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What Went Right - 11 MAR 2017

State election day here in Western Australia - if there's any other Sandgropers reading this, please remember to vote if you haven't done so already. In the meantime, here's another three things from my mainstream news feeds about "what went right".

Big rams bring towns together for tourism on opposite sides of Australia by Andrew Collins and Leah McLennan (ABC Great Southern, Western Australia)

Built around the presence in each city of a sculpture of a giant ram, Goulburn in New South Wales and Wagin in Western Australia have decided on a sister city arrangement. The hope is that this will potentiate tourism between the two areas, and bring benefits in terms of agricultural exchange.

Researcher examines elusive bats in WA to increase knowledge about behaviour by Sarah Tallier (ABC Mid-West and Wheatbelt, Western Australia)

Murdoch University PhD student Diana Prada is working to increase the amount of knowledge we have about the various species of microbats living here in Western Australia. So far she's been assisted by Bush Heritage, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which have provided access to sites and animals.

Cincinnati Zoo tiger cubs cared for by Australian shepherd dog by AP (uncredited)

The Cincinatti zoo has a new litter of tiger cubs, but unfortunately their mother's maternal instincts didn't kick in. Enter Blakely, the Australian shepherd dog, who provides an "adult" presence for the cubs, stopping them when the rough-housing gets a bit too vigorous and providing someone for them to cuddle up to.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your mainstream media feed, why not share it in the comments?

(Now I'm off to vote, and hopefully get a democracy sausage out of it as well!)

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