Monday, November 23, 2015

My Neighbor

All of us in Blogville know Puddles talked about her neighbors the stupids.  Last week Bouncing Bertie had a terrific post about the diversity of her street.  Well I want to show you my neighbor.
No my neighbor is not the Rhino.
They traveled 10,000 miles to save a species.
Yes my neighbor, Paul, traveled from the Cincinnati Zoo to Lampung, Sumatra Indonesia with the rhino.
Harapan is one of less than a hundred of these Rhinos left on our planet scientist believe.
He will now live with six others like himself.  Hopefully he will mate with a female and procreate.
I was helping Lee rake leaves the day Paul went past getting home from Indonesia.
We got to see all the photos on his cell phone.  He has cared for this animal at our wonderful Cincinnati Zoo and loved him as Lee loves me.  Paul has worked for the Zoo thirty four years. 
Lee has known Paul since they were teenagers.  I have to say Paul had a tear in his eye while he was showing us the pictures.
The rhino was transported overseas to be relocated at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park. Paul was on a cargo plane with the 8-year-old Sumatran rhino next to him in the cargo area.  The flight was around 36 hours.
Because of wonderful people like Paul this species has a chance.
I always smile when I see his plates on his vehicle RHINO 1.
I hope you enjoy watching this video and meeting my neighbor.
Paul invited us for Thanksgiving so I know where my turkey is coming from.
Lookie what I found while I was snooping around the house.
I think Lee got this big box of treats for me for Christmas.
Our Christmas Cactus is once again blooming for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving!
See you next week.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Sweet William The Scot


  1. What a sweet story and you have a wonderful, caring neighbor! found your present. Does this mean now you'll just get coal in your stocking????

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Lee! :o)

  2. Paul is pawesome. I know it is hard to let go of something you love but what he is doing to help the rhino is the biggest and bestest love anyone could give. Big hugs to Paul.

    Aroo to you,

  3. What a pawsome neighbour you haf William. It can't haf been easy fur him to leave his friend behind after looking after him all those years
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Wow that's an adventure for a rhino. We can't top that one. I think we're gonna start snooping around our house
    Lily & Edward

  5. I don't understand. Instead of sending Harapan back to where rhinos are poached, why not bring back a couple of hot babes from Sumatra where they'll be safe and have kids?

    1. Well Kismet my guesstimate would be they don't breed well in captivity. Now Harapan has his own 25 acres to roam which Nati City Zoo could not provide. His bro is already at this Rhino Sanctuary which is a heavily guarded place. And he is now in the climate where his species originated.

  6. Glad the rhino went 'home'. Man had a dream last week there was a rhino in our yard.

  7. I hope Paul will tell you about his adventures while you eat turkey together :o) ... and I weould plant one or two of that milkbones in your garden... maybe you will get a milk bone tree next year?

  8. Paul sounds like a great guy and one that you could enjoy chatting too :)

  9. Ringy-Dingy-Dingy...oh, your neighbor Paul must really love Rhinos. How wonderful for him to help by going such a long way. Hmmm, Lee is hiding treats from you?!? Now she will have to get you something else for Christmas since you found them!
    Your friend, until the end...

  10. Peoples like Paul are wonderful, we need many more Pauls in the world don't we! That cactus is beautiful sweet will!! have a happy thanksgiving. stellie rose

  11. Hey Sweet William!
    Wow, what a majestic and wonderful new addition to the zoo! I surely hope it lives and thrives there.
    BTW: Your bloggie looks so fabulous for the Christmas season! Love it.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  12. I hope that the Dentist that likes to kill endangered animals does not find out about him.

    1. Bentley are you and Gailen getting ready for turkey day?

    2. We are just waiting for the Bird to give the Word. Time to eat us some Turkey. Have a wonderful Holiday SWTS and Lee.
      Bentley and Gailen

  13. We have some Sumatran rhinos at our zoo, too. Recently, they had a baby! We hope that rhino has a safe life. Thanks. Enjoy your turkey (and Milkbones.)

  14. What a wonderful story! Happy Thanksgiving, William!

  15. Thank you for sharing that video. Your neighbor is a great guy and so interesting to watch the Rhino going to his new home. We hope he does well there
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. Rhinos do real good here in Texas... the rhino breeding programs here have been very successful. They're even thinking it might be the way to save the rhino-- bring them to Texas where no one will hunt them.

    1. There are five species of Rhinos. The Sumatran is the smallest of these animals. A program that brought 40 Sumatran rhinos into captivity with the goal of preserving the species was considered a disaster even by its initiator; most of the rhinos died and no offspring were produced for nearly 20 years, representing an even worse population decline than in the wild.
      Last Sumatran rhino in United States sent away to help save species. Harapan was the last of his kind in the United States.
      Thanks Finley for the comment.

    2. Oh an I believe the Cincinnati Zoo was the only zoo to be successful with the captive-breeding program of Sumatran Rhinos. With Harapan and his bro Andalas.

  17. Sweet William, what a nice story! I hope you didn't get caught snooping for pressies(snickers)

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Ziggy Out!!

  18. Sweet William, thank you so much for telling us all about your wonderful neighbour and his work to save the Sumatran rhino. The video was really touching. We hope Haraban is adjusting well to his new home, and that Paul and his colleagues at the zoo are getting regular news of his progress.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (and Gail).

  19. We loved watching that video. Your neighbor is a special guy. Thanks for sharing it with us. We're sure you will have a great Thanksgiving with Paul.

  20. Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day. Lots of love!

  21. Wowee! What a big rhino!!

    Cool that Paul puts it on his vehicle:)

    Did you get to snack on the milkbones yet??

    Growlmy used to have a huge cactus like that befur she got married, when she left Canada, she gave it to a we have no plants on account of the kitties snack on them too much...sigh...

  22. Oh you snooper!!! I should give that a try! My dads been super sick but getting better now. My mom's been spending her days shopping to keep caught up on things while he gets better. Oh how she loves to shop but ya know what, I don't think one thing has come in that has my name on it!! I better start snooping!!

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