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 20, 2009

Nature conservation agency confiscates illegal pangolins

Ni Komang Erviani, The Jakarta Post, Tabanan | Fri, 11/20/2009 11:52 AM

Aphrodisiac?: A forest ranger watches a pangolin at the office of the Bali Nature Conservation Agency in Denpasar on Wednesday. The agency seized 15 pangolins at an abandoned warehouse in Abian Tuwung village, Tabanan, located 30 kilometers north of Denpasar. JP/Zul Trio Anggono

The Bali Nature Conservation Agency seized 15 pangolins at an abandoned warehouse in Abian Tuwung, Tabanan, about 30 kilometers north of Denpasar, Bali.

The agency is also holding the owner of the warehouse, Ketut Dharma, for illegally planning to distribute the protected animals to the black market.

“We obtained information from his neighbors about his involvement in the black market.

“We cased the warehouse for about a week before we found the animals located inside,” agency chief Istanto said Wednesday.

Pangolins have an armored appearance with hard scales made of keratin.

They also have a protective strategy of curling up into a ball when disturbed.

Their appearance resembles more a reptile than a mammal.

Commonly known as the “scaly anteater”, they have powerful, curved and blunted claws for digging into and tearing open ant and termite nests.

Pangolins are toothless, but have long, sticky tongues to capture their prey.

Their natural habitats are in the tropical forests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Indochina.

“The pangolin is not categorized as an endangered species,” Istanto said.

“But the mammal is strictly protected. There is the danger of extinction and it is under the threat of illegal poachers.”

Pangolins are reportedly one of the most sought-after animals in many black markets in Asian countries.

People believe that the pangolin’s meat and scales prevent aging. People also consume pangolin meat as it is considered an aphrodisiac.

In some Indonesian, Malaysian, Thailand and Hong Kong black markets, pangolin meat can reportedly fetch up to Rp 1 million (US$112) per kilogram.

In numerous restaurants in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and China, pangolin meat costs about $210 per kilogram.

Pangolin scales are sold at Rp 9,000 ($1) per piece.

The scales of pangolins are used as raw material for crystal methamphetamine.

The high value of pangolin meat and scales has allegedly prompted people to illegally take the animals from their natural habitats.

People across Indonesia hunt the animals and ship them to domestic and foreign black markets.

In Indonesia, Palembang in South Sumatra is known as a pangolin black market center.

Istanto said Ketut Dharma might only be one of many illegal animal poachers.

Poachers are said to have both nationwide and international networks.

Istanto also said the agency might find other people who were believed to have links with Dharma.

Illegal sales and pangolin trafficking is against the 1990 Animal Conservation Law in Indonesia.

Dharma may face five years in jail and a Rp 100 million fine for allegedly breaking this law.

In addition to confiscating the pangolins, the agency also seized two protected cockatoos belonging to an expatriate residing in Tibubiyu, Kerambitan, in Tabanan.

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