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Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

David Slater has been fighting for years over who has the copyright to photos taken by monkeys using his camera, and says he’s struggling as a result

A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a “selfie” while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a livestream of the proceedings from his home in the UK.

David Slater could not afford the airfare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken camera equipment, or pay the attorney who has been defending him since the crested black macaque sued him in 2015, and is exploring other ways to earn an income.

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All Tied Up: Useful Outdoor Knots to Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear repairs, knowing some essential outdoor knots is a skill every modern outdoorsman needs to master. We’ve been brushing up on a few in preparation for spring camping and climbing season, and have put together a handy little guide for a few of our favorites.

Taut Line Hitch

This hitch can slip along your rope or cord, holding fast under a load. That makes it a perfect option for staking our a tent or shelter, as you’ll be able to balance the tension at each lashing point.

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Police Dog Gets Fired For Being Too Friendly, Later Receives An Even Better Job Offer

Meet Gavel, the German shepherd who was fired from a job as a police dog for… being too friendly for this type of work. Yup, instead of sniffing for explosives and catching thieves for the Queensland Police Service in Brisbane, Eastern Australia, the pooch was more interested in getting a belly rub or two.

However, being the good looking boy that he is, he didn’t have to spend a lot of time standing in line with the unemployed, because he has just landed an even better role for himself. All he has to do is just be his usual, social, and charming self – as he became the official Vice-Regal dog.

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Fisherman says great white shark jumping in his boat was ‘just a mundane thing’

Terry Selwood was hurt when 2.7-metre shark, which weighed 200kg, leapt into his boat near Evans Head

A fisherman who watched a 2.7-metre great white shark land in his boat has downplayed the experience, calling it “just a mundane thing”.

Terry Selwood, 73, was caught by surprise while fishing off Evans Head, on the north coast of New South Wales, on Saturday afternoon when the shark launched itself into his 4.5-metre boat.

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‘Angry’ bear tries to break into home of woman baking brownies

An ‘angry’ bear attempted to break into the home of an American woman baking a batch of delicious brownies before neighbours alerted police.

The black bear slammed on the terrified Connecticut resident’s glass back door and spent 30 minutes trying to get into the property, WFSB reports.

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Banksy Brexit mural of man chipping away at EU flag appears in Dover

A Brexit-inspired mural by Banksy showing a metalworker chipping away at a star on the EU flag has appeared in Dover.

The artwork emerged overnight on the Castle Amusements building near the ferry terminal, which connects the UK with mainland Europe.

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