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Duchess Kate gets candid about motherhood in new interview

<p>Duchess Kate has spoken up on her experiences with motherhood in a candid interview.</p> <p>Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on the <em><a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happy-mum-happy-baby/id1277078956">Happy Mum, Happy Baby</a> </em>podcast, the Duchess of Cambridge said her struggle with hyperemesis – or severe nausea and vomiting – led her to decide to hypnobirth all three of her children.</p> <p>“I saw the power of it, really – the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that – that they teach you in hypnobirthing when I was really sick and actually I realised that this was something that I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful,” the 38-year-old said.</p> <p>She said the chronic morning sickness made her pregnancies difficult – and not just for herself, but also for her husband Prince William.</p> <p>“It was definitely a challenge. Not just for me, but also for your loved ones around you,” she said.</p> <p>“Being pregnant and having a newborn baby and things like that, impacts everybody in the family.</p> <p>“William didn’t feel he could do much to help and it’s hard to see you’re suffering without actually being able to do anything about it.”</p> <p>Kate also said presenting her newborn babies to the press outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London was a “slightly terrifying” experience.</p> <p>“Both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and you know we’re hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important,” she said.</p> <p>“But equally it was coupled with a newborn baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions.”</p> <p>The Duchess also admitted she struggled with “mum guilt” from balancing parenting with her other responsibilities.</p> <p>“All the time… Even this morning, George and Charlotte were like, ‘Mummy, how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’ No, it’s a constant challenge.”</p> <p>Podcast host Fletcher said she did not expect the Duchess to be so open in the interview.</p> <p>“I love hearing her very honest answers, how articulate and intelligent she is about early years... and how playful she is as well when she’s talking about her own kids.”</p> <p>Kate’s appearance came after the release of her survey <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30613232/kate-middleton-survey-uk-tour-announcement/">5 Big Questions on the Under 5s</a></em>, which sought to gain more information on the British public’s understanding of early child development.</p>

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Royal dominoes: Second regal divorce in less than a week

<p>The Queen’s nephew the Earl of Snowdon, 58, has announced that he and his wife are to divorce. This would be the second royal split in a week, as it comes six days after the Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips, announced his divorce from his wife Autumn.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Earl, son of the late Princess Margaret, said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10983211/princess-margarets-son-earl-of-snowdon-announces-divorce-queen-royal-split/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>:</p> <p>“The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced.</p> <p>"They ask that the press respect their privacy and that of their family."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834628/earl-snowdon.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cf5374562fc94bbfb2c774120ee90cc3" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Earl, David Armstrong-Jones, and his wife Serena are to separate after more than 25 years of marriage.</p> <p>The couple wed in October 1993 and have two children, Viscount Linley, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.</p> <p>The 58-year-old became the second Earl of Snowdon following the death of his father, the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 2017.</p> <p>David Armstrong-Jones is known as being a furniture marker who has lectured around the world and has reportedly created the interiors of a number of exclusive homes in Central London. He is currently 21st in line to the throne.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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8 things we do that really confuse our dogs

<p>Dog behaviour is extraordinarily flexible – this is why we can keep them in our homes and take them to cafes with us at the weekend.</p> <p>Nevertheless, there are ways in which evolution has not equipped dogs for the challenges of living in our world, and puppies must learn how to cope.</p> <p>These are some of the things we do they struggle to understand.</p> <p><strong>1. We leave them alone</strong></p> <p>As born socialites, dogs make friends easily. Puppies are intensely interested in spending time with other dogs, people, and any species willing to interact with them socially. They usually play, rest, explore and travel with company. Yet we often leave dogs alone: at home, in kennels or the vet clinic.</p> <p>In these situations, naive dogs can’t be sure we’ll ever return to collect them. Only after experience are they likely to expect a reunion, and even then, their experience depends on the context.</p> <p>At home, we may try to enforce dog-free zones. Naturally, many dogs protest. How can they stay with their (human) social group when they’re separated behind impenetrable barriers (doors)? This explains why dogs so often demand to be let inside when their human family is there, and why those with separation-related distress frequently find some solace in being indoors.</p> <p><strong>2. We are visually driven</strong></p> <p>Dogs live in an olfactory world, while ours is chiefly visual. So, while TVs may offer a visual feast for humans, parks and beaches are an olfactory banquet for dogs.</p> <p>An additional challenge is dogs move while investigating the world, whereas we often sit still. They may not relish the inertia we enjoy in front of a noisy, flashing light-box.</p> <p><strong>3. We change our shape and smell</strong></p> <p>Shoes, coats, wallets, briefcases, bags and suitcases: countless smells cling to these items after we take them into shops and workplaces, then back to our dogs. Cleaning products, soaps, deodorants and shampoos also change the scents our dogs are used to.</p> <p>Towels, hats and bags change our shape when we’re using them. And when we’re pulling them on, jumpers and coats alter our visual outline and may catch dogs unaware.</p> <p>Dogs change their coats at least once a year. In contrast, we change our external cladding every day. This means the odours we carry are changing far more than dogs have evolved to expect.</p> <p>In their olfactory world, it must be puzzling for dogs to encounter our constantly changing smells, especially for a species that uses scent to identify familiar individuals and intruders.</p> <p><strong>4. We like to hug</strong></p> <p>How humans use their forelimbs contrasts sharply with how dogs do. We may use them to carry large objects a dog would have to drag, but also to grasp each other and express affection.</p> <p>Dogs grasp each other loosely when play-wrestling, and also when mating and fighting. Being pinned by another dog hinders a quick escape. How are puppies to know what a hug from a human means, when that behaviour from a dog might be threatening?</p> <p><strong>5. We don’t like to be bitten</strong></p> <p>Play-fighting is fun for many puppies and helps them bond with other dogs. But they must monitor the behaviour of other dogs in play-fights and know when they’ve used their tiny, razor-sharp teeth excessively.</p> <p>Humans are much more susceptible to pain from playful puppy jaws than other dogs are, and so we can react negatively to their attempts to play-fight with us.</p> <p>Dogs interact with objects almost entirely with their muzzle. And to feed, they use their jaws, teeth and tongue.</p> <p>Dogs also “mouth” other dogs when playing, expressing affection and communicating everything from “more” to “please don’t” to “Back off!”. So, naturally, they try to use their mouths when communicating with us, and must be puzzled by how often we take offence.</p> <p><strong>6. We don’t eat food from the bin</strong></p> <p>Dogs are opportunists who naturally acquire food anywhere they find it. In contrast, we present them with food in dishes of their own.</p> <p>Puppies must be puzzled by our reaction when we find them snacking from benches and tables, in lunchboxes and kitchen bins. We should not be surprised when dogs unearth food we left somewhere accessible to them.</p> <p><strong>7. We share territories</strong></p> <p>We visit the territories of other dogs, bringing back their odours, and allow unfamiliar human and canine visitors to enter our dogs’ home. Dogs have not evolved to accept such intrusions and threats to their safety and resources.</p> <p>We shouldn’t be surprised when our dogs treat visitors with suspicion, or when our dogs are treated with hostility when we bring them to the homes of others.</p> <p><strong>8. We use our hands a lot</strong></p> <p>Sometimes our hands deliver food, scratches, massages and toys. Other times, they restrain dogs, trim nails, administer ointments or tablets, and groom with brushes and combs that may pull hair.</p> <p>No wonder some dogs grow to fear the human hand as it moves about them. We can make it easier for dogs to accept many types of hand-related activities if we train them to cooperate with rewards.</p> <p>But humans often misread their fear and may even greet it with violence which compounds the problem. Hand-shy dogs can easily become defensive and find their way into pounds and shelters, where life expectancy for nippers and biters is poor.</p> <p>On the whole, dogs show a remarkable ability to adapt to the puzzles we throw at them. Their behavioural flexibility offers us lessons in resilience and how to live simply and socially. Our challenge is to understand the absence of guile and malice in everything they do.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/122616/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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Kirk Douglas’ grandson reflects on his passing in emotional interview

<p>Kirk Douglas’ grandson has honoured the late acting legend in an emotional interview.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cameron-douglas-legacy-grandfather-kirk-douglas-hard-imagine-anyone-doing-it-better-1278758">The Hollywood Reporter</a></em>, Cameron Douglas said it was difficult to lose his grandfather, who died on February 5 at the age of 103.</p> <p>“He was always there, always supportive and he believed in me even when maybe I had given up on myself,” said Cameron, who previously struggled with drug addiction.</p> <p>“Losing him is one of those things that, even when you sort of see it coming … it’s still difficult.</p> <p>“I take solace in the pride of being his grandson and having had the opportunity to spend as much time with him as I have. When I look at his life, what he accomplished and the way he carried himself, it's hard for me to imagine anyone doing it any better.”</p> <p>Cameron said he brought his partner Viviane Thibes and daughter Lua Izzy to Los Angeles so that the family could spend more time with Kirk.</p> <p>“I moved about 15 minutes away from them and have been spending a lot of time with him, bringing my daughter [and] Vivian over on weekends,” said the 41-year-old.</p> <p>“Just watching the bond between my daughter and grandfather was extremely special.</p> <p>“He would light up every time she was around. When she was in the same room, all she wanted to do was either be in his lap or be the focus of his attention. I'll remind her of that when she gets older, showing her that connection through photos.”</p> <p>Cameron followed in the footsteps of his father Michael and his grandfather to become an actor after serving nearly eight years in prison for possessing cocaine and <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/cameron-douglas-long-way-home-book-memoir-hollywood-life-prison-a9180571.html">distributing methamphetamine</a>.</p> <p>“He said to me, not that long ago, ‘Cameron, I’m so happy to see that you’re finally functioning’. That’s this kind of credo among the members of our family – to be ‘functioning’ – and I know that made him proud.”</p>

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“I legit thought this was Steve”: New snap of Robert Irwin shows uncanny resemblance

<p>Robert Irwin has shared a snap that made fans do a double take.</p> <p>The son of the late Steve Irwin took to Instagram on Tuesday to post a picture of him snuggling into a koala perched on his arm.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Zpy3ABHf8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Zpy3ABHf8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">❤️🐨</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/robertirwinphotography/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Robert Irwin</a> (@robertirwinphotography) on Feb 10, 2020 at 1:06pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fans were quick to point out Robert’s resemblance to his father.</p> <p>“Did anyone else think this was Steve at first? Beautiful moment captured,” one commented.</p> <p>“I legit thought this was Steve,” another wrote.</p> <p>“You look so much like your dad in this picture. You and your family are wonderful!” one added.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7hivTuHsBQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7hivTuHsBQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Black Jaguar-White Tiger (@blackjaguarwhitetiger)</a> on Jan 19, 2020 at 6:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Robert’s picture was taken at Australia Zoo, which is celebrating its 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year. The Queensland wildlife park was first established by Steve’s parents Bob and Lyn Irwin as the Beerwah Reptile Park.</p> <p>This is not the first time the 16-year-old wildlife conservationist has made an impression with his likeness to the late Crocodile Hunter.</p> <p>In July last year, Robert honoured his father with a recreation of Steve’s iconic photograph from 2004.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzc-Wxihkc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzc-Wxihkc3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Dad and me feeding Murray... same place, same croc - two photos 15 years apart ❤️🐊</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/robertirwinphotography/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Robert Irwin</a> (@robertirwinphotography) on Jul 3, 2019 at 4:20am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Since Steve’s death in 2006, Robert has continued to honour his legacy through conservation efforts with sister Bindi and mother Terri.</p>

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Too cute! Gordon Ramsay’s 10-month-old son Oscar graduates from baby class

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The youngest Ramsay family member has melted hearts thanks to his mum’s latest snap. 10-month-old Oscar graduated from sensory class, much to the delight of his proud mum Tana.</p> <p>The youngest of five looked incredibly sweet while posing in a cap and gown just having graduated.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8ObT8AnYP4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8ObT8AnYP4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by All about the girl (@tanaramsay)</a> on Feb 6, 2020 at 4:27am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Tana added a caption that showed how proud she was.</p> <p>“Graduation day! Baby Sensory class for Oscar, thank you Julia @babysensoryrichmond your Wandsworth classes were fabulous we will miss you and the friends we made! Xxx”</p> <p>Last month, proud dad Gordon revealed to Perth Now how Oscar has taken after him.</p> <p>“He did his first solids, but he spat them out within three seconds...</p> <p>“It was butternut squash puree. And you can sort of lip read, and Tana my wife was cooking. And I think the words that came out of his mouth was 'f***ing disgusting!'"</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B6z3ObTjdbO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B6z3ObTjdbO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gordon Ramsay (@gordongram)</a> on Jan 2, 2020 at 12:20am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Gordon also explained that he “dropped to the floor and blacked out” as it was the first of five births that he witnessed.</p> <p>“Tana didn't want to see me there for previous births, she said ‘I don't want you to see me in this state so get out.’ This time around, I was there and I absolutely cr*pped my pants. I fainted. I literally dropped on the floor.</p> <p>“I was sat there and Oscar popped out through the sunroof and then they sort of throw you on him and he's screaming and I fell back, the nurse grabbed me.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8WR_5MHoEY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8WR_5MHoEY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by All about the girl (@tanaramsay)</a> on Feb 9, 2020 at 5:40am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, the famous dad has made it clear that his five children will not have any special privileges when it comes to following in his footsteps.</p> <p>"I don't want the staff thinking, 'F***, it's Ramsay's kid, we can't tell them off',” he told Access Hollywood.</p> <p>"You want to work in this business? You f*** off to another chef, learn something different and come back with something new to improve the business."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Turia Pitt welcomes second child

<p><span>Turia Pitt has welcomed her second child with fiancé Michael Hoskin.</span></p> <p><span>The 32-year-old took to Instagram on Sunday to announce the birth of her second son Rahiti. </span></p> <p><span>The name Rahiti is understood to be of Polynesian origin, meaning “rising sun” or “sunrise”.</span></p> <p><span>“Maeva i te ao nei! Welcome to the world Rahiti,” Pitt wrote alongside a snap of her holding the baby boy in her arms.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8VZuNtA8sv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8VZuNtA8sv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Maeva i te ao nei! Welcome to the world Rahiti 💙</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/turiapitt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Turia</a> (@turiapitt) on Feb 8, 2020 at 9:28pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The post has received more than 10,600 comments congratulating the mother-of-two on the news.</span></p> <p><span>“Congrats lovely and much love to you and the family,” model Megan Gale commented.</span></p> <p><span>“Just beautiful!!!! Well done mum,” <em>The Project </em>host Lisa Wilkinson said.</span></p> <p><span>“Oh how wonderful!! Congratulations beautiful Mama! And welcome to the world Rahiti,” presenter Jess Rowe added.</span></p> <p><span>Pitt and Hoskin are also parents to son Hakavai, who was born in December 2017.</span></p> <p><span>In October 2018, Pitt told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/babies/inspirational-burns-survivor-turia-pitt-welcomes-second-child/news-story/1293bfe2aded83b1bf04b6376f427744">Stellar</a> </em>magazine that having a child had changed her priorities.</span></p> <p><span>“I no longer have any desire to do an ironman,” the burns survivor said. </span></p> <p><span>“I don’t want to be out running for five hours straight. I know how precious life is, and I’d rather be with my son.”</span></p>

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ALDI-themed birthday party sets hearts racing!

<p>In honour of her youngest daughter’s supermarket obsessions, mother of five Meaghan Singleton decorated her child’s birthday party to the nines by ALDI-fying everything.</p> <p>Four-year-old Saylor’s birthday was truly one for the books, with Ms Singleton writing in a Facebook caption: "We brought Aldi to our house for our Aldi-obsessed Saylor and we didn't forget our quarters or bags!"</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FWebbtriophotography%2Fposts%2F2707763852671085&amp;width=500" width="500" height="805" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>From creating a cash-register-inspired fruit bar, “red hot” goodie bags and 25-cent cookies inspired by the $1 and $2 gold coins you have to inset into shopping carts before you push them around – Saylor’s mother went all out for the ALDI-themed celebrations.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FWebbtriophotography%2Fphotos%2Fa.882407735206715%2F2707760539338083%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="336" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Meaghan took to the Facebook page ALDI Aisle of Shame Community to share the hilariously adorable photos from the event that she also posted to her page<span> </span><em>Webb Trio Photography.</em></p> <p>The sweet post has garnered thousands of likes and over hundreds of comments, with many complimenting the mother’s unconventional and creative decorating skills.</p> <p>For her party outfit, Saylor wore a dress fashioned out of an employee uniform polo shirt, complete with an embroidered logo.</p> <p>The special moment was solidified forever with a gorgeous photoshoot.</p>

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Vets implore those living in bushfire areas to consider their pets safety

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australia’s national vet association are appealing for pet owners to consider their pets’ safety and wellbeing this bushfire season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People living in bushfire zones will have planned ahead and be prepared for such emergencies, but we can’t stress enough how critical it is that pets are also included in any emergency plans,” said Dr Julia Crawford, President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Crawford also urged pet owners to ensure that they take the necessary steps to look after their animals in extreme heat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It's crucial to remember that our pets can't perspire in the way humans do and produce only a tiny amount of sweat through their footpads. They cool themselves down by panting, but sometimes this isn't enough, and they start to overheat.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Heat stress can occur rapidly, and signs can include noisy panting, seizures, drooling and collapse.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Heat stress can kill your pet, it is an emergency in itself, so it is critical to know the signs and get your pet to a vet as soon as possible,” said Dr Crawford. “This might not always be possible during a bushfire, so it is equally essential that you know how to assist your pet until you can get to a vet”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Place your pet in front of an air conditioner or a fan and put wet towels on the hairless parts of their body, such as footpads and the groin, to help them cool down, and ensure they have access to plenty of cool fresh water.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The AVA recommends an emergency kit for pets ahead of time in case evacuation becomes necessary, which includes non-perishable food and water in spill-proof containers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If it starts to look likely that evacuation may be necessary, try to confine your pets to the safest enclosed room of the house, such as the bathroom, where they can be quickly collected. Make sure you also have your pet’s carry cages and leads on hand, so you don’t have to search for these if the decision is made to leave” said Dr Crawford.</span></p>

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Aussie pet owners urged to tackle obesity epidemic amongst pets

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to PetSure, Australia’s largest pet insurance underwriter, claims for obesity related conditions in pets, such as diabetes, heat intolerance and glucose intolerance have soared by 100 per cent over the last five years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pet owners are being urged to tackle the obesity epidemic that is facing almost half of Aussie pets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Senior Veterinarian Dr Oliver Conradi commented on this growing issue, saying that the reason for the increase was due to the “humanisation of pets”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Along with all these related conditions such as diabetes and associated conditions like joint disorders, there is a body of evidence to suggest that fit and lean dogs have a significant increase in their median lifespan and a significant delay in the onset of chronic disease,” he explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One of the reasons claims are increasing is the humanisation of pets. This means pet owners are increasingly treating their fur babies like little humans, which reflects the wonderful bond they have, but this treatment can extend to their pet’s diet and the quantity of food they eat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To manage obesity in dogs and cats, owners must avoid giving pets treats, particularly human food such as biscuits, chips or cheese. Even a small amount adds a lot of calories to their pet’s daily intake.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cats have a slightly higher incidence of diabetes than dogs, which is a significant indicator of obesity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The two cat breeds most at risk of diabetes are the </span>Australian Mist<span style="font-weight: 400;"> and the </span>Abysssinian.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The six dog breeds most at risk of diabetes are:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian Terriers</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Siberian Husky</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bichon Frise</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Schnoodles</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maltese</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rottweilers</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, there are things you can do to help your furry friends lose some weight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Following the feeding guide on the packaging of pet food is an easy reference but for those pets already overweight, owners should speak to their vet about changing to a low calorie or weight loss diet,” Dr Conradi explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Vets will give owners advice such as avoiding bones and other fatty foods or replacing bones with carrots as a crunchy treat.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Conradi also recommended keeping a close eye on your pets in case they are still gaining weight despite a healthier diet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Although the vast majority of pets are obese because of their lifestyle, there are also some diseases that can cause obesity in dogs and cats. If people are concerned that their pet is gaining weight in spite of a healthy diet, they should chat to their vet.”</span></p>

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Hundreds of koalas brutally murdered during routine logging

<p>WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES</p> <p>A few hundred of perhaps Australia’s most beloved animal, koalas, have reportedly been murdered in Victoria this week.</p> <p>Animals Australia has shared devastating images of injured and dead koalas who were “mowed down” after logging occurred 12km west of Portland.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">On becoming aware of this situation on Friday, we flew in a veterinary team from <a href="https://twitter.com/Vets_Compassion?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vets_Compassion</a>. A second vet team was flown in to assist with the treatment of surviving animals yesterday. <a href="https://t.co/sSlF43IbLV">pic.twitter.com/sSlF43IbLV</a></p> — Animals Australia (@AnimalsAus) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnimalsAus/status/1223738890277646336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The species – who are now a threatened species after one of Australia’s worst bushfire season in recorded history – were hurt at a razed bluegum plantation.</p> <p>“Koalas are having their homes mowed down,” said Animals Australia.</p> <p>“On becoming aware of this situation on Friday, we flew in a veterinary team,” Animals Australia confirmed on Sunday morning.</p> <p>“With the support of local authorities and wildlife carers, vets are seeking to save as many of these precious animals as possible.”</p> <p>The details of this case are still unknown, Animals Australia confirmed on Sunday.</p> <p>“We are still gathering the details as to what has occurred in this case but it would appear that there are various breaches of legislation, including the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which we will be supporting authorities to pursue,” they said on social media.</p> <p>“By law, the companies that own these plantations must provide koala ‘spotters’ to identify koalas in trees before logging commences, so that animals can be safely removed and relocated.</p> <p>“There is also a legal responsibility to ensure the welfare of koalas after logging has ceased.”</p> <p>It is assumed that in result of the habitat destruction from bushfires, hundreds of koalas sought refuge on commercial property.</p> <p>“The logging of these forests then destroys precious habitat,” shared Animals Australia.</p> <p>Wildlife Victoria CEO Dr Megan Davidson said it was impossible to understand how the logging could happen if koalas were in them.</p> <p>“In these tragic cases, we are so sad not only for the animals, but also for the wildlife carers and vets who are on the ground dealing with the horrors of dead, broken, sick and orphaned animals,” Davidson said.</p> <p>“Here’s a thought,” shared Animals Australia. “How about instead of planting plantations then mowing them down, we should be planting blue gum and leaving them for koalas to live in.”</p> <p>The gruesome images have resulted in calls for change at a national level, with a <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.change.org/p/daniel-andrews-koala-massacres-portland-victoria?recruiter=743946376&amp;utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=share_petition&amp;recruited_by_id=05242690-62d9-11e7-88b5-65895f00d004" target="_blank">Change.org petition</a> already up and running.</p> <p>“This barbaric practice needs to stop across the state and immediately,” the petition – directed to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews – reads.</p> <p>As reported by the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) there are less than 100,000 koalas left in the wild and the population could be in fact as low as 43,000.</p> <p>If Australia’s koala population falls below 50,000 it would be “functionally extinct”, the AKF said.</p>

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4 dog breeds who make the best pets for seniors

<p><span>Whilst it’s super-easy to choose a dog based on their appearance and character, if you are considering adding a dog to your life, you need to figure out how they are going to fit in. </span></p> <ul> <li><span>What does your typical day consist of? </span></li> <li><span>How much time have you got to spend exercising or playing with your dog? </span></li> <li><span>Do you want a devoted companion who will curl up on the sofa and is actually quite lazy? Or do you religiously walk for the morning paper to the other side of town? </span></li> <li><span>Do you have regular visitors? If so, you’ll need a dog who is happy to share you and will accept people milling around their home. </span></li> <li><span>Where do you live? If you are in an apartment you want a dog who is going to be easy to house-train. </span></li> <li><span>Those more stubborn doges are better suited to a house with a yard where you can leave the door mostly open during those prime training periods. Do you have close neighbours? </span></li> <li><span>How will they tolerate a barker? Or do you need a more chilled out dog? It’s also worth considering your experience with dogs. </span></li> </ul> <p><span>Just because you’ve always had a large dog, doesn’t mean you still have to. You may find a little guy with oodles of personality!</span></p> <p><span>Let’s take a look at the best four dog breeds for seniors in some detail.</span></p> <p><strong><span>The Pomapoo</span></strong></p> <p><span>A designer cross between <a href="https://www.allthingsdogs.com/pomapoo/">the Toy Poodle and the Pomeranian</a> results in a fluffy lap dog, who can be somewhat active – if they want to be! </span></p> <p><span>They are confident and playful, but unlike many smaller dogs, they are not renowned barkers! Perfect if you live in an apartment or have close neighbours. </span></p> <p><span>The Pomapoo craves human attention so is happiest curled up on your lap. </span></p> <p><span>Whilst they are generally good with humans of all ages, they aren’t brilliant with small kids, so not ideal if you have grandkids visiting!</span></p> <p><span>An adorable teddy bear, with a loving and affectionate personality. A definite contender!</span></p> <p><strong><span>The Whoodle</span></strong></p> <p><span>The adorable cross <a href="https://www.perfectdogbreeds.com/whoodle/">between the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle</a>! He is well-natured, playful and intelligent. </span></p> <p><span>He thrives in any home and with any number of residents; even kids! He is easy-to-train and extremely loyal. </span></p> <p><span>He is happy with around 30 minutes to an hour of exercise per day; perfect for that morning stroll. </span></p> <p><span>Having the Poodle Parent, they are prone to ear issues, so make this one of the things you regularly check and clean them when needed. </span></p> <p><span>A highly versatile breed who is super-intelligent. All whilst rocking the most adorable look! The wonderful Whoodle!</span></p> <p><strong><span>The Chihuahua</span></strong></p> <p><span>You really can have the pick of the litter with these guys. </span></p> <p><span>They can be long-haired, short-haired and <a href="https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/chihuahua/">even have different shaped heads</a>. What they all have in common? </span></p> <p><span>None of them realise they are one of the smallest breeds to grace planet earth! A feisty companion with a loyal heart. Not particularly high on exercise requirements, these guys are the ultimate lap dog. </span></p> <p><span>They just love their people. </span></p> <p><span>This can cause issues for some as they can become protective. If you have regular visitors, your Chi needs to meet them as young as possible, otherwise you may have issues as they grow. They can also be incredibly stubborn, which can make house-training more of a challenge. </span></p> <p><span>For this reason, they are better suited to a home with a yard where they can easily access where they are supposed to “go potty!” That said, some owners in apartments have successfully trained their Chis to use a litter tray. </span></p> <p><span>A little dog with a larger than life personality – the only place they want to be is wherever you are!</span></p> <p><strong><span>The Labradoodle or Goldendoodle</span></strong></p> <p><span>If you are pretty active and like spending time outdoors, you may be better suited to a Doodle.</span></p> <p><span>The designer mix between the Labrador and the Poodle results in the Labradoodle. The mix between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle <a href="https://www.allthingsdogs.com/goldendoodle">results in the Goldendoodle</a>. </span></p> <p><span>Being slighter calmer in nature, the Goldendoodle may suit a more laid-back home. </span></p> <p><span>The Labradoodle however won’t be a fan of missing their daily walk, but they are super family dogs so will be perfect play mates for when the grandkids visit! Both of these guys love hiking and swimming but are equally happy playing with their friends in the dog park. </span></p> <p><span>A super-adaptable dog, they just need a little more action than the others on our list. Both have pretty high grooming requirements, so seek out a qualified groomer as soon as possible and organise a regular schedule. </span></p> <p><span>Another adorable teddy bear, just a little bigger and a little more energetic!</span></p> <p><span>Choosing a dog to suit your lifestyle isn’t easy, but we hope our list has given you a good place to start.</span></p> <p><span>A final thought for consideration, there are over 3million healthy dogs who find themselves in dog shelters each year. Once you’ve found the breed or type of dog you love, why not head down to your local shelter and adopt one?!</span></p> <p><span>Once you’ve adopted your dog, you can then <a href="https://www.mypetsname.com/dog-names/">think about names for them!</a></span></p> <p><em>Story written by John Woods.</em></p>

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7 awesome dog breeds you’ve never heard of – until now

<p>Warning: You’re about to fall in love with these seven dogs, but don’t get too attached just yet – you might not be able to find one of your own to take home! While some have been around for thousands of years, others have come onto the scene a lot more recently. Either way, you might be surprised you never heard of them until now.</p> <p><strong>1. Schipperke</strong></p> <p>Small and energetic, the Schipperke (pronounced Skipper-key) is native to Belgium. Adored for its inquisitive personality and beautiful coat, “the little black devil” was a vermin hunter. Today, they’re regarded as happy, loyal companions. Their sassy demeanour and enthusiasm for mischief requires a dedicated owner who will supervise its adventures. Schipperkes are talented escape artists – a well-fenced yard, and on-leash walks are a must.</p> <p><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/6-ways-make-your-dog-smarter">Here are 6 ways to make your dog smarter. </a></p> <p><strong>2. Coton de Tulear</strong></p> <p>Known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear (pronounced Cu-toe de Too-lay-are) dates back several centuries. Sharing ancestors with the Maltese and Bichon Frise, this happy-go-lucky pup historically served as a royal pet. Sociable and smart, the Coton often behaves like a little furry clown. Their bouncy antics and tireless energy are endearing, but owners must be careful not to fall completely under their Coton’s spell – this fun-loving breed will take advantage of a lenient master.</p> <p><strong>3. Icelandic Sheepdog</strong></p> <p>Iceland’s native dog is not only unique, but rare. Rescued from the brink of extinction in the 1950s, the Icelandic Sheepdog is slowly increasing in numbers. A natural herder, the breed is alert, intelligent and enthusiastic. Friendly with other animals and gentle with children, the Icelandic forms strong bonds with its master. Occasionally, this attachment can cause separation anxiety and excess barking. With a gentle touch, a skilled owner can teach their Icelandic Sheepdog to be calm in their absence.</p> <p><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/can-you-guess-dog-breed-based-its-puppy-picture">Can you guess these dog breeds based on their puppy pictures?</a></p> <p><strong>4. Berger Picard</strong></p> <p>With its tousled appearance, the Berger Picard – star of the movie Because of Winn-Dixie – is often mistaken for a mutt. Don’t let this dog’s low-maintenance look fool you. This canine boasts a proud French pedigree. Traditionally a sheepdog, the Berger Picard (pronounced Bare zhay Peecar) almost disappeared after World War II. Fortunately, breed fanciers are re-establishing its presence not only in France, but worldwide. Quiet, loyal and athletic, the Berger craves attention and often displays comical behaviour.</p> <p><strong>5. Boykin Spaniel</strong></p> <p>With its gold eyes, and soft, chocolate-coloured coat, the Boykin Spaniel could easily be discounted as just a pretty household pet – but this breed is no lap dog. Hard-working and spirited, this spaniel is a seasoned hunting companion. Bred for tracking wild turkeys, the Boykin first appeared in the south-eastern United States during the early 20th century, has a friendly personality, and adores children.</p> <p><strong>6. Leonberger</strong></p> <p>Originating in Germany in the mid-1800s, the Leonberger was a favourite of European royals. Strong and imposing, this household guardian closely resembled a lion. Today, its affectionate manner makes him an excellent therapy dog, or children’s companion. But don’t be misled by his cuddly disposition – prospective owners must train this pet properly. With many Leonbergers weighing over 55kg, they naturally believe that they’re the boss.</p> <p><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/worlds-largest-dog-breeds">Check out the world’s largest dog breeds.</a></p> <p><strong>7. Cane Corso</strong></p> <p>Dating back to 600 AD Italy, the Cane Corso (pronounced Connie Corso) descends from Roman war dogs. Its large, athletic build and strong work ethic made this canine ideal for herding, hunting, and guarding. Almost extinct in the 1980s, the breed is now making a welcome comeback. Suspicious of strangers yet devoted to its master, the Cane Corso requires an experienced dog owner who can handle its protective instincts.</p> <p><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/12-secrets-your-dogs-tail-is-trying-to-tell-you">Here are the secrets your dog’s tail is trying to tell you.</a></p> <p><em>Written by Jackie Middleton and Lisa Marie Conklin. This article first appeared in </em><span><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/30-awesome-dog-breeds-youve-never-heard-of-until-now"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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What we learn from a fish that can change sex in just ten days

<p>The bluehead wrasse is a fish that lives in small social groups in coral reefs in the Caribbean. Only the male has a blue head – signalling his social dominance over a harem of yellow-striped females.</p> <p>If this male is removed from the group, something extraordinary happens: the largest female in the group changes sex to become male. Her behaviour changes within minutes. Within ten days, her ovaries transform into sperm-producing testes. Within 21 days she appears completely male.</p> <p>But how does the wrasse change sex, and why did evolution select this system?</p> <p>Also, given that fish share sex-determining genes with mammals, would an understanding of this provide new insight into how sex works in humans and other animals?</p> <p><strong>How does the transformation happen?</strong></p> <p>The trigger for sex change in the bluehead wrasse and some other species <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29304633">is social</a>. When the male fish is removed, the largest female immediately senses his absence and adopts full male breeding behaviours the same day.</p> <p>How this social cue translates into molecular action remains a bit of a mystery, but it probably involves stress. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28890443">are associated with</a> temperature-based sex determination in other fish and reptiles. Cortisol probably alters reproductive function by impacting sex hormone levels.</p> <p>Stress could be the unifying mechanism that channels environmental information into a change in sex.</p> <p>Our <a href="https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/7/eaaw7006">research</a> traced changes in the activity of all 20,000-odd bluehead wrasse genes during the female to male transformation.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, we found the gene that produces the female hormone (estrogen) rapidly shuts off, and genes responsible for making male hormones (androgens) are turned on.</p> <p>Hundreds of other genes required for being female (including genes that make egg components) also progressively shut down, while genes required for maleness (including genes that make sperm components) turn on.</p> <p><strong>Epigenetics</strong></p> <p>We also noticed changes in the activity of developmentally important genes whose roles in sex determination remain unknown. This included genes known to “epigenetically” regulate the activity of other genes.</p> <p>Epigenetics refers to regulation “above the gene”. For example, there are many fish and reptile species in which the sex of developing embryos is determined <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28804140">by environmental cues</a>, such as the temperature at which eggs are incubated. The sex is not determined by different genes, but by the environment impacting the activity of these genes.</p> <p>Similar mechanisms regulate adult sex change in fish, so this may be important in translating the social cue into molecular action.</p> <p>Surprisingly, we saw the turn-on of some powerful genes that are active in embryos and stem cells. These genes keep cells in a neutral embryo-like state, from which they can mature (differentiate) into any tissue type. They can also revert differentiated cells to an embryo-like state.</p> <p>This suggests that transitioning from ovaries to testes in wrasse involves reversing the cell differentiation process – something scientists have argued about for decades.</p> <p><strong>What are the advantages?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-2979.2007.00266.x">Researchers have identified</a> more than 500 fish species that regularly change sex as adults.</p> <p>Clown fish begin life as males, then change into females, and kobudai do the opposite. Some species, including gobies, can change sex back and forth. The transformation may be triggered by age, size, or social status.</p> <p>Sex change is an <a href="https://ourblueplanet.bbcearth.com/blog/?article=incredible-sex-changing-fish-from-blue-planet">advantage</a> when an individual’s reproductive value is greater as one sex when it is small, and greater as the other sex when it grows bigger.</p> <p>If females benefit more than males from being larger (because they can lay more eggs), male-to-female sex change is most advantageous. But if (as for wrasse) males gain more from being large, because they can better defend their breeding territories and mate with many females, female-to-male sex change is optimal.</p> <p>Sex change might also <a href="https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/esoa-tao011320.php">advantage</a> a population recovering from overfishing, which often targets larger fish and leaves the population deficient in one sex. Thus, a mechanism for replacing the missing sex would be an advantage.</p> <p><strong>Why can’t humans change sex naturally?</strong></p> <p>Male and female wrasse differ in size, colour, behaviour, but especially in their reproductive organs – the ovary and testes.</p> <p>Sex change in the wrasse involves complete remodelling of the gonad from an ovary producing eggs to a testis producing sperm.</p> <p>This differs from other fish that routinely change sex when they get big enough. Their gonads contain both male and female tissues, and sex change occurs when one outgrows the other. So, fish employ all sorts of strategies to get the most out of sex.</p> <p>In contrast, humans and other mammals determine sex via a gene on the male-only Y chromosome. This gene triggers the formation of testes in the embryo, which unleash male hormones and direct male development of the baby.</p> <p>The human sex system is nowhere near as flexible as that of fish or reptiles. There is no evidence any environmental factors influence the sex determination of mammalian embryos, let alone cause sex change in adults.</p> <p>That said, humans share with all vertebrates (including fish) about 30 genes that control ovary or testis differentiation. Mutation in any of these genes can tilt development toward male or female, resulting in atypical sexual development, but never sex change.</p> <p>Perhaps an understanding of epigenetic changes in fish sex can offer us valuable insight, as we wrestle with new ideas about human sex and gender.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Big problem Queen is facing about Prince Andrew accusations

<p>The Queen attends a weekly Sunday service at a tiny church outside rural Norfolk, but this weekend’s attendance will have a much more prominent media presence.</p> <p>This is because it will be the first time the Queen will appear in public since news broke that Prince Andrew has failed to co-operate with the FBI.</p> <p>Prince Andrew said last year that he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency” that was investigating convicted sex offender and friend of the Prince Jeffrey Epstein.</p> <p>A statement from US attorney Geoffrey Berman revealed that authorities have had no help from the Prince at all.</p> <p>"The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew's attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew, and to date, Prince Andrew has provided zero co-operation."</p> <p>He continued: "Jeffrey Epstein couldn't have done what he did without the assistance of others. And I can assure you that the investigation is moving forward."</p> <p>Daniel Sternberg, a barrister specialising in extradition law at Temple Garden Chambers in London explained to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10845683/prince-andrew-could-be-arrested-if-returns-to-us/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun Online</em></a>: “While there is no way to compel Prince Andrew to give evidence in the UK or the US in either the civil or criminal case, his failure to do so does not sit well with his previous public statements that he would help any appropriate law enforcement agency with its inquiries.”</p> <p>It appears that Her Majesty is in a bind. If she decides to stand by her son, this would provoke the public that is already annoyed with the amount of royal messes after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s hasty departure from the family surprised the world.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0Bm4XrJERU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0Bm4XrJERU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke of York (@hrhthedukeofyork)</a> on Jul 17, 2019 at 9:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, if she decides to not bring Prince Andrew with her, it will look like she is no longer tolerating the amount of scandal he has brought to the monarchy. Many are worried that this would be a toothless stance, especially if she does not comment on the most recent developments of the case.</p> <p>With pressure building on Prince Andrew and the Palace to sit down with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to explain just why he was friends with Epstein in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean, royal fans are watching and waiting with bated breath. </p>

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Alleged love child of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla launches legal bid

<p>A British-born man who was adopted and moved to Australia believes he is the love child of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.</p> <p>While it has been perhaps a great rumour believed by few and questioned by many, Simon Dorante-Day, 53, is taking his beliefs one step further by going to the country’s High Court to try and force Britain’s future King and his wife to take a DNA test.</p> <p>Simon says he is not deterred from his “40 year search” for truth, despite court clerks laughing when he first filed his papers and his legal claim being thrown out three times already.</p> <p>He believes that his parentage will have been discussed by the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry at this month's Sandringham summit where the terms of Harry and Meghan's 'Megxit' deal were thrashed out.</p> <p>In 2019, Simon caused upset when he claimed Princess Diana's death in Paris in August 1997 came after 'she was going to go public with it'. </p> <p>The 53-year-old claims his adoptive grandparents Winifred and Ernest worked for the Queen and Prince Philip as a cook and a gardener respectively and had told him “many times” that he was indeed “Charles and Camilla's child”. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Btt6-uXlNZr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Btt6-uXlNZr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Life Europe 👑 (@royal_life_europe)</a> on Feb 10, 2019 at 2:10pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I know it sounds unbelievable, but anything I say is checkable... I’m simply a man looking for my biological parents, and every road has led me back to Camilla and Charles,” he said.</p> <p>Mr Dorante was born in Gosport, Hampshire in April 1966 and was adopted when he was 18-months-old by Winifred and Ernest. </p> <p>If Simon’s odd allegations are actually true, it means he would have been conceived in 1965, when Charles and Camilla were just 17 and 18.</p> <p>He claims his “compelling” evidence is his Windsor-like cheekbones and teeth, as well as his “Camilla-style hair”.</p> <p>The Brit also says he has compelling evidence proving his claim but said online: “As things are all part of the court case at the moment I can't discuss much further.”’</p> <p>Simon now resiudes in Queensland and has spoken many times about his belief that he was adopted out by an 18-year-old Camilla Shand – a claim his adoptive grandparents also allegedly support.</p> <p>“My grandmother, who worked for the Queen, told me outright that I was Camilla and Charles' son many times,” he explained to <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/princes-charles-camilla-secret-son-exposed-paternity-case" target="_blank">New Idea</a>.</p> <p>His wife Elvianna said: “We believe that Camilla fell pregnant to Charles and that Camilla, with the help of her family and the royals, kept Simon until he was 18 months old.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtgyXvvF6x5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtgyXvvF6x5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Life Europe 👑 (@royal_life_europe)</a> on Feb 5, 2019 at 11:44am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 53-year-old filed papers to the High Court just before Christmas, claiming his story is the “most explosive” thing to happen to the palace.  </p> <p>“It's definitely the most significant step I've taken so far – I've had to force a deadline, hold them to a date, because we need answers,” he said.  </p> <p>In the wake of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announcing they were stepping down from their senior royal positions, Mr Dorante-Day is adamant his case would have come up during crisis talks at Sandringham Estate. </p> <p>“While the whole world was thinking they were talking about Harry, we believe this legal battle would've also been on the agenda and discussed,” he said. </p> <p>Simon, who goes by “Prince Simon Charles” on social media, regularly posts updates on Facebook of his bid to be recognised by royal family members.</p>

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Octomom marks her eight children’s 11th birthday with new snap

<p>“Octomom” Natalie Suleman has marked her youngest eight children’s 11<sup>th</sup> birthday with a new picture from the family celebrations.</p> <p>Suleman, who made headlines after giving birth to the eight children in January 2009, took to Instagram on Monday to share a snap and a birthday message.</p> <p>“Happy birthday to my beautiful angels. You are some of the kindest, most compassionate, caring human beings I’ve ever known,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mother. You all have blessed my life immensely and I thank God daily for trusting me to care for, shape the lives of, and influence all of you.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7z0RI8nBE3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7z0RI8nBE3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Happy birthday to my beautiful angels. You are some of the kindest, most compassionate, caring human beings I’ve ever known. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mother. You all have blessed my life immensely and I thank God daily for trusting me to care for, shape the lives of, and influence all of you. Recent tragic events of loved ones lost are a powerful reminder of how fragile, precarious, yet precious life is, as tomorrow is never promised. We need to hug our loved ones a little longer and a little harder while they are here. You are my miracles, my angels, and I will love you with all my heart, forever. Happy 11th birthday Noah, Maliyah, Nariyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah, and Makai. #HappyBirthday #Angels #Blessed 🙏🏽</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nataliesuleman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Solomon Family</a> (@nataliesuleman) on Jan 26, 2020 at 8:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 44-year-old mother of 14 also referred to basketball great Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident on Sunday with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.</p> <p>“Recent tragic events of loved ones lost are a powerful reminder of how fragile, precarious, yet precious life is, as tomorrow is never promised,” Suleman wrote.</p> <p>“We need to hug our loved ones a little longer and a little harder while they are here. You are my miracles, my angels, and I will love you with all my heart, forever. Happy 11th birthday Noah, Maliyah, Nariyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah, and Makai.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7CroSKn5ev/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7CroSKn5ev/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Solomon Family (@nataliesuleman)</a> on Jan 7, 2020 at 6:28pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Suleman octuplets, consisting of six sons and two daughters, were conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments. They are the only second full set of octuplets to be born alive in the US and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/us/04octuplets.html">the longest surviving</a>.</p>

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