In the same way that people think it’s perfectly safe to push into an Alaskan river to get a selfie with a feeding grizzly, people think all animals are Disney. They can talk, they think like humans, and of course they are just like Jiminy Cricket.

While I certainly ascribe to the notion that animals can speak (please see Beyond Words, by Dr. Carl Safina) let’s be clear: we don’t speak cat, dog, horse, mouse,rat, snake or spider. We aren’t that evolved. Besides I hardly think that any of them would be entertained by a mindless conversation about how Mommy was mean to me growing up. Some animals barely escape getting eaten by their own kin. Compared to that, we’re relatively fortunate.

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