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Hilarious: Penguins Dressed In Their Christmas Best Bring Holiday Cheer In Japan

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is not just singing loud for all to hear. A zoo in Japan has been dressing their penguins in Santa garb for their daily walk for a number of years.

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Christmas Cheer Spread by Strolling Penguins

Matsue Vogel Park in Shimane Prefecture, which is located in the Chugoku region on the main Honshu island in Japan, holds a daily penguin stroll throughout the year, but during the Christmas season it becomes a festive parade of sorts. The naturally delightful creatures are dressed in red Santa Claus-esque robes for their daily walk as parkgoers enjoy the scene.

These birds without feathers give the polar bears and even Santa’s elves competition for the most adorable thing of the season.
Matsue Vogel Park is a beautiful place with carefully planned architecture, friendly wildlife, and flowers in bloom year round. Vistiors are granted the opportunity to walk alongside the penguins every day.

During the holidays, zoo officals up the anti by dressing their penguins in red cloaks with a fur trim complete with green and gold accent ribbon.
Don’t forget the bells, though. It’s not Christmas without bells ringing, so park officials also attach jingle bells to the red coats, producing a cheerful jingle bell noise as the penguins waddle through the park.

Football Fans in Addition to Santa

The festivities of dressing up penguins is not reserved for Christmas, however. During the World Cup, these penguins wore Japanese jerseys to support the hometown football club.

PETA Asia Cites Zoo for Animal Cruelty

Not everyone loves the festive birds. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Asia released a story in 2016 citing concerns over the treatment of the flightless birds. The article even goes as far as calling the zoo a vile facility as they’ve subjected the birds to animal cruelty since 2009.

Viral Videos of Festive Birds

The general consesus is that these friendly penguins bring a spirit of joy and fun to the holidays.

Unfortunately, it is not in the cards for many folks to travel to Japan for Christmas. Fortunately we live in a modern technological age complete with viral YouTube videos and social media.

These technological advances allow for the sharing of this festive fun across multiple continents. Check out this video of the Santa plaid penguins on one of their daily strolls through Matsue Vogel Park.

Shimane Prefecture Tourism

The Shimane Prefecture not only features the zoo, but also numerous tourist attractions such as the Matsue Castle, Aquas Aquarium and multiple art museums. In addition to these, Mt. Sanbe is a popular attraction in the region. Mt. Sanbe is part of Daisen-Oki National Park and is the main peak in a range of volcanic mountains, boasting natural hot springs and the mining site of a third of the world’s silver.

Find Joy Amidst Holiday Hustle

The next time you’re feeling down about the holiday to do list or stressed by the hustle and bustle of the season, be sure to remember the Christmas penguins of Japan. They will surely bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

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Couple Discovers Mysterious $10,000 In Bank Account And Swears They Don’t Know Who Put It There

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In February 2018, Andy Watkins and Kimberly Redmon got the surprise of their lives. The engaged couple opened a joint bank account when they got engaged so that they could start saving money for their wedding. They checked the account one day and found that there were $10,000 extra dollars in the account and neither one of them knew where it came from. They knew that their friends and family members would never have put this kind of money in their account but they asked around anyway. Nobody knew anything about it. Andy says that when they discovered the money that he thought it might be some kind of scam. He was worried that the scammers had access to their account information and after putting the money into the account that they would clean it out completely. He says that he couldn’t just sit back and do nothing and he certainly couldn’t spend money that he knew didn’t belong to him. Andy and Kimberly got in the car and drove to the bank to get the answers that they needed.

The couple sat down with a bank manager and they found out where the money came from. A woman named Kimberly Redmon, the same name as Andy’s fiance, and deposited the money. It turns out that the teller who handled the transaction didn’t ask for the woman’s account information. She simply asked for the woman’s driver’s license. When the teller punched up the name, the account owned by Andy and Kimberly showed up and the teller just deposited the money into their account rather than the Kimberly Redmon that made the deposit.

Andy says that he was thrilled when he found out where the money came from. He stated that he no longer needed to worry that a scam artist had gotten hold of their bank account information. The Kimberly who made the deposit was contacted and informed of the error. The same day, the money was transferred to her account. The real Kimberly stated that she was thankful that Andy and his fiance were so honest. She says that most people wouldn’t have been.

The WRTV News in Indianapolis heard about Andy and Kimberly’s story and they contacted the bank to find out how something like this could happen. According to the bank, there are protocols in place to keep things like this from happening, however, there are some tellers who don’t have the proper training and they don’t ask for bank account numbers, just ID’s. According to the bank manager, all of the bank employees will be going through a training course that will require that they request account numbers as well as photo identification when a person deposits or withdraws money from their accounts. The bank says that they are taking all of the necessary steps so that something like this doesn’t happen again. Andy and Kimberly say that they are just happy that the mystery has been solved and the money has gone into the account of the rightful owner.

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Mom Is Reduced To Tears After Complete Strangers Heart Saves Her ‘Miracle’ Baby’s Life

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This is a story of a miracle for one family and the heartbreak of another. Victoria Zamora was thrilled when she found out that she was pregnant with her first child. Victoria’s pregnancy seemed normal at first, however, she went into early labor. The doctors tried to stop the labor with medication but they were unsuccessful. Victoria gave birth to a baby girl named Zoey. Sadly, the premature baby was born with a heart defect. Every day, Victoria sat by her daughter’s side in the hospital, never knowing if it would be the day that she would lose her little girl. Seeing her baby sick broke her heart. There was one day that Zoey’s heart stopped. The doctors had to perform CPR for 25 minutes to bring the little baby back. For Victoria, the 25 minutes felt like an eternity. Victoria felt helpless. When she woke up each day, she wasn’t sure if it would be the last day that she would spend with her baby. Victoria says that it was the darkest and most difficult time of her life.

Finally, Victoria’s prayers were answered. A heartbreaking loss for another family gave Zoey a chance. A 4-month-old baby had passed away. The baby’s parents decided to make their baby’s death mean something and they donated their precious baby’s organs. The baby’s heart was going to Zoey. Victoria struggled with her feelings. She was elated that Zoey would be getting a new heart and a chance at life, but she couldn’t stop thinking about the family that lost their baby. Zoey had a heart transplant and she began doing better immediately after surgery. Finally, Zoey was healthy. For the first time, her skin was pink. She no longer looked sick. Victoria was happy that the surgery was a success, however, she cried every day for the baby who gave Zoey her heart. Victoria prayed every day for the family.

As Zoey got stronger, Victoria prepared to finally bring her miracle baby home. Victoria got her home prepared for Zoey’s homecoming. Family and friends gathered at the house waiting for her arrival. Before leaving, the nurses and hospital staff who had been like family while Zoey was in the hospital gathered in her room and gave the baby balloons, stuffed animals, and cards wishing Zoey luck in her life. When Victoria got Zoey home, everyone celebrated her homecoming and her good health. They had a cake for Zoey’s homecoming and they also had one for the baby and the family who made the ultimate sacrifice to give Zoey a real chance at life. Victoria says, “when Zoey is old enough, I am going to tell her about the baby that saved her life. I am going to make sure that she knows about the sacrifice made so that she could live.” While the family is thrilled that Zoey is thriving, Victoria says that there is a part of her that will always mourn the baby. Victoria says that life is a gift and she will make sure that Zoey never forgets that.

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Bride Gets Stuck In Elevator And Nearly Misses Reception As Firemen Rush To Pry Her Out

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Have you ever thought how it would look like when you are stuck in an elevator just when you are the awaited guest? Well, this sounds crazy. But before you think and say that its hefty crazy, have you ever heard of the bride who got stuck in an elevator nearly missing reception as firemen hurry to pry her out? If not, I have this enthusing story for you. This was Melissa Rodgers, Justin’s bride on their wedding day that they couldn’t wait to celebrate with their friends and family.

Melissa boarded an elevator to the 18th floor of the Providence Biltmore hotel in Rhode Island to freshen up before reception when a slight technical issue made the elevator to stop suddenly just four feet away from her destination. Everyone was eager to see the bride, but she ended up missing her cocktail hour because of the incident. The reception was scheduled to take place on the seventh floor.

Melissa said, “I asked Justin to go find my bridesmaids and tell them to meet me on the 18th floor with the wedding coordinator”. “We moved on and heard an alarming sound that said that we were on the 18th floor, but the door couldn’t open to let us out”, she added.

The bride said that she thought that the elevator’s door would open after a couple of minutes only for it to turn down her expectations. According to Melissa, a bridesmaid alerted her husband that a ‘situation’ was going on shortly afterward. It’s then that Justin’s wedding coordinators began contacting the hotel for help.

Soon the firemen were called and immediately arrived at the scene and started prying the doors to get the bride out and make her way to her reception. The firemen were ready and devoted to getting Melissa out of the elevator but couldn’t find an efficient way of doing it without damaging the wedding gown.

So sad that in the meantime the bride had to have her whole cocktail hour in the elevator wondering how much longer she would be in there. However, the fire team managed to pry out the door and now she could talk to her guests. “Everyone on the 17th floor could get me some glasses of champagne, so that was quite nice”, she said. Luckily, a technician showed up some minutes later and got the messy elevator working again, a process that took 45 minutes. Rodgers must have been firm that she didn’t let the whole thing get her down.

Rodgers reported that the reception started 20 minutes late although everything ran smoothly and finally she made it. “I was extremely excited and relieved. It was unfortunate, but it’s going to be a great memory,” she said.

And indeed it’s going to be a memory to many. Such an incidence is recorded in very minimal instances. Melissa must have been unlucky to miss her cocktail hour or lucky to have such a fantastic memory of her wedding. Imagine you were Melissa, how would you feel?

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Police Have 45-Minute Standoff With A Tiger Before Discovering It’s Just A Toy

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Police have a very difficult job that at times takes a toll on their perception and their ability to judge situations. That being said, sometimes what might seem like the worst situation possible is actually no where near as scary as you might imagine.

Just such a case happened in Scotland when police received a call that a wild tiger was loose on someone’s property in February of 2018. The call was about what was perceived to be a wild tiger on the grounds of a farm in the Hatton area that was not restrained or caged. The police took the call from the farm owner himself who claimed he had spotted a real tiger on his farm.

It is not every day that you get a call about a wild animal being loose on someone’s property, especially a tiger that could easily kill a person in a matter of seconds. The officers took the time to strategize and figure out how to get the tiger contained without hurting it. They dispatched officers to the farm to take care of the issue and to handle the tiger and before they knew it, they were in a heated and intense standoff with the beast.

They arrived quickly to find the flustered homeowner that was ready for the animal to be removed from his property. The police ended up in a standoff for about 45 minutes before someone noticed something fishy about the ferocious beast. Upon further inspection, it was found that the full size tiger they thought they were fighting, was actually just a stuffed animal that was life size and made to be very realistic.

Though officers felt silly following the call, it was for the best that the animal was not real as it would likely have been killed if it had been. It is not often that this type of animal is loose with the general public, not even in cases where zoos are nearby for the simple fact that they are secured to make sure that they do not escape.

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In this case, everything worked out for the best but there have been numerous other cases where an animal escapes or is set free by its owner only to wreak havoc and to scare the living daylights out of everyone that sees them. In most cases, animals that are wild that do escape from captivity are humanely euthanized to prevent them from hurting anyone that is part of the general public.

Officers that were involved in the standoff may have felt silly but in the end it was best for beast and humans alike that the animal turned out to be stuffed. No word on what it was doing on the farm or how it got there but I’m sure the farm owner is happy as well that the ferocious beast turned out to be nothing more than an oversized children’s toy that posed no threat.

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‘Homeless To Harvard’ Teen Is All Grown Up And Admits Her Life Is Completely Different Now

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Homelessness is something that far more people have to deal with than we realize. Liz Murray had a far from typical childhood as she was born to drug addicts and as the years passed, what little stability her family did have disappeared. Her family was broken and her childhood was far from safe and happy.

In a video that has made the rounds on the internet we see Liz standing before her childhood home. She lived there for 13 years with her parents. The house was far from what anyone else would have considered a family home and she states that this is where her parents went from casual drug users to full blown junkies and addicts.

Her story was first brought to the attention of the public through the Oprah Winfrey Show. Liz told Oprah that she often had to skip school to take care of her mother who was not only a drug addict, but also suffered from schizophrenia and AIDS. Her mother and father eventually split up when Liz was 15 and her father went to live in a shelter and left Liz and her mother homeless. Her mother gradually declined in health as the months wore on and before too long, her health took a severe turn for the worse.

Her mother passed away a year later and Liz knew that she had to do something to change her life. She worked diligently at school and was eventually accepted to Harvard, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, where she earned her degree. Her father sadly passed away in 2006 but she did have a change to reconnect with him before his passing. Though she was still somewhat bothered by the life she lived because of his addiction, she was able to reconcile with him.

She went to Harvard and her story helped to inspire millions. Her story was even turned into a Lifetime Movie called Homeless to Harvard: the Liz Murray Story. Her life now is different, as you would expect. She is able to do what she wants and has an education that has helped to push her forward to a career that she loves. She took a situation that would have broken most people and made it into something that helped to push her to do what she had always dreamed of.

Her story has served to inspire millions and she hopes that it will continue to inspire. She wants everyone that sees her story to know that no matter how low they are, no matter how desperate they seem to be, there are ways to get around your own personal struggles. In the heart wrenching movie we see the struggle that she had to endure and we see that she had to go through far more struggle than many of us will ever have to see. Her story is one that shows us that no matter how down we are, there is hope.

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