What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes…
Hungarian-born American magician and illusionist Harry Houdini stunned audiences time and again with his uncanny escape abilities. Causing many who witnessed to hold their breath in anticipation during his often dangerous acts, Houdini utilised his great physical strength and agility to perform exhilarating feats of extrication from shackles, ropes and handcuffs, from locked containers and even underwater.
More recently, having daringly escaped the grasp of a predator is little Who-dini lamb, a recent addition to our 2018 lamb clan. Bearing the hallmark puncture wounds around her head and neck consistent with a bird of prey, it is likely Who-dini’s relatively healthy size and weight saw her dropped from the predator’s grip to the roadside below. And it’s not just a predator from which our Who-dini has bravely escaped but also the unfortunate fate that awaits an estimated 15 million lambs who die in Australia each year due to exposure, predation and other largely preventable causes.
However, it was Harry Houdini who said, “What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes,” and when we see brave Who-dini lamb before us, enthusiastically suckling her bottle and innocently snuggling up to her friends, we truly believe dear beings like her deserve far more kindness than our society, or our animal protection laws, currently afford them. And this is a truth from which we cannot escape.