Monday, 3 March 2014

Wildlife Snippet

The United Nations is highlighting the intrinsic values and contributions of wild animals and plants, particularly endangered and protected species, by devoting 3 of March as ‘World Wildlife Day.’ In a resolution adopted by the 193-member Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions. Those include “ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being." The Assembly selected 3 March to coincide with the adoption of the CITES agreement, where the aim is to ensure that global trade in close to 35,000 species of plants and animals does not threaten their survival.

Blue whales the largest animal ever to have lived on earth had declined 99% of their former numbers from commercial whaling through the 1960s. Once commercial whaling was banned internationally, the blue whale started to recover. More than 1,700 can be found off the Pacific coast. Northern humpbacks had declined to a low of 1,200 animals but now number upwards of 8,000 individuals, not quite to the high of 125,000 in their glory days. Gray whales, Fin whales and Bowhead whale are counted among the whale species that have seen recovery in their numbers since commercial whaling ceased.

A Veterinarian recently posted this amazing story about how out jogging one day he stumbled upon this tiny freshly hatched songbird that had fallen out of its nest. Unable to locate the nest so he could return the baby bird to it, he decided to take it home and hand raise it himself until it was big and health enough to be released into the world to sing its songs. Here is the amazingly beautiful story that is sure to put a smile on your face.

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