Good Dog of the Day: 83-year-old Miyako resident Tami Akanuma believes her 12-year-old shih tzu Babu saved her from certain doom by intentionally leading her away from the tsunami that eventually engulfed her city.
Akanuma told Yomiuri Shimbun that Babu, who demanded they go for a walk as soon as the earthquake struck, “stubbornly headed for a nearby hill rather than taking their usual route.” Upon climbing the hill, Akanuma turned around and was stunned to discover that “[m]ost of the route she and Babu had walked had been swallowed up by the tsunami and her home had been consumed by the wall of muddy water.”
Pictured above is the Titan Beetle.
Interesting fact: The larvae have never been found, but are thought to feed inside wood and may take several years to reach full size before they pupate.
This is Alby the 13-year-old skateboarding barn owl who lives at Folkestone Owl Rescue Centre, Kent. Alby has developed a technique, which involves him swooping onto the board, using the momentum from his flight to push him along.