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Introducing The Armless Archer

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When you think about the art of arching, the first parts of the human body that naturally come to mind are the arms, right? But what if we told you that one of the best and highly-rated archers in the world was born without arms and he uses his feet instead? It’s quite shocking and phenomenal. 

37-year old Matt Stutzman of Fairfield, Iowa is one of the world’s best archers, and his awards over the years are evidence of his rare skill. 

“The last time we looked into it, 1% of archers in the world make a living shooting a bow,” he said. According to him, January, 2010 was when he decided to become the best archer in the world, and he might just have achieved it. By 2011, he had already made the U.S. Team, and went ahead to win Silver in his first games in 2012. These achievements are mind-blowing, but what makes it more special, and quite unbelievable is that he did it all with his feet.

In describing his transition in the world of archery, he said, “When it first started, it was ‘Look at this guy without arms!’ And now it’s like ‘Uggh, Matt’s here.’” His prowess and reputation spans across all aspects of the game. He is feared and revered by Paralympics and able-bodied opponents who have “tasted” the pain of his archer’s paradox. 

It can be hard sometimes to hit anything with an arrow as an able-bodied person, but Stutzmann does it flawlessly with his feet. How? 

Well, he uses a strap wrapped around his chest to pull back the bow spring.

“At this point, I’m adjusting my strap to make sure it’s in the same place,” he said. “That way when I draw the bow back, I push my leg away from my chest. I bring my right shoulder up and I set. Bring my face down to my release… and then I set it.”

“If I can take a bow that’s not modified for me and I can compete against people that have arms and beat them at their own sport, well, the, what’s everybody else’s excuse?”

At competitions, he’s always the center of attraction- the different contestant because he’s usually the only one sitting down. The truth is, he loves and basks in the attention. “For me, I’m used to being looked at all the time,” he said. 

Shockingly, Stutzman says he never wished he had arms. Not even once. He doesn’t see himself as disabled. He can do basic things such as eating and cleaning up, and the more complex things like unscrewing a lug nut to change a tire without needing any help. He can also drive a non-modified car and motorcycle- he even has a permit for it, so it’s absolutely legal. 

His health complications started right after he was born. His birth parents discovered something wrong with him, and it was too much for them to handle, apparently. “Based on what the doctors told them, that was too much for them,” he said. 

At only two-months of age, Stutzman was put up for adoption by his own parents. Shortly after, he met Jean and Leon Stutzman, and they helped change his life. 

In his interview with Jean, Lee Cowan, CBS correspondence asked him if he remembered the first time he saw him. 

“Oh, yes,” said Jean in reply. “Here was this little curly-haired blonde head guy, and he just kinda sat up like, Well, here I am!” It was more like love at first sight, so they took him in and raised him alongside their seven kids without segregation or bias. 

They even got Matt prosthetic limbs, but it sat on the shelf most of the time- he was so independent and bent on living the way he was. They also decided to stick with his decision and backed out from modifying anything in their home for him. “”We decided not to do anything just because he’s not going to live in a handicapped world. He’s going to live in a world where people expect he has to adapt to those kinds of things. So, that was the philosophy that we took- figure it out.”

He got better at doing things just like every other person and was willing to do more- but no one gave him a chance. 

He couldn’t find a job. 

“I even went to try to do a typing job, because I was that desperate to try to figure out something,” he said. 

Now he has found his niche in being an amazing at archery!

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

Amanda J

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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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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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Cat Found Two Years After Been Lost In The California Wildfires

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A cat named Artemis has returned home after missing for two years. The cat had not been seen since the 2018 California wildfires.

Owner, Lindsy Metz believed her eight-year-old cat was trapped in the fires that affected her home on Nov. 8, 2018.

When the fire began, she didn’t have the luxury of time as she had to grab her kids, necessary belongings and her pets before she found her way out of the raging fire.

“He was right there by the door and I went to go get him, and I ran up on him too quick, and he bolted,” Metz told Redding TV station KRCR.

The fire razed down her home and she thought Artemis, her cat was part of the causalities.

“It was devastating,” Metz said.

It’s been almost two years since then when she stumbled on Artemis while viewing a friend’s Facebook page.

Providing necessary details and features, it was confirmed the cat she saw was Artemis, her long gone cat. Artemis has now been reunited with the Metz family.

“Oh yeah, a piece of my heart is back where it belonged,” Metz said. “I definitely felt like I had a huge hole in not knowing, in not having closure if he was alive or if he was gone.”

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