Here’s What 576 Border Collies Gathered in One Place Looks Like

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On Sunday, September 24, a park in Willaston, Australia, went to the dogs—specifically, 576 border collies gathered there in an attempt to break a record. According to The Daily Dot, the group of herding animals now holds the unofficial record for the most border collies ever to occupy the same space at the same time.

The event was hosted by the Border Collie Owners of South Australia, or BCOSA. Each pet was charged $5 to participate, allowing BCOSA to raise more than $6000 for the local charities Scruffer Lovers, Guardian Angel, and SA Dog Rescue. Along with helping out some great causes, the massive play-date also made for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle for border collie lovers. Check out the fluffy mayhem below.

Though impressive, the crowd of canines isn’t eligible for an official Guinness World Record. Guinness doesn’t recognize records from specific dog breeds. They have, however, awarded different types of animal assemblies in the past, like this group of 764 bandana-clad dogs that met in Australia in 2015.

The latest reported world record seems specific, but it isn’t the first of its kind. Before Sunday’s crowd gathered, the record belonged to a vet who managed to get 503 border collies together in 2013.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

The Time German and Russian WWI Soldiers Banded Together to Fight Wolves

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During the winter of 1917, Russian and German soldiers fighting in the dreary trenches of the Great War’s Eastern Front had a lot to fear: enemy bullets, trench foot, frostbite, countless diseases, shrapnel, bayonets, tanks, sniper fire. Oh, and wolves.

In February of that year, a dispatch from Berlin noted that large packs of wolves were creeping from the forests of Lithuania and Volhynia into the interior of the German Empire, not far from the front lines. Like so many living creatures, the animals had been driven from their homes by the war and were now simply looking for something to eat. “As the beasts are very hungry, they penetrate into the villages and kill calves, sheep, goats, and other livestock,” the report, which appeared in the El Paso Herald, says. “In two cases children have been attacked by them.”

According to another dispatch out of St. Petersburg, the wolves were such a nuisance on the battlefield that they were one of the few things that could bring soldiers from both sides together. “Parties of Russian and German scouts met recently and were hotly engaged in a skirmish when a large pack of wolves dashed on the scene and attacked the wounded,” the report says, according to the Oklahoma City Times. “Hostilities were at once suspended and Germans and Russians instinctively attacked the pack, killing about 50 wolves.” It was an unspoken agreement among snipers that, if the Russians and Germans decided to engage in a collective wolf-hunt, all firing would cease.

Take this July 1917 New York Times report describing how soldiers in the Kovno-Wilna Minsk district (near modern Vilnius, Lithuania) decided to cease hostilities to fight this furry common enemy:

"Poison, rifle fire, hand grenades, and even machine guns were successively tried in attempts to eradicate the nuisance. But all to no avail. The wolves—nowhere to be found quite so large and powerful as in Russia—were desperate in their hunger and regardless of danger. Fresh packs would appear in place of those that were killed by the Russian and German troops.

"As a last resort, the two adversaries, with the consent of their commanders, entered into negotiations for an armistice and joined forces to overcome the wolf plague. For a short time there was peace. And in no haphazard fashion was the task of vanquishing the mutual foe undertaken. The wolves were gradually rounded up, and eventually several hundred of them were killed. The others fled in all directions, making their escape from carnage the like of which they had never encountered."

Afterward, the soldiers presumably returned to their posts and resumed pointing their rifles at a more violent and dangerous enemy—each other.

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