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One of the most expensive and sought-after Coffees in the world is called "Kopi luwak" or Civet Coffee. It's made from Coffee Cherries that are literally pooped out by an Asian Civet. The digestion process causes the beans to ferment making them an extraordinary quality.
 
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A Caribbean island once ruled by rats is now a wildlife haven​


By Nell Lewis, CNN
Published 4:18 AM EDT, Fri September 29, 2023


This is Redonda, the little-known third island belonging to Antigua and Barbuda. First documented by Christopher Columbus in 1493, it was only 200 years later that people reportedly set foot on the wild isle. Its flocks of seabirds made it an attractive place to mine for guano – bird excrement used for fertilizer and gunpowder in the 19th century. Known at the time as “white gold,” guano is credited with driving the development of modern farming, and at the height of the trade, Redonda produced as much as 4,000 tons a year.
 

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Thousands of cats were despatched to the trenches during WW1 to keep rodent numbers down and act as early warning detectors for mustard gas. So many gave great comfort to the troops as companions and mascots.
How many cats survived we will never know?
Paws At The Ready -
The cats of World War One had significant role in all the campaigns, we must honour their bravery too.
Give thought to all the kitties who served in World War One.
A battalion of the finest who never fired a gun.
What was their role?
Whether hunting rodents out at sea, or loyal friends to men, these many cats had vital roles, time and time again.
The food was saved. A common sight in trenches deep, dispatching mice and rats, the soldiers’ had a special bond with many of these cats.
Many were treasured mascots.
Five hundred thousand cats were sent to serve in the Great War.
Some detected mustard gas, whilst others were offshore.
Some of the feline heroes - Togo was the Dreadnought’s cat, The Swan had their lad Ching. Pincher was the Vinex’s mog, it was luck they hoped they’d bring.
‘Martinpuich’ was aptly named, by The 9th battalion chaps.
Pitouchi was the orphaned kit, who’d survived on army scraps.
Spark Plug, Tabby, and many more were companions to the troops.
The feline unsung heroes, those cats who became recruits.
We’ll never truly realise just what these cats went through.
So spare a thought and give some thanks for what they did for you!
Lest We Forget!
 
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