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, June 7, 2014

Hunch-bat, Zorro snake among new Mekong species

Yahoo – AFP, 6 June 2014

This undated handout picture released on June 5, 2014 by WWF shows a
 zorro-masked water snake which is among new species discoveries in the
Greater Mekong region (AFP Photo/John C. Murphy)

Hanoi (AFP) - From a hunch-backed bat to a giant flying squirrel, scientists have identified 367 new species in the Greater Mekong area since 2012, according to a new WWF report.

But due to unsustainable development and rapacious demand for wildlife meat and luxury timber, almost all of the newly described species are soon likely to be threatened, the group warned.

This undated handout picture released on
 June 5, 2014 by WWF shows a Cambodian
 Tailorbird which is among new species
 discoveries in the Greater Mekong region
 (AFP Photo/James Eaton)
Southeast Asia has a higher proportion of threatened terrestrial mammal species than any other region on earth, said WWF expert Thomas Gray.

One of the new species discovered -- a giant flying squirrel -- was found in a wild meat market in Laos and has yet to be recorded in the wild.

"This highlights the plight many species are facing in the region," Gray said.

The report said the "devastating" illicit trade in wildlife was now worth at least $16 billion annually.

"Wildlife trade, driven by both local consumption and the global market for luxury wildlife products, is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity across the Mekong region," the WWF report said.

This undated handout picture released on
 June 5, 2014 by WWF shows a Griffins leaf-nosed
 bat which is among new species discoveries in 
the Greater Mekong region (AFP Photo/Vu
 Dinh Thong)
The 367 species were recorded in 2012 and 2013 in the Greater Mekong region, which consists of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan.

The list, dominated by plants, includes 24 fish, 21 amphibians, 28 reptiles, one bird and three mammals.

Researchers found the so-called "hunch-bat of Vietnam" in the communist country's Cat Ba national park near the UNESCO-listed heritage site of Ha Long Bay.

Other new species identified included a skydiving gecko, an iridescent-coloured rainbow lizard, the "Zorro"-masked water snake, and a tiny fish with sex organs just behind its mouth.

In January 2013, an Australian researcher discovered a new species of flying frog near the country's southern Ho Chi Minh City and named it after her mother.

This undated handout picture released
 on June 5, 2014 by WWF shows a freshwater
 pufferfish from Thailand which is among 
new species discoveries in the Greater
 Mekong region (AFP Photo/Chavalit 
Vidthayanon)
Jodi Rowley, an amphibian expert from Sydney's Australian Museum, told AFP that when her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer "I decided that she deserved to be honoured in some way".

Vietnam's biodiversity is under "incredible human pressure," she said, adding that "many of these species may have been discovered just in time, as they are already likely under threat from extinction."

Vietnam is struggling to preserve its wildlife and in 2012 WWF said the country was one of the worst offenders in failing to tackle trade in endangered species -- an accusation which the country denies.

The Greater Mekong region forms part of one of the five most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world, WWF said.

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