An­i­mal In­stincts

Reader's Digest (India) - - React -

At times we adore an an­i­mal so much that we keep it with us, de­priv­ing it of its right­ful freedom [Lion in the Liv­ing Room; When An­i­mals Act Like Hu­mans, July]. No mat­ter how much we pam­per it, noth­ing can beat the joy of freedom. As the young men in the story did, we must take care of an an­i­mal if it needs our help and then let it go into its nat­u­ral habi­tat, where it be­longs.

Nupur Mishra, via e-mail

An­i­mals also of­ten be­have as badly as hu­mans. They kill each other, fight over ter­ri­tory, and treat their el­derly in a cal­lous fash­ion. The one bad habit they have not yet picked up is to bore one an­other with mind­less talk.

Ra­jesh­wari Singh, New Delhi

I re­cently saw an adorable puppy fol­low a lit­tle girl in our park. She was slightly scared, but had started laugh­ing at the puppy’s an­tics when her fa­ther ar­rived. One look and he grabbed a sharp stone and hurt the hap­less pup—which, mind you, was me­tres away from his daugh­ter— while mut­ter­ing ob­scen­i­ties. Badly wounded and trau­ma­tized, that pup may grow up with the seeds of fear and vi­o­lence and might even at­tack hu­mans. Who can blame it? The lit­tle girl too may fear and see them as filthy crea­tures. Don’t we reap what we sow?

Meghna Bist, Noida, UP

Ms Meghna Bist gets this month’s Best Let­ter Prize. —Eds

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