After a rather heady week of dialogue (see previous posts), I thought I might end on a lighter note with a heartfelt story about a crow adopting a stray kitten. Apparently this "Miracle Pets" video from a few years back has made the rounds on tv and the interweb, but I hadn't come across it as yet (thanks to Susan Schwarz for forwarding it to me):
Interspecies bonding seems to touch all of us in a special way, maybe because it's a glimpse of the kind of peace and intimacy which will exist someday between all creatures when God's kingdom is completely realized. See my post Billy and the Kid, and also see these adorable videos about a chihuahua which adopts a litter of baby squirrels, and a rottweiler which looks after a kitten.
And don't miss this excellent and very witty post by my friend Amy Sondova on the hippo-tortoise pair of children's book lore, Owen and Mzee. Amy includes a link to the entire book online as well as an update on the pair, and writes herself at Backseat Writer:
A giant tortoise and a baby hippo do make an unlikely pair, don’t they? I love how God has created His world to be ordered, and then sometimes, for some reason, an anomaly like this happens. It causes me to marvel at God all the more because He chose to bring Owen and Mzee together–even if their time has come to an end. And what’s weird about these animals is that they do what we humans seem to find so difficult to do–they go outside the boundaries of what is normal, instinctual even, and form bonds with one another.