2020年07月08日

Enchanting Elephants

Hi bloggers hope that you've had a good week.  London is grey and rainy again but good for the plants.  Well last week I researched the amazing geese and what humans can learn from them.  It made me think about other animals that could teach us I lot.  Elephants are truly remarkable.

Elephants are truly unique and amazing.   They descend from the mammoths, elephants today are the largest land mammals on the planet.  They can live to over 60 years of age and they travel in matriarchal herds, led by the oldest female.  Elephants also have a positive symbolic meaning in different cultures all over the world and are considered a symbol of good luck, power and wisdom.  Elephants are highly social animals, they demonstrate loyalty, companionship and unity. 

Elephants are matriarchal, they are led led by the oldest female and other female elders.  These females are able to maintain cohesiveness amongst the herd in a way that seems is remarkable.   They are expert communicators, with most of their communication taking place as vibrations not detectable by the human ear.  The herd remains connected through this and other audible communications, and the matriarch keeps all the individuals of the group focused on the common goal, whether it be trekking to a distant waterhole, digging up edible bulbs or supporting a younger female giving birth for the first time.

Even though elephants can weigh several tons, they manage to walk very softly and quietly.  They move very gracefully with a gentle sway I think that it's really amazing that such a heavy animal can walk the earth so peacefully.

Elephants are known for their cooperation and working effectively as a team.  They are intelligent.  They can sense when another elephant needs help, and they know how to work together.  Adult elephants have often been documented using teamwork to rescue a baby elephant that has become stuck in mud.

Elephants have huge hearts which can weigh anywhere between 26 to 46 pounds and they give a helping trunk to others who are in distress .

Elephants have the largest brains among all land mammals and they literally don't forget a face and can recall every acquaintance they’ve made in their lives.

Elephants even have a sense of justice, they don't tolerate bullying, for if one calf is treating his peers in an unfair way, he risks  sanctions they are ostracised from being part of the communication group.

Dave Soldier, a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University, has even formed an elephant orchestra which plays percussion and wind instruments. Elephants are truly remarkable.

Bloggers hope that you have a good week over and out London.













posted by MateoES at 23:06| diary

2020年07月01日

Amazing Geese


Hi bloggers hope that you have had a good week.   London has gone from 33 degrees to  rain and low figures.  After learning about the amazing migration routes of the Admiral butterfly, I started thinking about the journeys that birds make so I did some research.   I discovered so much about geese.   Humans could really learn a lot from animals.

So when geese fly in formation, they create their own unique form of teamwork.  As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in their ‘V', the whole flock adds at least 71% more flying range than if each bird flew on its own.  They work as a team to support the whole flock.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  The geese are actually cheering each other on to encourage progress

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.  When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the ‘V', and another goose flies point. Thus the geese share leadership.

When a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with their companion and follow it down to lend help and protection.  They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with the group.   I honestly think this is amazing.

So already we are in the month of July, the month was named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.  Previously July was called " Quintilis, which is Latin for " fifth " - July being the fifth month of the 10-month calendar.

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2020年06月25日

The amazing butterfly.

Hi bloggers hope you are all well, really hot in London hope you are able to keep cool.   I was looking out of my window I have a very tiny balcony on which I keep some plants.  I planted some wild flowers seeds that are supposed to attract bees and butterflies.  I saw the most beautiful tiny small butterfly, and it felt so delighted to see it.   It got me thinking how amazing butterflies are.

Their life cycle involves four distinct changes.  The butterfly begins life as an egg and is deposited on leaf.  The next stage is called the larva stage when the egg transforms into a caterpillar.  The third transformation is the pupa stage when the caterpillar builds a cocoon and it hangs from the leaf till it is time to emerge.  The fourth metamorphosis occurs when the butterfly emerges.  The length of time all this takes can vary from a month to a year.  It is really miraculous.

A truly amazing butterfly is the Monarch they are beautifully colored butterflies that are easy to recognize by their striking orange, black, and white markings. The most amazing thing about monarch butterflies is the enormous migration that North American monarchs undertake each year.  Every autumn as cold weather approaches, millions of these delicate insects leave their home range in the USA and Canada and begin flying south.  They continue until they reach Southern California or central Mexico, more than 2,000 miles.  I was amazed when I read of their journey.

We have an expression " I've got butterflies in my stomach" meaning the person feels nervous or frightened about something.  It's also used by some people to describe feeling in love.

The legendary Mohammed Ali has a very well known quote .

Float like a butterfly, 

Sting like a bee.

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posted by MateoES at 21:16| diary