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Your Animal Guide for 2015

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 2015

To work out your Chinese Year of Birth, click  HERE

Happy Kitten

inner peace shifufish-cannot-climb-treesClick here for this Quote in Microsoft Word

 Visit my other Site – click on the Peace sign


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

to support the First custodians of Australia




Happy Birthday Shandy !

Shandy Cat

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.


Melbourne Cup – is it worth it?


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”.



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.





Cat Tales



hybrid cats






cat language



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.








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.





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.



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.


Sea-lions Starving – please Help


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.

Kitten copies Mum

Marvellous Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

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The silvery lutung (Trachypithecus cristatus), also known as the silvered leaf monkey or the silvery langur, is an Old World monkey. It is arboreal, living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

I just watched a great BBC Documentary called “Monkeys Revealed“.  It covered fascinating facts about a numerous range of monkeys or primates.  My favorite was the Silvery Lutung or Silvered leaf monkeys of Malaysia.  The babies are born ginger in colour whereas the adults are a beautiful silvery colour.   The babies are really cute and the documentary proposed that their coloration is to make them “hi-vis” or to give them high visibility vests, so to speak!   It certainly showed the babies were very noticeable in the trees for the adults to look out for and protect!

The baby lutungs, also called langurs are born with orange fur and turn to silver at approximately three months of age, although some can begin their transformation aged just one month, according to Beth McDonald, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo

The link below tells more about these delightful monkeys, and shows an un-missable photo of a baby turning silver, head first.

According to the IUCN ( International Union of Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources ) –
Considering the extensive habitat loss that has taken place within the range of the species, there is reason to believe that this species is in decline, probably at a rate of less than 30% over three generations (approximately 30 years), thus qualifying if for listing as Near Threatened, almost qualifying as threatened under criterion A2c.


A monkey is a Primate and Primates are mammals belonging to the order Primates.  Homo sapiens or human beings are Primates.  If you are interested, you can find out how human beings sprung from the Order of Primates, and that apes and monkeys also originated from the same ancestor, by reading the Post below.


I also liked the Japanese or Snow macaques whom cuddled up in sub-zero temperatures, to keep warm during winter. They even took turns to get into the middle “hot spot”, as shown by cameras that filmed thermal ( hot ) areas.  Mind you, I wasn’t so happy to see them having a hot bath in the hot springs, but turfing out the lowly ranked.  I discovered that the monkeys have “ranks” e.g. the females are ranked according to their mothers, and the males according to their physical prowess and strength.

I liked the colorful Mandrill Baboons, but was not keen on the Hamadryas Baboon male “leader” whom attacked the females just to throw around his weight.

In finishing, I recommend this Documentary if you get a chance to watch it.

I love Orang-utans and of course, Gorillas !  Please see the information below about conservation of the magnificent Orang-utans.



Incy Wincy Spider – or Spider Woman

Little Miss Starwise stood by the train

Waiting for transport which soon came

There winched down beside her

a little black spider

which made Little Miss try to hide her

This is a little ditty that I wrote on Thursday 19 August 2015.  You may be able to tell the Story behind it.

I was waiting on the train platform to catch the train to work, when to my surprise, a beautiful small black spider winched her way down beside me on my right.  It was almost as though she ( why say “he” all the time ) was saying hello to me personally.  The thing is she landed on the concrete, much to my alarm, as there were many Homo sapiens species ( people ) standing restlessly around.  I tried sending a message telepathically to the spider, an image of being stepped on, which I imagined happening to me & it was not at all a pleasant thought.  She could have been Charlotte.

To my greater alarm, the train arrived, so I quickly moved protectively closer to her, to shelter her from giant feet.  Luckily, this little spider had her wits about her, and sensing vibrations on the ground, etc. she promptly began winching her way back along her beautiful thread, which was invisible to me, but must have still been anchoring her to her anchor point.  I was relieved until the girl standing a few centimeters from the spider on the other side to where I was standing, lumbered forward and I thought her crooked elbow or lurching steps may propel her into my spider friend.

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Rare Dingo Puppy Wave


This is sweet.  Eight little pups – 8 dingo puppies born to a gorgeous white Alpine Dog .. . and to a rare Bogong Dingo.

They were born at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in the Perth Hills, Martin, Western Australia !

Please click on the Link below for full information.





Birds make Music

Australian government on “probation” – to save the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef In June 2015 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee made a historic decision for the Great Barrier Reef that put the Australian government on probation until the Reef’s health improves.  The Australian Government now has until 2016 to show that its rescue plan is working and until 2019 to demonstrate it has stopped the decline of the Reef. The most significant features of the decision are:

  • The World Heritage Committee expressed concern that the outlook for the Reef is poor and key habitats and species have continued to decline, and listed climate change, poor water quality, and coastal development impacts as the major threats.
  • The Committee will continue its vital role as a watchdog to ensure Australia “rigorously implements all of its commitments”.
  • An acknowledgement that the existing financial commitment to the Reef 2050 plan is an ‘initial’ amount – a clear indication the Committee recognizes that the plan is underfunded.
  • If the Reef’s World Heritage values continue to decline, then an ‘in-danger’ listing will almost certainly be delivered at the 2020 meeting.

Just 12 months ago, the Australian Government had approved plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from mega-port expansions into the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. On 1st July, that approval was overturned and WWF expects a ban on dumping from new port development in the Reef’s World Heritage waters to be in force within months. Read more   HERE turtle_Great_Barrier_ReefThe Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 345,000 square kilometres in size, five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined! The reef is immensely diverse. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong. Add to that stunning marine suite as many as 3,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms and crustaceans, 630 species of echinoderms (starfish and sea urchins) and 215 bird species, of which 22 are seabirds. The GBR is listed under all four natural World Heritage criteria for its outstanding universal value.



Click on the “Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan” link – to download the FULL plan

Praying Mantis Medicine


Maureen Moss says that  “A beautiful portrayal of Virgo’s Divine maternal quality can be seen in the Praying Mantis, whose form actually resembles the shape outlined by the stars of the constellation Virgo.”

Wow, I am quadruple Virgo – the Sun, Uranus, Venus & Pluto in Virgo, with Scorpio rising!

A week ago on Saturday 30 May, Praying Mantis had my back – literally.

If the Praying Mantis comes into your life, the wisdom of this animal totem can be” be calm & peaceful“.

You need to calm yourself down, take it easy, and just blend in with your circumstances.

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FREEWAY – Young American Curl Cat Rescue

Nobody knows how this poor 2 year old American Curl ginger cat got stuck on a Freeway in Arizona, with burns to his paw pads and a bleeding mouth and paws ( some Reports say he got burned by a car engine ) but thanks to Richard Christianson, he was rescued – and now he is okay and has been adopted by his rescuer, and named Freeway.


The 15 second video above shows this kitty clinging for his life to a wire fence.  He will need alot of tender love and care, after going through such an experience.  A news report states that Christianson already has 4 dogs and 3 cats.  Freeway the cat is featured on two Facebook pages, one of them is Richard Christianson’s page, if you want to see how he is faring.

Freeway_catSadly, with the publicity & the nature of social media, the “trolls” come also.  Although anyone with a brain and eyes can see that the Video is authentic and that this cat would very likely have been killed if Richard had not rescued him, someone has been nasty to Richard on his Facebook page, saying it was a scam and he is just trying to make money from this.

Yes, someone else set up a Funding page to get some contributions toward paying for Freeway’s substantial veterinary bills, and via that webpage, Richard stated the excess was going to organizations helping animals.

Please post messages of support for Richard on his FB page ( 2nd link below ) if you feel so inclined.





Help save Sudan, northern White Rhino

The ultimate solution is to stop the demand for Rhino & Elephant tusks/products



With only 5 individuals remaining, the survival prospects for the northern white rhino seem bleak.

Ol Pejeta Reserve in East Africa is home to three of the world’s last five northern white rhinos, including Sudan the last male, and also to 106 critically endangered black rhinos, and 20 southern white rhinos. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and a centre for innovation in conservation and wildlife protection.

43 year old Sudan and some female rhinos were transported from a Zoo to the Reserve, in the hope that they would breed to help continue the line of the Northern White Rhino.  Sudan needs around the clock protection from human beings, and has had his horn removed in a bid to deter poachers from taking him.

Please click on the link below, to get information and see photos of Sudan.

Save SUDAN the Rhino

The Reserve he lives on is susceptible to poachers, and you can contribute toward Sudan’s protection through a donation via “crowdfunding”.

Please if you have a conscience and want to contribute toward stopping all of our non-human Animal species from being wiped out, share this Post and have people including yourself, click on the LINK BELOW, in order to contribute $1 or $2 or any amount –  to help keep Sudan safe.  Thank you from Sudan.


Ol Pejeta is a  90,000 acre wildlife preserve 330km north of Nairobi, Kenya.  While it is a tourism attraction, gaining revenue from vehicle drives through the roads in the Reserve, it is well managed.  However, because of its size, it is a continual challenge to protect all of the animals within it.

For animal symbolism of the RHINO,   click  HERE.



Demilitarised Drones to be used to Protect animals in Ol Pejeta Reserve

Visitor Reviews of Ol Pejeta Reserve

What to do during your Stay at Ol Pejeta Reserve

Agricultural Development Corporation joins with Ol Pejeta to conserve Animals


Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Genus: Ceratotherium
Species: C. simum

Geckos and Elephants


Well, here are pictures of my new acquisitions, being a beautiful sparkly silver Elephant key-chain and a gold-tone Lizard / Gecko eye-glass holder pin ( 1 3/4 inches in length)  !! I bought the Ellie key chain, which I’ve attached to my handbag, from my local news-agency for $10.  It has no maker’s mark on it at all, but I really love it and it is blingy and a good size, at 2 inches from the tip of her trunk to the tip of her tail, and just over 1 inch from top to bottom. It is good quality and heavy-ish too.

I was rather pleased to come across the gorgeous gold Gecko brooch, as I call her, because over the past 2 weeks my partner and I have been rescuing baby Geckos, as I’ll explain in a moment.

First I am going to say that although the Gecko cost me $19.95, I thought when I saw her, that it was another “sign” that I am on the right path at this stage of my Life.

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Easter Puppies, Chicks & Bunny

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road ?


Can a Horse feel Guilt ?

Well, I believe that all animals have Souls and that non-human animals also have intelligence, and in fact, some have more intelligence than some human beings.  I also believe that some non-human animals can also feel emotions and feelings – emotions being feelings that are expressed physically.

If you are at all interested or drawn to communicating with animals, please pursue that interest, as the World would benefit, I think, from Homo sapiens or human beings genuinely connecting with their animal companions and the animal world at large.

There are plenty of resources for this, excellent books, and Animal Communicators, that run courses in communicating with animals, and / or who will connect with your special Animal friend as a service they run, and give you messages from them, or relay questions from your animal companions.

A load of “bunkum”, some of you say?  “That’s strange” or “I don’t understand that” others may decry.  Well, consider this – communication is universal.  The spoken language had to start somewhere.  It is made up.  Communication also exists as mental images and concepts which are on the “air-waves” or which are conveyed by the intention of the sender, as frequencies of energy which an open and devoted receiver can pick up.

I have personally experienced it myself.  It’s called telepathy.  Once a baby human being telepathically spoke to me, and if Homo sapiens can pick up telepathic messages from other human beings, why can’t they pick up telepathic messages from non human beings?   Please visit the page below to explore further.

Talk to the Animals

Now, to answer the Question that is the Title of this Post,
the answer is YES.

Click on the Link below to read the true story of a racehorse that felt guilt over a little girl.


Animals are not lesser beings.  They may serve a purpose to some human beings, but should be treated with respect, as David Attenborough says.  We use tools, don’t we, like knives & forks, and computers, but don’t say they are lesser things than us.

In my “books” or viewpoint,  ALL LIFE  is sacred in terms of, yes, some of us may eat animals, and I have heard that some animals are aware of this purpose or relationship and accept it, but let’s not go over-board and take more than we need, or out-rightly abuse various animal species as just commodities, for our own pleasure or profit.   Farming animals uses an enormous amount of land that could be used to grow & harvest plants for human consumption.

Remember the following, that we all came / come from the “primoridal soup” or from the hot ocean vents, and the predecessors/ancestors of Homo sapiens and other Animals are the same – bacteria !!  This is according to scientists, like Professor Brian Cox, and the point is that just because we human beings CAN “conquer” or farm and trap non-human animals, CAN is not a good reason for actually doing so – to the extent that we are being cruel to animals and degrading our Earth.

We CAN eat with our fingers but in the so-called civilized countries, we DON’T.  It’s our CHOICE what we do with this beautiful and fascinating World that we live in.

Mitakuye Oyasin  –

we are  ALL  related

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