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How to Treat Animals You See at the Park With Kindness

When you go to the park with your family to enjoy a vegan picnic surrounded by nature, you’ll probably see a lot of animals there. You might notice a family of ducks swimming across the lake, be visited by a curious squirrel or two, or even feel a tickle when an ant becomes separated from their family and finds your foot! Compassionate kids like you know不要迷恋错误chase birdsand mammals because it can scare them, but do you know other ways to be kind to animals?

以下是一些有趣的事实,你可能会看到在公园和方式成为一个有礼貌的客人在他们的户外家园下次你访问:

Swans, Geese, and Ducks

If you’re at a park with a lake in it, you’ll likely see lots of birds who love the water—like swans, geese, and ducks. These birds have a lot in common with each other (and with humans!). For example, once swans and geese choose a mate, they stay together forever—it’s kind of like they get married. ???

公园里的天鹅

After swans and geese find their special someone, they have babies! Swan, geese, and duck parents want to protect their babies from strangers, just like your parents protect you. So if you see the parents with their babies, it’s best to keep your distance so that they don’t feel threatened.

swan family at the park

鸭子是外向的群居动物,它们成群结队地在一起,每年可以以每小时60英里的速度迁徙数百英里!鹅也很擅长飞行,有时还会旅行thousands在它们每年的迁徙中。

Ducks Flying

野鸭能活到10岁,天鹅能活到20岁,鹅能活到24岁!帮助他们长寿的最好方法是清理你的垃圾,这样他们就不会被垃圾缠住,或者试着吃垃圾,而不是给他们不健康的食物。这也许令人惊讶,但面包对天鹅、鹅和鸭子来说确实不好。千万不要喂这些鸟任何东西, especially not processed foods like bread, crackers, and cereals.

Squirrels and Rabbits

当你在公园里的时候,你可能会看到很多松鼠,它们甚至会直接向你走来!

squirrel

These bushy-tailed animals are pros at gathering and burying nuts to eat during the winter when they stop growing on trees. They often carefully rearrange leaves over their buried nuts so that other animals don’t find their stash. If they think that other squirrels are watching them while they’re hiding their acorns, it’s common for them topretendto bury nuts somewhere and then sneak off to a secret location where theyactuallyhide their winter supply. So clever! But they can also be very generous. If they find baby squirrels who have been orphaned, they’ll adopt them.

Squirrel eating

兔子通常有很多babies and dig complex tunnel systems called “warrens,” where they live with their families. Some warrens are as large as tennis courts and as deep as 10 feet! They connect different rooms that rabbits use for activities like eating and sleeping—much like your family’s kitchen and bedrooms.

如果你在公园看到兔子,不要试着抚摸它们。它们是捕食性动物,这意味着它们天生害怕别人,所以如果你朝它们走或跑,它们很可能会认为你是捕食者,并以最快的速度逃跑。如果你保持距离,不做突然的动作,他们可能会感到安全和舒适,你可以观察他们一段时间。

自然界中的兔子

Squirrels, on the other hand, are much less shy around humans. They might come right up to you if they see you eating, in the hope that you’ll share your lunch with them. But it’s best not to give them human food and instead let them eat the nuts they’ve gathered, because feeding them can cause them to become a little too comfortable around humans. This can be dangerous for them, because not all humans are as kind as you!

Ants and Bees

蚂蚁能举起20倍于自己体重的东西。就像小学生能提车一样?他们从不放弃。如果他们面临着一个挑战,比如在陡坡上搬运重物,他们会不断尝试不同的技术,直到成功。

Ants on a rope

If you don’t want ants to nibble on your lunch, look for anthills when you’re laying out your picnic blanket and try to avoid sitting near them.

If you hear bees buzzing, don’t panic! They don’t want to sting you, because when they do, they die afterward. They are an important part of the ecosystem because they’re “pollinators.” This means that they move pollen from one part of a flower to another so that it can fertilize the plant and help it grow fruits or seeds. We get one out of every three mouthfuls of food that we eat because of pollinators like bees!

Bumble bee on a flower

If you find bumblebees who look like they’re having a tough time, they may just be resting. But if it looks like they’re really in trouble, you can help them by gently placing them on a bee-friendly flower, like a primrose, buddleia, marigold, lavender, or daisy. You can do this by using a piece of paper to scoot them gently onto a leaf and placing them in the center of the flower.

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The animals who live in parks have families and busy lives—just like you. Each one is an individual with a unique personality and a life that they value. The most important thing to remember when visiting a park is that animals have just as much right to be there as humans.

让这些动物安静地生活,不要追逐它们,不要对它们喊叫,不要喂养它们,不要留下垃圾。总是从六包饮料上切下塑料圈,把瓶盖放在用过的瓶子上,在把罐子放进垃圾桶之前把它们压碎,这样动物就不会被夹在里面。

如果你看到其他人嘲笑或试图吓唬动物,鼓励他们成为有礼貌的客人,提醒他们动物住在公园里,人类只是他们家里的访客。