When we see…what do we do?

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language”  – Martin Buber

When walking through the zoo it’s hard to look into the animals’ eyes.  Right?  You see the sadness, the resignation, the boredom.  Perhaps you even see frustration or pain.  You probably feel all these things from them too.  It’s not uncommon to feel these things while walking through a place where animals are held in captivity.  So, what do we do about that?  Is there a way to help them?  Or do we take the same approach and feel resigned and either just walk away and don’t say anything at all or not even bother to visit because it’s just too painful for us to feel their pain?

You see, thoughts are things.  Animals pick up on our thoughts and our feelings more so than humans do.  So when a person walks into a zoo and sees a snake for example, observe what the response is.  Many people jump back and exclaim, “Eeewww!”  Or they pound on the glass, or they talk about how ugly that snake is.  The snake takes all that in and is affected.  The anaconda at the zoo talked about this with me at one point and she said, “It doesn’t bother me as much anymore.  It’s not like I can, or even want, to get them.  I’m behind glass for Pete’s sake!  People are so afraid of the things they shouldn’t be and aren’t afraid of the things they should be.”  She made a good point.

Either way, the animals are calling for our help.  There is no getting around it anymore.  Since I’ve been talking with the animals in the zoo setting I have come to discover that it is not their captivity that they resent or don’t like.  It is people’s reactions to them, living in the present with them, and, depending on where you go, the small habitat they get to live in.  So, it still stands to question if there is anything we can do to help them?

Yes.  There is.  They are asking for our help.  They are calling us to speak up.  They aren’t asking to be set free, but they are asking to be heard.  I have been trying to get in to work with the zoos here in MN for a little while doing animal communication and BodyTalk for Animals.  Perhaps they just aren’t ready to have something that sounds so different within their system of working with the animals.  I don’t know what the issue is exactly, nor do I pretend to know.  It will all fall into place at the right time.  But you have a voice too.  Don’t be afraid to speak up.  Tell a zookeeper.  Ask them questions.  When you see a child pounding on the window, ask them to stop….wait….tell them to stop.  It disturbs the animal.  Again, tell a zookeeper you are seeing these things happen and ask they have more education for the people attending the zoo.

We need to start being more aware of how we respond to the animals in the zoo.  If we are sad, they are sad.  If we walk away from someone mistreating the animal’s space, we are letting them down.  We can make a difference.  You don’t need millions of dollars to say to a child “You know, the animal really doesn’t like it when you tap on the glass.  Respecting their ears will get their attention more than the tapping will.”

So, what can you do to help the animals in a zoo?  Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Tell one of the staff the feelings you are picking up on.

2.  Tell one of the staff what you are observing.

3.  Ask them if they have considered having an Animal Communicator come in and work with the animals

4.  Write a letter to the zoo describing what you have seen and let them know about animal communication and other healing modalities you find might be beneficial for them to look into for the animals (for me it’s BodyTalk for Animals and Animal Communication).

5.  Gently say something to another patron and use it as a teaching moment for them when you see behavior that is disturbing to the animal

Please feel free to add anymore tips below.  The more we can help the animals the sooner we can heal ourselves.

Kristen Scanlon is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk for Animals Practitioner, and Animal Communicator.  She is CEO of The Healing Loft, an integrative healing center in NE Minneapolis, MN and Talk Pawsitive.  She can be reached at Kristen.BodyTalk@gmail.com.  Visit her website at www.KristenScanlon.com
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