Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Indonesian ferry survivors recall fight for life as search extended

The International Herald Tribune (AP), 5 January 2007

SURABAYA, Indonesia: Ahmad Rifai thought he was going to die as huge waves hurled his life raft around the Java Sea following last week's ferry sinking in central Indonesia. But for five days he desperately gripped the boat, too scared to sleep, until he washed ashore.

"I remember those nights when I was adrift in the middle of the dark night with storms, rain, lightning and high waves," said Rifai, a 45-year-old plantation worker, as he recovered Friday in a hospital in the coastal city of Surabaya.

"There was nothing I could do, I could only keep chanting, 'God is great, God is great.'"

Almost 630 people were on board the Senopati Nusantara when it sank before midnight after being pounded by towering waves for several hours on a trip from Borneo to the main island of Java.

More than 230 people, including the captain, have so far been rescued. Just eight corpses have been recovered.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the search on Friday to continue for the time being, saying survivor stories from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami showed that people could stay alive for up to three weeks on rafts in the country's tropical climate.

Survivors have been found on life rafts, clinging to debris or on beaches on remote islands after washing ashore. They have been found farther away from the site of the sinking each day because of ocean currents.

Col. Jan Simamora, head of the search and rescue mission, said ships and planes were scouring the sea near the resort island of Bali, some 700 kilometers (430 miles) west of where the ferry sank.

No survivors have been found, though, since Rifai and 14 others in his tiny raft ran aground Wednesday on an island hundreds of kilometers (miles) away.

Rifai said during his time at sea he saw no rescue teams. The men in the raft spotted land three times, but high waves prevented them from using their hands to paddle the vessel ashore. They survived on rain water before washing ashore.

"We just went where the waves took us," he said.

Indonesia has been wracked in recent weeks by seasonal storms that have triggered deadly landslides, flooding and at least six maritime accidents in different parts of the sprawling archipelago. A jetliner with 102 people on board disappeared in heavy winds and is still missing.

As the ferry sank, Rifai said he saw two adults and two children hugging each other on deck before jumping into the sea, still holding on to each other.

"It seemed they wanted to die together," he said, adding the image stayed with him during his time on the life raft. "Thank God we managed to get in a raft."

Another survivor said thinking about his wife and children gave him strength.

"I tried to remember what they did each day," said Ansari, who goes by a single name. "I could not imagine dying and leaving no one to look after my family."

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