Animals

#988 The wolves who restored Yellowstone

Howling wolf

Sustainable Man caught my attention with this one, thanks to Simonne, who alerted me to the video, How Wolves Change Rivers. This illustrated version of a portion of George Monbiot’s TED talk is mesmerizing. I knew about wolves being reintroduced…

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#941 For love of a pig

Esther the Wonder Pig

Although I do not normally join fan clubs, I just joined the one that honours Esther the Wonder Pig. In my farming days, I loved pigs. So I was curious about this large, porcine pet. With her expressive eyes, sensitive…

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#938 Loyal friends find their forever home

Ruth and Idgie

A cat with paralyzed back legs and twisted front legs and her dachshund pal were abandoned by a gated driveway. They could not tell their story to the Seminole County Animal Services staff who found them, but program coordinator Diane…

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#925 Wildlife as teachers

Sloth at Wildlife Associates

Bears, crocodiles, mountain goats and owls are among the teachers at Wildlife Associates in Half Moon Bay, California. Steve Karlin founded the sanctuary in 1980, with the vision of helping humans “to better perceive their relationship with the living world.”…

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#884 Pig to the rescue

Pot-bellied piglet

Some stories bear repeating, like the one about LuLu, the pot-bellied pig. Back in 1998 she was one of those unlucky creatures who were part of the craze for pet pigs. Someone thought she would make a great 40th-birthday gift…

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#851 Horses give wings to special riders

Therapeutic Equestrian Center

I cannot walk, or run, or play a game of tennis everyday…. But I CAN ride through the forest trails… when carried high, my feet take wings… John A. Davis “My feet take wings” is such an apt and beautiful…

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#837 The ethereal cricket chorus

Cricket

In the foreground we hear the chirping of crickets, played at normal speed. In the background, an ethereal chorus sings rising and falling notes, like a meditation inspired by the spirit’s search for meaning. The chorus is made up of…

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#825 Eerie world of the sea

Octopus emerging from camouflage

The sea is vital to life on the planet, yet its mysteries are seen by so few of us. One of the best ambassadors for the astonishing creatures at home in the watery world is David Gallo. He gives us…

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