“Era of the husky” – a special stamp issue of Australia Post

“Era of the husky” – a special stamp issue of Australia Post
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According to the info got by StampNews.com Australia Post is preparing a special stamp issue illustrating a gorgeous breed of dogs – husky that is very popular in this country. The stamps are presented as se-tenant pairs. The portrait stamps show dogs at rest; the landscape designs show huskies working in teams in the Australian Antarctic Territory. This issue will be available from the 9th of September.

The term husky commonly refers to snow or northern hemisphere dogs, and can include a wide range of breeds, such as the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed and many more. The thick, double-layered coats of these dogs protect them against extreme conditions. These powerful dogs can haul between 50 and 90 kilograms, and the number of dogs in a team is determined by the weight of the load to be hauled.

These dogs had been bred from Greenland and Labrador huskies that had been left temporarily at Melbourne Zoo in 1948 by a French expedition unable to reach Antarctica due to extreme pack ice. It was agreed that any dogs bred from those left at the zoo would become Australian property, and so these became the first of the Australian Antarctic huskies. The 1991 Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty banned all introduced species, except humans, from Antarctica.

In 1993, the last remaining huskies left the Australian Antarctic Territory. The older dogs lived out their days in Australia; the younger dogs went to a new life in Minnesota, USA.

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