College Grad Honors Farmworker Parents With Photo Shoot
Jennifer Rocha celebrated her college graduation with a photo shoot that honored her parents and the sacrifices they made for her. (read the full story)
In the modern age you hear of all these celebrities owning exotic pets. Scratch that – Audrey Hepburn had a deer, Dali had an ocelot, and Queen Victoria had Tibetan goats.
For centuries people have kept more than just cats and dogs. In fact, there are unproven rumors of President John Quincy Adams keeping a pet alligator in the East Room’s bathroom in the White house.
It created a bit of a cult pub-quiz fact, even inspiring children’s books about the story, but there is no contemporary proof.
The story was first written 60 years after Adams’ presidency. Whether or not he owned an alligator may remain a mystery.
Today, though, there are people across the U.S. that call these reptiles pets.
After Years Of Detecting Land Mines, A Heroic Rat Is Retiring
Magawa is a Tanzanian-born African giant pouched rat who was trained by APOPO to sniff out explosives. With careful training, he and his rat colleagues learn to identify land mines and alert their human handlers, so the mines can be safely removed.
Even among his skilled cohorts working in Cambodia, Magawa is a standout sniffer: In four years he has helped to clear more than 2.4 million square feet of land. In the process, he has found 71 land mines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance.
Last year, Magawa received one of Britain’s highest animal honors. (read the full story)
Google “funnel web spider” and you’ll be hit by a barrage of videos and features screaming warnings about the “world’s deadliest spider”. While this is a contested title – and many advocate for the Black Widow or the Brazilian Wandering Spider as more lethal – most experts agree that an untreated funnel web bite is the likeliest to lead to death (although, as we will go on to explain, that still doesn’t mean likely).
One amazing cat, in Russia, who lost his ability to walk on his hind legs is now helping sick animals.
Lyutsik fell out of a window and damaged his spine, and his back legs were paralyzed. He was just a kitten and was taken to an animal clinic in Perm, Russia. After recovering from his accident, Lyutsik devoted his life to helping other animals at the clinic.
Pokémon Surprises Boy Who Sold His Pokémon Card Collection To Save His Sick Puppy
Bryson Killean, 8, of Virginia values two things in his life most—his rare Pokemon card collection and his black lab puppy.
When the dog was diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious canine virus, the little boy was willing to sell his extraordinary collection to save his furry best friend’s life and put his earnings towards the life-saving surgery.
So, Killean did what any self-respecting 8-year-old entrepreneur would do and he posted up shop near the side of the road, hoping to sell his prized collection. (Read the whole story here.)