Indeed a LOVE-filled Day!

The Universe’s message is clear (or am I that dense that it has to say it three times?).

Repost no.1 from this source:

Don’t love only your fellow humans. Love everyone and everything equally. All things are your fellow beings, not only humans.

By loving everything, you are really loving yourself. Everything is nothing but the expression of yourself. If you stand in front of a mirror, you love that reflection. You smile at it and it smiles at you. In the same way, the whole world is your projection. You love because you are made of love; not because you have to love. The scriptures say to love your neighbor as your Self. You don’t love your neighbor as an individual; you love that person as your Self.

That means you have to see your Self in the other person. Real love is possible only when you see everything as your own expression. All others are none other than you; they just appear to be different. We always need to go beyond the name and form. When we rise above the worldly limitations, we will find that the essence is the same.

Repost no.2 from this article:

Mzee and Owen have become firm friends despite the age gap. A baby hippo rescued after floods in Kenya last week has befriended a 100-year-old tortoise in Kenya. The one-year-old hippo calf christened Owen was found alone and dehydrated by wildlife rangers near the Indian Ocean. He was placed in an enclosure at a wildlife sanctuary in the coastal city of Mombasa and befriended a male tortoise of a similar colour.

According to a park official, they sleep together, eat together and “have become inseparable”.

“Since Owen arrived on the 27 December, the tortoise behaves like a mother to it,” Haller Park tourism manager Pauline Kimoti told the BBC News website.

“The hippo follows the tortoise around and licks his face,” she said.

The tortoise is named Mzee, which is Swahili for old man.

Ms Kimoti said that if the 300kg hippo continued to thrive then in the next few weeks they would allow the public to see the unlikely pair together before they are separated.

The sanctuary, which is on the site of a former cement factory, plans eventually to get the help of the Kenya Wildlife Service to place Owen with Cleo, a lonely female hippo in a separate enclosure.

This is the latest in a series of unusual bondings in the wild that have surprised and delighted zoologists in Kenya.

In 2002, a lioness at Samburu National Park adopted a succession of baby oryx.

And the final one (with a sad ending though 😦 ):

A lioness in central Kenya has baffled wildlife experts by adopting a baby oryx, a kind of small antelope normally preyed upon by big cats. In the afternoon, they lay down together to rest. Reports say the full-grown lioness came across the oryx two weeks ago in the Samburu Game Reserve, scaring off its mother. Instead of then attacking the defenceless calf, the lioness adopted the baby, protecting it from other predators, including a leopard.

Extraordinarily, the lioness still allowed the mother oryx occasionally to come and feed her calf before chasing her away. But the rule of the wild ultimately prevailed on Sunday when a male lion attacked and killed the baby oryx while the lioness was sleeping.

“This is either an extraordinary case of maternal instinct or simply the eighth wonder of the world,” local Herman Mwasaghu told The Nation newspaper. What is baffling is why the relationship has lasted so long.

Mr Mwasaghu was one of the first to spot the unlikely pair, which proved a powerful draw for tourists and game workers alike. The lioness would lie down to rest in the afternoon and its unlikely charge would curl up beside her. Wildlife expert Vincent Kapeen said he thought the lioness spared the oryx “because animals have a special instinct to care for the young”.

“What is baffling is why the relationship has lasted so long,” he was quoted as saying.

According to the AFP news agency, the sad end to the story came on Sunday when the lioness led the oryx to the river to drink. Weakened by two weeks of looking after her adopted baby, she fell asleep, failing to notice a hungry male lion in the area. The oryx was no more. Patrick Muriungi, a receptionist at Samburu Lodge, told AFP the lioness was grief-stricken when she awoke to realise what had happened.

“She was very angry. She went around the lion about 10 times roaring, and then the lioness disappeared,” he was quoted as saying.

She has not been seen since.

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Shame on us, humans! It seems that animals are more capable of unconditional, universal love than us.

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I have just realized that I am closing this post with yet another lion story. See, not all lions are masungit 😛 We are inclusive, capable of loving those not of our own kind. Just do not mess around us. 😉

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