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Today in My History

2000: The Pipes are Calling
2001:  Day of Rest
2002:  Tinsel Town
2003:  I Didn't Want to Know
2004:  Separate and Unequal
2005:  A SALARIED Philosopher
2006:   I'm Depressed

2007: We Sail the Ocean Blue...Again

2008: Bouncing Bodies
2009:  Brief Encounters
2010:  Post Cousins Day Meme
2011:  The Butterfly
2012: Sunday Stealing
2013: Sarta

2014: Wear Grey
2015: A Bit of This, A Bit of That
2016: Saturday 9
2017: Sunday Stealing
2018: Two for One
2019: I'll never forget What's Her Name
2020: Throw Back Thursday

Theater Reviews
Updated 7/10/21

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 8/03
"Win" and
"Miracle Cure"
by Harlan Coben...and
"Mr. Monk Goes to
the Firehouse"
by Lee Goldberg

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Pi´┐Żata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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13 August 2021

Today's happiness:  elephants!

Elephant stories always make me smile and I was fascinated by this National Geographic story that Walt's sister sent me.

By Rachael Bale, ANIMALS Executive Editor

One of the challenges of caring for rescued wildlife is figuring out what to feed them. Pangolins, for example, are really hard to keep alive in captivity because no one's quite cracked the code of their diet. For other animals, decades of research has helped their caretakers fine-tune food and formulas that come close to replacing what they'd get in the wild.

At the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya, orphaned elephant calves get a concoction based on human infant formula. It works pretty well. They grow up, and many are later released back into the wild.

But travel restrictions during the pandemic complicated things. Reteti is in a remote area, and it became difficult for staff to get the baby formula their elephant calves needed, Ayenat Mersie reports for Nat Geo. Plus, with the drop in tourism income, they needed to save money. Imported baby formula was out.

So they looked in their own backyard. Most of the people living in the community-owned conservancy of Namunyak, where Reteti is, are herders. Their livelihood is based on raising and selling livestock, including goats. After calculations about caloric content, protein, fat, vitamins, and other nutrients, Reteti staff realized a goat milk-based formula just might work for the elephants. (Pictured above, some elephants have learned to feed themselves. Below, Nturuyayi Lengees collects fresh goat milk to deliver to the sanctuary.)

And it did. The elephant calves happily drink it, and they're growing up big and strong. Plus, pastoralist families in the conservancy now have another source of income-selling fresh goat milk to Reteti. That's been especially valuable as livestock markets closed during the pandemic, leaving families with no one to sell to.

At this point, supply can't keep up with Reteti's demand, so the sanctuary is working with herders on how to increase milk yields while protecting the land from overgrazing. Read more about this innovative and resourceful solution, and how it helped save a baby elephant named Sera, here. Happy World Elephant Day!



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