Can so-called "natural enemies"-wild bears, wolves and
mountain lions-live together as friends? Or, will they fight, maim or
kill each other? A very special wildlife park shares an "unbelievable"
story about how one member of a group can transform the consciousness of
a whole community. In this case, the one was an Arizona gray
"YOUR FRIENDS ARE WILD, DUDE!"
On the outskirts of Phoenix, an eclectic assortment of wild animals
live at "Out of Africa," (see
This wild beast and reptile sanctuary is host to large predatory cats
such as lions, tigers, cougars, leopards plus a menagerie of other wild
creatures including 16 foot pythons, ancient tortoises, exotic birds and
giant lizards. This extraordinary educational center enthralls audiences
with live interactions between wild animals and people. In some animal
encounters, audience members are invited to spontaneously pet and play
with the critters.
"We wanted to do things in a non-traditional way," states founder,
Dean Harrison. "Our objectives focused on co-existing with the wildest
of all large land predators. At the park we work hard to teach kindness
to all the cats, so that when they grow up and a hierarchy develops, the
ruler will be a benevolent one."
Dean and his wife, Prayeri, often share a bed with some of the large
furry felines who can weigh over 600 pounds. The trusting couple never
carry any weapons or physical means of defense. The results of this
intimate connection are countless incidences of these creatures
exhibiting intelligent, caring behavior towards the Harrisons. (You can
read about a heart-stopping encounter involving Dean, a black panther
named Eclipse, and a lioness called Sahara, at
Soon Dean and Prayeri discovered that their own benevolent style of
living and playing with lions and tigers-species other than their
own-influenced other species that are not usually best friends.
Remarkably, several "natural adversaries" in the park opened to the idea
of living together peacefully.
TRUST IS CONTAGIOUS
Acting on an intuitive vision, Dean decided to put three of the most
competitive, "natural enemies" in the state of Arizona into the same
fenced outdoor living space. At first, these adolescent wild
animals-four mountain lions, four Arizona gray wolves and four Arizona
black bears-were scared and hostile towards each other. They attacked
each other. They roared ferociously at each other. Each group claimed
their own area inside their compound and did not trespass into another
group's territory. However, after days of warning attacks, hostile
posturing and growling, something remarkable happened.
IT ONLY TAKES ONE TO BREAK NEW GROUND
Dangerously alone, the female wolf pack leader left
the safety of her group and sauntered into the territory claimed by the
mountain lions. She lay down and rolled over onto her back in a
deliberate, submissive posture in front of the four lions. The gray wolf
exposed her throat and stomach to her enemies, totally vulnerable to
injury or even death. Cautiously, the juvenile cats approached the
she-wolf. The process of sniffing and careful investigation took quite a
while. Eventually the gigantic felines and lone wolf began playing
together. Before long, the rest of the wolf pack completed the newly
formed frisky alliance.
After successfully breaking through the boundaries of
the mountain lions, the furry gray peacemaker intruded into the
territory of the bears. Repeating the same unprecedented behavior, the
female lobo lay down and opened herself to the four black beasts. Once
again, after a lengthy getting acquainted period, the bears and wolf
began to frolic. Soon, the other wolves joined in.
PLAY IS CONTAGIOUS
Eventually all three "natural enemies" overcame their
programmed instincts to remain separate and hostile. The young lions,
wolves and bears are an inspiring demonstration of how "natural enemies"
can alter their consciousness and change their relationships in order to
live and play in harmony.
Sulana Stone, personal life coach, vision quest
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