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!

Selena Gomez Finally Breaks Her Silence At AMAs With Powerful Speech

With celebrities’ faces plastered everywhere around us, it’s sometimes hard to remember that they are people too. So many clamor for fame and fortune, but when they get the fame and fortune they wish for, it’s a lot harder to deal with than they thought. That’s why Selena Gomez is serving as a shining example of maturity and grace in the face of personal crisis while balancing her fame.

The 24 year old singer recently made a raw and honest address to her fans and colleagues at this years 44th annual American Music Awards. Gomez has been in the spotlight acting and singing since childhood as a Disney actor, and has had to learn embarrassing life lessons in the public eye.

However, when her fame started conflicting with her health and mental well-being, she knew she had to take a step back. After being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disorder, at the end of an extremely busy and successful year, she decided to take a step back and check herself into a rehab facility to focus on her mental health.

When she took the stage at the AMAs after winning the award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist, she opened up to fans to say thank you. Gomez also offered some clarity about her decision to step back and urged everyone to take care of themselves.

“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life, whether I like it or not—and I had to stop. ’Cause I had everything, and I was . . . absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together, to where I let myself down. I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram, I want to see what’s in here,” Gomez said, pointing to her chest.

Pregnant Muay Thai Champion Shuts Down Haters Who Criticized Her For Still Training

A lot of us struggle just to get to the gym on a consistent basis. With work, social lives, commute time, and stuff like school, making working out a priority can be hard to do. However, this isn’t the case for Caley Reece. She is a six-time Muay Thai champion, who hasn’t let a little thing like being 40 weeks pregnant stop her from working out!

The martial arts queen still crushes high intensity workouts and spars with a partner in a very controlled setting, of course. Her body looks incredible because of it, but Reece has gotten a lot of criticism for working out this hard so late in her pregnancy. However, she’s responded by saying it’s right for her, and that she’s being super careful.

“There’s so much I can’t do such as switch left kicks, lots of punches in a row (twisting), any power, any speed and quick footwork or changes, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up. It simply means, I make do with what I have,” she commented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We think this is an excellent strategy to have, and one that a lot of injured athletes adopt as well. If your arm is broken, for example, work on your other arm and your legs. Adapt.

Reece says that she stays motivated to workout because, “I don’t have an excuse not to. It takes a reason, not an excuse and if I don’t have a reason, then that’s not good enough for me.” That’s one tough mama, if you ask us! She’s an inspiration for people to work out more.

Although seriously, if she can get her big pregnant belly into the gym, we should be able to do some crunches. However, she’s also proving that you don’t have to completely change your lifestyle when you become a parent. You can be a good mom and still be able to do what you love most in your life. Way to go, Caley Reece, and congrats!

Hospital Staff Dresses Premature Newborns In Superhero Capes To Help Them Fight For Lives

Now for news that will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Nurses and volunteers in a Kansas City hospital decided to dress up the babies born prematurely in handmade felt costumes, most of which were superheroes!

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Having a baby born prematurely is extremely hard for parents, who often have to leave their child in the hospital for weeks or months after birth, so they can grow stronger and bigger. Babies fight for their lives in small incubators, and it can be incredibly challenging for parents to watch them do so when they can so rarely hold them.

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However, with the help of some very kind people, the nurses at the NICU surprised parents for their baby’s first Halloween by dressing them up. They also provided them with a card that reads, “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet!” and has their baby’s footprints on it. On top of all that, they gave them a Halloween children’s book and a small pumpkin filled with goodies.

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“The parents were able to choose their babies’ costumes to match the babies’ personalities,” said Michelle Manuel, director of media relations for the hospital. Most of them picked superheroes because of the struggle their children are already in because of the complications that come with being born early.

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Is there anything cuter than seeing a tiny infant underneath a Captain America shield? These babies, though they may not realize it yet, are already superheroes. This hospital is amazing for pointing that out! Happy first Halloween, little ones!

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4-Year-Old Finds Unexpected Friend While Out Grocery Shopping With Her Mom

When Tara Wood brought her 4-year-old daughter, Norah, to a grocery store last week, she didn’t think they would be making a difference in someone’s life forever.

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Tara was grabbing cupcakes for her daughter when they passed an older man by himself, looking stern. Norah spotted him and shouted, “Hey old person, it’s my birthday today!”

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Quite the opposite of being mad that Norah yelled at him, the older man’s face lit up and he stopped to chat with the little girl. The pair talked for some minutes while a bemused Tara stood by. When it was time to go, Norah insisted that her mom snap a photo of her and the old man, who she called Mr. Dan.

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When Tara posted the pic online with the story below, she got a response back from a stranger, who said it was the first time he had seen the man, Dan Peterson, smile since his wife’s death in March. He had been suffering from anxiety and depression for six months, but the little girl had sparked something in him.

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Tara got in contact with Mr. Dan, and he and Norah have been fast friends ever since. “She has shown me a depth of love, a depth I didn’t know existed,” Mr. Dan told reporters who had gotten wind of the heartwarming story.

He said that he hadn’t had one night of uninterrupted sleep since the death of his wife until he met her. For Mr. Dan’s 82nd birthday last month, Tara and Norah surprised him with balloons, presents, and cupcakes!

He’ll also be spending time with them during the upcoming holidays. It seems that in that one trip to the grocery store, Norah got a new grandpa and Mr. Dan got a new lease on life. Share if you love the message of this adorable story!