SBS Radio Bulletin Updates – October 18, 2013

SBS Radio, October 18, 2013 

An Australian soldier who lost his legs while clearing land mines in Afghanistan will take part in a 21-day sea kayak challenge from Sydney to Brisbane.

Sapper Curtis McGrath is among 23 current and former Australian Defence Force personnel who will kayak up to 10 hours a day in the Mates4Mates challenge.

He has spent months training for the challenge, which will raise money to help injured soldiers rebuild their lives.

The kayakers will leave Sydney’s Darling Harbour early tomorrow morning and are due to arrive in Brisbane on November 9.

The first giraffe ever born in Queensland has taken her first steps less than two days after she was born.

Staff at Australia Zoo say the calf, named Skye, took her first wobbly steps after only a few attempts at standing up.

Vets say the little giraffe is healthy and feeding well.

Australia Zoo is also expecting another two giraffes to give birth in the next few months.

Staff at a New York lingerie store have found a dead fetus in a teenage girl’s bag.

The Victoria’s Secret sale staff made the discovery when they searched the bags of two 17-year-old girls who were suspected of shoplifting.

According to U-S media reports, the girl had given birth to a boy the previous day, but it’s unclear if the baby was alive at birth.

Police say a medical examiner will determine whether the fetus was born dead or alive and at how many weeks.

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Brianna Piazza

Journalist and travel writer.

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