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

UN says bird flu endemic in Indonesian poultry

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia faces a serious problem from bird flu, which is now endemic in poultry across much of the country, the UN official heading the global fight against avian influenza said.

The vast archipelago nation is the country worst hit by the pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu with 63 fatalities since its first human case in July 2005.

"The problems that have been faced around bird flu, or avian influenza, are really quite serious in this country," David Nabarro, senior UN system influenza coordinator told AFP in an interview here.

"In Indonesia the highly pathogenic bird flu virus is pretty deeply entrenched, what we call endemic, in poultry in many parts of the country," he said ahead of meetings on Monday with Indonesian and UN officials.

At one point 160 out of 444 districts reported the virus in poultry.

The greater the amount of virus, the greater the risk of human infection and of the virus mutating into a form easily transmissible between humans, the British doctor said. Most victims had been in close contact with infected birds.

Upgrading livestock rearing practices in a country where many people keep chickens in their homes, improving health services and increasing public awareness of the risks will take time and commitment, he said.

"It's a five-to-ten year agenda and in Indonesia at the moment it's an agenda that needs to be given extra impetus and Komnas (the Indonesian bird flu committee) and the rest of the government are doing that right now," he said, adding there currently existed an "important window of opportunity."

A lot longer

Other Asian countries that have suffered human bird flu deaths have already taken concerted action to deal with the problem.

"In Vietnam and Thailand it was relatively easy for the prime minister to say 'we are going to make this a high national priority' and to get different parts of government ... to 'march in step' and deal with the problem," Nabarro said.

"The Indonesian political situation and government situation is quite different," he explained, pointing to the high degree of local authority.

Building a consensus for concerted action against bird flu therefore "takes a lot longer," said Nabarro who has worked in public health for three decades.

But Indonesia has recently started to tackle the problem and is undertaking mass media campaigns which Nabarro said were important in raising public awareness of the threat.

"We've seen the issue rise up and then suddenly during the last two or three weeks it's really got a new head of steam and that provides an opportunity for really moving ahead quickly," he said.

Jakarta has just introduced a ban on backyard poultry. Improved veterinary services are being rolled out district by district and officials are trying to keep the pressure on.

"Which is difficult to do in a country where people are experiencing a lot of other problems besides the threats posed by bird flu," Nabarro admitted after arriving in Jakarta where floods have left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Indonesia has suffered cluster cases of apparently limited human-to-human transmission of bird flu but Nabarro said it was unlikely a mutation would pass unnoticed unless it occurred in a very isolated part of the world.

"So the requirement for spotting it is that people are honest about what's happening inside their country, and it's helped greatly if the health services are working well," he said.

"Even countries that have been identified as perhaps places where information might be hushed up have been remarkably open about problems they're facing as a result of avian influenza," the doctor said.

"So I'm confident that we would have a very high chance of an expanding cluster being picked up quickly and therefore have a good chance of containing it and preventing, or at least delaying, the human pandemic."

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