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A Sense of Connection: Special Needs Children and Animals Find Each Other

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One of the hardest things about having a disability is the feeling that you are different from others and can’t fit in. Children with a disability have an even harder time because other children are mean to anyone who is even a little bit different. Finding someone who can relate to you can make all the difference in the world.

This is what has happened for some special children on a farm in Texas. Safe in Austin! is an animal sanctuary just outside of Austin where there are a variety of animals, including goats, pigs, horses, cows, cats, dogs, bunnies, tortoises, and even birds. They take in neglected and abused creatures and nurse them back to health, and many of them are re-homed, while others will live out their lives on the farm, safe and happy with the other rescues.

The people at Safe in Austin! understand the effect their animals have on children, and there are many stories on the website about how the rescues have helped children. As they point out, animals do not judge us or criticize us, so it can be easier to open up to an animal than a person, knowing how people constantly judge each other.

The sanctuary helped a particular bunch of youngsters who discovered that they had something in common with some of the animals on the farm. One little girl named Harper has a congenital hand abnormality that makes her right hand smaller, and she has one less finger than most of us. When Harper was visiting Safe in Austin!, she discovered that she wasn’t completely alone when she met a turkey that had a similar kind of difference. What Harper’s parents call her “lucky hand” is similar to Priscilla the rescue turke’s “lucky claw,” a condition she was born with.

Harper is 5 now, and has been visiting with Priscilla for 3 years. But Priscilla is just one of over 150 animals that have a history of abuse, neglect, or other special needs and live on the farm together. Safe in Austin! offers their refuge as a safe haven for people too, when they have special needs, mental health challenges, or past traumatic experiences that make it difficult for them to deal with people.

Jamie Wallace-Grine, the founder of Safe in Austin!, says that she became inspired to start the rescue when she saw the impact her autistic son’s service dog Angel had on him. While she says the goal is to rescue animals from abuse and neglect, she also says of people that “we invite hearts that need some healing to come meet the animals, hear their stories, hug their necks, pet their bellies, and find connection in a relationship that is without judgment or fear.” The rescue was started in 2014 when they bought an old, broken down, untended farm and started the process of rehabilitating it. Since then they have taken in many animals and they happily take community support but they also welcome everyone.

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Genuine couple return $15k Worth of Gold and Silver Found in Home They Just Bought

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According to the law, at least those pertaining to real estate, once a property is sold, and the new owners have taken possession of it, anything found on the property at that point belongs to the new owners.

Therefore, when a South Carolina couple found valuable coins in their newly purchased home, it was now their property as well, officially.

But, they had no desire to keep the coins and chose to return them to the original owners. What could have prompted such a move?

The couple James and Clarissa Munford, are aware that the things people do will come back to haunt them, or help them. They chose without a blink to act with morality and their morals told them that the only decent thing to do was to return the treasure.

Therefore, they took the small treasure of fifty gold and silver coins, and returned it to the couple who they had purchased the house from.

It all started when the Munford’s saw the couple’s home for sale and felt it was the perfect home. The owners at the time had lived in the house for just over three decades and had felt the same way about the house as the current couple do, hence the reason they lived there for so long.

As time for the closing drew near, the homeowners carried out all the relevant repairs and then some, to make the house as presentable as possible.

After removing what they believed to be everything that belonged to them, and organizing the necessary paperwork, the homeowners were ready to sell their home to the Munfords.

Fast forward to less than a week after the house closing, James and Clarissa were inspecting their new home like any new homebuyer would, but came upon a hidden compartment.

It turned out to be a drawer built into the wall. To their amazement, it was a real-life treasure in the form of gold and silver. The previous owners had clearly forgotten about the stash amid the sale and relocation preparations.

Many people would have rejoiced after finding the coins which were later revealed to be worth $15 thousand dollars. After all, it’s their home now and they could easily sell the treasure and make a fortune.

The Munford’s who are entrepreneurs, operate Clarrisa’s Kitchen and Catering, in their home state. As business owners, they know the importance of integrity and call the previous owners right from their hometown of Columbia.

The sellers were both surprised and grateful that the new homeowners were so considerate to contact them about finding the treasure.

Without revealing their names, they expressed belief that it was karma that caused the turn of events. They note that leading up to the sale of the house, they bent backwards to make the home as welcoming as possible. They cleaned every corner of the house and delivered it in immaculate condition. The couple says they are now reaping the rewards of their good deed.

Even though the new homeowners did not want the information to go public, the sellers said it would have been remiss not to share such a kind act with the world.

They aim to help restore people’s faith in humankind, especially with the current tense climate both politically and with the pandemic being experienced by the world.

They add that one good act of kindness can prompt so much hope and hope others will spread the word

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The Saving of Ethel the Pig

Sarrah M

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There are lots of live feeds on the Internet that tend to captivate people. Some of the most famous involve birds nesting and hatching new younglings over Central Park. So why in the world would anyone want to spend time watching a pig is probably beyond the understanding of most. That said, Laura Palladino found herself spending a Friday night watching one particular sow do her thing. Laura was hoping for boredom, maybe even a good way to get to sleep. She got more than she bargained for.

The pig was definitely not planning for a peaceful night. Instead, of just minding its business grunting and snuffling, the video pig star decided to knock over a heat lamp. And, as anyone familiar with a barn knows, animals have a lot of hay laying around for litter, to sleep on and even eat. So, when a heat lamp falls on it, that hay ends up igniting. Sure enough, the Hollywood Internet swine had ended up starting a barn fire, and the whole thing was on live-stream video for the digital world to see. Laura was the one who figured out first something needed to be done about it.

The pig in question, Ethel, was clearly going to become digital bacon or less by the time the fire was put out. At first, Laura didn’t feel like she could do anything about the situation except just watch. However, it also became apparent nothing was going to stop the fire, and she was seemingly the only one watching this video and the impending tragedy. She felt helpless watching things unfold and became more and more frustrated by the second.

Laura picked up the phone and with the information on the video tried to get a hold of someone at the pig farm. No answer. Then she tried the police via 911, but they were about to budge. The farm she was watching was off in another town and area some 80 miles away. The local police weren’t inclined to go out of their to save a pig in another farm town. Amazingly, Laura was able to finally connect with the farmer and get him to react to the fire in the barn nearby.

The flurry on the video was amazing. The farmer and family broke into the video view and started getting the animals out. Laura just started tearing up as she watched the rescue play out. The farmer also got to Ethel, his pig, cradled her and shooed the big sow out of the barn and the danger. The farmer really cared for his pig beyond just being a farm animal. Laura became even more emotional watching the whole thing play out.

A bit later, Laura got in her car and made her way out to June Farms, Ethel’s home in West Sand lake. Josh Vics was there to meet her and introduce Laura to Ethel. He had raised the pig himself from it’s first days to full adult, a common role in his job as the farm manager. Ethel continued to snort and snuffle during the entire visit, but Laura didn’t care. She got to see Ethel in person and enjoyed knowing her simple Internet watching ended up saving a life and an obviously dear relationship for the farmer and pig.

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A Terrified Creature in a Bad Spot

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On a good boating day Robert and Dee Gecy were out for a walk. Living by the coast provided plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and today was no exception. That said, this time was a very different walk altogether. And it started with seeing a smaller animal barely hanging on above a lot of water and no idea how to swim.

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74-year-old Egyptian Becomes The Oldest Fútbol Player In The World

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The grandfather of six grandchildren has recently set a record of becoming the oldest player to play football in the field. He has managed to put in his name amongst the most outstanding achievers and record holders of all time, in the mightiest Guinness Book of World Records. He did it while his team lost by 3-2 to El Ayat Sports club in the third division of Egypt in a recent football match.

An Egyptian named Ezzeldin Bahader, has generated so much buzz and enthusiasm amongst the football fraternity and audiences when he played his debut match in March. The spectators flooded him with so many applauses and cheers when he scored his first penalty shootout goal. 

Bahader has granted the honor just after his team lost to El Ayat by one goal. The oldest football player’s record was previously set by a 73-year-old goalkeeper from Israel, named Isaak Hayik.

Ezzeldin Bahader was about to play another match in the same month as his debut, but because of the covid pandemic, games were put at a halt, and lockdown was imposed. Currently, he is out of contract.

The father of four and grandfather of six, Ezzeldin Bahader, repeatedly proved the quote that Age is just a number to be true. While many people of his age just cut themselves off from work and enjoy the above 60 days with grandchildren, he has inspired many by setting an example.

In a recent interview, Ezzeldin told the interviewer that he wants to break his record one more time. He made this statement, “I dream of breaking my record, just to toughen the competition.” 

He talked to the reporters about his ambition to achieve his dream of being a football player. While explaining his journey, Ezzeldin clearly emphasized on the never giving up attitude of himself.

“Do not restrict your ambitions. If you couldn’t achieve your goal as a young man, you can achieve them later in your life with a strong determination, regardless of age and the time that is lost,” said Ezzeldin in an interview with news agency Reuters.

Bahader said that he played a match with a knee injury. He said that you need to keep your injuries aside and play for your team. He further added that there is no age restriction to play football; therefore, one should not give up until the last minute.

When asked about his age in some previous interviews, Bahader said he is 75, although he had some weeks left to cross the line of 75. However, later, he had apologized for ’rounding up’ his age.

Commenting on the coronavirus’s sudden outbreak, he urged people to stay healthy mentally and maintain hygiene. Bahader has also added that, like everyone else, he too is waiting for the vaccine to come.

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Unassuming Bird Sets Record for LONGEST Bird Migration — Without a SINGLE Stop!

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When you first set sights on the Bar-tailed Godwit, we wouldn’t blame you if you were unimpressed. These special birds are known for their distinctive plumage which showcases bright red colors, long legs, and a prominent bill that is long and turned upward. These birds are often found around Arctic coasts including Alaska all the way to Scandinavia and everything in between. While these little creatures may not look incredibly impressive at first glance, one of them just set quite the world record! Let’s bring our story back to the mudflats of Alaska to show you everything that you missed.

Our story begins on the mudflats in Alaska where a bar-tailed godwit was located. Known as a shorebird, these animals have been tracked migrating all over the Arctic. One of the longest non-stop migrational flights was recorded recently when a bar-tailed godwit was tracked for nearly 7,500 miles from Alaska to the Firth of Thames right by Auckland in New Zealand. If you are thinking, “Wait that’s a long way to fly” then you are absolutely correct! This stunning and jaw-dropping journey is almost unthinkable from a human perspective, but these tiny birds really did pull it off.

While the bar-tailed godwit has an impressive migration story, to say the least, they are far from the longest-tracked migrating birds in history. This title belongs to the Arctic Tern. The Arctic Tern belongs to the Laridae family and they are known for their light plumage and long-lasting lives. The Arctic Tern often flies as well as glides with a nest coming once every three years or so, depending on its mating cycle. Arctic Terns have been tracked traveling from the western edges of North America straight to the Atlantic for a yearly migration of nearly 14k kilometers.

Even though we have been tracing the migratory habits of birds for a long time, we are still not well-versed on how exactly they go about navigating during solitary migrations. The truth is, all of the biology classes and David Attenborough documentaries in the world won’t provide the scientific consensus that biologists are still yearning for. With that being said, some scientists have put forth theories ranging from the sun as an orientation to tracking wind and wind corrective measures. Some scientists have put forth the thought that birds may even rely upon electromagnetic senses to guide their migration, particularly in the case of the bar-tailed godwit which can migrate alone for thousands of miles.

The bar-tailed godwit that broke the migratory record can also be known as the BBRW. The bird would leave Alaska on its nonstop 224-hour flight over the ocean. The bird did not land or sleep nor did it get lost when the wind blew the small creature off its course. When one wind gust brought the bird toward Australia, the bar-tailed godwit would correct its flight patterns while remaining on point for its destination in New Zealand. Dr. Jesse Conklin stated something of the obvious when he pointed out, “We can’t really explain it but they seem to have an onboard map.” This scientific take was brought forth from a doctor working at the Global Flyway Network, a team of international scientists that monitor migrational patterns around the world.

While many other birds have approached similar flight patterns and distances, the truth is that the bar-tailed godwit is sort of a rarity. Why is their migrational pattern so rare? Conklin points out that there are very few places on the planet where such a long journey is required. Conklin said, “It is the only bird that needs to be able to do it.”

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