If every thing has it’s place in our world, then each lost species must irrevocably change the balance.

Ospreys were lost to the United Kingdom, but thanks to the faith and determination of carers – Ospreys once more have a place in the British Isles. If only all species threatened not just by loss of one place, but by loss entire, could be so saved.

The World Wildlife has a terrifying list of critically endangered species:

Endangered, Vulnerable and Threatened Animals.

And just recently I heard of the plight of the vulture, in Africa, which is in danger of being wiped out by one simple painkiller. A bird that can process and detoxify a killing bacterium such as Typhoid, amongst others, cannot process a painkiller.

How dark would our world be without our wild friends?

We can learn, educate, help out, donate, adopt.  But to care, is the simple beginning.

Here are some beautiful words – I hope they inspire you, too:

‘We need another wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.’

Henry Beston

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