A Christmas Eve hero

I swear we’re going to get serious about highlighting young heroes again. And soon! But who can let this holiday pass without touting this animal hero. Since I can’t do better than the original, I’ll let the song lyrics do the talking.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose. Continue reading

Rats as heroes. Really!

“rats might be capable of heroic acts in the cause of other rats”

When I began this blog I hadn’t considered heroism as anything but a human (or possibly primate) trait. Sure, I knew there were plenty of animals touted as heroes. On the fiction side dogs have been the stars of top rated TV shows in decades past. I’m talking Lassie and Rin Tin Tin (new book: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, by Susan Orlean @2011).  They saved their masters week after week. And animated animal heroes have been around the best part of a century. Many, such as Mickey Mouse and his friends, even became a part of our popular culture. The animated hero list now takes in ants, mice, dogs, woodpeckers, roadrunners, magpies, crows, ducks, spiders, horses, pigs, flying squirrels, moose, monkeys, owls, to name a few. Continue reading