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Monday and welcome to Free Range, our open forum on this Memorial day. In keeping with our environmental emphasis around here, we commemorate animals of war, not just humans.

So Happy Memorial day to you and yours— hope you’ll share what’s happening in your neck of the woods with us here at NV,,,,

A veteran embraces his service dog during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 11, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)
Honeybees can smell explosives and other compounds nearly as well as dogs can, so researchers have begun training bees in bomb detection. The bees are trained to believe that sugar water is typically located near TNT. 
Fifty million people died in the Second World War, the biggest massacre in the history of humanity. But the animal kingdom also paid a heavy toll, despite no official numbers being compiled for the victims. This included combat animals, animals that backed up humans, those that entertained or consoled them, some that fed people, and other animals that were symbols.
On all fronts and on all continents, at all points of the compass, beasts accompanied mankind in this global conflict.
Though they’re slowly being replaced by drones, the Navy still uses trained dolphins and sea lions to hunt for mines and enemy swimmers. The animals are trained over a number of years and then deployed in vulnerable harbors, marking the mines and swimmers for human personnel to clear or capture

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