangerous to human health.
There is another reason why I always like to look after the animals which are a part of daily life here on this planet, when ever I get the
opportunity. I believe in God, and say what you will about Genesis and the time line for the creation of the universe (which I believe to be open to
various interpretations) one thing I recall clearly from that segment of the Bible, is that God made human kind stewards of the planet, that he
intended for us to live in harmony with our natural surroundings. I am a God fearing man, and I take that stewardship as seriously as possible,
bearing in mind these modern times we live in. When I see a pigeon flapping a useless wing, I go into a business premises, and ask for a spare packing
box, and then I take that box to the injured bird and place the bird inside, carefully, so as not to hurt it. Then I take the creature to a local
animal hospital, where they take in all sorts, and leave the injured party in the hands of the professionals.
When I see a fox caught in a fence, or stuck in a bin (that happens more than you would think) I free the animal from what binds it. You have to give
respect to these animals, because many of them have been in the British Isles much longer than mankind ever has, and that goes double for the insects
and arachnid population. I imagine the same could be said for many of the states in America, in that they have had wildlife for much longer than they
have had human habitation. At the end of the day, it does not matter whether you live in the city, in the suburbs, in the mountains or the plains, on
a little spit of land on its own, or a vast continent, the animals were, largely speaking, here before us (with notable exceptions), and it is the
responsible thing to do to ensure that the human race has a minimal negative impact on the animal kingdom, no matter where we may roam and settle on
this gorgeous planet of ours.