Animal Sightings and The Meanings Behind Them

Animal MessengersHas there been a particular animal,  bird or insect that has made itself known to you frequently or has shown up just at the right time where you may have needed validation? There are reasons why we have animal sightings and they all have meanings behind them to provide us with wisdom and validation.

Common Animal/Bird/Insect Messengers

  • Hawk – Pay attention to everything that is going on in that exact moment, a teacher may be coming in for you, can also be a warning, need for quick reassessment
  • Eagle – Strong messenger, of Great Spirit, you are blessed, protected, and higher consciousness thoughts are available to you at this time
  • Cardinal – father/grandfather figure in spirit is revealing himself to you, strong, confidence, you are in mastery in an area of your life
  • Bluejay – mother/grandmother figure in spirit is coming through, soft feminine guidance, family oriented time
  • Dog – loyalty, protection
  • Cat – mystical, astral travel, time for play, independence
  • Spider – you are weaving a web connecting ideas together, all things are linking up together, storyteller
  • Ladybug – lucky time ahead, you have the Midas touch
  • Owl – wisdom, nighttime activities, time for education
  • Dragonfly – spirit is all around you, a time of validation of being on the right path for your evolution
  • Wolf – teacher, family support, they live in packs, be sure to surround yourself with like-minded people
  • Snake – time of change, shedding the skin of the old, kundalini energy, also beware of the sneaky influences around you
  • Butterflies – time of transformation – a beautiful one at that, a shift inside and outside
  • Doves – a peaceful time ahead, romance, companionship is just ahead

These are just a few of the messengers that you may come across in your daily life.  I suggest purchasing Ted Andrews’ Animal Speak to keep on hand as a reference guide as different animals come to you. Sometimes we do need signs in our every day lives from spirit to help us confirm that we are on the right path or to be aware of what may lie ahead.

Blessings and Light,

Laurie Barraco

Laurie Barraco

Laurie Barraco

Laurie Barraco is a professional intuitive counselor, medium, author, recording artist, teacher and the owner of The Mystical Moon, a healing center in Fort Myers, Florida. Laurie offers readings, courses and healing products through The Mystical Moon Online Store. You can connect with her at The Mystical Moon Facebook Page.

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Girl On Paddleboard High Fives A Manatee: Must-See Summer Video Will Make You Smile


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By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Celine Chasteen and her friend were out paddleboarding in Florida this week when they were surprised by a local celebrity of sorts. A manatee who has been spotted before in the area couldn’t help but greet her after she and her friend were spotted in the water.

Chasteen told The Dodo: 

“We were going along the coast and I saw what I thought were rocks, but then they started moving. The next thing I know, there’s a manatee putting his flippers on my board.”

What would you have done if a manatee dropped by like that? Celine was undoubtedly surprised, but as can be witnessed in the video, she kept her cool.

The interaction lasted only 30 seconds, but the manatee managed to win Chasteen over in that time. She said:

“At first, I was like, ‘What is going on?’ But honestly, it was so cool. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”

“I thought he was really cute. He was really nice and stuff. I hope he drops by again,” she added.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would like to remind the public that it is illegal to touch manatees. Also, if a sea cow avoids you, do not attempt to chase it for a closer view.

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Orphaned Gorilla Has Best Reaction To Meeting New Best Friend

Orphan Gorilla-compressed

By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

A gorilla named Parry will never again have to endure life alone. And, his reaction to being introduced to another gorilla clearly conveys how excited he is about the prospect.

When the gorilla was just a baby, his mother was killed by poachers and he was kept as a pet. After Parry outgrew his caretakers, however, he was abandoned.

Thankfully, the approximately five-year-old was discovered by villagers in Cameroon. The gorilla – who had gown accustomed to human interaction – was hungrily eating mangoes from a tree. That was the moment his life changed forever.

Credit: Ape Action Africa

As The Dodo reported in June, Parry didn’t seem to belong anywhere at first. His chances of survival in the wild were low, as he had lived his life among humans. More than likely, he would have been poached for his meat, a common occurrence in many countries in Africa.

That’s why his rescuers transported him to the Mefou Primate Sanctuary, run by Ape Action Africa. There, the gorilla lived in isolation until he was strong and healthy enough to meet other gorillas.

That day finally arrived this week!

Credit: Ape Action Africa

Ape Action Africa wrote on its Facebook page:

“After weeks of watching and waiting, Parry has finally met his new friend Chris. The two gorillas have been living in sight of each other since Parry was rescued in June, but were not able to meet until Parry had completed his quarantine period. Parry has been fascinated by Chris, offering him play gestures from afar.”

The joy displayed on the gorillas’ faces is unmistakable. Reportedly, the duo “hit it off instantly.”

Photos were shared of the pair playing and wrestling until they collapsed with exhaustion.

Credit: Ape Action Africa

Credit: Ape Action Africa

Credit: Ape Action Africa

When Parry was first rescued, the organization wrote:

“We can never replace the family that Parry has lost, but we have made a lifelong commitment to providing him with friendship and happiness amongst our other gorilla orphans.”

Thanks to the wildlife advocates, apes like Parry have a place to go after they’ve been torn from their mothers and kept as pets – which is unfortunately happens far too often. You can learn more about Ape Action Africa by visiting its website and Facebook page.

Credit: Ape Action Africa

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This Man Just Saved 1,000 Dogs From Being Slaughtered At The Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Yes, the time has come. In China, a week-long event known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is taking place, much to the distaste of animal rights activists in the country and around the world. It is estimated that every year, 10 to 20 million dogs are killed for their meat.

While some are doing their part by sharing articles such as this one to raise awareness about the outdated festival, others are actually venturing to the event to rescue dogs before they’re killed.

American activist Marc Ching is one such individual. According to Mashable, Ching has suffered beatings and threats, yet still continues to sneak into slaughterhouses to rescue canines. In partnership with other animal lovers in China, he has helped rescue 1,000 dogs from being skinned alive.

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

After the abused dogs are rescued, Ching transports them to shelters and foster care so they may have a chance at life.

The activist wrote on his non-profit’s Facebook page:

“We have shut down six slaughterhouses, have five pending, and are on our way to visit a dozen more. To those that thought it was impossible – it is becoming possible.”

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram


He is relentless in his quest to put an end to the barbaric festival. Sometimes he sneaks into slaughterhouses pretending to be a buyer, and other times he’s successful in persuading owners of the establishments to stop their cruel activities. If he has to offer them some financial incentive, he does not withhold.

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram

This is the 7th time Ching has traveled to Asia to saved abused dogs. His actions have not only influenced activists around the world, they’ve inspired Chinese citizens to protest and boycott the festival and get involved in rescue efforts. Because of this, fewer dogs are being killed at the festival, according to Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society International.

Credit: AnimalHopeAndRescueFoundation Instagram


Following are two videos he posted to his animal rescue Facebook page:

Few activists would go to such lengths to help animals. Please show your support for those who are stepping into stop the activity by sharing this article and commenting your thoughts below!

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20 Year Old Video Shows Gorilla Save Toddler’s Life After He Fell into Chicago Zoo Enclosure

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By Vandita | We Are Anonymous

It’s been a week since Harambe, a 17-year-old critically endangered Western lowland silverback gorilla, was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo when trying in order to save a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into the moat surrounding his enclosure.

The death of Harambe not only caused outrage on social media, it also infuriated animal rights activistswho are now asking pertinent questions: Did the zoo make the right decision in killing the gorilla? Was a lethal shot the only option? Why didn’t the zoo officials tranquilize Harambe?

The unfortunate incident has ignited uproar the world over, with some criticizing the zoo’s decision to put down the gorilla instead of sedating, or drawing the animal away from the boy: and others blaming the boy’s mother for not supervising the child, which resulted in Harambe’s death.

Whether the zoo sues the parents because the gorilla ended up getting killed, or if the mother sues the Cincinnati Zoo for not making the gorilla compound secure enough, the latest footage suggests the child was NOT in danger. In fact, the gorilla was protecting, rather than threatening, the boy minutes before he was shot dead.

Eyewitnesses to the incident have also claimed the gorilla was showing no aggression towards the boy until the screams from the onlookers panicked Harambe, causing him to drag the boy across the water.


A similar incident happened in 1996, at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, when a 3-year-old boy slipped away from his mother and tumbled more than 15 feet into a pit holding several gorillas. Binti Jua, then an 8-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla, scooped up the toddler and mothered him for several minutes, while toting her own 17-month-old baby on her back, before carrying him safely to paramedics. The 20 year old video also shows Binti Jua carrying the limp boy while zookeepers spray water from above to keep the other gorillas in the exhibit from interfering.


Same incident, same animal, but neither the gorilla nor the child died. The outcome could have been different at the Cincinnati Zoo too if only…

Ian Redmond, chairman of The Gorilla Organization, told CNN zookeepers had other options:

“When gorilla or other apes have things they shouldn’t have, keepers will negotiate with them, bring food, their favorite treats, pineapple or some kind of fruit that they don’t know and negotiate with them. I don’t know if that was tried or people thought there was too much danger but it does seem very unfortunate that a lethal shot was required.”

But former zookeeper Amanda O’Donoughue, who has worked with gorillas as a zookeeper in her 20s, defended Cincinnati Zoo’s controversial decision to shoot the gorilla as the only way to save the child. She attempted to explain why using a tranquilizer may not have been a good idea in a viralFacebook post, which is now deleted for reasons unknown:

“Harambe was most likely not going to separate himself from that child without seriously hurting him first (again due to mere size and strength, not malicious intent) Why didn’t they use treats? Well, they attempted to call them off exhibit (which animals hate), the females in the group came in, but Harambe did not. What better treat for a captive animal than a real live kid! 

They didn’t use Tranquilizers for a few reasons: A. Harambe would’ve taken too long to become immobilized, and could have really injured the child in the process as the drugs used may not work quickly enough depending on the stress of the situation and the dose. B. Harambe would’ve have drowned in the moat if immobilized in the water, and possibly fallen on the boy trapping him and drowning him as well.”

As debate over the incident continued, Redmond insisted that Harambe could have lived. He wrote inThe Guardian:

Watching the shaky phone video, it is clear that the child was understandably frightened and the gorilla understandably stressed, but in the video shown on the news websites, Harambe did not attack the child. He pulled the child through the water of the moat, at one point held his hand – apparently gently, stood him up and examined his clothing.

The video is two minutes and 34 seconds long, however, and we are told the incident lasted some 10 minutes. Clearly if a silverback wanted to kill a child, he could do so in an instant. But he didn’t. It would seem that the danger was more to do with whether the boy might bang his head on a rock while being dragged.”

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New Footage Shows Gorilla Holding Hands With 3-Yo Before Being Killed [Watch]


Amanda Froelich | True Activist

By now, everyone has heard about Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla who was shot and killed on Saturday after a 3-year-old toddler fell into the exhibit. After much debate, zookeepers chose to execute the silverback ape because he was reportedly being violent toward the toddler.

What the media failed to share, however, was that the 400-pound gorilla was attempting to care for the young boy. As True Activist reported yesterday, Harambe pulled up the boy’s pants before dragging him away from the shouting and screaming crowd, likely frightened and/or agitated by the ruckus.

Now, a new video has surfaced showing that Harambe was also holding the boy’s hand prior to being shot.

Enraged activist are demanding that the boy’s parents be held accountable for the death of the gorilla. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) also criticized the zoo’s lack of a second protective barrier around the gorilla exhibit.


Is this more evidence that zoos should be shut down completely?

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Things I Wish All Dog Owners Would Understand

By Omar Cherif
Omar Cherif Talk to your animals, they listen. And if you’re attentive and listen closely, they’ll talk right back.

After many years of being surrounded by dogs, I can now confidently say that there are two types of dog owners. The first type treat their dogs as family members, possibly as soul companions. The second are dog owners in its most literal sense; they are people who own animals, as proprietors.

Each of these two groups has relatively different relationships with their dogs. The following points, though, are stuff I believe only the first type would do, know, or notice. That is because they are much closer to their canine than the proprietors type.

1- To eat out and choose a dish with bone leftovers so you can take it back to your dog. Or take the leftovers of your friends.

2- The sneaky look on their faces when they quickly swallow a treat, pretending that it disappeared or that it was never there, so you give them another one.

3- Getting excited to leave a place or a party knowing that you’ll go home to be with your dog.

4- How their degree of alertness and inquisitiveness heightens when they know you are watching them and they are trying to please you.

5- How setting no rules does not work; neither for the dogs nor for the relationship between them and their masters. Dogs need rules as much as they need to know that you, the pack leader, is the one in charge. That’s how it works and not the other way round.

6- Dogs sense our energies — and tension. So when you come across other dogs or people and pull the leash, even if subtly, your dog will sense the vibration and automatically be on alert, probably also get tensed. Read Dog Lovers: Reflections on Taming a Gentle Giant to know my own experience with the leash and a 150-pound Saint Bernard.

You can also check my animal photography album, Animalism.

7- When you reward your dog with a simple “good girl/boy” they really do act as a good girl/boy. In fact, researchers have found that social interactions make pet dogs release oxytocin — the same “love hormone” that humans feel when they are in love or bonding with friends.


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Omar Cherif Omar Cherif is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics.


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You Won’t Believe Your Eyes: Orangutan Makes a Hammock Out of Her Blanket


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This fascinating video shows Nemo, a 14-year-old orangutan, fashion a hammock out of a blanket.

Nemo wasn’t too impressed with her sleeping quarters at a zoo in Thailand – so she decided to do something about it.

She expertly ties the ends of the blanket around the bars of her enclosure, leaving just enough slack to create a comfortable hammock.

In the wild, orangutans sleep among the tree tops and make their nests using foliage folded carefully together.

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India Declares Dolphins To Be “Non-Human Persons”, Dolphin Shows Banned




India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests have made a groundbreaking decision, to completely forbid the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment in the entire country.

A statement about their new police was released Friday, the ministry advised the state governments to deny any proposals that requested the establishment of a dolphinarium.

“by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involve import, the capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”

Why did the ministry come to this decision?

The ministry elaborated their first statement with these words,

“Whereas cetaceans, in general, are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphins should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” the ministry said.

Related Article: Just Like Humans, Dolphins Have Social Networks

For some reason back in May, this wonderful topic managed to evade worldwide attention including the media’s.  Since the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science back in 2011, when a group consisting of conservationists, philosophers, and animal behaviorists attempted to gain world wide support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans from the scientific communities, to ensure the re-categorization of Cetaceans (porpoises, whales, and dolphins) as nonhuman persons have been gathering strong momentum.

Related Article: Wild Dolphins Exchange Names When They Meet At Sea.

The Declaration is stated below:

  1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
  2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
  3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
  4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
  5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
  6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
  7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.You might be wondering what it means to say an animal has “rights”?  Here is a quick description of what that looks like,

    “Unlike[…] positive rights, such as the ‘right’ to education or health care, the animal right is, at the bottom, a right to be left alone. It does not call for the government to tax us in order to provide animals with food, shelter, and veterinary care. It only requires us to stop killing them and making them suffer.”

    That seems more than reasonable enough right?  Since the intelligence of dolphins has been established for quite some time this declaration really doesn’t seem to be a revolutionary move.  These beings all show signs of not only to be self-aware but have the capability of using tools, cooperating to solve different tasks, and even more recently we have discovered that they may possibly be able to communicate to one another using individual names.

    I believe that what this declaration does for the other sentient beings of the sea is that we are relinquishing our self-proclaimed right to become masters of other sentient beings that at some point were deemed below us.  In a perfect world, we would not use the abilities that we have gained as human beings to subjugate other beings, whether it be animal human or plant.  If we would just work together and live together as one, we would be able to solve most, if not all the issues of the world.  I believe this declaration made by India, is surely a step in the right direction.

    Read the rest of the article here, and see the trailer for the winning movie, “The Cove”…..

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