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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 17

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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FEEL FREE TO GET DISTRACTED 😀

Here, in South Africa, Summer is in full force with temperatures over 30 degrees centigrade.

Fur is not foremost on people’s minds except for the local furrier who at this time of the year is buying animals skins from overseas markets.

While working at my desk I recently noticed some activity outside in my garden.                                                                                         distractio abl

A closer inspection showed  a Southern Masked Weaver hard at work.

These weavers are named for the highly complex woven nests that they build.                                                                    

weaver3
    A Hugh look-a-like

 At this time of the year, this is a common sight in South Africa, as the male weavers start the arduous nest-building process.

Why arduous?

Well, in an attempt to please a female weaver these fellows can construct up to 10 nests, one after the other, until Ms Weaver is happy. Either the female will accept it or she will leave and look elsewhere. It all comes down to standards and experience.

Contrary to popular belief females do not destroy the nests. The male, still smarting from rejection, has to dismantle it himself.

I watched this process unfold over several days with my resident weaver who from now on shall be called Hugh.

Hugh arrived out of the blue. DISTRACT6

For many hours he sat in a contemplative state.hugh

Then after a deep breath he started the intricate process of nest-building.

I was fascinated. He approached the nest from every possible angle and I saw Hugh in many impressive acrobatic poses.

distractioblohug1 hug5AA 

Then inspection day arrived and Hugh’s nest failed the test. DISTRACT3

So Hugh calmly went back to the drawing board.DISTRACT4

There is indeed a lesson to be learnt from Hugh.

That is, never give up. When life feels like a dismantled heap of …, pick up the pieces and construct something new.

Thank you Hugh.

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity!

 

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13 Comments

  1. Spokie sny spoor says:

    Must say: “I like your garden!” Moenie te erg raak oor Hugh, soms gaan bou hul op in ‘n heel ander erf ‘n nes. Dan voel dit of jy verwerp word en of jou bome nie goed genoeg is nie… By my huis verkies die weavers buurman se doringboom, nie my groen wilgerboom.

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  2. Winnie says:

    So lovely. A little creature so fascinating, yet mostly ignored. There is so much to learn & appreciate from the animal kingdom, which in some ways, is miles ahead of us.

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  3. How beautiful, lovely to see this, thank you Emy *smiles*.

    – sonmi upon the Cloud

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  4. How lovely that you could witness this patient and industrious work. Weavers build beautiful nests!.

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  5. Poor Hugh. But maybe next time he’ll consulted the lady of the house before he starts construction. 🙂

    Thank you, Emy, for sharing this wonderful experience.

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