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)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Cash-strapped Kelud refugees start selling livestock

Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Kediri

Refugees in shelters say they have been forced to sell their livestock after being made to evacuate their homes around Mount Kelud.

The government has not allowed the refugees to return home nor to work in the fields near the erupting volcano.

Marsini, 49, a resident of Kali Kuning village, Nglegok district in Blitar, said her family had already run out of food supplies.

She said she needed to buy groceries but had no money after being unable to work for more than two weeks at the Tjandi Sewu plantation near her home.

When The Jakarta Post visited Marsini at her refugee shelter, she had just enough coffee to make two glasses.

"This is the last of the coffee, so don't throw it away if you don't finish it. My husband can drink it later," Marsini told the Post.

Marsini and her family work as seasonal laborers, each earning a daily wage of Rp 8,000 (88 U.S. cents). They have lived for dozens of years in Kali Kuning, an isolated village eight kilometers from Mt. Kelud.

Inhabited by only 26 families, the village is not connected to the power grid but instead gets electricity from a generator. To conserve fuel the generator is operated only during the day.

The Blitar regency administration does not provide piped water to the village, so residents rely instead on wells, which dry up during times of droughts and volcanic activity on Mt. Kelud.

In the past, villagers refused to be evacuated because they didn't think Mt. Kelud's eruption would be life threatening.

However, this time around authorities have forced them to evacuate, going door to door and shutting down the plantations. The villagers eventually left for the refugee shelters after the government promised to see to their needs.

However, most of the promises have not been met, the refugees say.

"Most of those with babies have complained of not receiving infant food or formula milk. There is no coffee or other necessities aside from food for the adults. We want to return home, but if we tried, the authorities would return to force us away again," said Marsini.

To avoid the authorities, a number of villagers fled to the forests near Mt. Kelud.

"The government has good intentions in thinking of our safety, but please respect our choices to survive. Will the government provide us with proper jobs if we don't work?" Marsini said.

Marsini said she had sold one of her three goats to meet her family's living needs, and that she was afraid the others would be stolen while she and her family were away from home.

"Dozens of other residents have also sold their livestock because they need the money to live. We do not fear Mt. Kelud's eruption; we're afraid that if we stay in shelters we won't be able to provide for ourselves."

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