Animals of the world, The lowland streaked tenrec

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  • There are two species in the genus Hemicentetes, both are found only on Madagascar
  • Lowland streaked tenrecs are found in tropical rainforest habitats. They can be found on land, splashing in shallow waters or digging underground.
  • The lowland streaked tenrec can grow to an average length of 140 mm, however, adults have been recorded to grow up to a maximum of 172 mm.
  • They have black and yellow quills covering their bodies and have four primary longitudinal yellow stripes. Both species have barbed detachable quills to use as a defence mechanism
  • Streaked tenrecs prefer to eat earthworms, they may also eat insects and fruit
  • Most tenrecs possess a long snout for poking around in the ground to find their food
  • The streaked tenrec lives in long, shallow burrows which are usually occupied by family groups
  • The streaked tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound, a method more commonly associated with insects and snakes
  • Lowland streaked tenrecs can live 30 months in captivity. How long either species lives in the wild is unknown

Postcard from Oslo, Norway, The armed forces museum

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The armed forces museum (Forsvarsmuseet) free entrance:

was opened to the public in 1978 by King Olav V under the name of the Armed Forces Museum. The museum is located at Akershus Festning, in one of the old military arsenals from the 1860s. The main purpose of the museum is to show the Norwegian military history from the Viking Age to the 21st century.

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Important themes include the union with Denmark until 1814, the union with Sweden until 1905, the German attack on Norway in 1940 and the sea battles during World War IIDSC_0043 (640x360)

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Max Manus: One of Norway`s greatest Second World War heroes. A ruthless anti-Nazi, specializing in sabotage, whose military skills were learned fighting with the Finns against the Soviet invaders in 1939 and 1940 and then honed with the Norwegian underground from the first days of the occupation until the liberation in May 1945. When the war ends, Max Manus drives through the flag-waving crowds as ceremonial bodyguard to the returning King Haakon VII.

Max Manus suffered from nightmares, alcoholism, and bouts of depression after his experiences in the war, some of which he talked about in interviews.  Max Manus wrote several books about his adventures and started a successful business

Max Manus died in 1996 aged 81.

Medals and honours according to Wikipedia:

  • War Cross with two swords
  • Defence Medal 1940–1945 (with rosette)
  • Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal
  • H. M. The King’s Commemorative Medal (1940–1945)
  • Distinguished Service Order (United Kingdom)
  • Military Cross with Bar (United Kingdom)
  • Winter War commemorative with “Lappi” clasp
  • Medal of Freedom with silver palm (United States)
  • Medal of Norwegian volunteers to Finland (1940)

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