my trust issues are deteriorating so many relationships with people. i’ve mended one with one of my best friends recently, which im glad + learned a lot from, but im still pulling stuff that makes me not act like myself and it’s scary and makes me feel like i’m losing control. i like who i am, when im confident, which ive had happen this year, but its easy to fall back into self hatred when you’re acting like someone you’re not. im gonna try to pick my shit back up, i feel like it might be too late in some regards, ive kind of fucked myself over multiple times, but better late than never. it sucks because people always say it’s the other persons fault if they can’t see how amazing you are, etc, but thats just really irresponsible. i almost lost one of my best friends because of trust and self acceptance issues i had. shes not without fault, but these issues are ones that almost have and definitely can fuck up really, really, important and beneficial relationships i have with others.0 notes
Dog Family - Canidae
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Two male foxes fighting, in this instance an intruder taking on a resident male. The fox in the background is the resident vixen.
These fights can be extremely brutal and foxes may end up seriously injured or even being killed during such encounters. Because of this foxes use body language to try and avoid serious fighting as much as possible. Most encounters don’t go past the arched back stage where the foxes push against each other to see who is the strongest. If neither fox backs down, however, a full blown fight can ensue.
In the last gif the intruder submits by crouching on the ground while the resident male stands as tall as possible with his tail in the air as a sign of dominance.
Footage from BBC Autumnwatch.
And there are so many people that say that canines do not establish dominance, they are full of shit, what the fuck is this then?!?! Dominance is not a myth, all canines whether domestic dog, or coyote establish dominance with each other. Correction EVERY living thing establishes dominance, even human beings…
The problem is that most people misinterpret what dominance means and too many people are under the impression that dogs, wolves, foxes etc are constantly trying to gain dominance. This is false! Once dominance has been established between animals they accept their place and will only move up the ranks if a higher ranking animal dies or becomes sick/weak/old, in which case the transition is natural and does not need to be fought over.
Most canids, including foxes, live in family groups and so dominance is naturally established through the parent/offspring relationship. The parent is naturally dominant and the offspring are naturally subordinate. There will be ranking between siblings but this is established very early on in the first few months and again, once their place is set they stick to it and do not try to gain dominance over a higher ranking member. Serious fights like this are the result of two rival, unrelated animals who both want the same resources (territory and breeding rights) and are very rare. This sort of fighting does not happen within established family groups. They may squabble over food or other resources because canids are naturally selfish with resources, but they are not trying to “gain dominance” during such encounters. If an animal becomes unhappy with it’s position in the group and wants to become dominant then it simply leaves the family group and sets up it’s own family.
Most people’s idea of dominance comes from captive animals kept in an unnatural environment with unrelated animals that they cannot escape from. This causes serious tension and thus fighting and dominance behaviors that are not relevant to those animals in a natural setting. Unfortunately people still use these debunked studies to explain behaviors they don’t understand. Dogs, for example, do not try to dominate their owners because in their eyes we are the parent animal and thus naturally attain the higher status.
Fox cubs and vixen mounted by Mike Gadd
this is fucking disgusting
You realize none of these animals were killed specifically to make this mount, right? Cubs are not hunted for trophies, so mounts like this use animals who died of natural or accidental causes. Fact is only 1 out of every 4 fox cubs survive into adulthood. The rest all die from causes such as sickness, injury, wondering off and getting lost, being hit by cars, predated by other animals (including other foxes) etc.
Nature is tough and only a few will manage to survive. If they’re already dead then why not make use of them to create a work of art that captures their beauty and innocence forever?
ok im gonna start emo blogging on this blog again whats up.0 notes