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Kentucky School Surprised Little Girl By Including Photo Of Her Service Dog In Yearbook

An elementary school in Kentucky surprised one of its students by putting her beloved service dog in the yearbook. Hadley Jo Lange has epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can cause seizures, and so her companion and service dog – Ariel the Labradoodle – comes everywhere with her. Without Ariel, seven-year-old Hadley Jo may not be

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An elementary school in Kentucky surprised one of its students by putting her beloved service dog in the yearbook.

Hadley Jo Lange has epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can cause seizures, and so her companion and service dog – Ariel the Labradoodle – comes everywhere with her.

Without Ariel, seven-year-old Hadley Jo may not be alive today.

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Having spent the last four years together, Ariel knows Hadley Jo inside out, and can tell when she’s about to have an episode. When he senses a seizure coming up, Ariel barks to alert teachers to what is happening and lies down to provide a cushion in case Hadley Jo falls.

Hadley Jo’s mum, Heather Lange, told CNN:

This dog has really saved my daughter’s life. I don’t know how I could ever thank Ariel as a mother. She goes with her everywhere, to school, rides the bus with her, goes to her dance classes and soccer practice. She always has her eyes on my little girl. It’s a huge sense of security.

So, when it came to picture day, St Patrick Catholic School in Louisville had to honour Ariel, who is loved by all Hadley Jo’s classmates, by giving her a place in the yearbook.

School Surprised Little Girl By Including Photo Of Her Service Dog In YearbookHeather Lange/Facebook

Principal of St Patrick Catholic School, Nathan Sturtzel, said:

It’s important for us to do all we can to foster our relationship with families and do what we can to support students.

We love Ariel. She’s part of Hadley Jo’s family so she’s a part of our family too. Finding a place for her in our yearbook was an easy decision and it was a lot of fun to include her. We loved it.

This act of kindness means so much to the Lange family, with Heather explaining how it is a story of victory for children with epilepsy and their families.

School Surprised Little Girl By Including Photo Of Her Service Dog In YearbookHeather Lange/Facebook

She said:

When I got the yearbook and saw that they included our service dog, that was one of the most touching moments of my life. The inclusiveness meant so much.

It proved that we may not all look the same, we may not all learn the same, we have differences but it’s okay. We can still be kind and inclusive and accept each other. This yearbook is a huge reflection of that.

Hadley Jo had her first seizure aged just 17 months, and they have since become a regular part of the youngster’s life.

Fortunately, with the help of Ariel, Hadley Jo is able to live a happy life. What a beautiful partnership they make.

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More Than 1,000 Horses In Australia To Be Killed After Shooting Cull Given Green Light

A large number of wild horses in Australia are to be killed after a shooting cull was given the green light. Victoria Supreme Court ruled the cull could go ahead, with the intention of it protecting Victoria’s biodiversity. The Australian state boasts thousands of wild brumby horses who rely on the landscape’s grasses as a

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A large number of wild horses in Australia are to be killed after a shooting cull was given the green light.

Victoria Supreme Court ruled the cull could go ahead, with the intention of it protecting Victoria’s biodiversity.

The Australian state boasts thousands of wild brumby horses who rely on the landscape’s grasses as a source of food. It’s believed the number of brumbies in the Australian Alps has gone from 9,000 to 24,000 over five years.

In 2018, it plans were made to remove 1,200 of the horses over the course of three years.

In a statement from Parks Victoria, in May this year, Matthew Jackson, the CEO, explained the reasoning behind the agency’s decision to kill the horses.

He said:

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting Victoria’s biodiversity, ensuring it is healthy, valued and actively cared for.

Parks Victoria has a legal and moral obligation to protect the native species that are at risk of extinction from the impacts of feral horses and other pest animals.

The conservation of Alpine National Park is key to this. Native alpine plants and animals which are found nowhere else on the planet are not equipped to deal with the weight, grazing, hard hooves or trampling of feral horses.

Jackson added that while the country’s bushfires had a devastating affect on its biodiversity, it’s been ‘severely damaged by feral horses’ as well.

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The statement continued:

By removing large invasive herbivores from the sensitive landscape, Parks Victoria is providing a greater chance of survival for native species. Feral horse management is one component of an integrated approach to reducing the impacts of introduced animals in the Alpine National Park.

Parks Victoria regularly undertakes programs to manage deer, pigs and other non-native species, complementing feral horse management.

All feral horse management operations are thoroughly planned, carried out by highly qualified and experienced professionals under strict conditions, ensuring the operations are safe, effective, humane and in accordance with all relevant legislation, codes of practice and standard operating procedures.

Despite the decision being given the go-ahead by Victoria’s Supreme Court, Omeo cattleman Philip Maguire plans to appeal it after already trying to stop the cull.

Maguire had argued that Parks Victoria failed to consult with the community on its decision to kill the wild horses, but the court ruled the agency wasn’t required to do so.

Justice Stephen Moore said Maguire did not have the standing to bring the proceeding and dismissed the case, but Maguire’s lawyer is now seeking an injunction, The Guardian reportd.

The local cattleman has already saved several horses and has said his land has the capacity for 150 of them.

Parks Victoria has said no horses will be killed before June 9 this year, but Maguire hopes to further halt the cull by now taking the matter to the Court of Appeals. It’s believed the matter with return to court on Friday, June 5.

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Humpback Whale Seen Swimming In Montreal River For First Time Ever

A humpback whale has been spotted in Montreal for what is thought to be the first time ever after it made its way up the St. Lawrence River in Canada.  The whale is believed to have travelled from Tadoussac, a village in Quebec located at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence rivers, where

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A humpback whale has been spotted in Montreal for what is thought to be the first time ever after it made its way up the St. Lawrence River in Canada. 

The whale is believed to have travelled from Tadoussac, a village in Quebec located at the confluence of the Saguenay and Saint Lawrence rivers, where it would have lived in salt water.

It was spotted swimming upstream underneath the Pont de Québec earlier this week, and yesterday morning, May 30, the whale found itself near the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal.

Montreal is a fair way inland, but for whatever reason the determined whale decided to make the journey.

Robert Michaud, the coordinator for the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Network, described the situation as ‘unusual’, adding: ‘It’s the first time that we see a humpback past the Quebec area’, CBC reports.

Michaud speculated that the whale could have ended up in Montreal after following fish because it was hungry or confused.

He commented:

We don’t know why this animal made this journey. There are several hypotheses. Humans, whales and land mammals, sometimes they are vagrants that go in unusual places.

These journeys are usually a series of mistakes. But what is sure is that this animal doesn’t belong to this habitat.

Michaud said the humpback can live in fresh water, though pointed out the food and water around the city won’t be as healthy. There is also more ‘marine traffic’ in the area, which could cause the whale stress or harm.

Local residents gathered near the river throughout the day in attempt to spot the whale, and to their delight it surfaced every couple of minutes, spraying water through its blowhole or showing off its tail to the onlookers.

People could face a fine if they get within 100 metres of the whale using boats or other craft, though Michaud advised those trying to get a closer look to keep a 200-metre distance.

Though humpback whales are typically gentle, one could cause damage if it became stressed.

Marie-Eve Muller, who also works for the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network, said the whale’s adventure may have come to an end in Montreal, the Montreal Gazette reports.

She commented:

The current is quite strong, it’s trying to go up but it’s having a hard time fighting the current.

It’s swimming freely so that’s good, it means it can move around as it needs. It’s hard to predict if it has hit the end of the road and will turn around and hopefully go back to her other humpback whale friends in Tadoussac or Gaspé.

Members of the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Network are on the water monitoring the whale’s movements alongside agents from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, who have been following the marine animal for the last two days.

The whale appeared to be slowly heading west as of yesterday, and experts are hoping it will make its way back home soon.

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Australian Reptile Park Celebrates First Koala Born Since Deadly Bushfires

An Australian zoo has welcomed its first koala joey since the crippling bushfires earlier this year.  Amid the storm of events 2020 has endured already, it can be easy to forget the devastation of the blazes Down Under – more than 12.6 million hectares of land were burnt to a crisp, 33 people died and

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An Australian zoo has welcomed its first koala joey since the crippling bushfires earlier this year. 

Amid the storm of events 2020 has endured already, it can be easy to forget the devastation of the blazes Down Under – more than 12.6 million hectares of land were burnt to a crisp, 33 people died and more than a billion animals were killed.

However, over at Australian Reptile Park, a true flicker of light has emerged from the losses across the country: Ash the koala joey has entered the world.

FIRST KOALA JOEY OF THE SEASON!

We have a very special announcement… Our very first koala of the season has popped out of Mums pouch to say hello! 🐨Keepers have decided to name her Ash! Ash is the first koala born at the park since the tragic Australian bushfires and is a sign of hope for the future of Australia’s native wildlife.

Posted by Australian Reptile Park on Monday, May 25, 2020

Ash was actually born back in January, however joeys often stay in their pouches for up to seven months, so it was only safe to check on her well-being recently. According to the zoo’s staff, Ash is estimated to be around five months old and is ‘right on track to be emerging from the pouch for the first time’.

In a Facebook post, the New South Wales Central Coast zoo wrote: ‘Ash is the first koala born at the park since the tragic Australian bushfires and is a sign of hope for the future of Australia’s native wildlife.’

Australian Reptile Park Koala Joey AshAustralian Reptile Park/Facebook

Speaking to news.com.au, zookeeper Dan Rumsey said: 

They’re ambassadors for koalas in the wild: the ones who truly suffered in the bushfires. Koalas are iconic… and even though ours are bred in captivity, we like to think we’re helping the fairly decimated population. Ash represents the start of what we’re hoping to be another successful breeding season.

Across the bushfire season, Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley told ABC News that more than 30% of NSW’s koala population may have perished. However, Ash looks to be the beacon for a successful breeding season – currently, there’s at least another three joeys in pouches at the zoo.

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Rumsey added: ‘It was such an incredible moment when we saw Ash poke her head out of her mum’s pouch for the first time! Her mother Rosie has shown exemplary parenting skills and we know that Ash is in good paws.’

Australian Reptile Park is set to re-open tomorrow, June 1, after months of closure due to the current pandemic, with Rumsey adding that he’s ‘absolutely ecstatic to open our doors again’.

Australian Reptile Park Koala Joey Ash 3Australian Reptile Park/Facebook

Rumsey said:

While I’ve been at work everyday, we know the animals have been missing the visitors. We’re taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and animals and have implemented our COVID-safe reopening plan.

Across Australia, there have been 7,195 confirmed cases of the virus, with 103 deaths – at the time of writing, more than 6,600 people have recovered.

It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.

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