Every week we take out a bunch of educational videos from the library. Riley can pick anything that interests her. Once or twice a week, we snuggle together on the couch and watch one. Today we watched When Animals Talk featuring Dr. Jane Goodall. It was one of the most interesting films I have seen in a long time.
In it, there is a man who stands in the ocean and plays harmonica for wild killer whales. They come to him curious and open. These whales would just as soon eat a sea lion, but they let this man touch them.
There is a part about rats trained to help clear land mines in Africa.
There is a part about the 2004 Tsunami, and how the animals all knew it was coming.
There is a part about elephants, and how they communicate over miles and miles of terrain. The open minded scientist who figured out how they do it is featured in the film.
There is a heart wrenching part about a search and rescue dog in NYC who was one of the first responders, and worked 18 hour days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. When everyone around him was reeling in horror, the dog stayed calm. He had a job to do and he did it.
If you ever get a chance to rent this film, or borrow it from the library, do. Or you can buy it on Amazon. It’s not expensive.
You don’t have to be an animal lover to find it fascinating. The film leaves you basking in the notion there is more going on in this world than we understand.
I just love that.
*For more sensitive viewers, there is one short scene of sea lions being attacked by killer whales. It isn’t close up, or gory, but Riley had to bury her head in my shoulder for that part.