Earth Our Home Too : Quokka : The Happiest Animal

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Quokka – Sounds like an Avatar animal’s name? No! They are living along with us in our very mother Earth. One of the friendliest animals to human beings. Referred to as the happiest animal on the earth. But they are an endangered species. ūüė¶

The quokka the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia.

The quokka was one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans. The word quokka is derived from a Nyungar word, which was probably gwaga.

Setonix brachyurus distribution.svgThe quokka weighs 2.5 to 5 kilograms (5.5 to 11.0 lb) and is 40 to 90 centimetres (16 to 35 in) long with a 25 to 30 centimetres (9.8 to 11.8 in)-long tail, which is fairly short for a macropod. It has a stocky build, rounded ears, and a short, broad head. Although looking rather like a very small kangaroo, it can climb small trees and shrubs. Its coarse fur is a grizzled brown colour, fading to buff underneath.

The quokka has no fear of humans and it is common for it to approach them closely, particularly on Rottnest Island. It is, however, illegal for members of the public on Rottnest Island to handle the animals in any way. An infringement notice carrying aA$300 fine can be issued by the Rottnest Island Authority for such behaviour. In addition, prosecution of the offense can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

In the wild, its roaming is restricted to a very small range in the South-West of Western Australia, with a number of small scattered populations on the mainland, one large population on Rottnest Island and a smaller population on Bald Island near Albany. The islands are free of foxes and cats. On Rottnest, quokkas are common and occupy a variety of habitats ranging from semi-arid scrub to cultivated gardens.

Although numerous on the small offshore islands, it has a very restricted range and is classified as vulnerable. On the mainland, where it is threatened by most introduced predatory species such as foxes, it requires dense ground cover for refuge. Clearfell logging and agricultural development have reduced this habitat, thus contributing to the decline of the species. The introduction of cats and dogs, as well as dingoes, has added to the problem, as has the clearing and burning of the remaining (swamp) lands. Moreover, Quokkas usually have a litter size of one and successfully rear one young each year. Although these animals are constantly mating, usually one day after their young is born, the small litter size paired with the restricted space and threatening predators contribute to the scarcity of these marsupials on the mainland.


Courtesy : Wikipedia


Insights : Rules of Life for Graduates

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Rules of life for graduates

Some have said this was from Bill Gates talk to high school graduates but probably he did not say this unless he quoted Sykes.

RULE 1
Life is not fair; get used to it.

RULE 2
The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3
You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school OR college. You won’t be a vice-president with a car-phone, until you earn both.

RULE 4
If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

RULE 5
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity.

RULE 6
If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7
Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.¬†They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and¬†listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the¬†rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try¬†“delousing” the closet in your own room.

RULE 8
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has¬†not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give¬†you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear¬†the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9
Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very¬†few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on¬†your own time.

RULE 10
Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Powerful Quote #177 : Rich and Poor

Rich and Poor

A poor man cannot give because he doesn’t have. If a rich man cannot give, then he’s also poor. ‘Giving’ is actually the only difference between a rich man and a poor man, not the bank balance!


Din


 

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Book : The Second Life

The Second Life

“There comes a moment in your life when you feel terribly vulnerable, helpless without any hope and faith, and alas you forget the fact – your helplessness can never leave you irreparably shattered. Trust me, sometimes at this very moment, ‘newness’ from nowhere will intervene in your life and change everything. Just everything. That newness brings in front of you a more inspirational and exciting journey known as THE SECOND LIFE.

An Awesome compilation of unique stories and they titled it so apt as The Second Life. Take my words some characters of the stories will not leave you forever. The writers have given their best works here, you will echo my views when you read the stories.

You can get the book here (Click)

Here is the list of the Authors and their respective stories

1. Aathira Jim- ‘I am Sita’
2. Aayesha Hakim- ‘In the Classroom of Life’
3. Abhik Chakraborty- ‘The hug of Ishwar and Allah’
4. Anirootha K R- ‘Everything happens for a reason’
5. Archana Mishra- ‘The Blanket’
6. Deepti Menon- ‘Jasmine at the doorstep’
7. Garima Behal- ‘Thank you, Samar’
8. J. Alchem- ‘The Highway man’
9. Madhurima Halder- ‘The girl with a glass of cocktail’
10. Nalini Chandran- ‘Faith can move mountains’
11. Neha Somani- ‘The Long Winding Corridor’
12. Preethi Venugopal- ‘The Arabian Dream’
13. Preeti Singh- ‘A mother’s miracle’
14. Prity S Pujari- ‘Love is for beginners’
15. Renuka Vishwanathan- ‘When love has gone’
16. Saral Joshi- ‘Yes!’
17. Shrruti Patole Clarence- ‘A daughter’s diary’
18. Shruti Fatehpuria- ‘Wildrose and Snowflake’
19. Shubham Singh- ‘That kid in the corner’
20. Shubhi Mehrotra- ‘A piece of paper’
21. Smriti Mahale- ‘Through her eyes’
22. Somya Singh- ‘Joy to the world’
23. Sunanya Pal- ‘Khushboo- the fragrance of Kindness’
24. Swagnikaa Roy- ”Phoenix”
25. Trippayar Sahasranaman Priyaa- ‘A thing of beauty’


In this ‚ÄúBooks‚ÄĚ Section, we are glad to feature the other books written by the Authors who had contributed their stories for our upcoming anthology Blank Space as a token of our love and gratitude.¬†
Best Wishes ūüôā ‚Äď Team ‚Äď Propel Steps.
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Powerful Quote #175 : Unlearning

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Education should unite not separate the nations. We learn history to know how stupidly we fought one another and not to repeat the same mistakes again.


– Din