Peace on Earth Is Possible

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My wonderful husband sent this to me…knowing I cry at any picture of any animal, and this just wowed me…

“Lions, Tigers and Bears…oh my…”

This is quite a trio
December 2009

They make an unlikely trio, but Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger have forged an unusually strong bond. Considering that they would be mortal enemies if they ever were to meet in the wild, it is stunning to see their unique and genuine friendship in these intimate pictures. Rescued eight years ago during a police drugs raid in Atlanta , Georgia , the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months old.

They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons.

Delivered to the Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust Grove , Georgia , the decision was made to keep the youngsters together, because of their budding rapport.

‘We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,’ said Diane Smith, assistant director of Noah’s Ark.

‘To our knowledge, this is the only place where you’ll find this combination of animals together.’

Living with the zoo’s founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built habitat where the US public can now witness first hand their touching relationships.

‘We didn’t have the money to move them at first,’ said Diane.

‘Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away from the children’s zoo areas where the public couldn’t really get a good look.

‘It is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1000lb bear, Shere Khan, a 350lb tiger and Leo, who is also 350lbs, messing around like brothers.

‘They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other circumstance they would not be friends.’

Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo’s owners and founders, the three friendly giants appear to have have no comprehension of their animal differences.

‘Baloo and Shere Khan are very close,’ says Diane.

‘That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day sleeping.

‘It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat.

‘When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food.’

Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other.

‘They eat, sleep and play together,’ said Jama.

‘As they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of each other for heat and simply for affection.

‘At the moment they are getting used to their new habitat.

‘Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo, the bear, is very good at leading him on and making him feel comfortable and safe.’
Explaining that the three ‘brothers’ have always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: ‘Noah’s Ark is their home and they could not possibly be separated from each other.

‘You just have to remember who you’re dealing with when you are with them, though.

‘It’s when you forget that these fellows are wild animals that you get yourself in trouble.’

The trio’s new habitat had to be constructed carefully, in order to accommodate its occupants.

Jama said: ‘The clubhouse had to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it together,’

She added: ‘We had to include a creek, because the tiger and the bear both like to be in water.’

If they can do it, surely, so can we.

Love, Rori

33 Comments

  1.  #1gina on February 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    That’s really nice, but wouldn’t it be easier to seek out a relationship with a fellow tiger?



  2.  #2heartbeat on February 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Just goes to show – when all the basics are taken care of (food, warmth, shelter) even the wildest animals can bond… xx



  3.  #3Turtle Girl on February 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    This is so cool-

    Not surprising-I have two very large dogs, three cats and five chickens and everyone gets along just fine.
    I think animals have souls in a way and have different personalities just like people. Some animals just know how to do this like some people and others just don’t-they fight, make war, and kill each other just like people do.



  4.  #4Daria on February 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    How cute! I love the idea of laying on top of each other for body heat! hehehe! And i love the pic of the bear with his arm around the tiger. I feel soo happy and smiling looking at it



  5.  #5Daria on February 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Second picture doesnt show tho!

    I wish it did!



  6.  #6Daria on February 21, 2010 at 12:31 am

    OMgosh!! I posted on this site about Haiti relief, and this man attacked me, and then the writer who is a woman came and said Respect to me and so much wonderful things. And gave me a clear and non squandering way to donate and I feel soooo charged iwth energy im having to breathe it reall deapp because I AM SHAKING!!

    Hers whats she lsast said:

    “Honor and Respect to you Again
    Magic Goddess,

    Be well. With a name like yours The women of Haiti who are the backbone of what remains and always was, will feel your love and extension of that through the power within bigger than all we know that says we are indeed ALL ONE, all connected and all scarcity is an artificial creed. Healing to you, Ezili Dantò.”

    OMGOSH I FEEL SO LIFTED

    I will have a force like this woman! I told her so!

    YEAHHH i AM. I AM the Magic Goddess and everyone can feel me!



  7.  #7Daria on February 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I feeel sooo overcome!! What im reading feels stonewalled horrible!!

    in a letter straight from haiti… aobut humiliating procedures and people sending them with a wound to the hospital and they all come with a limb chopped off and everyone will come with a limb chopped offff

    omgod i feel head hurty

    i feel swept away in the hurricane i



  8.  #8JC on February 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Peace on Earth???

    Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then call for “Peace on Earth.”

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~



  9.  #9Rori Raye on February 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Wow, Daria, cold you give us the good way to donate that this woman suggested? Thaks, Rori



  10.  #10Rori Raye on February 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

    JC, Welcome, and I’m 100% with you about animals – my only charities…and yet, wild animals eat animal meat. So do snakes. So do humans, since we arose, lived in caves, and hunted mammoths. There is a circle of life here that’s bigger than the unconsciousness and stupidity of humans, and it needs to be addressed globally and consciously. I pray we humans will find the way to it. That these animals in this post do not attack one another – in fact protect and care for one another – is inspiring to me. At least there is a place to start. Love, Rori



  11.  #11gina on February 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I am just noticing that i did a major lean-forward just now. Darn it…Texting with a guy I met last night…first the conversation felt super good, and then he asked if I had a facebook and I said “Barely…im in the process of updating it. Gina” and then I said “I feel nervous about you looking at it lol”
    That feels like leaning forward. but so does typing all this. I’m going to pamper and love myself right now…



  12.  #12Simply Shannon on February 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Subscribing for now. Not sure where everyone is but for me, it is BEAUTIFUL outside today. Soaking up some Vitamin D while I can. Woohoo!! Even have my flip flops on. AWESOME!



  13.  #13Orna Walters on February 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Gina,

    I love your post. The only way we learn what feels good is to try out different things. That old saying “Experience is what we get when we don’t get what we want.” To me, that is a bit harsh, but certainly true!

    Notice how you behave differently when you meet up with someone you have a spark with vs. someone with no spark.

    Continue Circular Dating and pay attention to the voice inside of you.

    I LOVE really LOVE that instead of continuing to judge yourself, you wrote “I’m going to pamper and love myself right now…”

    That is the most important thing of all in this process. Observe what feels good, what doesn’t, honor how you feel by expressing it, and have COMPASSION for yourself when you believe you “messed” up.

    BIG HUG,
    Orna



  14.  #14gina on February 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you Orna!



  15.  #15gina on February 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Uh oh. I’m looking on his Facebook, and he has stupid pictures of girls all over him. I feel turned off.



  16.  #16Daria on February 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Rori! Wow yes I feel thrilled that you asked that. You can donate directly to her leadership as the leader of the Haitian lawyers fund. She is in touch directly by phone to people in Haiti now who are asking for help, she has published the letters on her blog.

    Here is the fund (HLLN) that she is the leader of:

    http://www.margueritelaurent.com/donate/donate.html

    Here is also what she wrote to me, and a link to her blog:

    “Respect Magic Goddess;

    Support Haitian self-help or Haitian-led organization that provides relief with human rights and dignity. You may help Glenna or Carl (See A Call for Help either in Croix Des Bouquet or for Boutillier on this blog.) Or make a donation to the HLLN Relief Fund or go on the net and make a donation to the Lambi Fund. Give to folks who reach the majority poor. More info to help you on what to do may be found on Ezili’s relief work is at: WHAT CAN YOU DO:
    Conscious Disaster relief with human rights, healing and dignity
    http://www.margueritelaurent.com/law/nochange.html#dignity
    Ezili Danto

    http://open.salon.com/blog/ezili_danto



  17.  #17gina on February 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I am feeling so turned off. and judgmental. and tempted to report all the things wrong I’m finding with him based on his facebook page. We’re planning to meet tonight. He’s all beautiful…maybe I don’t want a beautiful man…I definitely don’t like the fact that he has a photo album dedicated to celebrities he’s been told look like him…what do I do with this judgment? How do I feel? I feel turned off, icky and suspicious. Warning warning of this “chemistry” that the guy on “He’s Just Not That Into You” said guys invented in order to have sex with women they aren’t into.

    I feel confused and overwhelmed by the weirdness of this facebook moment. He said mine is “gay” cause I only have one pic, and it is of me at 11 years old. That’s what I was warning him about before!



  18.  #18Daria on February 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    RORI – we need to close the very long Questions page that people are still posting on and its soooo slow.

    Also the new questions page you made does not show up in the questions category



  19.  #19Daria on February 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Gina –

    Aah. I feel turned off too!



  20.  #20Lucy on February 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Gina- What is this about? –warning of this “chemistry” that the guy on “He’s Just Not That Into You” said guys invented in order to have sex with women they aren’t into.

    I feel curious and concerned.



  21.  #21gina on February 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Lucy,
    the girl in the movie said something about how she felt so much chemistry with some guy. And the bartender guy said something about how guys invented chemistry to get into our pants.

    But this guy just came over and we talked for a couple of hours and it felt really good and fun. I feel super attracted to him. But I was able to lean back pretty well the whole time.



  22.  #22Heather on February 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Rori: How cool is this? We just celebrated the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese New Year, and these 3 animals together are just amazing! How rare, and to me, it shows everything about the environment they became accustomed to. I wonder what would happen with these beautiful creatures if they were released into the wild on their own. Would their killer instincts kick in to protect them? Or would they assume that they are safe, just as the environment they lived in all their lives? Thanks for sharing the heart-warming article!

    Daria: Neat blog & info about Haiti Relief Fund! Interesting, Ezili Danto is a lwa (spirit in the voodoo religion). She is known as the “single mother with a knife” – a very protective mother who would do anything to help her children overcome obstacles.
    It looks like she is doing a lot of great work with that persona & has been for quite a long time.

    Having experienced the major snowstorm of the east, I gained even more compassion for Haiti’s plight. I donated at the office, because they matched 100% of everything we gave… it felt more extensive to me that way.

    Orna: I loved your CD Interview with Rori!

    Today: in my element (playing music), I heard my name being called. A man I worked with about 15 years ago… he gave me compliments on how I “still look the same, haven’t changed” & “it would be great to catch up/hang out sometime.” I felt flattered and a little uncomfortable. I noticed in my brief exchange with him that he was married (i saw the ring) and he was trying to hide it while flirting with me. I will just accept his compliments and any future exchange will be very open with my feelings.

    On Friday, I had 2 impromptu & unexpected mini-dates. Since my bf has been on his assignment 1200 miles away, I am really giving myself permission to get out there. I also allowed myself to look back at something really painful. Years ago in a short-lived relationship that turned to awful abuse and having my life threatened… I finally looked my former abuser up and I discovered his obituary – he passed away almost 7 years ago! It took me more than 8 years to look back at this. I can’t say I am happy or sad about this. My first reaction was absolute RELIEF! Relief that he can never again hurt another person in the manner he hurt me. Relief that God never goes off duty and maybe Ezili Danto is looking after me, as I am a single mother who sometimes needs protection. Maybe this is why I had these experiences these past few days – I need to feel safe and I need to experience gentle love.

    The 3 beasts behaving in such a loving manner with each other is SO inspiring!

    XO,
    Heather



  23.  #23Daria on February 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    cinderella is courted by the prince:

    Her stepsisters and her stepmother did not recognize her. They thought she must be a foreign princess, for she looked so beautiful in the golden dress. They never once thought it was Cinderella, for they thought that she was sitting at home in the dirt, looking for lentils in the ashes.

    The prince approached her, took her by the hand, and danced with her. Furthermore, he would dance with no one else. He never let go of her hand, and whenever anyone else came and asked her to dance, he would say, “She is my dance partner.”



  24.  #24Daria on February 22, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Heather – yes i read about Ezili Danto being a goddess and a lil bit aobut her from links from her blog. I didn’t know she was the single mother with a knife… I feel captivated and swirled by that

    I felt concerned about donating without knowing because I didn’t want the money to be “lost.” And as she writes, it seems a lot of aid is being witheld from really being distributed.

    so i felt relief and awe that i ran across her and she had direct contact with people in Haiti that are in camps right now. In fact one of the people she told me i can donate to, Glenna, she printed her letter, and wrote her number for who wants to call her, and give her emotional support, as she’s exhausted. And also can add money to pay her phone.

    One of the poems this woman wrote has just changed my worldview… I see now 200 thousand years rather than jsut the past 2000. It is amazing.

    It feels like Avatar life! I told everyone im living it.

    Oh and she let me open up to that notion I had, of loving the darkness blackness… not just the light! It feels so soothing is not the word… it is like snakes of energy sinewing a womb… I love it…

    I’ve grown a world in the past few days

    Wow i feel so uncomfortable writing this!



  25.  #25Linda on February 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I feel confused today. What is real and what isnt? What do I believe and what should I not. I feel uncommon and un noticed. I would love to be loved for me by someone. But I love me anyway.

    Would people not say that a scenrio like this one with the animals would NEVER EVER happen… I am one to say never but the probability and odds would not prove it.

    I dont feel like making any decisions or judgements about anything right now. I am on hold so to speak.

    A blanket and pillow sound really yum. I will done with work soon and they are calling my name. I could be the lion.. and sleep all day.

    Linda



  26.  #26FEMENERGYLOVE on February 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

    sigh.that made me smile.i need a smile.coz i’m beating myself up.i really liked this guy that was going through a breakup and i did my best to stay away.he sent me an email saying that in order to do things properly he had to let me go.He said he fell back into the relationship.He did not want to give me crumbs and feels really bad to make me ‘wait’.i’m mad at myself coz i should have gone cold turkey earlier.i’m ashamed to say i feel rejected.i feel cheated.OFall the guys i was circular dating i liked him the most.i should have been better.i feel horrible.if we are ever together….want to bash him over the head with a pan.i feel a sinking feeling in my chest.i feel fear.i feel the regular feeling of abandonment.why did i actually believe he would go through with his break up?He has No balls so why do i care?sigh sigh sigh



  27.  #27femenrgylove on February 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

    🙁



  28.  #28Erika Awakening on February 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Awww, I am a total sucker for stories and photos like this 🙂



  29.  #29Daria on February 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Femenergy love –

    how are you feeling now?



  30.  #30Orna Walters on February 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Heather,

    I feel so good receiving your compliment about the interview. Thank you.

    I want to acknowledge your COURAGE! Brava! Congratulations on having the courage to look up your past abuser. This is a HUGE WIN!

    Feeling SAFE is so important because we must feel safe in order to receive anything – prosperity, health, love – EVERYTHING. So I celebrate your feeling of RELIEF!

    Having so much abuse in my past a constant mantra for me is “I am loved and I am safe,” or another “I am healthy, wealthy and loved.”

    I actually make up silly songs out of the affirmations I say. I find they stay in my head longer if I add a melody. Sometimes I wake up with one of the tunes in my head.

    It sounds to me like you are taking very good care of you.

    Big Hug,
    Orna



  31.  #31Orna Walters on February 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Linda,

    How are you feeling today?

    I’m checking in on you.

    Big Hug,
    Orna



  32.  #32Orna Walters on February 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Femenergy Love,

    I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but why were dating someone who was in a relationship with someone else?

    This is about your Self-Esteem. I know this feeling of wanting what you cannot have. It has nothing to do with the object of your desire. You cannot fill this empty space from the outside. This is an inside job.

    Please start filling yourself up with LOVE from You! Free Audio at http://creatingloveonpurpose.com/ “Self Acceptance is the Key to Feeling Loved.”

    Big Hug,
    Orna



  33.  #33FEMENERGYLOVE on February 27, 2010 at 1:13 am

    after all the silence i feel so good.because i see myself now.i really really see myself.orna you are right.now i’m like what the hell was i thinking.i’ve removed all info that could even entice me to get in touch.and i have dated myself all week long.daria i’m feeling good.from deep down.thanks for the love.xoxo…off to another great date.with me.