Proof Positivity: Santa Around The Corner


My kids went to see Santa yesterday.  This Santa is a really good Santa with the proper Santa laugh.  Anyhow that is why there was no post yesterday.  My kids come first and they did have a good time.  They saw a group of children who were nervous sing, ate Taco Bell and Dairy Queen, saw Santa and the baby got to walk around the mall for the first time.  I put him on a leash for the freedom it would give him and so I don’t loose him.


If you want to know where Santa is at on Christmas eve Norad keeps track of that.  Do you think inflation affects Santa?  I don’t know Santa does have to shop for every child in the world maybe Bill Gates is an elf in disguise.  


What do you think of adopting a wild pet? Chipangali Wildlife Orpanage gives an opportunity for adoption.  Maybe not so much as an adoption, you would expect to keep a pet you adopted, more like a sponsorship.  You can’t keep a lion in your back yard your neighbors might not be happy with you. 

Function of Chipangali:

1. Wildlife Orphanage/ Animal Rehabilitation Centre: To provide a service  to rescue and care for injured wildlife, thereby providing a home for the many injured, sick, orphaned, abused, confiscated or abandoned wild animals from anywhere in Zimbabwe.

2. Education: to educate the Zimbabwe public, especially young children, with the aid of live viewing of many species not easily seen in the wild. Provide relevant lectures, film and slide shows for visiting groups. Thus providing a local resource centre for children to appreciate the important value of Zimbabwe’s natural heritage.

3. Nature Conservation: to teach people and especially children, to appreciate the wonder and variety of indigenous wildlife and not to take it for granted that these animals or their environment will not always be there for their enjoyment without the correct management of our natural resources.

4. Research: to observe and record useful zoological information on captive animals such as body growth and development, nutrition, dentition and gestation periods. Relevant research and field surveys are undertaken in the wild, under natural conditions in National Parks and protected areas.

5. Cooperation: To provide a link between local and governmental authorities thus being able to offer assistance to organizations like SPCA, National Parks, schools and private individuals where ever problem animals are concerned.


Very Little To Eat

  As people in the UK receive Christmas cards, today many working animals in West Africa, the only card
they’ll ever receive is cardboard scraps to eat.

 One of the world’s oldest veterinary charities (SPANA – Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) explained that many working horses and donkeys in the West African country of Mauritania never get to eat straw or grass as
it simply costs too much for their impoverished owners. Instead, they have to make do with a nosebag full of chopped cardboard.


   Jeremy Hulme, SPANA’s chief executive said: “Cardboard contains large amounts of cellulose, so working animals can eat and digest it as a useful fibre source but given the hard lives they lead it gives them little in the way of energy. If they are lucky they might get their cardboard scraps mixed with a few grains of sorghum or cattle feed.


   “When SPANA began work in Mauritania, the average life expectancy of a donkey was just a few months. But our vets have dramatically reduced mortality rates through the provision of regular veterinary care, delivered via a mobile clinic for non-urgent cases, or a longer stay in SPANA’s refuge for more serious injuries or illnesses.


   “There are still problems – hungry working animals will still scavenge amongst the rubbish and eat plastic bags, bits of rope, bottle tops and even glass. Through our education programme we are making owners more aware of the
problems, and that is having a direct positive impact on the welfare of their animals.”


   SPANA was founded in 1923 by two intrepid British women, Kate and Nina Hosali. Then, as now, it focuses on providing veterinary care to working animals in the knowledge that they play a vital role in supporting poor
families and communities. Working animals still provide livelihoods for millions of people and communities around the world, but if they fall sick or ill, it can mean the difference between a family having food on the table or
going to be hungry.

SPANA now runs 19 veterinary centres and 21 mobile veterinary clinics in countries like Mauritania, Mali, Morocco, Ethiopia, Jordan and Syria.


 More and more SPANA has been asked to intervene in emergency situations and has  operated veterinary missions in Chad and Darfur, Kosovo, Iraq, Zimbabwe, and East Africa during the severe drought in 2006. It is currently
working with the UNHCR on an innovative livestock and livelihood project in Chad looking at livestock and working animals belonging to refugees from Darfur.


Usually when I think of hunger and poverty I only think of  humans.    Maybe it’s ignorance on my part but the health of the animals is important.  If the animals are sick that may be a food source gone for some families.  They probably need donkeys to garden and if they can’t garden then there is no food.



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