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It might be possible to make "waving hi!" a universal sign of friendliness to all animal species if enough people started doing it when they passed other creatures. amirite?

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Sadly, I already do this. Husband believes I should be institutionalized.

Icy-layers avatar Icy-layer Yeah You Are +5Reply
@Icy-layer Sadly, I already do this. Husband believes I should be institutionalized.

Do not give up!

I would love to see this actually happen. Even if I'm an old Grandpa a few days from death and I happen to see a lizard or leopard casually waving at me like, "Is cool dude. I no eat."

I do this all the time. Currently have a Fox in the area saw it this morning pulled up to it and started chatting with it but I think my loud muffler scared it off.😓

Google wild animals attacking cars, people. Ever seen an angry grizzly? Waving to them only makes them feel threatened.

We actually do have a universal sign of friendless. It's called not attacking.

Milkzeys avatar Milkzey Yeah You Are +2Reply
@Milkzey We actually do have a universal sign of friendless. It's called not attacking.

Well, I kinda meant like sign language sign kinda.

You know how babies can learn sign language before they can talk? Same concept.

Many animals can't "talk", but most have hands/paws/claws/flippers that can be used for communication if the appropriate association is made.

For instance, does one teach a dog to sit or just the word for sit? In other words, does a dog know how to sit before it is taught the command? Of course! We only teach it to associate the word sit with the action of sitting!

@Tuggspeedmen Well, I kinda meant like sign language sign kinda. You know how babies can learn sign language before they can...

You'll automatically communicate non-verbally. You just need to be relaxed and calm. Do not approach them, they will approach you if they feel comfortable. If you are offering food, even better, just don't make sudden movements. Keep palms open, neck exposed, soft voice, get down to their height. You need to trust the animal for them to trust you. DO NOT trust an animal that is dangerous unless a professional says otherwise. Deep breathe through your nose if you are feeling anxious by the animal it'll calm you down. You are basically doing the exact opposite of what being hostile is. Keep in mind, you may have good intentions but these are animals. You shouldn't trust them unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Always be aware of your boundaries with an animal.

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