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Isn’t it surprising that the population of Panthera tigris in India, widely known as the land of tiger is decreasing at such an alarming rate that has led to the  fear of extinction of this glorious  national animal from India.  Famous for its grace, strength, agility and enormous power, this lord of the jungle is in extreme threat of extinction.

Due to illegal smuggling of Tiger Skin and other body parts, there are very few tigers left in the world today. According to the World Census of Tigers, there are only 5000 -7000 tigers in the world today.  Out of which, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar claim to have a population of 3000 to 4500 and India alone claims to have a population of 2500 to 3750. However, a 2008 census held by Government of India revealed that the tiger population had dropped to 1,411. What started as a Royal Sport during the olden times is now a target of Poaching and Depleting Habitat. Our National Animal is fighting for its life!

The population of tiger is not only decreasing because of illegal poaching but also because of continuous shrinking of its natural habitat. If we don’t act now, we’ll loose this beautiful heritage from us. The questions is what we can do??? and How we can save the tiger???

Every little bit helps. You can speak up about the cause. You can write or blog about our tigers. Even staying up-to-date with tiger facts like knowledge of tiger sanctuaries, their population, news updates, etc. helps. You can also donate money to NGOs working for the cause, like WWF-India.

Tiger Facts

  • From around 40,000 tigers at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India.
  • 2009 was the worst year for tigers in India, with 86 deaths reported.
  • There are 37 Tiger sanctuaries in India. However, 17 sanctuaries are on the verge of losing their tiger population.
  • Corbett National Park is the oldest tiger park in India. It was created in 1936 as ‘Hailey National Park’.  The Kanha National Park’s lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel, The Jungle Book.

Are you sure you are not carrying your twin in your belly? It’s not an impossible scenario as you will note in this incredible story of Gavin Hyatt whose twin brother died in their mother’s womb early in her pregnancy. The foetus then got embedded in Gavin’s tissue and stayed in his stomach until it was discovered 30 years later.
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A Pregnant Man

GAVIN Hyatt, a 30 year old British plumber , has given birth to his twin brother. We join the action as Gavin walks into his doctor’s surgery bleeding from his belly button.

GP Dr Joe Santos:

“It was like something from Alien. I didn’t believe Gavin when he said something was coming out of his belly button until I saw him.”

This was no fluff. This was Gavin’s parasitic twin, the remains of Gavin’s identical brother who died in the womb early in their mother’s pregnancy.

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The 4cm foetus has become attached to Gavin’s tissue.

Says Gavin:

“Four hospital doctors had previously examined me and were all puzzled by the lump. Some thought it was a cyst, others an in-grown hair.”

Attached to an ingrown head…

“Then one said it could be my undeveloped identical twin that I absorbed at a very early stage. I feel absolutely fine now but it has not sunk in yet that I could have had a twin brother. I have him in a jar at home and I call him little Gav. I haven’t told many people. I feel like a bit of a freak.”

Could anyone else be like Gavin?

Dr Santos adds:

“This is incredibly rare. Gavin’s weight has changed recently so that is why it might have pushed through.”

That’s right. You’re not fat. You’re eating for two. Listen to the little voice in your head – keep eating lest you explode…  Gavin Hyatt Photos http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2420523.ece

Shark no match for crocodile
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A 4.5 metre saltwater crocodile has gone head-to-head with a shark only metres from a boatload of surprised fishermen.

The attack occurred 100km east of Darwin when the croc started devouring the 1m shark only metres away from fishermen on the Wildman River.

“There was not a whole lot of sound,” said Craig Van Lawick who was aboard the commercial barramundi vessel at the time of the attack last week.
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“All we could hear was the crunching sound.”

Luckily another fisherman on board, Anthony Capogreco, reached for his camera and captured the animals in their brief but dramatic battle. (NTNEWS)

Strange Facts of Life

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  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • A Crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.crocodile

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

  • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.dragonfly

  • A elephant is the heavest of all land mammals at around 8,000 pounds.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

  • A group of larks is called an exaltation.

  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
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  • A group of ravens is called a murder.

  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.

  • A group of toads is called a knot.

  • A group of Unicorns is called a blessing.

  • A group of whales is called a pod.

  • A kangaroo can’t jump unless its tail is touching the ground.

  • A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

  • A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.

  • A monkey was once tride and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend,Indiana.

  • A noisy resturant is 100,000 times as lound as a watch ticking. Rock Consert 1,000,000,000 times as loud. Loud headphones 10,000,000,000. Shotgun blast 1,000,000,000,000

  • A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.

  • A Penny whistle has six finger holes.

  • A person at rest generates as much heat as a 100watt lightbulb

  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

  • A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.

  • A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.

  • A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champange will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

  • A rhinoceros’ horn is made of compacted hair.

  • A rodents teeth never stop growing. They are worn down by the animal’s constant gnawing on bark, leaves, and other vegetables.

  • A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
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  • A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a weekshark

  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

  • A silicon chip a quarter inch square has the capacity of the orignal 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.

  • A sizable oak tree, during the typical growing season, gives off 28,000 gallons of moisture.
  • A snail can have about 25,000 teeth

  • A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.

  • A starfish can turn its self inside out.

  • A ten gallon hat holds three quarters of a gallon.

  • A toothpick is the object most often chocked on by Americans.

  • A Walla Walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background when they say walla walla it looks like they are actually talking.

  • A whales heart beats only nine times a minute.

  • A woodchuck breathers only ten times during hibernation.

  • About 3,500 gallons if water is needed to produce one pound of beef.

  • About 300 million cells die in your body every minute.

  • About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were thirty.

  • About 70% of all living organisms in the world are bacteria.

  • About 85% of the plant life on the Earth is in the ocean.

  • About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they’re still sitting on it.

  • Abraham Lincoln was the only US president ever granted a patent.

  • According to Genesis 1:2022 the chicken came before the egg.

  • According to Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take 14 of each kind of ‘clean’ animal in to the ark.

  • Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

  • After eating, a housefly regurgitates is food and then eats it again.

  • Albert Brooks’s real name is Albert Einstein.

  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952.

  • Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

  • Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

  • All 17 children of Queen Anne dies before she did.

  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

  • All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.

  • All totalled, the sunlight that strikes Earth at any given moment weighs as much as a large ocean liner.

  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.

  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Anteaters prefers termites to ants.

  • Ants stretch before they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

  • Armored knights raised their visors to themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.

  • Assuming you could walk to the sun it would take about 2000 years.
  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  • At age 16 Confucius was a corn inspector.
  • Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
  • Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  • Canada has more lakes that the rest of the world combined.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning Big Village.
  • Catgut comes from sheep not cats.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.
  • Children grow more in the springtime.
  • Chopsuey is not a native Chinese dish, it was crafted in California by Chinese immigrants.
  • Chrysler built B29’s that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.
  • Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly over head.
  • Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • During a life time, one person generates more than 1000 pounds of red blood cells.
  • If the Earth was smooth, the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12 000 feet.
  • If you are chased by a crocodile, run zigzag, a crocodile is not good at making sharp turns.
  • In 1976 a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50
    pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.
  • In 1976 Rodrigo’s Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez’ was No 1 in the UK for only three hours because of a computer error.
  • In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.
  • In 1990 there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the US
  • In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
  • In ancient Greece, where the mouse was sacred to Apollo, mice were sometimes devoured by temple priests.
  • In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 cam be jailed for cheating on their finals.
  • In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
  • In Casablanka, humphrey Bogart never said Play it again, Sam.
  • In eighteenth century England, women’s wigs were sometimes 4 feet high. These remarkable headdresses were dusted with flour and decorated with stuffed birds, replicas of gardens, plates of fruit, or even model ships.
  • In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an empolyee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.
  • In England, in the 1800’s pants was considered a dirty word.
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • In Greene, new york, you cannot walk backwards and eat peanuts on teh sidewalk during a concert.
  • In Hardford, Connecut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.
  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The Keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named HMS Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew were ever heard of again.
  • In the 40’s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘Bitch.’
  • In the Balanta tribe of Africa, a bride remained married until her wedding gown was worn out. If she wanted a divorce after 2 weeks, all she had to do was rip up her dress.
  • In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
  • IN the flim ‘Star Trek: First Contact, when Picard shows Lilly she is orbiting Earth, Australia and Papa New Guinea are clearly visible .. But new Zealand is missing.
  • In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.
  • In the heart of the Antarctic winter, temperatures drop to as low as 127 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the Couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
  • In the middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.
  • In the past 100 years only 12 people have been attacked by mountain lions in the state of California. Five died and two of those were because of rabies in 1909
  • In the United States there is one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 14 seconds.
  • In the White House, there are 13,092 Knives, forks, and spoons.
  • In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs.
  • In Toy Story, the carpet designs in Sid’s hallway is the same as the carpet designs in The Shining.
  • In Vermont, USA, it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husbands.
  • Ireland is the only place where windmills turn clockwise.
  • Irving Berlin, who was born on 11 May 1888 and who composed three thousand songs in his lifetime, couldn’t read music.
  • Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey decimal category.
  • It costs $6,400 to raise a medium size dog to age eleven.
  • It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equipt and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
  • It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
  • It is against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska
  • It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by
    squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
  • It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
  • It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
  • It is illegal to own a dog in Reykjavik.
  • It is illegal to swim in central park.
  • It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not downstairs.
  • It take 8.5 minutes for light to get from the sun to the earth.
  • It take a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  • It take the insect eating Venus Flytrap plant only half a second to shut its trap on prey.
  • It takes a yard of sugarcane to make one sugar cube.
  • it takes more than 500 peanuts to make one 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • It took engineers 22 years to design the zipper.
  • It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls with out human faces.
  • It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.
  • It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland.
  • It’s against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II
  • James Buchanan was the only unmarried president of the US
  • James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
  • Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to being the back teeth together for chewing.
  • Jean Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original Predator in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
  • Jet lag was once called boat lag, beck before jets existed.
  • Jimmy Carter is a speed reader (2000 wpm).
  • Jimmy Carter was the first US president to have been born in a hospital.
  • John Cage composed ‘Imaginary Landscaper No.4’, which was scored for twelve radios tuned at random.
  • John has a long moustache was the coded signal used by the French Resistance in WWII
  • John Larroquette of Night Court And the John Larroquette Show was the narrator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in a theatre.
  • John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.
  • June Foray, the voice of Talking Tina from the classic Twilight Zone episode Living Doll, was also the voice of Rocky the talking squirrel from Rocky & Bullwinkle.
  • Just twenty seconds’ worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon.
  • Kathleen Turner was the voice of Jessica Rabbit, and Amy Irving was her singing voice.
  • Kemo Sabe, the name Tonto called The Lone Ranger means Soggy Shrub in Navajo Indian.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
  • Killer whales have such a good sense of touch that if you dropped a pill into a bucket and feed it to the orca it would eat the fish and spit out the pill.
  • King Kong in the only movie to have its sequel (Son of Kong) relaced the same year (1933)
  • Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
  • Knitted socks discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs have been dated back as far as the 3rd century AD.
  • Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI
  • Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill ‘if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee’. His reply ‘if you were my wife, I would drink it’
  • Larry Lewis ran the 100 yard dash in 17.9 seconds in 1969, there by setting a new world’s record for runners in the 100 years or older class. He was 101.
  • Lawsuits riled be California inmates cost the taxpayers more than 25 million in 1994.
  • Lee Harvey Oswals’s cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992
  • Lemon sharks grow a new set of teeth every two weeks! They grow more than 24,000 new teeth every year!
  • Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one had and draw with the other at the same time.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors, played the viola, and spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.
  • Less than 1% of the Caribbean Islands are inhabited.
  • Less than 2% of the water on Earth is fresh.
  • Less than 7% of the population donates blood.
  • Li is the family name for over 87 million People in China.
  • Lightning strikes the earth about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
  • Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith’s (of the Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
  • Lobsters have blue blood.
  • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of Lorne Green’s Wild Kingdom.
  • Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
  • Los Angeles’s full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, LA
  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  • On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”:
    tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

The air that most Americans breathe may not be as clean as they think — depending on where they live, at least.
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City Rankings from American Lung Association

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Ozone

#1 Los Angeles
#2 Bakersfield
#3 Visalia
#4 Fresno
#5 Houston
#6 Sacramento
#7 Dallas-Fort Worth
#8 Charlotte
#9 Phoenix
#10 El Centro
#11 Hanford
#12 Las Vegas
#13 San Diego
#14 D.C./Baltimore
#15 Cincinnati
#16 Philadelphia
#17 St. Louis
#18 New York City
#19 Knoxville
#20 Birmingham
#21 Baton Rouge
#22 Kansas City
#23 Atlanta
#24 Merced
#25 Memphis

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Roughly 60 percent of Americans live in areas where air pollution has reached unhealthy levels that can make people sick, suggests the 2009 State of the Air report released today by the American Lung Association.

Most Polluted U.S. Cities By Year Round Particle Pollution

#1 Bakersfield
#2 Pittsburgh
#3 Los Angeles
#4 Visalia
#5 Birmingham
#6 Hanford
#7 Fresno
#8 Cincinnati
#9 Detroit
#10 Cleveland
#11 Charleston
#11 Huntington
#11 Louisville
#14 Macon
#14 St. Louis
#16 Weirton
#17 Atlanta
#18 Indianapolis
#18 Rome
#20 Canton
#20 York
#22 Lancaster
#22 New York City
#24 Hagerstown
#24 Houston

Most Polluted U.S. Cities by Short Term Particle Pollution

#1 Pittsburgh
#2 Fresno
#3 Bakersfield
#4 Los Angeles
#5 Birmingham
#6 Salt Lake City
#7 Sacramento
#8 Logan
#9 Detroit
#9 Chicago
#11 Indianapolis
#12 Visalia
#13 Eugene
#14 D.C. / Baltimore
#15 Hanford
#16 New York City
#17 Modesto
#18 Merced
#19 Louisville
#20 Philadelphia
#20 San Jose
#22 Provo
#23 San Diego
#24 Harrisburg
#25 St. Louis

The 2009 report was based on data collected at some 900 monitoring sites across the country during a three-year period from 2005 through 2007. Researchers measured the air quality of different areas using three criteria — long-term particle pollution, short-term particle pollution and ozone concentration. All three forms of pollution have been shown to have negative health effects.

A human soul is a blend of duty, faith, morals and divinity. The duties that one commits in his life are measured by qualities, otherwise known as Gunas.

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There are three types of Gunas “Saatvik”, “Rajas”, “Taamas”.

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“Saatvik” is the supreme and best quality associated with pure and friendly deeds done for humanity with pleasant thoughts of wellbeing.

The “Saatvik” believe in a simple and spiritual lifestyle, this quality denotes purity, calmness, intelligence and renunciation.  Saatvik consume’s the simplest and easily digestible form of food such as pulses, whole grains, vegetables and fruits with no delectable preparations. They abstain from alcoholic drinks, non-vegetarian foods, strong smelling vegetables such as onion and garlic. They sport simple comfortable attire with no dangling jewelry or ravishing fittings. They are simple minded and religiously inclined, with no malice for those who are with or against them. They do not desire for worldly possessions but rather render services for humanity and mankind selflessly.
“Rajas” are secondary associated with one’s qualities associated with power, vitality and dynamism.

The “Rajas” believe in a lavish and highly sociable lifestyle, of that comprising the luxuries of the world with desire for more splendors. Consume rich and delectable variety of foods and do not abstain from strong smelling veggies too. But rather keep distance from alcohol and non vegetarian stuff. They sport fashionable outfits with flaunting jewelry as they are more worldly inclined. They are rather greedy when it comes to fame and wealth, but not to the extent of hurting mankind for the sake of their desires. They are somewhat spiritual, but prefer socializing with their worldly bonds of humans through parties and fun filled vacations.
“Taamsik” are the lowest kind of qualities associated with deeds involving shrewdness, violence, and self centeredness.

The “Taamas” believe in a shrewd and self centered lifestyle, of that comprising the darkness, ignorance and inertness. Tamsik consumes very strong flavored variety of foods which are heavy to digest. They do not abstain from any kind of alcoholic drinks or non vegetarian foods. They sport a highly materialistic fashion style with the thought of showing off their superiority of status. They are the types that could dive to any extent in order to achieve their goals or materialistic desires as that of even harming a human or any worldly creature. They are not spiritually inclined and believe in the motto of ‘The survival of the fittest’- i.e. The strong may rule and the weak may perish.
As per the ‘Puraans’ and ‘Vedas’; these qualities are judged as per our lifestyle, behavior and the food we consume, which may not necessarily reflect a particular type in today’s world.

Pets come in our lives like a season of spring. Spreading joy and happiness all around they make the best companions. John is a big pet lover. From birds to fishes, or dogs to kittens, John have them all. To him nothing is more pleasurable than watching his angelical pets loitering here and there in joy.

John believes that everything has a purpose, so does the moments we spend with out pets. Their whole life is a lesson, its just that we need to learn.

We all are supposed to grow old! I know how difficult it is difficult to imagine when we first adopt our lively and rambunctious puppy or kitten that he or she will one day grow old. Our animal companions live far shorter than we do, and the time we spend with them seems to fly by. One day, they are full of vim and vigor, fun and mischief, joie de vivre and exuberance – within a relatively brief period of time, they grow into adolescence, then evolve into perhaps a mellower and sedate adulthood, and eventually become mature and ultimately old.

As they become old, they may experience physical as well as mental and emotional limitations and weakening. They may experience many of the illnesses, disabilities, infirmities and diseases that we may confront. So many of our beloved pets endure the pain of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, etc. as well as receiving medical treatments and medications that are comparable to those used to help ease or cure these conditions and improve the quality of our lives.

There are many lessons we can learn from our furry, finned and feathered friends, as they grow old. We can see them experience the effects of the passage of time that are so similar to those we experience as humans. We come to realize that these signs of aging both mirror and mimic our own. If we are wise, we can derive great rewards by caring for our aging pets – for example, we can learn from their stoicism, endurance and their ability to “Keep On Keeping On.” We can learn to “live in the moment”, as they do, with joy and spontaneity and not to dwell on the past or to fear the future.

By respecting and caring for our aging animal companions, we can learn to age gracefully and with dignity. From them, we can learn respect for and increased appreciation of our elders. We can emulate their steadfastness and patience. We can also view the opportunity to care for our beloved aging pets as a means for us to grow in compassion, wisdom and insight about the purposefulness and significance of all living beings.


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