Things were looking grim for tortoise Freddy when he was caught in a bush fire in Brazil. Thankfully a group of tech savvy surgeons called The Animal Avengers assembled to his rescue and gave Freddy a second chance in the form of an awesome 3D printed shell.
“Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help,” said the designer Cicero Moraes. He managed to recreate a 3D version of a former shell looking only at Freddy’s pictures. The design was sent to a dental surgeon, Dr. Paulo Miamoto, who then 3D printed the actual shell.
Awesome news for Freddy, and a glimpse into the promising future for the rest of us.
His shell was badly damaged so a group of volunteers made him a new one…with a 3D printer!
Florence And The Machine Gives Private Concert At Hospice For Girl Who Was Too Sick To Attend The Show
Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd surprised an ill fan at an Austin, Texas hospice with an intimate performance after the individual was unable to attend her concert in the city.
On Friday (May 20), Welch stopped by Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, singing ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and ‘Shake It Out’ for a fan who had gig tickets to see the star but was unable to attend due to illness. Watch footage from the surprise gig below.
A video caption from Hospice Austin reads: “Today we were privileged to witness the clear joy of a room full of teenagers singing with Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd from Florence and The Machine who came to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House to give a private concert to a teen who missed her concert last night due to her illness. The room was full; full of joy and warmth and love and life and singing. Thank you, Florence!”
“Hospice Austin’s 15-year-old patient had long planned to go see Florence and the Machine with her BFF at the Austin 360 amphitheater; she was bitterly disappointed when her health prevented her from attending. So Florence came to her at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House. Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient’s day.”
What a gift to share your gifts so selflessly with those who need them.
Airlines generally have strict policies when it comes to flying with animals, but in the wake of the recent wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, some have broken their own rules. Canadian North and WestJet airlines have altered their policies to help local pets escape the devastation alongside their humans.
The massive fires have forced 80,000 residents to evacuate the city, some having just enough time to leave with their beloved pets in tow—never mind the regulation crates and carriers. “Due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accommodate these animals,” a spokesperson from Canadian North told The Huffington Post Canada.
Passengers, flight attendants, and even the airlines tweeted about the experience, and it looks like the pets were excited to fly. They sat on their humans’ laps, rested on the floor, and canoodled with other furry flyers. It’s all part of the effort to get them to safety and escaping the unruly wrath of the massive blaze, which has grown to cover 85,000 hectares—a size which rivals large metropolitan cities around the world.
This is a story of the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Rock Hill real estate agent Casey Lawrence found the injured Pit Bull dumped in the woods after getting lost while showing a property. The dog was discarded and left to die after likely being used as a bait dog by dog fighters. He was surrounded by bones and animal carcasses!
Fortunately, Casey found the dog, now named Rambo, in time! She rushed Rambo to Baxter Veterinary Clinic. Rambo was covered with bite marks and lacerations and was severely injured, and his leg wounds infected with gangrene.
Hailey Fort is only 9-years-old but she is already an inspiration to people of all ages. Not even old enough for high school yet and she already spends her free time helping the homeless in more ways than most full-grown adults.
It all started when she was 5 and she saw a homeless man in her hometown. She asked her mom if she could help the man by buying him a sandwich. After her mother said ‘yes’ Hailey never stopped.
Hailey now builds shelters for the homeless and grows food for them too. In fact, this year alone she plans to construct 12 mobile shelters for the homeless community, many of which she considers her good friends.
61-year-old Jung Myoung Sook from South Korea has been saving dogs for the last 26 years. In all, Sook has saved over 200 dogs, picking up stray pups from the streets and even buying others from dog meat farms and restaurants.
Jung’s incredible kindness is considered strange in South Korea, where dogs aren’t popular as pets. She’s had to move house seven times after neighbours complained about the noise of her one-woman dog sanctuary.
Most of the dogs live with Jung full time and she says she spends nearly $1,500 a month on their care, relying largely on donations of dog food and money to get by.
Jung said, “Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time?’, but I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy.”
If you wander the streets of Kochi, India, and visit a restaurant called Pappadavada, you will see something that is both unique and beautiful outside of the dining establishment.
The owner of the restaurant, Minu Pauline, has placed a refrigerator in front of her restaurant, and she fills it every single day with food for the homeless.
Pauline realized she didn’t want to throw away unused food, so she came up with a unique and thoughtful approach to disposing of her restaurants extra food.
She leaves the refrigerator out on the curb so that no one in her community goes hungry.
The refrigerator is known as the “Tree of Goodness,” and since debuting on March 23 it has fed hundreds of hungry locals.
Deputy Police Officer Nathan Simms has been making headlines recently for acting out of the kindness of his heart.
With so many stories in the news detailing police officers in unfavorable light, it’s nice to see officers making headlines for good reasons!
Caught on camera by a passerby, officer Nathan Simms is seen sitting with an elderly man while he waits for the bus. It is reported that Simms sat with the man for about 45 minutes in near 100 degree heat.
The man who caught it all, John, was so moved by what he saw, that he decided to pen a letter to Simm’s supervisor, Sgt. Jerry Shelton. The letter stated:
“The scene led my thoughts to believe that the deputy was paying honor and respect to this gentleman, almost as a friend would, perhaps just keeping him company as he waited for the bus to arrive.”
What a nice gesture. We hope more stories like this come to light. In today’s world of scary headlines, it’s always nice to see a wonderful, uplifting story like this.
It was just another day on the bike for Brandon Turnbow when he saw something he couldn’t believe: a man beating a little white dog on the side of the road.
The man threw the dog down and took off. That’s when Brandon pulled over to check on the dog.
Meet Dobri Dobrev, aged 99, a Bulgarian WWII veteran who has lost his hearing during the war. He is known by the people as “Dyado Dobri” (Grandpa Dobri) who is always seen in the streets begging for money.
For several decades Dobrev has traveled on foot from his small home in the village of Bajlovo all the way to the city of Sofia, roughly 25 kilometers daily, where he spends the whole day begging. People know him for his gratitude towards those who drop coins into his box, ready to kiss a child’s hand with a smile, and an eagerness to talk to strangers about God. It has been like this for many years.