Fight, or Flight?

This gallery was created to show animals in their most primal of forms; fight or flight. This response is present in most mammals and some reptiles and birds, and explains the phenomenon when something is presented to be harmful, a threat to survival, or a reaction to fear. This is also very present in humans, and as such, human "fight or flight" representations are also included within the gallery.                                                                      Gallery created by: Darcey Pemberton.

The piece titled "Horses Fighting" shows exactly that. Wild horses are well known for the "fight or flight" response to predators, as well as things which could be no threat at all.
When you combine "fight" and "flight", you get something that looks like this. Though the Native Americans within the painting are fighting one another, they are also fearful for their lives.
The title of this work literally translates to "two people attacked by dogs". This is an excellent depiction of a human being in "flight" mode, trying to escape for the sake of survival.
As horses are large prey animals, they exhibit a very delicate fear response. This piece depicts a horse within the limbo of the initial fear response; deciding to flee, or fight.
When pushed, even the kindest of souls will fight to protect themselves. As the horse is attacked by a lion, it is sent directly into "fight mode," as there is no option left for the horse to escape.
These lions and tigers have been forced into corners out of fear, initiating a "fight" response for some, and a "flight" response for others. They simply want to be away from the human, one way or another.
As it seems, the Centaur in the painting is showing a "fight" response to a fellow Centaur being attacked. The Leopard is also in "fight mode", and the tiger is within the decision-making period.
Clearly the boar in this piece is running from the man in the background who is depicted as a hunter. The boar in the background seems to have met a worse fate, with or without the fear response.
Though it may seem silly, I chose this picture because it explains that the fear response is not always logical, as this horse is fleeing from a tree.
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