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Are animals attracted to me for some reason?

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I'm taking a bit of a break on my marital issues  to look into a more light hearted topic.  There have been times that wild animals have just walked right up to me without the slightest hesitation. I've had a baby squirrel run up to me to save him from the nasty traffic. He let me pick him up and I put him on my shoulder where he immediately fell asleep. He lived in our attic where I set him up with a water bottle,a box with betting and his food dish. As soon as I came up the stairs he got all excited shaking his tail and ran right up to me for his  treat. I also had a similar situation with a chipmunk.I've saved turtles from being run over-there was one vicious b****** that was swerving his truck for the turtle even when I had grabbed her.. I was walking outside during a cold drizzle and found a chipmunk  lying on dis back still alive but with shallow breathing. I knew he wasn't going to make it after apparently slipping and falling from a tree. I wrapped him in a towel to warm him and brought him inside talking  quietly to him and gently rubbing his head. In a couple minutes he was gone. At least he didn't die out in the cold rain. Later I wrapped him in some scrap satim and buried the little guy in a bracelet box,  Though the one my current-sorta-wife is always amazed by is we were sitting on a big flat rock on  the shore of lake Ontario. We'd been dating for a couple weeks. She notice in the distance a duck well she heard the quack too. In a couple minutes she heard the quacking peeps and saw  them lined up behind their mother. My wife got excited since she loves baby animals. Then they kept getting closer which delighted and puzzled her. Then the mom gets out of the water right next to me and calls her ducklings. My wife was speechless when they all swarmed around me climbing on my outstretched legs onto my belly quacking one sat on my hand and got comfortable. So my wife looks for her camera but it wasn't there but she did find some packets of saltines which as soon as she got one packet open the mom snatched it from her hand so she fed the now happy ducklings. They were on me for about 10 minutes before their mom said it was time to go home. I'm not sure if Cloud could really tell me why animals like me so much with Tarot  cards so I was wondering if this would be something requiring a psychic insight? Though I'm really glad it worked at th monkey park in Honduras during a cruise we went on. I had a couple capuchin monkeys hanging out on my shoulders when suddenly one leaps off onto this woman's head and proceeds to pee! She literally didn't know what to do as ir ran down her back. The tour guide laughed nervously and said it was good luck. Once he finished he jumped back onto my shoulder. I pet his head and told him he was a good boy and my wife said that she has warned me about misusing my powers.

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eight bits

People who spend a lot of time in the woods, and who are interested in having relationships with the animals who live there, seem to have them.

This might be a combination of Woody Allen's famous dictum, "70% of success is showing up," and a more subjective component. Valuing a certain kind of experience, being open to it happening and paying attention when it does happen set the stage for having the experience.

The relationship is probably not passive from the other side, either. I'm pretty sure that more animals see us than we see them. Also, some of the animals are curious, but don't get much chance to satisfy that curiosity, since there are risks in making contact (both that we of the forward-pointing eyes turn out to be what we seem to be, predators, and also that other predators might attack during a contact episode). To the extent that they see the risk as manageable, they might take a chance and indulge their curiosity.

A famous document about the subject is the preface to Northern Trails by William J. Long, first published in the 1900's. The book is a children's book (a favorite of the young President-to-be Ronald Reagan, among others), but the preface is not for children. The book is now in the public domain and available for free online, among other places:

http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10389/pg10389-images.html

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Piney

Your emotional state gives off pheromones, which they can smell. I have it happen all the time. I have rabbits, a deer and a coyote which hangs around me.  They know you won't harm them.

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Lilly

Yep, it's your smell, your body language and how much contact the animals have had with other humans. If the animals have not been subject to being hunted or harassed then they will generally tolerate human presence much more readily. 

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Faustus
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Wow!  Such a cool topic.  I've experienced this in the wild.  I think it's behavior, posture, and pheremone related as well.  I once approached a black tail deer to within a few meters, by behaving as an ungulate would naturally.  I pretended to be foraging on grass and wild flowers.  I have also had very close encounters with black bear, and moose that seemed interested but unafraid, as if they knew I had no ill intentions.  I have pics of the deer, and video of the moose.  The black bear Mom might not have appreciated me using a man made device with the cubs there, so I didn't even consider it.  

 

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MOSUGOJI

I'd have to say that the most surprising incident would have to be the mother duck changing course to make a direct approach at me from like 150 ft out on the lake. And that she would bring her ducklings right up to me with no sign of fear has to be the top amazing event like this .

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Faustus
11 hours ago, MOSUGOJI said:

I'd have to say that the most surprising incident would have to be the mother duck changing course to make a direct approach at me from like 150 ft out on the lake. And that she would bring her ducklings right up to me with no sign of fear has to be the top amazing event like this .

Was this lake in a public area?  I know all my neighbors feed the local ducks at the lake close by.  Bad for the ducks really, but who am I to judge.  They approach everyone.

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MOSUGOJI

It was Lake Ontario in Oswego NY. It wasn't a part or anything like that but there was a short dirt road that you turned onto from one of the city streets. It's not paved and the shoreline is pretty rocky. People go there to swim sometimes or to park. The mother and ducklings took off when they heard another car pull up and the people got out.

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Piney
12 hours ago, MOSUGOJI said:

I'd have to say that the most surprising incident would have to be the mother duck changing course to make a direct approach at me from like 150 ft out on the lake. And that she would bring her ducklings right up to me with no sign of fear has to be the top amazing event like this .

We have a lone mallard couple that comes back to the sawmill pond every year. They come up to me sometimes but not like the female coyote does. 

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Lilly

My Ringo does not like fox or coyote. He watches, encircles and frequently herds the local rabbits. Ringo seems to know the fox and coyote are out to get his 'bunny herd' and keeps them completely off my property. 

*Ringo is an Australian Shepherd dog*

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Piney
4 hours ago, Lilly said:

My Ringo does not like fox or coyote. He watches, encircles and frequently herds the local rabbits. Ringo seems to know the fox and coyote are out to get his 'bunny herd' and keeps them completely off my property. 

*Ringo is an Australian Shepherd dog*

I have a "rotational period" here. The farm dogs kill everything. When the boss calls them in for the evening the bunnies come out. After dark the bunnies bail for the warren and the coyotes come out. Then after the coyotes den down the bunnies come out for a morning romp. Then when the dogs come out the bunnies go back to the warren. :lol:

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