Momma Duck Quacking For Help Leads To A Tense Duckling Rescue

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we tend to focus on ourselves, and sometimes forget that we share this world with millions of other organisms. There are other animals all around us, even in urban settings.

One man in Phoenix, AZ was out taking a walk recently and noticed a feathered friend quacking at him. A lone duck stood by a grate off the side of the road  repeatedly quacking. The good Samaritan noticed that in addition to the quacks, he was also hearing little chirps. After deciding to get a little closer to investigate, he quickly noticed that this mama duck’s baby ducklings had slipped through the grate and into the pit below. She was standing guard of her roost and trying to flag down some help.

The man enlisted the help of the Phoenix Fire Department who soon arrived at the scene to help the ducklings in distress. While the firemen got to work figuring out a way to help get these little guys out of the storm drain, the mama duck flew in circles overhead to keep an eye on her babies. Luckily, the fireman found a cooler nearby, got into the storm drain and were able to rescue all nine ducklings safe and sound!

After safely pulling the ducklings out of the drain, mama duck had settled in a neighbor’s yard nearby. The firemen were able to release the little duckling back into mama’s care. While mama duck learned a hard lesson about watching where she steps, she was lucky enough to find a kind-hearted fellow Earthling or two to help her out!

This Adorable Skunk Family Will Steal Your Heart

Skunks get a bad rap. Yes, they’re stinky, and yes, they creep around mostly at night. However, most people don’t even know what skunks look like up close (besides those unmistakable stripes) because they never got close enough to really check them out. We’re taught to steer way clear of them as kids, probably because our parents didn’t want to make us take tomato soup baths to get the stink out.

Well if you’re harboring some residual fear of skunks from your childhood, the perfect remedy is this video. A biker posted it in 2015, when he was riding through a wooded area and saw what is possibly the most adorable skunk family ever. Thankfully he wasn’t afraid, and froze in place to let the little critters investigate his bike at will, and when he posted it, hardened hearts everywhere melted to goo!

Who even knew skunks made those cute little noises? They combine the inquisitiveness of cats with the irresistible hoppyness of bunnies, plus a sort of wild charm that’s all their own! And the fact that they travel in a tight group just KILLS us.

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It’s all well and good for skunks to be in the wilderness, but they also adapt really well to urban environments (to the discomfort of people, usually). If you see a cute skunk family like this one in your neighborhood though, don’t think everything is about to get a lot more stinky. Having skunks nearby can cut down on pests like insects and rodents, and generally skunks are very easy going when left alone. If you don’t freak out, they won’t, so adopt a live-and-let-live policy and enjoy these super cute grayscale critters!

Earless And Deaf Feline Saves Woman After She Adopts Him From The Animal Shelter

There are very few things in this world that make your day instantly better. Snuggling a furry animal is usually a universally accepted cure to a bad day. Long term snuggles with a furry friend can only result in more long term happiness! Molly Lichtenwalner can certainly attest to this and learned this lesson first hand when she adopted her first cat.

No more Petco visits for me! Finally adopted 🙌

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Lichtenwalner, who suffers from anxiety disorder as a result of a traumatic car accident, had been contemplating getting a pet to help keep her calm She said, “because nothing helped me more than snuggling some furry friends.” However, she didn’t want just any pet. She knew they had to be a good match, so she just started to casually keep an eye out for her pet-soulmate. “I told myself that when I was ready for a cat, I would only adopt an adult cat with special needs,” said Lichtenwalner.

Weekend snuggles with mom today! #AdoptDontShop

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Then one day, Lichtenwalner met Otitis. He is a 9-year old cat who had been surrendered to a rescue by his owners after having a surgery for cysts in his ears. The surgery resulted in Otitis having his external pinna and internal hearing organs removed, which made him completely deaf.

Clever name aside,  (“otitis” means inflammation of the ear), Lichtenwalner met him and knew she’d met the right cat for her. Lichtenwalner, who had owned a deaf dog before, knew how to care for a deaf animal and wanted to take this unique fella home.

My time at grandma and grandpa's is coming to a close 😿 #adoptdontshop

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Despite having no ears or ability to hear, Otitis is a loving, happy kitty. According to Lichtenwalner, he is the best choice she ever made. He helps her anxiety, and she admits that sometimes Otitis is the only thing that calms her down during an attack. “He’s the best thing I ever did and he definitely rescued me, I didn’t rescue him,” said Lichtenwalner.

Photos Of This Happy Llama Traveling The World Will Make You Want To Book A Plane Ticket Now

Llamas are peculiar creatures to say the least. The fascinating animals, a close relative to the camel, have three stomachs and are often used as guard animals. They also happen to be super cute! This Llama happens to be all of that plus an adventurous globetrotter.

Morning Medellin!#llamawithnodrama

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I think these were all llama statues in those days, but their heads must have fallen down. 🙃🙃🙃#llamawithnodrama •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #huffpostgram #bbctravel #passionpassport #forbestravelguide #tasteintravel #cntraveler #livetravelchannel #traveldeeper #bestvacations #wonderful_places #travelgram #travel #worldplaces #welivetoexplore #traveler #mytravelgram #discoverearth #travelawesome #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth #fodorsonthego #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #guardiantravelsnaps #theglobewanderer #suitcasetravels #digitalnomad #travelbug #llama

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The Instagram star Llama with no drama travels the world with a mission to be “one happy” llama against the world’s drama. “It’s simple: world’s drama. I wanted to start something that would take people’s attention from serious issues or daily struggles to something that would make them smile even for a moment,” Turkish blogger Eylul Savas explained to Konbini.

People: 'Could you please shoot it again? My legs look kinda weird.' Me: 'Betch, please no drama!🖐'#llamawithnodrama

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Lego dragon! 🐉#llamawithnodrama

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Savas, a brand consultant and the operator behind the account started it, “to make people see the world in a fun way and encourage them to get out of their comfort zone, and travel and explore.” The cute llama has snapped it up around the globe; everywhere from Florida to Cape Town, to Milan. It has taken over 17,000 followers on Instagram on a journey to breath-taking sights from clear water beaches, lovely sunsets, even at festivals.

Dream big. Sparkle more. Shine bright. 💫 #symbiosisgathering •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #huffpostgram #bbctravel #passionpassport #forbestravelguide #tasteintravel #cntraveler #livetravelchannel #traveldeeper #bestvacations #wonderful_places #travelgram #travel #worldplaces #welivetoexplore #traveler #mytravelgram #discoverearth #travelawesome #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth #fodorsonthego #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #guardiantravelsnaps #theglobewanderer #suitcasetravels #digitalnomad#llama

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Savas  says she chose a llama because she thinks they’re fun and random and of course because, “they can spit in your face for no reason, because why not?!” If this furry friend doesn’t put a smile on your face we don’t know what will.