Rescued elephant herds inexplicably gather to mourn South Africa’s “Elephant Whisperer”


(There is a great sadness in my heart when I read about animals that are trusting and loyal – humans do not know the meaning

Please don’t kill an animal. – Louise)

posted by Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who had saved their lives.

The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, had been rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”

For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died March 7?

So, how after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the park — know?

“A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”

“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”
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Bet you did not know this


It looks like a squirrel but soars through the air like a bird. Meet Australia’s cutest export – the incredible furry, flying sugar glider.

The adorable critter – called a sugar glider because of its love for the sweet substance – flies through the air, often flinging itself from tree to tree.

But despite its unique talent, it is in fact a marsupial, just like a kangaroo.

Sugar gliders are native to Australia, where Dan Rothenberger runs the AZ Sugar Glider Rescue Centre with wife Tamra.

The couple – in the U.S. for the First Annual Sugar Glider Event, in Arizona – care for stricken sugar gliders at their refuge and attempt to nurse them back to health, before finding them a new home.


Interesting photo I have picked up but unfortunately I do not know much of the details except some Swedish photographer left his knife on the ground and so it was taken ….Clever bird!

Or Is it the Revenge of the Birds?



http://viewfromtheside.wordpress.com/  – Weekend theme challenge.


Impossible :- that a spider could eat a Snake.


Australia has cemented its reputation as the home of the world’s most dangerous creepy crawlies with this video of a spider eating a half a metre long snake.

Cairns kite surfer Ant Hadleigh filmed the golden orb spider devouring the brown tree snake in the backyard of a friend’s house in Freshwater, Queensland.

He told The Cairns Post: ‘I thought it was pretty incredible. A few times the snake managed to get up and attack the spider, and the spider would run back up the web.

‘I would have put my money on the snake for sure, especially seeing how big it was.’

The proof




Once in a lifetime only


For the first time in almost a century a spotless cheetah has been, er, spotted.

The mythical-like creature was discovered by a British wildlife photographer who set out to find it after several reported sightings.

Guy Combes, originally from Shaftesbury, Dorset, scoured 100,000 acres of land in Kenya using a Land Rover and even a plane before he tracked it down.


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