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This week’s animal pictures: animals in the armed forces

November 11, 2010

In honor of Veterans’ Day, we’re featuring some amazing service animals in this edition of Animal Pictures of the Week. Click on the images to learn more about each hero.


Cooper the Military Working Dog

U.S. Army Spc. Kory Wiels and his military working canine Cooper  in Arab Jabour, southern Baghdad, Iraq.

U.S Army photo by Spc. Olanrewaju Akinwunmi

U.S. Army Spc. Kory Wiels and Cooper take a break after searching a house for weapons and homemade explosives  in Arab Jabour, southern Baghdad, Iraq.


Zak the Sea Lion
Zak, a 375-pound California sea lion, is participating in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center's Shallow Water Intruder Detection System (SWIDS) program. Zak has been trained to locate swimmers near piers, ships, and other objects in the water considered suspicious and a possible threat to military forces in the area.

U.S. Navy Photograph by First Class Brien Aho

As part of the Shallow Water Intruder Detection System (SWIDS) program, Zak has been trained to locate swimmers near piers, ships, and other objects in the water considered suspicious and a possible threat to military forces.


Staff Sergeant Carla the Military Working Dog
Sgt. Craig Walker and Staff Sgt Carla of the 4th Infantry Division take a quick break in an open lot while searching for weapons caches.

Photo from the U.S. Army

Sgt. Craig Walker and Staff Sgt. Carla of the 4th Infantry Division take a quick break in an open lot while searching for weapons caches.


K-Dog the Bottlenose Dolphin
K-Dog the bottlenose dolphin is training near in the Arabian Gulf as part of a  multi-national team conducting deep and shallow water mine countermeasure operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief.

U.S. Navy photo by 1st Class Brien Aho

K-Dog was trained in the Arabian Gulf as part of a  multi-national team conducting water mine countermeasure operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief.


Eddie the Military Working Dog
Eddie from the 94th Engineer Detachment searches for explosives in the Mechaniks district of Baghdad, Iraq.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew M. Rodier

Eddie from the 94th Engineer Detachment searches for explosives in the Mechaniks district of Baghdad, Iraq.


Thank you to all the  humans and animals who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

Rico at World War II Memorial, War Dog Cemetery

Photo by Beverly & Pack

Want to read more about animals in the military?

Check out Army Animals Drafted for War and Dogs of War: Inside the U.S. Military’s Canine Corps, as well as our special Veteran’s Day post, Veteran’s Day is for Animals Too.

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