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The Smallest Monkey on Earth Gives Birth to Twins; Zookeepers Shocked By Their Size!

Renee Yates

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The Chester Zoo is located in Cheshire, England at Upton by Cheshire. Opened originally in 1931, Chester Zoo has turned into one of the largest zoos in the entire United Kingdom. With more than 400 acres of land and nearly 20,000 total animals, there is always something incredible to check out. Recently, Chester Zoo made headline news when one of their marmosets gave birth to twins! Already one of the smallest species of monkey on the planet, it was no surprise that the newly born twin baby marmosets were small. What was a surprise, however, was just how small baby marmosets could be!

The Eastern Pygmy Marmoset is a type of New World monkey that is most commonly found throughout the Amazon Basin in South America. Native to rainforests, the Pygmy marmoset is notable for its incredibly small size. Weighing in at just over 3.5 oz, an average adult pygmy marmoset is lighter than a bag of chips! When the zookeepers at Chester Zoo were made aware that their Eastern Pygmy Marmoset was about to give birth to twin babies, all eyes were on their size!

On July 25, 2017, Audrey the Eastern Pygmy Marmoset gave birth to twin babies. The babies were so small that they were not even visible within their habitat for nearly a month! That’s right, baby marmoset monkeys can be so tiny that they are practically invisible to the human eye when they want to be. Of course, the marmoset is not actually invisible, but the twins took nearly a month to reach a weight of just half of an ounce! So tiny as to be the smallest monkey on the planet, the Eastern Pygmy Marmoset is as fascinating as it is adorable. 

According to a report put together by the zoo, the twins equal roughly 10$ of their mother’s entire body weight. The father of the twin marmosets is named Gumi and he is routinely seen in his habitat with the twins astride his back. Audrey, the mother marmoset, spends most of her time collecting food to feed her young charges.

Nick Davis is the Deputy Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo and he stated, “Audrey, like all other female Eastern pygmy marmosets, steps aside while dad takes on the parental chores.” Davis would go on to detail how Gumi was most often seen carrying the twins around, though Audrey did take the twins to give her tired mate a respite.

Eastern Pygmy Marmosets may be gaining more media attention as the years go by. These animals are natives to South America, though destruction to their habitats has put the species under intense strain. Combining habitat loss with poachers looking to sell baby marmosets as pets and it is easy to see why these animals need our help. Supporting zoos like Chester Zoo can put funds and attention toward animals that require the intervention of kindhearted souls to save their species.

Support your local zoo to make sure that animals like Audrey and Gumi always have a place to raise their children!

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Personal Clouds- Samoyed Dogs

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Many people around the country and indeed around the world are absolutely in love with the animal that is known as man’s best friend- the dog. They go by many names and people love them all- dogs, doggos, canines, puppies, puppers, good bois, floofs, howlers, and woofers. Regardless of what you call them, and no matter what breed of dog you are talking about, a cute and well-behaved dog can instantly turn a bad day into a good day and put a smile on your face

However, some breeds garner special love and attention from their human companion. Some are better are defending our families and properties. Some are best-suited work helping us with work. Some are great with kids while others are best for a quieter family setup. Some like to run around and play all day. Some prefer to be laid back and lazy on the couch. Some are big and some are little. Some are plain-looking and some are very fancy. And then there are those rare breeds that seem to encompass so many groups that they stand out as a special breed all on their own, and the Samoyed breed of dog is one such example!

Samoyeds are very unique among the thousands of breeds of dogs because, you see, they often remind people of clouds. All it takes is one look at a Samoyed to see where that comes from. It doesnt take a lot of brains to see how soft and white and fluffy this breed is and how cloud-like they truly are!

They are gentle giants and are great pets to have as part of the family. The American Kennel Club talks about the Samoyed breed and calls them a very adaptable, family-oriented, energetic, friendly, and surprisingly gentle breed. This is why the attention surrounding this breed has taken off in recent years as more and more people are discovering this gentle and gorgeous breed and are finding out for themselves how much fun it can be to have a living floof ball in the home.

While they may look like a cloud and even feel like one with their soft fluffy coat of fur, this breed makes for a very big cloud! Samoyeds can reach a height of almost two feet at their shoulder when they are standing on all four, and the average weight for a full-grown male is between 65 and 70 pounds.

They are also a very active and energetic breed of dog, and they can extremely social with people in gnarly but particularly so with their family. They often want to be right with you, in tour lap, or at your side, loving to get hugs, and pets, and belly rubs. When you make a Samoyed dog part of your family, you best plan to spend the majority of your free time going for walks, playing in the yard, and engaging with them in the home. These dogs may closely resemble the clouds that lazily drift along in the sky on a sunny day, but they are a far cry from being lazy couch potatoes!

The only real drawback to these floofy clouds is the extent to which they shed. If all your clothes are black or your fanciest dresses and suits are darker colored then you may have some issues with the white hair that will ultimately end up everywhere. Their thick white coats protect them from cold temperatures which is what they were bred for as an original working-class dog for northern climates. It also means that these double-coated dogs shed all year long- and the shedding gets even more prolific when the summer heat kicks in. Also, people who have severe allergies to dander may find that the prolific spread of the fur around the house might be too much for their immune system to handle.

For most people, however, dealing with the vacuuming and cleaning of hair is a small price to pay to have your own personal cloud to hug and snuggle anytime that you want!

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A 7-year-old gives a mesmerizing performance on Chaka’s ‘I’m Every Women’

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With the expansion of social media platforms, people can display their talent to millions of online viewers. Amongst these, some are blessed with exceptional talent. A video that went viral twice and shared by celebrities shows a 7-year-old girl giving a mesmerizing performance on Chaka’s ‘I’m Every Women’. Brooke Monroe Conaway is the little girl who is a big fan of Chaka Khan. With the help of her dad, Cornell, she was able to produce a video that became an online sensation. Brooke is very humble about her talent and said that she liked the video because she had fun making it with her dad. What makes the video even more special is that Brooke is not after fame or money. She is just happy that the video was able to bring a smile to many people around the globe.

Brooke’s dad shared that he has tons of videos of his daughter who is very fond of singing. Not only is Brooke got a blessed voice but she is very good at learning the lyrics of the songs. Apart from Chaka Khan, Brooke is a fan of the late Michael Jackson and Beyonce. She aspires to become a singer or an actress when she grows up but she is open to other professions. She is young and has got plenty of time to decide. She is certain that she wants to do something unique in life. She has started off doing something rare with a video that has gone viral twice.

Brooke and her dad have decided to make even more videos but their goal is just to entertain the people. At the moment, Cornell wants his daughter to just enjoy making the videos. Later on, if she wants to take it up professionally, it’s all up to her. He is happy to take the back seat. He believes that one should let their talent speak for itself. For now, as long as she enjoys singing and making videos, he is happy to support her. Cornell also points out that their videos help break a common stereotype that African-American fathers don’t give enough importance to their kids. The father-daughter relationship shown in the videos is one of the best aspects of the videos.

Brooke has already featured on several news channels and TV shows. She was invited to Little Big Shots which airs on NBC. The show features talented kids from all over the world. It was not just her viral video that got her to NBC. Many videos go viral and not all those people get the sort of coverage received by Brooke. Brooke and Cornell had to audition to get in front of the camera at NBC but with the special talent, Brooke has, NBC had to get her online. This was the first time Brooke go in front of a live audience and it was a great experience for her. She also learned a lot from the experience, especially if she wants to become a singer or actress, she needs to get used to being in front of the camera. Brooke’s getting a lot of attention from agencies who want to sign her up. So far she has decided to go with the Steward Talent Agency. We have high hopes for Brooke and Cornell but for now, we hope they continue making us smile.  

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Fans of the Duggar Family have a new theory about Josh Duggar

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Jim Bob And Michelle Duggar continue to have a large fan following due to their 19 Kids and Counting  reality show that aired from 2008 to 2015. The controversial show featured nine girls and ten boys of Jim and Michelle. At one point the show was the most popular show on TLC and also landed in Neilson’s “Cable Top 25” ranking.

With 19 children in one house, there are a lot of different dynamics at play. Fan of the show believes that there is a money related dispute between Jim and Jill Bob. Both Derick and Jill don’t get much screen time as they are often shown to be busy with their own private life. The other family member that doesn’t get much screen time is Josh Duggar, who has developed a reputation for being a trouble maker. During his younger days, he was accused of sexually assaulting several family members. That eventually led to the cancellation of the show.

Recently, Josh Duggar has been back in the news. This time it is because of the fan theory that has surfaced online. According to the fan theory, Josh Duggar and his wife Anna are scheming to become owners of the Duggar family house, which is an enormous property, probably worth millions of dollars. Just to provide an idea of the size of the house, the laundry room has four washers and four dryers, running nine loads of laundry a day. The house has gone through expensive renovations and expansions.

The fan theory is based on the fact that Josh and Anna seem to be overly connected with the Duggar house. They continue to live in it even though Josh and his parents don’t get along too well. With the history of the violence of Josh, his parents have distanced them from him and Anna. Josh has also been accused of cheating on his wife. It would be fair to say, Josh has not demonstrated himself as a person of high moral standards and character. The fan theory believes that the only reason Anna has been staying with Josh is because of the greed to own the property one day. Josh has even admitted to cheating. Anna claimed she didn’t want to divorce him due to religious reasons but fan theory believes it all about the money. She is biding time until she gets the property. It’s all part of a plan. Anna is shown to be “very happy” on her social media accounts, but given the track record of the couple, the fans believe it is all fake. The couple already has five children and they expect to continue to have more. Looks like they don’t want to leave anything to chance and position themselves as front runners to inherit the house.

This theory is further reinforced with the news that Josh Duggar has not been doing good financially. The last job he had was of a used car salesperson and that was a while ago. On Reddit forums, this fan theory has gained a lot of attention. The fans believe that the Duggar child who has the most grandchildren might inherit the house. Also, Bob and Michelle might show some pity on Josh given that he has gone through a lot in his life, although it has mostly been his fault.

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Family helps raise $40,000 for an elderly man

Shannon Jackson

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On father’s day, Michaelangelo Mosqueda and his Gonzalez-Dominguez family were spending some time outdoors when they stumbled upon a man selling ice pops. These ice pops were paletas, a traditional Mexican version of the ice pops. This vendor selling the ice pops was seventy years of age. His name was Don Rosario. He has been a resident of Chicago for over five decades. To keep up with life’s expenses, he has been selling pushing his ice pops cart through the street of the Windy City. Chicago can be brutal in the weather. It has icy cold winters but the summer can get very hot too. The crime rate is also very high in Chicago. It is not uncommon to be mugged while walking around the streets. Don Rosario was not the sort of man who would complain. Even in this heat, he wore his cowboy-style hat and always had a smile on his face. He took great pride in his work and never felt his work was tough. That was part of why the family just couldn’t ignore him.

On a day like father’s day, the Gonzalez-Dominguez family could not help but feel sorry for the old man struggling to sell his ice pops on a scorching hot day. The family thought that they were blessed to be able to spend the day with their family and enjoy all the luxuries of life, but others such as this old man are not so fortunate. The family decided to buy all the ice pops from Don Rosario so that he can go home and relax. This gesture bought tears to the old man, who was not used to such acts of kindness.

When Mosqueda posted the video online, it became viral. Online viewers of the video praised the family for what they did but Gonzalez-Dominguez went one step ahead and did something that would change the life of Don Rosario. They set up a GoFundMe profile with a final target of $10,000. Even the family did not expect what was going to happen after that.

The GoFundMe is an American free fundraising platform designed for people to set up their profile and raise money from different events in life such as illnesses, graduations, businesses, etc. When the profile of Don Rosario was set up, it instantly got people to donate money to him. By the time the campaign had ended, the fun had reached $40,000. That is enough money for Don Rosario to retire and not spend his old age trying to sell ice pops. Mosqueda plans on withdrawing the money and delivering it all to Don Rosario himself.

Many research studies have shown that one of the keys to happiness is helping others. The family could have used the money to buy something for themselves but helping others is far more noble and satisfying than spending on materialistic endeavors. The family who helped Don Rosario and the people who donated to Don’s fund blessed themselves with more happiness and satisfaction. This story should be an inspiration for others to help those who need and who have not been blessed with necessities in life. This story also should be a reminder to show gratitude for what you have, whether it is more or less, it certainly is more than someone else out there.

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The little boy shares a special moment with a police officer during a protest rally for George Floyd

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The ruthless killing of George Floyd has caused a thunderous uproar and rage throughout the world. In Winston-Salem, NC, hundreds of people gathered to protest against the killing of Floyd. They took to one knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds that is the exact length of time former police officer Derek Chauvin had shoved his knee onto Floyd’s neck which resulted in Floyd’s death. The killing of George Floyd has become a symbol of injustice not only in American society but throughout the world. “Say no to racism” has been the most trending topic in all regions of the globe. In this particular incident, it was a black man who was the victim and this is not the only time it has happened. Several cases have occurred which demonstrated the lack of compassion and justice in the way law enforcement has dealt with individuals from minority racial groups.

Yolanda Williams Dickey, a resident of Winston-Salem, NC, was driving by the protest when she decided she wanted her family to be part of this protest as a sign of solidarity against discrimination against the minority groups. She went home to pick up her husband and son, who were glad they got a chance to be part of this historic protest. For her little son, Kamari it was quite the experience. He had never seen a protest rally before this. He saw a lot of anger and pain in the faces of the protestors. He could also see his parents being very emotional too. His parents had told him what the protest was about and how Floyd had been murdered. Kamari couldn’t understand why the former police officer did what he did to George Floyd.

Kamari’s attention went to the police officers on the sidelines. He watched them very closely as they stood by making sure there was no violence at the protest. Kamari had always wanted to a police officer himself but now his mother was concerned that after this incident, maybe he would not want to be one. Most of the toys that Kamari had were related to the police and he spent most of his days playing with them. He often told his parents that when he grows up he wanted to be a police officer so he could catch the bad guys. This unfortunate killing of George Floyd might have shattered the dreams of the little boy. At the protest, as the family moved closer to the police officers, Kamari approached Sgt. Dan Battjes, who was sitting on his motorcycle.

Kamari formally introduced himself to the police officer, who was very kind and friendly to the boy. After a few minutes of talking, Kamari said goodbye to the officer by a friendly fist pump. While the citizens of the country are demonstrating against the police and there is an unbelievable level of anger toward law enforcement, this little boy kept no hatred in his heart. The innocence of the little boy showed the resilience of the American community. One incident cannot dismantle years of peaceful coexistence. Yes, there have been cases where the minority communities have been discriminated and there should be strict actions and reforms against such incident but Americans still need to live together. The dream of Kamari to become a police officer might still be alive. The question remains, is the dream of a multi-racial America living with each other with love, compassion, and tolerance still alive? Only time will tell if this dream is alive.

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