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Caspian Seals: Jewels of the Caspian Sea

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Caspian Seals: Jewels of the Caspian Sea

Today the Caspian Sea remains the largest inland body of water in the world, connecting Europe to Asia. We Caspian seals like the estuaries because the mouths of the rivers provide the chilled waters that we enjoy. When late fall arrives, we head up north for the birth of our newborn pups on the ice sheets. The lanugo coat that the young seal pups have must not become wet, as it does not repel water or dry easily, and so young pups do not enter the water, and as the ice is not suitable to dig a lair, or den, the pups must stay close to their protective mothers. Our travel to the south is also significant as the Caspian Sea is 1,200 kilometers from north to south. In the summer and winter, we like to congregate in large groups. But the rest of the time, we relax and get some alone time, or in the company of our spouses, as we Caspian seals pair for life. Do you know we seals can hold our breath longer than most other animals? We also have a super sense that helps us in the water. It’s our whiskers! They are super sensitive and give us a lot of information about our environment from even the slightest vibration in the water. As you can see, we are truly unique, found nowhere else in the world. In 2017, there were only 100,000 of us left, a loss of about 90% of our kind compared to the 20th century’s beginning. We are also currently on the list of endangered species, which worries me greatly. Luckily, scientists from Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan along with specialists from the UK, Sweden, and Estonia have joined to create the “Caspian Seal project,” which works mainly with the governments of the nations surrounding the Caspian Sea and interested groups to share research findings and develop conservation policies. The Darwin Project is encouraging the humane treatment of seals. Another example is that the organization has worked with Iranian fishing associations who have agreed if we are accidentally caught in their netting, rather than killing us, the Darwin Project team members will come and return us to the sea as soon as possible.
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2021-04-23   1492 Преглед
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2021-04-23

Bats - Our Invisible Friends with Kristin Tieche (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Bats - Our Invisible Friends with Kristin Tieche (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

In part 1 Ms. Tieche shared with us that her purpose in making “The Invisible Mammal” was to increase awareness of the threats we are facing and to show how important bats are to humans and ecosystems. In today’s program, we’ll uncover more of the devastating diseases that bats have been suffering from and what humans can do to help save us. "When they get white-nose syndrome, this is a fungus that attacks bats during hibernation, when they're in the state of torpor. And then the bats will wake up more often during hibernation and burn up all of their energy reserves. Then they lose their fat reserves before the end of hibernation, so they end up perishing." Kristin tells us where most scientists believe this fatal disease affecting us came from. “It most likely was tracked to North America by humans. They believe that a tourist must have tracked in the fungus and introduced this new fungus to North American bats.”What can humans do to help prevent bats from contracting this awful disease? Kristin suggests a few solutions. "The solutions are basically decontamination and then finding a non-invasive way to help bats survive the hibernation period. People who want to enter these habitats will have to decontaminate their shoes and any surfaces that might touch the walls of the cave or the hibernacula." By deepening your understanding of the relationship between bats and the ecosystem, Kristin hopes that you will be able to see the positive impact we have on human lives and the planet altogether. "There are some studies that show that we've lost 70% of our biodiversity. And we definitely depend on all of the species to make our entire ecosystem work. So, when we lose one species, there's a whole chain effect, a domino effect, that happens, because there's all these species that depend on that one species. We have to protect all of them. This is a really important piece to understand that the biodiversity of our world, and climate change, it's all connected. And there are so many ways that we can have a lighter footprint on our planet and being a vegetarian is one of them."
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2021-07-02   1300 Преглед
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2021-07-02

Emperor Tamarin: Adorable Monkeys with a Royal Mustache

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Emperor Tamarin: Adorable Monkeys with a Royal Mustache

The Amazon rainforest is truly a paradise for us monkeys! My kind, the emperor tamarin, also known by scientists as saguinus imperator, is a small-sized monkey species found mainly in the southwestern Amazon Basin located in Peru, with our population also spreading east to the northern part of Bolivia and into the state of Amazonas in Brazil. Emperor tamarins are characterized by a monotone-colored appearance. Our hands, feet and faces are usually black-colored, and our long tails are reddish with tips of grey. Indeed, our tails are remarkably longer than our bodies! Female emperor tamarins usually give birth to one or two babies each time. Males are involved in washing the newborn babies right after birth and are known to care for the infants until they are six to seven weeks old. Interestingly, our most unique and distinguishing feature is the long, white mustache, which is present in both genders. In 1907, Émil Goeldi, a Swiss zoologist named us “emperor” as a playful reference to German Emperor Wilhelm II because of this trait resembling the Kaiser’s mustache. We are definitely not afraid of heights and feel completely at home in trees as tall as 27 meters. Our groups are often led by the eldest female, with older males being of lesser rank. This practice is unusual among other species of monkeys, where males are generally the dominant gender. However, we are constantly facing the challenge of population decline due to deforestation. The Guardian newspaper in the UK reported that 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been impacted in the past 40 years with the main cause of the deforestation being animal livestock grazing. Could you imagine a world without the Amazon rainforest, which is considered the lungs of the world, because it annually absorbs 5-10% of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions globally? The Amazon rainforest is not only the place we call home but is also extremely important to help regulate the entire planet’s climate for all beings. Please help to save our home, the Amazon rainforest, and this beautiful planet. Adopt a vegan lifestyle so that the animal livestock industry will no longer exist.
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2021-06-04   1110 Преглед
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2021-06-04

Bagheera Kiplingi – The Vegetarian Spider

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Bagheera Kiplingi – The Vegetarian Spider

We, the Bagheera Kiplingi, are also known as the vegetarian spiders of Mexico and Central America. We can proudly say that in 2009, an article was published about us in a journal called Current Biology. We are famous because we are the only spiders in the world known by human scientists to eat a plant for food! Another reason that we are so popular is that we have a strong relationship with our homes – the acacia trees. These trees usually have lots of ants scurrying around and protecting them. The ants shelter inside the hollow thorns of the trees and also eat the “Beltian bodies.” Sometimes we also enjoy eating acacia nectar. We are part of the Jumping spider or Salticidae family. We have eight eyes, and many people find our large, central eyes to be quite adorable! We are also amazing jumpers. We can jump the distance of many times our body length. I was very happy recently because Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke about some of my relatives on different occasions. She said that we spiders are beings with souls and that we have helped Her. Of course, the Beloved Master was right! So, I invite you to remember that if you see my extended family – please remember that we might be carrying a message for you! “But not everybody knows what news it is. You have to listen; you have to quiet down. Otherwise, you cannot see. And you can tell that the spider telling you something is different from the spider who doesn’t want to tell you anything. (Oh!) He will go away, doing his own business. But if he just stays in front of you, he doesn’t want to go, he’s not scared of you, he stares at you even, then he wants to transmit something to you.” So although we are famous for eating vegetation, just remember that we are unique in lots of ways, and that although many people think we are adorable, we are also strong and talented, and as postmen and women do, we may be carrying messages for humans!
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2021-03-19   1100 Преглед
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2021-03-19

Four Seasons, Part 1: Birdsongs to Herald in Spring

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Four Seasons, Part 1: Birdsongs to Herald in Spring

“I am that little robin That sits upon a tree I sing to you each morning But you don't know it’s me” As you make the first cries on the branches, you announce with a clear song that spring is here. The male thrush uses notes in his harmonious songs similar to mathematical ratios. How amazing! It reminds me of Walt Whitman’s poem about you. “Solitary the thrush, The hermit withdrawn to himself, avoiding the settlements, Sings by himself a song.” Yes, it is a Song Sparrow that is singing the first three notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Your distinctive songs during the spring bring to mind E.B. White’s beloved children’s book “Charlotte’s Web,” where he wrote: “The song sparrow, who knows how brief and lovely life is, says, Sweet, sweet, sweet interlude; sweet, sweet, sweet interlude.” The most gifted birds are able to use their syringeal rings in the left and right branches to produce high and low frequency sounds simultaneously, along with different rhythms and volume. The famous American poet Emily Dickinson metaphorically compared hope to a strong-willed bird living within the human soul. “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all –” Your sweet song amuses me, cute Northern Cardinal! The red crest on your head resembles a cardinal’s hat, which is how you received your name. What new songs did you learn last year, talented mockingbirds? Producing 300 unique phrases in a season is a piece of cake for you. You are truly a productive composer! It is said that each woodpecker species has its own tempo, frequency, and intensity of drumming. The speed at which you proceed is 18 taps per second! The unique songs of many different types of birds fuse together to create a joyous and harmonious symphony. Inconspicuously, spring has restored our planet to life. Your angelic voices not only please our ears and bring joy to the world, but they also remind us of the heavenly music within.
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2021-04-02   1018 Преглед
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2021-04-02

The Spiritual Nature of Animals Revealed

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The Spiritual Nature of Animals Revealed

Welcome to our show titled “The Spiritual Nature of Animals Revealed.” Life can be full of ups and downs. Many people seek comfort and peace in spirituality by praying, meditating, doing yoga, or attending services at a house of worship. Have you ever wondered if animals also practice spiritually? There are many clips showing animals seemingly praying to God or Buddha. A pig in Qiaotou, a small town in southeastern China, was seen worshipping the Buddha in front of a temple. The pig kneeled on the ground for a long while and didn’t wish to leave. It wasn’t until the monks came out from the temple to recite sutras that the pig left. “Animals also have souls and they understand everything. They can also practice. They might not be, maybe, a saintly person who goes out preaching and things like that, but they can practice to liberate themselves out of the Three Worlds, or at least they come to the Third Level. Even the wild birds and animals outside, many of them are high level.” Jixiang was sadly abandoned and became a stray dog. Fortunately, a kind old lady found him and brought him to the Dajue Temple in Hsinchu, Taiwan, also known as Formosa. When coming to the temple, the old lady said to him, “Here you must listen to monks’ words and practice vegetarianism!” He was then named Jixiang, which means auspicious in Chinese. Since being adopted by the temple, he eats only vegetarian food and attends the prayer rituals with the monks both day and night. In southern Japan, a black-and-white chihuahua named Conan prays. Every day, Conan joins the Reverend Chief Priest Joei Yoshikuni in conducting the daily services at the Shuri Kannondo temple in Naha, the capital of Japan’s Okinawa prefecture. “Do all animals know God?” “They know God more than we do, unfortunately. They know nothing but God, they rely on nothing but God, they love nothing more than God. They communicate with none but God, I mean inner, higher, deeper communication but with God.” We animals do have a spiritual nature and are quietly practicing throughout our world. I hope the stories in our show will inspire everyone to pursue spiritual practice and endeavor to find God within.
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2021-01-29   999 Преглед
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2021-01-29

Unconditional Animal Angels

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Unconditional Animal Angels

Today we would like to share some amazing stories of animals who have helped their human or animal friends because of their unconditional love. In the early hours of December 31, 2019, the Victoria bushfires moved in towards the tiny town of Corryong, while the rest of the world was ready to welcome in the new year. As fire and smoke engulfed the area, Patsy, a border collie mix, quickly sprang into action with Mr. Hill. Patsy calmly herded their flock of 900 sheep to safety in a paddock away from the raging fire. Supreme Master Ching Hai: “Joyfully present the Shining World Hero Award to Patsy, plus US$2,000 for vegan goodies, with all pride, affection, and appreciation. May Divine blessings always surround you and your human and animal family members.” On March 3, 2020, a tornado outbreak struck Tennessee – particularly the city of Cookeville, in Putnam County, almost 130 kilometers east of Nashville. Classified as an EF4 tornado, meaning it had winds of 267–322 kilometers per hour, it took 25 lives and injured many and left a trail of destruction. Our heroine alerted her family members of the severe danger by whining and awakening her human dad, Eric Johnson, just minutes before the tornado hit their home. The family survived thanks to Bella’s warning. Mr. Johnson said that if it weren’t for Bella waking him up, the entire family wouldn’t have survived the catastrophe. As a result, Bella received the Heroic Dog Award from the People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. Do you remember a video that went viral online in 2018 about a hero piggy that saved his friend? …Hearing his friend’s cries, our hero piggy charges at the men and didn’t stop going after them until his friend was released and away from the killers. Wow, what a heartbreaking yet powerful video! This is further proof that pigs, along with all other animals, are capable of mercy and empathy – even going the lengths of rescuing a friend from death. Pigs – like other animal companions – deserve love and compassion.
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2021-02-05   973 Преглед
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2021-02-05

World Day for Farmed Animals: The Life All Animals Wish For, Part 1 of 2

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World Day for Farmed Animals: The Life All Animals Wish For, Part 1 of 2

Today, October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals. On this day, attention is drawn to the abuse and mass exploitation of animals for food and other uses. It is estimated that more than 70 billion cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and other innocent animals are raised and slaughtered each year. Let’s hope this annual day of remembrance serves as a wake-up call for humanity to understand the suffering of these animals and help to put an end to this barbaric industry. These animals are all needlessly forced to endure tremendous pain, torment and death just to provide meat, eggs and dairy foods for humans, food that makes them sick and makes us suffer. Animal factories are large industrial operations where humans breed, raise and kill large numbers of animals to turn into food just to please their palates. Most of these animals never see the sun or the sky, or feel the grass beneath their feet. They are kept prisoners for their entire lives, even though they have done nothing wrong. The entire purpose of the animal livestock industry is to turn animals into food as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible, in order to maximize profits. Animals are treated simply as a commodity, like manufactured goods, while we endure unbearable agony and misery.There are so many issues with these inhumane industries. Humans are not only taking the precious lives of animals, but also harming themselves, their countries and the planet. That road leads to self-destruction! Yes, one of the many problems created by the animal factories, meat consumption, or both, is zoonotic diseases that have killed many, like the Spanish Flu, AIDS, Ebola, Avian Influenza, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Mad Cow Disease, and even COVID-19. There will be more pandemics if humans don’t stop eating animals. Another risk to society from animal factories is antibiotic resistant infections.
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2021-10-02   950 Преглед
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2021-10-02

Four Seasons, Part 3 of 4: Mellow Sounds of Autumn

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Four Seasons, Part 3 of 4: Mellow Sounds of Autumn

Autumn is one of the most striking seasons of the year up here in the mountains! You will be in awe at the splendid palette of colors nature uses: vibrant tones of red, yellow, brown and orange! As we gaze at the beautiful trees and limpid skies, our feet rejoice in the rustling of the leaves covering the ground, after graciously circling around us as to say a last farewell.To prepare for the coming cold months of winter, my animal friends are actively gathering fruits and vegetables, grains and nuts. Take the alpine marmots for example, our nearby neighbors, who travel back and forth stockpiling reserves of nuts prior to their winter hibernation. All the while their birdlike sounds seem to hover over our grassy hillsides. These marmots are sociable folks with thick fur coats and cute little faces. Meet also the red squirrels, whose coat colors range from vivid ginger to dark brown. The squirrels are quite a musical tribe, and they emit a variety of sounds from chirping, purring, squealing and even… barking!Occasionally I spot Romanian brown bears making rustling sounds as they busily gather dry leaves and grasses. Throughout winter the bears will stay in their burrows, protected by a slope or heavy rocks. With their healthy diet of vegetables, berries, nuts, plums, grasses and roots, these gentle giants can reach a towering height of 2 meters and weigh a whopping 100 to 350 kilograms! On the thick grassy plains, male black grouses are rehearsing their mating dance and their assortment of bubbling, sneezing, hissing chooo-eee sounds, in the hope of attracting the attention of their female friends.Another sight of fall is the majestic and disciplined geese, who grace the skies in large formations as they head south for the warmer weather. Their honking calls echo over the land as they migrate impressive distances to reach the same destination every year, with transit stops at the same resting spots along the way.
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2021-10-16   940 Преглед
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2021-10-16

The Secrets to Birds' Vibrant Plumage Coloration, Part 1 of 2

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The Secrets to Birds' Vibrant Plumage Coloration, Part 1 of 2

"We belong to the family of passerine birds, who are renowned for the striking colors the males display on their plumage. Many people consider us one of the most beautiful birds in North America. Therefore, we have a nickname 'nonpareil' in French, which means “without equal.” In Mexico we are commonly known as siete colores, meaning 'seven colors.' ""Carotenoids, melanin and porphyrins are the three substances we metabolize into the three pigments found in a birds’ feather palette. Red, orange, and yellow feathers come from the carotenoids we absorb through what we eat since our bodies cannot synthetize them.""Melanin displays as black, brown, grey or earth-toned colors in our feathers. This is the same pigment that determines the hair and skin color of humans. While the colors that melanin produces are not as bright as carotenoids, the majority of our complex plumage patterns actually come from melanin because unlike carotenoids, melanin can be synthesized in our bodies." "Melanin not only colors our feathers, but also reinforces their strength and resistance to abrasion. That’s why many seabird species, especially the ones which migrate long distances, have black wing tips or black primary feathers.""The vibrant hues of pinks, reds, browns and greens noted on the plumage of owls, peacocks and pigeons are derived from porphyrins." "Parrots synthetize special red, orange and yellow pigments called psittacofulvins that are not found in other birds or plants. As a result, the brightness of their feathers is not affected by their diet.""The nanostructures in the blue feathers reflect blue light rays in an orderly way, in which they reinforce each other. If we were to shine white light from behind a blue feather of a male Indigo Bunting, it would appear brown-black due to the melanin in it. Meanwhile, its green feathers are colored by the combination of the blue light reflected by its structural composition and the yellow color of its carotenoid pigment."
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2021-07-16   919 Преглед
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2021-07-16

The Unique Third Eye Tuatara

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The Unique Third Eye Tuatara

I’m a tuatara, a unique native inhabitant from the island home of Aotearoa, also known as New Zealand. I am vegan. You may be wondering what my species’ name means. In Māori, which is spoken by the indigenous people of New Zealand who are called the Māori, it means “peaks on the back.” In the Māori tradition, it is believed we descended from an atua, or god, named Punga. He is the son of Tangaroa, Atua of the Ocean. Punga called us ngarara, which means reptiles, but also includes insects, some sea animals and birds. Heat determines whether tuatara babies are male or female. Females develop at lower temperatures, below 21 degrees Celsius and males develop at higher temperatures, over 21 degrees Celsius. You can tell the difference between us by our size. I am a lot bigger than my female relatives and the spikes along my spine are a lot more distinguished. Like the gecko, we can release our tail if we are in danger, a process called caudal autotomy. I may not be very big compared to some of my other reptilian cousins, but I am still the largest reptile living in Aotearoa. I can grow up to half a meter in length and even weigh up to 1.5 kilograms. We tuatara have one of the slowest growth rates of any reptile, and we keep on growing until we reach around 35 years old, which is when we can begin to find a partner. We do live a lot longer than our other reptile cousins, living an average of 60 years.One of my most unique features is my third eye, which scientists call my parietal eye. This third eye is visible on the very top of my head, right from when I hatch out of my egg. No other species looks as handsome as those of us with a parietal eye, which has many features. Like an ordinary eye, this third eye has a cornea, lens and rods, and it connects to my beautiful brain. I use this eye to sense the seasons and detect the changes in light within my environment. But I believe it is much more special than that because it connects me directly to Papatūānuku, the Earth Mother in the Māori creation tradition.
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2021-05-28   904 Преглед
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2021-05-28

Animals’ Heartfelt Wishes for New Year 2021

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Animals’ Heartfelt Wishes for New Year 2021

Happy New Year, esteemed viewers of Supreme Master Television! I’m Holly, the vegan Grenada dove from Mount Hartman, Grenada. On this New Year’s Day of 2021, we are delighted to have with us the top 10 Loving Quality animals revealed by our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai. They would like to convey well-wishes to you for this year. Loving Quality, this is an unconditional loving quality. It’s even beyond the love between husband and wife, beyond the love of the mother and child. Because this unconditional Loving Quality - meaning we have love for all beings, not just our relatives and friends – we’re ready to sacrifice or help anyone who is in need, be it our kin or just total strangers, be it our benefactor or even our enemy, which Jesus has mentioned, 'Love thy enemy.' This is the Loving Quality that we should cultivate." Master says the Loving Quality of animals can be as high as 300%. The three who have this trait are whales, seals and cows. "Like the whales and the seals that populate the vast oceans, covering 70% of our Earth, who bless us tremendously by their powerful and love-filled presence." How amazing! First, let’s hear the whales’ New Year wishes. ‘Hi! Happy New Year, everyone! We wish for beautiful and loving energy to continue spouting in the new year!’ Seals are, “very playful, curious and loving, but very noble and intelligent,” as noted by Master. “Ah ~ Ah ~ Ah! Go! Go! Go! Sway with me, and go with full speed towards our aspiration for a peaceful vegan world.” Another awesome being is the cow. "The cows that plow our field, that give milk to some of our children, they have 300% LQ." “Moo! Moo! Here comes New Year’s Day. Here comes God’s blessing for a vegan world! May all earthlings be filled with noble intentions and the joy of serving others.” We are so grateful to the high LQ animals for blessing us with their best wishes. As a new year begins today, we also encourage our viewers to explore fresh possibilities, to create a better future and a more loving world.
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2021-01-01   888 Преглед
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2021-01-01

Green Sea Turtles: Ambassadors for the Sea

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Green Sea Turtles: Ambassadors for the Sea

Saint Martin is a small island in the Caribbean, around 87 square kilometers in size. Martin National Nature Reserve is where you can find other local green sea turtles and me hanging out in the shallow and sunny coastal waters. We green sea turtles can be found in most oceans between 30° North and 30° South latitude, and our species especially loves the warm, shallow waters of the tropical and subtropical seas. Our average lifespan is 60-70 years, and we spend our entire lives in the ocean, with only the females going ashore to lay eggs. Our species is relatively large compared to other sea turtle types, growing up to 1.5 meters long, and weighing as much as 315 kilograms. There is a slight difference in size between males and females, with males being slightly bigger, and with a longer tail. Although we have no teeth, our finely serrated jaws are perfect for ripping up and chewing seagrass and algae. Our presence helps keep the ocean healthy and the coral reefs thriving. You can find us grazing in the St. Martin National Nature Reserve’s offshore seagrass beds. We only eat the leaves and don’t touch the roots, and this improves the health of the beds. Healthy seagrass beds provide a wonderful home for the fish and crustaceans who feed there. If the oceans had no green sea turtles, entire ecosystems would be affected, and the sea would be much less diverse. We are very pleased with our efforts to help balance nature! However, due to global warming, our species is facing a crisis. Female green sea turtles now vastly outnumber males. In the northern portion of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, home to one of the biggest populations of green sea turtles globally with 200,000 nesting females, 99% of hatchlings are female. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are in lockdown or have restricted their activities. Thus, sea turtles have returned to nest on peaceful beaches, and new hatchlings head towards the ocean without being disturbed. The lesson the pandemic is teaching us is that everything is connected. So, protecting us animals, and leaving us in peace, will safeguard humanity.
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2021-01-22   818 Преглед
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2021-01-22

In Celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week - How to be a Gracious Host for the Animals, Part 1 of 3

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In Celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week - How to be a Gracious Host for the Animals, Part 1 of 3

Be Kind to Animals Week has been observed in the first full week of May every year since 1973. Although it started in the US, this is a celebration of compassion that all of humanity can participate in. In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, we start this three-part series of shows by exploring ways to make your home inviting and accommodating for wildlife of the air, specifically birds. Many human friends have a front yard and backyard or even a balcony which can serve as a small sanctuary for our feathered friends. Birds may be attracted to a garden or porch by offerings of food. Just as a guest comes into your home and you may offer him some tea and vegan biscuits, offering some food is a lovely way to make friends with local birds. “It’s a profoundly important thing for some people. It’s a way of connecting with nature in a truly simple way.” But it is important to remember that to be a gracious host involves feeding responsibly. The key is to research what type of food is beneficial for these winged friends so that you are helping to keep them healthy. For most birds, a round, flat dish such as the kind usually found at the bottom of a pot plant makes a great serving platter. And it’s important to remember that the food you provide is intended to be a snack – so please don’t feed too much.Birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees, yellow-rumpled warblers, wrens and more love eating a certain specialty… vegan suet! Vegan suet may be made from organic, non-genetically modified ingredients such as millet, peanut butter, and raisins.Hummingbirds are attracted to gardens that have trumpet-shaped or tubular flowers in vibrant colors such as red, orange, blue and yellow, and blossoms that contain a lot of nectar.Many people take delight in feeding hummingbirds via purpose-built feeders. The United States-based Hummingbird Society gives a recipe calling for 200 grams (1 cup) of white cane sugar, and 710 or 950 milliliters (3 or 4 cups) of spring water. It’s important to note that the sugar used needs to be white cane sugar. As any great host knows, the other part of serving food to friends at gatherings is the clean-up! Cleaning bird feeders is essential for bird health, so please pay close attention to how to do it best.
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2021-05-03   790 Преглед
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2021-05-03

The Cutest Animal in the World: The Himalayan Red Panda

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The Cutest Animal in the World: The Himalayan Red Panda

Our family, the Himalayan red panda, can be found in parts of Nepal, Bhutan, northern India, northern Myanmar, Tibet, and the western Yunnan Province of China. I have a beautiful red color to my fur and my species only grows to the size of a very large domestic cat. We were named pandas almost 50 years before our better known, giant black and white panda cousins were. Did you know that we are mostly active at night, and look for food at dawn and dusk? I guess you can call us night owls. We can run down trees head first too, as those thumbs of ours are really handy! We can live up to 10 or even 15 years of age, and are also known by other names such as the “lesser panda” and the “red bear-cat,” but being called the red panda is my favorite as my red fur is totally unique! We red pandas love climbing, and we aren’t afraid of heights. Bamboo is our main food source. When we wake up from our lovely naps, we also groom ourselves like cats do, by licking our paws and then combing our fur. We like to look good at all times…Sadly, my beautiful family of gentle and loving red pandas is also hunted for our fur. Moumita Chakraborty, a researcher of red pandas at EDGE, a conservation program hosted at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), said that red pandas are illegally hunted in some countries for their highly valued bushy tail, which is used to produce hats. Isn’t that just terrible? Moumita Chakraborty also said, “Due to the fragmentation of their natural habitat, small numbers, and niche food requirements, their number border on the brink of extinction.” Fortunately, we still have some protected habitats, including 49 in China, 11 in India, 10 in Nepal, 3 in Myanmar, 8 in Bhutan, and the six biological corridors in Bhutan. You can help save us by “adopting a red panda” with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a non-profit organization and a Shining World Compassion Award recipient. You can also help to secure our forests that are outside the protected areas as these are important habitats for us too.
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2021-08-13   788 Преглед
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2021-08-13

The Secrets to Birds' Vibrant Plumage Coloration, Part 2 of 2

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The Secrets to Birds' Vibrant Plumage Coloration, Part 2 of 2

Much research shows that male birds with brighter plumage colors have a better chance of pairing, as females recognize bright plumage colors as an indicator of good health and strength. In order to tell subtle color differences between individual males, females produce more opsins or specialized light sensitive proteins in their retinas over time. This causes the male’s plumage to become more and more colorful, in order to be competitive and distinctive.After molting in the fall, the European Starlings’ new head and body feathers display cream-colored tips, from which their non-breeding plumage emerges. During winter and spring, these gradually wear off. By the time breeding season begins, their dark and iridescent breeding plumage with shades of green and violet is revealed. So these birds produce their breeding and non-breeding plumages through only one molting.Interestingly, scientists have found that in many species in which the females have less bright plumage than males, the level of carotenoid pigmentation is actually the same in both genders. However, females increase the expression of a special gene that generates carotenoid-destroying enzymes to make their plumage duller. Certainly. Greater Painted-Snipes are famous for their gender role reversal – females do the courting and defend the territory while males incubate the eggs and look after the chicks. Role reversal is very rare – perhaps less than 50 species of birds show such behavior. In these species, there are more adult males than adult females, so their social roles shift accordingly! On the other hand, the female never leaves her nest which she makes in a tree hollow, and because suitable homes are scarce in the birds’ rainforest habitat, she defends it at all costs. Therefore, females develop bright scarlet plumage to attract males and warn potential competitors that her tree hollow is already taken. Some birds even use their vibrant plumage to warn off potential threats. The hooded pitohuis, which reside in New Guinea, use the contrast between their black and red plumage to repel anyone seeking to harm them. This adaptation was so successful that other Pitohui species opted to acquire the same color pattern!
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2021-07-23   772 Преглед
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2021-07-23

Vaquita: The Mystical and Endangered Little Cow of the Sea

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Vaquita: The Mystical and Endangered Little Cow of the Sea

Vaquita means “little cow” in Spanish. We were given this endearing name due to being the smallest and rarest member of the whale, dolphin, and porpoise sea mammal family. We are considered a rare and elusive mammal. Not too many people know about us due to our petite size, discreet movements, as well as our shy and private demeanor. We tend to travel alone, in pairs, or sometimes in groups of no more than 10 – all while using sonar navigation. Additionally, we only come to the surface to breathe.Right now, vaquitas are in critical trouble – we are on the brink of extinction. Not only are we on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of critically endangered species but we also have been deemed as the “most endangered cetacean” on Earth. Estimates of our current population say there are only about 10 vaquitas left. Though changes in our habitat, along with ocean pollution, potentially threaten the survival of our species, unsustainable and illegal fishing are actually the main drivers – in particular, us being bycatch from illegal fishing practices. Numerous lives have been lost due to being accidentally captured in fishing gear.Humans all can help in many ways, whether big or small. Here are some ways you can support your marine friends: 1. Inform others about marine life and endangered animals like the vaquita. 2. Spread awareness that fishing is incredibly cruel and inhumane to us innocent animals. 3. Keep all plastic and harmful materials out of the sea to save the oceans and all our friends who live in it. 4. Reduce plastic waste – especially non-recyclable plastic – or use biodegradable plastic. 5. Join the World Oceans Month celebrations on social media in June, and invite your family and friends to do so as well, to spread out the loving message of saving our oceans. 6. Lastly, please help save our planet and all beings living with us by going vegan. We all deserve love and mercy as much as humans do. We hope you take these steps to benefit the vaquita and other impacted marine life. Together we can make big changes so that all may enjoy our loving world.
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2021-03-05   754 Преглед
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2021-03-05

The Adorable Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrels

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The Adorable Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrels

Japanese dwarf flying squirrels inhabit the sub-alpine and boreal evergreen forests of Japan. We are a member of the Sciuridae family, which includes small and medium sized rodents. We prefer to stay in the trees, hanging off branches and eating much healthier vegan foods such as leaves, seeds, buds, cones, sprouts, berries and nuts. There are two types of Japanese flying squirrels: Pteromys Momonga and Ezo Momonga. The reason we are called “dwarves” is because of our tiny size. When we curl up our body, we look just like a tiny cotton ball. The only way to distinguish Pteromys from Ezo Momongas is by the color of our fur. Pteromys Momongas have gray-brown hair on their backs with white hair on their bellies, while Ezo Momongas are mostly coated with gray fur and have a blackish belly. As we lie flat against the trees, we camouflage so well that we can blend in with the tree bark and look just like a bump on the tree. This is how we keep ourselves safe and sound. Believe it or not, even though we are called flying squirrels, we don’t actually fly, we glide. We can glide amazing distances thanks to our special wing-like membranes called patagia. Our patagium starts at our wrists and goes all the way down to our ankles. It works as a wingsuit that helps us maneuver easily from one tree to another. When we land on a tree, our dense, bushy tail helps us to balance our body and also works as an air brake. We normally live for a meaningful and enjoyable four to five years on Earth. We love to help humans in our own way. By eating pine seeds, we disperse them widely, so that the pine trees have a better chance of surviving and spreading further around the forest. We love to be a part of the ecosystem and nurture the environment around us as much as possible. Plus, we secretly know that humans invented gliding suits only after seeing us glide so well with our special wing-like patagia. We are happy to contribute to the human world as much as we can.
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2021-08-27   739 Преглед
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2021-08-27

Klipspringers: The African Rock Jumpers

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Klipspringers: The African Rock Jumpers

I am an agile and ardent rock-climbing antelope and have been told that my special species is one of South Africa’s favorite animals. We prefer to live among rocky hills, outcrops, koppies, also known as small hills, or gorges with steep rocky sides. These all provide excellent shelter for our families. We klipspringers reach a height of 43-60 centimeters, with males being taller than the females. Our weight is between 8 and 18 kilograms and our hindquarters are super strong and stocky. We have a short neck and a vestigial tail. Possibly the world’s highest jumping champion, we can leap as high as eight meters in the air in spite of our dainty size. Known as “African ballerinas,” we have a unique gait. We walk on the tips of our hoofs as though we are dancing on tiptoes! Our cylinder-like hooves have long, narrow soles and blunt tips as small as a dime. The last joints of the digits are rotated to allow us to walk as we do. There is a rubbery center in the middle of our hooves to assist us with gripping or finding a foothold as we stand on cliffs. Our species is mostly nocturnal. We are active at night and rest during the warmer hours of the day. When the moon shines brightly in the sky, we klipspringers begin to forage around for food. I am proud to say we are vegan. We eat only vegetation. Berries, flowers, fruit, seeds, and leaves are our favorites. We even know how to find water when scarce by eating succulent plants and licking rocks. I really love that our species is so loyal to one another. Did you know that we only choose one partner in our whole lifetime? Now that’s what I call a marriage of true commitment! According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), we are classified in the category of “least concern.” It means that we currently do not face any danger of extinction. It’s so great to learn that our species is still thriving in the wild. We are grateful that the Heavens have blessed us!
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2021-01-15   732 Преглед
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2021-01-15

Traditions of Love between Humans and Animal Co-Inhabitants

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Traditions of Love between Humans and Animal Co-Inhabitants

Evidence of animals being considered as divine can be found in ancient and modern cultures and religions. According to a CNN report, researchers found the remains of chickens and brown hares from the British Iron Age in southern and southeast England, UK. They had been buried carefully, and their skeletons were fully intact. Archaeological evidence and historical accounts prove that these two animals were not raised for eating. They were associated with gods and thus accorded special respect. Additional support can be found in Julius Caesar’s writing, “The Britons consider it contrary to divine law to eat the hare, the chicken or the goose.” Animal-honoring traditions that have survived the ages can still be found around the world today. For example, in Nepal and some parts of India, an annual festival called Kukur Tihar is held to honor the sanctity, friendship and loyalty of dogs. Eagles hold the most esteemed place in the hearts of the Native American people. They believe that eagles are the king of the sky and messengers of the Great Spirit or Creator. Therefore, they treat eagles with the utmost respect and great care. The essence of ahimsa, a Sanskrit term from India, is non-violence and doing no harm to all beings. Based on ahimsa and the law of karma or retribution, many Buddhists, Jains and Hindus are strict vegetarians or vegans. In the Buddha’s teachings, compassion towards all living beings is essential to civilization. Hindu adherents view cows as holy. Slaughtering a cow and consuming beef is regarded as a sin. That cows shall be venerated and protected is highlighted in Hindu scriptures. Accordingly, killing cows is illegal in the majority of Indian states. As clearly stated in the Indian Constitution, “It shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the Natural Environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for all living creatures.”
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2021-02-12   724 Преглед
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2021-02-12
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