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Red-shanked douc Hi Vong

This small, charming fellow Hi Vong (his name stands for the Vietnamese word “hope”) – was born 5 March 2007 in Cologne Zoo. The red-shanked douc got this penetratingly wise stare. I’m convinced they are wise-futuristic-space-aliens – not really; well; maybe ;o)? The doucs consist of three species of the genus Pygathrix. They are Southeast Asian Old World monkeys and…

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Animal Personality: Bonobo Clyde

The wonderful bonobos: Sharing 98.5% of the same DNA as humans, it is not surprising that bonobos possess very human-like qualities. They embody a profound intelligence and a deep emotional capacity. In fact, in captivity, bonobos have picked up on many facets of human culture, sometimes simply through observation of the researchers around them. They have learned how to communicate…

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African souls: XIV

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. And so in you the child your mother lives on and through your family continues to live. So at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother…

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Survive

Fate is never fair. You are caught in a current much stronger than you are; struggle against it and you’ll drown not just yourself but those who try to save you. Swim with it and you’ll survive (Cassandra Clare)!

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