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    Weird & Wonderful News

    WW1 War Memorial for a Thrush

    1916, the middle of the first World War. Bacup, a small town in Lancashire, was hit by 12 incendiary bombs dropped from an aircraft nobody in rural Northern England had seen before. A German Zeppelin, which claimed only one victim in the town.

    A thrush was killed outside Emmanuel Holcombe CE Primary School.

    taxidermy thrush in glass case, The Thrush, Being the only fatality in the raid of World War 1

    The bird was preserved by a taxidermist and has been stored in a glass case in the school for almost 100 years. This bird is one of 29 war memorials dedicated to animals lost or killed in war, registered by the Imperial War Museum, which includes dogs, monkeys and horses. 

    The case is inscribed: The Thrush, Being the only fatality in the raid of World War 1

    Unfortunately, the Zeppelin continued over to Bolton, Lancashire, and drop several more bombs, killing 13 people. 

    A new exhibition at Ramsbottom Library will display images and artefacts from the raid, including the thrush.

    Sources: http://www.bacuptimetravel.org/tag/ww1/ 

    Check out The Weird & Wonderful store if you love to collect fascinating artefacts like this from around the world.

    How a Power Plant became a winter home for Manatees.

    During my recent trip to Florida I heard about a Federally Protected Wildlife Reserve that didn't quite match the standard idea of lush forests and mountains, so I had to check it out for myself.

    It seems that this reserve wasn't planned at all, the power station has been operational since the 1970's but in 1986 when "Unit 4" was added to the station people started to spot manatees in large numbers hanging around during the winter months. 

    Why were they coming? Well imagine this power station is like the radiator in your car... it needs a coolant. So it sucks up sea water and flushes it through the plant to cool certain systems and once it's been used it's dumped back in to the canal, warmed up to about 90f (and yes it's clean!)

    So when the surrounding waters gets below 68f the Manatees flock to this area in search of the warm waters... the area was protected shortly after. 

    You can visit the Manatee Viewing Centre between November and April

    Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572, USA

    Entry: FREE

    For more info visit: tampaelectric.com

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