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The morning after a severe coastal storm in New South Wales,
Australia, resident Louise
Haynes was headed to work Monday when she heard a commotion under her
eucalyptus tree. As she got closer, she realized it was a tiny, critically
endangered Hawks Nest koala joey that had apparently fallen
from the tree in the storm. She called the Hunter Koala Preservation
Society Care and Rescue, and Ian Morphett arrived to help. They spotted
Princess, a tagged koala, in the tree and believed she was the baby’s mother.
They placed the squawking baby at the base of the tree in the hopes that
Princess would come for her but she didn’t show interest. Concerned for the
joey’s safety, Morphett brought the baby — named Louise for her rescuer — to an
expert caretaker. She’s being kept warm and bottle-fed, and a photo of her
snuggling with a teddy bear has gone viral. “She will
be hand raised and assisted to develop into an independent koala, just as mum
would, before being released,” HKPS said in a Facebook comment. “Her carer is
very dedicated with a great deal of experience and will do her best to get
Louise home to the wild again.” — Read it
at Australia’s ABC
A scared little kitten now has a safe place in a new home after bring
rescued from the Causeway Bridge in Louisiana. Causeway Police Officer Shenan
Jones was relieved that the kitten was still there when he responded to calls
that it was on the bridge Tuesday afternoon. “It was kind
of pressing itself up against the rail as far as it could, crouched down as
much as it could. You could tell it was terrified,” said Jones. “So I just got
down on its level, snuck up to it, grabbed it and then it latched on to me and
didn't want to let go.” The police believe the kitten either walked onto the
bridge or fell from a hiding place under a car. Now the kitten, named Miracle,
has been adopted by a neighbor of one of the Causeway’s dispatchers. — Read it
at Louisiana’s WWLTV
Tropical Storm Colin dropped so much rain in Florida backyards that at
least a couple of manatees have moved right in. St.
Petersburg resident Nancy Smith captured video of one of the sea cows munching
on grass in the flooded area. The heavy rains caused the tide to rise above a
seawall, which led to the manatees swimming inland. “Everyone loves manatees,” Smith
said. “They are my gentle giants.” — Watch it at Tampa’s Fox 13
When two concerned citizens spotted a small stray
dog wandering on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday night, they stopped two police officers on patrol to get the pooch help. They brought the little
Chihuahua to a local shelter, where they discovered he did have a microchip — and they were soon able to track down Chiquito’s owners. He was reunited with his grateful family, who said he’d been missing for four years. — Read it at the
You wouldn’t think a surveillance video showing a 9-year-old boy sneaking into his neighbor’s garage would end up in a sweet story, but this one did. When Louisiana homeowner Hollie Mallet scrolled through her footage, she spotted an adorable scene showing the boy riding his bike into her driveway, hopping off and running into her garage — to hug her black
Labrador Retriever. She posted the video on Facebook in hopes of identifying her dog’s new friend. It wasn’t long before the video reached the boy’s mom, Ginger Breaux. It turns out that the family’s
dog passed away last year, and Josh misses having a pup to love. “Josh talks about your dog all the time!” Breaux wrote to Mallet on Facebook. “Every time we pass he looks to see if she was sitting where he could see her... Last night when I first saw [the video], I was torn as a momma being happy and upset because he knows he shouldn't be on someone's property, but I wake up this morning more happy that he just absolutely adores dogs so much.” Luckily, Mallet said Josh is welcome to come play with Dutchess any time, and he’s taken her up on her offer. — Watch it at
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