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Growing Grateful Children

Vulu of The Day

A way to practice gratitude and stay connected everyday~

Vulu for the Gharial~

Shelly LaVigne

It’s Vulu time, a time to appreciate all that connects us and know that you are loved.

Let's get your Vulu Angels or anything else you like to hold and find a comfortable position on your bed where you can lie back, relax, and listen with a quiet mind.

Hold your Vulu Angel next to your heart, take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale out of your mouth.

Ok, one more deep breath.

Say this with me….”I am love ~ I have all the love I need in my heart.”

Today we are vulu for the gharial ~

Historically, the gharial was found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar but is now extinct in most of these countries. The remaining gharial populations are restricted to India and Nepal and are highly fragmented

Probably the most aquatic of the crocodilians, gharials are found in the calmer, deep areas of fast-flowing rivers 

The distinctive narrow snout of the gharial is a superb adaptation for catching prey underwater. By providing very little resistance to water, it enables the Gharial to whip its head sideways through the water to snatch fish with its small, razor-sharp teeth. Although adults feed primarily on fish, juvenile Gharials sustain themselves on a vast array of invertebrates.

Adult females, which reach maturity and become sexually receptive at around ten years old, are defended in harems by individual males. Although its precise function is poorly understood, it is thought that the male’s bulbous ghara may be a visual sex indicator, sound resonator or bubbling device utilized during courtship. Nesting occurs during the dry season when the females drag themselves onto dry land to excavate holes into which around 40 large eggs are buried. The eggs are naturally incubated in the nest hole but the female remains near the nest to guard it from predators such as pigs, jackals, lizards and mongooses. After around 70 days when the hatchlings are ready to emerge, they call out from inside the eggs, alerting the mother to dig the eggs out of the nest hole. While the gharial does not display the crocodilian habit of transporting hatchlings in its jaws, the young stay with their mother for several weeks to several months.

The gharial is one of the largest crocodilians (a group that also includes crocodiles, alligators and caimans) with the narrowest snout of any species. The common name comes from the bulbous nasal appendage of the adult male, which resembles an Indian pot called a 'ghara'. The difference in the physical appearance between the sexes is unique to this species of crocodilian and is accentuated by the larger size of the male. Furthermore, unlike other crocodilians, the gharial has relatively weak legs and when fully grown is unable to raise its body above the ground on land.

 

Let's take a moment to connect to the gharial. Imagine yourself as wading about the swamp  while you hug your Vulu angel and send VululuV to them. Remember we are all connected and the love you give is returned to you...so go ahead and give all the VululuV you can today.

Now take a moment to think about someone or something helpful you are especially vulu for today and send some VululuV~ 

VululuV to you, the gharial and to all~

The LaVigne family~