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The Octopus Photographer

An animal trainer at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, was able to train an octopus to take photographs. In fact, it only took Rambo the octopus three attempts to understand how the process works.

Source: http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

Now, the aquarium charges $2 for a visitor to sit for a portrait taken by the “octographer”. The small donation goes directly to the aquarium to help offset expenses.

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

In front of her tank, there’s a backdrop where visitors can pose for their photos. It appears these children on a school trip to the aquarium thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

 

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

The camera, a Sony DSC-TX30, was secured into a custom made housing to mount onto Rambo’s tank. The campaign was sponsored by Sony to help show how durable their camera is and to raise awareness of the high level of intelligence in an octopus.

 

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

http://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

 

Hero Dog Earns Medal After Losing Leg in Afghanistan

A military German shepherd, who lost a leg while sniffing out a roadside bomb, has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-04-05/military-dog-who-lost-her-leg-in-afghanistan-awarded-animal-equivalent-of-victoria-cross/

Lucca,  now 12-years-old, served in the US marine corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.

Her efforts were awarded with the PDSA Dickin medal, the highest award for animals serving in military conflict. Lucca is the 67th animal to be honored in this way and the first US marine corps dog to receive the medal.

There were no human casualties during any of her patrols, but in 2012 she lost a leg and suffered chest burns after discovering a homemade bomb in Afghanistan and retired.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-35957766

Lucca’s owner, Gunnery Sgt Chris Willingham, travelled to London with his pet to accept the medal. He said,

“Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog. She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her. Today, I do my best to keep her spoiled in her well-deserved retirement.”

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/777870/amputee-war-dog-to-be-given-uk-highest-honors

Jan McLoughlin, the director general of the PDSA, said: “Lucca’s conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty makes her a hugely deserving recipient of the PDSA Dickin medal. Her ability and determination to seek out arms and explosives preserved human life amid some of the world’s fiercest military conflicts.”

Source: http://mashable.com/2016/04/05/injured-dog-given-medal-serving-afghanistan/#gK16P4CbtGqp

Since the introduction of the medal in 1943, it has been awarded to 31 dogs, 32 second world war messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat.

 

Thank-you for your service, Lucca.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/05/military-dog-awarded-animal-equivalent-victoria-cross-afghanistan

http://mashable.com/2016/04/05/injured-dog-given-medal-serving-afghanistan/#gK16P4CbtGqp

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-35957766

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-04-05/military-dog-who-lost-her-leg-in-afghanistan-awarded-animal-equivalent-of-victoria-cross/

 

Huge Win for Protection of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

A landmark deal has been struck between Indigenous tribes, timber firms and environmental groups in Canada. They are officially in agreement to protect one of the world’s largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest: The Great Bear Rainforest, on the Pacific coast of British Columbia.

By Jon Rawlinson - This is not a polar bear. This is a spirit bear (screenshot from footage he shot in the great bear rainforest), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44204687

It is a home to thousands of species of trees and animals, like the bald eagle, the harbor seal, the wolf, and of course, the majestic spirit bear- a rare sub-species of the black bear with white fur. It is also home to 26 aboriginal groups, known as First Nations.

Logging will be banned across a huge area of the forest. Environmental campaigners say the deal is a model for resolving similar land-use disputes around the world. Thank-you YouTube Channel ProvinceofBC for the fantastic following footage. It really tug at my heartstrings!

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6n9tFQOVepHP3TIeYXnhSA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWtvgIUaerY

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35467660

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bear_Rainforest#/media/File:Ursus_americanus_kermodei,_Great_Bear_Rainforest_1.jpg