When is Enough Enough?
Guest Post by Nancy Dobias
Talk about a test of faith. When we went to Myakka River State Park on Sunday, we noticed an alligator surrounded by vultures. The alligator was not moving a muscle and Larry wondered if he were dead. Just as he said that, the alligator's back leg twitched and the alligator opened his eyes.
Did that bother the vultures? No. They had a mission and that mission was to snatch whatever the alligator was holding firmly in his jaws.
Because the vultures would not leave him alone to enjoy his meal in peace, the alligator was forced to take other measures. Did he attack? No. He steadily lumbered over to the river and off he swam.
Did that thwart the plans of the vultures? No. They happened to notice another slightly smaller alligator who they hoped might be willing to share a meal with them.
I didn't think the alligator had anything to share but that didn't stop the pesty vultures from being in his space anyway.
I fully expected the alligator to lunge at the vultures to at least chase them away but it seemed to be a stand-off. No one was backing down but no one was being aggressive either.
It must have been a "live and let live" kind of day at Myakka. Neither the alligators swimming by or those who were stationed along the banks of the river evidenced any inclination to harm those with whom they shared the bounties of the river.
I wonder when humankind will understand that lesson.