The Smithsonian National Zoo’s latest panda cub, Bei Bei, had his first taste of climbing a tree. The giant panda cub had some help from his mother, Mei Xiang, after several attempts to climb the tree. The panda made a great effort before getting a helping hand back down to the ground.
What a beautiful story!
João Pereira de Souza saved the life of a small Magellanic penguin 5 years ago, and the bird has rarely left his side since. He always returns to the man’s house.
The unlikely friendship began in 2011, when de Souza found the bird, nicknamed Jinjing, soaked in oil on the beach near his house. He brought the penguin home, cleaned him up, and offered him a meal of cool sardines and…
We are continuing our tradition of posting sweet animal vids for the New Year’s holiday, to remind ourselves of how beautiful and peaceful the world around us can be, if we make it so. Last year we had a visit from Mission Impossible: Squirrel Edition – something that would make you smile. 🙂
Today, we have a visit from a cute otter family. This really is the most adorable video of a baby otter peacefully sleeping on her mommy’s tummy, while they both float in a river, close, but unafraid of humans.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
FUN COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR 2016!
How does Russia celebrate New Year – the most important holiday of the year? More cool Russian New Year’s posts coming!
2015-2016 HOLIDAY SEASON SPECIAL
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Use #LightForPets with your personal pet adoption story to help orphan pets find homes.
The Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.
Learn more at http://www.remembermethursday.org.
Unite with pet-lovers and animal welfare organizations around the globe on Thursday, September 24, 2015 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) , with a worldwide pet candle-lighting ceremony.
The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, honor the millions of pets who lose their lives without the beneﬁt of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption.
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This and the following week’s posts are dedicated to my beloved friend and companion of almost 20 years, Princess Lila, known affectionately at home as Lilechka. Today, on August 9, 2015, Lilechka would have turned 21. She passed just a few months short of her 20th birthday, last year.
Lilechka looked young, was active and sharp till almost the very last week. I was stunned and completely unprepared to her passing, and it took me a long time to get over it. I didn’t see it coming – I didn’t want to see… Meanwhile, Lilechka made it as easy for me as possible on so many amazing and unbelievable levels! Throughout my life I have experienced so many of Princess Lila’s gifts, all unique and precious in their own way.
Princess Lila (Lilechka) August 9, 1994 — April 29, 2014
But the biggest of them all was the gift she left when she knew she was about to leave us. The love and beauty she poured out those last weeks of her life were incredible. Her practically heroic behavior the last two days before her passing to make it easier for me, is something I will never forget. And the gift she left behind… is the stuff of legends.
It took me a long time to be able to sit down and start putting all this in writing, and it’s still hard. But deep down, I have been thinking about it since last year. The idea of the book was born almost immediately after she passed. I am starting to write this book, whose working title is Princess Lila’s Last Gift. I hope I will be able to release it next year.
Between this and the posts I plan to publish in the following weeks, I am offering you a glimpse of Lilechka’s story.
Princess Lila and I
When Lilechka was about 17, my hubby and I did a Psychic Q&A. This is a session in which I go into Alpha/Theta state and he asks me questions about the future. Psychic Q&A is my invention, and it capitalizes well on my gift of claircognizance, which means ‘clear knowing.’ Responses simply pop up in my head as knowledge. In some ways it’s clearer than clairvoyance, although it includes the elements of clairvoyance and clairaudience.
In that session one of the questions my hubby asked was whether Lilechka would be with us past her 20th birthday. Lilechka was still going strong at the time, but she was getting on with age and sometimes we both secretly wondered how long we had left with our beloved familiar. The three of us were so close that we sometimes jokingly referred to ourselves as the Holy Trinity.
Question: ‘Will Lilechka be with us past her 20th birthday?’
I heard my voice answering: ‘No, she will pass just short of her 20th.’
‘No?’ replied my hubby, taken aback.
‘No,’ I repeated sadly. ‘She won’t live past her 20th.’
This made us both sad and we wrapped up our Psychic Q&A. I thought a few times about that episode, but life went on, Lilechka kept healthy and strong, and with everything else that was happening in life, we forgot all about my prediction.
We only remembered it after Lilechka was no longer with us.
We had a good, long life together, Lilechka and I. We met well before I met my husband.
Lilechka is a Russian American kitty, born August 9, 1994; her striking tortoiseshell, lily flower-like fur caused her at birth to be named Tiger Lily. Her mommy, a Russian kitty called Diana, lived in Massachusetts and had a litter from the local tomcat. All kittens were adorable, but Lilechka was the cutest. Everyone who came to adopt the kittens wanted her. Soon, the hostess was forced to hang the sign:
Tiger Lily is spoken for
(she is a gift for a little girl’s birthday)
Like myself, Lilechka was a traveler, adventurer and explorer. When she was only 3 months old, she was riding a bus. My neighbor, that same nine-year-old girl to whom Lily was promised as a birthday gift, was taking her home in a small holed box lined with a towel. In the middle of a 3-hour trip, Lily got out of the box and decided to explore the bus. When the tearful girl discovered Lily was gone, the whole bus frantically searched for her in every nook and cranny.
The girl’s parents were away and they asked me to meet their daughter and her nanny, who accompanied her on the trip. When I met them at the New York Bus Terminal, the little girl was still shaken and in tears, but Lily was safely back in her box.
Soon after, the family moved away and the little girl quickly forgot the kitty over whom she once cried. And the kitty… became one of the biggest gifts of my life.
It happens sometimes that certain people enter our lives to deliver precious gifts, and after they do, they leave forever. More than once such a thing happened in my life.
The original Tiger Lily name somehow fell by the wayside. I called her Lily Cat, or affectionately, Lilechka. Lilechka always was a small and dainty kitty. Till old age she always kept her model-like girlish figure and excellent health. She weighed on average only 8-9 pounds. But as she grew and developed, behind that small frame, I saw a great spirit emerge.
Lilechka’s favorite place: on my desk, helping me with my work!
Lila’s favorite place – mommy’s desk next to plants and sunshine; beloved pastime – meditating on her favorite pillow
Lila, the Agatha Christie fan: Having worked hard, we both relax to watch 4:50 from Paddington. Well… I watch, while Lilechka enjoys her well-deserved nap on her favorite pillow, on top of her favorite desk, close to her favorite human 😉
Lila, the Cosmic Panther
As Lilechka grew older and wiser, her spirit started manifesting as that of a giant Cosmic Black Panther – the great protectress of the Universe, who travels stealthily and benevolently across the stars. Lila, the Cosmic Panther has a beautiful sparkling crown made of stars, and huge, strikingly shimmering green eyes.
As I started clearly seeing Lily as the Cosmic Panther, her name naturally morphed into Princess Lila. Lila means Divine Cosmos (Divine Creation) in Sanscrit, so it’s very fitting.
After she passed, Lila started appearing to me as the Cosmic Panther that she really was. It’s amazing that such a small, 8-pound kitty could embody such great spirit and leave such an indelible trace in one’s life.
In memoriam: Celebrating her life!
4/30/2014, one day after Lilechka left us. My desk. Lights and computer off. Her favorite pillows where she loved to sleep; flowers and golden orgone pyramid in her honor…
4/30/2014. Flowers for Lilechka, overlooking the blossoming garden where she loved to be in the last days of her life
I wish I took more pictures and did more videos of Lilechka.
Still, she did star as the Halloween Cat, in my video
The video isn’t spooky at all. It’s humorous and funny. Check it out!
She also appeared in the role of a sassy, smart and heroic cat Princess Lily in my first mystery STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure) – ebook now happens to be on big sale on Amazon for only $1.49. It’s an easy read, great for cat and dog lovers, and lovers of light mysteries with happy endings and humor.
Princess Lily later returned as a cameo character, psychically connected to the heroine Jade Snow, in GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure).
We had many adventures together, Lilechka and I. The story above is one of the stories I plan to include in my future book, Princess Lila’s Last Gift (I hope to finish and publish it next year).
Coming in September to Lada Ray Blog: the incredible story of Lilechka’s precious last gift.
Much more about Animal & Mother Earth Protection
More posts about Lilechka:
It’s a beautiful thing… Adorably Unusual Animal Friendships and Animals as Protectors (uplifting pics and vids)
August 9, 2015: Beautiful Cornell Plantations (in memoriam)
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Peace on Earth
It’s a beautiful friendship!
Animals as fearless and kind protectors
Wishing you all a wonderful and loving weekend!
This weekend is dedicated to my beloved friend and companion of almost 20 years, Princess Lila, aka, Lilechka. Lilechka would have turned 21 on August 9 this year. She passed just a few months short of her 20th birthday, last year.
This weekend I will have more posts dedicated to Lilechka.
Lilechka, I miss you. Eternal love and blessings always!
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There are lots of beautiful holidays in the world. March 8 is one of my personal favorites. To me it’s associated with spring, smiles, and the intoxicating fragrance of tulips, delicate bells of the lily of the valley and sweetness of the mimosa flowers.
On March 8 the world celebrates the International Women’s Day. This holiday started over 100 years ago in Russia as a celebration of women’s rights and anti-war movement. Years later it became popular the world over as a holiday for women of all ages, when mothers, wives and daughters can kick back and allow themselves to be treated as pampered goddesses, letting men do the chores, bring them flowers, lavish them with massages and tickets to sold-out shows.
Find out how this holiday is celebrated in Russia and beyond from my eternally popular piece on Lada Ray Blog, combining history, reflections, memories and rare images: March 8, Happy International Women’s Day! (Note, as the International Women’s Day has been maligned and misinterpreted terribly in the US and some other Western countries, I highly recommend you read the above piece. It will put lots of things in perspective. Also read comments, in which people from various countries relay their experiences.)
To me, March 8 is the contemporary way of honoring the sacred feminine. But first and foremost, this is the holiday of the awakening of spring and the celebration of beauty and peace.
I don’t know about you, but on March 8, my house will be full of my favorite tulips, despite the dreary cold and snow piles outside. Too bad lily of the valley isn’t available in North America. But who is to say we can’t have a virtual March 8 celebration right here, on my blog!
I am wishing you lots of joy and flowers, love and beauty, and happy smiles this spring and always.
More than anything, I wish you PEACE. I wish you inner peace and strength to be yourself in all that life presents to you. Shine your light, love and understanding – today, the world needs it more than ever.
I also wish peace to your home, especially, if you live in an area stricken by a gruesome war.
Dear women, please enjoy all the flowers in the world!
If I weren’t located so far away, I would have adopted this precious kitty in a second! And I would have never let her go.
On January 10, 2015, the beautiful long-haired cat called Masha became world-famous. Masha’s story went viral on the net and off. Masha is a community cat adopted by an apartment block in the small city of Obninsk, located in the Kaluga region of Russia. She lives in a box in a private corner of the lobby, and neighbors take turns caring for her. Masha loves her freedom of coming and going as she pleases and she enjoys visiting various apartments to say hi. Masha is a very kind and gentle kitty.
On January 10, a retired lady from the nearby apartment heard Masha’s loud mewing, which surprised her as normally Masha was quiet, and moreover, she would come to her door to say hi. Thinking that perhaps Masha was hurt, she and others rushed to her box, where they discovered their favorite kitty cuddled next to the 2.5-month-old baby to keep him warm.
It appears someone placed the baby, who was well-nourished and well-dressed, along with extra clothes, food and diapers, in Masha’s box. Masha, who would soon be a mother too, kept the baby warm for several hours, while mewing to attract attention.
When the ambulance came to take the baby to the hospital, Masha, like a doting mother, kept circling around, making sure the baby was well taken care of. She wouldn’t calm down until the ambulance left.
The baby is doing well and thanks to Masha, he has not suffered from exposure at all. The investigators are looking for his parents. His name is unknown, but the hospital gave him the name of Ivan Petrovich Obninsky (after Obninsk, the city where Masha saved his life). Video report in Russian.
Many people have offered to help out and to adopt both the baby and Masha. Masha is now both local and world celebrity, but she longs for the privacy she used to enjoy. The celebrity status means dealing with cameras all the time. It seems for now Masha decided to stay with the kind people who always took care of her.
Video of Masha-the-cat and the retired lady who discovered the baby in her box. The lady says: It’s ok, Mashen’ka… she wants to go out. She is a bit agitated from all the attention. She’s been filmed even outside. I’ll come join you for a walk later, Mashen’ka.
Russia: Meet the hero cat who SAVED an abandoned baby
One more video about Masha with English subs: Hero cat rescues baby dumped in street by climbing in box to keep it warm in freezing conditions
Koala to Putin: Vladimir, don’t mind Tony, his communication skills are zero and vocabulary is a bit limited. He meant ‘the cuddly koala group hug,’ but it came out as ‘shirtfront.’
(Shirtfronting: rough tackling to the ground of an opponent in Australian slang – move considered illegal in Australian football. Australian PM Tony Abbott infamously repeatedly announced he would shirtfront Putin. Honestly, Putin’s nerves are made of steel and his patience is infinite after a comment like that. Link to reference)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott with cute and cuddly koalas at G20 in Brisbane, Australia
Koala to Putin: Vladimir, now I see what all those dogs and others animals have been raving about!
This kind of tackling is welcome, as long as none of these dogs is called Tony 😉
Putin and the gorgeous Caucasus snow leopard, one of the mascots of the Sochi Olympics
Forgot to add this picture! Putin swimming with the dolphins: