Yet another topic from My Facts post! This time, I want to talk about animals!
As a child, I was an animal junkie. I took in as much animal information as my little brain could handle. We didn’t have cable, so my brother and I would watch every other channel that we could understand. As a result, we watched ton of PBS, and Zoboomafoo and Kratt’s Creatures were staples for us. I can’t remember how we found them or what they were called, but there were these animal books and pamphlets that we read every night. I’m sure it was super annoying for my grandparents and parents to read it over and over again to us. We borrowed a ton of books from the library and went to zoos as often as we could. Our favourite animal was probably the tiger. (True story, I used to have a tiger poster over my bed until middle of college.)
We had some animals as children but not your average cats and dogs. When we were little, my maternal grandparents lived with us, and my grandma hated cats and dogs and rodents. We somehow had a tortoise and we had it for a while, but we woke up one morning, and a cat or some other animal had gotten to it, and it had died in the night. My grandpa cooked it that night and made soup; I remember being really disgusted that we were eating a deceased pet and not wanting to eat it. We also had a rooster and I remember petting it while it ate the food we gave it. I can’t remember what happened to it, but we probably ate it too. We also won some goldfish from a faire or festival or something, and we had one that lived for over 10 years. It was a giant goldfish when it died!
Nowadays, I wouldn’t call myself a junkie but I’m definitely still an animal lover! I still find animal facts wherever I can; there’s a great subreddit called r/awwducational. Did you know hippos sweat pink, and are closely related to whales and porpoises? And I still love going to zoos, especially those that are humane and promote conservation! The SF zoo is a great example; I’m not sure about the other animals, but I learned that some of the giraffes travel to breed, and some babies are even brought back to Africa to replenish the giraffe population! Which is a great segue to my next topic: my favourite wild animals now are giraffes! They are majestic and have the most adorable eyes and I just love watching them. They are the best, period. My favourite domesticated animals are cows and cats. I think cows have some of the prettiest eyes and cats are just adorable butt heads. But I also find snakes cute! And dogs! And hedgedogs and pigs and snow leopards and…you get the jist. I really, really love animals.
As of right now, my household is still fur-free. I’d like to own dogs one day, and I would be proud to grow old as a crazy cat lady. We owned 2 chinchillas for about 3 years; they just passed away this summer. It was really hard when we lost them and I miss them often. We aren’t totally pet-free though; we still have some goldfish! There’s about 5-6 in a giant tank.
I believe in animal conservation, and I think, if I had been better in science, I would have gone in that direction, career-wise. I used to be vegetarian because, as you can imagine, loving cows as much as I do, it was hard to eat beef without feeling a little guilty. I have now since reverted to eating meat but I still feel a little guilty sometimes, and avoid eating too much beef.
This was probably too much information all at once but I hope that provided a little more insight into what I like and what I’m interested in! Thanks for reading!