Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor

Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor
Picture by Justin Wyatt
To read Hilary's story buy this special book...

This magical story has a touch of the supernatural. When an injured crane is found and nursed, something happens, something magical and inspiring...

Gentle Footprints launched- AS SEEN ON TV

Gentle Footprints was officially launched Fri June 4th at the Hay Festival with guest speaker Virginia McKenna and some of the authors

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Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Animal Anthology To Raise Funds for Born Free

Bridge House Publishing announce new book coming Spring 2010. For more about Bridge House please see their website.
This book is the annual charity book for Born Free...if you want to get involved with promoting and selling this book- email me!

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Mischief is in the eye of the beholder

I hope you don't think some of the pictures I've chosen for this week are a bit samey. I wanted to show capuchins in their proper environment in the forest. This one just breaks my heart thinking about Jessy from yesterday... She should have been up there too.

Back to symbols: traditionally the monkey is considered symbolic of mischief, mimicry and deceit, but also admired for its cleverness, curiosity and inventiveness. A pattern emerges of intelligence vs roguishness.

For example, the Hindu monkey god Hanuman was renowned for his courage and faithful selfless service but in his youth he abused his powers to pester the saints living in the nearby forest.

Then, in African folklore a monkey sits in a tree and teases a lion. The monkey is aware of the powerful and predatory nature of the lion but can control it by guile and intelligence.

Dream symbology suggests the monkey stands for lust, self-satisfaction and trickery or fragility, inspiration, a sense of freedom and capacity to imitate.

The Chinese Monkey King was strong, speedy and a warrior. He combined playfulness with a cunning mind. In the Chinese zodiac those born in monkey years (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992) are intelligent, quick-witted, observant, curious, charming and sociable. They'll try anything once, don't miss a trick and don't care what people think of them. Any truth in any of this, monkey year people? (Don't forget the year starts mid-February.) In a monkey year what appears impossible is possible (next one 2016).

It seems to me that although we interpret them as being mischievous, it's just monkeys being themselves - and perhaps we're a bit jealous of their freedom. Last year Born Free was involved in an operation to translocate up to 200 primates that had been living in and around the grounds of the presidential office in Lusaka, Zambia. The animals - vervets and baboons - were escaping on to the nearby golf course, hotel, local residential properties and embassies in the area and were being considered a "nuisance". The last straw for the president seems to be when one peed on him during a press conference (to much hilarity). It was estimated that the whole translocation process would cost US$50,000 and would involve predator avoidance training and exposure to naturally occurring fruits and seeds. (Photos from Sky News.)

More tomorrow about returning captives to the wild.

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