Photo: Sculptor Carl Valerius touching his statue of WW1 war horse Bill the Bastard.
Sculptor Carl Valerius enlisted the help of a vet to build a skeleton for Bill’s statue to ensure accuracy.
The little-known story of Australia’s greatest war horse will be enshrined in the Anzac legend with a life-size bronze statue.Bill the Bastard is widely considered Australia’s finest equine export of World War I.
Photo: Major Shanahan and Bill the Bastard get much needed rest under a date palm. Supplied: Terry Shanahan
Serving in the Middle Eastern theatre of the conflict, the 17-hand-high stallion was notorious for his unrelenting stubbornness, endurance and courage.Bill became a legend at the Battle of Romani, where he and Major Michael Shanahan rescued four Tasmanian troops from certain death on the battlefield.
Sculptor Carl Valerius is honouring Bill and Major Shanahan’s legacy with a true-to-scale statue depicting their rescue effort during the battle, in which Major Shanahan lost his left leg.
Mr Valerius said the statue would help to educate Australians about a widely overlooked part of Anzac history.
A population of zebras undertakes the longest terrestrial migration in Africa, according to researchers who just identified the zebras’ 311-mile journey.
The discovery, published in the latest issue of the journal Oryx, provides compelling evidence that conservation efforts often require multinational coordinated support.
In this case, “The migration involves up to several thousand zebra making a return journey from the Chobe River floodplains in Namibia/Botswana to Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana,” lead author Robin Naidoo told Discovery News.
“This is a 500-km (311-mile) round trip journey along an almost direct north-south axis,” continued Naidoo, who is a senior conservation scientist at World Wildlife Fund.
The zebras spend the dry season along the Chobe River floodplains, and then when the rains begin, migrate over several weeks to the Nxai Pan National Park, where they spend several months before returning to the Chobe River floodplains.
“In July 2017, I had a fantastic opportunity to spend a week in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, for an exciting photography adventure,” says Heather Genovese.
“It was my first time visiting Alaska, and I immediately fell in love with the lush, pristine landscape.
One of the many highlights of the trip was watching these adorable cubs run and play.
They reminded me of when my siblings and I were kids. I could almost hear them say, ‘Mom, she’s picking on me!’ as they took turns pinning each other down. I was lucky enough to snap this shot as they took a very brief break from playtime to enjoy a moment of peace.”
Canon EOS 70D, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD at 450mm. Exposure: 1/800 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 800.
See more of Heather Genovese’s work at momentsbyheathernicole.com.