A kangaroo named Lulu (and don’t forget the cockles!)

It’s enough to warms the cockles of your heart:

“A kangaroo named Lulu is to receive a national bravery award after raising the alarm to save an Australian farmer knocked unconscious by a fallen tree branch.

“Hobby farmer Leonard Richards was checking for storm damage on his property at Tanjil South, 150 km (93 miles) east of Melbourne, last September when he was hit by a falling branch. …Lulu began barking until Richards’ wife came to investigate, said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).”

Incredibly—and I know you’re not going to belive me, but bear with me here—Lulu is apparently “the first kangaroo to receive the Australian Animal Valour Award.”

On an interesting side-note, Michael Quinion has an interesting discussion on why exactly we say that something warms the cockles of our heart; raising the unsettling possibility that maybe, possibly, the expression should be, it warms the snails of your heart.

Mmmm. Snails of the heart.

(via Reuters: “Kangaroo wins award for saving farmer” [April 27, 2004]; Lulu’s web site; World Wide Words: “Cockles of your heart”)