Planet Charity: Sea lions to the rescue

Plus: Teddy bears hit the ice; and Donald Trump changing nappies

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of drowning at sea, it's probably fair to say you're not going to be expecting a passing sea lion to lend a helping flipper. But news comes from Spain that the Oceanographic Foundation in Valencia is leading on a project to train the beasts to help save lives. Experts have apparently concluded that sea lions are as intelligent and as able to learn as dogs. Man's best friend is already used in search-and-rescue missions, and the foundation hopes that sea lions could be trained to help in similar situations at sea.

On to beasts of a fuzzier kind. More than 20,000 teddy bears were thrown onto an ice rink in Calgary, Canada, as part of a charitable wheeze. The Calgary Teddy Bear Toss is an annual event that encourages supporters of the Calgary Hitmen ice hockey team to lob cuddly toys onto the ice to pass to more than 60 local charities. Such was the extent of the teddy bear tossing that six pickup trucks had to be brought in to collect them all.

In the US, about 1,000 old photographs of president-elect Donald Trump have surfaced after they were snapped up from a charity shop by a collector. The pictures, mostly from the 1970s and 1980s, show Trump in situations ranging from a meeting with President Ronald Reagan to changing one of his children's nappies. The owner of the pictures, who asked to remain anonymous, said she bought them a couple of years ago in a since closed shop in Palm Beach, Florida, which benefited a local animal charity.

She believes Trump's first wife, Ivana, or an assistant took the images to the shop when they moved house.

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