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Woman Wades Through Icy Water to Rescue Dog From Vancouver's Trout Lake
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2018-02-24    0 views
A woman came to the rescue of a a dog that fell into the icy waters of Trout Lake, in Vancouver’s John Hendry Park, on February 23. Footage of the incident was captured by Ben West, who described the woman as a “hero.”

On Instagram, West wrote that the woman had got in the water without hesitation. “I’m so inspired and so happy it all worked out for the best,” West wrote. “I saw the dog fall through the ice and screamed out. Community members all rushed to help and support her. We were all calling the dog’s name so it would keep swimming.”

The woman was “rushed to a house in the neighborhood and put in a warm bath while the paramedics were en route,” West said. The dog was returned to its owner.

Credit: Ben West via Storyful
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San Antonio Police Trolls Ridiculous 911 Calls
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2018-02-24    0 views
The San Antonio Police Department wants to make one thing clear: SAPD doesn’t stand for San Antonio Plumbing Department or San Antonio Pizza Department.

A clip shared to the department’s Facebook page on February 22 shows police chief William McManus reading out a number of 911 emergency calls that didn’t qualify as emergencies.

Callers included a person with a water leak in their house, somebody looking to order pizza, and a person stuck behind someone vomiting on a carnival ride.

“Calling 911 is serious business, but these calls— not so much! 911 receives millions of calls each year. Don’t tie up call-takers with non-emergencies,” the post read.

The clip had earned over 37,000 views at the time of writing.

Credit: San Antonio Police Department via Storyful
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After a Jam, Heavy Ice Chunks Move Along Ontario's Grand River
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2018-02-24    0 views

Reports said scientists will research an ice jam which occurred on the Grand River in Ontario in Canada, prompting a state of emergency.

A vigil was held on February 23 for a toddler swept away by the flooded river on February 21.

Reports said the flooding could exceed 2013 historic levels.

People were warned to stay away from breaking ice along the river as conditions could change.

This video shows large chunks of ice on the River Grand.

Credit: David T. Chapman via Storyful
Black Swan Holds Up Peak Hour Traffic on Auckland Motorway
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2018-02-23    0 views
Police intervened after a black swan brought peak hour traffic on an Auckland, New Zealand motorway to a standstill on February 19.

The bird was seen making its way south on the Northern Motorway around 7:30 am on Monday morning. The video shows the swan flapping away cars before police corralled it to the side of the road.

“NZ Police have successfully cleared a swan from obstructing southbound lanes,” the New Zealand Transport Agency wrote on Twitter. “Everyone unharmed.”

Credit: NZTA via Storyful
Dog and Newborn Puppies Rescued From Thorn Bushes After Being Abandoned by Owners
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2018-02-23    0 views
An animal shelter in Lemoore, California, posted an open letter to the owners of a dog rescued from a mass of thorn bushes on February 21.

Kings SPCA Halfway Home shared a video detailing the rescue of a one-year-old dog who had recently given birth to a litter of pups. They addressed the dog’s owner in the video’s caption, calling them out for leaving their pregnant pet to fend for herself.

“We know you don’t care that she had to climb into thorn bushes to give birth in order keep her babies safe. We know you have already forgotten the look on her face when you drove away after discarding her like an old tire on the side of the road,” they wrote in the emotional status.

According to the post, the dog was spotted by a woman who built up the animal’s trust, and then helped her find her newborn puppies. She and her pups were then taken in by the shelter, where they were awaiting adoption at the time of writing.

Credit: Kings SPCA Halfway Home via Storyful
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College Senior Wins $25,000 After Landing 4 Baskets in a Row
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2018-02-22    0 views
A Texas A&M International University senior student won $25,000 after landing four consecutive shots during halftime of a basketball game.

Senior Kyle Kieshnick won the “progressive shot challenge” after he successfully landed a layup, a free-throw, a three-point shot and a half-court shot inside 24 seconds.

A clip of Kieshnick winning the prize money shared to the university’s athletics department’s Twitter account on February 21 had earned over 414,000 views at the time of writing.

Credit: TAMIU Athletics via Storyful
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'Seagulls' Chase Australian Police Officer in Attempt to Steal Her French Fries
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2018-02-22    0 views
A police officer at the St Kilda’s Festival in Melbourne, Victoria, had to take cover from two life-sized “seagulls” who chased her when she began eating french fries.

A clip shared to the Victoria Police Facebook page shows two festival attendees dressed as seagulls chasing and shouting “mine, mine,” at a police officer, imitating the seagulls from Finding Nemo.

“How annoying are seagulls when you’re trying to eat your chips at the beach!? One of our members attracted a couple of oversized snack thieves while on duty at the St Kilda Festival. MINE! MINE! MINE,” police wrote on Facebook.

Credit: Victoria Police via Storyful
Alligator Removed After Hiding Under Truck in Florida
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2018-02-21    0 views
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said it was called to a home in Sable Ridge, Florida, after a resident discovered an alligator hiding under a truck in their driveway on February 20.

This footage, shared by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, shows the 8.5-foot-long gator struggling with its captor after being removed using a lasso.

Credit: Pasco Sheriff's Office via Storyful
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Police Officers Rescue Woman Who Slips Through Gap Between Train and Platform
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2018-02-21    0 views
Police officers came to the rescue of a woman, who was stuck between a train and a platform at Manly railway station, Queensland, on October 28, 2017.

Queensland Police said Senior Constable Jason Goodwin and Constable Sam Rosswere were patrolling the station when they noticed a woman had fallen into a gap between the train and the platform during the Manly Halloween festival. Senior Constable Goodwin slid down the platform to stabilise the woman’s neck, while railway staff kept the train stationary. This video shows the incident.

The scene was cleared within an hour with no serious injuries. Superintendent Shane Holmes said the officers, who received certificates of merit, prevented possible severe injuries.

Credit: Queensland Police via Storyful
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Biggest Underwater Cave in the World Discovered in Mexico
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2018-02-21    0 views
An exploration group in Mexico have discovered the biggest underwater cave in the world.

Following 10 months of underwater exploration a group from the Gran Acuífero Maya discovered that two of the largest flooded caves in the world (known as Sac Actun and Dos Ojos) are actually connected.

Following this discovery the two caves will now considered as one and known as el Sistema Sac Actun, measuring 347 km in length.

The project’s director, Guillermo de Anda, was quoted in the media as saying that el Sistema Sac Actun is the most important submerged archaeological site in the world.

He said that the site offers a potential wealth of information regarding the Mayan people and that the walls of the cave suggest the Mayan arrival to that location pre-dates what was previously thought.

Credit: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia via Storyful
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Placer County Deputies Rescue Bloodhound Trapped Under Car
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2018-02-19    0 views
A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy and another California Highway Patrol officer rescued a dog trapped under a vehicle after being hit on Highway 80 east of Penryn, California. The rescue, with a happy ending, happened on January 18.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was driving along the eastbound lanes of traffic on Thursday morning when the deputy saw a bloodhound running frantically across the highway.

Other motorists tried to avoid hitting the scared dog, and the deputy tried to slow traffic and save the animal from the busy roadway. The dog then ran the opposite direction, where he was hit by a passing car, becoming pinned underneath with its paw under the rear tire.

Using a floor jack, the two officers were able to lift the car and save the dog. The animal was taken to Loomis Basin Veterinarian Clinic for emergency medical treatment, where his owner showed up. The dog had no broken bones, just some lacerations and road rash.

This video shows the dashcam footage of the rescue, starting at around the 1:26 mark.

Credit: Placer County Sheriff's Office via Storyful
Elton John Struck in Face by Necklace Mid-Performance
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2018-02-17    0 views
Elton John was struck in the face by a necklace during a performance in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, on February 14.

The singer stopped performing to check his teeth after being hit by the necklace, which had been thrown from the crowd.

Daniela Caredda captured the moment the incident occurred, while videoing herself singing along to Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting by the piano.

Additional video of the incident shows a visibly-annoyed Elton pause to check his teeth, before returning to the song.

Credit: Daniela Caredda via Storyful
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Rescuers Cheer as Baby Elephant Freed From Well in Thailand
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2018-02-16    0 views
A one-year-old baby elephant was rescued from a well at a rubber plantation in Kaeng Hang Maeo, Thailand, early on Feburary 16, according to Thai PBS.

Video released by Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation shows the rescue, with rescuers cheering as the baby elephant scampers free from the well.

Thai PBS reported that the baby’s herd stayed nearby during the operation, waiting for it to be returned to its mother.

Credit: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation via Storyful
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Security Guard Shares Musical Talent at South African Airport
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2018-02-13    0 views
A security guard at the King Shaka International Airport in La Mercy, South Africa, treated late-night travelers to a treat as he showed off his talent on a public piano.

Paulo Martins shared a video on Facebook of the security guard playing in the airport terminal at two in the morning. “After a huge delay, this kinda made landing in Durban at 2 am worth it,” Martins posted. As of writing, the video has over 100,000 views on Facebook.

Credit: Paulo Martins via Storyful
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Cat With Broken Leg Saved From Icy River After Falling From Overpass
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2018-02-10    0 views
Bagherra, an 8-month-old black tomcat, got himself into a heap of trouble when he disappeared from his owners early in February.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, he was found meowing and meowing on a piece of ice in the middle of a partially frozen river in Wichita, Kansas.

The Wichita Fire Department deployed a boat to save the cat.

An animal rescue organisation Beauties and Beasts shared a video of the rescue online, initially stating the cat may have been thrown from the overpass. The firefighters thought Bagherra broke both his rear legs. It later turned out only the left one was broken.

The cat had a microchip that helped to track down his owners. It turned out he disappeared a few days prior and may have fallen from the overpass by accident, Beauties and Beasts posted on Facebook on Friday. Bagherra was returned to its owners. Unfortunately, his rear left leg needed to be amputated.

Credit: Beauties and Beasts, Inc via Storyful
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Huge Avalanche Triggered by British Columbia Transportation Workers
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2018-02-10    0 views
British Columbia Transportation triggered a massive avalanche that crashed onto the Trans-Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Golden on Friday, Feb. 9. The avalanche was induced intentionally near the Glacier National Park in order to reduce the snow load in the Lanark snowshed area.

The avalanche closed the highway for much of Thursday and Friday, CamloopsBCNow reported.

BC Transportation posted a video of the operation on Twitter, noting it was necessary.

Credit: BC Transportation via Storyful
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Pick up Truck Smashes Into Maryland Bakery, Moment Caught on 3 Security Cameras
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2018-02-09    0 views
This is probably not what the owner of a bakery in Rockville, Maryland, had in mind when having three security cameras installed in the store, but on Wednesday, Feb. 7, morning all three cameras captured a dramatic scene as a pickup truck hit a patch of ice and skidded through the front window of the bakery.

No one was hurt in the accident.

Credit: Fresh Baguette via Storyful
Mom screams for help as she can't free herself from a ball pit in a mall
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2018-02-07    0 views
A mother in Singapore received the fright of her life after she climbed into a ball pit at City Square Mall’s Airzone with her son on February 3.

Vivien Weiqi shared a video to her blog, Beautiful Chaos, showing her completely submerged in the pool of balls. She sticks her hand above the surface and calls for help many times, until her domestic helper (who was taking the video) realizes she is in distress.

“Not long into the play, I lost my balance in the ball pit and fell backwards. I could not reach the bottom and I could not stand up. I tried to roll over, I couldn’t. I tried to find the net so I could grip it, I couldn’t. My son was stuck inside too,” she wrote alongside the video.

However, despite her panic, she doesn’t think the experience should put parents off letting their kids play in the pool, as long as there is adult supervision — adding that her husband will be accompanying her son in future.

A local report said that the play center’s operator was holding a safety review following Weiqui’s experience.

Credit: Beautiful Chaos via Storyful
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Dog Latches Onto Rope With Its Teeth to Get Free of Frozen Lake
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2018-02-06    0 views
Jeff Mann of Marshfield, Missouri: Neighbors dog got in my pond this afternoon. The pond is aerated. So there is no ice in the middle. This poor guy almost drowned. Selina Mann saw him from the kitchen window. He is a smart dog. I’m glad I didn’t want to take a polar bear plunge which I thought I was about too. The ice was cracking. I made some friends with PETA today! His new name is Lazarus!
https://www.facebook.com/jeff.mann.35/videos/1798469540165363/
Credit: Selina Mann via Storyful
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Arrest of Carjacking Suspect Caught on Video
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2018-02-06    0 views
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., a suspect entered a nail salon near the 13600 block of Burbank Blvd and began hitting three women inside for no reason. The victims were involved in an intense fight for their life with the dangerous suspect. The suspect punched the victims several times. He also swung a chair and hit the victim until employees from a neighboring business arrived and apprehended the suspect.
Credit: Los Angeles Police Department
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Winner of Australia’s Most Adorable Animal, George the Wombat, to Be Released
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2018-02-03    0 views
George the Wombat is the most adorable animal in Australia. At least according to an online poll by Experience Oz travel booking website. George was rescued more than a year ago from his mother's pouch after she was struck by a car. Since then he's lived in the Australian Reptile Park on New South Wales’ Central Coast, an hour’s drive north of Sydney.

George rose to online fame after his handler, Tim Faulkner, posted a video of the little guy's exploits on his Facebook page. The video was viewed over a million times.

Now comes another milestone for George, as he is to return to the wilderness. To that occasion, the Australian Reptile Park released another video of George—to say goodbye.

Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful
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Drone Footage Shows Massive Extent of Flooding in Northern France
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2018-02-03    0 views
This drone video captures the flooding in the Condé-Sainte-Libiaire area in northern France, about 19 miles east of Paris. The Grand Morin river joins the Marne river in this area, which is also crossed by the Canal de Meaux a Chalifert, making for a dense grid of water bodies that the locals have been watching rise in levels as northern France faces the wettest winter in 60 years.

Some 150 homes have already been affected, but many people decided to stay, franceinfo reported. Credit: Lob Ster via Storyful
Police Discover Secret Underground Bunker Used by 'Ndrangheta Crime Syndicate
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2018-02-03    0 views
Italian police discovered an underground bunker while looking for fugitives in Rosarno, in the southern Italian region of Calabria, on Feb. 2. Police believed the bunker has been used by the ’Ndrangheta Crime Syndicate fugitives.

The 215-square-foot brick structure was monitored by hidden cameras and accessed by a concrete hatch hidden about 20 inches underground. The hatch led to a vertical shaft that connected to a 30-feet corridor, which opened into a bunker room equipped with electric lighting, beds, kitchen and bathroom, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Police released a footage of them exploring the bunker.

’Ndrangheta is based in Calabria and "is among the richest and most powerful organised crime groups at a global level," Europol, European law enforcement agency, wrote in a 2013 report.

This was also not the first ’Ndrangheta bunker that's been discovered. In 2016, two ’Ndrangheta bosses have been found by authorities “living like animals” in a bunker in the mountains of Reggio Calabria, BBC reported.
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Dramatic Rescue Footage as Fishermen Jump From Sinking Boat
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2018-02-03    0 views
Coast Guard crews rescued five fisherman, who had to abandon ship due to flooding while west of Cape Alava, Washington, on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest
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2018-02-01    0 views
Massachusetts State Police: "Last night, Trooper Michael O’Neil Jr. was startled by an owl flying into the side of his cruiser as he travelled through the town of Tolland. He stopped, assessed the unconscious owl for visible injuries. Finding no injuries, Trooper O’Neil placed the owl on his lap, and continued on, in route to a local animal hospital to have it evaluated. The owl eventually came to, so Trooper O’Neil pulled over, now in the town of Granville. After a brief struggle in the cruiser, Trooper O’Neil gave the owl five concussion protocol tests, which it passed. The owl, who we have nicknamed Gronk, eventually flew off, back to its home field. Nice work Trooper O’Neil, thanks for taking care of Gronk in his time of need."