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)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Honey bears charm park visitors

Nurni Sulaiman, The Jakarta Post, Balikpapan

Hunkered down in her home in the Natural Environmental and Education Park in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, is Anna, a honey bear.

Ignoring all the humans around her, she tucked into her food. She is one of five bears living in the facility, ranging from five to 10 years old. There are three males -- Haris, Benny and Batik -- and two females, Anna and Idot.

The bears have been the pride of the park since 2003 and in the past few years the city has made the honey bear its official animal.

"Honey bears are solitary animals. Those which survive in the jungle can sense human presence from two kilometers away. The captive bears are quite familiar with humans, as long as there is not too much noise," said park manager Satria Imam Pribadi.

Anna and her colleagues seem to enjoy their activities in the 1.3-hectare enclosure. Anna usually plays for two hours and is provided with meals at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day.

Satria said the animals must be left to roam freely in the enclosure to prevent fights, adding that Harris and Batik in particular did not get on well.

The enclosure is in the form of natural forest an is enclosed with an electrified fence.

"It's not fatal, but only creates some pain or shock. All the animals have been trained to stay away from the fence," said Satria.

Visitors can not directly interact with the five bears, but can watch them from a boardwalk a meter away.

The 250-meter boardwalk is made of 90-cm wide planks and a 90-cm wall from bangkirai timber, and was still under construction The Jakarta Post visited the park recently.

"It will have surrounded half the enclosure at 400 meters long by next week," said Satria.

Although the animals are familiar with humans, signs at the park advise: "Honey bears are very sensitive and shy. Walk slowly and speak softly!", with pictures of a bear hiding.

Visitors are not allowed to smoke or bring food and drink with them onto the boardwalk.

The honey bears were all rescued from human homes, where they were mistreated.

Harry, the largest, is blind due to abuse. The four other bears also have health problems and have no teeth, which were probably pulled out by their owners.

"They were kept by humans before. The authorities had to seize them because they were not taken care of and were suffering," said Satria.

The bears are fed with boiled tempeh, or soyabean cake, eggs, rice and vegetables, with the same nutritional content as their natural diet. However, their favorite food, unsurprisingly, is honey.

Honey bears survive in the tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia they are only found in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

The park is also home to numerous rescued cats.

"They were neglected or abandoned by people on the streets, so we take care of them. As their number gradually rises, each time a cat is brought to the park, we sterilize it first so they won't breed," added Satria. The cats have also been vaccinated to prevent rabies and worms.

"We also provide a children's park so they can enjoy the natural surroundings while playing," said Satria.

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