In a recent visit to Dublin Zoo, I sat down next to a snow leopard busy contemplating life, separated only by a thick window. It was still early morning, and nobody was around. Time seemed suspended as we were taking in each other’s presence and it was a soul-searching as well as soul-enhancing experience.

While there, I thought about the kind of people that create problems on so many levels while others mean well and only speak from the heart. On the other side of that coin, so many incredible, misunderstood animals like Amur leopards as well as snow leopards, wolves, whales or arboreal mammals are ruthlessly hunted or driven from their habitats and a  only seem to have a future on Planet Earth when they’re protected and locked up behind a window or fence.

Sitting next to a wild animal just an inch apart – it was also a thought-provoking experience. It just didn’t feel right, and I felt guilty belonging to the group of mammals that kills animals for fun. Who is the wild animal, now? A large juxtaposition that could not be ignored.

Snow leopard, Dublin Zoo

If you are interested in adopting an animal to protect their future and that of generations to come, please visit World Wildlife Fund.

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