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, March 14, 2010

Landslide in Cianjur claims seven lives; three missing

Rana Akbari Fitriawan, The Jakarta Post, Bandung | Sat, 03/13/2010 12:37 PM

Seven bodies were recovered Friday while three people were reported still missing after a landslide hit a village in Cianjur.

The incident took place Thursday 4:30 p.m. local time at Leuwinanggung hamlet, Sukamekar village, Sukanagara district, Cianjur regency.

“The search and rescue team saved another five, four seriously injured and one lightly injured” said Prayogi, the spokesperson of the Cianjur administration office, when contacted on Friday afternoon.

“The survivors have been brought to a hospital.”

Prayogi said the landslide had followed a downpour.

“Seven houses have been buried by landslide. Those houses are around 80 meters below the hill.”

The landslide was reported to have held up traffic for a few hours along the road connecting Cianjur and West Java capital city of Bandung.

Surono, the head of disaster mitigation center, said his office had given a disaster mapping to several administration offices in West Java over landslide hot spots and recommended against dwelling on the mentioned hot spots.

“Because development should incorporate assessment on people’s safety apart from the economic aspect,” Surono said.

Surono said Cianjur was one of the regencies prone to landslides.

“Cianjur and Garut lie on a zone prone to the plate shift of land layer.”

Surono recommended the government evacuate people from those areas categorized as prone to landslides.

He said the government should learn from the deadly landslide in Ciwidey, Bandung, last month.

The landslide at a tea plantation at Tenjolaya village killed 33 people with another 11 missing.

“The Tenjolaya incident should make us aware about the threat. The incident in Cianjur has added to the woes in West Java,” Surono said.

Prayogi rejected suggestions that governmental lapse contributed to the disaster, saying they had been advising the people to abandon the landslide-prone areas. “But the people did not appear to heed the advice.”

The incident took place Thursday 4:30 p.m. local time at Leuwinanggung hamlet, Sukamekar village, Sukanagara district.

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