馃敟 | Latest

Family, Friends, and God: Public Universal Friend The Public Universal Friend (born Jemima Wilkinson; November 29, 1752 鈥 July 1, 1819), was born as an English- American to a Quaker family on Rhode Island, and was assigned female at birth. This person suffered a severe illness in 1776 (age 24), and reported having died and been reanimated by the power of God as a genderless evangelist named the Public Universal Friend. The Friend refused to answer any A portrait of the Public Universal a longer to the previous name, Friend, from the Friend's biography Jemima Wilkinson, (1 quoted Luke written by David Hudson in 1821. 23:3 ("thou sayest it") when visitors asked if it was the name of the person they were addressing, and ignored or chastised those who insisted on using it. The preacher shunned the name "Jemima" completely, having friends hold realty in trust rather than see the name on deeds and titles. Even when a lawyer insisted that the person's Will should identify its subject as having been born under the name Jemima, the preacher refused to sign that name, only making an X which others witnessed, even though the Friend could read and write.2) The Friend asked not to be referred to with gendered pronouns. Followers respected these wishes, avoiding gender-specific pronouns even in private diaries, and referring only to "the Public Universal Friend" or short forms such as "the Friend" or "P.U.F."3] madnessofmen:only address me as The Friend from now on
Family, Friends, and God: Public Universal Friend
 The Public Universal Friend
 (born Jemima Wilkinson;
 November 29, 1752 鈥 July 1,
 1819), was born as an English-
 American to a Quaker family on
 Rhode Island, and was assigned
 female at birth. This person
 suffered a severe illness in 1776
 (age 24), and reported having died
 and been reanimated by the power
 of God as a genderless evangelist
 named the Public Universal Friend.
 The Friend refused to answer any
 A portrait of the Public Universal a
 longer to the previous name,
 Friend, from the Friend's biography
 Jemima Wilkinson, (1 quoted Luke
 written by David Hudson in 1821.
 23:3 ("thou sayest it") when visitors
 asked if it was the name of the
 person they were addressing, and ignored or chastised those who
 insisted on using it. The preacher shunned the name "Jemima"
 completely, having friends hold realty in trust rather than see the name
 on deeds and titles. Even when a lawyer insisted that the person's Will
 should identify its subject as having been born under the name Jemima,
 the preacher refused to sign that name, only making an X which others
 witnessed, even though the Friend could read and write.2)
 The Friend asked not to be referred to with gendered pronouns.
 Followers respected these wishes, avoiding gender-specific pronouns
 even in private diaries, and referring only to "the Public Universal
 Friend" or short forms such as "the Friend" or "P.U.F."3]
madnessofmen:only address me as The Friend from now on

madnessofmen:only address me as The Friend from now on

Jesus, Space, and Birth: Jesus birth with a visit from space (1 A.D)
nsfw
Jesus, Space, and Birth: Jesus birth with a visit from space (1 A.D)

Jesus birth with a visit from space (1 A.D)

Bad, Birthday, and Definitely: THE CARDS OF LIFE Birthday Chart JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP A OCT NOV DEC Q 袣邪 JA 94 74 54 34 10. 8+ 4+ 2 104 84 64 24 袣- J* 94 7+ 3+ 44 3 JA 94 74 54 34 A4 Q+ 10. 84 4垄 24 4. 104 84 64 44 24 Ke J+ 94 7+ 5+ 3+ A* Q 10 5 94 74 54 84 2+ 袣肖 AA 44 8 6 24 袣禄 J+ 94 7+ 5+ 3+ A* QA 44 10 7 74 54 袟邪 AA 8+ 44 2+ 袣邪 JA 8 64 24 袣袗 J* 9+ 7+ 5+ 3+ A* Q4 104 44 A 54 34 Q 10. 8+ 24 袣邪 4* JA A 10 24 K* J+ 9+ 7+ 5+ 3+ Q 104 8+ 44 11 34 Q 10+ 8+ 2+ 袣邪 94 74 Aa 4+ JA 12 24 K* 94 7+ 5+ 3+ A* Q4 104 84 13 8+ AA Q+ 10+ 4* 2* 袣邪 JA 94 74 54 14 K* J+ 9+ 5+ 3+ A. Q& 104 84 64 44 15 Q+ 10+ 8+ 94 54 袟肖 4* 2+ 袣邪 JA 16 J+ 9+ 7+ 5+ 3+ A* QA 104 84 64 24 44 17 10+ 8+ 4* 2+ 袣肖 JA 94 74 54 3肖 A4 18 9+ 7+ 5+ 30 Q& 104 8+ 24 袣校 A* 64 44 19 8+ 6+ 44 袣邪 94 74 54 袟4 A* Qv 20 7+ 5+ 3垄 Q+ 104 84 24 袣校 A* 44 Jv A K A 21 2+ 袣邪 JA 94 74 54 袟邪 Qv 10- 4* 22 5+ 3+ Q4 104 8 24 A* 64 44 23 2+ 袣邪 JA 94 74 54 袟褎 Qv 10v 44 7 24 9 3+ A. Q 104 84 64 44 24 KV Jv 10 25 24 袣邪 94 74 54 袟邪 Qv 8V JA A4 K 26 Q 104 84 24 A* 64 44 5 27 4 KA JA 94 74 34 A4 Qv 10 8v 28 104 84 24 Kv 5v 3D A 29 94 74 54 3肖 10v Qv 4v 30 104 44 24 Kv J 7v 3% AV Joker 31 94 54 10% 8V Aa 10 K 10 24 - kuramirocket: screechingstudentperson: queenofallswans: daisydaydreamcarrie: sixpenceee: Have you guys heard of the cards of destiny or birthday cards? According to some sources, it is the original science of the common 52 playing cards. The card that you were born (refer to the above chart) will supposedly offer valuable detail about your personality, year, love life, family, career and other trends. It鈥檚 similar to a horoscope. An excerpt from this website talks about the connections behind these cards: There are many significant relationships for a deck of cards that are common with our calendar and numerology. There are four suits of thirteen cards each totaling 52. There are 52 weeks in a year. If you add 5 + 2 = 7, seven is the number of days in a week and a spiritual number that is considered magical in numerology. Based on the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, which were the seven visible planets seen in ancient times, the astrologists mapped out 52 cycles that we now call our weeks. Ofcourse there is no peer-reviewed science behind this. But it鈥檚 fun to do! You can get a free reading here!聽This reading reveals your birth card or the theme of your life, and a card that looks into your day, a couple weeks and your year. Were your cards accurate? Feel free to tag @sixpenceee in a post and discuss You may also like my tarot series:聽http://sixpenceee.com/tagged/tarot聽 mine was definitely accurate, especially my birth date card. Ok that what scary accurate Ok uh I don鈥檛 actually believe this stuff but I got workaholic, severely unhappy with where my life is headed, and bad at telling people no so this one got me P E G G E D This was pretty darn accurate.
Bad, Birthday, and Definitely: THE CARDS OF LIFE
 Birthday
 Chart
 JAN FEB
 MAR APR MAY JUN JUL
 AUG SEP
 A
 OCT NOV DEC
 Q
 袣邪
 JA
 94
 74
 54
 34
 10.
 8+
 4+
 2
 104
 84
 64
 24
 袣-
 J*
 94
 7+
 3+
 44
 3
 JA
 94
 74
 54
 34
 A4
 Q+
 10.
 84
 4垄
 24
 4.
 104
 84
 64
 44
 24
 Ke
 J+
 94
 7+
 5+
 3+
 A*
 Q
 10
 5
 94
 74
 54
 84
 2+
 袣肖
 AA
 44
 8
 6
 24
 袣禄
 J+
 94
 7+
 5+
 3+
 A*
 QA
 44
 10
 7
 74
 54
 袟邪
 AA
 8+
 44
 2+
 袣邪
 JA
 8
 64
 24
 袣袗
 J*
 9+
 7+
 5+
 3+
 A*
 Q4
 104
 44
 A
 54
 34
 Q
 10.
 8+
 24
 袣邪
 4*
 JA
 A
 10
 24
 K*
 J+
 9+
 7+
 5+
 3+
 Q
 104
 8+
 44
 11
 34
 Q
 10+
 8+
 2+
 袣邪
 94
 74
 Aa
 4+
 JA
 12
 24
 K*
 94
 7+
 5+
 3+
 A*
 Q4
 104
 84
 13
 8+
 AA
 Q+
 10+
 4*
 2*
 袣邪
 JA
 94
 74
 54
 14
 K*
 J+
 9+
 5+
 3+
 A.
 Q&
 104
 84
 64
 44
 15
 Q+
 10+
 8+
 94
 54
 袟肖
 4*
 2+
 袣邪
 JA
 16
 J+
 9+
 7+
 5+
 3+
 A*
 QA
 104
 84
 64
 24
 44
 17
 10+
 8+
 4*
 2+
 袣肖
 JA
 94
 74
 54
 3肖
 A4
 18
 9+
 7+
 5+
 30
 Q&
 104
 8+
 24
 袣校
 A*
 64
 44
 19
 8+
 6+
 44
 袣邪
 94
 74
 54
 袟4
 A*
 Qv
 20
 7+
 5+
 3垄
 Q+
 104
 84
 24
 袣校
 A*
 44
 Jv
 A
 K
 A
 21
 2+
 袣邪
 JA
 94
 74
 54
 袟邪
 Qv
 10-
 4*
 22
 5+
 3+
 Q4
 104
 8
 24
 A*
 64
 44
 23
 2+
 袣邪
 JA
 94
 74
 54
 袟褎
 Qv
 10v
 44
 7
 24
 9
 3+
 A.
 Q
 104
 84
 64
 44
 24
 KV
 Jv
 10
 25
 24
 袣邪
 94
 74
 54
 袟邪
 Qv
 8V
 JA
 A4
 K
 26
 Q
 104
 84
 24
 A*
 64
 44
 5
 27
 4
 KA
 JA
 94
 74
 34
 A4
 Qv
 10
 8v
 28
 104
 84
 24
 Kv
 5v
 3D
 A
 29
 94
 74
 54
 3肖
 10v
 Qv
 4v
 30
 104
 44
 24
 Kv
 J
 7v
 3%
 AV
 Joker
 31
 94
 54
 10%
 8V
 Aa
 10
 K
 10
 24
 -
kuramirocket:
screechingstudentperson:


queenofallswans:

daisydaydreamcarrie:

sixpenceee:


Have you guys heard of the cards of destiny or birthday cards? According to some sources, it  is the original science of the common 52 playing cards. The card that you were born (refer to the above chart) will supposedly offer valuable detail about your personality, year, love life, family, career and other trends. It鈥檚 similar to a horoscope.
An excerpt from this website talks about the connections behind these cards:
There are many significant relationships for a deck of cards that are common with our calendar and numerology. There are four suits of thirteen cards each totaling 52. There are 52 weeks in a year. If you add 5 + 2 = 7, seven is the number of days in a week and a spiritual number that is considered magical in numerology. Based on the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, which were the seven visible planets seen in ancient times, the astrologists mapped out 52 cycles that we now call our weeks.
Ofcourse there is no peer-reviewed science behind this. But it鈥檚 fun to do!
You can get a free reading here!聽This reading reveals your birth card or the theme of your life, and a card that looks into your day, a couple weeks and your year.
Were your cards accurate? Feel free to tag @sixpenceee in a post and discuss
You may also like my tarot series:聽http://sixpenceee.com/tagged/tarot聽


mine was definitely accurate, especially my birth date card.


Ok that what scary accurate


Ok uh I don鈥檛 actually believe this stuff but I got workaholic, severely unhappy with where my life is headed, and bad at telling people no so this one got me P E G G E D


This was pretty darn accurate.

kuramirocket: screechingstudentperson: queenofallswans: daisydaydreamcarrie: sixpenceee: Have you guys heard of the cards of destiny o...

America, Community, and Definitely: THE SEX BINARY IS A LIE inferior-mirage: antifakiddie: queerlection: [Image description - Image of the intersex pride flag with the text: THE SEX BINARY IS A LIE. End description.] If you disagree with this, you鈥檙e denying that intersex people exist/have a right to exist, just sayin. I disagree with this because my intersex disorder (Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia) is not a different sex. My diagnosis is specific to the presentation and symptoms expressed in a female body. Many intersex diagnoses - including Klinefelter鈥檚, Turner鈥檚, and hypospadias - continue to resemble our birth sex without confusion. If you disagree with this, you鈥檙e denying how variations on human sexual dimorphism cause significant problems to our health and fertility. Disorders of sex development reveal variation, not deliberate and distinct categories. If you read the archives of intersex advocacy organizations like OII or ISNA, we strongly reject being othered as fake males and females. Your ableist approach to erasing our chromosomal and phenotypic abnormalities to mark us separate but equal is not shared by the intersex community, medical professionals, or intersex activists.聽 Dr. Leonard Sax wrote,聽鈥淭his type of extreme social constructionism is confusing and is not helpful to clinicians, to their patients, or to their patients鈥 families. Diluting the term intersex to include 鈥渁ny deviation from the Platonic ideal of sexual dimorphism鈥 (Blackless et al., 2000, p. 152), deprives the term of any clinically useful meaning. The available data support the conclusion that human sexuality is a dichotomy, not a continuum. More than 99.98% of humans are either male or female. If the term intersex is to retain any clinical meaning, the use of this term should be restricted to those conditions in which chromosomal sex is inconsistent with phenotypic sex, or in which the phenotype is not classifiable as either male or female. The birth of an intersex child, far from being 鈥榓 fairly common phenomenon,鈥 is actually a rare event, occurring in fewer than 2 out of every 10,000 births.鈥 The Intersex Society of North America rejected raising intersex babies as a third sex with this statement:聽鈥淪orry, gender warriors鈥 We believe there are two problems with trying to raise kids in a 鈥榯hird gender.鈥 First, how would we decide who would count in the 鈥榯hird gender鈥? How would we decide where to cut off the category of male and begin the category of intersex, or, on the other side of the spectrum, where to cut off the category of intersex to begin the category of female? Second, and much more importantly, we are trying to make the world a safe place for intersexed kids, and we don鈥檛 think labeling them with a gender category that in essence doesn鈥檛 exist would help them.鈥 Your flag is a lie. 鈥淗aving two arms is a lie and if you disagree with this you鈥檙e saying that people with birth defects that give them additional limbs don鈥檛 have a right to exist!鈥 What the fuck kind of logic is that? Intersex is by definition a defect that exists outside of the norm. Gender may be more up for debate but sex is definitely a binary.锟
America, Community, and Definitely: THE SEX
 BINARY
 IS A LIE
inferior-mirage:
antifakiddie:

queerlection:


[Image description - Image of the intersex pride flag with the text: THE SEX BINARY IS A LIE. End description.]
If you disagree with this, you鈥檙e denying that intersex people exist/have a right to exist, just sayin.

I disagree with this because my intersex disorder (Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia) is not a different sex. My diagnosis is specific to the presentation and symptoms expressed in a female body. Many intersex diagnoses - including Klinefelter鈥檚, Turner鈥檚, and hypospadias - continue to resemble our birth sex without confusion.
If you disagree with this, you鈥檙e denying how variations on human sexual dimorphism cause significant problems to our health and fertility.
Disorders of sex development reveal variation, not deliberate and distinct categories. If you read the archives of intersex advocacy organizations like OII or ISNA, we strongly reject being othered as fake males and females. Your ableist approach to erasing our chromosomal and phenotypic abnormalities to mark us separate but equal is not shared by the intersex community, medical professionals, or intersex activists.聽
Dr. Leonard Sax wrote,聽鈥淭his type of extreme social constructionism is confusing and is not helpful to clinicians, to their patients, or to their patients鈥 families. Diluting the term intersex to include 鈥渁ny deviation from the Platonic ideal of sexual dimorphism鈥 (Blackless et al., 2000, p. 152), deprives the term of any clinically useful meaning. The available data support the conclusion that human sexuality is a dichotomy, not a continuum. More than 99.98% of humans are either male or female. If the term intersex is to retain any clinical meaning, the use of this term should be restricted to those conditions in which chromosomal sex is inconsistent with phenotypic sex, or in which the phenotype is not classifiable as either male or female. The birth of an intersex child, far from being 鈥榓 fairly common phenomenon,鈥 is actually a rare event, occurring in fewer than 2 out of every 10,000 births.鈥
The Intersex Society of North America rejected raising intersex babies as a third sex with this statement:聽鈥淪orry, gender warriors鈥 We believe there are two problems with trying to raise kids in a 鈥榯hird gender.鈥 First, how would we decide who would count in the 鈥榯hird gender鈥? How would we decide where to cut off the category of male and begin the category of intersex, or, on the other side of the spectrum, where to cut off the category of intersex to begin the category of female? Second, and much more importantly, we are trying to make the world a safe place for intersexed kids, and we don鈥檛 think labeling them with a gender category that in essence doesn鈥檛 exist would help them.鈥
Your flag is a lie.


鈥淗aving two arms is a lie and if you disagree with this you鈥檙e saying that people with birth defects that give them additional limbs don鈥檛 have a right to exist!鈥 What the fuck kind of logic is that? Intersex is by definition a defect that exists outside of the norm. Gender may be more up for debate but sex is definitely a binary.锟

inferior-mirage: antifakiddie: queerlection: [Image description - Image of the intersex pride flag with the text: THE SEX BINARY IS A LIE...

Friends, Funny, and Relationships: dalekitsune the phrase "curios ity killed the cat" is actually not the full phrase it actually is "curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back" so don't let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu consultingmoosecaptain See also: Blood is thieker than water The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth. espurr-roba Let's not forget that "Jack of all trades, master of none" ends with "But better than a master of one." It means that being equally good/average at everything is much better than being perfect at one thing and sucking at everything else. So don't worry if you're not perfect at something you do! Being okay is better! thelastmellophone These made me feel better thelifeofatubaplayer Also, "great minds think alike" ends with "but fools rarely differ" It goes to show that conformity isn't always a good thing And that just because more than one person has the same idea, doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea. becausetheintrovert what the fuck why haven't i heard the full version to any of these unlimitedtrashworks "Birds of a feather flock together" ends with "until the cat comes. It's actually a warning about fair-weather friends, not an assessment of how complementary people are. monsters-and-teeth I've always felt like these were cut down on purpose. evil-shenanigans-alpha I really like these phrases and plan on spreading this knowledge. alwayswillgraham The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. its-kk-yo I want to make designs out of these. sunderlorn Funny how all the half-finished ones encourage uniformity and upholding the status-quo, while the complete proverbs encourage like... living exciting, eclectic lives driven by choice and personal passion.
Friends, Funny, and Relationships: dalekitsune
 the phrase "curios ity killed the cat" is actually not the full
 phrase it actually is "curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction
 brought it back" so don't let anyone tell you not to be a
 curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world
 uwu
 consultingmoosecaptain
 See also:
 Blood is thieker than water The blood of the covenant is
 thicker than the water of the womb
 Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger
 than those formed by birth.
 espurr-roba
 Let's not forget that "Jack of all trades, master of none" ends
 with "But better than a master of one."
 It means that being equally good/average at everything is
 much better than being perfect at one thing and sucking
 at everything else. So don't worry if you're not perfect at
 something you do! Being okay is better!
 thelastmellophone
 These made me feel better
 thelifeofatubaplayer
 Also, "great minds think alike" ends with "but fools rarely
 differ"
 It goes to show that conformity isn't always a good thing
 And that just because more than one person has the same
 idea, doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea.
 becausetheintrovert
 what the fuck why haven't i heard the full version to any of
 these
 unlimitedtrashworks
 "Birds of a feather flock together" ends with "until the cat
 comes.
 It's actually a warning about fair-weather friends, not an
 assessment of how complementary people are.
 monsters-and-teeth
 I've always felt like these were cut down on purpose.
 evil-shenanigans-alpha
 I really like these phrases and plan on spreading this
 knowledge.
 alwayswillgraham
 The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse
 gets the cheese.
 its-kk-yo
 I want to make designs out of these.
 sunderlorn
 Funny how all the half-finished ones encourage uniformity
 and upholding the status-quo, while the complete proverbs
 encourage like... living exciting, eclectic lives driven by
 choice and personal passion.
Animals, Bad, and Bones: vaspider: shaaknaa: emi鈥搑ose: osberend: iopele: suspendnodisbelief: naamahdarling: optimysticals: youwantmuchmore: thebestoftumbling: golden eagle having a relaxing time This is the world鈥檚 largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed. I feel like this is the next step up on聽鈥渓oose your fingers鈥 roulette from petting a kittie鈥檚 tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion. Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks? 聽Because I want it to be happy. 聽It looks so happy. 聽Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy. Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It鈥檚 the聽鈥淚 am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me鈥 sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn鈥檛 an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer鈥檚 gauntlet, I鈥檝e known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don鈥檛 try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she鈥檚 been human-imprinted. If you鈥檙e ever unsure about an animal鈥檚 level of okayness with something that鈥檚 happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it: 1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting)聽2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal鈥檚 frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer) 3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.) In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren鈥檛 a universally applicable metric, but they鈥檙e a good start for mammal and bird interactions. Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin鈥 birb is happy and cozy. Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It鈥檚 definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the聽鈥渞unts鈥 of the nest who don鈥檛 receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting聽work into conserving it and its winged wonders. reblogged for excellent info, I鈥檓 so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks! Today鈥檚 bit of positive activism: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub. @marywhal is bird-cat!! @vaspider birb
Animals, Bad, and Bones: vaspider:
shaaknaa:


emi鈥搑ose:


osberend:

iopele:

suspendnodisbelief:

naamahdarling:

optimysticals:

youwantmuchmore:

thebestoftumbling:



golden eagle having a relaxing time



This is the world鈥檚 largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed.

I feel like this is the next step up on聽鈥渓oose your fingers鈥 roulette from petting a kittie鈥檚 tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion.

Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks? 聽Because I want it to be happy. 聽It looks so happy. 聽Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy.

Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It鈥檚 the聽鈥淚 am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me鈥 sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn鈥檛 an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer鈥檚 gauntlet, I鈥檝e known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don鈥檛 try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she鈥檚 been human-imprinted.
If you鈥檙e ever unsure about an animal鈥檚 level of okayness with something that鈥檚 happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it:
1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting)聽2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal鈥檚 frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer)
3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.)
In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren鈥檛 a universally applicable metric, but they鈥檙e a good start for mammal and bird interactions.
Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin鈥 birb is happy and cozy.
Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It鈥檚 definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the聽鈥渞unts鈥 of the nest who don鈥檛 receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting聽work into conserving it and its winged wonders.

reblogged for excellent info, I鈥檓 so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks!

Today鈥檚 bit of positive activism: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub.


@marywhal is bird-cat!!


@vaspider 


birb

vaspider: shaaknaa: emi鈥搑ose: osberend: iopele: suspendnodisbelief: naamahdarling: optimysticals: youwantmuchmore: thebestoftumbli...