In Bangladesh a drowning baby deer swept away by a surging river was saved by a boy named Belal. He dived in to to rescue her, lifted the deer above his head, choking water, pulling him under. Belal struggled desperately, but reached dry land with the dear safely in his arms.
A helpful raven named ‘Mischief’ is known to collect empty plastic drink bottles in her beak. She then deposits them into yellow coloured recycle bins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. If a bird can make the time and effort to recycle so can we! Let's be Mischief!
2009; Diver Yang Yun was competing in a free diving contest at China’s Polar Land Aquarium. The water was so cold that Yun developed cramp in her arms and legs, sinking helplessly. She was rescued by Mila a Beluga whale, who grabbed her leg, pushing her back up to the surface.
After entering a residential area in Florida a 400 pound bear was shot with a tranquilizer dart. The bear fled into the ocean. He soon became drowsy, began to flounder. Despite the weight, Adam Warwick; a biologist with the Wildlife Commission, dragged the bear safely to shore.
Botanist Hugh Wilson proposed to regenerate farmland into native forest, many called him a fool. 30 years later he oversees 1500 hectares of native forest in the Hinewai Nature Reserve on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula. 47 waterfalls now in permanent flow. Not a fool, a hero.
By the 19th century the grey wolf occupied half of French territory. Humans reduced their habitat by hunting the European grey wolf almost to extinction. Then it disappeared entirely in 1937. But now the number in France is growing again; a population on the verge of over 1,000.
1989; Costa Rica. Gilberto “Chito” Shedden rescued an injured crocodile, nursed him, returned him to the wild. Next day Pocho was on his veranda. Chito said. “I just wanted him to feel that someone loved him, that not all humans are bad”. Together and inseprable for 22 years.
Carpenter Todd Sutton saw a raccoon in a trap at his construction site, instead of handing him over to Animal Control to be destroyed. Sutton was fired for stealing a cage and releasing him into the wild. The raccoon’s safety and happiness mattered more to Todd than his job.
Ethiopia; 2019, set a world record by planting close to 350 million trees in a day. Overtaking India's record of 50 million. The world plans to plant at least 1 trillion trees by 2030. In 2022, non profit organisation 'One Tree Planted' seeded 52 millions trees across the globe.
Only 0.5% of their land was home to trees when Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado and her husband Sebastião Salgado started their reforestation project. In two decades they replanted over 2 million trees. Insects, birds and fish have returned. Extraordinary people can change the world!
The Bishnoi of the Hindu sect; which has more than 1.5 million devotees are India’s original eco-warriors. The community believes in the sanctity of all life, they shun meat, avoid felling living trees and have been fighting to protect the environment for more than 500 years.
Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi noticed that not enough was being done to help meet the homeless populations need for good hygiene. So they created Australia’s first mobile laundry for the homeless. Lucas and Nicholas spend 5 days a week doing laundry for them in Brisbane.
Be a butterfly; spread each wing and fly, see the world, her beauty. Never look down on others. Our duty not always to teach, but to reach out, bring calm under a protective wing. Friend or foe may know and understand that despite our differences, we can talk not fight. Fear in flight goes nowhere.