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)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Powerful quake sparks panic, tsunami warning

Panca Nugraha and Yemris Fointuna, The Jakarta Post, Mataram, Kupang

A powerful undersea earthquake struck the Nusa Tenggara island chain Thursday, sparking panic among residents who took the initiative to flee homes and buildings on an island near the epicenter, officials said.

The quake struck near Sumbawa island at a depth of 19 kilometers, Fauzi, head of seismology at Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics Agency, said.

According to Indonesian seismologists, the quake reached a magnitude of 6.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 5.5.

The earthquake prompted a brief tsunami warning, but there were no reports of injuries or casualties.

"We canceled the warning because the quake had no tsunami-generating potential," Sri Woro, head of the geophysics agency, told Reuters.

"It was quite a strong quake and created panic," said Iwan, a journalist based in Sumbawa, who added he had not seen any damage in the island's main town of Raba, the capital of Bima regency.

Residents ran out into the streets as buildings trembled in villages and towns on Sumbawa, fearful the quake would cause houses to collapse or send debris flying.

"All civil servants here rushed out of the building (of the Bima regency administration) and were reluctant to go back in for hours after, fearing aftershocks," said Bima regency spokesman Abdul Wahab.

Wahab said a similar wave of panic occurred in a number of locations around Raba, especially in the districts of Sape, Lambu and Langgudu.

"People were screaming and running out of their homes," said Indra, a bank employee in Sape, as quoted by AFP.

"People are still traumatized by an earthquake that occurred at the end of last year, which destroyed buildings and killed three people," Wahab said.

The regency administration deployed several teams to calm the situation, including one to Sape, the only port in Bima which links West Nusa Tenggara to East Nusa Tenggara.

The teams urged people to remain calm and monitored signs of a possible tsunami.

Burhanuddin Abdullah, who resides near Raba, said his first concern was for his family.

"I immediately instructed my daughters and wife to get out of the house," he said. "But actually, this earthquake was not as strong as the one we experienced last year."

The tremor was felt in a number of cities in East Nusa Tenggara, including Labuan Bajo, the capital of West Manggarai regency; Ruteng, the capital of Manggarai; Waingapu, the capital of East Sumba; Waikabubak, the capital of West Sumba; and Rara, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara.

Initial reports have suggested the quake did not cause major damage. A police officer on duty in the Sumbawa town of Dompu said no damage or casualties had been reported there, according to AFP.

The tsunami warning was lifted less than an hour after it was issued and no tsunami was recorded, the officer said.

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