Animal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated animal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing Animal Char­i­ties Fair con­tin­ues her col­umn

Uxbridge Gazette - - Animal Matters -

AT­TRACT­ING con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion at the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum to­day wasn’t a pho­to­graph at all but the empti­ness where a pho­to­graph should have been.

The pho­to­graph, “The night raider” – a pic­ture of an anteater at­tack­ing a ter­mite mound, had been re­moved af­ter be­ing dis­qual­i­fied for be­ing thought to breach com­pe­ti­tion rules. (It’s be­lieved the anteater was a stuffed spec­i­men and not alive when the photo was taken).

One photo showed two po­lar bears in a snowy land­scape who had stopped to in­ves­ti­gate a dirty pud­dle. The pho­tog­ra­pher says that with­out hes­i­ta­tion, both bears low­ered their heads to taste the stained snow. It was then the pho­tog­ra­pher felt ashamed as she re­alised the stained snow was leak­age from her ship. Her pho­to­graph em­pha­sises the con­trast be­tween the pol­lu­tion and the bears’ pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment.

Animal res­cue is full of con­trasts. The con­trast be­tween those who ill-treat an­i­mals and those ap­palled at what hu­mans are ca­pa­ble of do­ing to an­i­mals. This was seen in the photo of four Bornean ele­phants hud­dled to­gether in a des­o­late, des­e­crated land­scape, de­for­ested for palm-oil.

With num­bers of Bornean ele­phants and black rhinos at en­dan­gered lev­els, it seems that, un­less hu­mans pay more at­ten­tion to the im­pact we’re hav­ing on our planet and its an­i­mals, it’s pos­si­ble that, like the photo of the anteater this year, in fu­ture years, (al­beit for a dif­fer­ent rea­son) some species of an­i­mals will be rep­re­sented only by an empti­ness on the wall.

Two an­i­mals who, when I met them, also moved with­out hes­i­ta­tion and in syn­chrony are Jim and Smokey.

These two Labradors have lived to­gether all their lives and came into the care of Dogs Trust last month due to the ill-health of their owner.

They are friendly boys who have been used to liv­ing out­side as trained work­ing dogs. They will need a new owner who will help them set­tle into a do­mes­tic en­vi­ron­ment and un­der­stands they may need house­train­ing. You can meet this gor­geous pair at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Uxbridge.

Jim and Smokey

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