Did you Know?

Did you Know?

Nobel Prize winner and great humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer, looked after the sick in a hospital he built in Africa. He would always stop to move a worm from the hot pavement to cool dirt!  What you can do for the small creatures: Take time to look closely at small creatures. Be very careful not to scare, tough or move these creatures. Imagine yourself in an insect’s place: 

You’re standing on a leaf the size of a living room rug and then the wind turns your leaf over. You’re a moth emerging from a cramped dark cocoon into a sunlit garden. You, like many butterflies, moths, and other insects, have only a few days of life. Prop a twig or two in birdbaths so insects who would otherwise drown can climb out, check the twigs every so often to make sure they’re still in place.

If your porch light fixture has an open bottom, as many do, cover it with a square of aluminium foil held on by  a rubber band, so flying bugs won’t burn to death on the light bulb.

If you come upon any injured bugs, give them a merciful death by stepping on them hard and quickly. This is kinder than letting them suffer helplessly.

Help insects inside your home get outside to their homes. Never throw an insect into the toilet. One woman threw an ant into her toilet and came back later in the day to find him still swimming. She felt terrible so she rescued him and put him in the yard.

From: 50 Easy Ways Kids can Help Animals.

Ingrid Newkirk. Founder and director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Harper Collins. Rs. 250.