In the photo below, a female Barn Swallow (Eurasian subspecies) is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.
Her mate brings her food and attends to her with love and compassion.
He brings her food again but is shocked to find that she has died..
He tries to move her… a rarely seen effort for swallows!
Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cries with adoring love.
He stands beside her, saddened by her death. Finally aware she will never return
to him, he stands beside her body with sadness and sorrow.
Millions of people around the world cried after seeing these photos. The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France. All copies of that edition were sold out on the day these pictures were published.
And many people think animals don’t have brains or feelings?
You have just witnessed Love and Sorrow felt by God’s creatures.
This is reprinted from an email that I received a few months ago — in November. I do not know who the photographer is that shot these wonderful photos. Like millions, they brought me to tears. I could not bring myself to just throw the email away. I thought I would post it here so maybe many more people would see them. Sadly it seems that many people think other people don’t have brains or feelings, either. This thinking isn’t applied just to animals.