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)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Flash flood kills two, four missing in W. Sumatra

Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, The Jakarta Post, Padang | Sun, 11/09/2008 11:04 AM 

Two people were killed with four others missing when a flash flood stormed Jorong Toboh and Jorong Sasai Kandang villages in Agam regency, West Sumatra, on Friday evening. 

The flash flood inundated an area of 500 hectares with mud some 3 meters thick. The mud deposit now stretches 200 to 300 meters along the 20-meter wide Baburai River. 

Seven houses on the riverbanks were struck by the flash flood, two of which were buried by mud, three heavily damaged and two others lightly damaged. 

Rescue workers Saturday found the bodies of Nida, 45, and Mediana Saprina, 13. They were still searching for Sahrul Syafar, 9, Nadisyam, 55, Asnimar, 60, and Darius Sutan Makmur, 70. 

"The residents were trapped inside their houses and unable to flee," coordinator of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Coordinating Board, Ade Edward, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. 

"Rescue workers could retrieve the two bodies as their hands and legs were not buried. 

Two villagers wounded in the flood were sent to the Ahmad Mochtar General Hospital in Bukittinggi municipality, some 40 kilometers from the flash flood location. 

It was reported that the river overflowed, causing the flash flood -- which is called galodo in the local Minangkabau language -- after three hours of incessant rain. 

The flash flood also damaged three bridges isolating 300 families in Jorong Toboh from the district administrative center. 

Some 400 hectares of rice fields were buried by mud, and six cows went missing. 

"Currently, rescue workers are cleaning the mud deposit with two heavy machines," said Ade from the location. 

"Hopefully we can reach Jorong Toboh in the evening to supply villagers with food, medicine and blankets. 

"But the river stream is still strong and the soil is soft, so residents have not yet crossed the river," Ade said. 

"Incessant rain caused mud from river walls to be deposited downstream. 

"When the mud broke away, water carried the mud that overflowed, striking houses and bridges." 

Agam Regent Aristo Munanda told the Post that the regency administration had distributed clothes, medicines and other necessities since Saturday morning. 

"Rescue workers including police officers and soldiers reached the location right after the flash flood," he said. 

"But evacuation efforts were hampered by darkness as the electricity was cut." 

The Agam regency administration have relocated 200 villagers residing on the river banks to the nearest village in anticipation of other flash floods as dark clouds were still hanging over the area.

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