Inspirational Animals

It’s been a long and stressful couple of weeks with multiple University essays due in the same week. Sleep became rare and eating habits erratic. Today I submitted my final piece before a two week Easter break where I have another due the first day back before exam season begins!

Soometimes when study gets tough, I turn to the wonderful animals to remind me what I’m doing it all for. Today I share with you some of the most inspirational and beautiful animal stories I found to keep me motivated lately.

As for my upcoming exams, for the first time in history I actually want to fast forward to them as I have an incredible adventure planned two days after my final exam in May. I will be flying to America to meet some of the most inspirational women and vegans I know. Women who have become my friends through blogging or social networking, a reality I never knew could exist. But in a world where vegans are so few and far between, a world without barriers creates an amazing community and support system where vegans can never feel alone. I am blessed and incredibly excited for my virtual friends to become real life!

Some of the bloggers I will be staying with and meeting include the lovely Celeste from Honk If You’re Vegan, the gorgeous Somer of Vedged Out, the wonderful Annie of An Unrefined Vegan and the delightful Tami of Nutmeg Notebook and other great ladies from the online vegan community!

Now for some gorgeous animals;

(titles link to sources)

Dogs accept everyone…

Funny-golden-retriever-cat-cardboard-box

You can be my friend no matter what you look like…

A black swan feeds his fish friends every day to the amazement of passers by. He picks up the feed & takes it to the mouths of the waiting fish, “They became close friends after 3 years of playing together,” say staff at Safari Park. “Every time I come to feed the swan, all the fish follow him to the bank, with mouths open & he takes the food & puts some into each of the hungry mouths .When everyone has eaten enough, the swan goes back in the water & plays with his fish friends again.”

A black swan feeds its fish friends every day to the amazement of passers by. He picks up the feed &amp; takes it to the mouths of the waiting fish, “They became close friends after 3 years of playing together,” say staff at Safari Park. “Every time I come to feed the swan, all the fish follow him to the bank, with mouths open &amp; he takes the food &amp; puts some into each of the hungry mouths .When everyone has eaten enough, the swan goes back in the water &amp; plays with his fish friends again.”<br /><br /><br />
(photo via interspecies friends, blogspot)

 

 

A mother will never leave behind one of her babies…

a Mother will NEVER leave behind one of her  babies

 

Jambo, the gentle giant…

Back in 1986 a five year old boy fell into the Gorilla Enclosure at Jersey Zoo. Jambo the male Silverback Gorilla stood guard over him.

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41 Responses to Inspirational Animals

  1. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Happy and safe travels!

  2. Poppy, it’s so amazing you’re going to the US to meet all these lovely women. I wish I was closer by, would love to meet you in person and tag along. 🙂
    These stories were so sweet. Keep it up – I can imagine how exhausted you are, you will have a nice Easter rest.
    Sophia xo

    • Poppy says:

      I know Sophia! You know I actually thought of you then remembered you’re in Canada!! 😦 One day!!
      Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement! Nearly there and I am blessed to have such an amazing adventure to look forward to!
      xoxo

  3. Happy journey Poppy!

  4. Wow! You’re going to meet Celeste?? I’m so jealous! Have a great time x

  5. Such wonderful animal stories Poppy!! And school can be a headache at times, but what an adventure you’ve got to look forward to. I have to be honest with you chica – with all of the people that you’ve met through blogging I’m touched that I’m one of the people you’re gonna meet in person (of course, I know that you’re really coming to meet Mambo – hehe). Looking forward to your visit! Celeste 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Celeste!! I think the world of you!! But yes, I am really only coming to have cuddles with Mambo 😉 I am SO excited to meet you, Paul and Mambo – I keep getting little butterfly twinges in my tummy! 😀

  6. nowathome says:

    Amazing photo’s!

    • April @ Simplify Your Health says:

      Cool stories! I just love animals. And enjoy your travels! I bet you’ll eat great food 🙂 I understand the studying thing, I’ve had to finish my latest nutrition course early, before a holiday of my own, bit stressed! My little family and I are off to a Eco cabin near a forest in Dorset, South England. No wifi or telly or study!!! I will blog about it when I get back!!

      • Poppy says:

        April! Sorry about the study pressures! At least you’ll have a great holiday to cheer you up 😀 I love Dorset, I’m in Poole quite often as I have a close friend there! Have a great time 😀

  7. Thanks for sharing these animal stories, Poppy! That duck! How amazing is that?! Looking forward to spending time with you soon – so exciting!

  8. Hope you enjoy your trip Poppy! If you’ll be in New York I’d love to meet you! 🙂 Will come back to the sweet stories later, look forward to reading them.

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you Lauren! Unfortunately I won’t be that way this time but never say never! Of course, if I ever do get that way, I will be sure to let you know 😀

  9. Wow Poppy, meeting all these bloggers sounds like it will be an amazing holiday! And these stories….well, we have a lot to learn from animals! xxx

  10. Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing.

  11. afracooking says:

    Those stories put a big smile on my face – thank you!

  12. What a wonderful way to boost your spirits!! Enjoy your visits with the wonderful women in our vegan blogging community! 🙂

  13. Happy easter break, enjoy your trip!
    There’s a really cool documentary that you can see on youtube, I recommend watching both episodes! Mind bogging, I tell you!
    Animal Odd Couples Episode1 BBC Full documentary 2013

    have fun 🙂

  14. Take me to the US with you!! I want to meet all my lovely blogger friends too! I’ve got exams after Easter too though no break for me as I’m interning in Geneva for the whole of the holidays.
    Love these pictures. We can learn so much from animals.

    • Poppy says:

      You can come in my suitcase Emma 😉 Good luck in your exams! Interning in Geneva will be an amazing experience!

      And, you’re so right, animals are able to teach us so much more than we allow them too!

  15. Elena James says:

    Animals never stop teaching humans how to act.

    I hope you enjoy your trip here in USA.

  16. Sophie33 says:

    Have fun with your vegan inspiring friends over there in the USA! Yeahh! Great pics & stories of animals that care for other animals! x Cool!

  17. The Vegan 8 says:

    That is sooo exciting you are getting to meet all of these lovely ladies! I just adore Somer and Annie and Celeste!! I’m sure you will have a blast. Are you all meeting up at one central location or you going to each state where they live? Love , love those doggy and kitty photos!!

    • Poppy says:

      Brandi, I’m so glad you enjoyed the animal photos!!

      I am incredibly excited to meet such amazing women! I’m travelling to their states. I will spend most of my time in Utah with Somer where Annie will be coming towards the end of my trip, then I go off to San Francisco then to Orange County then back to Utah! Feels so surreal! 😀

  18. awax1217 says:

    My wife is a vegetarian and our children and our grandchildren. Four generations. Plus she loves cats. So much in common with a person so far away.

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