Praise for rescuers who chase and catch suspect accused of strangling a waitress

A group of men who saw a young woman being strangled and punched in her car say they were so angry they had no qualms about chasing the attacker - a man they caught and restrained until police arrived.

The eight Auckland men are now being hailed as heroes after interrupting the attack on the young waitress as she stopped in her car at a set of lights on Great North Rd, New Lynn on Wednesday night.

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Have you taken a moment yet to welcome our new cephalopod overlords? Last month we shared a series of photos taken by an octopus who snatched the camera placed inside her tank and used it to photograph her observers. Today we’ve learned about a different, but equally clever octopoid photographer at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Her name is Rambo it took only a brief lesson from her trainer to teach her how to take photos of aquarium visitors from inside her tank. A Sony TX30 compact waterproof digital camera was placed inside Rambo’s tank using a special rigging that includes a red plunger directly above the camera’s shutter button. Rambo uses one of her tentacles to press the plunger and take a photo. She’s become so proficient at taking photos that she’s now called “The Octographer.”

Rambo’s trainer Mark Vette described the training process to Cult of Mac:

“When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process,” said trainer Mark Vette. “That’s faster than a dog. Actually it’s faster than a human in some instances.”

Click here to watch a video of Rambo the Octographer in action.

If you pay a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium Rambo will charge a mere $2 to have your portrait taken. Proceeds go towards the aquarium’s ongoing conservation programs. Be sure to check with the aquarium in advance as staff have got their resident Octographer on a light work schedule.

[via PetaPixel and DIY Photography]