Brain Game: If you could have a conversation with any animal, which would you choose, and what would you say? (Round 6)

  • The writing competition starts with 10 contestants, who are eliminated one at a time based on a combination of your votes and YP Editors’ picks – who will you choose?
  • This week, one contestant wants to ask the cockroaches to move out of their home, while another hopes to plan a naughty prank with some ‘hooligan’ seagulls
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This chihuahua is quite used to listening to humans talk. Photo: Shutterstock

Read through the responses to this week’s Brain Game prompt, and choose which answer you like most. Based on a combination of your votes and YP Editors’ picks, we will eliminate one contestant from the competition.

Contestant 1

I would choose to talk with cockroaches. Actually, I am very scared of insects, especially the cockroaches in my home. But I would still like to give them a piece of my mind. I would tell them that I do not like them and want them to go.

I would advise them to move to the garbage disposal area with their “friends”. It would be a much more suitable place for them. I would tell the cockroaches that people want to kill them so a junkyard could be their “paradise”. There would be a huge amount of food for them to eat. Also, they can even play hide-and-seek amid the rubbish and have fun.

I hope the cockroaches would follow my advice and move away from my home.

Contestant 2

Bees. Many people don’t know that bees play an important role in nature. They pollinate plants and help produce all sorts of seeds, nuts, and fruits – all important food sources.

I would thank them for their valuable contribution to the ecosystem. Without them, there would be no honey and wild animals would not have enough food. I would also make an apology, telling them that humans do not intend to destroy their habitats and want them to thrive.

Last but not least, I would ask them for a favour – if they could predict natural disasters, I would ask them to let me know in advance so I could be prepared for them.

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Contestant 3

I would love to have a conversation with two polar bears, one in a zoo and the other in the wild, to see who leads a better life.

Firstly, I would ask the polar bear in the Arctic about its living environment. I guess it would probably tell me how global warming is affecting its life. According to scientists, climate change is heating the Arctic faster than anywhere else, and sea ice is shrinking by 14 per cent every decade. This makes it difficult for polar bears to hunt seals, their main food source.

Next, I would talk to the polar bear living in a zoo. There, they would be fed and be able to live for as long as 30 years. However, they would be trained by keepers to do tricks and entertain visitors. I would like to know they feel about being kept in a tiny enclosure surrounded by fake icebergs. I would ask the polar bear: “Do you want to go back to the Arctic?”

Contestant 4

“Hooligan” seagulls, which eat people’s food and steal snacks from shops.

They can be crazy like me sometimes, so I would tell the seagull leader and its gang: “Here I have a piece of bread taken from humans; you can eat it if you’re hungry. Do you trust me?” I believe they would.

Next, I would say, “You should catch the humans off guard. I want you to swoop when they are at the beach and carry their fish and chips away”.

“I want you guys to split into two teams and attack them from two sides. I will be riding a bike on the road behind you guys, watching you. Victory will be ours!”

I believe the seagulls would agree it’s a good idea. It would be great fun to surprise people by “raiding” their food. Wouldn’t it be cool if I became their adviser after the collaboration?

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Contestant 5

Dogs. They are the favourite animal among most people because they understand humans well, and most importantly, they are loyal.

However, in recent years, there has been an increase in animal abuse cases, and dogs are the most common victims. I really think that animals have rights and shouldn’t be hurt by humans.

So, I would like to talk to a dog so that I can learn more about their feelings. I would also record the conversation and post it online. I hope this can show people that animals have feelings and that they deserve our respect and care.

Hopefully, after our conversation, people would believe that animals are as smart as humans and that they should be treated kindly.

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