Eagle-cam reveals incredible POV as it descends from Burj Khalifa – BBC News


Note: WOW!! How friggin’ AWESOME is this? A majestic Eagle soars, gliding above the Dubai city scape barely flapping it’s wings until it’s signaled to descend. Talk about amazing eyesight, simply in the fact he/she was able to see the trainer from such heights. Absolutely incredible! Oh yeah, this Eagle cam is a great application of military technology!

Enjoy the flight :)

The eagle has landed! And what a journey it was. Watch as Darshan soars above the Dubai sky, capturing stunning views of the world beneath his wings. This Imperial Eagle has broken a world record by flying from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa It was set up by conservation group Freedom Conservation, in order to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered bird of prey. Eagle-cam foogtage courtesy of Freedom Conservation.

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Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts by 2018


 

Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts by 2018
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is phasing out its elephant acts over the next three years.

ABC NEWS VIDEO

Thursday, March 05, 2015 05:57PM

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is phasing out its elephant acts over the next three years. The Greatest Show on Earth was under enormous pressure from the public and cities to stop mistreating its elephants, something Ringling Brothers has denied.

“Live entertainment is what we do best and, in order for us to really focus on doing that, we don’t want to be fighting off legislation week in and week out, city to city,” Feld Entertainment’s Alana Feld said.

Deniz Bolbol is the founder of Humanity Through Education, one of many groups fighting Ringling Brothers.

“It was based on public education that led to cities adopting ordinances to protect elephants and ban bullhooks. This was a result of Ringling seeing the writing on the wall,” Bolbol said.

Bullhooks had been used for years to get animals to perform.

“I’ve seen them even use it in their mouth and then they’ll take it to hook,” Bolbol said.

Thirteen elephants currently tour across the country. All 13 will be retired by 2018 and moved to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Central Florida, where Ringling Brothers keeps other elephants.

“It is a bittersweet because the elephants have been on the circus for 145 years,” Feld Entertainment’s Kenneth Feld said.

They were the lifelong symbol of the circus, which went to great lengths to showcase their elephants.

Thursday’s announcement was welcomed by the Oakland Zoo. It has four African elephants in captivity, brought here in the 70s and 80s.

The zoo is seen as a model for others because of its 6.2-acre habitat allowing the elephants to roam freely.

“There are so many other little circuses out there that are still handling elephants really in poor conditions,” Oakland Zoo’s Jeff Kinzley said.

He and others believe it’s only a matter of time before these small circuses also phase out their elephants.

Note: Here’s more evidence “people power” works! Humanity’s next, and biggest mission will be forcing the transformation of the factory farming industry back to traditional family farms where livestock are free to roam and consume natures nutritional bounty from pastures and not poisoned daily by toxic GMO feed. Humans have consumed meat for sustenance for millions of years without adverse health affects, as a matter of fact scientific research indicates ancient tribal cultures were much healthier overall than modern day humans because they consumed organ meat, bone marrow and believe it or not, the lard.

Listen here for a fascinating discussion by Sally Fallon Morell of the Westin Price Foundation on the scientific research behind traditional diets, type of flesh protein consumed and the absolute need for “some” meat protein with human’s dietary needs.

I’ve said it before and will say it again. From my observations and what I’ve learned thru personal experience and over 10yrs of living down the rabbit hole in search of “hidden truths”, animals come into this world with a completely different set of soul contracts than humans. To think they see, sense and feel the world like people do is pure fantasy. They’re extremely resilient souls well connected to Source, they  don’t need pampered by us, but it is our duty to steward the land the live on and provide optimum environments for their well-being, allowing them to live as Mother Nature intended. Many species come into this world with specific “predator-prey” contracts to be consumed at the end of their life span, providing sustenance for another living being.

Before Native American and other indigenous cultures would go out to hunt, they ALWAYS prayed to the ancestors for guidance on their journey. Inevitably the hunters were always led down the right trails to an animal waiting for them as a sacrifice to give sustenance to tribal members in exchange for experiencing human life, for a short time at the cellular level with those who consumed the flesh. In times when humans worked in harmony with nature, this was the natural order in Earth’s life cycle for Her inhabitants.

Humanity’s challenge is to find a place of love, compassion, balance and harmony in Stewarding livestock. By providing them with environments that nurture well-being, health and happiness. In addition, farmers also have the sacred responsibility of overseeing sacrificial practices that allow the animal to transition in peace without barbarism, over-crowding, fear and trepidation. Also, IMO it’s important that livestock are not transported to slaughterhouses where many are killed, injured, tortured with inhumane conditions and treated cruelly by human laborers on the journey toward death.

Going back to the practice where farmers were in charge of slaughtering their livestock to provide meat for the “local” community is a realistic goal, one that’s necessary to restore balance and compassion to livestock, while providing optimal, trauma free meat for community members.

Also, eliminating fast food outlets is a major key in cancelling out factory farming. The demand they create CANNOT be sustained.

Please keep in mind when it comes to diet I’m not preaching, diets are a very personal issue where we all have differing needs and belief system’s. Unfortunately many people judge others based on dietary choices, that’s not my position. These are only observations and conclusions I wish to share with those who are open to the message, and aspects I’ve examined closely and have asked for much guidance on in regards to my spiritual evolution.

It’s not eating animal flesh that makes us sick and lowers our vibration. It’s the fear, stress and trauma from living in over-crowded, indoor living conditions where chemicals are placed in the feed and livestock are injected with antibiotics – where disease flourishes.  Where livestock never experience the healing rays of the sun, the energy of the Mother under their feet or the life giving sustenance of living foods.

From my personal perspective, when livestock animals are healthy, nurtured and happy they offer  humans their Life Force in exchange for a short, wild ride with us thru our life at the cellular level. When we bless our meals by consciously inviting living plant foods, or animal flesh into our “body temple” for a “shared experience” we practice alchemy at it’s most basic level.  Sadly, humans lost this balance with nature LONG AGO. But, NOW is the time for a new paradigm as we begin to remember our ancient connection to all planetary life. Our Earth Mother is calling us back into alignment with Her.

Humans are the Apex of the Earth, we are Her as conscious living cells on Her Body, the planet. She’s calling on us to rise as One People without borders to save our brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom imprisoned in scientific lab’s, circus’s and road shows, factory farms, wildlife game safari’s, animal fighting, trophy animals bred for shows, puppy/kitten mills and victims to very large, barbaric sacrificial kill events in third world country’s.

Over two billion animals a day are killed globally for human consumption, most of those animals experience barbaric and extreme cruelty throughout their short lives. While the overwhelming majority of people never think twice about where their food comes from or the conditions it’s raised under.

IMO this is the number one problem keeping the vibration of the planet in lower density’s, and our challenge at this crucial time is to share these news story’s and find ways we can make a difference within our community and the world at large. There’s much we each one of us can do. Think and get creative. You can begin by starting a petition campaign, and always take action with petitions – they often work!

Also, be watchdogs in your community. Report people in your area raising fighting animals (pit bulls/chickens). If authorities refuse to take action, carefully take matters into your own hands when it’s safe. Viable measures can be taken to release the animals thru guerrilla tactics – BE “sea shepherds” of the land and set abused, neglected animals free whenever possible.

I’ve seen video’s of pit bull’s being rescued who were so starved for love, affection, food and attention they welcomed their rescuers by cowering or rolling on their backs for a tummy rub. It’s the humans you need to fear, not the imprisoned animals. Whenever possible, find a way to release and rehabilitate them.

The news from Ringling Bros. is absolutely fantastic, but it’s only the tip of the “animal cruelty” iceberg. Yes, we’re gaining momentum, but there is still much work to be done to stop this “dark, animal roadshow & ritual abuse bloodfest” by standing our power and saying I DO NOT CONSENT TO ANIMAL CRUELTY. No more animal roadshows, zoo’s, marine animal parks, game safari’s, elephants painting pic’s for crowds etc, etc, etc. An end to overfishing and plundering of our oceans is also critical at this juncture, the oceans are in a state of collapse.

It’s going to take the entire Rainbow Tribe working together in unison at all levels of humanity to save our oceans, while at the same time transforming the raising livestock into an industry of beauty, balance, peaceful existence, joy and harmony for ALL of OUR kindred spirits in the animal kingdom. We have our work cut-out for us, but always remember…we wouldn’t be assigned to this “project” if we weren’t the “best of the best” – an intergalactic, cabal kicking Motley Crew – Spiritual Warriors of the Finest Source Order.

Food for thought, geezuz that was a mouthful :) Okay, I’ll get off my soap box for now, mahalo for allowing me to get all that off my shoulders.

Much love, gratitude and blessings to all! {~A~}

Revolutionary Beekeeping Box Harmonizes Mankind with Bees


 

DCIM105GOPROI don’t normally look at Indiegogo campaigns… but this one caught my attention. Blowing up a $70,000 goal with a massive interest, they have generated over 2 Million Dollars in a very short amount of time with this incredible new invention that has the potential to completely change beekeeping, agriculture, and many, many other industries all at once.

Meet “Flow”, a revolutionary beehive invention, which allows you to harvest honey without opening the hive at all, and absolute zero disturbance to the bees.

“Flow is the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852.”

Before now, I was never a person who would buy a beekeeping rig to make my own honey…. I can no longer say that this is true. After seeing this, I am in 100%, and am excited to have a beehive that belongs to the community that I’m apart of.

In the old days, beekeeping was a full-time-job. It’s a constant labor of love to have to sedate the bee’s, take out the hives, scrape off wax, pour the honey out, clean it, and put it back…. you probably saw that in that video above.

beehive1In that process, bee’s are killed, angered, and their homes and hard work are essentially destroyed. It is not healthy for anyone, and is likely one of the many problems as to why the bee’s are all seeming to die. (That, plus all of the microwaves and vibes we are pumping out with our technology… but we’ll solve that problem next time.).

This is the beekeeepers ultimate dream come true. A safe and efficient method where you just turn the tap and watch as pure, fresh, clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment without disturbing the bees in the least.

In exchange for a healthy and lasting home for the bees where they can be safe, they will make you all the honey you could imagine. That’s pretty amazing, wouldn’t you say?

“This really is a revolution. You can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way”.

beehive2

To participate in the Indiegogo, please click here. It will help bees and it will help beekeepers all over the world, and both of those elements are very important in continuing our world to flourish. 

Thank you for reading,
Jordan

 

Plundering and Pillaging the Oceans by Industry and Private Individuals – BOYCOTT Tuna


Note: If dangerously high mercury levels and radiation aren’t good enough reason to BOYCOTT Tuna, maybe plundering and pillaging will make people think twice before purchasing tuna. Our oceans are in collapse, it’s important that we pay attention and take action in any way we can to help.

The plundering between industry and private individuals has devastating affects on our oceans, and must be stopped before it’s too late for future generations. While we can’t do much about people like the lady below who caught the prize tuna, there’s always karmic blowback. Would love to take a dosimeter to that tuna carcass, with it’s sheer size there’s a good chance she has a highly radioactive fish hanging on her wall.

On the bright side, with the potential for 1,769 tins of tuna (160g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi – thankfully it was eaten!

Blessings to all, have a great week! Aloha, {~A~}

Greenpeaces SHOCKING undercover video: dirty tuna fishing

Help stop this: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/dirtytuna
This shocking video shows how sharks, rays and turtles are wiped out by destructive fishing methods used by tuna giants Princes and John West. They get caught in giant nets before being tossed overboard, dead or dying.

Tell Princes and John West this has got to stop: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/dirtytuna

Fisherwoman catches world record 411.6kg TUNA worth $2m or 1769 tins after 4hr battle – New Zealand

It could be worth up to $ 2million, make 2,875 sandwiches, and has been hailed a ‘Picasso of the sea’… but Donna Pascoe wants to stuff her record-breaking tuna catch and hang it on her wall.
The game fisherwoman battled for more than four hours the 411.6kg (64 stone) Pacific bluefin before finally reeling in the high-speed leviathan – thought to be the largest ever caught with a rod and line.

She hooked the fish – which is twice the size of a tuna sold at a Japanese auction last year for $1.09million – using a 60lb line near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga of New Zealand.

The experienced angler first suspected something fishy was going on when her line began to tug.

‘The line was peeling out like it was attached to a freight train,’ said Donna, of Auckland, New Zealand. ‘As usual, I was pretty nervous that I might get spooled. Thankfully, the fish stopped running and I was able to get a bit of line back in.’

Unaware of the scale of her catch, Donna and her four-strong team battled for over four hours to drag the gargantuan 8ft 9′ tuna onto her boat.

‘It was a very stubborn fish, but I’m stubborn as well,’ said Donna.

The wind had got up to gusts of 36 knots and I was getting drenched from the waves coming over the back of the boat.

‘But I was determined to win this one. I knew we had to get the tuna on board before a shark came and bit a chunk out of it.

‘We were all speculating what it was. No way did I think it was a tuna.’

After the 4 hour and 11 minute long battle, the fish was lifted on to the boat, with the help of the anchor winch.

She said: ‘Once we got it on board, everybody’s mouth dropped open. It was absolutely amazing.

‘I was so excited that my arms and legs could have fallen off and I wouldn’t have noticed. I think adrenalin is a great thing and it certainly kept me going.’

At 411.6kg, the fish weighs twice as much as a baby elephant and could fill 3162 cans of tuna.

It blows the current world record for a fish caught on a rod of 335kg out of the water.

Alistair Blair, chairman of The Fish Society, the largest online fish retailer in Britain, told MailOnline: ‘The wholesale value of a bluefin tuna that size would be in the realm of $8,300 (£5,000) to $16,500 (£10,000) – that’s about four times the value of an ordinary tuna. The retail value, of course, would be much higher – somewhere around $83,000 (£50,000) or more.’

Last year, however, a 222kg bluefin tuna sold for $1.09 million at a Tokyo auction. By that standard, Donna’s fish could be worth up to $2 million at auction.

‘People would be willing to pay a lot for a record-breaking fish,’ added Mr Blair. ‘If you have got a bit of that fish to serve at your banquet then you’ve got something pretty boast-worthy.

‘So this would appeal only to people who are billionaires. It’s the fish equivalent of buying a Picasso painting.’

He added that a whole bluefin tuna contains around 55 per cent of edible meat. That means it could make 1,769 tins of tuna (160g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi.

Donna, however, is unable to sell it because the fish wasn’t caught on a commercial vessel.

Instead, she plans to have it mounted by a taxidermist at the Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club in New Zealand.

Donna explained: ‘We were originally going to have it smoked and shared around our friends, but then we were talked out of this as it was so monumental.’

Usually a fish is either stuffed with filler material like firmly packed sawdust or it is stretched over a mold and shaped into the desired pose. Donna has chosen to make a mold, but the pose, she says, is yet to be decided.

The enormous catch put Donna in first place in the tuna section for the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals Competition.

She is now awaiting certification from the International Game Fish Association so she can claim the world record.

Bluefin are the world’s largest tuna and can live for up to 40 years. Built for speed, they can dive up to 4,000 feet and have retractable fins so they can seek out schools of herring, mackerel and eels.

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PROOF Taking action with Petitions and Phone Calls WORKS! Santander agrees to end De-Forestation in Borneo


BREAKING: Santander have agreed to cease all loans to forest destroyers APRIL. Last week I saw the below video and petition on FB and was outraged at the sheer devastation to Borneo’s forests, home to endangered tigers, orangutangs and sun bears. So, I signed the petition, shared and to my amazement by the next day thousands of people had already signed the petition and made calls to Santander….and the rest is history! So please, when an issue you care about is supported by a petition, please take a moment to voice your concerns. Petitions give our “collective voice” a platform to speak out against tyranny in all forms, and when enough people take action they work!  Please take a moment when the opportunity arises to make a difference. Mahalo for caring and sharing! Love and gratitude {~A~}

This is fantastic news for the rainforest and a huge success for the hard work everyone put into this campaign – signing petitions, emailing the CEO, calling customer services and visiting branches to make complaints.

Santander have agreed that it will not give anymore loans or extend any current loans to APRIL.

With paper-buyers and banks ditching APRIL left, right and centre, it sends a clear message that it needs to stop cutting down the rainforest.

SHARE this news with everyone to celebrate.

Here’s the story and video behind this successful campaign:

New footage catches APRIL destroying the rainforest in Borneo

Posted 23 February 2015

New footage exposes destruction of the rainforest in Borneo by the paper company APRIL. The high-street bank Santander has loaned APRIL tens of millions of pounds, helping them to cut down more and more rainforest.

Our research team has sent us the first batch of footage from the Indonesian rainforest. They were documenting rainforest destruction by APRIL – the paper company that Santander loaned millions of pounds to.

The video was shot in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. It shows APRIL’s bulldozers systematically destroying ancient rainforest.

Over the past year, APRIL destroyed an area of forest here that’s three times the size of Paris. Trees that had stood since before the invention of the printing press are now being cut down to make cheap paper and disposable packaging.

We’d normally save footage like this until our investigation was complete. But what APRIL is doing is so shocking that we didn’t want to wait.

Most companies want nothing to do with rainforest destruction. Yet the high street bank Santander has loaned APRIL millions of pounds.

Santander’s loans are a crucial lifeline for APRIL. They help it stay afloat even though its customers are deserting in droves.

 

 

Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect Monarchs ~ Center for Food Safety


Aloha! Please join me, take action for Monarch Butterfly’s who have no voice. We’re almost there, only 740 signatures needed! Mahalo for caring and sharing…{~A~}

Winning the fight to secure Endangered Species Act protections for monarch butterflies starts with grassroots pressure from concerned citizens like you. But we can’t stop there. That’s why Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity—joined by Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Prof. Lincoln Brower—have just filed a groundbreaking legal action calling on the U.S. government to recognize the grave threats to monarchs, such as Monsanto’s Roundup, and protect the iconic butterflies from them before it’s too late. Help ensure we have the resources we need to win this groundbreaking fight.

Sign petition here

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For facts on petition go here

Center for Food Safety campaign leader

ServantOfTruth – Nourishing The Wolf of Truth Within (Video)


Beautiful work Andre, mahalo for sharing!

Link submitted by Andre Hodge aka ServantOfTruth

This is dedicated to those out there who value truth in this world as one of the most precious aspects of who they are today…..

And, to those courageous enough to feed the Wolf of Truth Within. When and easier, comfortable, self serving path may be available to them. But by their Nature, are unwilling to compromise their Soul for the easy path potentially available…..

Thus Consciously Serving Us All for the better one choice point at a time…..

Dedicated to all those willing to Serve Truth Themselves now as a way of being…..Rather than a chore

Honouring all those involved in the creation of Dances With Wolves and the courage of those discovering their own authentic Self now……

The tune is – DJ Hooligan – Hear You Now (Grand Chillas Mix)

The Horrific Life of Male Chicks


In the last 50 years, there has been a huge transition away from small family farms to large industrial complexes, where chickens are treated as mere meat- and egg-producing machines. And the majority of chickens now live indoors, in tiny wire cages or overly cramped sheds.
In a recent article, Al Jazeera highlights the horrific lives of male chickens bred and killed on today’s factory farms.
“Males of the egg-laying breeds are of little value, as only a few roosters are required for reproduction. A day after they’re hatched, chicks are sexed (their gender determined), with the unfortunate males heading straight to the grinder for use as animal feed.”
In the United States, this equates to several hundred million chicks killed every year.
While the article suggests that improvements in technology could limit the number of male births, it remains that the best thing we can do to protect chickens right now is simply to not eat them or their eggs.
Ed Note: Awww, breaks my heart, poor little guys! I rescued a feral baby rooster in early December, who stranded himself outside my bedroom window. His name is Falcon and he’s been a real joy to raise, and he’s also caused me to stop eating chicken entirely – ok, I still eat eggs (and so does he!).
An alternative to store bought, factory farmed eggs is buying eggs from local farmers, try searching craigslist for someone in your area selling eggs. Better yet, try raising a couple hens if your city ordinances permit have chickens in your area. They’re actually pretty cool creatures to have around, I absolutely love the feral chickens here on Kauai. Interesting creatures that also symbolize magic in many indigenous cultures.

Unprecedented sea lion strandings in California linked to warmer Pacific


SAN FRANCISCO Wed Feb 18, 2015

 (Reuters) – The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday.

Some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, have been treated by marine mammal centers in California so far this year, according to Justin Viezbicke, West Coast Stranding Coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That is well above the 240 strandings typically seen through April, and scientists suspect the emaciated pups are prematurely leaving Southern California sea lion rookeries to seek food on their own after their mothers failed to return swiftly from hunting trips to nurse.

“These little pups, so desperate and so thin, are leaving the rookeries long before they’re capable of hunting effectively,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, which has treated 220 stranded animals. “It’s alarming because we haven’t seen this number of stranded pups this early in 40 years.”

The strandings are unusual because the pups, born last June, aren’t supposed to be completely weaned until May.

Satellite data show sea lion mothers are foraging in traditional hunting grounds, but likely spending longer periods away, said Sharon Melin, a biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle.

Fish populations are likely being disrupted by a layer of ocean water, some 100 meters (330 feet) deep, that is 2 to 5 degrees warmer than usual this time of year along the Pacific Coast from Baja to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, said NOAA climatologist Nate Mantua.

The change was caused by a weather pattern involving weak northern and strong southern winds that are creating warmer-than-normal conditions.

It’s unclear how many stranded animals will die among the 300,000-strong sea lion population. In 2013, some 70 percent of nursing pups perished in what NOAA declared

Rescued sea lion pups at the Marine Mammal Care Center ( MMCC/Photo

an “unusual mortality event” linked to strandings.

Melin said pups checked on San Miquel Island this month were 44 percent below average weight at seven months old, marking the lowest growth rate since scientists began recording such measurements in the 1990s.

Most of the stranded pups have been recovered in Southern California, but the pups also swim or are carried further north, and may eventually turn up in Washington state and Oregon, according to Johnson.

“We’re braced for more,” Johnson said.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/19/us-usa-wildlife-california-idUSKBN0LN01620150219

Ed. note: Typical propaganda from Rueters aimed at keeping the masses asleep, unaware that the oceans are in a state of collapse from Fukushima radiation, over fishing, garbage, toxins, mercury etc. The fact is sea lion stranding’s are getting worse every year and the public is being lied to, once again.

Lest we forget, Reuters is owned by the Rothschilds.

Mystery of the sick and starving sea lion pups: Hundreds rescued from California coast


Note: What’s never mentioned to the public in the official reports, is that planet Earth is going thru a mass extinction event which began in the early 1900’s  when scientists first began recording mass die-offs – before the toxins of the industrial revolution contaminated the environment. We are at the end of an age and about to pass through the Omega point, to begin anew at the Alpha point and the beginning of a new aeon. There is something much bigger unfolding in the unseen realms, something we must hold faith in.

Which isn’t easy when witnessing are beloved friends in the nature kingdom suffering to such a degree. As a lifelong lover and defender of nature, each time I see a mass die-off or entire populations struggling with starvation, it’s ALWAYS very difficult and disturbing to see.

But, deep down I KNOW in my heart of hearts, that behind the veils of illusion a Higher Order is unfolding. In her long history, our Mother Earth has been through several mass extinction events, and each time She transformed the planet into higher realms of diversity and even more complex life forms. I sense that many animal spirits are crossing over to inhabit the New Earth and that all is unfolding with Divine Purpose. It’s important to have faith and trust in the process unfolding before us.

For myself, as a caretaker for our avian sisters and brothers on our aina, on a daily basis I see birds starving in what remains of their old habitats. Which are now covered with roads, malls, airports, shopping centers, gas stations, and houses with well manicured lawns which have eliminated all the seed stock that once fed our fine feathered friends. And, the pesticides and herbicides not only killed, but poisoned their remaining food supply.  So in addition to being more diseased than ever before by a toxic environment, the birds are STARVING to death too.

When I throw seeds for the birds and table scraps for the feral chickens, it always breaks my heart to see their desperation in making their way to the food. We are supposed to be stewards of our home planet, but unfortunately, humanity has done a miserable job at caretaking for the nature kingdom. We’ve been too busy or distracted over the last few decades to pay attention and we trusted the corporate government to be responsible in regulating industrial waste. And this “Let nature take care of itself” mentality coming from city dwellers has been entirely destructive in nature.

Now, that mentality has run it’s course and humans have destroyed the web of life which supported every living species in a delicate balance, as a result of our collective complacency, we are finally witnessing mass extinction and starvation events.  How all of this will resolve itself and what that will look like, is beyond my perception. So I hold faith that we are all Co-Creating a new paradigm that will also bring in the frequency and skills necessary to heal our beautiful planet, so it’s inhabitants may thrive.

Thank God for the star kids, they are truly the Ones who will manifest miraculous healing for our Mother Earth….Blessings, {~A~}

 

Researchers have been left baffled as hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups continue to wash up on California beaches in what is proving to be a particularly deadly winter for the pinnipeds.

In January, rescuers netted more than 250 frail pups from San Diego to San Francisco Bay, mostly seven-month-olds that should have been nursing with their mothers in the Channel Islands or Mexico.

Although this is the third year of mass die-offs of pups, the 2015 figures are the worst so far. They have even prompted the National Marine Fisheries Service to declare a rare ‘unusual mortality event’.

The reason behind the increasing die-offs is unknown. Many scientists believe warmer-than-average waters are forcing mother sea lions to venture farther out for food, leaving their offspring behind.

Others say the fish the seals eat may be feeding farther from the islands than in the past, leading to the same problem. And some theorize the pups may be suffering from an unidentified disease.

Speaking of the sick pups, Erica Donnelly-Greenan, who manages the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center’s rescue station, said: ‘They just look very emaciated, very underweight.’

She added: ‘You can see the bones under their skin. You can get a visual of their ribs.’

Dozens of wayward pups have been found at the center, situated along Monterey Bay. The nonprofit responded to 120 pups in the first five or six weeks of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

It is currently treating the pups – many of which washed ashore weighing just 15 or 16 pounds compared to a healthy 40 pounds – with antibiotics. The sickest are being force-fed with tubes.

‘Our numbers are twice what they were in 2013,’ said David Bard, operations director of the San Pedro center. ‘In 2013, we saw an unprecedented number of rescues, it was a record then.’

Meanwhile, more than 50 malnourished sea lion pups have been placed in a holding pen at Sea World San Diego since the beginning of the year after being rescued on beaches along the city’s coast.

‘When they came in, they couldn’t raise their heads, so to see them start grooming and barking, that means they’re feeling much better, much more themselves,’ Sea World vet Dr. Hendrik Rollens said. ‘They are ready to go back to the wild.’

Because young sea lions typically do not wean off their mothers until they are 10 or 11 months old, they could struggle for survival if left by their mothers while they search farther afield for food.

‘The pups are desperate and starving, so they just jump in the water and swim and get pulled to the coastline,’ said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary medicine for the Marine Mammal Center.

Speaking to SFGate, she added: ‘This is the third year that we’ve seen these mass die-offs, but this is the worst so far. If this continues, there will be some long-term effects on the sea lion population.’

Justin Viezbicke, stranding network coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, said the population of sea lions might have reached its capacity in the animals’ environment, sparking the mass die-offs.

‘These animals are a puzzle piece for us,’ Mr Viezbicke said. ‘They provide insight into what’s going on in the environment… These things could come back and affect humans.’

Despite the current situation, sea lions in California have been relatively healthy in recent decades, with the population at 300,000 today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

In 1972, Marine Mammal Protection Act helped boost the pinnipeds’ numbers by banning hunters from killing the animals for their hide and blubber. NOAA is investigating the mass die-offs.

 

I got a kick out of Mary Greely’s narrative on this story, here’s a reading with an “attiTude” I can agree with.

Killing wolves will come back to haunt farmers and ranchers


Killing wolves to save livestock will lead to greater killing of livestock, guest columnist Amaroq Weiss writes, pointing to a new scientific study.

FOR decades, whenever wolves preyed on livestock, the routine response among many ranchers and wildlife managers across the West has been brutally simple: kill the wolves.

More dead wolves equal fewer dead cows and sheep, the reasoning went.

And in many cases the reasoning is likely dead wrong, according to research published recently by a leading Washington state wolf scientist.

Confounding widely held beliefs, the new study indicates lethal responses to livestock predation by wolves often lead to an increase in attacks, or depredations.

It’s a message that may not be heard in Washington, where state wildlife managers responded to livestock depredations by eradicating the Wedge pack in 2012 and killing the alpha female of the Huckleberry pack last summer. Recently, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it will swiftly move to lethal tactics if the Huckleberry pack kills any livestock next spring and, in statements to conservation groups, has said it is considering “pre-emptive” killing of wolves. Both of these policies flout the state wolf plan, which emphasizes conflict-deterrence as opposed to simply killing wolves.

Killing of wolves by the state compounds illegal wolf-killing by those few who take things into their own hands.

Reports last month that the alpha female of the trouble-free Teanaway pack was fatally shot come on the heels of a Whitman County farmer chasing a wolf for miles before killing it, and Stevens County commissioners exhorting county residents to kill wolves. Earlier this year, a wolf from the Smackout pack was found illegally killed in Stevens County and another wolf was discovered gunned down in Ferry County.

The groundbreaking research by Washington State University wolf scientist Rob Wielgus, published in the Dec. 3 issue of the scientific journal PLOS One, suggests killing wolves can have unexpected results, dissolving previously well-behaved packs and leaving small groups or lone wolves more inclined to kill livestock.

Wielgus said many states are aggressively managing wolves based on the largely untested perception that lethal control reduces depredations. His findings reflect research by other scientists showing increased black bear and cougar mortality results in more depredations.

Examining annual reports from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over 25 years, Wielgus’ analysis found that each wolf killed increased the chance of livestock depredation the following year by 5 percent. Not until the mortality rate of wolves exceeds 25 percent would livestock depredations decrease.

His study opens the door to further study and debate about whether we’re doing enough to recover wolves. A recent study I co-authored analyzing the additional good wolf habitat across the United States found that more than 25,000 square miles of suitable habitat remains unoccupied in Washington — more than five times the area currently occupied.

In all, the study identified more than 350,000 square miles of additional habitat for gray wolves in 19 states, offering the potential to nearly double the wolf population in the Lower 48 states to around 10,000 by expanding recovery into suitable areas of the West Coast, Northeast, southern Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon area where the first gray wolf in the region in more than 70 years was just confirmed.

But, as we consider expanding wolf recovery to levels that leading scientists deem more sustainable, we must first expand our approach to wolf management.

And, as our knowledge of how human activities impact wildlife continues to evolve, Washington’s wolf-management policies must evolve toward serving not just hunters and ranchers opposed to wolves but the interests of a broader range of taxpaying constituents, who demand that wildlife be managed not as a problem but as a treasured public trust.

Amaroq Weiss is a biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity where her work focuses on recovering wolves across the Northwest, Rockies and California.

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2025226188_weissopedwolves13xml.html

Moscow’s wild dogs ride subways to city centers in search of food


Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.</p>
<p>But these aren't just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps.</p>
<p>Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.</p>
<p>Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop – after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train.</p>
<p>Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.</p>
<p>Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”</p>
<p>Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: “They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop.”</p>
<p>The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow.</p>
<p>With children the dogs “play cute” by putting their heads on youngsters’ knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy – and scraps.</p>
<p>Dr Poiarkov added: “Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists.”</p>
<p>SOURCE : <a href=http://www.thedogfiles.com/2011/03/21/moscow’s-wild-dogs-ride-subways-to-city-center-in-search-of-food/" width="444" height="302" />

Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

But these aren’t just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps.

Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.

Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop – after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train.

Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.

Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Ecology and Evolution Institute, said: “These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move together with their houses. Because the best scavenging for food is in the city centre, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway – to get to the centre in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people.”

Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said: “They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop.”

The dogs have also amazingly learned to use traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov. And they use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow.

With children the dogs “play cute” by putting their heads on youngsters’ knees and staring pleadingly into their eyes to win sympathy – and scraps.

Dr Poiarkov added: “Dogs are surprisingly good psychologists.”

SOURCE : http://www.thedogfiles.com/2011/03/21/moscow’s-wild-dogs-ride-subways-to-city-center-in-search-of-food/

Why Chipotle Has Seriously Shaken Up the Fast Food Industry


The fast food chain recently made a move regarding the sourcing of sustainably-raised pork.
Chipotle is trying to live within their motto “Food with Integrity.” According to their website, they buy from “farmers whose pigs are raised outside or in deeply bedded pens, are never given antibiotics and are fed a vegetarian diet. It’s the way animals were raised before huge factory farms changed the industry. We believe pigs that are cared for in this way enjoy happier, healthier lives and produce the best pork we’ve ever tasted.”

Yeah, I know that the “deeply bedded pens” is a troubling phrase. It means that the animals can be kept inside, but not on metal floors with no bedding. That “slatted floor” system is usual in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The mama pigs are kept in pens—gestation crates—for their pregnancy where they barely have room to move from a standing position to lying down. From the top, the mamas look like hot dog buns in a package, almost attached side to side. Then they are supposed to move to a birthing crate—called a farrowing crate. The movement, after three months of immobility, involves a lot of abuse from handlers, according to Ten Genoways’ new book The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of our Food. In fact, if you get that book, you might want to skip the part where the mamas (called sows) have to move from one crate to another.

The Chipotle move is a strong idea for a food sector usually known for unhealthy recipes, exploited workers and cheap ingredients.

Rumors had been flying around the sustainable ag community for about a year that Chipotle wasn’t living up to its mission, but I don’t eat fast food, so I didn’t pay much attention. And, now that the word is out, I haven’t been able to find out exactly how the boycott, which is truly revolutionary, came about. Chipotle has been tightlipped about which growers, exactly, broke the rules.

So where did the discovery begin? Did consumers appear at outlets with signs to protest? Or did the action come from stockholders, threatening to sell and drive the price of stock into the cellar? Or did a conscientious manager figure out that Chipotle should put their policies into action?

Whatever the reason, the announcement gave Chipotle stock a nice little pop after years of steady growth. And other fast food chains should take note. They say it’s too hard to find good meats, but that’s changing fast.

Here in Missouri, consumers are really catching on and our farmers are also! One of the factoids I picked up at a recent conference was that in our state there has been a huge increase in the amount of meat butchered locally for the local market. Three years ago, there were 9 slaughterhouses with state inspection. Today there are 39 … an increase of more than 400%.

It’s easy these days to find locally-raised meats in good restaurants and grocery stores. Fast food chains should take note.

At that same conference were a whole lot of row-croppers, the big guys with the huge combines and lots of debt, who want to get into something new. Biotech crops are not working as advertised, especially when it comes to failures in weed control. The resistant weeds are truly becoming a problem to ordinary corn-belt farmers. This year, they may adopt crops with different resistance—2,4D and dicamba have been approved. But row-croppers can see that 2,4D and dicamba, besides being dangerous, will quickly have resistance issues.

Also, commodity crop prices are unstable and the farmers have realized they don’t have diversity of markets. They’re stuck with the ups and downs, can’t set their own prices like we little guys can, selling directly to consumers that want what we raise.

I’ve had row-croppers tell me they want to sell food instead of fuel. They WANT the connection with consumers. The majority of our neighbors are afraid to speak out but they pull me aside and thank me for what we’re doing. I have always gone to all the ladies’ club meetings, so I see the wives a lot. Very sad they won’t speak out.

All this might be difficult for small farms like mine, as the big guys flex their muscles. They have the potential of raising lots and lots of local foods, consolidating the market so that little farms can’t compete. And the big guys have the muscle to change the rules so that standards like the organic standards are changed to confuse consumers.

It all remains to be seen, but the Chipotle move shows that consumers can benefit if restaurants and grocers decide to develop a conscience.

Humane pig farming

The natural healing frequencies within the Universal Consciousness


 

I. The effects of Infra-sound

 

 

In this article, I will introduce the healing frequencies in Infra-sound first which are important to know so that they could be used in any applications of the Zero point Energy for healing purposes. Above all, it is natural that these frequencies appear in harmony with Nature. Any frequency in harmony with Nature, is necessarily a healing frequency, as it is in resonance from microcosm to macrocosm within the Universal Consciousness Grid. As the latter is following the pattern of the flower of life to manifest itself, it is also natural that the first fundamental healing frequency of 8 Hz is linked to the fundamental geometric pattern the double tetrahedron, the Merkaba.

merkaba

As the universal consciousness is distributing energy in a holographic fractal way building an infinity of double tetrahedron connected each other with no energetic gap, the result is that the other healing frequencies are necessarily the harmonics of 8 Hz.

In nature, the first example of the use of 8 Hz for therapy healing purposes is the dolphins. Why are they using this frequency, and not another ? Because they know perfectly that this frequency is the fundamental one resonating with the Universal Consciousness and it has a deep healing impact on the ethereal level. The frequency of 8 Hz has the ability to synchronize the hemispheres of the brain, and then it promotes balance, the principle of Yin/Yang that the Universal Consciousness is manifesting itself within the Infinite Energetic Grid. Another fact, as we have seen in the previous articles, the value of 8 Hz is the resonance of Earth’s electromagnetic cavity, referring to the Resonance’s Schumann. This energetic peak at this value shows the existence of a certain resonance on any energetic level within the Grid, whether physical, mental, ethereal, or spiritual.

The planet Earth is also a spiritual being, like the Human Beings with the Human Brains’s Alpha States and Theta States, having different state of consciousness, feelings and emotions. The Earth has different peaks of frequency showing the presence of harmonics 14, 20, 26, 32 Hz. Although all these values are not a harmonic of 8 Hz, they could be considered as healing frequencies as well. Indeed, the information of a certain energetic peak at these values explains a resonance with the Zero Point Energy of the Planet, itself connected with the Universal Consciousness. Today, the Zero Point Energy of Earth, the pure energetic core has a frequency around 12 Hz and is still increasing. Once, the Zero Point Energy of the planet was 8 Hz, and since 1980, it has been increasing, and even faster since 1997. It does indicate that the Earth is going through a shift in consciousness, a quantum leap led by the universal consciousness.  This frequency is not far from the second harmonic of 14 Hz, indicating a quantum leap for the planet.

Another fact, an experiment has been done by an infrasonic testing system using a low frequency microphone to test the release of the emitted qi at Qigong and non-Qigong masters from the palms of their hands, and the top frequency of the infrasonic waves from the tested qigong and non-qigong masters ranged from 8 to 12.5 Hz. ¹

The qi would be the energy emerging from the zero point energy of the universal consciousness whom the natural vibration is infrasonic wave at this low frequency. The Qigong Master, Healer Master, is able to tune in the universal consciousness and to melt into Oneness with the frequency of 8 Hz. As we have seen in the previous article, the field of Infra-sound presents the fundamental frequency of 8 Hz linked to the fundamental geometric pattern of sacred geometry, the double star tetrahedron. At this frequency, the energetic resonance between the being and the universal consciousness happens.

                  We could tell the dolphins are some Master naturally born healers. Listen the dolphins, they are themselves Master Healers, a healing Therapy for any being in Consciousness.

 ¹ Measurement and analysis of the infrasonic waves from emitted qi

Author: Niu Xin//Liu Guolong//Yu Zhiming

Conference/Journal: 1st World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong

Date published: 1988

Website : http://qigonginstitute.org/shopping/preview_abstract.php?id=139

Salah, Glastonbury, UK

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Dedicated to those without a voice…


Soul Tear for our sentient brothers and sisters in the Animal Kingdom who suffer by the ignorance of humans. Recently I’ve been dealing with this mindset from people under my own roof, and at times it’s been almost enough to make my head explode. It’s been a real challenge maintaining a sacred neutral perspective toward those who would injure my my pets, or neglect animals which live on their land.

Also, the abuses in factory farming are beyond shameful and IMHO the most overlooked issue by a majority of environmentalists. There are measures we can each take to shift the paradigm away from animal cruelty by talking to the head butchers at the local supermarket about concerns and your plans to boycott factory farmed meat products. Here’s another angle, buy from local farmers when possible. Get to know them and share your concerns, they probably have good ties with meat processing facility’s

Also, help feed a local wildlife population. Humans have encroached and built roads, buildings and homes on land that used to feed birds and other wildlife. Well manicured lawns, pesticides and herbicides have all decimated food sources for many animals who literally live their lives starving and malnourished. I keep a bag of bird see in my trunk and try to feed birds along the way, whenever possible. Here on Kauai there are people feed the feral cats, and those who feed the fish. Just doing our part as caretakers for the animal kingdom. Blessings, {~A~}

Stop export of Zimbabwe’s baby elephants ~ IFAW International Fund for Animal Welfare


baby elephant

According to news reports, 34 baby elephants, some as young as two years old, have been taken from their families for export into a life of captivity.

News reports are sketchy, it may be that this capture and export is entirely legal, but the government can still stop it.

Elephants have deep family bonds — this loss will be devastating to the elephants left behind and the captured young have a poor chance of survival.

Urge Zimbabwe’s Ministers for Environment and Tourism to stop the export and return these elephants to the wild.

The Zimbabwe government has the power to choose a more humane fate for these helpless elephants.

We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

S. Kasukuwere, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate

Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism

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Dear
Honourable Minister Kasukuwere and Honourable Minister Mzembi,

I am writing to urge you to use everything in your power to stop the
export of elephants from Zimbabwe.

Disturbing news reports indicate that 34 baby elephants from Zimbabwe
have been captured for export into captivity in other countries.

Elephants have deep family bonds, so the removal of so many young from
their families will be devastating to both the captured elephants and
their families left behind.

Survival chances for elephants taken into to captivity are very poor.
Many will likely die. Some news reports state that one has already died.

We know enough about elephants to know that is cruel and unnecessary in
this modern era to seize wild elephants, especially babies, for a
lifetime of captivity.

You have within your power to choose a kinder fate for these young
elephants.

Elephants are part of Zimbabwe’s national heritage. Please use your
power to protect your elephants and do not allow their export.

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How Much is a Jar of Honey Worth?


We are on a mission to save the bees! Join us!<br />
Learn more in these articles:<br />
1. Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonie: :<a href=http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/05/study-strengthens-link-neonicotinoids-collapse-honey-bee-colonies
2. Bees more crucial to modern agriculture than fertilizer: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/06/bees-crucial-modern-agriculture-fertilizer
3. "Beepocolypse": http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/congress-care-beepocalypse
4. The other bees: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/bees
5. Seed treatments and neonics: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/03/new-report-widely-used-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-unnecessary-cases #savethebees #agriculture #bees #food #gardening #saveourpollinators" width="444" height="444" />

We are on a mission to save the bees! Join us!
Learn more in these articles:
1. Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of honey bee colonie: :http://www.cornucopia.org/…/study-strengthens-link-neonicot…
2. Bees more crucial to modern agriculture than fertilizer: http://www.cornucopia.org/…/bees-crucial-modern-agriculture…
3. “Beepocolypse”: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/congress-care-beepocalypse
4. The other bees: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/04/bees
5. Seed treatments and neonics: http://www.cornucopia.org/…/new-report-widely-used-neonicot… ‪#‎savethebees‬ ‪#‎agriculture‬ ‪#‎bees‬ ‪#‎food‬ ‪#‎gardening‬ ‪#‎saveourpollinators‬

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Please act immediately to stop thousands of dogs from being tortured and butchered for their meat.


Every aspect of the dog meat trade in Southeast Asia is horrifically cruel.

You can save thousands of dogs from unspeakable pain by adding your name to Soi Dog’s global petition. It calls on Thailand’s leaders to crack down hard on the criminals who profit from the agony of animals.

The trade’s terrified victims, many of them family pets, are crushed into cages and suffer horribly on the prolonged journey to slaughter.

They are transported to primitive abattoirs that should be called torture chambers.

There, these poor animals are not just killed. Instead, they are often systematically and brutally beaten, skinned alive or boiled alive.

These horrors are inflicted because of the barbaric belief that when they are in pain, their bodies release adrenaline that softens their meat.

Terror, torture, then a painful death. This is quite possibly the worst form of cruelty humans could inflict on innocent animals.

You can put a stop to this. Add your name to the petition now. SEE VIDEO, SIGN PETITION

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New Life Gives Hope to Africa’s Elephants


Posted: 15/01/2015

Across Africa, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes by ivory poachers making each new birth something of a celebration, and giving hope to putting a stop to the steep population decline that threatens the species.

But with 99% of births occurring at night and herds protective of their new young, it’s not until the little bundles of joy are spotted, often days later, that celebrations can begin.

That made baby elephant Emma’s birth just before Christmas 2014 even more incredible, taking place in broad daylight at our David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Reintegration Centre among her mother’s former human family. New mum, elephant Emily, was the star of a CBS ’60 minutes’ episode, which followed her journey from orphaned elephant through to her reintegration back into the wild. In incredibly rare footage, we captured the birth and moment the tiny baby, who we have since named Emma, took her very first wobbly steps.

In the past three years, poachers have killed 100,000 elephants for their tusks to make carvings and trinkets, reducing the population to just 350,000 individuals. Baby Emma, who represents renewed hope for the species, the world’s largest land mammal, is the second daughter for Emily and a little sister for Emily’s first wild-born calf, Eve, who was also born in December in 2008.

Emily, who was so cruelly robbed of her elephant family when just a baby herself, was orphaned in early infancy when she fell down a disused pit latrine in Kenya in 1993. After being rescued by our teams, she remained in the care of our Elephant Orphanage whilst milk dependent, before being transferred to our Tsavo East Voi Reintegration Centre to embark on her journey back to her birth right – a natural life amongst the wild elephant community of the area. Over the years, she has become a very able matriarch and we’ve been proud to not just save her life, but raise her to have her own family.

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In fact, we have seen many wild born babies to ex-orphans including baby Mwende born to Mulika, infant Yetu to ex-orphan Yatta and it looks like 2015 might be a bumper year for baby elephants with ex-orphans Sweet Sally, Yatta, Edie, Icholta, Kinna and Mweya expecting soon too!

Elephants have the longest known gestation period of any mammal, up to 680 days, but it’s a long pregnancy worth waiting for. In 2011 we welcomed Mwende, Mulika’s first wild born baby. Mulika, an orphan from Meru National Park, was rescued from a waterhole in 2001 and arrived at our Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park at just 7 months old. Gradually she was reintegrated back into the resident wild elephant community of Tsavo and its thanks to this second chance that Mulika was able to welcome tiny Mwende into her loving family.

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In 2012 our human-elephant family also welcomed Yatta’s first wild born calf, Yetu. Found alone at just one month old, having lost her mother to poachers, our Keepers’ dedicated care helped Yatta overcome this trauma and she was later moved to our Reintegration Centre to begin her journey back to the wild. Several years later, 12 year old Yatta welcomed Yetu, her own wild addition.

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But it doesn’t stop there! Ex-orphan Lissa has now welcomed three healthy wild babies, Lara, Lali and Lugard, elephant Edie gave birth to baby Ella and ex-orphan Mpenzi gave birth to Mpia in 2012. Each wild addition is a symbol of hope and a cause for celebration. For our Keepers and the rest of our team each heart-warming introduction makes the years of caring for each orphan so very worthwhile.

For the newest mum, Emily, our Keepers have been closely monitoring her and her calf and report that Emma is doing well, with Emily’s herd of ex orphans remaining close by with their most treasured little package. The next few months will be a busy time for the herd, with nannies helping to care for Emma who will gain an incredible 30lbs a week, drinking some 12 litres a day.

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Alongside our work to care for orphaned elephants, we are determined to protect Kenya’s wild herds and ex-orphaned elephants that have returned to the wild, like Emily, as well as wild herds. Our nine Anti-Poaching Teams, Aerial Surveillance and four Mobile Vet Units are ready to mobilise against any threat to protect young calves like Emma, who represent renewed hope for the species.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rob-brandford/new-life-gives-hope-to-af_b_6476988.html

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