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Explore the Extraordinary World of the Animals with Yolaine de la Bigne (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

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Explore the Extraordinary World of the Animals with Yolaine de la Bigne (vegetarian), Part 2 of 2

Today, she will highlight her belief that whether human beings can continue to exist on our planet will fundamentally depend on our animal friends. “We realize today that there is an incredible cooperation, even love, a solidarity between animals! Probably much stronger than between humans. I think the future belongs to the animals. The animals will save us because they’ve kept the ecological intelligence that we’ve lost.” Nature and biodiversity are important safety nets for humankind and we must do our best to protect the natural environment. Yolaine, who always walks her talk, launched environmentally-friendly fashion events as one of her endeavors to care for the planet. The Nat Party earned Yolaine de la Bigne the 2007 Femme en Or (Women in Gold) trophy, an honor recognizing successful French women, in the category of Environment/Quality of Life. Ms. de la Bigne firmly believes the most effective way to rescue our planetary home is for all to quit eating meat. Looking to the future, Yolaine embraces a beautiful vision of the relationship between humans and animals. Let us listen to her wishes and pray that they would be realized soon. “So, to come back to men and animals, there would be real solidarity. No more animal-based entertainment, that’s clear. No more zoos with cages, but only parks where animals are respected and we try to reproduce them in order to release them into the wild and repair a little bit of all the damage we’ve done. I’d love to have reserves where nature, plants and animals can finally live in peace. And then, the maddest, most fantastical dream, we’d be able to communicate with them.” We are grateful to Ms. Yolaine de la Bigne for her loving concern for our animal friends and sharing with us her knowledge so that we can better appreciate the wonderful world of the animals. Animals are simple of heart and intelligent. They have no prejudices and are willing to give all of their love generously to protect our planet and humankind. We must change the way we view them because they are not different from us. Like Ms. de la Bigne, we also ask that you always cherish and treat them well just as we would treat ourselves.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-29   131 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-29

Explore the Extraordinary World of the Animals with Yolaine de la Bigne (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Explore the Extraordinary World of the Animals with Yolaine de la Bigne (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

It is our honor to introduce Ms. de la Bigne to you in this two-part series. She is a passionate French animal advocate, journalist, and for 12 years was a presenter for a daily program aired by the French national radio network France Info. This thoughtful lady has authored many books, including “The Secrets of Animal Intelligence.” In 2016, she established an annual event called the Animal Summer Gathering, inviting scientists from various fields and people from all walks of life to present on topics relating to animal intelligence. Yolaine will share with us her in-depth understanding of the animals that she has gained over many years. “I had a media entity dedicated to the environment for 10 years called Néoplanéte, which had an online radio station, a free printed magazine and a website. Because I think the most important theme today is that without our planet, we won’t make it, and people don’t realize that.” “The horse is an extremely therapeutic animal. He sees you coming, by the way you walk, by the eyes you have, the way you are, the way you act; he already knows what you’re thinking. He already knows what emotional state you’re in.” “When a chick is born, they can count to five.” “The singing males then enter the scene, in tropical areas, they encircle masses of phytoplankton in suspension, and for several days, even weeks, they will sing songs which will act on the assembly of the amino acids that compose these proteins, modify their connections and thus create new richer proteins that will then allow suckling females to get an additional protein supply.”
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-25   177 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-25

The Wonderful World of Whales

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The Wonderful World of Whales

We whales are mysterious beings and one of the oldest aquatic mammals in our world. Although we live in the oceans, 50 million years ago, our ancestors lived on land. Today, we are living almost everywhere in the world’s oceans, from the North to the South Pole. We have a lot of human-like features - we breathe air, have a little hair, are warm-blooded, and feed our babies with milk. There are two main families: baleen and toothed whales. Baleen whales are generally huge, especially the great blue whale, considered the biggest animal in the world. The biggest of the toothed whale family are my cousins, the sperm whales. They are known for having the largest brain in the world. Beluga whales, the only white-colored whales, thus also known as white whales, live in the Arctic Ocean. They live and migrate in pods. Another talent they have is being able to swim backward. More and more studies prove that whales are essential to the marine ecosphere and help maintain our earth’s health. We are some of the most intelligent and compassionate inhabitants of the ocean. We help to mitigate climate change by boosting the production of phytoplankton that absorb 40% of the CO2 in the air and release 50% of the oxygen found in our atmosphere.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-15   224 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-15

The Amazing Love of Animal Mothers

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The Amazing Love of Animal Mothers

No matter the species, mothers lovingly feed, zealously protect, and gently discipline their young. Nothing compares to the pure and selfless love of a mum for her babies. In today’s program, we will feature some heart-touching animal mothers’ stories, in honor of all the moms around our world. In mid-January 2020, a koala mum was found by Dr. Miller and firefighters clinging to a burned tree. She was tightly embracing her joey. The mom wouldn’t leave the spot and chose to stay there because her instincts urged her to protect her baby in this manner. The water makes the baby hesitate, and mom waits for him to move forward very understandingly. The park visitors witnessed how gentle the elephant mother was in encouraging the little one. She walked back and forth to reassure her baby, “I am here, It is safe to go.” Many times the mom crossed the stream and calmly waited for her calf to catch up. With his mother’s love and guidance, he managed to reach the other side!
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-09   157 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-09

Be Kind to Animals Week: Constant Care from Furry Angels, Part 2 of 2

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Be Kind to Animals Week: Constant Care from Furry Angels, Part 2 of 2

On today's show, we will share insights from Supreme Master Ching Hai concerning the many ways in which animals benefit our world. “The animals come to this planet with a special role. Many of them are able to bring down divine power from Heaven, or love, just through their presence because they are very connected with the Divine at all times. Some, like horses and rabbits, can protect their human caregivers from negative influences, or boost them with good health, good luck, even material fortune, joy, or spiritual upliftment. They watch out for us quietly and humbly send blessings our way. Some of them are from higher levels of consciousness; they only came down in animals form to help humankind or other beings on Earth. Of course, animals also have very noble, vital roles in the physical realm. The seals have conveyed that it is important for them to be allowed to stay on Earth - not for themselves, but so they can continue doing their job, which is to keep the Earth in balance with love. You see, the seals and the whales emanate an incredible, great power of divine love, an unconditional love that could be likened to that between a mother and her child. They anchor and distribute this wave of love across our planet. The scientists have also proved that if you love the animals, or if you have a pet at home, you would be physically healthier and mentally happier.”
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-08   178 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-08

Be Kind to Animals Week: Constant Care from Furry Angels, Part 1 of 2

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Be Kind to Animals Week: Constant Care from Furry Angels, Part 1 of 2

Be kind to Animals Week has been observed in the first full week of May every year since 1973. Although it started in the US, this a celebration of compassion that all of humanity can participate in. Our two-part program will feature Supreme Master Ching Hai’s wisdom about how animals bless humans, as well as exemplary stories about some of these incredible furry friends. Supreme Master Ching Hai has revealed the real purpose of animals’ existence on Earth. “They really come to help mankind. They know everything because they are very psychic; they are very more inside. They eat a little bit; they’re satisfied, it’s finished. They rely absolutely on the Divine for protection and food. So they’re always in contact with the Divine; they are truly angels, protectors of humans. So animals are truly a treasure for humans, yes, really precious gifts that God has bestowed upon us so that we can feel a little bit happier in this lifetime.” When God created us animals, Hes gave human beings their best friends. In return for a little affection and care, we secretly radiate blessings of wellness, happiness, and unconditional love.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-04   284 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-04

Secrets of Longevity in Animals, Part 2 of 2

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Secrets of Longevity in Animals, Part 2 of 2

In today’s show, we will discuss four animals that are also extraordinary in terms of their ability to survive. They are also known as water bears, which comes from the way they walk. Aside from their tiny size and ubiquity, what stands out about tardigrades is their durability. The physiological response that enables tardigrades to be so tough is called cryptobiosis. It is a reversible suspension of metabolism that is achieved by different means, depending on the circumstances. A hundred years seems like a long time, but it is a blip in the life of the glass sponge. Glass sponges are sea sponges, but they’re different from other sponges and how their bodies are built. With a nod to the being’s regenerative ability, a very small freshwater invertebrate was given the same name. Biologists have discovered that hydras have an endless supply of three types of stem cells. These cells are biological raw materials, capable of continuous division and differentiation into any type of cell needed. Turritopsis dohrnii is a species of small jellyfish. When threatened by environmental stress or injured, they can revert to their infancy and start over again. They undergo a process called cellular transdifferentiation by which one type of cell is converted into another.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-01   179 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-05-01

Secrets of Longevity in Animals, Part 1 of 2

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Secrets of Longevity in Animals, Part 1 of 2

In this two-part program, we will showcase some of the species that live the longest. They are blessed with what is called “biological immortality.” We lobsters are one of those species! Researchers believe that the secret our longevity is an enzyme called telomerase. It protects the ends of chromosomes from shortening and losing some Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) when cells divide. Another species that exhibits “biological immortality” is the naked mole rat. Aside from their defenses against cancer, naked mole rats have two ways to keep their bodies young. Number one, they can withstand high amounts of oxidative stress. Number two, they have high levels of chaperone proteins that stabilize the correct folding of other proteins. As far as we know, Greenland sharks have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate species on the planet. One possible explanation is their extremely slow metabolic rate. Giant tortoises are world-renowned for their long lives. The scientists noted that compared to the mammals, the tortoises had more immune system-protecting gene copies - 12 to be exact, while the mammals only had one. These genes assist the body in neutralizing infections.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-24   199 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-24

The Diverse and Adaptable Tree-Climbing Crabs

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The Diverse and Adaptable Tree-Climbing Crabs

We crabs come in all different sizes and colors, with other diverse characteristics, and have been known to survive in all sorts of living environments. Crabs that climb trees are so diverse it would probably take humans years and years to discover us all. The coconut crab is classified by your scientists as a hermit crab and is the largest land-living and tree-climbing crab in the world. We usually live in sand burrows we dig ourselves. Normally, our lifespan is between 30 and 60 years. We are able to climb up as high as 6 meters quite easily. Caribbean hermit crabs have a lot in common with coconut crabs. For example, they live on land and females go to the ocean to lay eggs. Another kind of tree-climbing crab is the one that lives in mangroves. Mangroves are the perfect environment for such crabs to live in and develop. One common characteristic shared between all tree-climbing crabs in mangrove areas is that they do not live far from the sea. We tree-climbing crabs truly cherish our lives and plea with humans to have compassion, never eat us or other animals, and protect our habitats.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-17   195 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-17

Quokka – The World’s Happiest Animal

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Quokka – The World’s Happiest Animal

With our round cheeks and wide smiles, we quokkas have been dubbed one of the cutest animals on our planet. We are covered with short, very course and thick, grizzled brown fur with lighter parts underneath. Our relatively short tail has very little hair, but our feet are very hairy! On our cute and lovely face are a big, black nose, a pleasing mouth, and a pair of charming black eyes. In 2013, quokkas were given the title of “The Happiest Animal in the World” by American news website HuffPost.Com, because to humans, we always seem to be smiling. Our cutest chubby-cheeked smile can range from a tiny beam to a toothy grin. It is not that the structure of our mouth or jaw makes us have to smile. It is our cheerful nature. Our biggest threat is deforestation, which reduces our habitat ranges and food sources. Climate change, which affects the vegetation and rainfall, is also a threat to us. We urgently call for global action to stop the destruction of natural habitats and the adoption by humans of the sustainable vegan lifestyle.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-10   221 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-10

Slow Lorises: The Shy Ones

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Slow Lorises: The Shy Ones

We are nocturnal and spend most of our time in the trees. We walk on all four limbs, slowly and silently. If we are spotted, we hide our face under our arms or stay still like a statue on the branches. That's why the Indonesian people named us malu malu, or the shy ones. The most prominent feature of us slow lorises is our big round eyes that point forward, providing excellent binocular vision and depth perception. We also have an excellent sense of smell. We are the only venomous primate in the world. We are predominantly solitary. In other words, we like our company. We have “grooming claws” to comb our dense fur and our loved ones. Like other animals, grooming is a way we interact with one another. We emit different sounds and each one has its own meaning. We slow lorises are on the brink of extinction due to the illegal pet trade and habitat loss. I would like to ask you this: please do not take us out of the wilderness, and please help protect us and save our beautiful home.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-03   606 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-04-03

The Gentle Addax of Africa

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The Gentle Addax of Africa

One of our distinguishing characteristics is a tuft of brown hair that grows from the base of our horns to our forehead. Then we have what looks like a white letter X across the bridge of our nose and around our eyes. We addax have a stocky build, similar to horses. Our diet is 100% plant-based. Although males are dominant in many species, we have the highest regard for our females. But due to habitat loss and humans’ inconsiderate activities over the years, our population in the wild has been drastically reduced. Humans must understand the impact that their values and lifestyles have. Each person who changes to a plant-based diet generates a wave of positive and benevolent energy that touches all living beings on the planet. Supreme Master Ching Hai is a cherished champion of compassion for us all. She tirelessly conveys to the world’s citizens that killing and eating animals are acts of fundamental immorality.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-27   301 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-27

The Elegant and Athletic Chamois

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The Elegant and Athletic Chamois

I am Alvin, a vegan chamois from the magnificent Swiss AIps. Our distinctive features are a whitish head, black markings below the eyes, and a pair of hooked horns. Originally, we chose the rocky and rugged mountains as our habitat to avoid predators. This also explains why chamois became fast runners and high jumpers. By nature, we have very good eyesight and a keen sense of smell. In the wild, we normally have a life expectancy of 15 to 17 years. Nowadays, we are threatened by other kinds of human activity, as well as the climate crisis. Please allow me to point out that the underlying problem we face is human greed. For example, even though certain chamois subspecies are protected under the European Habitat Directive, that doesn’t stop some individuals from hunting illegally. And even though the United Nations has called for an urgent reduction in meat consumption - to address both the climate crisis and human health problems - some people still deny the facts and continue to eat animals.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-20   213 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-20

Orangutans – The Rainforest’s Gardeners

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Orangutans – The Rainforest’s Gardeners

The name “orangutan” is originally from the Malay and Indonesian word, “orang,” which means “person,” and “hutan,” that translates as “forest.” So, the name orangutan translates to “person of the forest.” We are considered closely related to humans, as we share 97% of human DNA. We are also considered a Great Ape, along with gorillas and chimpanzees. An orangutan’s lifespan is around 40 to 45 years in the wild. Orangutans are one of the most intelligent primates in the world, ranking even above chimpanzees and gorillas. Orangutans are well known as the “gardeners of the forests” as we help to shape and preserve the lush rainforest areas of Borneo and Sumatra. Being the largest arboreal animal, our fruit-eating diet and how we travel through the greenery makes us excellent seed dispersers. Sadly, orangutan populations are quickly diminishing. The main reason for this is oil palm tree cultivation! Our land is being rapidly cleared for oil palm tree plantations. Changing temperatures, wildfires, and rain are altering the areas where we search for food. Climate change also plays a large role in the destruction of the orangutan habitat.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-13   271 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-13

A Golden Age of Animals

00:13:50

A Golden Age of Animals

Gold-colored animals are relatively rarer, so they are admired by humans, just like the precious metal! Regarded by some as the world’s most beautiful equine, our breed is famed for our toughness, resilience, and endurance, in addition to our legendary speed and intelligence. Some of our breed looks as if they had been dipped in gold! Another animal with a radiant, golden coat is the Golden Retriever, which is one of America’s most popular dog breeds. A domestic cat known for having a golden coat is the ginger cat or tabby. The golden jewel scarab beetle of Central America is one of the world’s most brightly colored insects. The goldenrod crab spiders, native to North America, make flowers such as goldenrod and daisies their home. The Panamanian golden frog is a type of toad. This species is cherished by Panamanians and is the national animal. Banana slugs are often bright golden yellow and sometimes spotted with brown blotches, thus resembling a ripe banana.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-06   493 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-03-06

The Marvelous Abilities of Birds, Part 2 of 2

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The Marvelous Abilities of Birds, Part 2 of 2

Today, we will share with you about the bird species’ vocalizations, which include both calls and songs. Generally, our calls are brief and serve as alarms or to keep a flock together. Our songs are longer and more complex and may serve as signals of courtship. The songs are also more melodious. Both chicks and human infants build sound templates in their brains by listening to their parents’ voices. Then they start to strengthen their vocal muscles by making nonsensical sounds. In the last stage, young birds will practice the same tune thousands of times and compare it with the template they memorized until they achieve a perfect match. Our vocalizations are made possible by a voice organ, unlike any other. The organ that birds use to vocalize is called a syrinx, and it is lower down, just before the windpipe enters the lungs. The syrinx has two sides, which our most-gifted singers can use to simultaneously produce high-frequency and low-frequency sounds, plus at different tempos and volumes. For us birds, the better we can vocalize, the more likely it is that we will have fulfilling lives.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-28   1011 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-28

The Marvelous Abilities of Birds, Part 1 of 2

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The Marvelous Abilities of Birds, Part 1 of 2

There have been many stages in our evolution that contributed to our ability to fly. For example, we had to develop delicate wings, strong chest muscles, and several different kinds of feathers. Humans have long admired and envied our ability to fly. They have experimented and invented all kinds of means to duplicate what we do naturally in the sky. Since we birds are often far above the ground, we needed a number of adaptations to give us great eyesight. First, we have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, relative to body size, which helps us to have very keen vision. From the outside, our eyes may appear small, but on the inside our eyes are so big that most of us cannot move them. Among warm-blooded animals, our ability to regenerate retinal neurons is outstanding. Scientists are trying to understand how it works, and believe there may be a way to unlock this ability in humans. If so, it would open the door to treatments for a wide variety of eye diseases.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-24   373 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-24

Exceptional Friendships Between Different Species

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Exceptional Friendships Between Different Species

Today we will showcase several unusual relationships between animals that are very different from each other. In 2004, a massive earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean caused tsunamis that devastated the surrounding coasts. The high waters swept a hippopotamus family in Kenya down a river and into the ocean. The only survivor, a baby, ended up on a reef off the Kenyan coastline. They named him Owen and arranged for him to be transported to Haller Park, a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary. Owen was put in an enclosure that contained an Aldabra giant tortoise known as Mzee. The two began sharing food, swimming, and sleeping together, and sometimes Mzee would stretch out his neck so Owen could lick it. The next story rather reminds me of a fairy tale. One day in 2013, Mr. Berge and his German shepherd companion Tinni were taking a walk through the woods near their home. They came across an amiable red fox who Mr. Berge named Sniffer. Amazingly, the domesticated dog and the wild fox took a liking to each other.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-14   491 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-14

Therapy Animals: Incarnations of Love

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Therapy Animals: Incarnations of Love

I’m Aina, a vegan miniature horse from magnificent Germany. People are more relaxed when they spend time with animals because we give unconditional love and do not judge them in any way. Research has shown that caring for animals increases overall human well-being in many respects. Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, pigs and other species serve as therapy animals. Many agree that simply being around their dog companion fills their heart with a sense of happiness, contentment, and peace. Those with cat companions also express how much fun, peace, and happiness these amazing beings bring into their lives. Daniel is an Indian Runner duck and a registered emotional support animal. We beautiful and intelligent miniature horses also serve as therapy animals. We have aided many, including survivors of tragedies and disasters. Animals give tremendous love and can help meet people’s physical, behavioral, and emotional needs.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-07   463 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-07

The Adorable American Pika

00:14:16

The Adorable American Pika

Hallo, My name is Lucas, and I’m a vegan American pika from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. There aren’t many other mammals in Canada or the US who can survive in mountains above the timberline the way we do. We are related to rabbits and hares, but we’re smaller. Our extraordinary hearing and eyesight allow us to be constantly aware of our surroundings and ready for unexpected events. Though maintaining separate homes, pikas like to live together as a group, so we can help protect each other. We are not picky eaters and enjoy a variety of plants, including different kinds of grass, sedge, bayberry, clover, thistle, and weeds. Some humans have begun to use our activity as an indicator of global warming in western North America. Other species that live in mountains can move up higher if the climate gets warmer. Pikas are already so close to the top that we would have nowhere to go. Please awaken your loving kindness, not only for American pikas, but for all of Earth’s inhabitants.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-01   241 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-02-01
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