Share Your World-2013-Week-32

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If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

A big tree.  This could be some of the Australian Eucalypts, Californian Redwood.  Even our Pine Tree (pinus radiata) would be okay, except for its shorter life span.  Big and longevity are the main criteria.

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If you were an ice cream cone how many scoops and flavours would you be and why?

Easy answer…I just like ice-cream.  Has to be plain, two scoops, strawberry topping (flavouring) with my banana split.  But honeycomb/crunch and boysenberry are my all time favourites.  I am drooling just thinking about these flavours right now.  Personally I think ice-cream should be banned because one’s desire does not diminish with age, however, one’s need for it diminishes rapidly.

Scoops: Always one scoop of each with a small one on top.  Don’t know if that is how its done in other parts of the world, but that is what you will receive for your $4-$5 Down Under.  Which makes them an expensive treat…particularly when you can remember buying a ‘double header’ (two scoops) for around 10 cents.

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What type of pets do you have or want?

Anyone who has followed WoollyMuses, or even visited and read some posts will behave been unlucky not to see our pets included, or featured.  We have only ever had a Labrador as a pet, Kelpies and the occasional Collie as working dogs, and finally…way down the list…are our cats.  Cats and I do not see eye to eye!

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Where do you hide junk when people come over?

This is a topic that often causes debate in households…yes, even ours!  I believe in the saying ‘Take me as you find me’. We all have something tucked away out of sight which will, eventually, be revealed.  So why not get it out in the open…up front.  That way you there are no surprises later.

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This week will be my last (regular) posts for a few weeks…holiday time.

I have scheduled those I can and hope to post while away,

but not sure of internet connections etc

Share Your World 2013

SYW commences on Mondays-Week_32

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African Lion Cub

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The first time I read the story below was on Steve Morvell’s FaceBook page.  Steve asked all FB readers to share the story and with Steve’s permission it has been reproduced below.

Please take time to read. 

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Steve Morvell

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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‘A story with no ending – African lion cub’

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Picture painted by S. Morvell

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This story has no ending.

The tiny lion cub shown clinging precariously to its fallen log perch is real. He is around 10 weeks old. He lived in Northern Kruger national park.

It is a real story based on actual events but has no obvious conclusion. I needed to share it with you since that way at least it will have some meaning.

I had by chance happened upon this little guy one afternoon, crouching among dry grass in a feeble attempt to hide. He was alone and very upset. It took a few minutes to ascertain that he was indeed alone and apparently deserted by the rest of his pride.

Lion cubs often get left behind by the pride and this one was obviously feeling extremely vulnerable as a young unprotected cub is under serious threat from most of Africa’s carnivores and also buffalo who love nothing better than crushing young lions. I photographed and observed him for quite a long time but there were no calls from other lions and prospects for the return of the pride looked slim.

The following day at around sunset I ventured down that same road and found him not far away, clinging atop a dead log, high and exposed. Presumably he hoped to catch sight of his pride from this vantage point but his position virtually guaranteed a predator would detect him unless his family returned.

I watched as dusk approached and the light faded….the time of predators was fast approaching.  A 4wd jeep pulled up next to my vehicle and an older man in senior ranger uniform took a long, hard look at the lion cub and its surroundings.

After a few minutes in quiet contemplation the driver wound down his window and spoke quietly to me, asking if I had been watching the cub.  He also had been keeping an eye on him for two days and as he talked quietly with me this very senior ranger began to cry.  Tears rolled down his cheeks as he told me how under park regulations he was not permitted to save the life of this tiny cub.  He told me how at times like this he hated the job that forced him to turn away when every fibre of his humanity was telling him to save that small cub.  He knew as I do that African lions are now a threatened species and may face extinction in the wild in 10-15 years.  He knew it could be easily rescued and probably reintroduced to a safe wild situation in later life. At the very least its genetics could be preserved in a captive situation. He knew this but mindless bureaucracy decreed the cub should die if its pride did not return.

After 2 days alone and extremely dehydrated, its prospects seemed bleak indeed. As darkness descended we quietly bid farewell to each other and to the little lion…alone on its log…and we prayed it would be safe.  Next morning the cub was gone.

The mindless bureaucracy in charge of a closely managed national park like Kruger that decrees ‘no interference’ to aid a threatened individual animal when the entire park is set up, managed, controlled, contrived and run precisely so people can move around interfering in vehicles seems puzzling in the extreme.

To my mind it is time we had a new and better paradigm for conscientious stewardship of nature…..one where heart and soul connection have an equal part to play along with academic concerns.  We are human and after all are really just other animals…we are not apart from nature…we are intricately connected.  What we do to nature we do to ourselves.

So my point is this.  People always ask me ‘What can I do?’  Well any study of ecology shows us that life does not come with an ‘opt out’ clause. We live in a world of cause and effect.  We must all make choices…..yes or no…. do or don’t.

Now I want to ask all of you and in turn you to ask all of your FB friends the same question…… Do you care or don’t you?….Will you do something or won’t you?  Do you care enough to send this information to all of your friends in their turn.

The world famous ‘Lion Whisperer’, Kevin Richardson is coming to Australia in November to speak to us about conservation and heart connection.  The evening (presented by Painted Dog Conservation inc.) is one where caring people can do something concrete to help and can truly get involved with ‘real’ conservation. If you visit my website homepage at www.stevemorvell.com you can click on a PDF which will give you details for booking

So here is your chance to get along and actually do something.  Please don’t be one of those who choose not to help. Please stand up and make a positive difference…..and at the same time know how good that feels in your heart.

Photo: ‘A story with no ending - African lion cub’<br /><br />This story has no ending. It is a real story based on actual events but has no obvious conclusion. I needed to share it with you since that way at least it will have some meaning.<br /><br />The tiny lion cub shown clinging precariously to its fallen log perch is real. He is around 10 weeks old. He lived in Northern Kruger national park.<br /><br />I had by chance happened upon this little guy one afternoon, crouching among dry grass in a feeble attempt to hide. He was alone and very upset. It took a few minutes to ascertain that he was indeed alone and apparently deserted by the rest of his pride. Lion cubs often get left behind by the pride and this one was obviously feeling extremely vulnerable as a young unprotected cub is under serious threat from most of Africa’s carnivores and also buffalo who love nothing better than crushing young lions. I photographed and observed him for quite a long time but there were no calls from other lions and prospects for the return of the pride looked slim.<br /><br />The following day at around sunset I ventured down that same road and found him not far away, clinging atop a dead log, high and exposed. Presumably he hoped to catch sight of his pride from this vantage point but his position virtually guaranteed a predator would detect him unless his family returned.<br /><br />I watched as dusk approached and the light faded….the time of predators was fast approaching. A 4wd jeep pulled up next to my vehicle and an older man in senior ranger uniform took a long, hard look at the lion cub and its surroundings.<br /><br />After a few minutes in quiet contemplation the driver wound down his window and spoke quietly to me, asking if I had been watching the cub. He also had been keeping an eye on him for two days and as he talked quietly with me this very senior ranger began to cry. Tears rolled down his cheeks as he told me how under park regulations he was not permitted to save the life of this tiny cub. He told me how at times like this he hated the job that forced him to turn away when every fibre of his humanity was telling him to save that small cub. He knew as I do that African lions are now a threatened species and may face extinction in the wild in 10-15 years. He knew it could be easily rescued and probably reintroduced to a safe wild situation in later life. At the very least its genetics could be preserved in a captive situation. He knew this but mindless bureaucracy decreed the cub should die if its pride did not return. After 2 days alone and extremely dehydrated, its prospects seemed bleak indeed. As darkness descended we quietly bid farewell to each other and to the little lion…alone on its log…and we prayed it would be safe. Next morning the cub was gone.<br /><br />The mindless bureaucracy in charge of a closely managed national park like Kruger that decrees ‘no interference’ to aid a threatened individual animal when the entire park is set up, managed, controlled, contrived and run precisely so people can move around interfering in vehicles seems puzzling in the extreme.<br /><br />To my mind it is time we had a new and better paradigm for conscientious stewardship of nature…..one where heart and soul connection have an equal part to play along with academic concerns. We are human and after all are really just other animals…we are not apart from nature…we are intricately connected. What we do to nature we do to ourselves.<br /><br />So my point is this. People always ask me ‘What can I do?’ Well any study of ecology shows us that life does not come with an ‘opt out’ clause. We live in a world of cause and effect. We must all make choices…..yes or no…. do or don’t.<br /><br />Now I want to ask all of you and in turn you to ask all of your FB friends the same question…… Do you care or don’t you?….Will you do something or won’t you? Do you care enough to send this information to all of your friends in their turn.<br /><br /> The world famous ‘Lion Whisperer’, Kevin Richardson is coming to Australia in November to speak to us about conservation and heart connection.  The evening (presented by Painted Dog Conservation inc.) is one where caring people can do something concrete to help and can truly get involved with ‘real’ conservation. If you visit my website homepage at www.stevemorvell.com you can click on a PDF which will give you details for booking<br /><br />So here is your chance to get along and actually do something. Please don’t be one of those who choose not to help. Please stand up and make a positive difference…..and at the same time know how good that feels in your heart.
Next week we are part of a small group travelling to Kruger National Park with Steve Morvell and Stephen Powell, to photograph and draw/paint African wildlife.

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