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A Devoted Outdoor Stick Collector

Sherry Rucherman

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Lots of dogs love chasing and retrieving sticks. However, most dogs won’t usually save those sticks. Dogs can get surprisingly attached to the toys that their owners buy for them. However, the natural, wooden sticks that people find outdoors are often treated as disposable. Bruce is a Golden Retriever who actually has saved an impressively large number of sticks, demonstrating that dogs can care about these sorts of toys just as much. 

Bruce is now only four years old, making him a young dog. He’s actually been storing all of these sticks for two years, so he’s been a stick collector for half his life by this point. Bruce was hospitalized a couple of years ago, and it was because of an accident involving a wooden stick. Leo Icenhour, Bruce’s owner, got him to play with rubber dog toys instead. 

However, Bruce still isn’t willing to give up playing with wooden sticks. Fortunately, he hasn’t had any other significant accidents since then. Of course, it’s still possible for dogs to have accidents involving rubber toys. Hopefully, Bruce has at least learned his lesson when it comes to sticks. 

Bruce has had favorite wooden sticks for a long time. He and Leo Icenhour live in a snowy climate. Bruce almost lost his most treasured wooden stick in a snowstorm, after that stick got trapped underneath a huge amount of snow. Bruce was horrified when it looked like he would never find that stick again. From his perspective, it would have looked like the stick and the ground had both disappeared. 

It’s clear that Bruce really wanted that stick and cared about it, since he was looking for it frantically. He ended up digging several different holes as he looked for the missing stick. Bruce’s entire head was in the snow half the time, and he didn’t even seem to notice the cold. 

Bruce seemed to accept that his wooden stick was never going to be seen again. Of course, snow doesn’t last forever. When the seasons changed and the snow was gone, Bruce was able to locate the stick again. 

It’s genuinely remarkable that the dog was able to recognize this stick after so much time had passed. Leo Icenhour reports that Bruce had never looked happier. Bruce officially began gathering his sticks almost immediately afterwards, as if he was trying to prevent this situation from happening a second time. 

While the stick that he temporarily lost during the wintertime may have been his favorite wooden stick at the time, today, he seems to care about each of his wooden sticks equally. 

The sticks are all lined up on the house’s porch, just beyond the house’s front door. This way, the sticks are always close to Bruce. He can make sure that they’re still there every time he leaves and enters the house. He’s keeping all of the sticks out of the snow, and he’s making sure that they’re always nearby. 

Many of the sticks that Bruce has gathered and saved are sturdy and solid. They aren’t too long and they aren’t too short, and many of them are similar when it comes to length. Some sticks are probably easier than others for dogs to bite and hold in their mouths. It’s possible that these sorts of sticks just happen to be ideal for Bruce. 

Bruce’s sticks are not allowed in the house, but he tries to bring them inside all the time. However, the dog ultimately just wants his wooden sticks to be safe. The wooden stick collection just keeps expanding all the time, and Bruce adores all of them. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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