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Archive for the month “May, 2013”

Cat-man Do Furs-Day – Number 3 Techno-cat

Shandy-face

a new column by Shandy cat

PART ONE

I wish mum and dad would be so kind as to get me my own door.  They are forever letting me in and out of the house and Mum makes a fuss over it and tells me off for going outside then banging on the screen door to be let back in a minute later.  I tell you if I had my own little door then it would save everyone a lot of trouble.

The trouble is that I heard Mum telling Dad that if they ever did try to get me something to give me private access by a convenient pet door, it would have to be the type of door that I open with a magnet on a collar around my neck!!  That is totally laughable as I HATE things around my neck.  Mum and Dad tried putting ordinary Collars around my neck and were truly amazed because I managed to get every single one off.  I can be clever if I want.

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The “Life of Pi” Book Review

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If you read this book, it will quite likely not leave you un-changed.  I have a beautiful slip-cased copy of the book, illustrated by Tomislav Torianic.  It is signed by both the author and the illustrator and is copy number 1173 of a limited run of 3,000 such books.  Published in 2007 by Canongate, Edinburgh, it consists of 449 pages.

Here is my very own personal review of the novel written by Yann Martel, “The Life of Pi.”  Please do not read, unless you really do want to know what I thought about the book upon reading it.

Please be warned that there are “spoilers” at the end of this review.

If you are squeamish and want to avoid gory details and even another gruesome twist right at the end of the story, which wasn’t in the movie, then DO NOT read the book.

First, let me say that I eagerly rushed out to watch the movie, directed by Ang Lee, and while I can’t say I really enjoyed watching the movie, because as anyone who knows something about the movie (and the book) it was about survival at sea; I found the movie evocative and amazing.  Now, onto the book.  I really wanted to read it to see if there was an elaboration of Pi or the author’s connection to God in the book.

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The Lion, The Tiger & the Bear

The Lion-the tiger-and the bear

Baloo the bear, Leo the Lion and Shere Khan the tiger have the most unusual and unlikely friendship between them.   They were rescued 12 years ago, via police drugs raid in Atlanta, Georgia when they were a few months old only.  They had been kept as “pets” and status symbols by drug dealers.

Diane Smith, Assistant Director of the Noah’s Ark animal rescue centre in Locust Grove, reported that they decided to keep the 3 youngsters together.

Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other.

Please go to the link below for more information.

The Telegraph – Tiger, lion and bear form unusual friendships

 

Palm oil in Australia: Facts, Issues and Challenges

A recent report has this to say about orangutans.

Estimates made in 2005 put the Bornean population at between 45,000 and 69,000, and the Sumatran population at about 7,300.75 Since 1900, 91 per cent of the Sumatran orang-utans have died, most of these in the past decade. The remaining population lives in fragmented forest areas totalling about 10,000 square miles, much of which is marked for future palm oil development. At the current rates of decline, both species are likely to be extinct in the wild within ten years.

Please go to the website of the WWF Australia (World Wildlife Fund) now, to download a copy of a comprehensive report about palm oil plantations and the socio-economic and environmental impacts at this page   here.

The Report was commissioned by the  WWF and The Australian Food & Grocery Council and written by an independent researcher, Net Balance Foundation, using an investigation from 2010.

Help yourself by supporting the biodiversity on Earth, and get informed about the important facts, rather than “stick your head in the sand” and ignore this important issue, or leave it to others to follow up.  Also, please read the posts on this blog about Orang-utans and Elephants, and read the Action Alert page.

http://www.wwf.org.au/news_resources/resource_library/?6761/palm-oil-in-australia

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Help stop the Navy’s Attack on Whales NOW

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The U.S. Navy is prepared to kill more than 1,000 whales and other marine mammals during the next five years of testing and training with dangerous sonar and explosives. Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to direct the Navy to adopt common-sense safeguards right away that will protect marine mammals during routine training without sacrificing our national security!

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Spaceship Earth


Apollo astronauts take photos of Earth from space.

Click on the word Vimeo to watch it in full screen.

Did you know that in 1966, British economist and writer, Barbara Mary Ward coined the term “Spaceship Earth?”   Read about that here.

one earth or none

The 100th Post & a Give Away

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This is the 100th post on “Fascinating Animals”, since I started this site in March 2012 (due to my appreciation of and love for animals).   Thank you to the loyal supporters of Fascinating Animals.

Breeze Speaks

Bosun Dawg

Playamart – Zeebra Designs  ( Z )

Johno – Freshwater Fish Fanatics

Young Nature Lovers

baby monkey

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