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Your Animal Guide for 2016

Visit Carrie Hart’s Power Animals Unleashed site and venture into the   Enchanted Forest.    Before you enter the Forest, turn up your computer speakers to hear the gurgling brook, take a deep breath and ask to meet the animal whom can guide you throughout this year 2015.  When you are ready, click anywhere you are driven to click and your 2015 Power Animal will appear!!   Share your results here. Continue reading to find out how to find your own personal “Power Animal” and Animal Guides  …..

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Year of the Goat

click on the words above for info about 2016 or 2015

To work out your Chinese Year of Birth, click  HERE

Happy Kitten

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 Visit my other Site – click on the Peace sign

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Click on the picture below to go “the dreaming” site

to support the First custodians of Australia

 

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Chinese New Year 2016 – Year of the Monkey

 

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What’s the Difference between an Ape and a Monkey?   Find out  HERE

The Chinese Zodiac Year of the (female) Red Monkey will start on 8th February  2016 (Chinese New Year) and run to 27 Jan. 2017.  The Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.   The best Source for information is below.:

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2016/

You can find out your Chinese Zodiac sign including your Day, Month and Year animal symbols by clicking on the Link “Your Chinese Zodiac Sign” on the Page above.  You can then click on your Year Animal to see what 2016 may have in store for you.

Did you know that –

YOUR  DAY SIGN   IS just as important as your Year Sign?

If you were born in January or February see this important information  HERE.

If you are wondering why some call this Chinese New Year the Year of the Red Monkey, it may help you to read the Page on my “Peace” website below.

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Rare Tortoise taken from Perth Zoo

Now the unthinkable and I am really mad.  What is going on??  A friend’s senior cat was chased by big dogs right off her porch just a few days ago, in the cold climate of the eastern USA and never returned home.  I felt devastated  ….  and now this!

Please see the information on the Perth Zoo website at the Link below.

http://ht.ly/XVjjE

READ THE NEWS ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW

Juvenile Radiated tortoise stolen from Perth Zoo

 

CLICK   HERE   FOR A LINK TO  MY VIDEO  OF

A BEAUTIFUL RADIATED TORTOISE AT THE  ZOO

Some pictures taken at the Perth Zoo on 29 November 2015 of the Radiated tortoise enclosure.  You can see it is not difficult for someone under cover of darkness to slip into the Enclosure.  The tortoise below is an Adult, the one stolen on Monday was a male sub-adult ( or Juvenile ) with a 15 cm diameter Shell.

The Zoo said someone must have somehow circumvented their Security System.  In 2011 two tortoises were stolen, and now another!

FRONT OF TORTOISE ENCLOSURE

 

RADIATED TORTOISE 1

 

RADIATED TORTOISE 2

 

ENDANGERED TORTOISE

If I get my hands on you if you stole this Tortoise,  watch out …..

Best Dog Birthday Surprise

Beautiful Dog gets 1,000 coloured balls for his Birthday!

Ocean Currents – “Oceana”

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Please support “Oceana” however you can.  You can read about their great work in 2015 and accomplishments to support healthy oceans, via their regular blog or Newsletters.

http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/12/30/celebrating-a-big-year-for-the-ocean

Click on the title “Ocean Currents” to view all posts there.

To see more photos and blog posts of my personal experiences at the Ocean, visit my other Blog “Our Lovely World”.

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/?s=fremantle

 

Smart machine feeds Strays – highlights abandoned Turkey pets

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To raise awareness, a Turkish company, Pudgeon, has designed an innovative vending machine that not only helps feed these stray animals but takes care of recycling, too. When you feed the machine a plastic bottle, it disperses food and water for stray cats and dogs.

Hopefully this concept will get the outside world as well as the authorities in Turkey doing something to humanely decrease the plethora of stray animals roaming Turkey streets.

Read more  HERE

Mythical Animals

Pictures below are By Jetseppi or Stephanie (Deviant Art)

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Artwork by Stephanie Hennen

Some links to mythical animals here!

Pi-Xie or Pi-Yao –

winged lion bodied, dragon headed creature

 

Mythical Creatures Countdowns

 

Wikipedia – List of Legendary Creatures

 

Ultimate Creatures of Harry Potter

 

Creatures of Middle Earth – Lord of the Rings

 

BEAUTIFUL  handcrafted glittery Unicorn pendants available from

I Sew Cute” on Etsy

Happy New Year !

Our Lovely World

2016 The Year of Completion  ( see Elizabeth Peru’s message )

I have created a New Year’s card using Jib Jab.

As I can’t embed it here, I am posting the Link to it below.

My Happy New Year Jib-Jab Card

Click on the square at the bottom right of the Player to see the Video in Full-screen !

Enjoy if you do, and wishing you a Peaceful, Joyous, and Abundant 2016 and Beyond !   Head over to my other Blog Fascinating Animals for info on the Year of the Monkey.

Happy New Year bunnies

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Giant Rare Squid appears in Japan

For Christmas Eve 2016 a giant squid made its presence ..

Tokyo (CNN). It isn’t every day that a mystery from the deep swims into plain sight. But on Christmas Eve, spectators on a pier in Toyama Bay in central Japan were treated to a rare sighting of a giant squid.

Please Click on the Link below

( I can’t embed the video here )

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/28/asia/toyama-japan-giant-squid/

Squid Symbolism

People with a Squid totem have the ability to read the moods of others.
They can read body language of those around them.


Squid uses light, color and form to communicate and their totem people have this ability also. Squid people usually blush easily.

Read about cephalopod Totems  HERE

2016 The Year of New Beginnings –  read   HERE

And so this is Christmas

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Click  HERE  for a beautiful Christmas Powerpoint show

with Animals and John Lennon’s song

And so this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
Ans so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The road is so long.
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
Ans so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over over
If you want it
War is over
Now…

 

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Foal and Girl

 

click on the arrows to make this Video full-size. I could watch this for hours, without the sound on, such love between 2 gorgeous beings, it is so nice!

Spirit Bear ( Kermodei Bear) – Ghost Bear of the Rain Forest

 

Check out this rare, close-up footage of a beautiful Spirit Bear (Kermodei Bear). This one was seen in the Great Bear Rainforest, this stunning creature is rarely spotted on camera. Video by Eric Posen.

Posted by ForestEthics on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Kermode bear /ˈkɜrˌmoʊdi/ (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the “spirit bear” (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. They are also called a ghost bear or a “white black bear”.

The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

It is mainly on Princess Royal Island, where the spirit bear makes its home.

The rare white bear has been treasured by many coastal First Nations communities for hundreds of years.

Some researchers believe that the grizzlies are forcing the white bears out of prime fishing territory.

The spirit bear has long been a cherished part of the Kitasoo/Xai’xias First Nation culture, which call it the moskgm’ol.

As with most of the legends of creation, the story of the spirit bear comes through the tales of the Raven. At one time the world was covered in ice. The Raven – Goo-wee – created the green but wanted something by which to remember the great ice. The Raven chose the black bear, the keeper of dreams and memory, promising the bear peace if he would let one out of every ten bears turn white.

https://spiritbearfoundation.com/

http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Ghost_Bears_of_the_Rain_Forest

http://globalnews.ca/news/892936/the-elusive-spirit-bear-of-b-c-may-be-facing-a-threat-the-grizzly-bear/

Happy Birthday Shandy !

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Happy Birthday Shandy

On New Year’s Eve 2000 (i.e. 31 December 1999) just before midnight, our “Millenium” gift arrived.

It was a sweeeet small beautiful kitten – peeking out of some rocks (an old covered up well) out the front of of our house.

We decided the kitten must have been 4 to 5 weeks old and so today is designated as Shandy’s birthday!!  Today Shandy is 16 years old.

If you go to the Categories of Posts on this site (on the right-hand side) and click on the drop down arrow, you will see Shandy has his very own Category of posts here on Fascinating Animals.   He is indeed a fascinating animal and is featured on the  “Our Animal Friends”   area of this site too.

Your cat or dog (or any other animal) companion can also be featured on a page of her/his own by going to  this   tab.

I have rather cleverly designed an interactive Happy Birthday  card for Shandy cat’s 14th birthday, 2 years ago.

Please join in wishing him a very nice Birthday by clicking on  THIS  link for the birthday card.   This will open a “dialog” box which will ask if you want to Open or Save “Happy Birthday Shandy.doc” which is a Microsoft Word document.

Please save the Word document somewhere to your computer, then have fun once you open it up to read it.  Double-click on the “loud speaker” pictures/icons.  Make sure the volume on your computer is turned up a little.  Probably don’t use iTunes as it doesn’t seem to work.

If anyone is reading this post, please download the Birthday Card and make a comment on this thread about the card and to wish our beautiful Shandy a happy birthday.  I dis-continued Shandy’s column, because of a lack of feedback or interest in it.  Sometimes people are quite happy & free to give negative feedback, but this Blog hardly gets any positive Comments, for who knows what reason.

Thank you from Shandy.

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Melbourne Cup – is it worth it?

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Ex Race-horse in a “Kill box” at a Knackery

Horse racing like cricket is a time old tradition, enjoyed by many jockeys as a sport,  and relished by gamblers and owners etc. involved who make money and prestige from it.  But at what cost for these huge million dollar events as opposed to small for fun personal events involving NO PRIZE MONEY? Go in the Poll to have your opinion about horse racing in Australia.

 

This year Red Cadeaux  incurred a serious injury to his leg, and is now said to be okay.  Last year, 2 Melbourne Cup horses died.  Yes, the Jockeys and people involved may be devastated when their horse is injured or even dies, and may pull out all stops (no expense spared) to save a good race-horse, but what about those that don’t “cut the mustard”?

Not only horse racing but of course Grey-hound Racing, but this post is about HORSE RACING.

Links of interest follow.

When a thoroughbred destined for racing is born in Australia, its chances of being a successful racehorse are slim. It is estimated that only 300 out of every 1,000 foals produced will ever start in a race. [1] That means of the 13,000 thoroughbred foals born each year in Australia alone, an approximate 9,000 will be considered useless and thousands will end up at “the doggers”.

http://www.horseracingkills.com/melbourne-cup-sees-the-death-of-two-horses-including-the-race-favourite/

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/horseracing/melbourne-cup-2015-rupert-legh-urges-tighter-safety-controls-after-araldo-death-20151101-gko83o.html

You may think the horses that go to the abattoir will be used for dog food, so who cares, but I wait for the day when Homo sapiens will not treat Horses as commodities by up-scaling the sport of horse racing for profits, prestige, entertainment and sport.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

So cute and I’m really glad this little Owlet, Fuku-chan, found a friend in this Scottish Fold kitten, Marimo.   Wonder if they will still be friends when the kitten grows up?  I always research these “cute” photos.  This little Owlet has been captured and lives in a Japanese Owl Cafe, the consolation is that it has a cat friend at least for a while.  I think that Owls shouldn’t be put into Cafes just for the amusement of human beings.   Read more  HERE.

I don’t know when these photos were taken, and I can’t read Japanese, so I can’t tell from the official Hukulou Coffee place what happened.

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Cat Tales

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hybrid cats

 

Cat-Petting

 

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cat language

 

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Environment Minister approves Australia’s largest coal mine – animals under threat

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth. He approved Adani’s giant Carmichael Coal Mine – a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.

 

Mr Hunt on Thursday said the Carmichael coal mine n the Galilee Basin in remote central Queensland, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, has been given the green light after the Federal Court in August set aside the previous approval.  The Mackay Conservation Group launched its Federal Court challenge in January, alleging greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and vulnerable species like the ornamental snake and the yakka skink, as well as Adani’s environmental track record had not been taken into account.

The project, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, has faced staunch opposition because its Abbot Point terminals are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.

National Australia Bank has said it will not fund the mine and other banks are being pressured to follow suit.

 

PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS ISSUE & TAKE ACTION NOWWWW !!!!!

 

THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMISSION HAS PUT AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE

 

AUSTRALIA MUST HONOR ITS CARE-TAKING OF OUR GREAT BARRIER REEF  –  SEE   HERE

 

The Screws are being tightened – there is even an under-hand un-ethical movement to stop opposition to these hugely monied and vested ventures.

Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia’s largest coal project – Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – in its tracks.

Attorney-General George Brandis will move to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows conservationists to challenge environment approvals for mining projects and other large developments.

 

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS DRACONIAN CHANGE TO THE LAW

http://linkis.com/RTC6S

 

The ACF ( Australian Conservation Foundation ) says it’s senseless to prop up a dirty, dying industry while the rest of Australia and the world races to a future powered by clean energy.  South Australia and the ACT are leading the country on clean energy. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are racing to cut pollution.  Even regional towns like Lismore are racing ahead with a goal of 100 percent clean energy in 10 years.

 

Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.

And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.

If this mine goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand, drain billions of litres of precious groundwater, irreversibly damage our Reef and drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.

TRADITIONAL OWNERS CAN SIGN THE PETITION BELOW

 

Other links of interest

 

 

 

As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, in November we, the people, will gather in Australian cities and across the world to call for action. We will march alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

 

Sign the Pledge below, to march and have your voice heard.  Write / Lobby to stop the Adani coal mine.

https://www.action.org.au/peoples-climate-march

Sea-lions Starving – please Help

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California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)

Monterey Bay, California, USA
by Kevin Schafer, Seattle, Washington, USA

Jenna Ushkowitz was recently filming on a free-diving trip with Oceana at Santa Barbara Island off of Southern California.

She says:

At our dive spot, we saw cliffs known for being covered in sea lions. They were barren.

While I was in the water, a young sea lion pup came up to our boat. It was so skinny. You could see its ribs. It was truly heart breaking.

That starving pup was an undeniable example of the problems sea lions and other ocean animals face – there’s simply not enough forage fish to go around.

Excessive fishing and a combination of ocean conditions have driven down sardine and anchovy populations to such low numbers that sea lion mothers can’t find these fish. With support from the public, Oceana took action and helped win a short-term solution: closing the Pacific sardine fishery last April through next June.

But more sea lion pups will starve if we don’t find a long-term solution.

The United States fishes the same population of Pacific sardines as Mexico and Canada, yet the sardine catch limits do not accurately account for this fact. We must update this calculation to ensure we harvest a responsible share of fish and don’t contribute to international overfishing.

I subscribe to OCEANA’s Newsletters.  Oceana is an excellent organisation that helps marine life worldwide.  Please help them to help our wildlife.

Add your name before October 14 to help save thousands of sea lion pups and restore the abundance of our oceans >>

Thank you

 

When you need a Buddy to help you turn over

Did you know that a Tortoise and a Turtle are reptiles, and not Amphibians?

Read about the differences  HERE   and lend a helping hand if you see your buddy in trouble!

If you want to know the DIFFERENCE  between a Tortoise and a Turtle, head over to   DIFFEN.

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