/ 10 May 2022

Little penguins in big numbers, a medal for a mine-sniffing Ukrainian dog, and a ute-driving Jack Russell…

Image source: Supplied
Image source: Supplied

A record 5,219 little penguins have strutted their stuff and crossed the beach at Penguin Parade on Victoria’s Phillip Island – “which is amazing” because it’s not breeding season, said research officer Paula Wasiak. Thanks to protection measures, the colony is now more than 40,000 strong.

Ukraine’s famous mine-sniffing dog Patron has been awarded a medal by President Zelensky after detecting more than 200 explosives since the start of Russia’s invasion. The Jack Russell terrier also met Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for his trouble.

And on clever Jackies, a farming family in southwest Victoria has taught their Jack Russell Lexie to steer a ute. “If she sees the sheep in front of the ute … she points the ute in that direction,” Lexie’s best mate Cam Zschech said. We checked, and it’s not April Fool’s Day…

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