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Story Dogs help children read

Story Dog Puppy
the blog author with Sid a Brussels Griffon

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.

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Christmas Bilby

Photo from Ipswich Nature Centre 

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.

https://www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/species/bilby#gs.0NLKAHI

For more information and photos of this Bilby (who is yet to be named) please go to the Ipswich Nature Centre website.

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.

Class: Mammalia

Order: Peramelemorphia

Family: Thylacomyidae; Bensley, 1903

Genus: Macrotis

Species: lagotis

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.

https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/bilby

For information about the Vulnerable status of this mammal, by the IUCN, click on the link below.

https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/12650/21967189

Tiny Alpaca, Cody, has a big personality

Alpaca classification

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.

http://www.silkensuri.com/

https://www.facebook.com/codyalpaca


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.

https://www.jjcaprices.com/blogs/news/15598296-alpaca-wool-what-makes-it-so-special

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Other Resources

How to keep Alpacas – difference between Llamas and Alpacas

http://www.stonebarn.co.nz/alpacahistory.php

 

Foster & Adoptive parents of Fur-babies

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 !!

www.facebook.com/littlebutfiercedodo/videos/2207445275938630/

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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.

My Foster Kittens

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.

Our Animal Friends – Shandy

Blog posts about Shandy cat

Giraffes recommended to be placed on the U.S.A. Endangered Species List

Kamili baby giraffe

Kamili baby giraffe

Did you know that a series of valves in the Giraffe’s neck stops blood from rushing to its head when it bends down to drink?

Read more here  about the amazing Giraffe !

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.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/animals/perth-zoo-unveils-name-of-baby-giraffe-kamili-ng-b88790424z

https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/article/we-have-giraffe-calf

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.

AA GIRAFFE CLASSIFICATION

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Your Power Animal for 2018

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Credit: Native American Power Animals

Yes!  It’s that time of the Year.

Go to Carrie Hart’s “Enchanted Forest” website –  HERE

Calm yourself and see yourself bathed in white light then click on the link titled “Enchanted Forest” and ask to receive your Power Animal for 2018.

Mine is  the  Wolf   –  read about the Wolf Animal Guide  HERE

To read about Power Animals and other spiritual animal allies, go to the Posts made in this Blog under the Category “Power Animal”.   Link below.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/?s=power+animal

 

May the Animal Kingdom Be With You Always

 

Who Is the Strongest?

READ  MORE   HERE   !

The half inch long dung beetles are the strongest living creatures on Earth. The male insects of this small species of insects can lift or pull 1141 times their own body weight. It is just like an average sized human carrying 80 tons or 72574.8 kg.

The news might take the shine off the title of World’s Strongest Man for Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas; in 2009 he pulled a 70-tonne plane for 30m in under 75 seconds – this works out as only 411 times his 170kg body weight.

What makes dung beetles so strong?

Written Mar 26, 2016  by John Cassis

Small creatures all seem strong relative to their size, because their strength is relative to the cross sectional *area* of their muscles, not their weight or volume. If you double the length of an organism, the muscle cross-section goes up four-fold, but the weight and volume go up 8 fold – so you get bigger-er not stronger-er.

Another way of looking at it is that if a dung beetle can lift it’s own weight, then if it were to double in size, it could only lift half of its weight, without developing proportionally bulkier muscles.

This topic was famously covered in a 1928 essay by JBS Haldane, called “On being the right size”. I think it’s one of the most lucid science essays I’ve ever read.

See also:

http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/scalefactor/factors.html

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161121-the-worlds-strongest-animal-can-lift-staggering-weights

Well, today at work I was barely able to lift a heavy box (to me) of files, weighing 15 kg.  My weight is 43 kg only, and if I take the load ( 15 ) and divide it by my personal petite weight ( of 43 kg), the result is 0.35 – which is a very rough SWR !!

STRENGTH TO WEIGHT RATIO

The Link above does mention working out this ratio uses averages including “Bench presses”.  You may, like me, innocently ask “But what IS a Bench press ??”    It is laying on your back and picking up weights on a bar and raising them up and straight above, in my terms.  Looks dangerous to me!  Wikipedia says:

The bench press is an upper body strength training exercise that consists of pressing a weight upwards from a supine position. … A barbell is generally used to hold the weight, but a pair of dumbbells can also be used.

This page  HERE  mentions averaging out your ratios after different types of exercises, like squats and bench presses.  The closest I note that matches lifting a heavy (for me) box is the DEADLIFT –  read  HERE for info.

However, my “dead-weight Lift” involved a square shape and a dense solid mass, not a nice (looking) bar with weights at either end – this different structure makes a difference to your SWR.

The box I lifted was destined to go to an off-site storage company, that has a weight limit for each packed box (to be picked up and carried by their drivers) – – – and that Limit is 16 kg.  Not bad therefore that I could lift 15 kg, in my great opinion.

My 43 kg weight converts to 95 pounds.   I used   THIS  site to work out that (in theory) a 45 kg female could or should (if she wanted) lift a 26 kg dead-weight.   Speaking for myself, I had best do some intense “resistance” (strength) training, before I attempt picking up and lifting a BARBELL (bar to attach weights to)  with any weights on it at all !!

If you are keen to find out more about weight training equipment for human beings,  try  THIS  page.  It mentions the lightest weight plates (which affix to the barbell) are 2.5 pounds for Americans or 1.13 kg for Australians.  It seems an average barbell itself (without the weights at the end) weighs 20 kg.  It would be a great day when I  dead-lift 21 kg total (barbell + 0.5 kg weight at each end), let alone 26 kg -barbell plus a 3kg weight at each end.

That would mean a SWR of approximately 0.5 up alot from an SWR of 0.35 for my “dead-box” lift today (LOL).  I would be happy with being able to lift 50% of my body weight, even if the Weaver Ant can lift 10 to 50 times its body weight !!

See:

http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/scalefactor/factors2.html

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161121-the-worlds-strongest-animal-can-lift-staggering-weights

Help Shady

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Shady is a 6 year old kitty whom is in need of urgent Veterinary help.  If he does not have surgery soon, he will probably die. However, surgery CAN help Shady.  His “owners” have already spent a fortune on a first operation to save his Life but all that is standing in the way now of operating in order to fix Shady so he can resume a normal life, is the green stuff.

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-shadys-life

If you can DONATE a dollar or five dollars or whatever amount you can, or know someone who can, please do so now by clicking on the Link above.  Seriously, is there even one person out there who is reading this, and will HELP where it counts ??

Shady’s “owners” have already taken out Loans so there’s no need to tell them to get some credit or Loans.  If you have hundreds of dollars or a thousand that is surplus, consider dontaing it to saving an innocent life.  Yes you can donate it to another cause, but if you really feel COMPELLED to help save this sweet little SIX YEAR old cat ( not very old ) …… your doing so  NOW  will be so very much appreciated by beautiful Shady !

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