More Than 220 Sheep Saved From Australian Bushfires After Heroic Pup Herds Them to Safety

More Than 220 Sheep Saved From Australian Bushfires After Heroic Pup Herds Them to Safety

By McKinley Corbley – Jan 13, 2020 for

This courageous pup is being credited for saving an entire flock of sheep from impending bushfires in Australia earlier this month.

On New Year’s Eve, Stephen Hill saw the wildfires approaching his sister’s farm in Corryong, Australia sometime around 4:15AM.

Hill and his 6-year-old pup Patsy then rushed over to the farm, hopped onto a 4-wheeler, and rode out to where the sheep were wandering the fields.

How To Prevent Year Zero, When All Wild Animals Are Gone

How To Prevent Year Zero, When All Wild Animals Are Gone

Year Zero is the future date when all wild animals are gone.

Words by Dr. Sailesh Rao.

In 2015, I was visiting India on a project field trip when the main news in New Delhi was the spate of farmer suicides occurring on a daily basis. And I was shocked to discover that the farmers were committing suicide because they had harvested a bumper crop of potatoes! The price of potatoes plummeted and many farmers were dumping their potatoes by the side of the road instead of taking them to market in New Delhi. They were then drinking pesticides and killing themselves because they couldn’t repay their debts. Read more.

Large pride of lions spotted in the Kruger National Park


by Erene Oberholzer for

An overseas visitor recently caught 15 Lions – one of the largest pride of Lions ever spotted in the Kruger National Park – on camera.

Ram Goyel was reportedly so mesmerized by his astonishing lion encounter one day on the H6 near Satara that his heart was literally beating outside of his chest.

To his greatest delight, the white lion was among this pride as well.

Ram told

“We were just returning from the N’wanetsi Picnic spot and this beautiful sighting came along and greeted us. It was a quiet morning and there were no other cars at the time. It was sheer disbelief!

“In the end, my family and I were jumping out of our skin. We were so lucky and thankful that the lions were walking towards us. I pulled over to the side and just let them come to us. My hand was shaking with exhilaration so the video is not perfectly still I’m afraid.

“The sighting ended a few minutes later when a few other cars showed up, and then literally pushed the lions off the road into the bushes.”

Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ Is Underway, Scientists Warn

By Tatiana Schlossberg for The New York Times, July 11, 2017
From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds.

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the current decline in animal populations a “global epidemic” and part of the “ongoing sixth mass extinction” caused in large measure by human destruction of animal habitats. The previous five extinctions were caused by natural phenomena.

Gerardo Ceballos, a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, acknowledged that the study is written in unusually alarming tones for an academic research paper. “It wouldn’t be ethical right now not to speak in this strong language to call attention to the severity of the problem,” he said.

Dr. Ceballos emphasized that he and his co-authors, Paul R. Ehrlich and Rodolfo Dirzo, both professors at Stanford University, are not alarmists, but are using scientific data to back up their assertions that significant population decline and possible mass extinction of species all over the world may be imminent, and that both have been underestimated by many other scientists.

The study’s authors looked at reductions in a species’ range — a result of factors like habitat degradation, pollution and climate change, among others — and extrapolated from that how many populations have been lost or are in decline, a method that they said is used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

White Whale Spotted Off North East Coast of New Zealand

By Ryan Dunlop, Reporter, NZ Herald

[caption id="attachment_1078" align="center" width="680"] A rare white humpback whale was spotted off the coast of Gisborne. Expert Ingrid Visser says it is likely Migaloo, a white humpback known to frequent Australian waters.[/caption]

A white humpback whale sighted off the coast of the North Island is a significant find, according to whale biologist and expert Dr Ingrid Visser.

It is likely the whale is Migaloo, a famous white humpback found in Australian waters, or the first sighting of a new white whale, both extremely rare finds.

Commercial cray fisher Joshua Whitley was out casting pots about 16km off the coast of Gisborne when he noticed something strange near the boat.

“I just happened to look up and see a whale spout. We decided to go over and have a look.”

Upon approach Whitley noticed something wasn’t quite right with one of the whales – “It was completely white”.

White Chipmunks in Worcester, Mass.

By George Barnes for the Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER — Hoping to give his mother something pleasant to look at off her balcony at Plantation Towers, Bill Chappell set up a bird feeder and spread some seeds on the ground in a garden space near the parking lot.

He got a lot of birds, but he also attracted a couple of nature’s oddities. “I put out the seeds, and I was out watching birds, when I noticed something white,” he said. “It was an albino chipmunk.”

As it turns out, there are two. A second white chipmunk was seen a few days later, also dining beneath the feeder.

Rare White Orca spotted in Bering Sea

June 11, 2018 by Pete Thomas

A white orca has been spotted by Russian researchers near the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea.

The extremely rare sighting was of a leucistic female orca that had not been documented in several years.

Russian Orcas, a research group, announced the sighting early Monday on Facebook:

“On the first day of our fieldwork in the Commander Islands, we encountered a large aggregation of several groups, including one with a white individual.

“Not the famous Iceberg this time, but the female CO210 also known as ‘Mama Tanya’ (named after the main photo ID researcher of our project Tatiana Ivkovich, who is also blonde).

“CO210 was encountered for the first time in 2009 and re-sighted several times in 2010, but then disappeared for a long time. We are happy to greet her again!”

White Bison Joins National Buffalo Museum Herd

[caption id="attachment_1036" width="600"] The white bison is a year old and was introduced to the National Buffalo Museum herd. Image Credit: Searle Swedlund / Jamestown Tourism[/caption]

By Chris Olson for The Jamestown Sun

A new white bison from Shirek Buffalo Ranch was quick to get out into the summer pasture where the bison herd overseen by the National Buffalo Museum roams each day.

“She got out of there (the trailer in which she was transported) so fast, it was like a shot,” said Ilana Xinos, National Buffalo Museum executive director. Xinos said the museum is trying the year-old bison cow out on a trial basis with the herd. “We’ll see how things go, sometimes it takes a little time for the herd to adjust to a new face,” she said.

White Bison “Ghostbuster” expecting in Hays, Missouri

Baby bison born in Hays; more calves expected

May 14, 2018 byCristina Janney

Hays Post

The city of Hays welcomed two baby bison to its herd last week at Frontier Park.

Jeff Boyle, director of the city’s parks department, said the bison’s keeper thinks all five of the cows in the herd will likely have calves this season, including the herd’s white bison, sometimes referred to as Ghostbuster.

The bull in the herd does not exhibit any albino traits, so it is unknown if Ghostbuster would have a white or brown calf.

Rare White Deer Fawn in Wisconsin

[caption id="attachment_1007" align="alignleft" width="540"]Photo courtesy of Trent Zimmerman.[/caption]Just moments after finding the only morel of the day near a cluster of elm trees, Zimmerman and Maggie walked a few steps and surveyed the forested landscape.

Twenty yards ahead stood a tiny four-legged form shining like a full moon in the shaded woods: a white deer fawn.

The deer locked eyes with what were likely the first human and dog it had seen in its young life.

“We just sort of pulled up in shock,” said Zimmerman, 38. “What a sight.”

The fawn was standing, Zimmerman said, but didn’t try to run.

The fawn tottered on its spindly legs as Maggie, a 1-year-old Labrador retriever, walked over to investigate. Zimmerman can be heard on the video telling his dog to back off, an order to which Maggie promptly complied.

As with all young wildlife, it’s important to leave fawns where they are found. An adult is likely near and will return soon. Female deer will leave their offspring in grassy or brushy areas and return several times a day to feed them. The process continues until the fawns are strong enough to run and follow the doe.

White animals are also revered in American Indian lore.

Charlie Russell, Who Befriended Bears, Dies at 76

[caption id="attachment_982" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Charlie Russell in an undated photograph with a young grizzly bear at a lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.
Credit: Maureen Enns Studio Ltd.[/caption]

By Neil Genzlinger

Charlie Russell, a Canadian naturalist who researched grizzly bears by living among them and argued for a view of the animals based on coexistence rather than fear, died on May 7 in Calgary, Alberta. He was 76.

The cause was complications after surgery, his brother Gordon said.

Mr. Russell was outspoken in his belief that the view most people — including many of his fellow naturalists — held of the bear was wrong.

“I believe that it’s an intelligent, social animal that is completely misunderstood,” he said in a PBS “Nature” documentary about his work. To prove the point, he and his partner at the time, Maureen Enns, a photographer and artist, spent months each year for a decade living among bears in a remote part of eastern Russia.

Indie Shaman Book Review of White Spirit Animals

This book explores the author’s journey and relationship with several White Spirit Animals; namely the Bear, Lion, Elephant, Wolf and Buffalo and is based on both her own Shamanic and Telepathic dreaming and conversations, as well as numerous interviews with animal conservation enthusiasts and professionals in order to give a vibrant picture of these animal ambassadors. These shamanic animals who have been considered by many indigenous peoples to be great teachers and wisdom keepers and who, for thousands of years, have provided a sacred link between the mundane and spirit worlds.

It is the author’s assertion that these animals carry a message of, to use her own phrase, Conservation, Preservation and Restoration (or C.P.R.) for the Earth and that trans-species communication can be used to learn the lessons they have to offer.

N.Y.T. Opinion – Pet Owners Gone Wild

[caption id="attachment_942" width="400"] Illustration by Joe Sutphin[/caption]

By Margaret Renkl

Being the caretaker of two very old dogs means frequent visits to the pet-supply store, but I don’t take my geriatric companions with me when I shop. In their sore, deaf, rickety old age, they are made anxious by the bounding puppies in the store’s cavernous fluorescence. For my dogs, a pet supermarket is a chamber of tortures.

And not just for them. I recently crossed the main aisle just as a big man pushing a stroller was coming the other way. The screen covering the stroller was zipped, and the animal inside had scooted back as far as it could, so I caught only a glimpse. “That dog looks just like a fox,” I said.

“It is a fox,” the man said.

I squatted for a closer look. The creature inside drew back, but I could see it well enough to know it truly was a fox.

Zohara on the Maiden, Mother, and Crone podcast

Zohara on the Maiden, Mother, and Crone podcast

The Maiden, Mother, and Crone of Green Egg bringing aspects of the magazine to life on the Pagan Musings Podcast, you can find their live shows on alternating Saturdays.

Zoh has been called a visionary and futurist and is as well, a trans-species telepath who communicates with animals both wild and domestic. Zohara is well known for her participation in consciousness studies, the spiritual science of self mastery as described in kabbalah, and is a broadcasting personality hosting numerous radio shows over the past 30 years.

Listen to this show on the Maiden, Mother, and Crone page

White Bison Spotted in Park County, Colorado

[caption id="attachment_970" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image Credit: Coleen Graybill[/caption]

Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! writes on Graybills and white bison

by Miles F. Porter IV

It was two rare white wildlife species — a red-tailed hawk in the San Luis Valley and a bison in Park County — that brought about this week’s column.

Knowing Native American folklore about the spirituality of albino-like creatures piqued Coleen’s interest.

“I photographed both the white bison and the leucistic (white) red-tailed hawk at the end of February to mid-March. I have a thing for spirit animals, and especially animal totems not usually seen as white. They bring a deep spiritual meaning with them. I was very excited about the hawk and how unusual the sighting was,” she says.

“I have seen up to three white bison at the same time there, but never had my camera with or they were too far out in the field to photograph well,” Coleen notes. “We photographed there again just a couple days ago on our way to Colorado Springs. We will be working up a couple of new images this week.”

White Buffalo in western Colorado

Hidden near Hartsel, a spectral rare white buffalo

in The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Apr 1, 2018

HARTSEL — Life is full of surprises.

My husband Steve and I were driving to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument when we spotted a full-grown white buffalo grazing in a field just west of the South Park hamlet of Hartsel.

Full disclosure: I couldn’t find any information about this particular creature, one of a small herd of standard, chocolate-brown-furred bison, so I’m going to speculate. Its eyes were dark, meaning it probably wasn’t albino. And since the National Bison Association’s code of ethics prohibits members from deliberately crossbreeding the American bison (Bison bison) with other species, it probably wasn’t a bison-cattle cross.

White Spirit Animals Featured in InnerSelf Magazine

Photo credit: Stano Novak, CC BY 2.5

In the land where trees are called “growing people” and ancestral spirits are consulted in community decisions, we meet the White Lions of Timbavati, South Africa.

Like indigenous leaders in whose homeland other White Spirit Animals are born, here too, in Africa, Zulu elders teach that there is vital significance in the appearance of the White Lions in Timbavati at this time. As with all the other White Spirit Animals, the White Spirit Lions have come to warn us of dramatic Earth changes, encouraging us to work together in these perilous times. Protecting the Earth, as Lions have protected humans throughout time, is our noble-hearted duty.

Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine features White Spirit Animals

Watkins Mind Body Spirit is a quarterly magazine published by Watkins Books in London. Like the famous bookshop, the magazine covers a wide range of subjects from contemporary spirituality to self development and mysticism to Eastern philosophy. Each issue contains specially commissioned author’s articles and interviews, alongside the very latest book releases.

Zohara’s article with excerpts from White Spirit Animals features many photographs from the book. Read the article (PDF).

Visit Watkins Magazine online

Calling All Earth Guardians – Zoh’s article in Species Link Journal

Species Link focuses on our many ways of being in relationship with all animals and our natural environment. To have a vibrant and honest relationship with our animal kin and our ecosystems requires developing greater compassionate action, establishing personal, political and financial will to restore our precious earth. The entire world faces serious challenges we must respond to.

Conscious Community Magazine Review of White Spirit Animals

Review by Kayla Hancock

White animals have always been honored by indigenous cultures as great spiritual teachers. As Zohara Meyerhoff puts it, they act as a connection between the physical and the spiritual worlds, reaching out to humanity to restore balance on our planet. Meyerhoff shares sacred lore, science and her own telepathic dream experiences with readers to take a deeper look at White Spirit Animals and their role as the guardians of animal wisdom. She also tells of their importance in opening our hearts and healing the collective consciousness on Earth.

Read it online at