Most people like wildlife. Nobody wants a bear or cougar to attack them, but the idea of bears or cougars wandering about in the wilderness is usually a pleasing thought. We like to live in harmony with our fellow creatures. We often travel long distances to see them.
That connection to wildlife often becomes an emotional one when we come across animals in distress. We know all about it being a jungle out there, survival of the fittest and all that - creatures get injured and die in all kinds of natural ways.
But knowing as we do the stresses that humanity has placed on the natural world, I suspect most of us sense an undertone of guilt when we discover a bird with a broken wing, a rabbit that cannot hop, or some other injured beast. At the back of our minds, we wonder whether somehow we caused this hurt.
That may be why rescuing injured wildlife is such an important activity to so many people, particularly children, because it allows us to undo a small part of the damage to nature we have caused. It makes us feel better, especially when we can return those creatures back to the wild. Like these Swans