Did I just hear you go, “Oohhh cho chweet. What a cute puppy!!”. Well.. You’re partly right. She is adorable. But she’s not a puppy at all. Infact, not even close! She’s actually a polar bear. Probably the world’s cutest polar bear.
She was named Flocke by her caretakers at the Nuremberg zoo where she was born. ‘Flocke’ means ‘flake’ as in snowflake in German (cute eh!). The pics you see above were taken when Flocke was just a few weeks old. She’s almost 6-months now and looks more like a polar bear now. See the pics below.
And if you are a geek who isn’t amazed by four-legged creatures, you still have a lot to be envious of. She’s got her own blog, even her own wikipedia page! Now beat that!!
I’ve always wanted a cute pet. Wait till my dad sees this post. All my life(19 yrs to be precise), we’ve been nagging my mom to get a dog. Now if we tell her we want a polar bear, she’ll probably throw us out!! 😉
Life as a Mumbai University engineering student is getting tough. The days are spent in attending endless hours of mind crunching but mostly boring lectures and the nights are spend in jotting down numerous assignments mindlessly. Do I get time to study? Probably just a couple of minutes every day. Do I get time for blogging? Heck, not at all!
So at times when I don’t get the time to come up with something creative, I would like to share some of the good posts I’ve come across in the recent past. They may be from blogs I regularly read, pages that I’ve stumbled across or even pages that some of this blog’s readers have suggested.
This page that I stumbled across deserves a special mention. Absolutely stunning wildlife photos! Here’s a sneak peek at some of these beauties. The entire collection can be viewed at http://www.younggalleryphoto.com/photography/brandt/brandt.html They are up for sale. So you could even buy them. Every pic is worth a photo frame on your wall!
I’d like to keep this post short n sweet. Err actually not sweet at all. I’ll just let these pics do the talking.
Do your bit for the Indian Tiger:
1) Sign the NDTV petition. Head to NDTV and drop in your name and Email address
2) You can also send an SMS Tigeryour message to 56388
Help raise awareness. Do your bit. Else our next generation may never see the stripped beast ever again. Probably Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes’s Tony might be the only tiger our kids could relate to in the near future.
Life must be really tough if you have a physical handicap. Picking up dropped keys when you can barely bend over in a wheelchair, attending the door when you don’t even hear the doorbell, waiting for someone to take you to the park. Little things that are trivial to us are an impediment to their independence. Sure, technology does come in handy here. But then one gadget can’t do all your tasks. Moreover, how do you teach a gadget to bestow love? No gadget could possibly do that. What you need is something with a heart and soul. Someone who can complement you. Someone who’ll be there with you, for you, all the time. Probably even a human being could never fit this post. Then, who am I referring to?? Why man’s best friend ofcourse! They ain’t called man’s best friend for no reason at all!!
There are organizations (see below for a short list) which train dogs for the disabled. Here, dogs are trained according to the disability of their owners. For e.g. dogs meant to assist the blind, called guide dogs, are taught to walk their masters to the park, hand them their phones, guard homes, warn their masters of fires and stuff. Hearing dogs, which aid the hearing impaired, are trained to alert their masters of smoke alarms, phone rings, doorbells, baby cries etc. Service dogs are trained to help the physically handicapped open doors, pull wheelchairs, activate switches etc.
The best part is that these institutes do all this at absolutely no cost to the disabled. They function only on our donations. We can (or rather must) show our support either through donations or by paying a visit to these training centers. Even those dogs could do with some love. Training must not be easy too. Imagine a dog takes his master to the park and runs off chasing a cat!!
It is heartening to know that these institutes are gaining the much required attention. In the US, laws now permit entry to dogs for the disabled in public parks (comes as a surprise to us Indians coz in India you’ll even find buffaloes in public gardens!!).
I write this post to thank all those charitable organizations which are doing this noble deed. We’ll always be grateful for bringing smiles to the disabled and giving them a whole new meaning of life. An even bigger pat on the head to those finest and most lovable of God’s creations. Thank You!!
Listed below are some of the organizations that train dogs for the disabled. Check them out!