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National Poetry Day, Diwali

National Poetry Day is only one week away! This is film number 12 in my series where people whose ways of life or jobs contain light, read poems incorporating light. Hindu people all over the world celebrate Diwali, a five day festival of lights in October or November, at the start of the Indian business year. Diwali means …

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E is for Elephant

This gorgeous image of a mother and baby elephant was taken by Mara 1 on Flikr. The more I read about elephants the more amazed I am by the stories and scientific evidence that shows they one of the most highly intelligent, empathetic, loving, noble and social creatures in the world. Elephants are the largest …

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R is for Rhinoceros

Image © International Rhino Foundation on Flikr. . All five rhino species still around (Black, White, Indian, Sumatran, Javan) are in extreme peril – from poaching, habitat loss and from humans encroaching on their habitat with settlements. There are only 35 Javan rhino left. What prompted me to write the poem above was seeing a terrible …

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Extraordinary – male tiger takes on mother’s role

After their mother died from a blocked intestine in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India, experts feared for her two recently-weaned female cubs, only 4 months old. It was thought they would die without support within a matter of days. Nothing was seen of them for a couple of months – but then, caught on a series …

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M is for Manatee

Manatees are large, aquatic, bulbous, grey, whiskered, flippered, intelligent  creatures that live in rivers, estuaries, bays, canals and coastal areas. They are slow-moving and also like to live in slow-moving water, where they rest and travel to find the sea grasses and other underwater vegetation they like to eat. They are the only totally herbivorous …

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D is for Dogs – African Wild Dogs

Sadly, both Indian wild dogs and African wild dogs are endangered. I’m going to blog about the African wild dog – a simply stunning animal. Another name for it is the painted wild dog – and you can see why from this picture (File is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) on …

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Fairy fly

 . Fairy flies are in fact tiny parasitic wasps, the tiniest insects discovered. This one, which lives in India, measures only 0.2mm across its wings. Fairy flies lay their eggs inside the eggs of larger insects. The wasp egg hatches into a larva, which eats the host egg before it has a chance to develop. …

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