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Animal Communication

predator and PreY
by Nedda Wittels

The animal perspective is always enlightening.When one animal hunts another, what's really going on?



A note from Nedda:

This article was written in 1996.   Echo was still in her body.   Violet was in her most recent previous lifetime.  Sunshine is an elderly cat, still residing at the barn where Echo used to live.

To understand the relationship between carnivores and their prey, I interviewed Echo, my horse, who eats only plants, and Violet and Sunshine, two meat-eating felines.  Violet lives with me indoors, but Sunshine lives in a barn and is the head of the Rat Patrol there, a talented hunter, taking down birds, rabbits, and mice with apparent ease.

Nedda:  One must eat in order to live.  Horses are vegetarians and in the wild are hunted by wolves, mountain lions, and other predators.  How do you feel about the possibility of being someone elseís dinner?

Echo:  In this lifetime, I am protected, but in other lives Iíve been hunted.  Of course, everyone wants to live.  We take form for a purpose and want to fulfill that purpose before giving up our bodies.  Then, too, the genes of the physical form contains programming for self-preservation.  Still, at a spiritual level, we are all connected and we all serve each other.  So if I were ever trapped, cornered by meat eaters, I would honor the sacrifice of my body.  I know that my spirit is who I really am and I will live on. 

Nedda:  That sounds very noble.  However, doesnít the prey animal feel fear and anger towards the predator?

Echo:  Fear, certainly, but not anger.  Fear is the self-preservation mechanism of the physical form.  It makes the body defend itself.  However, if the life is requested (by the predator) for purposes of survival and if the predator shows respect and honors the prey, the offering of oneís body for food of another is a great gift. 

Nedda:  What form does the honoring take among the animals? 

Echo:  The predator asks something like this:  "Noble being, I am hungry and seek sustenance.  Will you offer yourself to honor me in this way?"  The prey will reply to the effect, "Noble one, I do offer myself to you with blessings.  May you grow strong through the nourishment of my body." 

Nedda:  At what point in the hunt does this conversation take place?

Echo:  It takes place when the prey is first sighted or during the chase, or even after capture, although usually at the point of capture, the agreement has already been made.

Nedda: Sunshine, you hunt for a living as part of the "Rat Patrol" at the stable where Echo lives.  Iíve seen you take down birds, rabbits, and moles.  Does Echoís description of the exchange between predator and prey match your experience as a hunter?

Sunshine: Yes. Sometimes I sing a song of honor.  I have a different song for each species.  Since I never know who is available when I set out to hunt, I wait until I have sighted my prey.  Then I sing.  Then I attack.

Nedda:  Would you sing one of your songs of honor so that we humans may learn more about the feeling involved?

Sunshine:  Yes.  Hereís my song for hunting rabbits, whom I do love to eat.

Rabbit, noble Rabbit,

Who hops with power and speed,

Honor this hungry Cat with your tasty nourishment.

I thank you for sustaining me through another day.

I send you blessings, love and light, to you and your family,

That we may all share the Earth together for all of time.

Nedda:  That is certainly a beautiful song.  Do the Rabbits sing back to you?

Sunshine:  Sometimes.  Some reply more simply.

Nedda:  Humans are often horrified when cats seem to play with their catch.  Why do you do that?

Sunshine:  We donít "play" with it.  We do like to show off our catch, and sometimes we toss it about for that purpose.  Other times weíre practicing our skills.  After all, when one depends upon hunting for life, it is important to maintain a clear eye and a steady claw and a strong pounce. 

Nedda:  Violet, you live indoor and donít have to hunt.  Still, you enjoy playing with the toy mice Iíve bought you.

Violet:  When I was on my own before I came to live with you, I did need to hunt.  (Violet had been abandoned by humans and survived for 6 months on her own.)  It was hard finding suitable food in the garbage.  My mother never had to hunt, so she didn't teach me much about it.  I had to watch other cats who were living on their own and listen to some of their rituals to know what to do for serious hunting.  I had lots of practice with toys, but thatís not the same as going after a moving target who is trying to get away.

Nedda:  Did you have any successes?

Violet:  Yes, once I learned to pounce more effectively and speak words of honor.  The prey are more willing to sacrifice themselves if you ask them properly and if you hunt with skill.  Both are required to succeed. 

Sunshine:  I agree.  If I were less polite, Iím sure I would not be so successful.  Many times, if a prey animal is old and ready to die, they will still make you work hard if you do not speak to them respectfully.  When I first was learning to hunt, my mother insisted that we all remember this.  She was an excellent hunter and taught us all very well.

Echo:  Sunshineís sister, Charlie, used to tell me about some of her hunts, usually because I would ask her about her adventures.  She, too, was a superior hunter, and credited her motherís teachings.

Nedda:  I once asked Charlie, as she was setting out to hunt, what she was going to hunt that day.  Her response was "Anything I can catch".  I remember being surprised by this.  Humans usually have particular foods in mind before they sit down to eat.  Today, with all the abundance in our society, we usually have quite a few choices for dinner.  Do any of you want to comment on this?

Echo:  Very few of the human population on the Earth at this time honor the animals and plants at the time they are taken.  Many more humans assume that all of life is here to serve them, but that is not automatically the case.  We are here to share the Earth with each other.  Plants and animals are both expressions of intelligence and possess spirit.  If humans would ask the plantsí permission to pick them, they would certainly be told, "Yes."  If humans would ask the animals to make the sacrifice of their bodies, the animals surely would.  To take without asking is stealing, and the energy of the food is less nourishing and may even be harmful to the one eating it. 

Nedda:  Today in the USA, most of us humans donít grow our own food, nor do we hunt for our own meat.  Do any of you have suggestions about how we can honor the plants and animals whose bodies we ingest, who perhaps were not honored at the time of their death?

Violet:  While washing and preparing the meal, offer words of prayer and thanks.  This helps shift the energies.

Echo:  Offering thanks when eating the food also makes a difference.  Eating organic food is important, too.  There is more honor and love in the way that food is grown, so it is healthier to start with and can be more effectively charged with light by prayer at a later time in the process of preparation, cooking, and eating.

Nedda:  Echo, do prey animals honor the plants they eat in the same way that hunters honor the animals they hunt?

Echo:  Oh, yes.  Even though you see us horses diving into our grain buckets or eating grass and hay voraciously, we do indeed say prayers for the food we eat.  Hereís one my mother taught me:

Spirit of grasses, legumes, shrubs, and vines,

Your sweetness and juices are like fine wines

I thank you for granting me health and good times

May your summer be long and lush.


Spirit of grasses, legumes, shrubs, and vines,

I sing to your beauty and bounty divine,

I give thanks and respect for your offering to me

And bless you with love and light endlessly.

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