Friday, February 22, 2013

Sunny Side Up

“To me, animals have all the traits indicative of soul. For soul is not something we can see or measure...No one can prove that animals have souls. Asking for proof would be like  demanding proof that I love my wife and children, or wanting me to prove that Handel's Messiah is a glorious masterpiece of music. Some truths simply cannot be demonstrated. But if we open our hearts to other creatures and allow ourselves to sympathize with their joys and struggles, we will find they have the power to touch and transform us. There is an inwardness in other creatures that awakens what is innermost in ourselves.” - Gary Kowalski (The Souls of Animals) -


Today’s end of the week feel good story is about a woman who owes her life to a caring animal.

Back in 2009...

Diver Yang Yun had been participating in a free diving contest in Harbin Polar Land aquarium in northeast China. Devoid of breathing equipment, competitors had to sink to the bottom of a 20-foot arctic pool and stay there for as long as possible amid beluga whales.

When Yun tried to head to the surface, she discovered that she could not move. Her legs were paralyzed by crippling cramps due to the frigid temperatures.

Mila, a Beluga whale in the pool with Yun at the time, sensed the diver’s distress, grabbed onto her leg with her mouth and pushed her up to the surface. Saving her life.


Nothing warms my heart more than stories that prove that animals have souls. Like this one.

A lovely weekend, to all!

14 comments:

  1. Great story. Anyone who has had a pet dog knows that at least some animals have souls.

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  2. oh wow that is such an amazing story Martha - thanks for sharing it! and I agree with Doug ... my dog cleo definitely had a soul

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  3. Holy cow! What a great story and the picture is pretty amazing. Kind of a weird passtime though. I'm sure the Beluga sighed and rolled her eyes over the idiocy of some humans! ha ha

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    1. hahaha...that was my first thought, Francie --- that this Beluga rolled her eyes at our stupidity!

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  4. Wasn't she lucky? I like the idea of animals having souls - but not enough to turn vegetarian.

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    1. She sure is lucky. She owes her life to this animal.

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  5. What a story, Martha! The beluga in the first picture looks like he's blowing smoke rings a la Gandalf! I finally saw live belugas at Sea World in San Diego a few summers ago. They are magnificent animals. They glow in the water like ghosts. How I would love to see one in the wild. Have a great weekend!

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    1. They are beautiful animals. And they look like they're always smiling. Maybe they are :)

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  6. Love that story! People don't want to believe that animals have souls because we have treated them so cruelly for millenia.

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