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.

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"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)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Extinct frog resurrected with ‘de-extinction’ technology

Hopes Australian Lazarus Project provides stepping stone for other extinct species such as the Tasmanian tiger 
   
theguardian.com, Australian Associated Press, Friday 22 November 2013

Southern gastric brooding frog Famous for giving birth through its mouth, the
 native gastric brooding frog has been extinct since 1983. Photograph: Auscape
/UIG via Getty Images
   
An Australian science project to resurrect an extinct frog species has been named one of the world's best inventions.

The Lazarus Project centres on a genome technology developed by researchers from the University of Newcastle. It was included in Time magazine's 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 list because it has been successfully used to bring back to life the gastric-brooding frog.

Famous for giving birth through its mouth, the native frog has been extinct since 1983. The researchers were able to collect DNA from frozen frog tissue stored in a conventional freezer for 40 years. Using a process known as somatic cell nuclear transplantation, they deactivated eggs from the distantly related great-barred frog and swapped the nuclei with that of the gastric-brooding frog.

While none of the resulting embryos survived past a few days, genetic tests confirmed they were full of the genetic material from the extinct species.

The project is led by paleontologist Prof. Mike Archer, who worked in conjunction with cloning specialists and frog expert Michael Mahony.

Mahoney described the 'de-extinction' technology as an "insurance policy" against extinction.

"We need to have some process by which we can prevent extinction," he told ABC Radio on Friday. It was not just about bringing species back from the dead, he said, but making sure technology could address a biodiversity crisis around the world.

"The Jurassic Park scenario is the one people think about when you bring back extinct species," Mahony said. "I actually don't focus so much back on the past, as [on] what is possible in the future."

It's believed the gastric-brooding frog's extinction was caused by a disease that stems from a fungus spread by humans.

The project team say they hope Lazarus will provide a stepping stone for the long-extinct Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine.

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