Australia: kangaroo cub rescued from frozen lake

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Australia: kangaroo cub rescued from frozen lake

In Australia a kangaroo cub rescued from frozen lake. It happened in a Lake near Cranberra. Two passersby enter in the water to save the marsupial. Once pulled out of the water, the kangaroo seems to want to thank his rescuers.

Once the animal was placed on the shore, as if he realized he was safe and that the men were just trying to save him, in an apparent gesture of thanks, he touched the hand of one of his rescuers From the images you can see how initially the animal remains motionless at the sight of the two men and then, frightened, almost kicked away the first man who had approached and the second also initially approached without success.

Viewing a winter forest landscape and its psychological effects

The study: effects of viewing a winter forest landscape with the ground and trees covered in snow on the psychological relaxation of young Finnish adults: A pilot study, published on the PLoS One, tries to go into depth on a topic that is very close to heart to all the populations of northern Europe, especially Scandinavian ones, struggling with long and dark winters, which often cause depression and which sometimes have tragic consequences on people's lives.

Yet the sight of winter landscapes taken by the studio have a very surprising effect. We can read: "Forest bathing is an outdoor activity, and it might be a promising preventive treatment for social problems involving stress.

A vast number of studies confirm the positive effects of this activity on people's health. Nevertheless, little is known about the influence of winter forest bathing when conducted in an environment with snow cover on the ground and trees.

Thus, a crossover experiment was designed in this study, with the participation of twenty-two healthy university students from Finland. During the experiment, a short exposition by a forest environment or landscape with buildings (as a control) was applied.

Participants self-reported their psychological relaxation before and after the exposition, and the results were analyzed and compared. The mood, emotions, restorativeness, and subjective vitality were recorded as indices reflecting the psychological relaxation effect.

The negative mood indices decreased significantly after exposition by the snow-covered enviro nment, but the positive 'vigor' indices did not increase or decrease significantly. The level of negative emotions increased after the exposition with the control environment.

Likewise, positive emotions decreased after the interaction with the control. Restorativeness was significantly increased after the exposition by the experimental forest but decreased after the viewing of the control buildings.

The size of the effect in terms of restorativeness was the highest in this experiment. The subjective vitality was lowered as affected by the control, but it did not increase or decrease after the exposition with the experimental forest.

There is probably an effect from the slight interruption in the process from the influence of the forest greens on participants because their vigor and vitality did not increase after the exposition with this environment in the study.

However, snow might influence the participants as a calming and emotion-lowering component of the environment, but this idea needs to be further explored with the involvement of participants from other countries who would be viewing forest environments with snow cover and whose psychological relaxation could be measured."