A Language for All Species

Aug 21, 2018

By Beth Napolitano

© Can Stock Photo/EEI_Tony

I continued to observe my new baby’s behavior during several daily play sessions to make sure she was feeling amenable and having fun. We took turns mock chasing each other, sometimes with my hand and other times with her personal small stuffed toy. If she hunched up her back and intermittently hopped around or chased my hand, I knew she was enjoying it. Usually play lasted a few minutes and I let her tell me when it was over. If she stared or backed away, that was her way of saying “I am done now.” I tried to always listen carefully to what this little wild animal was telling me and as a result we developed an intense bond. Read more.