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)

Monday, February 5, 2007

Indonesian Must Do More To Fight Bird Flu In Poultry, UN Says

Indonesia is showing increased "political impetus" to tackle bird flu within its poultry population, but the H5N1 virus still remains widespread across the country, the United Nations' bird flu czar said Monday.

Dr David Nabarro, the UN's senior system coordinator for avian and human influenza, said Indonesia must expend more energy on "reducing the amount of highly pathogenic H5N1 in poultry."

"We have heard evidence today that (bird flu) is widespread," he told a press conference with Dr Bayu Krisnamurthi, chief of Indonesia's national committee for bird flu control. "We've also heard of possible affects to humans."

Nabarro's visit came after five Indonesians who were in contact with sick birds suddenly died last month, bringing the country's world-worst total to 63.

But Nabarro was generally upbeat about the Jakarta government's progress since his last visit in late 2006, noting its cooperation with international health agencies and new willingness to cull chickens where there is a high risk of an outbreak of the virus.

Indonesia's efforts to curb the spread of bird flu have been hampered by the reluctance of some poultry owners, especially backyard farmers, to hand over sick or potentially infected birds for slaughter.

But the government began offering compensation to local farmers and residents for destroyed fowl, and has also set up surveillance systems across its 33 provinces, as well as begun vaccinating birds and culling when necessary.

Prior to the five deaths in January, Indonesia had not had a bird flu fatality since November 2006. Alarmed, the government banned backyard chicken farms in residential areas in Jakarta and nine provinces, including across densely-populated Java and neighbouring Sumatra.

It is common for residents in Indonesia to earn extra money or provide food for their families by raising chickens in their yards. Health experts say this is one of the ways the H5N1 virus spreads from birds to humans.

Most bird flu victims globally had direct or indirect contact with sick birds, but scientists fear the virus could mutate into a form easily transmissible among humans, sparking a global pandemic that could kill millions.

Meanwhile, the Jakarta government has not yet decided whether to attempt to impose an intellectual property rights claim over an Indonesian strain of H5N1 that is being used to create a vaccine in Australia.

"It's still under discussion by the government," Krisnamurthi told reporters. "It's not an easy question to answer."

Last week, Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said the strain on which the vaccine is based belonged to Indonesia, a claim that could complicate future agreements on sharing and using bird flu specimens for research worldwide.

Nabarro said he was hopeful that the issue of intellectual property rights would be discussed and resolved during a forthcoming meeting of the World Health Organisation.

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