Whenever I stumble upon one of these signs, I reflect upon the fact that these just aren’t a thing in the UK. The ‘thing’ of course in question being dangerous animals.
Growing up there was never a concern about what animals were hiding in the wilderness. Building dens in the fields, climbing trees, the odd occasion when the weather was nice enough to take a dip in the water… the animals we were on the lookout for as kids were hedgehogs, fieldmice and frogs. The main concern was if the farmer caught us in his truck ruining the crops. This did happen on a couple of occasions.
I guess I took this for granted. Something I have realised now I am in a country that makes me keep one eye open at all times. Maybe I am being overly cautious, I’m sure locals are a lot more laid back and aware of the probability of a wild encounter. But if anything, going from a very non hostile environment to one that is rife with so many dangerous animals is one of the biggest differences I’ve experienced here. It also makes me thing about life, how scary and unforgiving it can be and that I choose to reject the belief that the many cruel and painful defence mechanisms possessed by these animals were designed intentionally to cause such suffering.
But my question for today is, do you come from a land of friendly or not so friendly creatures? Did you have to be on the look out growing up? Did you or anyone you know feel the effects of a dangerous animals attack first hand?
Now I realise why living in a very cool climate has its blessings.