This moving (for animal lovers) viral video was brought to my attention by an email from What is enlightenment? magazine. They referenced this video for the purposes of examining the prospect of animal souls. I still think that the people at WIE are oblivious to evolutionary theory. Seems they take animal affection to somehow insinuate a soul. But then here is the crux of the issue. The fact that an animal can clearly be acculturated into the affections of a human family argues for the universality of these emotions from an evolutionary point of view. To the WIE crowd it may argue for some sort of evolving state of realization through reincarnation. I am constantly struck by how much the WIE crowd "doesn't get it". They *are* the ID crowd, only from a non-Christian slant.
The acculturation of the normally wild lion strikes me as being very similar to the acculturation of the wild human born into modern society. Are we all savages that merely mold ourselves to the level of societal advancement we happen to be raised in?
The video linked by WIE was overwhelmingly cheesy. I am linking to a more palatable one.
My dog greets me like this every time I see her (which is far less often than when I raised her).
This is the fascinating fleshed out story of Christian, his life in England and how he was introduced back into the wild by George Adamson (the third man in the video) who was tragically murdered by bandits along with his wife 14 years later.
This is the full grown Christian. He was wild but still in friendly contact with George Adamson. More.