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This Dog Poop- Sniffing Ability Is Helping To Rescue At-Risk Killer Whales

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It’s a thing of surprise to hear or actually see that a dog is saving aquatic lives.

Well, it’s something that’s happening at the coast of Washington State as a dog named Eba is rescuing killer whales.

It’s interesting to know that when Eba was young, she was mysteriously dropped off outside of a Sacramento animal shelter in California. At that time, Eba weighed 3.5 pounds and had to be warmed up on a heating pad before her temperature could be taken. She was so cold.

Months passed by and Eba became healthy and strong due to intensive care and treatment. This wasn’t without some occurrences that included Eba wandering away from her foster home.

Eventually she was adopted by Dr. Deborah Giles, who does research on Killer Whales at the University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology.

“I had no idea when I kept her that she was going to become a conservation canine,” Giles told TODAY.

Conservation Canines is an initiative of the Center for Conservation Biology which helps save dogs from shelters and adapts them to rigorous training. This helps the dogs discern wildlife scat otherwise called poop. The dogs possess a strong toy drive and high energy levels that can land them in shelters. These are abilities that makes them fit for detection work. If they detect a scat, they are rewarded with playing with a toy.

Giles had that impression Eba could be something more than being a family pet. She noticed that the dog tried putting a ball into the hands of a colleague urging him to play with her. Seeing that, she sought permission from Dr. Samuel Wasser if Eba could accompany her on a trip to Salish Sea, a place she conducts research on Southern Resident killer whales off the Canadian Gulf Islands and Washington state’s San Juan Islands.

Eba didn’t disappoint. Wielding a low center of gravity as a 30-pound dog, she was able to navigate on water. It took a few weeks to acclimatize to the the odor of Southern Resident orca scat. After being taught how to recognize the odor using a toy, she was prepared.

“By Eba’s second day on the water — July 6, 2019 — she found her first wild whale scat by herself, which was amazing,” Giles said.

People in the line of Giles’ profession can get a lot of information about a whale analyzing their feces alone. They can determine stress levels, know when a whale is pregnant and ascertain the age of pregnancy and also identify the presence of chemicals and harmful substances.

Right now, there are about 74 Southern Resident killer whales and that also includes two infant killer whales. Therefore, locating feces and gathering scientific data is useful in notifying the public and policy makers.

Feces of Southern Resident killer whales is very tiny and can’t be seen from afar off. And while carrying out their investigation, researchers try to stay away from whales to avoid stressing the aquatic animals.

“That’s where the dog comes in because they can smell these things from a mile away — literally a mile away,” she said.

Eba is useful here as immediately she notices a scent, Giles is aware.

“The dog is on the front of the boat just kind of hanging out and sniffing, and then when she gets a hit, she has a pretty massive behavior change,” she said.

The dog makes some movements to alert Giles and other workers. She will start whining, licking her lips and sometimes points towards the direction of the odor.

As Eba makes these movements to give a clue on where the scat could be, Giles uses her hand to signal to the boat’s driver who might alter the direction of the boat since the scat moves along with the water.

“As we pass through the center of scent cone, which is the strongest portion of that smell, she’ll whip around to the side of the boat to tell us, ‘Hey, wait a minute — you’ve passed it.’ That’s when we turn into the wind. Then it might be a series of zigzags back and forth,” she said. “It’s amazing the dogs can do this work.”

Eba’s impact is incredibly being noticed as he’s been scheduled to feature on the upcoming PBS series “The Age of Nature”. Uma Thurman will spearhead as the narrator and will feature scenes from all seven continents. The three-part documentary will start airing from Oct. 14 and it surveys humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife 

Regardless, Eba is unbothered by the fame she’s getting. Despite the fact that she has her own social media pages and has been featured on television programs, she derives happiness by doing her job. Finding scat.

“She’s really the perfect dog for this work,” Giles said. “She’s helping answer questions that will go to recovering an endangered species of beloved animals.”

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Amethyst Found In The Shape Of A Heart Has Everyone Smitten

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The discovery of an amethyst, shaped like a heart, naturally, has been causing a stir, not just in the world of gems and minerals but among the romantic at heart.

The precious stone was discovered by miners on the border of Brazil and Uruguay just as they were beginning some excavation work.However, that was the last thing they had on their minds, a heart ‘staring’ right at them, from the midst of a rock.

Finding a gem already molded in a design that depicts love is such an extremely rare discovery that many people are rushing to get a real view of it.

Others are hoping to make the highest bid in order to own it. Either way, whoever ends up with this gem that will be priced at the whim of the owners will certainly have one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts ever.

Why? Mainly because amethyst is deemed as a jewel representing peace. Many people believe that the amethyst’s pacifying existence generates calming dreams by taking the dreamer to a level where he or she is more connected with the Divine.

This translucence and tranquility also expand to your mind as you awaken and allows you to remain in that mindset.

Amethysts are even believed to assist with the mind being able to progress unhindered in both cognitive and supernatural proportions.

Additionally, amethyst’s, among other minerals, are frequently given as indications of affection, which the giver believes will help to establish a connection between them and the receiver.

In the meantime, this particular spotting of the naturally occurring amethyst geode requires no assistance of any kind in conveying love due to the fact that it is already formed like a heart!

The company, who’s miners made the find is Uruguay Minerals, which is an entity devoted to processing and exporting semi-valuable stones.

The gems are taken straight from the world-class craters of Artigas in Uruguay, where the miners made this remarkable find at the boundary of Uruguay and Brazil.

It happened when the miners cracked open a rock that disclosed a heart on both sides of it, which means the gem was split open.

The miners had no inkling that they were about to uncover this gorgeous geode; in fact, they were having difficulty as they attempted to get the excavation process underway.

Basically, they were opening up the mine to begin a typical day’s work, the miners claimed. They emphasized that the particular section of land that they were digging proved to be a daunting task.

They were hoping that all the issues they were faced with would end up being rewarding. However, what they came upon far exceeded what they had been anticipating.

The heart-shaped jewel was something most miners could only dream of in their lifetime. The men believe the find was more reward than they could ever dream of.

The oddly shaped geode grabbed the nation in such a whirlwind that it went viral, enchanting major social media sites and beyond.

Uruguay Minerals sells its findings through its website—including the most recent discovery called “The New Treasure.”

If you are interested in owning it, you can contact them via their website. Smaller amethysts, which are polished and shaped to resemble hearts, are also available through different online vendors.

In the meantime, the most important amethyst deposits in the world are typically found in fractures and cavities of igneous rocks.

In Brazil and Uruguay, massive quantities of amethyst are present in basalt flow craters. Hundreds of pounds to numerous tons of amethyst crystals are usually contained in large craters.

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Stroke Survivor Launches Pandemic Pet Project, Draws Adorable Portraits For Rescue Groups!

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At the beginning of 2020, we really didn’t know what the world had waiting for us. By the time that March rolled around, the entirety of the planet was consumed by discussions surrounding the coronavirus as well as its impact. Over a full year later, with almost 90 million confirmed infections, the pandemic has become part and parcel of our daily life’s experience. With that being said, one resident from California did his best to make the pandemic as productive and pleasant as possible for rescue animals around California.

Ed Attanasio was the owner and operator of a small advertising agency in San Jose. As a local artist, Ed had seen his work featured at the Kaleid Gallery where he performed as an artist-in-residence. Ed was known at the time for his eclectic drawings and unique caricature work, something that would put him on the radar of a family friend during the quarantine. 

At the time that the pandemic shut everything down, Ed recognized that he was pretty much going to be locked down and furloughed for the remainder of quarantine. After sitting on his hands for a while, Ed would receive a phone call from a friend that changed everything. The family friend had been quarantining with their own family while struggling to keep their kids entertained. Ed offered to send some artwork over and the friend was more than happy to take him up on the offer. 

It didn’t take long for Ed to find his muse at the other end of his pen. Ed began doodling and before he knew it, Ed was drawing unique cartoonish portraits of pets belonging to his friend. Attanasio sent the pictures over whereupon they were received quite well by the family. One of the children said, “This is abstract art. Ed is like Picasso!”

And that was that.

Word quickly began to spread about Ed’s affinity and talent for caricature work. Soon Ed was thinking of using the momentum and attention to help others. Ed said, “I should turn this into a charity model. Why not?” Ed went on to say that he had always believed in supporting children and pets as they are among our most vulnerable. Ed said, “Kids and pets have always been my causes.”

After finding a receptive crowd for his work, Ed would go on to launch the Pandemic Pet Project on Facebook as a charity initiative. Ed would offer to compose Post-it Note Portraits of pets for customers from anywhere in the world. Ed asked for donations in lieu of payments and he has since drawn more than 900 portraits. Through his work, Ed has created llamas, blind raccoons, ferrets, birds, snakes, cats, and dogs. Ed said, “There was supposed to be a two-pet limit but I am a pushover.” 

Of course, Ed has been well rewarded for his efforts. At the time of this writing, Ed has personally helped to raise more than $40k for the Pandemic Pet Project to help shelters and at-risk pets all around the country. His work was well received and warmly embraced by a man from Bend, OR, who was so satisfied with his pet’s portrait that he donated $1,000 to the Pandemic Pet Project. 

As Ed continues to work on amazing portraits for his happy clients, the Pandemic Pet Project is pushing forward and into the future as one of the brightest spots of 2020. Ed says of his portraits, “I am always thinking that I want them to look different. Different color (combinations) shapes, different ears, different noses — It’s original art.”

Ed had previously worked as a journalist and stand-up comedian until he was afflicted by a stroke in 2009 at the age of 50. Ed weighed 350lbs at the time and has since focused on turning his health around, too. Since 2009, Ed has lost more than 120lbs and his new mindset was matching his rejuvenated body.

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Cleaning Out The Attic? Look To See If You Have These Valuable Items

Sarrah M

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Most households in the U.S. have a collection of stuff that’s been bought over the years, whether it’s music, clothing, toys or books and just about everything else. However, something happens after an item reaches 30 years from when it was first sold. A couple of those products actually become extremely valuable. Call it nostalgia or collectability or plain old silliness, Americans have a serious connection to their past with things, and this list of valuable throwaways proves the case. You might even find one or two you had yourself growing up.

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Honest Man Bikes 3 miles to Return Lost Wallet

Sarrah M

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Losing a wallet can be absolutely anxiety-ridden and frustrating. Most people don’t realize their wallet is gone until long after it has been lost, usually hours after the fact. By then, the imagine, every credit card in the wallet has been used and they will be lucky to head off the damage if they can get a hold of their financial accounts services beforehand. However, for one mother in Hawaii, that was not the case. Instead, her wallet was personally returned to her.

Chloe Marino was a having a typical challenging day, trying to manage her 5-month old as well as get groceries in a hurry when she was at her local market in Kahului. The Foodland grocery provides their shoppers grocery carts like most markets, and Chloe had stuffed hers in the cart as she was loading food and goods to purchase and take home. Unfortunately, while she was unloading the cart to her car, she forgot her wallet in the process. However, the sharp eye of the local security guard, Aina Townsend, saved the day.

Townsend happened to see the wallet in the shopping cart left behind before anyone was able grab it. He protected it until his workday was over, and then he got on his bike. The wallet had Chloe’s information and home address, and he knew where the location was based on her data. So, traveling on his personal bike, he covered 3 miles to get to her home. He knew what it was like to lose a wallet himself, so Townsend wanted to make sure this one got back to its owner safe and sound. As he told the news later on, it just felt like the right thing to do.

When Chloe and her husband answered the door and realized what Townsend had done for them, they were floored. The effort in travel and just making sure everything was protected completely surprised them. Chloe still had no idea her wallet had been missing earlier in the day until Townsend showed up and handed it back to her. She had never met him before, had no connection to the security guard, and has noted repeatedly how Townsend went more than the extra mile for a total stranger.

Chloe’s husband, Gray, was so moved by it, he put the story on Facebook, giving full credit to Townsend for his bike ride and how it embodied an Aloha spirit Hawaiians espouse as an ideal. The local community was so amazed and impressed by Townsend’s efforts and behavior, they triggered a GoFundMe account to give the young guard a really big Christmas present, a car of his own. Townsend was completely humbled by the efforts and the fund drive. For him, a car would be like scoring the big winning touchdown at the Super Bowl. Beyond just transportation for himself, a car would mean wheels to help is family out as well. Yet even with all the thanks, Townsend’s humility still comes through. He doesn’t believe he did anything special aside from just doing right by the owner of the wallet getting it back to her safe and sound.

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One Twin Went To Space For a Year, When He Came Back The Changes Were Compelling

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Science loves twins. The ability to take one twin as a placebo and the other as the change factor works incredibly well since the twins are practically identical physically. No surprise, science goes bananas studying all the differences that can occur. That’s what happened with the Kelly twins, when Scott and Mark both became astronauts. Scientists decided to send one into space to study what physical changes happened — they were not disappointed with their findings…

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