Disasters are no big deal

Satellite image of hurricane

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and other disasters have a positive side to them. The disaster part is mostly due to our refusal to live with instead of against nature.

Animals know how to do this and handle disasters better than we do. For example, whenever hurricanes hit the outer banks of North Carolina, the wild horses that live there move to high ground and take cover in the local vegetation and rarely suffer any losses.

Birds have a variety of strategies for dealing with massive storms as well, some leave the area, others fly ahead of it or into the center. Masses of birds have even been known to fly for miles within the eye of a hurricane, surrounded on all sides by its mighty winds.

When a massive tsunami hit the Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary in India in December 2004, the local flamingos ditched their habitats there in search of higher ground before the disaster hit, saving themselves in the process.

In 2009, scientist discovered that the creatures in a pond they were working at disappeared, and were vexed. Three days later the nearby town experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. Apparently, the toads could sense it was coming and hopped off to safer ground.

Insects have a survival strategy too. When ants get flooded out they cling together to form a living life raft.

We, humans, seemed to be the only ones who think we can defeat the forces around us, but in the end, we just look like fools.

As always, this is just my opinion.


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