My neighbour Mr. Croc

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My neighbour on Attidiya Lake – Lotus Grove in background.

My neighbour causes many passers-by to stop, to gaze, and to take his picture if possible.  You have to be a bit quick though because he tends to submerge himself if he thinks there are too many inquisitive eyes staring at him. 🙂

I myself have a bit blasé about having him for a neighbour.  He generally goes for a lazy afternoon stroll around 2 or 3.pm – Continue reading

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Beating the heat !

Your door-step you said ?  Forget it.  We are not moving ....”

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Water buffaloes enjoying the shade

“Ok .. no protests from me. You really are a beautiful specimen.  And the heat is almost unbearable so you stay … I’ll just park next door 🙂     Let me first get a picture of you though for the Mundane Monday community.   Done.   Now I’ll just wait here till you are ready to move .”   Image result for emoticons

Colombo has been experiencing a heat wave.  The animals are the hardest hit … as are those in drought stricken lands of Asia where humans too are succumbing to the heat.

One of the big questions in the climate change debate: Are humans any smarter than frogs in a pot? If you put a frog in a pot and slowly turn up the heat, it won’t jump out. Instead, it will enjoy the nice warm bath until it is cooked to death. We humans seem to be doing pretty much the same thing  – Jeff Goodell

Grumbling at the heat … but doing nothing to minimise our carbon footprint?  Guilty as charged.

Camouflaged !

Oh …a nice shady tree to rest under … close to the water too  🙂

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Ooops …on closer look … that is not an inviting root to rest on !! Dirty him .. trying to trick me.

Monitor Lizard (Kabaragoya)

Monitor Lizard (Kabaragoya)

Look  he is moving.

What camouflage!!  There he goes …

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Just look at the tail of this huge monitor lizard lurking near the waters.  Thankfully they scuttle along when they see  or hear your approaching.  But if by chance you get too close …  be prepared for a swipe of his tail that can ….well I will leave it to your imagination 🙂

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Posting in response to  Jithin’s MMC post on Hidden Danger.   Yeah,  I’m late but thought of sharing nonetheless.

And by the way,  there is now a chain link fence between them and us. I took these through the links.

Also sharing with Echoes of My Neighbourhood.

For love of learning … and elephants.

I am sure this little one seen in my neighbourhood will graduate with a magna cum laude in English 🙂

Unlike Jithin’s MM Challenge #44 education poster, This school does not promise to make a genius in two days.  I guess that would be a gargantuan task.  Or would it ?  Elephants have astounding memory.

You can’t help but smile when you see these gentle giants.  But these majestic animals – the largest living creature on land should not be chained but left free to roam where he will on the plains or in the forests and jungles.

Sadly man is not only encroaching on their territory but also slaughtering them for their ivory.

I pray the elephants will not be driven to extinction by man’s insatiable greed. Thankfully, the world is waking up, albeit slowly.

Just last week, Sri Lanka became the 16th country to burn a huge cache of ivory, whilst apologising to the elephants.

“We have to apologize,” said the Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero, the Buddhist priest who will lead the service. “Those elephants were victimized by the cruelty of certain people. But all of human society is responsible. We destroyed those innocent lives to take those tusks. We have to ask for pardon from them.”

“One Country Will Destroy Its Ivory—and Pray for Elephants” 

Picture of Sri Lankan customs officials inspecting seized ivory

Can you imagine how many animals were killed to generate this haul of tusk!!!

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Let us do our part by not using ivory in any shape or form – whether as ornaments, or trinkets, or any other way-and spreading the word to save these awesome animals from extinction.