Reaching for Freedom by kgolab

Reaching for Freedom

Look into my cage and you can see me, a vulnerable species, unable to thrive in my own habitat. Now safe from harm, for which I give thanks. Free to roam my space, food a plenty and cared for each day. Able to live my 20 or so years in peace. What more can I wish for? what more do I need?

Look into my eyes and you can feel me, the longing for comfort, the touch of another, the ability to live a life of meaning. A soul longing to dance, play and have fun. Craving an opportunity to live authentically. What more can I wish for?, that's all that I need.

As much as I absolutely adore animals and the wonderful work zoo's and wildlife sanctuaries do, I struggle bigtime with seeing them locked up and kept on their own. I know many are endangered or threatened but for the life of me I can't understand why so many are kept on their own with no companions to share their years with. It breaks my heart and I feel, often breaks their spirit.

My heart breaks when I look into their eyes and see a soul depleted, lost and often devoid of emotion or depressed. I imagine, what if this was me?, how would I feel and what would you see?

Today I am extremely grateful that my soul has the opportunity to live authentically. That I am able to make choices, dream and spend time with others.

This is the hand of a Mandrill, living safely in his space, but all alone. I believe he is a solitary fellow by nature, but would usually live amongst hundreds of his own kind in what are termed 'Hordes' for many months of the year. I wish I could have reached over the fence to hold his hand.
A stunning capture and such touching narrative. I feel the same way that you do. Fortunately we do not have zoo's here.
October 22nd, 2020  
Aw. Those hands. Beautifully touching image.
October 22nd, 2020  
I appreciate the sympathy and the empathy with this composition. I do not think we can put our own thoughts into another animals. They don't have the same capacity as we do .. but I also think they suffer but know not why they suffer!
October 22nd, 2020  
Amazing shot, so much detail!
October 22nd, 2020  
what a beautiful shot. I love this composition, and I am amazed at how human those hands look......your previous photos are also beautiful
October 22nd, 2020  
That hand does look similar to a humans. I will need to look up what the rest of a Mandrill looks like.
October 22nd, 2020  
Painfully beautiful... lovely shot.
October 22nd, 2020  
Poor fellow!
October 22nd, 2020  
A sensitive capture… Very thought-provoking.
October 22nd, 2020  
Aww! What a capture!
October 22nd, 2020  
What a touching way you describe this wonderful photo and I have to say I feel very much the same. when I go to a zoo I look into their eyes and you can feel their emotions and sadness. It's a terrible thing that the human race has brought so many species to this point of extinction.
October 22nd, 2020  
Beautiful image, title and narrative!
October 22nd, 2020  
beautiful words. I can't get over how human his hands look
October 22nd, 2020  
A wonderful capture and great narrative
October 22nd, 2020  
Wonderful!
October 23rd, 2020  
Great shot and narrative Keren!
October 23rd, 2020  
Very emotive image.
October 23rd, 2020  
This image breaks my heart....
October 23rd, 2020  
It's natural to put our human emotions into a scene that we see especially involving solitary animals. But who really knows what they're thinking? That being said... I am pleased to say the many zoos here in the US are treating animals differently than the way they did when I was young. Now, they tend to replicate their natural habitat and "lifestyle" (shall we say) instead of keeping them separated and in cement boxes. We just had a man speak at photo club who takes wonderful animal portraits using the zoo animals as his subjects. He was telling us of the hyenas and lions which are natural enemies and how the zoo keeps them separated (for obvious safety reasons!) but rotates their roaming space so that they can scope things out and pick up scents just like they would in the wild. I thought that was quite innovative! There are also quite a few zoos here that take in injured or "handicapped" animals that would not survive in the wild but can under human care so that they don't die a tragic death for lacking food or being able to protect themselves. These animals become educators, teaching the public about their kind and how to protect the environment. Well, enough talk about that. This is a very powerful and evocative image along with your tender thoughts and reasoning. Poignant capture.
October 24th, 2020  
Interesting shot and love your sentiment! Now following 😁
October 24th, 2020  
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