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)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mudslide isolates 1,500 residents in Solok

Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, The Jakarta Post, Padang | Thu, 03/18/2010 10:21 AM

A mudslide originating from two rivers on Mount Talang hit Sungai Janiah village in Solok regency late Tuesday, leaving 1,500 residents isolated.

The disaster, known locally as galodo, left bridges permanently damaged, swept away eight houses along a river, destroyed hundreds of hectares of farmland and brought down electricity poles.

No casualties were reported in the disaster, which struck at around 6 p.m., but Sungai Janiah was isolated by the floods as around 1,500 residents had no access to other areas.

West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency’s operational center coordinator Ade Edward said dozens of Sungai Janiah villagers, who were outside the village during the disaster, could not return to their homes.

They were accommodated at an emergency command post set up in an elementary school.

“Villagers took shelter in mosques and schools,” he said.

“Medical services were not disrupted due to the presence of a community health clinic in the village.”

Ade said that the two bridges, usually used by public buses plying Sungai Janiah route, were completely damaged.

The damage to each bridge is estimated to cost around Rp 1 billion (US$107,526).

The river, which originally spanned 15 meters, has widened to 30 meters due to the floods.

“The Solok regency administration and residents are currently working hand in hand to build an emergency bridge from coconut tree so people can cross the river,” Ade said.

“But a bigger bridge, which is needed for cars to cross, could take a week to build.”

A Mount Talang volcanic observation officer in Solok, Dalipa Marjusi, warned residents in Sungai Janiah and other villages of further of mudslide or cold lava.

Dalipa said tens of thousand cubic meters of volcanic material from Mount Talang’s eruption in 2005 had gathered at the upstream areas of four rivers could threaten residents below.

The Batang Ampuan and Batang Lurah Nago rivers, which pass through Sungai Janiah, carried parts of the materials in the mudslide on Tuesday.

Two other rivers — the Ano Kadok and Batang Lembang — flow in the direction of other villages.

Ano Kadok flows to Talang and Cupak villages in Gunung Talang district, while Batang Lembang flows toward Batu Bajanjang village.

“There are still large volumes of volcanic materials and boulders at the upstream areas which could be carried by the rivers during continuous heavy rain and pose a risk to people along the rivers,” Dalipa told The Jakarta Post.

He said he submitted reports on the cold lava’s threats every month to the Solok regency administration, the last being March 3.

However, the administration has yet to follow up the reports by disseminating information to residents.

“It’s the duty of the Solok regency administration to inform the public. Our job is just to file the report,” Dalipa said.

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