Just had to share this with you. It's the story and video about an Egyptian Goose that a couple have "adopted". Well worth the watch.
Friday, 27 November 2015
Thursday, 26 November 2015
THE CARING OWL (don't know who originally wrote this unfortunately)
I am from South Africa and about 4 years ago made friends with a spotted eagle owl that showed up on our farm (most probably it was rehabilitated by someone). The owl got injured and I kept it inside for a couple of months until it was well again. During this time our one old cat found out that no other cats are allowed in my study where I kept the owl and she moved in. I allowed this because she has never in her life caught a bird or mouse and was not interested in the owl at all.
During this period the owl got used to her and they regularly ate steak out of my hand together. Once the owl was OK again I let it out, but it now comes and sleeps inside during the day, hunting freely at night. At the moment I have another injured owl that he adopted and feeds regularly (about 2 rats an evening).
The other night I was working late in my study when the owl came in with a rat. I presumed that he were going to feed it to the injured owl, but much to my surprise he flew towards the cat that was sitting on the sofa and tried offering the rat to her. Fortunately I was lucky enough to be able to take a couple of pictures which I include here.
I could only find one other instance where an owl befriended a cat, but I could nowhere find a picture or anything about an owl bringing a mouse or rat to a cat. Unfortunately for the owl, the cat just sniffed at the rat as she has never eaten something like that before. The owl is however aggressive towards all other cats and will even swoop down and attack them if they come to close to his nesting box in the tree. He however accepts this cat even near his nesting box.
More photos of the Spotted Eagle Owl
My owl feeding the injured owl that I told you about above. (2 broken legs and a damaged wing estimated to be 1 year old),
The owl bringing a mouse, and later on a bat to my wife while she is sleeping!
A young owlet that he helped raise and that we rehabilitated successfully.
What makes my owl so interesting to me is that it is free to come and go as it pleases and lives as close to a natural life as possible. I have in no way tried to train him or force myself onto him and everything that he does comes natural. I am not in favour of keeping birds, or any other animal for that matter, caged up and release all injured birds if at all possible.
Monday, 9 November 2015
Sunday, 8 November 2015
These pics are so lovely.
Had to share them.
Thursday, 5 November 2015
What does this mean? That if we are conscious about when we feel anxious, we will begin to recognise the habits that are useful, and those that are not. In relationship with animals, what does it mean - that we need to be conscious that if they feel like they are out of control, they are going to act to try and regain control. Just like we would. The more control and choice we can give to them, the more trust they will have in themselves, and in us. One step at a time - create relationship that will then be a joy.
Play play play. Even with what is in our minds. When we can laugh at our illusions we will begin to enjoy real relationship.
Friday, 30 October 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Sunday, 30 August 2015
A lovely video depicting Gambit's role in the South African Association for Marine Biological Research preempted the call to stage. A Hollywood style setting. Then it came time for the acceptance speech. I looked across the large room and was blinded by the lights. And I felt blank. I did not say all I wanted to share. I did not honour Gambit enough. Not that one ever could. So. Here goes. These are the words I would try to use to put the legendary Gambit on the pedastal where he belongs. Words that have to live in the ether forever. Share them with everyone.
Friday, 7 August 2015
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Just had to share a story with you about my beautiful cat Hermione. She is a rescued Feral – got her when she was pregnant 13 years ago. She was wild then, but gradually tamed down. She is very ill at the moment with cancer, and has had an op to remove a part of her nose. But the best patient ever. Patiently lets me nebulise her twice a day and will let me give her tabs without restraining her.
About six years ago some new dogs were brought to our home (we already had 4 that were easy with the cats). These three dogs were being looked after for a friend, and were not as cat-friendly. Our property is large, so I was not too concerned. Until the middle of the night when I woke up. To see two of the cats sitting at the foot of the bed looking at me, and Hermione sitting on my chest peeing – it was very deliberate, and has never happened again – I got her message loud and clear. The cats did not feel safe outside – so needed to let me know … The situation was rectified the very next day. Hermione is the coolest cat in the world(-:
Monday, 27 July 2015
Friday, 10 July 2015
Rats in Africa are saving tons of lives
Everyone's least favourite rodent has been tasked with cleaning up the lethal leftovers of war.
Land mines kill thousands every year, but these rats have been trained to save lives by sniffing out the scent of explosives.
The group responsible for training the rodents is APOPO – which stands for
Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development in English.
Using positive reinforcement that is respectful to the animals, these African pouched rats are taught to identify explosives and then alert their handler.
They're perfect for the job – they're highly intelligent and have a keen sense of smell.
They are small enough not to trigger mines, yet large enough to be easily identifiable in the field.
No rat has been killed in a minefield.
They can clear two hundred square meters in just 20 minutes.
It would take humans with metal detectors five days to cover the same area.
Since 2000, they have found over 9,000 buried land mines and bombs all across Tanzania and Mozambique.
They've also found thousands of small arms and ammunitions stashed in the ground.
The rats normally live for up to eight years, but are retired when they turn six.
They live out the rest of their days as hero's, munching on avocados, apples and bananas, and being loved and cared for by their handlers.
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Sunday, 31 May 2015
Sunday, 17 May 2015
When I am with you I feel present and whole. Time stands still and there is no desire or lack. Just pure complete Bliss. A place where everything makes sense. Where two become one. Which is why without you I feel broken.
How fortunate to be a part of your life. Most of the happiest times of my life so far have been with you. You were too good for this world. Too pure. So generous. So alive.
Your gifts are eternal. Your inspiration and lessons taught total truth. Thank you.
How will I honour you? I will find a way. Everyday. By aspiring to the truth that you are.
Jula. If there is heaven it will be you swimming up to me and letting me hug you again. Being one again. True love. That would be coming home.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
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