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)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Osama, retiring at Surabaya Zoo

Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Surabaya | Tue, 10/05/2010 9:22 AM

Osama, a 17-year-old male African lion and one of six lions at the Surabaya Zoological Garden, East Java, is the living proof that men are crueler than beasts.

Old king: Osama, a 17-year-old lion, sits in its cage in
the Surabaya zoo, Surabaya. A number of animals are
said to have died because they were neglected as a
result of a management dispute in one of the largest
zoos in Indonesia.
The lion has been lying, paralyzed, in a three-by-four-meter cage for three years now.

Before being caged at the Surabaya zoo, Osama used to live in a villa owned by Gunawan Santoso — who was sentenced to death for murdering the president director of PT Asaba, Budiarto Angsono — along with dozens of other wild animals like Sumatran tigers and crocodiles, in Sukabumi, West Java.

In 2003, the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) seized Osama as well as the other protected animals belonging to Gunawan and left them at the Wildlife Rescue Center (PPS) of Cikananga, Cisitu village, Nyalindung district, Sukabumi, for one year.

Budiharto, spokesman for PPS-Cikananga, said Osama was in very poor health upon arriving at the rescue center.

Its fangs had already been removed and the beast bore bruises caused by sharp objects on several parts of its body. Osama had also lost its hunting instinct.

“When Osama was found, it was skinny as it hadn’t been fed for several weeks,” Budiharto told The Jakarta Post. After one year at PPS-Cikananga, Osama was moved to the Surabaya Zoo (KBS), in much better health.

Osama later became one of the stud lions at KBS, siring four cubs, now also among the zoo’s potential breeders.

In 2007, a zoo executive, Basuki Reksi Wibowo, said wild animals like lions and white tigers from the KBS were allegedly being sold from KBS to Singkawang, West Kalimantan, and shipped away under the leadership of Stany Soebakir.

Sad look: A 21-year-old American bison suffering from
an eye disease stands in his cage at the Surabaya zoo.
The conflict climaxed, with Stany’s camp rejecting Basuki’s allegations. In the meantime, Osama hardly moved in his cage, as he suffered from paralysis.

In 2008, two cheetahs, which had just arrived at the zoo in 2007 as gifts from South African President Thabo Mbeki, died after Bengali tigers — released so they could mate — attacked them.

A total of 362 wild animals died in 2008 and 327 in 2009. From June to August 2010, 20 other animals at the zoo succumbed to diseases, including Sumatra tigers and 13 baby komodo dragons.

Most deaths were caused by pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition. Other animals died because of the squalid conditions they lived in and inadequate food.

The protracted conflict has failed to change the fate of Osama. Today, the beast lies helpless, like a toothless lion.

While confined to the cage as an aged beast, Osama is fed by Supadi, who also takes care of tigers, cheetahs and Osama’s offspring.

Before working with KBS in 1990, Supadi was herding cattle in his village in Nganjuk, East Java. When he first joined KBS, Supadi worked as a zoo cleaner.

— Photos By JP/Indra Harsaputra

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