Thomas Ramey Watson

The soldier and the squirrel

When some soldiers in Belarus found a tiny squirrel, they took it to their Warrant officer. The little squirrel was weak and about to die. The warrant officer took to home and cared for it, feeding it every four hours. When the soldier left the army about three months ago, the squirrel went with him. The former soldier is now drives a taxi, and no matter where he goes, the squirrel is always with him.

Many of us have been conditioned to think of animals in the wrong way. It’s time to rethink, to give them equal status, to value them as companions, friends, and teachers. Rebecca Hall, author of “Animals Are Equal.”

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