Help comes in all different shapes.

Hi bloggers hope you're all well.  Today 15th July is St. Swihins day a folklore tale says if it rains on this day it will rain for 40 days, but if it is fine 40 days of good weather.  The skies over London are very grey but so far no rain.   I read a lovely story about Stumpy.

Stumpy  is a beautiful labrador who was destined for a career as a guide dog.  Sadly, problems with a deformed leg meant it wasn’t to be.  But then Stumpy found a new way to help others: by giving blood.

The nine-year-old labrador has saved more than 100 canine lives since the age of one by donating blood for emergency transfusions.

Stumpy has been crowned the United Kingdom’s most prolific blood-donor dog.  He has a negative blood type which is especially valuable because it allows his blood to be given to any dog.

Stumpy’s owner, vet Ms Pittaway, says: “Stumpy obviously has no idea what he’s doing it for, but if he did, I’m sure he’d be very proud of himself."

So animals can and do help each other.  They can also help the environment.  The beaver is being reintroduced in restricted areas for test trials.  A British government study suggests the herbivorous rodent’s habit of building dams in rivers could help prevent flooding by drastically slowing the flow of water as well as purifying water polluted by agricultural fertiliser.  Beavers were hunted to extinction four hundred years ago.  The beavers are being sourced from the wild population in Scotland, where they were reestablished as a native species.

The Spanish team Barcelona has been helping refugee children on a Greek island Lesbos. The footballing giant Barcelona has been supporting child refugees living in camps on the Greek island of Lesbos by organising football training sessions.  The aim is to promote dialogue and tolerance, ease stress and nurture friendships.  Jordi Cardoner who runs the charity part of Barcelona football club said he wants to help children look towards a positive future. 

Lesbos was a main gateway into Europe for thousands of refugees fleeing conflict footballers and coaches organise training seasons three times a week. The sessions are attended by both boys and girls.  They help the children to release tension and have some enjoyment.  So really helping others can come is so many different ways.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.

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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.

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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.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.

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