I find both Chinese Astrology and Western Astrology fascinating, and have had my full natal (birth) chart according to Western Astrology mapped out (which I paid Lubomir Dimitrov for) which revealed I am a “quadruple Virgo” ( i.e. 4 planets including the Sun were in Virgo when I was born ),
You can find your Chinese Year Animal from entering your day, month and year of birth at the page below, or looking at the chart below.
Palomino Mare and Foal 2007 Wikipedia Creative Commons
Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Washington, U.S.A. has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. S.A.FE. has formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. Please visit their wonderful website and do what you can to help horses.
If you live in Australia, you may remember the chocolate Yowies. A wonderful new series is now available in Australia, featuring wild-life. Yowie confectionery is a character-moulded, 28 grms / 1 ounce chocolate inclusion product. The Yowie Group gives more information.
Not only do you get a sweet treat of chocolate but each Yowie includes a plastic container with a character in it. Check out the Wildlife range which comes with leaflets giving conservation and other information about the animals.
I count myself very lucky, being someone whom respects all animals, and meeting the cutest special little pup ever this week!
Introducing Sidney Swain (or Sidney for short), a gorgeous soft cuddly beautiful amazing Brussels Griffon puppy. Sidney is the younger brother of the wonderful handsome, sweet and adorable Erik the Brave.
A baby bilby boy has been born in time for Christmas at the Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park, Queensland. The Bilby is a symbol of Hope in Australia.
The Bilby and its struggle for survival is symbolic of the plight of many of Australia’s small native animals. It has been suggested that Australia adopt the Bilby as the wildlife symbol of Easter in Australia. Hence chocolate Bilbies are around at Easter time. See this link here.
The World Wildlife Fund says:
The bilby is an important ecosystem engineer. It’s an excellent digger and so many other species reap the rewards of its hard work. When bilbies aren’t living in their complex burrows, which can be up to three metres long and two metres deep, other animals like insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals take up residence. The burrows provide vital shelter from predators and high summer temperatures.
Bilbies might be small but they punch well above their weight. They can shift more than 1.5 tonnes of soil per kilogram of body mass in a single year as they construct and maintain their subterranean homes.
Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. Bilbies now occupy only about 15% of Australia’s landmass. There were originally two species but the Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) is now commonly referred to simply as ‘the Bilby’ as the Lesser Bilby (Macrotis leucura) is thought to have become extinct in the early 1950s.
Family: Thylacomyidae; Bensley, 1903
Did you know: Previously more widespread, the bilby is now only found in remote parts of western Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. savethebilbyfund.com
Good information about Bilbies can be found at the webpage below.
A Horse Called Mighty: The Might and Power Story by Helen Thomas – reviewed by Celine
Publisher: Random House Australia
Date of publication: July 2007
Paperback number of pages: 320
A prelude to this review is that I am not a fan of horse racing. There are aspects of the industry that I don’t like, however I have read this book because a friend was given it to read, and after waiting and waiting for that person to read it, I said “Give that book to me to read” because I was curious about it. So here is the review.
Might and Power is a New Zealand bred horse, foaled in 1993, Australian trained and owned, who was named Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999. As a four-year-old, Might and Power won the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, and returned at five to become only the second horse in the…
Cody the Alpaca was born premature and for a while it was touch-and-go as to whether she would survive. With the help of Amber Isaacs from Silken Suri, this little girl pulled through, and is a delight to all who know her. Visit “Silken Suri” below and Cody’s Facebook page.
The story of Cody is based on the real life of one of the smallest surviving alpacas in the US. Now healthy and happy, Cody’s joyful antics have won hearts across the country and all over the world.
Alpacas are Camelids and are shorn and their fleece used in clothing. Thousands of years ago they were used in South America for fuel, transport and clothing. The largest population of alpaca is found in the Andean zone of Bolivia and Peru. For information about this and about alpaca wool, please click on the first link below.
Here is a story of a wonderful woman Nikki who takes in kittens and cares for them until they are well enough to go to adoptive homes. The video is on Facebook, sorry if you can’t or don’t want to log into FB but this is the only way that I can provide the link to the audio-visual of this amazing story. Such is sometimes the nature of the internet world !!
The story is about 3 little kittens who were abandoned in freezing temperatures but Nikki was alerted to them. One of the fur-babies nearly succumbed but Nikki tube fed this baby and she (named Bagel) pulled through. Nikki gives up all kittens to new homes and gives them temporary names so even though these kittens may have been named after foods, of course, those names don’t have to be used by their new carers.
I’m happy to say that all 3 kittens became healthy and were all taken up by good homes. Nikki has pictures on Instagram (another social media thing that you have to sign up for in order to view the photos). Nikki’s Instagram page is below.
Our beautiful boy Shandy cat was adopted by us on 1 January 2000 ! A memorable occasion as this sweet boy was a bond between my partner and I and helped us with responsibilities while giving us enjoyment and contentment. Sadly Shandy passed away in February 2016 after being with us for 16 years, but as one of his adoptive parents I will always miss him. He has his own Featured Page on this blog, and you can read about his wonderful adventures on several blog posts too, links below.
The Perth Zoo’s Australasian Giraffe Breeding program has resulted in a wonderful and cute new addition. She is a Rothschild Giraffe, Kamili, which is Swahili for “perfection.” Click on the following links for more information.
Around this time last year, five major wildlife protection groups petitioned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to list the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as an endangered species.
An article in “The Conversation” states that – While extinction can be a natural process, the current rate of extinction is anything but. Scientists estimate that at least 99 out of 100 species extinctions in the world today are the result of human action.
It also states:
In 1964, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began tracking the conservation status of species on its “Red List.” Although the IUCN provides information only about the status of species, this is the first step in helping to limit extinction because it allows conservation efforts to be directed where they’re most needed.
In 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature– IUCN – SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) recognized a single species of giraffe, Giraffa Camelopardalis as vulnerable. This means the animal faces extinction in the wild in the medium-term future if nothing is done to minimize the threats to its life or habitat. The next steps are endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild and extinct.