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Watching –and Helping - Life

April 10, 2012,
Claire Montanaro

It was dark, but I saw newts scrambling from refuges under the rocks down the bank to reach the waters below where hundreds more dived and played in the plants as they enjoyed ideal conditions for mating. Toad and frog tadpoles were everywhere too and I was surprised to see a number of their parents reclining on branches on the surface as if they were sunbathing. It looked like amphibian heaven. By contrast, just a few hours later, I read two reports which were far from heavenly. One spoke of the importance of frogs, which play a vital part in the food chain and which can cure human diseases, but which are being depleted, in some places, to near extinction because of loss of habitat and pollution; the other report is of an intensive cull of cane toads taking place now in Australia in an effort to exterminate creatures introduced some eighty years ago in an unsuccessful attempt to kill beetles. They have no natural predators and even science cannot control them – but it is not the cane toad’s fault that they are in the wrong place for their species. We humans are here to learn and one day we will understand about the importance of not interfering with, or manipulating nature but working sympathetically with her instead. Meanwhile, we can, each of us, do what we can to help, and the smallest act can mean much at many levels: you can make a pond which is wonderful always but often not practical, or you can look to see where you are walking, which is easy. There may be a stranded worm on the pavement which is drying and dying, and likely to be squashed if it is not rescued – so pick it up if you can (use a leaf if you are squeamish) and put it somewhere safe nearby. They are lovely creatures and will not hurt you, but they matter, and without the worm or the frog or the toad our lives would be very much the poorer.]]>

Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of "Spiritual Wisdom”.

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