To the original poster: let me first say that this is a very insightful post. The egret, I don't personally know the bird. It seems to be an intelligent, resourceful creature. In fact, if you were to study any animal, you would find signs of survival. These are base instincts. Humans also have this basic survival instinct. However, animals like your egret surely don't consciously ask anything from a deity. Not the way we humans do. This is sure to our advanced awareness. Now this is both good and bad for us humans. Some would say that we aren't advanced enough. I think we are too advanced. We are so advanced, so intelligent, so full of ourselves, that we think of ourselves as gods. That we, and we alone control our destiny. How arrogant have we become. Show me a human that can create a tree. Not plant a seed. Not nurture a tree and help it grow. Create it. We can't. There was a time when we were as primitive as your egret. We didn't question how we knew how to survive. We just did it. Then we evolved to the point that we came to realize that something greater than us gave us that ability. At this time, we co-existed with the divine. We understood the divine on a base level. And who's to say your egret doesn't have this same knowledge? Then we got smarter. And our desire to be the ultimate being drive us farther and farther from the devine. Which brings us to current times. A time in which we act as if we are our own gods. Bullsh$t. We were created. Our creator walked by our side until we decided to outrun her. We got so far in the lead until we stopped, turned around, and said, "where am I?" Now it is our duty, or rather our privilege, to try to regain that connection with the divine. We do nothing on our own. Nothing.