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This Virginia Zoo Got a Hippopotamus For Christmas
The year's most unusual Christmas wish came true for one American zoo, who welcomed the birth of a pygmy hippopotamus just in time for the holiday. The yet-unnamed baby, born to parents Iris and Corwin on December 6th, is only the second pygmy hippo ever born in Virginia. Growing rapidly (she weighed 16 pounds at birth and 24.2 pounds only a week later), this endangered species is sure to be a popular exhibit at the Metro Richmond Zoo for years to come.
Scientists Are Bringing Us Closer to History by Decoding Ancient Scents
Smells evoke emotions and memories that shape how we perceive and navigate the world, and they are becoming recognized as an important part of heritage. Now, scientists are studying the sense of smell to reconstruct ancient aromas and learn more about how people used to live. They are using biomolecular approaches, such as chromatography and mass spectrometry, to detect residues left on ancient objects such as incense burners, perfume bottles, cooking pots and food storage jars, which can reveal the ingredients and scents of the past.
A Community Came Together to Pay Off the Lunch Debt for All Its Students
An inspiring story comes out of North Carolina, where a church congregation raised $23,000 to help children in their community pay off their school lunch debt. Pastor Dickie Spargo of City Church in Gastonia read a news article about the growing number of kids whose school lunch accounts remain unpaid, and was moved to help. The funds raised will eliminate student lunch debt for the year for every school int he county and contribute towards paying off debt for the next school year.
Crash the One-Eyed Rescue Cat is This Year's Cadbury Spokesbunny
In heartwarming news, a one-eyed cat named Crash has become the first feline ever to win the Cadbury Bunny contest. The 8-year-old from Boise, Idaho was injured in a car accident, which left him with one eye. However, his outgoing personality and loving demeanor earned him the love of shelter staff and now the title of Cadbury's official "spokesbunny" for the year. As the winner, Crash will star in the 2023 Cadbury "Clucking Bunny" commercial and receive a prize of $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the shelter of his choice.
A Social Media Plea Helped Reunite a Woman With Her Lost Wedding Dress
A Canadian woman has been reunited with her wedding dress, which was mistakenly donated to a thrift shop by her father. Tanya Walsh had originally made a "long shot" plea on social media, asking locals to keep an eye out for the dress. The dress, which had extra significance for Walsh as it was bought by her late mother, who died soon after her daughter's wedding, was found by a volunteer in the basement of the St. Vincent de Paul Value Store. Walsh expressed her joy and gratitude to everyone who helped to share her story.
An Innovative Ugandan School is Fusing Indigenous and Financial Education
In rural Uganda, something wonderful is happening. The Tat Sat Community Academy is giving generations of students a chance to excel in relevant education while preserving their indigenous culture! The school has unique features that set it apart from others, such as a community-owned maize mill that helps families subsidize their children's education by processing and selling maize. The project also includes centers that provide economic education and facilitates access to the banking system for students and their families.
This Charity is on a Mission to Create a Nature Recovery Site in Every English County
Heal, a UK rewilding charity, is making strides in its mission to purchase degraded land and restore it to benefit nature and create rural jobs. The charity has just purchased a 460-acre site near Bruton in Somerset, the first step towards its ambitious goal of creating a major nature recovery site in all 48 English counties by 2050. Heal Somerset, the charity's first purchase, is a former dairy farm with miles of hedgerows, mature oaks, and traditional stone farm buildings that will be renovated.
Meet Happy the Cow, the Calf Making Everyone Smile With His Unique Markings
Get ready to smile because this story is udderly adorable! Happy the cow was born on a dairy farm with a smiley face on one side of his body, and he's been making people smile ever since. His unique markings have landed him a role on the farm as a kind of mascot, and the workers love having him around. Despite being a "bobby calf" (surplus to requirements for replacing existing stock), Happy has found a permanent home on the farm thanks to his natural lawnmower skills and his ability to bring joy to everyone around him.
He Returned a Lost $10,000 Check, But His Reward Was Much Bigger
When Elmer Alvarez was homeless, he found a $10,000 check. Instead of trying to pocket the money, he returned it to its owner. He says it was the right thing to do, despite being in a difficult situation himself. The check belonged to real estate broker Roberta Hoskie, who was surprised to find out it was returned by someone who was homeless. She rewarded Elmer for his honesty and offered him more than just a cash reward. She paid his rent for seven months and put him through real estate school. Now, with Roberta's help, Elmer is back on his feet.
Scientists Have Discovered Water-Filled Glass Beads on the Moon
It could be the biggest space discovery in decades! Scientists say tiny glass beads found on the moon's surface could contain billions of tons of water, which could be extracted and used by astronauts on future lunar missions, as well as permanent lunar colonies. The discovery is one of the most significant breakthroughs for space agencies preparing to build bases on the moon. Not only could there be an accessible source of water, but also hydrogen and oxygen. The finding could open up new avenues for sustainable moon exploration.
This Restaurant Owner Saved Her Staff From a Tornado
A Mississippi restaurant owner is being hailed as a hero after she saved multiple lives during a storm that destroyed her iconic eatery. Tracy Harden, owner of Chuck's Dairy Bar, rushed her staff into a walk-in cooler moments before a tornado hit the establishment. Despite the damage, Harden and her employees survived and are now receiving an outpouring of support from their community, who are bringing supplies and helping with cleanup efforts.