How did I only just hear about this story?! I heard about it while scrolling down Scripting Happiness (a very lovely, inspiring blog by the way). A little girl (she is now 23) named Tippi spent her childhood in Namibia, Africa, living among wild animals and tribes people with her photographer parents. She befriended wild animals, whom she nicknamed and played with.
I love this story for several reasons. It is so nice to hear a story that is so different from the norm. It is lovely that Tippi was open-minded enough to believe that she could have a friendship with another animal- I think a lot of people forget that it is possible to connect with another animal, even if you can’t speak their language.
I also like how her parents would encourage her to befriend the animals. Her parents did exercise caution, but were not excessively scared- they were able to easily observe the animal’s body language and vibe through using their intuition. I like how they were not scared just because everyone else in society was scared, but they actually observed the situation for themselves, allowing them to experience things and make friendships that a lot of people would miss out on.