Strut Your Mutt 2015

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We love Best Friends, and are so excited for Strut Your Mutt 2015! I’m strutting as part of a local rescue team (you can support my goal here if you want), but you can walk as an individual, start your … Continue reading → The post Strut Your Mutt 2015 appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.

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2015 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals

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This weekend is the 2015 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals. The dogs compete in several canine … Continue reading → The post 2015 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. The event features amazing athletic dogs from all backgrounds and breeds competing for the title of Purina Pro Plan IDC Champion.

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Redgannet’s Year List 2015

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For his part, Redgannet has committed to a trial period through January and will try to stick to a more socially responsible regimen of birds then beer for the rest of 2015. In a similar way, birds will be admitted to Redgannet’s Year List 2015 by finding 2 birds with a matching prefix. Birding Year List 2015

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Duncan’s 2015 List

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Birding 2015 year list Year List 2015 Struthionidae (Ostriches). Ostritch ( Struthio camelus ); Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 22 February. ANATIDAE (DUCKS). White-faced Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna viduata ); Kasane, Botswana, 1 January. Lesser Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna javanica ); Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, 25 February. White-backed Duck ( Thalassornis leuconotus ); Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 22 February.

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First Phoebe of 2015

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2015 – 28 March. Great, I’m your first phoebe of 2015. I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of the year today in the same place as last year – Rockaway Community Park in southern Queens – and a day earlier than last year, but still later than usual for me. For me, this means that spring has arrived! The actual bird is the one in all three images.).

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Goals for Birding Costa Rica in 2015

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Destinations Costa Rica Year List 2015 January kicks off the high season for birding in Costa Rica. The winds of the dry season keep the clouds away for half of the country, and guides are busy showing people tanagers, guans, and (with luck) a Resplendent Quetzal or two. I have been doing my fair share of guiding and that’s why February has crept up on me with the stealth of a Puma.

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A look at 2015 and best wishes for 2016

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When … Continue reading → The post A look at 2015 and best wishes for 2016 appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. As we come to the close of another year, it’s fun to look back and see how far we have come. I’ll be honest with you dear animal loving friends. This year was a hard year for our us. our pets

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First Bird of 2015

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What was your first bird of 2015? And here’s hoping you see many great birds, including lots of lifers, in 2015! Birding 2015 first bird of the year Hopefully it was as cool as the Short-eared Owl above, which was my first bird of 2014! Let us know in the comments…and, if you wrote a blog post or have a picture of your first bird of the year online somewhere, well, leave a link in the comments too. Happy New Year from all of us at 10,000 Birds!

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Guide Dog Honored as “Dog of the Year”

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A 9-year-old yellow Lab named Tanya from Arizona whose human partner is a blind golfer was honored as 2015 Dog of the Year at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Annual Golf Classic June 12, 2015. The award is sponsored … Continue reading → The post Guide Dog Honored as “Dog of the Year” appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs news

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2015)

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One weekend down for 2015 and only 51 to go. Hope your year is off to a ripping start! I hit Lake Ontario for winter birds this weekend and walked away with a trio of Red-throated Loons. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl at an undisclosed location in Queens. Of course, Corey wasn’t actually the one to spot it. No, he just brought his family to the area he knew one was hiding and waited for Daisy to make the discovery.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2015)

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Nearly everywhere in the world, birds are on the wing, not just traveling to and from their daily haunts but returning to their ancestral circuit. Based on the the time of year, many people I know are also on the wing. So best of luck to any and all creatures striving towards a distant horizon right now. Old Man Winter still has my part of the world firmly under his hoary thumb. Instead of enjoying early migrants, I can appreciate the spring songs of my local winter birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2015)

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So many sexy snow birds pop up this time of year: Snow Buntings , Snow Geese , Snowy Owls … But if you’re like me, you couldn’t get out to see them this weekend. Too much snow! Between work and shoveling, I had no chance to get out birding. Fortunately, House Finches came to me, brightening up the feeder with their raspberry resplendence.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of January 2015?

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How is your 2015 year list looking so far? Wow, those are a lot of Oriental Pratincoles ! If you’re around 300 species, you’ve been keeping pace nicely with Noah Stryker. Only halfway through the first month of the year, and he’s already left most of us in the dust! I don’t expect to gain any ground as far as birds are concerned this weekend, as this bitter cold compels me to stay indoors as much as possible.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2015)

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Signs of spring are evident everywhere winter once held sway. Actually, signs that winter won’t release its icy grip so readily are also apparent… my traditional Easter family hike was canceled on account of snow. Sure, we could have survived the blustery flurry, but I’d rather hide until the last remnants of winter blow away! Our travels this weekend took us on the New York State Thruway, which passes through Montezuma NWR.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2015?

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You might not sense it yet, but excitement is in the air. Somewhere deep in the tropics, a warm, fat, contented bird is beginning to feel the merest inkling of restlessness. Even in the midst of paradise, this itinerant soul cannot remain happy for long. “Is this all there is?” ” the bird will ask. And in time, just a matter of weeks really, this vagabond and countless more like it will realize that abundance and adventure lie north, towards the poles.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2015?

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Happy New Year, nature lovers! No matter how many phenomenal birds you spotted or how many glorious ecosystems you explored in 2014, your year list is now reset to zero (though most of you probably rectified that matter on New Year’s Day!) A pristine weekend lies before you like an untroubled field of freshly fallen snow. Make your mark and see some birds.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2015?

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Every weekend deserves at least a little excitement, but I’m finding it difficult to get too worked up about another ice-rimed February weekend. So much for going out like a lamb! At least this miserable (YMMV) month is coming to an end. I’ll dream of an opportunity to encounter a cool owl, falcon, or boreal vagrant along the lake this weekend, but I can’t say for sure I’ll actually look for one.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2015)

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Here in the United States, we are gripped by March Madness. While this epic basketball tournament can make people pretty crazy, the real madness is how much this weekend felt like winter instead of the gateway to spring. But the season is changing, which offered glossy black Common Grackles squeaking and strutting against the crisp white snow of a Rochester spring day! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Common Redpoll at the feeders in Forest Park on Saturday morning.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2015)

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What’s so great about April? A better question might be to ask what isn’t great about April. This month introduces change for the better, movement from one state to another, and a season that unfolds magically week after week. Also lots of birthdays in my family, which is cool. And also birds, also cool! I finally got my eyes on my first Eastern Phoebe of the year, pumping that tail in the cold spring sunshine.

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Great Miami Winter Bird Count 2015

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For many in the birding community, Miami is a destination meant only for ticking off ABA-countable exotics such as Spot-breasted Oriole or Red-whiskered Bulbul. For others, it is simply a launching point to Everglades National Park or the Florida Keys. However, few realize that this flat, densely populated county boasts one of the highest list totals of any county east of the Mississippi.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2015?

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Most folks in the Northern Hemisphere feel a sense of exultation at the thought that spring officially arrives this weekend. Of course, spring weather may not arrive exactly as scheduled. I’m not sure how those of you south of the equator feel about this weekend or, frankly, so many things. What does the third weekend of March mean to you? Corey and I will both be enjoying the incipient signs of spring migration.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2015?

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North American bird lovers may take special satisfaction that a team named for the mighty Osprey is battling for the NFL championship in this weekend’s Super Bowl. But does being a birder mean that you have to automatically root for the bird-themed team? What do you think? And isn’t it time we had a sports team named for the Roseate Spoonbill ? I’ll be watching Seahawks and probably not much else this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2015)

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Get excited, bird lovers… a team with an avian appellation is headed to the Super Bowl! For the second year in a row, the Seattle Seahawks will represent the NFC, the Pacific Northwest, and bird lovers everywhere in pursuit of the NFL championship. Congrats, bone breakers! My weekend wasn’t as eventful as Russell Wilson’s, but I did locate some open water in the icy Irondequoit Bay Inlet.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2015?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for exotics like this Red-masked Parakeet ! Here in the United States, we’ve just observed (not celebrated, mind you) Tax Day, the annual IRS tax filing deadline. I point this out not to engage in a debate about the merits or flaws of taxation in America, but simply to point out that a heavy burden has been lifted off of our collective shoulders. Therefore, if you live in the United States, celebrate the fact that your taxes are filed by birding this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2015)

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Alas, the team named for a bird fell short of the crown in Super Bowl XLIX. While many human beings felt anguish and rage at the loss, most avifauna appeared unperturbed. The non-Seahawk birds that caught my eye this weekend were Northern Cardinals , which always look their best burning crimson against a blanket of white snow. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a wonderful American Pipit foraging on the roadside margin at Jones Beach State Park.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2015)

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Now that we’ve gotten February out of the way, the time has come to face facts: the next mass migration is not that far off. Is it too soon to start reviewing warbler songs? My best bird sighting this weekend was a Red-tailed Hawk , significant not just because these common raptors always command respect but because of what this particular bird had in its mouth: nesting material!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2015)

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As members of an international community of nature lovers, we all experience the weekend in different parts of this wide, wide world. Consequently, only those of you who live in the northern temperate regions can appreciate how I’m feeling about this dreadful month. Author Anna Quindlen expressed this midwinter despair quite eloquently: “February is a suitable month for dying.

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Adorable baby aardvark

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18, 2015. A newborn aardvark at Busch Gardens® Tampa is stealing the hearts of its caretakers, who are helping bottle feed the baby, which they characterize as unusual looking but adorable. The baby aardvark was born Sept. It is healthy … Continue reading → The post Adorable baby aardvark appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cute animals cute of the day

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DogLand and DOTT App launch party #DogLovingRevolution

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DogLand along with DOTT Dog Tag is having a secret location launch party on September 30th, 2015 and you are invited! The party is being held in Los Angeles, but the exact location can only be found by checking out … Continue reading → The post DogLand and DOTT App launch party #DogLovingRevolution appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2015)

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Patrick’s Day weekend teaches us many lessons, more than a few of which concern parades, alcohol, and nationalism as fashion. But this time of year also reminds us that as you stand gazing hopefully at the season ahead, you are still mired in the one that is ending. Transitions, like Irish whisky, can make us moody. My mood kept me from enjoying the outdoors this weekend, since I can’t stand looking at the snow anymore. At least I could see American Robins.

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2015 Queens County Birdf Club Big Sit Results

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The 2015 Queens County Bird Club Big Sit at Fort Tilden on Saturday was a rousing success! In addition to having more participants, we had more bird species, 76, beating out last year’s inaugural effort by two whole species. We really had to work hard for our 76 species this year too, and it makes me wonder if it will possible to ever break a hundred species from the platform during an October big sit. But what, exactly, is a Big Sit?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2015)

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Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” Why he was so cynical about a meaningful exchange of beautiful moments and memories, I’ll never know. I dipped on the King Eider drake that had been holding court around Irondequoit Bay but did muster a couple of Common Goldeneyes.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of April 2015?

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Enjoy the view at Moorcroft Manor in South Africa. Waking up to snow at the end of April is uncommon even here in western New York. My immediate reaction this morning was not fit for print, while my second was to wonder if April Fools Day fell twice this month. While I gave a moment’s thought to our new spring arrivals, they are probably much better equipped to cope with the cold than I am at this point.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2015?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for gulls, but don’t breathe in too deeply ! Here we lie fallow in mid-February. In just about every part of the world, this weekend will be much like last weekend. Next weekend will be more of the same. Nothing for us to do, my friends, but soldier on… I’m eager to spy winter birds around Rochester, but ironically, the snow and cold seem to be shutting most of them down. Corey will likely do better along the vaguely milder Atlantic coast.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of August 2015?

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Check out the 14-21 August 2015 Regional Migration Forecast. With migration about to kick into gear all over the world, birders might want to think about what species to keep eyes out for week by week. Fortunately for those of us in North America, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has gotten into the business of issues migratory forecasts. Curious about the first Birdcast of the season? I’m still too focused on summer to worry about the birds of fall.

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Set Your DVRs! Feline Wellness in the spotlight tomorrow.

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Tune in to The Discovery Channel Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Move over Good Morning America–change up your morning news routine this Monday and support feline wellness’ moment in the spotlight! EST / PST, 6:30am CST and check … Continue reading → The post Set Your DVRs! Feline Wellness in the spotlight tomorrow. appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2015?

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Don’t you wish this was your backyard? Ready to spend this weekend gazing adoringly at the ones you love? Perfect, because the Great Backyard Bird Count has begun! The GBBC stands as one of the most important and easy international citizen science initiatives. Just pay attention to a patch or yard for a few days and log your sightings. What a simple yet profound way to contribute to our collective understanding of bird behavior and distribution. Get involved!

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of November 2015?

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It’s just that Birdwatch Magazine is running its Birders’ Choice Awards 2015 and we are–for the first time in our 12-year history–on the ballot for Blog of the Year. Is 10,000 Birds your favorite bird blog? We certainly hope so, not that we are insecure or anything. The deadline for voting is coming quickly, so the time for action is now!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2015)

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We’ve entered that portion of the year where one season loosens its grip enough for the next to begin to peek through. In many parts of the world this weekend, spring felt like spring and fall felt like fall, or at least a recognizable harbinger of days to come. Did you see what I mean? I appreciated the muscular grace of a Sharp-shinned Hawk filtering effortlessly through tall trees, no doubt practicing for all those tiny migratory morsels on their way to the great boreal forest.

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Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year

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Purina Cat Chow ran a contest in 2015 to honor shelter volunteers as part of the “Building Better Lives” program. We are excited to congratulate the Purina Cat Chow “Shelter Volunteer of the Year”, Liz Taranda! The contest recognizes and … Continue reading → The post Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cats people helping animals

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Dog Medicine; How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

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In this touching memoir Julie Barton shares how powerful puppy love can be. Dog Medicine, shares the power of the human animal bond, as Julie recalls the darkest point in her life. A year out of college, she was struggling … Continue reading → The post Dog Medicine; How My Dog Saved Me From Myself appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. books dogs pet stories

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Whoo-Hoo! Green Heron is the 2015 American Birding Association Bird of the Year!

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My lobbying must be more effective than I thought because the Green Heron has been named as the American Birding Association Bird of the Year for 2015 ! More than ready for its close up, this Green Heron is very pleased to be the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! I certainly can’t think of a better pick. After all, Green Heron is the bird that made me become a birder.

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Winter Pelagic Trip Out of Freeport, New York, 11 January 2015

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Pelagic trips are a gamble on the vastness of the ocean. They can be incredibly dull or amazingly exciting on smooth seas or big waves. They can bring awesome rarities or nothing much at all. Rarely, you run aground. The point is almost anything can happen when you are out in a boat on the water but it certainly won’t happen, at least not to you, if you aren’t on the boat.

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