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Paws up! Six puppies join the NSW Police Dog Unit

<p>Six German Shepherd puppies have joined the elite, and adorable, NSW Police Dog Force Unit to report for duty. </p> <p>Four furry females and two males were born in May to mum Bonnie and dad Vegas, and have each been named by the patients at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. </p> <p>The female pups are Carrie, Cali, Carol and Cody, and their brothers are Coops and Charger. </p> <p><span>Superintendent Michael Rochester, Dog and Mounted Commander, said the kids of Sydney Children's </span>Hospital left an important legacy on the Dog Unit by naming their newest recruits.</p> <p><span>"Unfortunately, this year the kids weren't able to meet the pups in person because of the pandemic, but we were very glad we could get them involved virtually," Supt Rochester said in a statement.</span><span></span></p> <p>"If these pups are successful through their training, they'll go on to help the community in many ways."</p> <p>"Our dogs are used to find missing people, assist in pursuits, detect drugs, explosives and other paraphernalia, and have a variety of other specialist functions which make them an invaluable law enforcement capability."</p> <p>The adorable puppies have begun their foundational training, as they are being exposed to new a range of new experiences and environments. </p> <p>The NSW Police force shared the news of the puppies on their Twitter account, along with the backstory to each dog's name. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The NSW Police Force's newest police pups have been named by patients from Sydney Children's Hospital. <br /><br />“I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal,” said eight-year-old Alice.<a href="https://t.co/9skvOMkOOj">https://t.co/9skvOMkOOj</a> <a href="https://t.co/n7SdeQRTsn">pic.twitter.com/n7SdeQRTsn</a></p> — NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/nswpolice/status/1442652246060060676?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>They said on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/news?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGOTc2MzguaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D" target="_blank">their website</a> that naming the dogs became a wonderful distraction for the kids, who had to spend time in the hospital for various reasons.</p> <p>Eight-year-old Alice chose the name Cody after being inspired by this closest to her. </p> <p>She said, <span>“I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal.”</span></p> <p><span>Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the new furry recruits, thanking those who named them. </span></p> <p>“These pups represent the next generation of the Force’s Police Dog team, one of the most highly-trained and respected in the world,” Mr Elliott said.</p> <p>“I join the children, who named the pups, in following the progress of the C-litter; I know they will achieve great things in the future,” he said.</p> <p><em>Image credit: NSW Police</em></p>

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Gabby Petito's dad breaks down during eulogy

<p>Gabby Petito has been honoured at an emotional memorial service in her hometown of Long Island, where her tearful father hinted at long-standing relationship troubles with her fiancé. </p> <p>Gabby was farewelled at a funeral home packed with mourners, exactly one week after her body was found at a campsite in Wyoming. </p> <p><span>“The entire planet knows this woman’s name,” her father, Joe Petito, told the crowd. </span></p> <p><span>“And she’s inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what’s best for them first. Put yourself first. And do it now while you have time.”</span></p> <p><span>“I couldn’t be more proud,” he added. “If there’s a relationship that might not be the best for you, leave it now.”</span></p> <p><span>The hint at Gabby and Brian's tumultuous </span>relationship comes after <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/gabby-petito-s-father-slam-s-her-fianc" target="_blank">Joe slammed Brian Laundrie</a>, who remains on the run after refusing to cooperate with police. </p> <p>Joe went on to tell those at the memorial, “I don’t want you guys to be sad.”</p> <p>“Gabby didn’t live that way. That wasn’t her way,” he said.</p> <p>“As a matter of fact, if you knew Gabby she was always a pretty happy girl. People gravitated toward her. Her nature was always to smile and treat everybody kindly.”</p> <p>He went on to speak of her "ridiculous blue eyes" that managed to keep her out of trouble as a child, as he said <span>“Gabby is the most amazing person I’ve ever met.”</span></p> <p><span>Gabby's stepfather James Schmidt shared a tearful embrace with Joe at the service, as he began to speak about Gabby. </span></p> <p>“I spent a good portion of my life working and trying to earn money to provide for our family and our kids, to give them the best life,” Mr Schmidt said.</p> <p>“And Gabby, at 22 years old, helped teach me that you can always make money, but you can’t make up for lost time,” he said. “Gabby loved life and lived her life every single day, every day.”</p> <p>“She is an example for all of us to live by. To enjoy every moment in this beautiful world as she did. Love and give love to all, like she did.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844433/petito-memorial-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1e3c0f244d084034920492491138d414" /></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The entire wall of the fun real home was decorated with photos of Gabby, with an urn and candles in the centre. </p> <p>The service was open to members of the public, and was also livestreamed from the Holbrook funeral home and many tuned in to pay their respects. </p> <p>Among those in the crows were <span>more than 100 firefighters to support Mr Schmidt, who is also a firefighter.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844434/petito-memorial-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5bd39b2ebaf4b0bbd3583c53ad0c980" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The exact cause of Gabby's death remains unknown, as coroners have ruled her death a homicide.</p> <p>Gabby's fiancé and number one person of interest Brian Laundrie remains on the run after trying to evade <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/new-witnesses-in-gabby-petito-homicide-as-fbi-issue-warrant" target="_blank">a warrant for his arrest</a> issued by the FBI.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images/Holbrook Funeral Home</em></p>

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Family spat sees mum living in a shipping container

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Varina Quinn gave her daughter the family home in return for lifetime tenancy, she has been left homeless and sleeping in a shipping container.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I feel like I’ve lost my daughter and my home,” she told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/queensland-mother-living-shipping-container-after-transferring-daughter-property-title/f49ed414-b1dc-40d2-a76c-8ffb2d54912e" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Varina had lived alone in her home near Toowoomba for 15 years, until her daughter Rachel moved in following a break-up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said she “really felt for [Rachel]” and wanted to help her get back on her feet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I suggested that if she would like to, because she came out with nothing, I’d gift her the house in exchange for lifetime tenancy and she would support me,” Varina said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property title was transferred to Rachel in 2019 for the remaining balance of the mortgage, with the pair entering a lease with conditions that would grant Varina lifetime tenancy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was there for less than a year before she threw me out,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now, Varina lives in a shipping container in the front yard of her son Caleb’s rental home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She wanted me to leave immediately. So, she has all my possessions as well,” Varina said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caleb said he tried to warn his mother before she signed the house over to Rachel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t think it was a good idea … I didn’t like the fact that she was giving out the only place she had to live to my sister,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After a fight between Varina and Rachel last October, their arrangement started to turn sour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She just kept repeating the words ‘when are you leaving’ … I was very upset. And I called my son and Caleb came, came up to pick me up,” Varina said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She did say, ‘don’t ever bring her back here again’,” Caleb said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rachel let Caleb return the next day to pick up some of Varina’s belongings, and he began filming after he arrived.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He claims Rachel told him he couldn’t take anything.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She has family photos. She has all my electronics, white goods, furniture. All my prepping supplies, all my tools,” Varina said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When approached by </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Rachel said Varina had instead taken all of her belongings, and that she had none that belonged to her mother.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She’s got all my stuff, everything is at her place,” Rachel said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite differing takes on the events, Rachel changed her mind after she was told her mother was living in a shipping container.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The home is open to her whenever she wants to come home,” Rachel said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Varina isn’t convinced, Rachel claims “everything was done above board”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I did everything she ever asked me to do … I didn’t kick her out … I’m the victim here,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Property law expert Tim O’Dwyer advises those entering deals with their family to see separate lawyers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you want the property, you might lose your family. It might be better to lose the property and keep the family,” he said.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Varina said she has filed a civil claim in the district court, in a move that she never imagined doing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Family, they protect each other. But in this case, she betrayed me,” Varina said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: A Current Affair</span></em></p>

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Why dogs often need extra magnesium

<p><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql lr9zc1uh a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v b1v8xokw oo9gr5id hzawbc8m">It’s well-known that dogs need all the vitamins and minerals we do and one of the key nutrients is magnesium because a lack of it can cause all sorts of symptoms in dogs - in fact e</span>very time your pet moves a muscle, experiences a heartbeat or has a thought, magnesium is needed to help them achieve this.</p> <p>It’s little wonder many of our pets are deficient in magnesium because they share the same deficiencies as their human masters. Magnesium is very very depleted in the foods we eat these days, especially when processed. We live in a fast-food world of packets and tins, where you can bet that this type of food provides little or no magnesium benefit.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ebccce85d434292a659825f62146daa" />Even fresh produce can be lower in magnesium than it should be simply because the soils have become depleted of magnesium. You only have to add to this the fact that we humans and our animals lose more magnesium when we’re under stress and you can see why magnesium deficiency is very common.</p> <p>Many vets are aware of the importance of magnesium: <a href="https://www.shailenjasani.com/about-me/">Shailen Jasani</a> is a veterinary surgeon specialising in Emergency and Critical Care in the UK. He says magnesium can be used as a medication with an escalating role in critical care medicine, and: “Magnesium plays a pivotal role in cellular energy production and cell-specific functions in every organ of the body.”</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/85906281a5614ccabe340ad9dba28740" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844389/dog-magnesium-7-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/85906281a5614ccabe340ad9dba28740" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency in dogs are:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Muscle weakness or trembling</li> <li>Hyperactive or improperly triggered reflexes</li> <li>Difficulty walking</li> <li>Muscle pain</li> <li>Heart arrhythmia</li> <li>Lethargy or abnormal behaviour</li> <li>Constant scratching or itching</li> <li>Difficulty sleeping</li> </ul> <p><strong>Causes of magnesium deficiency in dogs:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Excessive stress, trauma or injury</li> <li>Chemical and toxic exposures</li> <li>Malnutrition</li> <li>Diabetes</li> <li>Kidney damage</li> <li>Treatment with diuretics</li> <li>Digestion problems and disease inhibiting absorption of nutrients</li> </ul> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c55421473c194494a9d4b17c12776f85" /></strong><strong>More serious symptoms of heart arrhythmia:</strong></p> <p>If you feel your dog is showing signs of magnesium deficiency, this should be checked out quickly to avoid serious problems. Take your dog to the vet and they’ll listen to your dog’s heart. If any abnormality is detected they’ll probably order an ECG.</p> <p>An ECG is a medical device which displays the patterns of your dog’s heartbeat on a screen using terminals taped to your dog’s chest. This is a simple machine and most vets have one. The classic signs of low magnesium are prolonged PR intervals, widened QRS complexes, depressed ST segments and peaked T-waves.</p> <p>Lower magnesium levels are also associated with hyperactivity, anxiety and agitation. You can tell if this applies to your dog if it’s hard for your dog to relax and calm down.</p> <p><strong>Other minerals are also affected by magnesium deficiency in dogs</strong></p> <p>Sure, there are other electrolyte minerals required by both humans and dogs. We need sodium, potassium and calcium as well, but these are all dependent to some degree on the action of the magnesium because magnesium underpins and leverages their effect.</p> <p>The main electrolyte team in addition to magnesium – sodium, potassium and calcium – is necessary for some very important functions, including muscle movement, proper heart function and nervous system signalling.</p> <p>For example, if you or your dog have plenty of magnesium, your body doesn’t need quite as much calcium to get the calcium jobs done because magnesium organises and controls calcium’s use in the body. It turns out magnesium is the ‘Master Mineral’ electrolyte regulator in the electrical system. If it drops too low, calcium can cause a lot of havoc as free calcium depositing where it shouldn’t, or over-stimulating muscle cells.</p> <p>Therefore, as magnesium drops lower, it can lead to the other three minerals losing effect. Studies have shown potassium suffers when magnesium is too low, as we can lose too much potassium due to membrane ‘leakiness’ when magnesium is deficient. If you lose too much potassium from inside the cell it can cause heart attacks. The potential knock-on effects are muscle weakness and tremors, as well as heart arrhythmias. As these issues escalate, they can become fatal.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.40454995054404px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844390/dog-magnesium-6-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c55421473c194494a9d4b17c12776f85" /><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9af68fa91aa74ea2b77b8d6ace500442" /></strong></p> <p><strong>What does all of this mean for your dog?</strong></p> <p>People who own racing dogs have seen how much magnesium helps. They often apply magnesium oil to the legs of their dogs so they can recover better from their events. Without the extra magnesium the dogs develop intense and involuntary muscle tremors and spasms. This is also a helpful strategy for all athletes who undertake extreme sports and gruelling training.</p> <p>If your dog is behaving strangely and seems to be in pain or having trouble walking, take your pet to a vet straight away so they can check exactly what’s happening. Sometimes it might be a toxin from a tick or snake bite which is causing these issues, because these types of toxins block the electrical system.</p> <p>Magnesium deficiency is something which tends to grow over time. You’ll be able to notice symptoms creeping in slowly, and escalating if left untreated.</p> <p>If you’re worried about your dog’s health because he/she is behaving strangely with symptoms like sensitivity to stress or noises, anxiety, muscle weakness and changes to gait, or skin issues with constant scratching not due to fleas, then your vet will likely order a blood electrolyte test.</p> <p>This measures the amount of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium in your pet’s blood, in addition to some other common electrolytes. So, once you’ve done this you’ll be able to see what your dog is low in.</p> <p><strong>Treatment of magnesium deficiency in dogs</strong></p> <p>If you’re feeding your dog with a variety of fresh food, but suspect magnesium deficiency (perhaps due to stress or exertion), then you can test this by applying magnesium as a magnesium spray, lotion or cream on the underbelly or legs – wherever you can get it past the fur to the skin.</p> <p>Avoid application of the cream to broken skin as it may sting, but rather apply to surrounding area. Apply regularly every day until the inflammation subsides.</p> <p>You can also add food grade magnesium chloride flakes to your dog’s drinking water every day. You can make these changes and then check to see if the symptoms they’ve been showing tend to ease.</p> <p>Or you can use a transdermal magnesium cream and find a way to rub this on your dog’s skin. Dogs usually love a massage so just rub in one or two teaspoons of <a href="https://www.elektramagnesium.com.au/shop/magnesium-pet-cream-50g-jar/">Magnesium Cream for Dogs</a> (Pet Cream). If your dog has developed magnesium deficiency, it’s best to keep applying the cream regularly, as well as adding the <a href="https://www.elektramagnesium.com.au/shop/magnesium-flakes/">Magnesium Chloride Flakes</a> to their drinking water, to prevent the magnesium deficiency symptoms from coming back.</p> <p><em>Images: Shutterstock</em></p> <p> </p>

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Canine comedians: can dogs play practical jokes on their owners?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’ve ever thought your dog might be playing a joke on you, science is here to let you know that you’re not paranoid – dogs might know more about humour than we think (they still get tripped up by wordplay, unfortunately).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dog expert and psychology professor Stanley Coren </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-24/dogs-have-a-sense-of-humour-stanley-coren-says/100482444"><span style="font-weight: 400;">told ABC Adelaide</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that certain breeds of dog do have a sense of humour, and their jokes are often at their owner’s expense. "This was suggested way back in 1872 by none other than Charles Darwin, who wrote a book on the emotions of animals and man.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He suggested there are things that dogs add to their play that seem to be the doggy equivalent of practical jokes. The most typical one is their game of keep away, where if you toss something to a dog, he'll grab it, run a distance away, then drop it on the ground and wait there until you come close, then grab it and run away."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a study done by Benjamin Hart and Lynette Hart at the University of California, Davis, the most playful breeds of dog include Irish setters, English springer spaniels, cairn and Airedale terriers, golden retrievers and standard poodles. Tragically, chihuahuas, rottweilers, bulldogs and bloodhounds were the least playful. Their playfulness was assessed by studying their willingness to chase balls or frisbees, and to play games like hide-and-seek.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Professor Coren said the key to understanding dog behaviour was to remember that their minds are equivalent to those of two to three-year-old children, meaning dogs have the same sense of humour you would find in a toddler. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Professor Coren shared a story of an ongoing ‘war’ between his terrier, Flint, and his wife, Joan; Flint was incredibly playful, while Joan prized “order, quiet, and predictability”. "One day she had a group of her friends over for an afternoon coffee and Flint was doing his usual thing by hovering under the table hoping that somebody would bend down and pat him or something edible would fall on the floor. My wife thought he was going to bother people so she shooed him out of the room and basically said something in the vicinity of: 'Go find something interesting to do'.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"He dashed out of the room with a definite sense of purpose and a few minutes later reappeared carrying one of Joan's undergarments, which he blatantly snapped from side to side with a lot of joy, to the amusement of her company."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Certain clusters of dogs have an incredible sense of humour and, for them, their motto is 'Nothing is worth doing unless it creates a furore.” That sounds like more than a few children, and even adults, we know!</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Mario Forcherio/EyeEm/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Here’s how animals both big and small reacted to Melbourne’s earthquake

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In case you missed it, Victoria experienced the </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/breaking-two-earthquakes-hit-victoria"><span style="font-weight: 400;">largest earthquake</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in its history on Wednesday, with a quake registering at a 5.9 on the Richter scale taking place 128km from Melbourne. A total of seven earthquakes struck Victoria, with tremors felt as far away as Sydney, Adelaide, and Launceston. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We’ve already covered </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/the-best-memes-to-come-out-of-melbourne-s-unexpected-earthquake"><span style="font-weight: 400;">how humans responded</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to the surprise shakes, but how did animals respond? The answer is that animal responses to the tremors were as varied as their human counterparts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First up is Carol the cat, who noticed something was happening before her human did. Per the human, Brodie, “I am a dumb woman who thought for a sec *this toy was making the floor shake*.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Not a joke: the earthquake started as I was filming Carol playing with her new floppy fish toy. You can see her notice something’s happening here before I do. I am a dumb woman who thought for a sec *this toy was making the floor shake*. <a href="https://t.co/Z3BTPEN0Pl">pic.twitter.com/Z3BTPEN0Pl</a></p> — Brodie Lancaster (@brodielancaster) <a href="https://twitter.com/brodielancaster/status/1440457446066061313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up next is footage from a Zoos Victoria livestream, featuring birds scattering to the four winds, zebras not quite sure how to respond, and a giraffe calmly surveying its domain for damage (presumably).</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Some rather confused animals on the <a href="https://twitter.com/ZoosVictoria?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ZoosVictoria</a> giraffe cam <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/earthquake?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#earthquake</a> <a href="https://t.co/DdrVzm38t5">pic.twitter.com/DdrVzm38t5</a></p> — Charles Powell (@charlesalexpow) <a href="https://twitter.com/charlesalexpow/status/1440522467823394827?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lastly we have the Collins St falcons, Melbourne icons and expectant parents. The pair of adult peregrine falcons make their home at 367 Collins Street, in Melbourne’s CBD, following in a long line of falcons that have been roosting there since 1991.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 387.15277777777777px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844327/242655128_971682250048150_7910123459754325749_n.jpeg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3eb690bba4444c2db39eb0464dcda500" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One enterprising viewer of the </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un8f85yADAU&amp;feature=emb_title"><span style="font-weight: 400;">falcon livestream</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> recorded the father’s reaction to the earthquake, which is incredibly adorable. Dad was sitting on the eggs (which might begin to hatch as soon as next week; follow the </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1596099650450435"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook group</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for updates) when the tremors started, prompting him to hop off the nest and look into the camera as if to say, ‘what gives?’ He then paused for a few moments before divebombing off the building, in classic dad fashion.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">oh no the falcons <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/melbourneearthquake?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#melbourneearthquake</a> <a href="https://t.co/8zKrVmaqMo">pic.twitter.com/8zKrVmaqMo</a></p> — Anneliese Mak (@AnnelieseMak) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnnelieseMak/status/1440465422105513988?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fortunately, mum turned up just a few minutes later, so the eggs weren’t left unattended for long. Dad probably just wanted to go and check out the damage over on Chapel Street.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people were wondering why their beloved pets didn’t warn them that an earthquake was imminent – after all, don’t animals have a sixth sense about this sort of thing? It turns out that the answer to that is: it’s complicated, but probably not.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Before we get any of the usual (and wrong) takes on 'animals felt the earthquake' - no evidence currently exists in which animals have developed any vibrational-based sensory capacity. They might sense variation of P vs. S waves, but time interval between too small<br /><br />1/2</p> — Rami Mandow 🏳️‍🌈 (@CosmicRami) <a href="https://twitter.com/CosmicRami/status/1440467069326168074?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s currently no evidence that animals have developed any vibrational-based sensory capacity, according to astronomer Rami Mandow. In addition, </span><a href="https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/bssa/article-abstract/108/3A/1031/530275/Review-Can-Animals-Predict-Earthquakes-Review-Can?redirectedFrom=fulltext"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this review article</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">argues that the evidence suggests “at least parts of the reported animal precursors are in fact related to foreshocks”; that is, small earthquakes that precede larger earthquakes in the same location. So don’t be disappointed that your beloved household pet didn’t warn you in advance – they were most likely just as confused as you were.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images Images</span></em></p>

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Jasmine Stefanovic's family heartbreak

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Jasmine Stefanovic Nèe Yarbrough’s grandmother, Isabel Hollingworth, has passed away at 95 years of age.</p> <p>Announcing the sad news on her Instagram, the shoe designer posted a collage of photos of herself with her grandmother, alongside a very sweet poem entitled ‘Nana’s Love.’</p> <p>“The days may dance too swiftly as your Quickstep becomes a Waltz, but your voice still sings with angels Sunday mornings, when it matters most,” the poem begins.</p> <p>“Take your afternoon tea and chocolate and come with me down memory lane, hold my hand on Burleigh beach where my childhood days,” the poem continues.</p> <p>“With the softest touch of Nana’s love guiding me as I’ve grown, you shone brighter than any star in a class, all of your own. I learnt the art of being a lady. The value of grace and being kind. You always matched your necklace and dress, these little things come to mind.”</p> <p>“And fill my cup with admiration for those values instilled along the way, because I wouldn’t be the woman I am without Nana’s love, today.”</p> <p>A few weeks ago, Jasmine was granted an exemption to fly to Queensland in order to spend time with her grandmother, who was ill, after completing hotel quarantine with her daughter, Harper.</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/CUEfF-Slrhr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CUEfF-Slrhr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jasmine Stefanovic (@jasyarby)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Jasmine and her grandmother were close, and the 37-year-old frequently documented her time with her grandmother over the years.</p> <p>Earlier this month, when they were reunited, she shared a photo of her grasping her hand, writing “Nana, with you now and forever.”</p> <p>Prior to her most recent trip to Queensland, Jasmine saw her grandmother in Sydney in May.</p> <p>“Nothing more special than having Nana here this weekend,” she wrote alongside a photo of her grandmother, her mother and herself.</p> <p>Jasmine’s husband Karl Stefanovic previously told Today about Jasmine’s trip to see her grandmother.</p> <p>“She’s had to go to Brisbane because of her very dear, dear Nan, who she’s incredibly close with, is really, really, really sick,” he said.</p>

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Prince William reveals Prince Philip’s favourite prank

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince William has revealed his late grandfather’s favourite prank in a new documentary. According to William, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had a go-to prank that involved a tube of mustard and a big old mess.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the documentary, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">William describes the prank thusly, “He used to take the lid off and put it in your hands… and then he’d squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling. He used to get in a lot of trouble from my grandmother for covering most of the places we had lunch and things with mustard on the ceiling.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">William added, “He enjoyed those jokes, he enjoyed messing around the children and being a grandfather.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, also remembered Philip’s pranks fondly: “I can’t remember exactly what he says but he ends up slamming your hands together…. It goes all over the ceiling.” Her brother Peter Phillips added: “I actually think the marks are still there.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:372.5px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844288/gettyimages-495106702.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/90327556240d4442ba24fdff0452d882" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The documentary features all four of Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s children, along with their grandchildren. It was filmed before and after Philip’s death on April 9, and was originally planned to mark his 100th birthday on June 10th.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another clip from the documentary, William revealed that the Queen and Philip “loved” when things went wrong during public appearances. “They’ve lived a life where everything has to go right the whole time and so when things go wrong, they both chuckle an awful lot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everyone else gets mortally embarrassed. They love it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Harry also features in the documentary, making it the first time he has worked on something with his family since stepping back from royal duties in January 2020. “More than anything I miss his sense of humour. But I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there. I also know she will be okay without him.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the time of his death, Prince Philip had been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, making him the longest-serving royal consort in world history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Images: Leon Neal-WPA Pool/Getty Images, Phil Walter/Getty Images</em></span></p>

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Friendship bubble announced for under-18s

<p dir="ltr">The NSW government has announced the establishment of a “friend bubble” for people under the age of 18 within the state.</p> <p dir="ltr">The “friend” or “playdate” bubble will allow three young people under the age of 18 to meet up for quality social time.</p> <p dir="ltr">The members of each bubble must live within the same LGA, or within five kilometres of each other, and any supervising adults must be fully vaccinated.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new change was signed off by the NSW government and is set to take effect from Tuesday September 21st.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fifteen-year-old school student Alyssa Horan spoke at the daily NSW press conference to celebrate the announcement.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Children and young people definitely want to do the right thing and also be able to socialise because lockdown is incredibly isolating for everyone," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Helping everyone feel connected will undoubtedly benefit their mental health."</p> <p dir="ltr">Deputy Premier for NSW John Barilaro said the new bubble will come as a reward to both parents and children after months of lockdown restrictions and isolating conditions of at-home learning.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We're in school holidays, kids have done it really, really tough, parents have done it tough," Mr Barilaro told <em>Today</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The mental strain, the wellbeing of our kids are important. So the crisis committee made a decision that we'll allow those kids to come together, just like we have the adult single bubbles but that's for the vaccinated.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"For kids you don't have to be vaccinated and we'll allow some kids to come together during the school holidays."</p> <p dir="ltr">The announcement comes as Pfizer confirms their COVID-19 vaccine is safe and works for children between the ages of 5 and 11, as well as Moderna becoming widely available for kids.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Princess Beatrice in hospital

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p><span>Princess Beatrice was admitted into a London hospital over the weekend, according to reports, with at least one royal expert claiming a birth announcement is imminent.</span></p> <p>Robert Jobson, the leading British Royal commentator has tweeted: “Princess Beatrice, is reportedly in a London Hospital. Looks like the birth of the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild imminent.</p> <p>The last time Princess Betrice was seen publicly was at a garden party for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice of which she is patron. The organisation was marking its’s 10th anniversary at its Russell House Facility.</p> <p>The royal and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi announced they were expecting their first child together in June, a sibling for Edoardo’s son and Beatrice’s stepson Wolfie, aged five.</p> <p>The baby will be Queen Elizabeth’s 12th great-grandchild and the fourth royal baby born in 2021. Already, the royal amily have had the first child of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Feburary, son August. Followed by Zara and Mike Tindall’s third child who arrived in March, baby Lucas.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Megan Markle welcomed their second child on the 4th of June, Lilibet.</p> <p>Beatrice has been admitted to The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, where her sister gave birth to her first child. This was also the same hospital where Beatrice and Eugenie were born.</p> <p>Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married in July 2020, at their secret wedding which was only attended by a few family members including the Queen and Prince Phillip. They had been planning a large celebration however were forced to postpone and go ahead on a reduced scale due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>This will be a special time for sisters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, both becoming mothers in 2021.</p> <p>Princes Eugenie is staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, the former home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Proud grandparents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew have visited with the family and are looking forward to the birth of their second grandchild.</p> <p>This is despite Prince Andrew facing growing legal dramas surrounding the sexual assault case.</p>

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Prince Philip's last words to his son on the eve of his death

<p>Prince Charles has revealed the last conversation he had with his father, Prince Philip, the day before he died. </p> <p>A new documentary shows that the Prince of Wales called his father on April 8th 2021 to discuss plans for the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday in June. </p> <p>The Daily Mail reports that Prince Charles called his father at Windsor to chat about celebrating the centenary. </p> <p><span>Charles said, “We’re talking about your birthday.”</span></p> <p><span>He had to speak up a bit more loudly due to Philip's failing hearing, as Charles repeated, </span>“We’re talking about your birthday!"</p> <p>“And whether there’s going to be reception!”</p> <p>To which Philip replied, “Well, I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?”</p> <p>In what may have been their last ever conversation, Charles responded, “I knew you’d say that!”</p> <p>Philip died the following day, April 9th 2021, at aged 99. </p> <p>The final exchange between the father and son comes from a BBC documentary that will be broadcast around Britain next week. </p> <p><em>Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers</em> is set to feature other senior royals share their personal recollections of the late Duke of Edinburgh. </p> <p>The duke's other children, Andrew, Anne and Edward, will also share emotional stories of their father. </p> <p>Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall, says in remembrance, "It felt like the end of an era."</p> <p>“They’re a very difficult generation to live up to but I’m very proud and very pleased that I knew him.”</p> <p><span>Her husband Charles adds, “We were lucky to have him for nearly 100 years.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Woman spends over $700 a month feeding and CLOTHING rescue pigeons

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">23-year-old Lincolnshire, UK, resident Meggy Johnson rescued her beloved pigeons Sky and Moose when they were chicks (also known as squabs), and has given them a life few pigeons dare to dream of.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson found each pigeon after it had been abandoned, and hand-fed them with a tube around the clock for six weeks, caring for them until they became as tame as any other pet. She found Sky in September 2019, when a workman brought the chick to her pet supply store in a plastic bag. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 498.7593052109181px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844150/241734627_2854750591443745_4861876269133303799_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5cc821e4d2e2429d8cbb496825100aa9" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A gentleman came into my shop swinging a Tesco carrier bag around with Sky in and said ‘I’ve brought you a pigeon’,” Meggy told </span><a href="https://metro.co.uk/2021/09/13/woman-spends-4000-a-year-on-fashionista-pet-pigeons-15249463/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Metro.co.uk</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “It’s funny to look back now, and she’s nicknamed ‘Carrier Bag’ because of it. I said, ‘Be careful if you’ve got a baby pigeon in there!’ She was only two weeks old at the time and so small. She had to be hand-fed around round the clock like a mummy pigeon would do.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meanwhile, Moose came into her care in May of this year, when someone called to let her know a one-eyed baby bird had been born. “He was born with a gentleman in Middlesbrough who contacted me and I said, ‘Yes please, I’d love to rescue him and give him a chance.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844143/124102563_2639594969625976_2117161696564980499_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ecbead2fc5634c7c8e2fb7f8bfd464d7" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now both pigeons are fully grown, and completely spoiled. Johnson estimates that she spends as much as $755 a month on the birds, adding up to over $7500 a year. This includes typical pet supplies, plus extra creature comforts like teepees and teddies, as well as an extensive wardrobe of 17 outfits that cost around $50 each.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The outfits aren’t just a fashion statement – they’re also practical. “They do look super cool, but the outfits are also really practical because they catch their poo and help keep the house clean. You can also attach a little flight leash to take them into the garden for some fresh air – Sky likes to sit on my shoulder and sunbathe, and she’s never even attempted to fly off.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 374.9379652605459px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844144/148904057_2708219529430186_2290819989056113107_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ec524e9fc9804446a1633a117deed47e" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson also cares for two other birds – Clee the pigeon and Snowy the domesticated dove – but unlike Sky and Moose, who occupy a room in Johnson’s home, they live in her pet supply store. Both birds are disabled and cannot fly, so they wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson rescued Clee in April when a member of the public found him wedged between a wall of their home and their garage, and Snowy was added to the brood after being found in a hospital car park in October 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844147/200534816_2791671084418363_7725484971032862860_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/124a1c52ae2c471e9bb3f436faa96565" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wild pigeons usually only live for two years, but domesticated birds can live for up to 15 years, so Johnson expects her birds to live long and comfortable lives under her care. Johnson said that while some people have said rude things about the birds, most are surprised to see how friendly and smart they are. She hopes to change the negative attitudes people have towards pigeons, and help show people that they’re clever, sweet animals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some people say, ‘Ew pigeon’ and call them ‘flying rats’, which is something as a pigeon-lover that really upsets me, but most people are more open-minded. The bond that you can get with them is amazing – Clee comes running to his name and follows you like a dog. They make the best pets, they’re so funny. When you hand feed them they get so trusting. You can sit with them, and they’ll come and jump on you and sit on your shoulder.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re very special little birds.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Meggy Johnson/Facebook</span></p>

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New baby lion cubs! And you can watch them live

<p>For the first time in 18 years, Taronga Zoo has five new African lion cubs and you can watch them live on the zoo’s cub cam for a small charge.</p> <p>Sydney's Taronga Zoo hasn't been humming with crowds over the past three months, given it's been closed due to Sydney’s ongoing lockdown.</p> <p>But there’s a lot more activity and there’ll be a few roars from the lion enclosure from now on.</p> <p>It was about a month ago on August 12 when the zoo first welcomed the five African lion cubs — three females and two males — a quintet of cuteness.</p> <p>These little balls of fluff were born to experienced mum, Maya, and first-time dad, Ato, and they've grown from weighing around 1.5 kilograms at birth to hitting the scales at between five and six kilograms now.</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b2adcb784c574162ac621ac73145584a" /><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844172/african-lion-2-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b2adcb784c574162ac621ac73145584a" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Watch the cubs grow on the zoo’s 24/7 live-stream</strong></p> <p>As they've been growing, Taronga's staff have been keeping an eye on them via the zoo's CCTV cameras. And, if that sounds like a great way to spend your own day, you can now join them via a new 24/7 live-stream.</p> <p>Taronga already lets you fill your time staring at capybaras, seals, meerkats, otters, Sumatran tigers, lions and elephants, all without leaving your home, thanks to <a rel="noopener" href="https://concreteplayground.com/brisbane/travel-leisure/leisure/taronga-tv-returns" target="_blank">its online TV channel</a>.</p> <p>All those animals are all well and good. They're great, and they're very easy to spend too much time staring at, actually. But, because we all grew up watching <em>The Lion King</em>, many of us have an extra fondness for lion cubs.</p> <p><strong>Small donation is required for the live-stream</strong></p> <p>Previously, the zoo's live-stream TV channel was free but now you'll need to make a tax-deductible donation of $7 to access the all-day camera footage – but you can donate more if you like.</p> <p>Your payment will help support Taronga, its ongoing research and conservation programs, and its work to save African lions.</p> <p>But the good thing is, there's your background viewing sorted. Popping the stream on in the background while you work from home can be a good idea. Sometimes, the animals you’re trying to watch aren't in view. And be warned – African lion cubs do like to sleep between 12 and 20 hours per day.</p> <p>Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo started their online streams in 2020, and they're back now for obvious reasons. Taronga is also releasing regular videos across its Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels, and they load keeper talks and other clips online regularly.</p> <p><em>To subscribe to Taronga Zoo's cub cam, head to <a rel="noopener" href="https://taronga.org.au/sydney-zoo/lion-cub-cam" target="_blank">the zoo's website</a>. To check out <a rel="noopener" href="https://taronga.org.au/taronga-tv" target="_blank">Taronga TV</a>, head to <a rel="noopener" href="https://taronga.org.au/taronga-tv" target="_blank">the channel's website</a> — or keep an eye on its videos on its <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/tarongazoo/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tarongazoo/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/TarongaSydney/" target="_blank">YouTube</a><br />pages.</em></p> <p><em>Image: Taronga TV</em></p>

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“You can see the Virgin Mary”: AJ’s mother speaks after miracle rescue

<p>The mother of a three-year-old boy AJ Elfalak who miraculously survived three nights in rugged NSW bushland 150km north-west of Sydney, has spoken for the first time saying she believes the Virgin Mary kept her boy safe.</p> <p>AJ’s mother, Kelly Elfalak, has told the media the photos captured by the rescue helicopter, seen in the photo here, prove her theory that he was looked after by the Virgin Mary.</p> <p>“We’re a religious family. I always say that the Virgin Mary and all the saints and the angels are with my kids every day,” Kelly said in a video posted to social media.</p> <p>“The Virgin Mary is always with us and I knew she was always with AJ.</p> <p>“If you saw the picture of AJ in the creek, you can actually see the Virgin Mary next to him,” she added, referencing the rocks to his left.</p> <p>Kelly who had visited the Monastery to pray just hours before her son was found, said she also believed the power of prayer played a role.</p> <p>“I just had that feeling. I said to myself ‘I’m going to see him soon’,” she said.</p> <p>And soon after, he was found.</p> <p><strong>AJ is the ‘miracle’ boy</strong></p> <p>AJ went missing on Friday September 3rd<br />from his house at his family’s 256ha rural property near Putty.</p> <p>A huge search party was set up to find him including an SES team and police from the area. He was found three days later sitting in a puddle, drinking water from a creek bed about half a kilometre from his home by a rescue helicopter which then directed ground search crews to his location.</p> <p>AJ had survived three nights in the bush, in temperatures which dipped as low as 3C with no food and only water from the creek.</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f828426a4ff64bfc83d366e3484f3ad0" /><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aa660738efad4941b52c86e81f0d1a04" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.5126050420168px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844137/aj-family-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aa660738efad4941b52c86e81f0d1a04" /></strong></p> <p><strong>‘A little survivor’</strong></p> <p>Just hours after he was located, Special Operations Team Paramedic Gerry Pyke said the boy’s condition was “remarkable”, adding: “He is a little survivor”.</p> <p>“He had some lacerations on his lower legs ... he did have a bit of nappy rash but he hadn’t had a nappy change for a few days so we can’t hold that against him,” Pyke told reporters.</p> <p>“Once mum and dad were cuddling him, his spirits picked up and we had him in the back of the ambulance for about 1.5 hours, just checking him over.</p> <p>“He was sleeping the whole time which was not surprising and once he woke up all he wanted to do was eat,” he added.</p> <p>AJ was taken to Maitland Hospital as a precautionary measure and was released the next day.</p> <p>This week, his mother Kelly says he’s doing well after his harrowing ordeal, adding: “He’s healthy, he is happy, he only has a few cuts but nothing serious.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6b753266a3524be8a53182479d65767c" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844138/aj-search-facebook-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6b753266a3524be8a53182479d65767c" /></p> <p><em>Image: 7News and Facebook</em></p>

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‘Curt not caring' - Will and Kate’s birthday tribute for Harry

<p>Prince Harry turned 37 this week on September 15, but the birthday message his brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate, was about as succinct as it could possibly get.</p> <p>The message from Prince William and Kate – on their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Twitter and Instagram accounts read: ‘<em>Happy Birthday Prince Harry!</em>’</p> <p>The message was paired with a photo of the prince and a balloon emoji.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy Birthday Prince Harry! 🎈 <a href="https://t.co/Lw1nR9wNDl">pic.twitter.com/Lw1nR9wNDl</a></p> — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1438035372974514178?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Royal experts have been quick to label the birthday message as ‘curt’ rather than ‘caring,’ and pointed out it shows there are still tensions between the siblings which are yet to ease.</p> <p>Royal author Duncan Larcombe told <em>The Sun</em>, the Cambridges "curt" message "only serves as proof the ice between the brothers has still not thawed".</p> <p>"Short of ignoring the Duke of Sussex's 37th landmark completely, their social media post was the bare minimum from a couple who once welcomed Harry as their official Royal gooseberry," Larcombe explained.</p> <p>While Prince Harry celebrated his birthday in the US, with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children, Prince William and Kate Middleton sent the birthday message from their home in London in the UK.</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Should we keep native Australian animals as pets?

<h2><strong style="font-size: 14px;">Should we keep native Australian animals as pets?</strong></h2> <h2><strong style="font-size: 14px;">If we turn Australian mammals into pets on a large scale, will it help or hinder their survival in the wild?</strong></h2> <div class="copy"> <p><em>This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/new-south-australia-park-preserves-dawn-of-time-creatures/" target="_blank">23 </a><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/animals/home-truths/" target="_blank">July </a><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/new-south-australia-park-preserves-dawn-of-time-creatures/" target="_blank">2021</a>.</em></p> <p class="has-drop-cap"><strong>Mike Archer has opened his home to possums, flying foxes, quolls and wallabies.</strong> But although he’s a renowned biologist, he’s no wildlife carer. The native Australian animals have been his pets.</p> <p>“I’ve had so many wonderful native animals that have shared my house and my backyard,” Archer tells me. “I think we’re nuts for just feeling we have to stick with the introduced alien species as pets.”</p> <p>The adoption of native Australian mammals as pets is a divisive topic. My introduction came with sugar gliders. When a friend said they were thinking of getting pet sugar gliders I was quietly horrified. It’s not illegal – you can keep sugar gliders in Victoria, the Northern Territory and South Australia if you have a licence – but it didn’t sit right with me. They should remain in their natural habitat, I thought. They’re wild animals after all.</p> <p>But as Archer points out, many native animals are not doing too well in their diminishing natural habitat. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote has-text-align-right"> <p><span class="has-inline-color has-weekly-amaranth-red-color">Our mammals live in a world of fractured national parks and narrow corridors between human cities, towns and farmland, where they’re vulnerable to hungry cats and foxes.</span></p> </blockquote> <p>“We’re squeezing these animals into ever tinier corners,” he warns. “Wildlife is increasingly not safe in the wild.”</p> <p>And it’s true. In Australia, where most of our mammals are endemic (found nowhere else), we’ve managed to eliminate over 30 species since the arrival of Europeans – the highest mammalian extinction rate in the world. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2014/06/australian-endangered-species-list/" target="_blank">Many more species are endangered</a>.</p> <p>“We need every strategy we can find to give these animals a chance to survive into the future,” Archer says. “Keeping native animals as pets is going to mean having breeding facilities, it’ll mean a population of them as a safety net that won’t go extinct, and it will enhance people’s interest in them.”</p> <p>Our mammals live in a world of fractured national parks and narrow corridors between human cities, towns and farmland, where they’re vulnerable to hungry cats and foxes. The smaller the population, the less resilient it is after bushfires, droughts, or flooding.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/conl.12682" target="_blank">A research paper published in 2019</a> found that the Australian government spends $122 million a year on threatened species recovery. That’s about a tenth of what the US spends, and according to the researchers, it’s around 15% of the amount that’s actually needed to recover Australia’s threatened species.</p> <p>Archer has been keeping native mammals since the 1970s. In 2015 he recruited Senator David Leyonhjelm to the cause, with Leyonhjelm suggesting to the Senate that “the quoll may replace domestic cats”.</p> <p>This may sound crazy, but it’s a decent point – there are 3.8 million pet cats and another few million feral cats in Australia, and each one kills <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/media/eeufmpqx/112-the-impact-of-cats-in-australia-findings-factsheetweb.pdf" target="_blank">between 200 and 800 native animals a year</a>. But many don’t agree. </p> <p>“WIRES strongly believes that [keeping native pets as animals] will not lead to better conservation outcomes,” says WIRES campaigns manager Kristie Newton.</p> <p>“I fear that young people will have a disconnect with the animals in the wild. How can they understand they are threatened by extinction, for example, when you can go buy one at your local pet shop?”</p> <p>As was starkly highlighted in the lockdown TV series hit <em>Tiger King</em>, there are at least <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/5-things-tiger-king-doesn-t-explain-about-captive-tigers" target="_blank">5,000 captive tigers</a> in the US (most are privately owned), which is significantly more than the number remaining in the wild.</p> <p>But allowing people to keep tigers has done very little to help conservation of their wild brethren. Many of the “pet” tigers have inbred or mixed genetics, which makes them <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/is-ohio-zoo-slaughter-a-setback-for-tiger-conservation-3926" target="_blank">unhelpful for breeding</a> programs. Plus, the regulations are so lax that there’s no way to even count how many privately owned tigers are in the country, let alone a system to plan for their conservation.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote has-text-align-left"> <p><span class="has-inline-color has-weekly-amaranth-red-color">The Australian government spends $122 million a year on threatened species recovery. That’s about a tenth of what the US spends, and around 15% of the amount actually needed to recover Australia’s threatened species.</span></p> </blockquote> <p>Another exotic species increasingly popular as a pet in the US is the sugar glider – legal to own in nearly every state, though a licence is required to breed them. Websites advertise their purchase for around $800 each.  </p> <p>These animals require specialised care, and although there is a community of owners who love having these marsupials as pets, many animal rights groups and conservation organisations are unimpressed.</p> <p>“There has been evidence in the US of gliders kept as solitary pets developing behavioural issues, refusing to eat or self-mutilating through over-preening,” says Newton. “They are very prone to stress. Most vets lack training or experience with these species, so diagnosing and treating health issues can be difficult.”</p> <p>Many animal researchers fall somewhere in the middle. Three quoll scientists wrote an article for <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/pet-quolls-are-practically-useless-for-real-world-conservation-39039" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a> a few years ago, saying that although quolls could make good companion animals and reducing cats in Australia would be ideal, they think that pet quolls – in the same vein as US tigers – would be practically useless for conservation reasons.</p> <p> <img style="width: 354px; height: 199px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843967/native-pets-2-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e33422983647440a84676a75d66ee377" /></p> <p>Dingo researcher Kylie Cairns agrees. “It could increase knowledge about the plight of our native animals in Australia and engage the public better in caring for our native animals,” she says. However, “it is more likely that the captive animal population would become domesticated over time and follow selective breeding for easier-to-handle ‘pets’.</p> <p>“It is unlikely that captive animals kept as pets would be bred in a manner that would allow them to be returned to the wild, or used for rewilding projects, and so their utility for conservation is limited.”</p> <p>But there’s another question here, too. Apart from the small number of native pet owners we already have, do most people really want to replace their cat or dog with a native animal?</p> <p>In a number of states around Australia you can already obtain licences for keeping quolls, gliders, wallabies and dingoes. Once you have a licence to keep a native animal, most of the time you don’t need a separate licence to breed them.</p> <p>But in my home state of Victoria, once you spend the hundred dollars on a licence, you need to find someone to sell you an animal. On online sales site Gumtree, there is a waitlist for sugar gliders – and one squirrel glider for sale for $600. Which isn’t always easy.</p> <p>“The availability of mammals varies widely,” explains Nicholas Petropoulos, a wildlife presenter and breeder. “If you wanted, say, hopping mice or sugar gliders you could find some for sale today. Ringtail or brushtail possums you’d likely have to wait until spring when babies are being weaned. For others, like quolls, you’d likely need to go on a waiting list for a breeder.</p> <p>“To actually get them you’d join marsupial societies, get to know licenced breeders on social media, and contact zoos about their surplus lists.”</p> <p>It seems that even if I wanted to replace my cat with a quoll, there are limited systems in place to acquire one. And most people, like me, are probably still uncomfortable with the idea of locking up native animals in our homes.</p> <p>Perhaps it’s easier to keep them out of sight and out of mind, imagining them in idyllic native surrounds, far from humans, cats or foxes. Although native animal researchers might have significantly different views when it comes to keeping native animals as pets, all agree that not enough is being done to protect them in the wild. Even Archer is adamant that keeping native mammals as pets is just one step in a much larger conservation project – but one that he believes is critical.</p> <p>“No animal we’ve ever put our arms around has ever gone extinct. They go extinct when we ignore them on the other side of the fence.”</p> <p id="block-d2e6acd7-2b0b-4ce2-98cd-ab20c17aa438"><em>This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 23 July 2021. To see more in-depth stories like this, subscribe today and get access to our weekly e-publication, plus access to all back issues of Cosmos Weekly</em>.</p> <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. Please do not remove this section as it allows us to keep track of republished articles --> <img id="cosmos-post-tracker" style="opacity: 0; height: 1px!important; width: 1px!important; border: 0!important; position: absolute!important; z-index: -1!important;" src="https://syndication.cosmosmagazine.com/?id=160176&amp;title=Should+we+keep+native+Australian+animals+as+pets%3F" alt="" width="1" height="1" /> <!-- End of tracking content syndication --></div> <div id="contributors"> <p><a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/animals/native-animals-as-pets/">This article</a> was originally published on <a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com">Cosmos Magazine</a> and was written by <a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/contributor/jacinta-bowler">Jacinta Bowler</a>. Jacinta Bowler is an accomplished science journalist who has written about far-flung exoplanets, terrifying superbugs and everything in between. They have written articles for ABC, SBS, ScienceAlert and Pedestrian, and are a regular contributor for kids magazines Double Helix and KIT.</p> </div>

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Lily Allen shares rare snaps of her daughters as flower girls

<p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p>Lily Allen has celebrated her first wedding anniversary with stranger things actor David Harbour.</p> <p>Marking this special occasion, the singer shared a video of the couple enjoying a romantic dinner, while also posting never before seen photos taken from their Las Vegas wedding.</p> <p>“1 year down with this guy. Happy Anniversary baby @dkharbour. I prefer my life with you in it. You can stay” Lily captioned the post with. Among these shared images were photos of Allen’s two daughters – Ethel and Marnie who were flower girls on the big day.</p> <p>In the sweet snap, the girls, who Lily Allen shares with ex-husband Sam Cooper, were dressed in cute matching pink ruffled dresses as they pink and orange roses.</p> <p>Allen wore a short blazer dress with a veil and the newlyweds then took Ethel and Marnie for a bite to eat at In-N-out burgers, which they then went on to eat in a car park.</p> <p>David Harbour wrote on Instagram “in a wedding officiated by the king himself, the people’s princess wed her devoted, low born, but kind credit card holder in a beautiful ceremony lit by the ashen skies courtesy of a burning state miles away in the midst of a global pandemic”. At the time he shared photos from the ceremony and car park reception.<br /><br />“Refreshments were served at a small reception following”.</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/CE7KngMnprf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CE7KngMnprf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Harbour (@dkharbour)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The couple went public with their relationship in 2019 after they were seen catching a West End production of The Lehman Trilogy. A photo of the couple sharing a kiss followed in New York at Madison Square Garden later that year before they made their red-carpet debut at the SAG awards in LA in January 2020.</p>

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How to cope when you’re caring for your parents – and your kids

<p>Changing demographics and social norms in Australia have given rise to a new phenomenon known as the ‘sandwich generation.’ This term refers to those caught between caring for their own children and their ageing parents.</p> <p>This all began when people chose to start their families later. The fertility rate for women aged 35-39 has more than doubled over the last 30 years, while the rate for women aged 40-44 has tripled.</p> <p>At the same time, rising property prices and higher costs of living are enticing adult children to remain living at home for longer.</p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum, Australians are also living longer. The life expectancy of Australians currently stands at 82.5 years, up more than 10 years from the 1960 rate of 71 years.</p> <p>Those sandwiched between care of their own children and the care of their parents have been coined ‘the sandwich generation’.</p> <p>Compounding the pressure on many ‘sandwich’ families is the rising proportion of women in the workforce. Where women may previously have been at home and more available to fulfil caring roles, they are now, more often than not, occupied with their own busy jobs.</p> <p><strong>Getting help</strong></p> <p>Being caught in the sandwich generation can be emotionally and physically exhausting. What is the best way for carers to manage their competing priorities? After all, caregivers can only continue to provide good support it they look after themselves.</p> <p>Recruiting the right help is one of the best ways carers can relieve the pressures they are feeling.</p> <p>Kate Spurway founded her company - NurseWatch - with the ‘sandwich generation’ in mind, aiming to provide care for those with busy lives and heavily competing demands on their time.</p> <p>As a home care provider, NurseWatch is a little different from others companies in this area because Spurway has given the company a strong focus on wellness and prevention, as well as treatment.</p> <p>NurseWatch provides support not only for ageing parents, but also for the ‘sandwich’ carers themselves who are generally in their 50s or 60s and may have health concerns of their own.</p> <p>The staff at NurseWatch offer yoga, massage, health coaching and mindfulness, as well as wound care, post-hospital care, assistance with medical appointments, and medication assistance.</p> <p>Highly qualified and experienced carers work with clients to establish personalised environments and routines which are designed to preserve vitality and wellbeing, as well as restore good health.</p> <p>Spurway says it’s important for older people to remain active in their communities – by continuing to take part in activities they love, whether it be furniture making, ballet, or going on a holiday. She says the staff at NurseWatch can help facilitate these activities if the designated carer is running short of time.</p> <p>NurseWatch follows a ‘wellness, care, social’ model: creating wellness in a caring environment, while providing nurturing, social engagement.</p> <p><strong>Being present…</strong></p> <p>Caring isn’t easy, and for those with competing demands on their time, it’s almost impossible. Acknowledging this fact, accepting help is needed, and then putting the right systems and routines in place, will not only take care of the caring, it will help the ‘sandwiched’ carers regain balance – and ultimately help them to be more present for their loved ones who need them.</p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><span><em> </em></span></p>

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How NOT to announce your pregnancy in 2021

<p>Former US reality star <span>Jedidiah "Jed" Duggar and wife Katey have faced backlash over their "</span>insensitive" pregnancy announcement. </p> <p>The 22-year-old and his wife broke the news that they are expecting their first child in an Instagram post that didn't exactly go to plan. </p> <p>The couple embraced each other in the photo, with Katey holding up a board that read, <span>"And then there were 3. Baby Duggar. Spring '22."</span></p> <p>Jed then captioned the post, <span>"She tested positive, but not for Covid. Baby Duggar Spring '22."</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/CTc1z4dvshp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CTc1z4dvshp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jedidiah 🤍 Katey Duggar (@jed_duggar)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The controversial captioned grabbed people's attention, with many slamming the message as "insensitive".</p> <p>TV personality Katie Joy condemned the couple, saying how inappropriate the message was given the current COVID-19 outbreak in their home state.</p> <p><span>"Arkansas is facing some of the worst with COVID right now due to low vaccination rates," Joy wrote. </span></p> <p><span>"656,000 Americans have died from COVID since the virus hit 18 months ago."</span></p> <p><span>Fans of the couple reacted in a similar way, with the post racking up over 1,000 comments. </span></p> <p><span>One user replied, "Having 2 family members pass from COVID, I find this very tasteless and insensitive."</span></p> <p><span>Another wrote, "I hate this. It's so tacky and distasteful. People are dying."</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843927/pregnancy_instagram.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a0f6ec83835e4109add0e80f13353efb" /></span></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @jed_duggar</em></p> <p><span>Despite the </span>controversial caption, many users congratulated the couple on their happy news. </p> <p>Jed and Katey also shared a video to YouTube where they filmed the reactions of their families finding out about the pregnancy. </p> <p><span>"Praise the Lord, they all know," Katey said in the video. "It's all so surreal. I'm super excited," Jed added.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @jed_duggar</em></p>

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Prince Harry comes together with royal family in tribute to Prince Phillip

<p>Prince Harry will soon join with members of the British Royal Family, including brother Prince William, as a special tribute is paid to his late grandfather, Prince Phillip.</p> <p>The Duke of Edinburgh will forever be remembered by all of his children and grandchildren in a documentary that will air later this month. The BBC recently announced the release of<span> </span><em>Prince Phillip: The Royal Family Remembers</em>, revealing it was something that began as a tribute for the Duke’s 100th<br />birthday, but was reworked following his death in April.</p> <p>“More than a dozen members of the Royal Family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay historic tribute to the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh” a press release stated.</p> <p>All children of the Queen and Duke, along with their adult grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family, have agreed to take part in this unique portrait of the longest-serving consort in royal history.</p> <p>This landmark documentary features interviews filmed both before and after the Duke’s death in April. Producers were given special access to the Queen’s private home movie collection, which is sure to unearth some unique footage.</p> <p>Between the footage and the interview, it’s said the documentary will be “an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best”.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843910/new-project.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/51030a792e54409f928e261d7152e908" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>Prince Harry has made a number of TV appearances since his exit from life as a senior royal in March 2020, but none of those have been alongside other members of the Royal Family. His two Oprah appearances and his appearance in the mental health docu-series<span> </span><em>The Me You Can’t See –<span> </span></em>both covered his trials and tribulations with the royals and his perhaps worst memories in recent times.</p> <p>This TV appearance will more than likely have a more positive angle for the Duke of Sussex to reflect on. Prince Harry flew from the US to the UK to attend his grandfather’s funeral, marking this occasion as the first time he’d seen his family since the claims of racism within The Firm, among a number of other revelations.</p> <p>This new documentary isn’t the first time the family are paying tribute to their patriarch. Days after passing, the Queen and Prince Phillip’s four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – remembered their farther in a special that aired on the BBC.</p> <p><em>Prince Phillip: The Royal Family Remembers airs in the UK on September 22 at 9 pm (6 am September 23rd AEST).</em></p>

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