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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.
In the animated “Basil the Mouse Detective” Rattigan the Rat got a bad rap, yet “Ratatouille” saw a rat called Rennie as the unlikely hero. While Rats have mostly got out of favor with people, the “Rat” is a symbol of intelligence, hard work and having quick-wit.
The Chinese Horoscope site says that 2020 will be the Year of New Beginnings!
The Year of the Metal Rat 2020 starts on January 25th 2020.
You need to follow your goals with confidence and determination. Relationships and health will be favorable. Seize good luck and opportunities as soon as they come knocking at your door. Believe in yourself.
In conclusion, the Year of the Rat 2020 will bring beneficial situations, opportunities, meetings with special people, luck, and also balance situations, dilemmas, and changes that can push us out of our comfort zone.
In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. If you were born in a Year of the Rat you can look up your year in 2020 at the page below.
plants are a type of plant that produce flowers in order to reproduce.
Flowering plants produce seeds within a fruit. The scientific name for
flowering plants is angiosperms.
Flowering plants are usually bisexual, with the flower having a male part and a female part.
stamens in the middle of a flower, surrounded by the green supporting
sepals and by the beautiful coloured petals, are the male part of the
flower. Each stamen is made up of a filament or thin structure that is
tipped at the top by the anther.
is a fine to coarse powdery substance comprising pollen grains which
are male microgametophytes of seed plants, which produce male gametes
The anther connects to the filament with lobes which holds sacs containing pollen.
female part of the flower, the pistil, consists of a long slender tube,
called the style, with the stigma at the top, which leads down to the
rounded base which is the ovule-filled ovary, or carpel.
Flowering plants rely on wind or winged and other creatures for pollination, i.e. for carrying pollen from the anthers to the stigma of a flower. Having both male and female parts within the same flower makes it handy for a plant — an insect, bird, or moth can easily pick up and deposit pollen on the same flower or a different flower of the same plant, in the same visit.
Throughout history, in war and in peacetime, animals and mankind have
worked alongside each other. As beasts of burden, messengers,
protectors, mascots, and friends, the war animals have demonstrated true
valour and an enduring partnership with humans. The bond is
unbreakable, their sacrifice great – we honour the animals of war.
The initial aim of the Australian War Animal Memorial is to promote
the establishment of War Animal plaques at Parks, RSLs or local and
Federal government sites.
The main aim is to establish a permanent War Animal Monument for all
Queenslanders to view in Brisbane city. This will act as a focal point
for all Queenslanders to honour the contributions animals have made to
It is a volunteer none-profit organization made up of community members from diverse backgrounds that have the like minded aim to recognize the deeds of animals during Australian military service and to educate generations to follow of the sacrifices of four legged diggers have made.
Lest we forget the animals that were roped into “service” during war.
“An exclusively indoor ragdoll cat known more for her placid nature than her hunting skills has defied remarkable odds — surviving five months in the Adelaide Plains after she was reported missing by her distraught Perth owner. “
The picture below is not Luna, the kitty that roamed lost for 5 months, but is a free picture from Pixabay of another beautiful Ragdoll cat.
You may have heard about the Incredible Journey (2 dogs and a cat return home). Now we have the amazing Ragdoll cat, Luna. Her owners had taken her with them on a road trip and in Melbourne, even though Luna was in a harness attached to a barrier, she managed to break free off and got outside through a small gap in the window.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, when it comes to cats.
Poor Luna ended up starving and dehydrated and ended up in Adelaide, 12 kilometers from where she got out of the car. She was noticed by people at the Dublin Cricket Club in South Australia and someone recognized her as the lost cat, of which “Missing” posters had been put up.
Luna was taken to the Adelaide University’s Companion Animal Health Centre, where she was identified through her microchip.
“I’m very surprised she survived,” said a spokeswoman for the Centre, Diane Whatling.
“Although cats are scavengers, these ragdolls are a very sensitive breed — she may not have even known how to hunt.” Ms Whatling said.
I am so happy that Luna survived and is now reunited with her family, whom I don’t think will be taking her in their car any more. This tale also reminds cat owners to micro-chip their cats, so they can be returned home to be looked after.
Other References: click on links below to see copyrighted photos of Luna
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 Groupgives 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.