Children Who Were Lost For Years And Finally Found
It is a big world, and it is sometimes a cruel one. However, there are still moments of truly stunning mercy and grace. There are few things that can befall a family more painful than to have a small child disappear without a trace. In the vast majority of cases these poor families will never see their missing loved one again. They will simply have to go through their days with their burden of sadness and loss, perhaps never to even know what befell their child or where their little body may rest. Nevertheless, there are a small percentage of families who are blessed by a true miracle. Sometimes, after a period of years, the lost child will be found. Here are a few stories about children who were gone for years, even decades, before they were found again.
Jaycee Dugard is possibly one of the most famous cases of a missing child reunited with her parents. She was kidnapped at age 11 and forcibly kept in a shed in a California backyard for over eighteen years. In that time she was raped multiple times and bore two daughters to her captor. After she and her children were rescued, she was joyfully reunited with her family. Although her captors have themselves been imprisoned, Jaycee has made the difficult decision to allow her children to have contact with their biological father.
Tanya was a 13-year-old girl who was having trouble at home. A 37-year-old security guard tricked her into running away from home, then kidnapped her and locked her in his bedroom. It was there that he kept her as a prisoner for over a decade. After a while the guard began to allow her out to run errands, and she was able to signal to someone that she was in trouble. She was rescued and returned to her parents.
Carlina White was just a newborn baby when someone came into the hospital where she was born and took her away from her mother. Nothing more was heard of this tiny infant for more than 23 years. Meanwhile, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a young woman named Nejdra Nance grew to maturity. She had a child of her own, and in 2010 happened to see a picture online that looked exactly like her child. It was a picture of her. Nejdra, or “Netty,” as she was known, re-established contact with her birth parents, but refused to give up all contact with the woman who had raised her as a daughter.
Steve Carter was raised an orphan. After hearing about the story of Carlina White, he became curious and began to research the missing persons database for himself. Sure enough, he was in there under his birth name of Marx Panama Barnes. He contacted his mother and father, who had been searching for their missing son for thirty years, and they were reunited.
Cynthia Ann Parker
Cynthia Ann Parker was perhaps the most famous lost and found child in American history. Though she lived long ago and few know her name now, her life had implications that literally transformed the American continent. She was kidnapped after a Native American raid on Fort Parker in 1836, whereupon she was enslaved and sold to a band of Comanche Indians. This was enormous news of nationwide significance at the time. After her traumatic introduction Parker thrived among the Comanche, marrying into the tribe and bearing children to her husband. She was recaptured after a massacre in the year 1860 and was returned to her biological family, but she could not re-adapt to the American way of life, sickened, and died. However, her half Comanche/half Texan son, Quanah Parker, went on to be the last of the great Comanche war chiefs, the first of the Comanche to make peace with the United States, and later, the first to introduce the use of peyote to the American people. Cynthia Ann Parker’s kidnapping turned out to be one of the great stories of American history, defining the geopolitics of the post-Civil War period.
Cape May Zoo Gets Two New Adorable Animals
Cape May County Zoo, located in New Jersey, has recently welcomed two new exciting additions to their animal family. The first is a female North American River Otter named Ariel, who was brought in from the Kansas City Zoo to be a companion for Mork, the zoo’s resident bachelor otter.
North American River Otters, also known as Canadian otters or common otters, are found in freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America. They are excellent swimmers and have webbed feet and a streamlined body that helps them move effortlessly in the water. River otters are known for their playful behavior and can often be seen sliding down muddy banks or diving for fish.
At Cape May County Zoo, Ariel has already made a splash with visitors and zookeepers alike. She and Mork are getting along well, and their playful antics are a joy to watch. The zoo hopes that the addition of Ariel will encourage breeding between the two otters and help to raise awareness about the conservation efforts being made to protect North American River Otters in the wild.
In addition to the new otter, Cape May County Zoo has also welcomed a baby lemur to their growing lemur family. The gender and name of the baby have yet to be revealed, but zookeepers report that the infant looks strong and healthy.
Lemurs are a group of primates found only on the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. They are known for their distinctive appearance, with a long tail and large, expressive eyes. Lemurs come in a variety of sizes and colors, from the tiny mouse lemur to the larger ring-tailed lemur.
Cape May County Zoo has a thriving lemur exhibit, where visitors can see a variety of different species up close. The addition of the new baby lemur is sure to be a hit with visitors, who can watch as the infant grows and learns from its parents and other members of the lemur group.
Touching Note Found In Thrift Store Books Resonates With Small Town
A simple note can sometimes carry a powerful message that resonates with us long after we first read it. Such is the case for Rose Farmer, a woman from a small town in America who stumbled upon a heartfelt note while browsing through books at her local Goodwill store. The note, written by a father to his son, contained a message of love, encouragement, and hope that deeply touched Farmer’s heart.
The note, which reads “believe Trent – Believe You are loved and respected! So let’s get going, the ride may be bumpy but we will get there. When you believe in you as much as I do you will be there. Dad,” was found by Farmer when it fell out of a book she was browsing. The book, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers, is a novel about overcoming hopelessness, and the message in the note perfectly captured the book’s themes.
Moved by the note’s sentiment, Farmer purchased the book and began a search to find its intended recipient. She posted a photo of the note and book on her town’s Facebook page, hoping that someone would recognize it and come forward. While no one has yet come forward, the post has inspired many in the town and beyond, with people commenting on the post to express their appreciation for the message and to share their own stories of hope and resilience.
For Farmer, the note’s impact has been profound. She says that she was “touched by the love and encouragement” in the message and that she wanted to find the note’s intended recipient to “let them know that someone is thinking of them and sending them love.” But even without finding the note’s author or recipient, Farmer is grateful for the message and the opportunity it has given her to connect with others and spread hope and positivity.
In a world where negativity and despair can often seem overwhelming, the simple message in this note reminds us of the power of love, encouragement, and hope. It shows the resilience of the human spirit and is a reminder that we can all make a difference in the lives of others, even in small ways. For Farmer and others who have been touched by this message, the note serves as a reminder to keep believing and to keep striving for a brighter tomorrow.
Adoptable Dogs Get Space From Winnipeg Paramedics for Bonding as They Await Adoption￼
Life can prove stressful for firefighters and paramedics. Therefore, having a stress-free environment to come back to is crucial for their wellbeing.
Several paramedic stations across Winnipeg are welcoming pets in an effort to improve morale and discover new homes for canines.
It’s a unique opportunity for the Winnipeg first response workers who want to host a dog that can get adopted while on duty to do so.
Having Murphy within their environs recently, according to WFPS Station 9 Captain Tim Arbuckle, has assisted us with easing stress in the environment after firefighters return from a difficult incident.
Arbuckle gushed, “It’s wonderful.” “I’ve just returned from a call in which I viewed first-hand that guys are searching for Murphy, and the dog is searching for them as well.”
Manitobans who are thinking about adopting a dog can take one out for an entire day, or for a whole weekend, or even a week, says City Animal Services GM Leland Gordon.
At Station 9, it has been running for a month, according to Gordon. However, it was only publicly announced on Wednesday. Gordon said that two additional stations have already contacted Animal Services to inquire about bringing canines into their facilities.
Keeping dogs in kennels and animal shelters is “nobody’s idea of fun,” according to Gordon.
In the past few weeks, Murphy has been treated like a VIP around this station. Murphy has gone home with emergency crews and medics, and even this weekend, he stayed in a luxurious lodge on an island.
Because of the difficulties that fire paramedics come across in their work, this program was established.
According to him, “It’s a stressful task that they do have here and you realize that they go through a lot of unpleasant encounters.” Isn’t the idea of coming back from a phone call and having a puppy to cuddle with just wonderful?
Chief WFPS Officer Christian Schmidt agreed with Gordon. In the two weeks since Murphy showed up, he’s spent two nights at Station 9, which has had an important influence on the staff and the dogs.
A number of employees have already written to him to convey their gratitude, he said. In terms of feedback for a leader, that’s excellent.
Schmidt also lauded Station Doggie Dates’ ability to raise understanding and appreciation of the city’s adoption program.
It’s been about three weeks since Murphy moved into Station 9 on Marion Street. For the time being, he’s happy there, but his ultimate objective is adoption.
Arbuckle said, “I’m not sure we want to see Murphy depart.” There would be no one like him.
Even though Murphy is still available for adoption, he’ll be spending more time at WFPS Station 9 for the time being.
St. Louis Zoo Achieves Rare Cub Births
Most times biologists and zoo specialists struggle with the news that an endangered species is shrinking in number and getting closer to extinction. However, for the Amur leopard population, there’s been a bit of good news instead. That’s because the Saint Louis Zoo has now become the latest in being able to help bring a pair of leopard cubs into the world.
The Amur leopard traditionally inhabited regions between Russia and China. It was never a well established animal, rare to begin with a preferring remote locations than those near people and development. However, by modern times there were estimated to be only 120 individual leopards left, and practically any new cubs have entirely happened in captivity, at least among those counted.
For the birth in the St. Louis Zoo, the arrival of a pair of two new cubs is a huge achievement for the leopard program. Named Anya as well as Irina, they are both female, and have been born healthy with flying colors. Now the challenge since their birth in the third week of April will be to maintain their growth and make sure there are no hitches. Their tenure in the maternity den will last a couple of months, through the summer, before they are introduced to the regular leopard containment.
The mother of the cubs, Dot, is expected to handle her job just fine. Following instinct, the big cat dotes on her cubs, never letting them out of her sight, even in the Zoo environment. For the zoo experts on hand, just seeing the cubs as they fumble around and develop their sense of the world is a gem. Most have only studied Amur leopards based on adults in the Zoo or through video files and similar. Seeing a cub from birth has been a first for a good number involved with their care. Not to mention, there are plenty of visitors as well wanting to see the same, even if just a glimpse.
The genesis of the cubs started with the arrival of their father, Samson, in 2021. He remains at the Zoo in a different enclosure, separated from the mother and cubs for their safety. Based on the pairing with Sampson and Dot, the results of a tremendous amount of genetic work proved successful with the pregnancy of Dot and the ultimate arrival of the cubs.
With their first vet check take care of, the cubs are rated in solid health, already weighing in at 2.5 pounds each. By the time they reach adulthood, each female leopard will carry a solid 125 pounds in muscle and fur. This kind of conservation effort and program may very well prove to be the primary means that saves the Amur leopard from complete extinction. It would be fitting given the fact that the animal’s decline was at the hands of human hunting and development in the first place.
Kindergarten Help Line, Dial For An Adorable Pep Talk
Positive news is hard to come by. Give it a try and most folks will probably find it a bit of a challenge to find a positive headline in the news. Negative is the norm, and it’s not surprising that people end up chronically depressed or stressed reading the news on a regular basis. And that’s in addition to life’s normal challenges. Add in the 24/7 spin of cable news and a constant barrage of bad news via the Internet and mobile devices, and people could be downright clinical after a while without a break.
Kindergarten to the Rescue
Fortunately, a creative project in Healdsburg, CA came up with a way to inspire thousands of adults on a daily basis with the help of kindergarteners. Yes, you read that right, five and six-year-olds are actively working to help adults make sense of modern life. The project was the brainchild of teachers at West Side Elementary, who thought it would be a good pick-me-up for the local folks to have a “hotline” where they could hear positive messages from the town’s kids. So, a phone number and hotline was set up with recorded messages one can hear by making a selection in the related phone tree once the call connects. The number provides options for folks who are frustrated, nervous, stressed or just need a pep talk to brighten up the day. What callers get on the other end of the line is a Healdsburg kindergartner’s voice giving the caller a mental boost.
Callers get a message reminding them to be thankful, positive reinforcement, humor and similar. The kids themselves are not talking live, but grade students from West Side Elementary in Healdsburg provide all the messages in recordings, which are then provided based on the caller’s menu selection.
A Darn Good Idea – Of Course it Came From Teachers
The Peptoc hotline was managed and put together by two teachers at the same school, Jessica Martin as well as Asherah Weiss. Given all the craziness that happened in 2020 thanks to the COVID pandemic and, given their rural location, the wildfire risk in the general area of Healdsburg, the two teachers felt something needed to be done to help boost the community’s mood. What they didn’t expect was that Peptoc was going to become so popular it would spread. Now folks are calling from all over, even outside of California, to get a bit of cheer and positive messaging from Healdsburg’s mighty kindergartners.
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