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A Salute To Australia's Animal Military

We love you, brave war dogs, ship cats, turtle and kangaroo mascots, koala pets, and more. Happy memorial day to all the furry (and feathered) friends who helped out with Australian military efforts.

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Ferdi the Pygmy Flying Phalanger and Robert Addison

"Ferdie spent a wild youth, but now is a reformed character. When he reached the larrikin stage, he acquired a taste for beer and could drink a long tablespoon with any squirrel, but at aerobatics, his judgment went to pieces after twenty minutes intermittent drinking, he even fell into a full glass of beer. Since then, not a drop of liquor has passed his lips. As one of the squadron's mascots, the teetotal possum met with a lot of competition. Among his rivals were fifteen dogs, a cat, another possum and a rooster. FO Addison claims Ferdie's success was due to his reputation for temperate living."

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