Incredible footage shows man pulling over to save rabbit from California wildfires

Incredible footage shows man pulling over to save rabbit from California wildfires

The flames that are spreading throughout Southern California, known as the Thomas fire, have already caused extensive damage to the area and are showing no signs of abating yet. The wildfire has covered over tens of thousands of acres so far, with some homes being burnt to the ground and many forced to leave the area.

A state of emergency has been declared, with mass evacuations and road closures affecting those in the state. Apparently, over 100,000 people in the region have fled, and hundreds of schools have been forced to close down because of the wildfire. Extreme winds add to the danger, spreading the flames across forest areas faster than usual.

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Seeing as California is the hub of the film and television industries, the entertainment and dramas shot there will surely be affected in some way. A number of productions have already been put on hold, such as HBO’s Westworld, which is currently developing its second season.

Fire officials have issued a statement on the fire today, stating that:

“Our big variable tonight is the wind, and the wind is expected to pick up in some places to 70 miles an hour – that’s hurricane force winds.”

“That can drive a fire in a way that is unimaginable to most of us. So please, take this serious, pack a bag, be ready to go.”
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a phone alert to those in the vicinity, warning residents in LA and the surrounding areas to be aware of the risk that fire strong winds bring. The mayor, Eric Garcetti, gave thanks to firefighters from the city as well as other agencies, saying that “these are days that break your heart, but these are also days that show the resilience of our city.”

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It was amidst this chaotic blaze, which NBC Los Angeles reported has scorched a total of 83,000 acres already, that one man took the time and risk to save an animal that had no clue what was happening, and surely would have died if left to its own devices.

The video was broadcast by RMG News after another motorist captured the video, which shows a man saving a wild rabbit from the flames. The man, who has chosen to remain unnamed, spotted a terrified rabbit on the edge of Highway 1, seemingly heading straight into the flames. Luckily, he managed to catch him just in time. You can see the amazing video below:

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You can understand the confusion of the people watching him, as he seems to stumble around fearfully and eventually pull the distressed creature from the flames. It’s a beautiful reveal after the first few seconds of the video make him look a bit mad.

The cameraman who filmed the event said that he saw the man pull his car over to save the rabbit, but afterward declined a request for an on-camera interview. So you can add “humble” to the list of words to describe this heroic individual.

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This suicidal army veteran with PTSD had his life saved by a cat

This suicidal army veteran with PTSD had his life saved by a cat

For a lot of military veterans, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (more commonly known as PTSD) can be a major problem. People who suffer from the condition usually feel extremely paranoid and anxious, and might also find themselves dealing with flashbacks or nightmares of traumatic events.

Unfortunately, because of the mental and physical toll the disorder can inflict, people who suffer from PTSD often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms – or worse, suicide.
For Josh Marino, a veteran who sustained a brain injury during the Iraq war, this was exactly the case. “A lot of [soldiers] come home without realizing we are bringing the war home with us,” he explained. “In a lot of cases, having an invisible wound that nobody can see – you’re just not believed.”

Tragically, the ongoing trauma of the things that Josh had seen and experienced during combat became too much for him, and he made a plan to end his life.

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“There came a night when I was in a really, really bad place. I didn’t want to deal with it anymore,” said Josh. “So I took out one of my knives, set it to the side. I wrote a letter up on my computer, set it there on the desktop. Then I went downstairs and walked out the back door of the barracks, and I smoked a cigarette in the rain. It was going to be my last one.”

But, in this one pivotal moment of Josh’s life, something happened.
“I heard a little meow,” he said. And then, “This little black and white kitten comes walking out of the bushes. He just walked up and was brushing up against my legs. [He] let me pet him. I broke down crying.”

Josh said that this caused some kind of change in him. “I stopped thinking about all of my problems,” he said, “and I started thinking about all of his problems.”

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Having found this poor defenseless animal, Josh realized he couldn’t end his life. Instead, he took it as a sign that he had been given a new purpose. So, every day, he went outside with a plate of tuna and he fed the kitten, whom he named Scout. In turn, Scout let Josh pet him, and gradually grew so familiar with him that he learned to recognize the sound of his voice.

And it meant everything to the army vet.
“This cat gave me something to look forward to every day,” he explained. “He didn’t see anything wrong with me. He didn’t see any flaws or imperfections. It felt safe.”

But that all fell apart when Josh got back from work one evening to find that Scout was no longer at the barracks.

Amazingly, though, this is not where their story ends.

A few months later, when Josh had found himself a girlfriend, Becky, and was beginning to settle back into a normal life, he decided to adopt a pet. So, the couple went to a local shelter.
And this is what happened:

“Becky and I were walking through these two rows of crates [and] all of a sudden a little black and white paw shoots out from a crate and starts smacking me in my left arm. I looked inside, and it’s that same little black and white cat. I opened up that cage, and I pulled him out, and I held him tight.”

Just over a year later, Josh got married to Becky and moved in with her (and her three cats). And now, with the help of family, friends, and animals, the soldier is on the road to feeling well again

This Boy Is Playing With A Very Unusual Friend. Just Wait Until You See Who It Is… WOW!

This Boy Is Playing With A Very Unusual Friend. Just Wait Until You See Who It Is… WOW!

Children can form the strangest of friendship, either with animals or even the imaginary ones that they create in their head. In their own way, these friendships help these children to develop over time and prepare them for the outside world when they grow up. And in the old fishing harbour of Vueltas located on La Gomera, one boy has developed the strangest friendships of all: a stingray.

The town is known for the various stingrays that live in the area, as the fishermen throw their bycatch into the port where the creatures feed. But the little boy named Joel does more than just stand by and watch them eat. He goes right up to one, and the creature allows him to pet it while it eats!

 

Disappearing Amazon healers are taking potential cures for incurable diseases with them

Disappearing Amazon healers are taking potential cures for incurable diseases with them

“Every time a shaman dies, it is as though a book is burned,” says Jose Roque mournfully as he hacks through a vine with a machete.

The 63-year-old indigenous Shipibo healer is showing me around an overgrown jungle garden behind the traditional thatched-roof hut he calls home here in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.

Roque has long been cultivating plants on this dense patch of rain forest to treat a host of ills, including headaches, nausea, inflammation, skin rashes and menstrual pains.

Once dismissed as primitive charlatans, medicine men like Roque are increasingly being recognized by scientists for their very real abilities.

Their skills and knowledge, acquired over thousands of generations spent experimenting with Amazonian wildlife, are now viewed as key to unlocking the rain forest’s vast potential to provide new pharmaceuticals — for everything from the common cold to cancer and AIDS.

Already five of the top 10 prescription medicines in the United States are derived from living organisms. For cancer drugs, the proportion is even higher, with three-quarters coming from biological sources.

And nowhere is richer in animal and plant species than the Amazon, the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth.

Yet testing plants for potential treatments is a long and costly business. Only one of every 10,000 to 20,000 natural compounds screened by scientists ever becomes a drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

That’s where native peoples come in, with their huge head start over Western medicine on identifying the jungle’s active compounds.

But younger generations here are increasingly rejecting their ancestral roots for a Western lifestyle. That means scientists are losing the shortcut of indigenous knowledge to finding the most promising natural substances in the world’s largest tropical rain forest.

During the 20th century, 90 tribes are thought to have disappeared across the Amazon, an area two-thirds the size of the contiguous United States. Some were wiped out by Western diseases to which they had no immunity. Others vanished as their members abandoned their traditional culture just to survive in the white man’s world.

In the last 15 years, the pace has accelerated as roads, logging, agriculture, mining and damming increasingly penetrate the jungle, says Michael Harner, a US anthropologist who has been studying Amazonian shamanism for more than 50 years.

“I am pessimistic. It is a very serious situation,” adds Harner, who founded the San Francisco-based Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Protecting the Amazon jungle will not be enough. Culture must be maintained, too. This study of a Colombian tribe, led by a University of California, San Francisco expert, noted how their “healing tradition is a complex art of diagnosis, examination, communication, ritual and treatment, which cannot be ‘saved’” simply by preserving plants.

No one seems to know for sure how many medicine men still survive across the Amazon. But the scale of their natural cabinet is staggering. Just in the northwestern Amazon, locals use 1,300 different plants medicinally.

“It is very severe what is happening to our people,” says Roque. “When the young don’t learn and the old die, the myths die too. The few elderly people who still know our songs don’t dare sing them because they get laughed at.”

For Roque’s children and grandchildren, temptations to break with tradition are all around. They live in Santa Clara, on the outskirts of Pucallpa, one of Peru’s fastest growing cities. Their village was founded in the 1970s by missionaries who encouraged the Shipibos to give up their nomadic lifestyle and settle there.

Fueled by illegal logging, Pucallpa is high-decibel, chaotic and vibrant. The city is packed with discos, bars, fast food joints and street markets full of cheap, Chinese-produced clothing and blaring salsa music. Two huge, gleaming malls have been built in the last 10 years, as Western consumer culture takes this rain forest frontier by storm.

No wonder towns like Pucallpa across the Amazon draw native youngsters from the surrounding rain forest.

Behind them, they are leaving aging medicine men without the chance to pass on their unique knowledge to the younger generations. “Not a single tribe that has gone extinct in the Amazon had anything written down,” Plotkin says.

Which is why, as Roque puts it, the loss of each shaman is equal to the destruction of a treasured book.

Police in tense 45 minute standoff with stuffed toy tiger

Police in tense 45 minute standoff with stuffed toy tiger

Any police force needs to be prepared for unusual situations. Even in small towns and villages where the most they have to deal with is the local drunk or someone going 5mph over the speed limit, they need to know the right procedure to follow when the unimaginable happens. Sure, they probably won’t have to use it, but you never know what could happen.

Whether they were skeptical or not, officers came out in full force recently when it was reported that a tiger may be on the loose in Hatton, near Peterhead in Scotland. A local farmer, 24-year-old Bruce Grubb, was having a housewarming party in his new cottage when he left his guests to check in on the cows, some of which were pregnant.

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“I was on duty because the cows could drop at any time so I wasn’t drinking,” he told the Scottish Sun. “I flashed my torch in the shed and saw it sitting there. I got the fright of my life”.

The dangerous creature he believed he had spotted in his animal shed could have put the lives of his 200 cows in peril, and even potentially his guests. So he called up the North East Police Division, who surrounded the area with an armed response team. They called a local zoo to see if anything had escaped, but without any more information, they ended up in a 45-minute stand-off with a stuffed toy, before they started to suspect it might not be real.

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Inspector George Cordiner told the BBC that it was “standard practice” given the potential threat to the public, and the North East Police Division posted a statement about the incident. The Facebook post read that it was true that their “officers had a roaring shift on Saturday night”, quoting Cordiner:

“We received a call from an extremely concerned member of the public late on Saturday evening with regards to a wild animal being loose in the grounds of a farm in the Hatton area.

“Unusual as the call may have seemed, any call reporting a potential danger to the public has to be taken seriously and efforts were made to verify the sighting as soon as possible, including starting to make contact with the nearest wildlife park to make sure they did not have an escapee.

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“As is standard practice when we are made aware of a potential threat to the public the use of firearms officers was considered as a contingency. In this case, they attended the area in support of the local community officers but they were not deployed nor required.

“Our ultimate aim is to protect the public and keep our officers safe when faced with uncertain situations. Until you know exactly what you are dealing with, every option has to be considered.

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“The incident was stood down within 45 minutes once officers attended and established there was no threat to the public. We appreciate that it was a false call made with genuine good intent.”

World’s worst police sketch actually leads to successful arrest

World’s worst police sketch actually leads to successful arrest

These days, a lot of the forensic techniques used by crime investigators are so sophisticated that they’d probably seem unrealistically futuristic if used in a TV show. We all know about fingerprint identification and DNA comparisons, but highly-advanced techniques like chemical analysis through spectrometry, psychological profiling, and (if you’ve ever seen an episode of Dexter) blood spatter analysis all seem way too complex for us laypeople to understand.

However, criminal investigations aren’t always as high tech as we imagine them to be, and sometimes a break in the case will come from something as simple as a witness testimony, or a police sketch.

Just recently, in fact, a suspect in Pennsylvania was charged with theft after being identified through a witness’ sketch; even though it was possibly the worst one in the world.

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Hunt Phuoc Nguyen, a 44-year-old man from Lancaster, is being sought for arrest as of this week after someone recognized him from a sketch that was provided by a witness.

According to Lancaster City Police, the alleged criminal was described as being of either Asian or South American descent, around 5 feet 4 inches tall, and somewhere between the ages of 30 and 40. It was also noted that the suspect had wide cheekbones and dark hair.

Granted, that’s not a hugely detailed amount of information, and personally, I think I could identify at least one or two people from my list of acquaintances who fit that description. So, when it was posted online, people hoped that the accompanying sketch would give them a better idea of who to look out for.

Unfortunately, it looked like this:

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Far from being an obvious likeness of a specific person (or, indeed, an actual human being), the sketch instead resembled the scribblings of a six-year-old. With its comically-shaped head, scribbly hair, and a tiny smile, the picture could easily have passed as a kid’s attempt at drawing their dad.

The drawing seemed so ridiculous that many people thought it might be a joke, prompting Lancaster City Police to say, “We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect. This was not done in jest.”

And, amazingly, it actually helped one person to identify Nguyen as the perpetrator.

This is what he really looks like:

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Somehow, I can sort of see the resemblance. The round eyes were spot on in the sketch, as was the small mouth. The nose could have done with some more work, and his hair is definitely not as full as it was made out to be in the drawing; but – considering the sketch looked like a 30-second doodle – I think it was fairly accurate.

“While the sketch provided by the witness may have appeared amateurish and cartoonish, it, along with the distinctive physical descriptors, jogged the memory of at least one investigator to provide a potential suspect name,” the police said.

After he was identified, Nguyen was charged with theft by unlawful taking and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Here Is How to Kill the Bacteria That Causes Heartburn and Bloating

Here Is How to Kill the Bacteria That Causes Heartburn and Bloating

H. pylori is a bacterium which is known to have a negative influence on the digestive system. It can be ingested from polluted water or food and if not treated timely, it can lead to serious health complications like stomach ulcers and tumors by destroying the stomach lining.Luckily, there are potent natural cures that can successfully destroy this infection. This is better solution than over-the-counter medications that come with serious side effects.

H. pylori Bacterium Explained

This spiral bacterium is created in the mucosal layer which keeps the lining of the small intestine and stomach safe. It can also be considered as ulcer bacteria because it produces cytotoxin which can trigger the ulcer formation in the digestive system. The most common symptoms of H. pylori infection are vomiting, nausea, bloating, discomfort in the abdomen, belching, fatigue, stomach ache, heartburn, halitosis, diarrhea, anemia, low appetite, and peptic ulcers.

Treating H. pylori Naturally

Propolis

It contains approximately 300 compounds that have the capacity to prevent the spread of this infection.

Garlic

This potent vegetable possesses antibiotic and anti-inflammatory characteristics and when eaten raw, it can be effective in destroying the infection.

Nisenan People: The California Tribe the Government Tried to Erase in the 60s

Nisenan People: The California Tribe the Government Tried to Erase in the 60s

Photographer Avery Leigh White captured members of the tribe keeping their traditions and culture alive

The Nisenan people once inhabited the valleys of Central California once had a population in the thousands – but following the California Gold Rush in the nineteenth century, they were decimated, with the numbers dwindling significantly as white settlers took their land.

While 562 Native American tribes have federal recognition – the Nisenan tribe is not among them.

Federal recognition brings protection for reservations and federal support – something that the Nisenan do not have access to.

Photographer Avery Leigh White visited the small tribe, attempting to capture their ancient customs and traditions on film for posterity.

Tribal Council Secretary Shelly Covert says the tribe is trying to raise their profile in an attempt at formal recognition.

‘We had an entire society that was here thousands of years before the Gold Rush. I’ve been trying to raise our tribe’s visibility but it’s really tough,’ she said.

‘I’ve always been told by my elders that when we speak our language, other beings understand: the water, the trees, the animals.

‘We must use our language, as that is our direct connection to Mother Earth. Using our songs, our dances, and our ceremonial lifeways brings it full circle,’ tribe member Wanda Batchelor told VICE.

According to Covert in the report, with nearly 87 percent of the tribe at or below the poverty line, without recognition, tribe members miss out on ‘federal health and housing services, education programs, job assistance programs, etc’.

‘Our culture is so fragile right now. Every time we lose an elder, we have to wonder: What are the things we didn’t ask her, the things that aren’t in a book somewhere, the things that aren’t in a curriculum yet?’ Covert added.

 

Anonymous Donors Pledge $130,000 in Support of Native American Students

Anonymous Donors Pledge $130,000 in Support of Native American Students

Anonymous donors recently contributed funds to the Western New Mexico University Foundation, establishing an endowed named scholarship to support Native American students.

In addition to the scholarship, the donors created an immediate use fund to supplement the endowment while it grows.

This gift and pledge commitment honors the couple’s belief in education and the impact it has on creating opportunities for Native American students specifically. One of the donors developed this cultural endearment early in her professional life while teaching on a reservation.

“They have a care and concern for Native American cultures and indigenous students,” said WNMU Foundation Director Jodi Edens-Crocker.

Endowed scholarships are created with gifts that total a minimum of $15,000, and this overall pledge amounts to more than $130,000 over the couple’s multi-year commitment. The supplemental scholarship will be awarded by the Foundation as soon as possible.

“To me, this demonstrates how much the community supports what is happening on the Western New Mexico University campus,” Edens-Crocker said. “These donors are not affiliated with Western New Mexico University, other than the fact that they live in the area and see the good things we are doing to support the student body’s many diverse cultures.”

On average, Western New Mexico University serves more than 100 Native American students each semester, and the proportion of American Indians in Western New Mexico University’s student body has grown by almost a full percent since 2014.

Through the on-campus Native American Cultural Center and the longstanding Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) student group, in addition to special agreements the university holds with entities such as the Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education, Western New Mexico University ensures the needs of its Native American population are met and the traditions of their backgrounds honored.

“WNMU Foundation donors are building an establishment that is having an immediate impact on our students as well as securing support for WNMU students of the future. It’s amazing to be a part of!” Edens-Crocker said.
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More than 50 wild bison escape Yellowstone’s slaughter trap

More than 50 wild bison escape Yellowstone’s slaughter trap

Fifty-two bison have escaped a recently converted quarantine facility inside Yellowstone National Park’s Stephens Creek bison trap.

Even though Yellowstone’s proposed fifty-year quarantine plan has not yet been approved, Yellowstone initiated capture for quarantine beginning in 2016, at their Stephens Creek trap. The first group of 24 buffalo have been in the quarantine pens since March 2016, while the other group of 28 buffalo have been held there since March 2017.

All of the female buffalo who had been part of that capture-for-quarantine were shipped to slaughter last year when Yellowstone opened the trap to begin slaughter operations. All of the buffalo who remained in the then-unapproved quarantine facility were bulls. Seven of these bulls have been shipped to slaughter or have died due to human handling.

Interior Secretary Zinke claims that Yellowstone was just “days away” from sending these buffalo — all bulls — to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. However, none of the news stories that have been released include commentary from the affected Tribes.

During a phone conversation this morning, Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure told Buffalo Field Campaign that the Interior Secretary Zinke’s disclosure that “we were within days of actually moving the buffalo” was news to him. They are lying

“That’s all news to me,” McDonald said. “I didn’t know that they were getting ready, and obviously, Fort Peck didn’t either,” said Tom McDonald, Division Manager for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Parks Division.

“It is time to embrace a renewed focus on wild bison as our national mammal” Fort Peck Tribe said
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