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, November 29, 2008

Traditional dairy farms survive in East Jakarta

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 11/29/2008 11:27 AM  

Growing up among dairy cows, Dedy said he gave up on drinking milk when he was a boy, he became bored with fresh milk, having been directly exposed to it and the animals that produce it for so long. 

"I don't like milk," Dedy Iskandar, 33, the son of a dairy cattle farmer in Pondok Rangon, East Jakarta said. 

Dedy's parents have more than 20 cows, which together can produce more than 70 liters of fresh milk every day. The modest family home looks out over the farm's broad pastures. 

Besides Dedy, 26 other farmers, along with more than 1,100 dairy cows live in the area. The farms, which produce more than 4,500 liters of milk every day, are the only authorized dairies left in Jakarta. 

According to Wahyuna Rahmani, Dedy's mother, before moving to Pondok Rangon, all the farmers lived in Kuningan, South Jakarta, which was a famed dairy center until the 1990's. 

"Dedy's great grandfather owned more than 50 dairy cows in the Kuningan area. They were a good breeders compared to us, we only have a few cattle. 

"The government forced us to move because the area was part of a strategic development site, which is now the site of many important buildings," she added. 

At the time however, Wahyuna refused to move. She was overwhelmed by the idea of moving to an unknown area and worried about raising cattle in a new place. 

The government reserved 11 hectares of land in Pondok Rangon for dairy farmers to live and work on. Deddy's family moved there in 1993. The family packed up their belongings, took five of their dairy cows, and started to build a new life. 

"At that time, the area was so silent and empty. It was a miserable place with no trees," Wahyuna said. 

The area also has changed a great deal since then. Not only has it become a well-known dairy center, but the cows now compete for space with an every growing number of people, buildings and paved roads. 

After 15 years Wahyuna has 22 cattle, including some calves. 

Wahyuna said that her cows often give birth to male offspring. 

"Usually I rear those bulls to sell. The meat of dairy cattle is so good and more expensive than the other kinds of cattle. It always fetches a good price, especially around the Islamic sacrifice day of Idul Adha," she said. 

According to Dedy, the farmers milk their cows twice a day, in the early morning and around midday. "We use margarine as a lubricant to squeeze the cows' teats," Dedy said. Before milking the cows, the farmers first clean their stable, and, after the milking is finished, the farmers feed the cows. The routine is very important. 

"The cows have their own routine activities. If we changed anything, it would confuse them and they would produce less milk," he said. 

"This is a traditional dairy cattle farm. We hope someday we will be able to afford milking machines," Dedy said. 

Deddy is most worried that traditional farmers like him will lose customers because it is so easy to get powdered milk at supermarkets. 

"I don't know how much longer these traditional farms can survive," Dedy said. (naf)

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