Varanasi, India: ABC camp and giving a cow a lift



Crossposted from Varanasi for Animals


April 15, 2015


Mrs. Abha Singh of Aashray for Sick and Helpless Animals successfully hosted yet another Animal Birth Control Camp, organized by Varanasi for Animals and funded by Help Animals India, with the kind assistance of HOPE and Animal’s support.


We successfully spayed or neutered 21 female and two male dogs in these two days. All the dogs recovered well and were released back to their respective territories. One female community dog was brought by a school parent!


Besides 23 ABC’s the vet also performed an eye operation for a “cherry-eyed” dog, who had been suffering for a long time, in front of Mrs. Abha Singh’s house.


A Jersey cow had her tibia (hind leg) broken, and she was lifted up with the help of straps and iron pipes along a tree. Thanks to the school staff of Mrs. Singh, around twelve persons slogged for two to three hours to lift the 300 kilogram cow with straps and to rest her midriff on tables with a thick mattress. She is receiving a lot of massage and medication. We pray that she survives this long phase, that her bones reconnect well, and that she’ll be able to get back onto her four legs.


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Photo: “Tina” got her operation with your kind support. Mr. Banarasi who works with Abha Singh at Aashray is her loving caretaker in Varanasi.”

Preserving Cuba’s Wildlife

Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times had a recent op-ed article on how Cuba’s isolation from the U.S. has helped preserve it more thickly forested areas and resulted in it being less polluted than other Carribean Islands. One of the challenges of a loosening or U.S. restrictions will be preserving Cuba’s wild areas and wildlife. Cuba has over 300 bird species including the world’s smallest bird the Bee Hummingbird, a pygmy owl and one of the world’s smallest frogs. The two Castro brothers have protected large areas of the island by establishing government-run parks. Read article at Cuba’s Wildlife on Notice –

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New York presses for progressive trade ban on endangered wildlife

New York presses for progressive trade ban on endangered wildlife

Wildlife News×300.jpg – The state of New York is aiming to be the leading light in the protection of endangered African wildlife by introducing a state law that far exceeds federal wildlife laws. Under new proposal the trade, possession or transport of body parts of the ?big five? African species will be… –

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APRIL 22 2015 ~ EARTH DAY~

Great Cats of the "World"


Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

We are the stewards of this Earth and must start holding ourselves accountable. – We have reached the Critical Point where now we have to Act Consciously with every Action we take or Do that could further Affect the Earth WE ALL SHARE…

Protect Our Home, Our Earth and All those WHO SHARE IT WITH US…..


All wildlife Images Courtesy © Atkinson Photography and Safaris

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The Rufous-throated Solitaire


Back when I wrote about our ascent of Blue Mountain Peak, I mentioned that the Rufous-throated Solitaire is a bird that can be pretty tough to spot.

In that prior post, I had a picture of the same individual featured in the video above. If you turn the volume up, you can hear all the shrill details of the bird’s call, and imagine sounds like those echoing through the misty hills — the guidebook to Jamaican birds actually describes the vocalizations as “ventriloquial,” which we found to be accurate. 

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New lizard species discovery in India

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Hyderabad-based herpetologist Aditya Srinivasulu found called Cnemaspis adii, a new species of gecko, in the ruins of Hampi in Karnataka in India

From Wildlife Extra:

New species of gecko lizard found at Indian World Heritage Site

A new type of gecko, a lizard found in warm climates, has been identified having been found in the ruins of Hampi, the World Heritage Site in Karnataka, India, reports The Hindu.

The lizard has been named Cnemaspis adii after Aditya Srinivasulu, a young herpetology researcher from Hyderabad who was involved in the discovery.

The animal belongs to the family of day geckos which are distinguished by the round pupils in their eyes which differ from the vertical pupils found in more common geckos.

Zoologists have identified the area around Hampi as having great potential for a rich biodiversity and more new species of smaller vertebrate and invertebrates.

“The discovery is significant because other species of day geckos have been, so far, reported only from the Western Ghats and southern

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Eco-Modernist Strategy


A dam in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, drives a hydroelectric plant. Developing nations will require large amounts of new energy to achieve American and European living standards. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images A dam in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, drives a hydroelectric plant. Developing nations will require large amounts of new energy to achieve American and European living standards. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

We are in the sustainable development camp through and through, but Mr. Porter’s point is well taken:

A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development

Eduardo Porter

The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260.

Then there is the fridge in your kitchen. A typical 20-cubic-foot refrigerator — Energy Star-certified, to fit our environmentally conscious times — runs through 300 to 600 kilowatt-hours a year.

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