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Happy Endings Come in All Shapes, Sizes, and Breeds

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This adorable rescue dog went from shelter resident to the star of a beloved classic remake in the blink of an eye.

As a young girl, I loved watching the fairy tales about finding Prince Charming and living happily ever after. I would sneak my older sister’s prom dresses from her closet and dance around as though I was Cinderella or Belle- the beauty in the center of the ballroom. The dresses may have been ten sizes too big for me, but in my mind, they were just the right size as I waited for my prince to arrive. I was still waiting until the day I was told to get my head out of the clouds because fairy tales are not real.

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From that day forward, I tried to start dreaming more realistically, but I secretly continued to watch and hope for proof that fairy tales do exist. And after a couple of decades full of hope, the proof has finally come in the form of four legs, a tail, and shaggy fur. This rescue dog’s story is literally something from a fairy tale. One day Monte is walking around, unwanted and seemingly unloved, in a kill shelter in Phoenix, AZ. The next, he finds himself on the way to the big screen for a starring role in the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, the well-loved classic from 1955.

Surrendered along with five other dogs by a family who could no longer care for them, Monte’s future was looking drab and dreary. In about a week, though, he was walking back out of Halo Animal Rescue to a brand-new life full of hope and stardom. Playing alongside Rose, a lovely cocker spaniel, Monte depicts Tramp- the scrappy street mutt who- despite being abandoned and feeling unwanted- found his way into the heart of Lady and her family. Is it merely a coincidence that the animated Tramp and our new lovable star Monte have a similar backstory, or was that a clever decision on the part of the producers? Either way, it is always exciting to see the underdog win. 

Who was it that told me to stop dreaming? I cannot remember now, but Monte’s incredible story clearly shows that fairy tales really do come true, after all. It gives the discouraged and those who feel unworthy hope that we all have a purpose in life, even our furry, four-legged friends. It tells us that no matter how unloved or unwanted we may feel, there is always someone out there who is looking for someone just like us. With such encouragement, we can dream again. Forget about being realistic. Who decides what qualifies as realistic, anyway? Dream all you want, and when you feel like you are losing hope, remember Monte’s story, and his second chance at life and love.

Get ready to support the underdog and check Monte out in his on-screen debut this November on Disney Plus- a new streaming service provided by Disney. 

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UC-Boulder issues warning for badger sighted on campus, students find the warning hilarious

Shannon Jackson

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An official warning or statement by your university should be taken seriously and the instructions must be followed. This is true in almost every situation, except if the warning is about a little badger roaming around a university. The University of Colorado, in Boulder, recently sent out a warning to all its students to watch out for a badger sighted on campus. The warning asked the student to stay clear of the badger as it can be extremely dangerous. The students were also asked to contact the authorities through the listed phone number so that authorities can locate and catch the badger.

Understandably, the university issued the warning as it may not be common to have a badger on campus. However, students were not concerned about a badger on campus. Most students found the warning as funny. Some even made fun of the University for issuing such a silly warning. There were a lot of comments on social media and online university forums. The University of Wisconsin, a rival of the University of Colorado, took the opportunity to make fun of what they thought was a ridiculous warning. They replied to the warning by posting: “Badgers are ferocious, can confirm. Will call em’ back to Wisconsin”.

The University of Colorado got the wildlife state officials involved to safely handle the situation. The animal was last sighted on the stairs along Broadway St, near Henderson Building. The badger was able to evade the authorities, who asked for help from the students to locate the sneaky animal. The officials were not too concerned about not being able to catch the animal. They said that badgers were not dangerous and are usually very elusive creatures. The wildlife officials state that badgers are often group together in Estes Park. They are not predatory animals and would not go after people until and unless they are provoked.

The campus representative was of a different option and though badgers can be dangerous and that was the reason why the university thought it was necessary to warn the students. The university was not concerned about being ridiculed. For them, the safety of the students and staff is of the highest importance. They wanted the wildlife officials to safely catch the animal and release it in its natural habitat, away from the campus.

The campus later clarified that while badgers may not be rare for the state of Colorado, they are usually not spotted on campus. The fact that the badger was not its natural habitat, made the university officials wary of the badger. They believed it could be possible that the badger might react violently when approached by students or staff. The university was glad no one got hurt and the student found it amusing.  The university and student are ready to move on from the episode, but he folks at University of Wisconsin might not let them forget it so quickly

The American badger is a small flat-bodied animal, known for being its grumpy attitude. Typically, about 2 feet long and weighs less than 25 lbs. They are adept at digging and have sharp claws. When threatened, they can get violent. Their shovel-like claws, strong jaws, and sharp teeth have all the power needed to rip apart prey. Mice, prairie dogs, and birds are the favorite prey for badgers.

The population of badgers is not under a threat but is declining Agriculture and urban expansion have let to shrinking habitat for badgers. This is probably why more badgers are being spotted in urban locations. According to national geographic, the poisoning and shooting of prairie dogs have also contributed to the decline of badgers.

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Dirt Biking Couple Reunites Stray Dog With His Family

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Southern California is a hotbed for people watching, But it is also a place where escaped dogs roam freely. One was reunited with his family thanks to the efforts of a couple out for a dirt bike ride. Gina and Dan were minding their own business, enjoying the Southern California weather. They took a video of their encounter with a dog that was out to have his own adventure. 

When Gina and Dan first spotted the dog, they tried to approach him gently. Riding their dirt bikes, they began to trail behind the dog. Just as Dana was approaching him to grab him, he began to bark and promptly took off ahead of them. This didn’t deter the couple, and they continued to trail him. When they eventually caught him, Dana read his dog tags to determine who his owner was. 

Finding his name and a phone number on his tags, she promptly called it and left a voicemail message for the recipient. In the meantime, they took a seatbelt from their dirt bike and repurposed it to be a leash so that he couldn’t run away from them again. They also gave Max some of their bottled water so the dog could keep cool and stay hydrated. The dog was so thirsty he drank the entire bottle, much to Gina’s utter delight. 

Gina and Dan looked after Max until his owner contacted them. Arrangements were then made for Max’s owner to get him back. In the meantime, Max had made friends with Gina and Dan. Max liked them so much he promptly made the leap from the ground to the back of Gina’s truck. Max is one dog with a strong intuition of his own, and that intuition told him when his owner was approaching Gina’s truck to take Max back home. 

This story illustrates how easy it is for people to bond with their dogs. It also shows that considerate people like Gina and Dan look out for others. With dogs getting away from their owners virtually every day, people are encouraged by stories such as this one. Anyone who has ever lost a dog knows how important it is to look out for others. Many stray dogs have been reunited with their owners due to the kindness of strangers. That kindness is something that dogs bring to the world, as dogs bring people together as nothing else can.

Max’s story is an inspiring one with a happy ending. Seeing a lost dog reunited with his or her owner is something that everyone can appreciate. It tugs at the heartstrings of those who understand how important pets are to people. As members of the family, pets deserve to be looked after as much as anyone else does. People like Dan and Gina are invaluable in helping others reunite with the pets they love so much. 

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A teenager shocked to find a giant tarantula on the kitchen cabinet

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A 19-year-old Hannah Dafferner was looking for a late-night snack in her kitchen when she saw a small creepy-looking figure on the kitchen cabinet. Hannah was frozen in shock. It was black colored and looked like some type of giant spider. It was near the handle of the cupboard and wasn’t moving much. At first, Hannah thought it was one of her younger sister’s toys or Halloween decorations. Then to her astonishment, it moved enough for Hannah to know it was not a toy. Hannah screamed as loud as she could. Her dad came rushing downstairs to a lot of screaming going on. What Hannah had seen on the kitchen cabinet was a huge tarantula. It was at least 4 inches in size and had eight legs. It would have scared most people. If the dad had not rushed downstairs, Hannah was about to call 911 for help. 

The dad tried to say calm during the commotion. He grabbed an empty pitcher to try to catch the tarantula. He put the pitcher on the cupboard and waited for the tarantula to move in to. He made sure to be gentle and hurt the tarantula. The tarantula was very cooperative. He was probably more of the people. By this time the entire family was in the kitchen area. Once the tarantula was in the pitcher, everyone wanted to have a look at the amazing creature.

Tarantulas are hairy versions of a spider family. Typically, they are harmless to humans but their appearance seems to make a lot of people scared of them. On very rare occasions, they can bite humans and it can be painful. Their venom is very mild, usually less than a typical bee’s. Some people suffer from a phobia of spiders or tarantula. This phobia is called arachnophobia. 

The family posted photos of the tarantula on social media in an attempt to check if anyone in the neighborhood had lost a tarantula. They got a lot of comments and reactions. The next day, they got a message saying “Can we have it?” The family was more than happy to hand it over. The tarantula now belongs to a 9-year-old girl how is ecstatic to have it. The family feels glad that the episode is over but are a bit concerned about how the tarantula was allowed to intrude into their home.  

Tarantulas are mostly found in tropical, subtropical or arid regions. Most people don’t know this, but tarantulas are burrowers and mostly look to live underground. They are also nocturnal creatures and only venture out during night time unless it is mating season. They try to conserve as much energy as possible and only move when needed to. Insects are their main prey but occasionally they go for larger targets such as frogs or mice.

The family that found the tarantula believe it came inside from their backyard. It came into the house through the back door. They find it quite unbelievable that the tarantula was able to cover so much distance. The family was also shocked that their dogs were not able to stop the intruder. The house is located in San Diego, California. This region is known to have tarantulas and is often located inside the homes. This particular tarantula was a male spider. Male spiders require 7-10 years to mature before they can venture out their burrows and look for females. They only live a few months once they reach maturity. Females have a much longer life span and tend to live up to 25 years.

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Mom Uses CPR To Revive Lizard Found in Pool

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The annals of history are filled with stories describing how people’s lives have been saved. These acts of heroism are always amazing and show the resilience of life on Earth. One of the most important lifesaving maneuvers is called cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is a maneuver that is typically used to save the lives of people in the event that they stop breathing or their heart stops breathing. Even in hospitals, CPR forms the foundation of emergency codes where medical personnel rush in to try to save someone’s life. Indeed, CPR has been seen on TV shows and movies as well, often referred to as Hollywood codes.

Over the years, CPR has saved countless lives. Now, there are classes where both children and adults can go in order to learn how to save lives. For example, even kids in classrooms have used CPR before, saving the lives of their fellow classmates. There are other certifications such as BLS and ACLS where people can learn about some of the other lifesaving techniques that people can use.

Some people might be surprised to hear that CPR can even be used to save the lives of animals! Even though animals have differently shaped hearts, all animals still require blood and oxygen to be pumped to their various tissues in order to survive. In this fashion, CPR can be used to do exactly that. It turns out that even small creatures can be revived and saved using CPR. That is exactly what happened in one fascinating story involving a mom, a pool, and a lizard.

Recently, a video was posted of a family that was just enjoying their day at the pool when all of a sudden they spotted a lizard. They were watching the lizard and couldn’t quite figure out what was going on. Then, all of a sudden, the lizard started to sink. It turns out that not all lizards are able to swim. The mother decided that she needed to do something about the situation. She immediately lept into action and jumped into the pool. She swims to the bottom of the pool in search of the poor lizard and eventually found him. She dragged him from the bottom of the pool and moved him to safety. 

All of a sudden, she starts to perform chest compressions on the pool lizard in an event to revive him. The lizard doesn’t appear to be breathing and is clearly in distress. It’s unclear exactly what is happening; however, she is is using her finger to put pressure on what should be his rib cage. The family believes that this is it for the poor lizard. But the mom decides not to give up. The video goes on for several suspenseful minutes. At the end of the video, the lizard finally starts to breathe once again! The lizard rights himself and gets back on his feet! The mom actually used CPR to save the life of a lizard. 

This video simply shows that peopel can use CPR to do amazing things. While it is critical for peopel to know how to use CPR to save the lives of humans, it is just as important for people to do eveything they can to save the lives of animals as well. The applications of CPR are important and there are classes people can take to improve their certifications This video went viral and simply serves as a testament to what peopel can do when they are inspired by simple acts of heroism. CPR can save countless lives.

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A baby bear, tiger, and a lion found in a basement 12 years ago are now best friends

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Wild animals try to stick to their natural habitat and they also tend to follow their natural social characteristics. For example, leopards are known to be very reclusive creatures and often prefer a solitary life. Bears and tigers are also not very social too.

In this fascinating story, a bear, a tiger, and a lion have grown up to become best buddies. In a video posted online, a 12-year-old Black Bear, named Baloo, walks over to his friend, Shere Khan, a Bengal Tiger, and cuddles with him as if they are brothers. Tigers don’t even get along with their kin. So this friendship between the bear and tiger is even beyond kinship. To make things even more unbelievable, they have another friend, named Leo. You guessed it right, Leo is a lion.

What might explain this unusual friendship is their common history. 12 years ago, when these three animals were babies, they were being kept in terrible conditions in a basement. Fortunately, they were recovered by the police and bought to Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Locust Grove, GA. The three animals have cared for their entire life at the Sanctuary.

The staff at Noah’s Ark Sanctuary have never heard of such friendship between a big cat and a bear. They do share the same habitat, especially in the Fat East, but any encounters between them as most aggressive or they just ignore each other and keep out of the way of the other. They don’t walk up and cuddle each other.  The staff at the sanctuary does point out that out of these three, Shere Khan has kept a little bit of natural wild mannerism but he is still very friendly. When it is sleep time, the trio shares the same room and cuddle together. They were kept as pets in that basement, which was legally not allowed. The owner of the basement was a drug dealer. They were confiscated and bought the sanctuary. Since then the owner of the sanctuary has looked after these three.

Unfortunately, Leo has passed away, leaving his loved ones with wonderful memories of him. He was 15 years of age when he passed away. He had been feeling sick and during surgery, his doctor found 80% of his liver was damaged. He could not have survived in such a condition. The difficult decision to let him go had to be made so that he does not suffer. His end in the world was peaceful.

Leo’s best friends, Shere Khan and Baloo, were able to say a final goodbye to him. They have been doing all right since their best friend’s departure. The staff at the sanctuary keeps a close eye to check off any worrisome signs of depression or change in behavior. The staff believes these two already knew Leo was terminally ill long before the staff was able to find out.

Leo’s final resting place is located by the clubhouse at the sanctuary. Such compassion and bond in animals of different species are very rare. In the wild, they might have been foes, but at the sanctuary they were brothers. Their story is an example of when nurture overtakes nature. They grew up together and build a bond that went beyond the design of nature. Humans do not fully understand the communication or relationship dynamics of the animals. This story is an example of how wild animals can get along in the right environment.

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