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)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nanjing expands monitoring of animal behavior for signs of earthquakes

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2015-07-04

An animal farm set up as a monitoring point for signs of earthquakes
in Hainan province, July 28, 2006. (Photo/CFP)

The Chinese city of Nanjing began observing animals as a way to monitor earthquakes and is planning to expand the program this year, according to Chinese news site The Paper.

Nanjing set up seven observation points last year, mostly for animal farms, and will add another seven this year, including one at Hongshan Forest Zoo, the website said.

The zoo's director Shen Zhijun said he first thought about the earthquake monitoring program in 2010 after visiting zoos in Guangzhou and Shenzhen that had already adopted the program, but he did not proceed with the idea at that time.

The monitoring program relies on zookeepers' observations of the animals in their care, and their reporting of any unusual behavior, he said.

The animals used in the programs are mainly those that are sensitive to low sound waves generated during earthquakes, such as birds, the zoo director said.

Shen said the observation will be limited to animals that are not on display, since those on display may show unusual behavior in the presence of visitors.

Another location that has become a monitoring point is the Banqiao ecological park, which is 40 minutes away from the city center and has over 200 pigs, more than 2,000 chickens and a 14.6-hectare fish pond.

Zhou Hongbing, an animal observer at the park, said he participated in a training course at the city's seismological bureau, which explained animal behavior in relation to earthquakes.

The bureau will send experts to the site where unusual animal behavior is reported, to determine whether it can be interpreted as a sign of an impending earthquake.

Jiangsu province, where Nanjing is located, already has hundreds of locations monitoring animal behavior for signs of earthquakes, The Paper said.

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