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Tis’ the season to feed wild birds
Now that the first frosts and snow have landed, chances are that home owners are thinking more about wild birds. These manufacturers have a range of products and good ideas on how to encourage people to feed wild birds, and hopefully convert them to year-round feeders.
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Salute to Reckless
A war horse that survived one of the bloodiest battles in modern military history has today been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – known as the animal Victoria Cross – for her bravery and devotion to duty.
The four-legged heroine, Sergeant Reckless, is the 68th recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal. She was posthumously awarded her medal by the veterinary charity on the anniversary of the end of the Korean War, which lasted from June, 1950 to July, 1953.
Sgt Reckless was nominated by author Robin Hutton, supported by the US Marine Corps. Robin spent six years researching the chestnut Mongolian mare’s illustrious career with the US Marines and penned her biography.
The soldiers named her Reckless because the gun she carried ammunition for – the Recoilless
Rifle – was so dangerous that it was nicknamed the ‘reckless’ rifle.
On one day alone, she made 51 trips from the Ammunition Supply Point to the firing sites. She carried 386 rounds of ammunition (over 9,000 pounds – almost five tonnes), walked more than 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep mountains with enemy fire coming in at the rate of 500 rounds per minute.
She would also carry wounded soldiers down the mountain to safety, unload them, reloaded with ammunition and head off back to battle.
Hero sweeps into town
A fully-grown Indian elephant that washed up in a swamp in Bangladesh after being caught up in raging flood waters became a jumbo problem for wildlife officials on both sides of the border.
The floods carried the male elephant hundreds of miles from upstream India before he became trapped in a swamp in Bangladesh’s Jamalpur district.
Indian wildlife authorities abandoned a plan to take the elephant back home because he was unlikely to be welcomed by his herd in the remote north-eastern state of Assam. Instead, they agreed to let him be transferred to the Bangabandhu Safari Park, 32 miles north of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.
Wildlife workers tranquilised the elephant so they could take him closer to a highway – led by two domesticated elephants – to transport him by truck to the safari park.
But another problem that wildlife wardens were facing was controlling the hundreds of people who gathered to watch the rescue efforts.
Local villagers have named the elephant Bangabahadur, or Hero of Bengal.
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Once again the fireworks season has come round, and many pet owners will be looking for solutions to help their cats and dogs cope with the loud noises.
Our guide lists products that are available for retailers to stock that can help owners find a solution.
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