Claws not Paws

Last week I had two encounters with clawed sages that both excel in adaptation, survival and ecological recycling.

This venerable turkey vulture lives in the Prospect Hill Park the crowns Waltham… and she regularly perches on the house turret across the street from my house.  She sits, gazing down from the highest perch in the neighborhood, watching without malice, ready to swoop into urban clean-up duty.






We also ran into this magnificent living fossil at the wonderful Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in New Hampshire.  These horseshoe crabs, we learned, actually play a crucial role in keeping the numerous bays in New England healthy. They act as an efficient water filtration system, feasting on water contaminants that would otherwise overwhelm the ecosystem.








Both of these wild species unintentionally serve humanity, without harming other living creatures…  Not so unlike dogs and cats… who most likely do serve with more deliberate intention…


About respectthepaw

Izzy Tappan-deFrees is proprietor of BuddyBarber: In-Your-Home Pet Grooming - I offer an animal friendy service for all dog and cats, with special usefulness to older, timid, anxious or travel phobic pets, for service-dogs who need to stay near their owners and for owners who struggle with animal transport issues. Serving Metro-West Massachusetts by appointment only. Izzy is also a former IT worker, a musician, a wood carver and a student of spirit around the world.
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One Response to Claws not Paws

  1. carolenny says:

    Those turkey vultures are huge and awesome. Sometimes they swoop around the house here in Bartlett NH, 1000 feet or more above their target, just gliding around and around. It takes binoculars to see their heads, the only way to tell they’re vultures. HUGE

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