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)

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Indonesia on high alert as flood toll climbs

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Rescuers and volunteers on Sunday struggled to reach nearly 190,000 Indonesians left homeless by devastating floods sparked by heavy rains in and around Jakarta, as the death toll rose to seven.

Authorities put the capital on high alert, with more rain forecast for Sunday, as police deployed 7,000 extra personnel to assist with evacuation efforts across the city, where water levels reached rooftops in some areas.

"The number of our personnel is enough, but what we are lacking are rubber boats for the evacuation of residents," said police spokesman Untung Yoga Ana.

As of late Saturday, the death toll was at seven in the Jakarta area, according to an official from the National Disaster Mitigation Coordinating Agency, quoted by the state Antara news agency.

The official, Sunardi, also said that the number of refugees forced to leave their homes due to the rainy-season floods, was now at nearly 190,000, nearly double the 106,095 homeless people registered as of early Saturday.

Local television stations showed footage of inundated areas around the capital, mainly along the Ciliwung, Pesangrahan and Krukut rivers, with people shown being evacuated from their roofs or the second floors of their homes.

A key flood gate in East Jakarta could no longer block water flowing in from outside the city, staff there said, causing the city's main canal to burst its banks.

There was no immediate estimate of the number of houses and families that needed to be evacuated.

Members of the Indonesian Red Cross and other volunteers were delivering food to the thousands of people stranded in their flooded homes or sheltering on roadsides.

"With so many points that need to be served, a rotation has to be made," police spokesman Ana said, saying that police had built more than 200 rafts to reinforce the evacuation efforts, making up for the shortage of rubber boats.

Mosques, schools and other public buildings in dry areas across the city were being used as makeshift shelters for the homeless, television reports showed.

The floods have forced the closure of several main roads across Jakarta, while at least two hospitals had to move patients to upper floors.

The state electricity company had to cut power to most inundated areas, adding to the misery of people who opted to stay in their flooded homes. At least 5,000 people were without telephone service.

The meteorology agency warned of more rains to come later Sunday, and that heavy rains were still falling in hilly regions in the south, further heightening threats of more floods.

Residents of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta -- a vast residential and commercial area inundated in 2002, in floods that killed 40 people -- said the latest disaster was far worse.

"Last time, the water was only knee deep but yesterday, it had already reached my midriff when I left," 48-year-old Brahmanta, who managed to leave his two-storey house with his car when water levels were still low, told AFP.

"I could stay on the second floor of the house, but there is no food, no electricity, no clean water, and the toilets cannot flush," Brahmanta said.

Old Batavia, the former colonial port under the Dutch from where Jakarta has expanded, was built on marshland and some areas of the capital are below sea level.

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