Why do some people feel capable of abandoning society to live amongst wild animals?
Many feel deep compassion towards our fellow creatures. They wish to promote the conservation of endangered species by understanding them better.
Others wish to study various species in order to understand how they live and interact. There are yet others who possibly feel misanthropic so prefer the company of animals.
Below we will learn about such individuals.
Individuals who have abandoned modern civilization to live with wild animals:
1. Timothy Treadwell
Every summer for 13 years, Timothy Treadwell would live amongst wild grizzly bears in Alaska. His parents recall that he was always a great lover of animals. As a child, he kept a squirrel as a pet.
When he left home to go to college, he appeared to become troubled. He became involved in drugs and alcohol and started to make up lies about his childhood.
After a heroin overdose, he turned his life around and devoted it to animals. A close friend of his encouraged him to make it his life work, in order to start his life afresh.
Treadwell developed a passion for grizzly bears and sought to study them up close. He formed “Grizzly People“, an organization to protect these bears. A documentary film created by Werner Herzog called “Grizzly Man” came out in 2005. “The Grizzly Man Diaries” were also created by Treadwell himself.
Tragedy struck in October 2003 when a bear mauled Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard to death. He had stayed amongst the bears well beyond when it was safe.
During autumn the grizzlies are more hungry than normal and willing to prey on humans. Herzog lamented that he always felt concerned that Treadwell had a “death wish“.
During his time living in the Katmai National Park, his defensive protection of the bears prevented poaching. Sadly, after his death, bears began to be subject to poaching yet again.
2. Dian Fossey
Most people know about Dian Fossey due to Sigourney Weaver’s depiction of her in the film “Gorillas in the Mist“. Based on Fossey’s own book, the world got a glimpse into the story and scientific research of this incredible woman.
Fossey was a passionate primatologist.
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