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Little Princes

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Rachele Totaro

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart”

Self-described “wannabe photographer” Rachele Totaro teamed up with La Collina dei Conigli ONLUS to help the charity raise funds and find homes for their animal charges. The Monza, Italy-based animal rescue organization takes in the former lab animals, cares for them, and makes them available for adoption. I find it really interesting that Italian law allows registered charities to rescue lab animals rather than having them euthanized. Of course, it would be better for the animals if the testing had never been performed on them, but it makes me feel a little better that they eventually get to know a happier life when their usefulness in the lab is over.

To help find them homes, Totaro photographed the rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and mice as characters in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic children’s book “The Little Prince.” The photos are then made into a calendar which causes a dramatic spike in adoptions every year when it comes out. I can see why! As happened when I wrote my post “Blondes Have More Fun,” I once again sorely tempted to go out and adopt some tiny furry lovelies. Damnit!

Rachele Totaro

Rachele Totaro

“My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant a guinea pig”

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Rachele Totaro

“It is such a mysterious place, the land of tears”

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“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed”

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“I believe that for his escape he took advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds”

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“I wonder,” he said, “whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again…”

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“Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow”

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Rachele Totaro

“When he lights his street lamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life or one flower”

And just because they’re so adorable, here are a few pictures from last year’s calendar, which had an “Alice in Wonderland” theme!

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Rachele Totaro

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “Little Princes

  1. Oh, the street lamp one! What am I saying–they are all adorable!!

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  2. At the risk of being accused of having no soul, I confess that I hate ‘The Little Prince’. I’ve always hated it. However, it’s apparently a rich source of heart-tugging imagery because I feel like I want to go an adopt a menagerie of ex-lab rodents right now. I love the ‘Wonderland’ series too. I can’t decide whether to show these to my kids or not. Best not or they will start whimpering for a pet again and with these photos I may not be able to resist.

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  3. What a lovely way to make something positive out of something so sad.

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  4. Hi Donna, thank you very much for sharing my pictures for La Collina dei Conigli, it was really appreciated 🙂

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