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- Army dog wins ‘animal Victoria Cross’ for Taliban counterattack - 17 November 2017
"The PDSA Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in World War II.
It is a bronze medallion, bearing the words "For Gallantry" and "We Also Serve" within a laurel wreath, carried on a ribbon of striped green, dark brown, and pale blue. It is awarded to animals that have displayed "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units". The award is commonly referred to as "the animals' Victoria Cross" (although the Victoria Cross Trust has opposed this association)."
Mali has been recognised for his heroic actions in 2012,
when he assisted
an assault force in securing a key Taliban stronghold.
The PDSA Dickin Medal
- World War I in Photos: Animals at War
"Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen - and never again repeated.
Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts and beasts of burden, but they were not the only animals active in the war.
Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others - all at great risk, and with heavy cost."
"Horses, mules, dogs, pigeons, cats, camels, koalas, even elephants were enlisted for their service in World War I.
While a few were just mascots for the purpose of morale, most were put to work carrying soldiers and equipment.
The British dog pictured here was photographed around 1915, delivering medical supplies to the front lines.
The Atlantic has a collection of 45 photographs of animals in wartime.
Warning: while not overly graphic, a few images contain deceased men or horses."
Bandages retrieved from the kit of a British Dog, ca. 1915.
(Library of Congress)
From Bees To Bears, These Animals Have Been Trained For War In The Craziest Ways + a video
Robots to replace Navy's mine-hunting dolphins - 2 December 2012
"Starting in 2017, 24 of the Navy's 80 military-trained dolphins will be replaced by a 12ft unmanned torpedo-shaped vehicle, according to the newspaper U-T San Diego." The dolphins "will be used along with sea lions for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor."
Restaurant turns to monkey business
"A Japanese tavern has turned to two monkeys for help with its table service...
The monkeys work in shifts of up to two hours a day due to Japanese animal rights regulations."
Monkeys work in Japanese restaurant
"Yatchan and Fukuchan (2 macaque monkeys) serve customers hot towels and drinks, and are given soya beans as tips."
See Trained for war
Dogs Trained to Find Endangered Animals - with the text, audio, a picture and a video - 26 August 2018
"Dogs can add another job to their resumes -- finding endangered animals!
The official title for this kind of work is conservation detection dog."
- Medical Detection Dogs - with a video
"We are a charity that works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities.
Our aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease...
The charity has two arms Cancer Detection Dogs and Medical Alert Assistance Dogs."
"A custom harness equipped with GPS, sensors,
a processor and a radio modem,
allows dogs to be directed remotely."
- Elephant carwash raises zoo cash in Oregon, USA
"For $20, visitors can have their car washed by the zoo's elephants, who scrub with sponges and rinse with their trunks."
- with a video
Dickin Medal awarded to bomb sniffing search dog Treo - 6 February 2010
"A search dog that sniffed out bombs in Afghanistan is to be honoured with the animal version of the Victoria Cross...
Treo will be the 63rd animal to receive the medal created by veterinary charity the PDSA to honour gallantry in war...
A total of 26 other dogs, 32 World War Two messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat have won the award, introduced by PDSA founder Maria Dickin in 1943. "