A humble note to inform a short pause in new posts.
Email: Partner’s 55th birthday. Loves music, flowers. (Scotland)
Red Panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat with a bear-like body & thick russet fur. Belly & limbs are black, white markings on the head & above small eyes. Red Panda’s are very skilful & acrobatic animals that predominantly stay in trees. Almost 50% of the Red Panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. They use their long, bushy tails for balance & to cover themselves in winter for warmth. Primarily an herbivore, the name Panda is said to come from the Nepali word ‘Ponya’ which means a bamboo or plant eating animal.
Climate change is impacting Red Panda’s. Less than 10,000 left in the wild. Loss of nesting trees & bamboo is the main cause. Poached for their distinctive pelts in China & Myanmar. Red Panda fur caps are found for sale in Bhutan. Approximately 38% of the total Red Panda habitat is in Nepal. Endangered.
Email: Sister’s 75th birthday. Loves travel, books. (Australia)
Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pharos of Alexandria, the mystery of Stonehenge! Our eternal fascination with wonders commands awe, admiration, even reverence. WONDERS OF THE WORLD explores man-made treasures that have captured human imagination across cultures, throughout time.
Email: Grandma’s birthday. Loves traditional art & crafts. (Iran)
South Africa has announced plans to ban breeding of captive lions for hunting. New policy will end legal lion bone trade & tourist experiences like petting cubs, which are destined to be sold to slaughter-houses or shot by hunters once they become too big to be handled. Almost 15,000 lions are held on 300 commercial farms in South Africa. The only country that allows large-scale lion-breeding with animals kept in fenced enclosures. Thousands of farmed lions born into a life of misery in cruel commercial breeding facilities will get a new life. Lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet will be released in the wild, a more authentic experience for visitors.
A big win for big cats, conservation & wildlife! This will ensure lions remain where they belong – in the wild.
Email: Partner’s 60th birthday. Loves landscapes art, travel. (US)
Heart-rending stories of Covid-19 suffering, loss & grief. India is in the throes of one of it’s darkest moments as a catastrophic 2nd Covid-19 wave tears through it with snow-balling speed. B1617.2 is the name of it’s dangerously virulent variant, adding fuel to fire. Infections have cut across social, economic & geographic divides. Turmoil has been intensified by a crippling shortage of life-saving supplies like oxygen.
As hospitals run out of beds, people are forced to find ways to get treatment for sick patients at home. Many have turned to the black market where prices of essential medicines, oxygen concentrators have sky-rocketed. Questionable drugs are proliferating. People are dying at doorsteps of hospitals as they can’t afford to buy life-saving help, lack of emergency healthcare. Oxygen suppliers ask for 10 times more than the normal price. Struggles are huge for getting a blood test, CT scan, x-ray. Labs are overrun, days for test results. Makes it hard for doctors to assess the progression of disease. Unfortunately, many people have been left to their own fate, needing compassion & generosity.
Email: Grandma’s 75th birthday. Loves art, cooking. (Indonesia)