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Dehydrated Koala Desperate for Water During Intense Australian Heatwave33s

Dehydrated Koala Desperate for Water During Intense Australian Heatwave

A koala suffering through the intense heatwave in South Australia in January was desperate to lap up some water to cool down. Wildlife care organisation Adelaide Koala Rescue advised the public to put out water for wildlife during the extreme conditions. “It’s up to everyday Australians to keep a look out and help wildlife in distress. The least we can all do is put water out around homes, workplaces and schools. Please help wildlife get through this horrendous week of weather,” they wrote on Facebook. They said a range of native wildlife were suffering and dying due to the unprecedented heat. January 13 to January 16 were in Australia’s top 10 warmest days on record, according to Bureau of Meteorology, with South Australia’s Tarcoola breaking records on January 15 when it reached a whopping 49 degrees celsius. Credit: Adelaide Koala Rescue via Storyful

Orca Calf Spotted in Critically Endangered Puget Sound Pod1m32s

Orca Calf Spotted in Critically Endangered Puget Sound Pod

A new orca calf, born into a pod of endangered orca whales seen in Puget Sound’s Salish Sea, is being closely monitored by whale researchers, as it is the first successful birth in three months. The three-week-old calf has been codenamed L1245 by the Center for Whale Research, and belongs to the L pod. According to a report from The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal, the survival rate for calves decreases substantially after two years, and L1245’s 32-year-old mother, L124, previous lost one other calf. Scientists will be watching L124 and her offspring as the years go on in order to ensure the survival of the species in the Pacific Northwest. This footage, filmed on July 11, shows a glimpse of the L pod orcas, including young L1245. Credit: Center for Whale Research via Storyful

Volunteers Take Shelter Dogs on 'Doggie Dates' in Effort to Find Them New Homes3m12s

Volunteers Take Shelter Dogs on 'Doggie Dates' in Effort to Find Them New Homes

Volunteers in Winnipeg, Canada, are working to make sure these shelter dogs get their day and a shot at finding a forever home by allowing them out on “Doggie Dates.” Winnipeg Animal Services is making efforts to find new homes for their dogs by taking them on Doggie Dates. Staff recently took some of these good boys and girls to The Forks where the dogs sported ‘Adopt Me’ vests and got a chance to meet some people. The dogs can be seen getting lots of pets from kind patrons and enjoying the winter weather. The animal services allow the pups to be taken out for “a day, weekend, or week of fun,” according to their website. Credit: Winnipeg Animal Services via Storyful

96-Year-Old Woman Pulled From Car Seconds Before Train Hits in Lombard, Illinois40s

96-Year-Old Woman Pulled From Car Seconds Before Train Hits in Lombard, Illinois

A 96-year-old woman was pulled from a car on the train tracks seconds before a passenger train came through and hit the vehicle in Lombard, Illinois, on January 14, local news reported. Antoinette Lazarra was assisted by two Lombard residents prior to the arrival of a police officer. According to the Municipal Government of Lombard Village, Lazarra had been reported missing earlier in the day and appeared disoriented, having lost control of her car and driven on to the tracks. Footage taken by Chris Diaz shows a Metra train crashing into a white car. Credit: Chris Diaz via Storyful

Los Angeles Teachers Dance Their Way Through Third Day of Strike30s

Los Angeles Teachers Dance Their Way Through Third Day of Strike

Teachers in Los Angeles, California, kept up the high energy as the strike for better pay and smaller class sizes continued into day three on Wednesday, January 16. Footage shared on Twitter shows teachers dancing through a cross walk, holding picket signs and cheering as cars honk on the road. There were no talks scheduled as of Wednesday according to local media. Over 30,000 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers walked off the job on Monday, the first strike in nearly 30 years. Credit: Laura Obehi via Storyful

Striking Teachers Line Street Outside Los Angeles High School38s

Striking Teachers Line Street Outside Los Angeles High School

Teachers from Taft Charter High School in Los Angeles, California, lined the street outside the school on Wednesday, January 16 – the third day of strikes organized by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). An estimated 35,000 teachers have picketed since Monday, demanding smaller class sizes, funding for school safety initiatives, and higher wages. Meanwhile, only a third of the 600,000 students served by the district showed up for class on Monday, according to local media. Video posted by one Taft teacher shows a line of striking educators extending down the street outside the high school. Other clips shows demonstrators singing and dancing, as many striking teachers have done over the past several days. Credit: Angelina Murphy via Storyful

Australian Reptile Park Welcomes First Tree-Kangaroo1m54s

Australian Reptile Park Welcomes First Tree-Kangaroo

The Australian Reptile Park, in Somersby, New South Wales, welcomed a new addition to their zoo — their first tree-kangaroo. The park announced the arrival of Banjo, an endangered Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo, on January 15. According to Dean Reid, Australian Reptile Park’s Head of Mammals, Banjo is adapting well to his new home and loves to eat Hibiscus flowers, as seen in the footage. Banjo is not on display to the public yet, but the zoo plans to bring in a female partner for him in 2019, along with a new exhibit for the pair. Credit: The Australian Reptile Park via Storyful

Satirical Washington Post Issue Handed Out Outside White House34s

Satirical Washington Post Issue Handed Out Outside White House

Activists distributed a satirical print edition of the Washington Post around the US capital on Wednesday, January 16, that included a front page and articles imagining a time when President Donald Trump chooses to leave the White House. The fake edition was dated May 1, 2019, and had a front page headline reading: “UNPRESIDENTED.” Inside, there was an “action guide” to “bringing down” the president. The Yes Men, a self-styled satirical activist group, said they produced the fake paper. The group carried other so-called “hijinks” in the past and created a website to mimic the Post’s online edition. In response to the stunt, the Washington Post’s Public Relations team released a statement clarifying that neither the print nor online editions are their products. Credit: Sara Kenigsberg via Storyful

Zoo Elephant Celebrates Her Birthday With Special Cake1m19s

Zoo Elephant Celebrates Her Birthday With Special Cake

An elephant living in Melbourne Zoo in Victoria, Australia, celebrated her ninth birthday on January 16 with an iced cake and treats that she shared with other members of her herd. Video shared by Melbourne Zoo showed Mali rushing to her specially-laid out picnic, and having fun knocking the cake over with her trunk. Children visiting the zoo also sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Mali. Credit: Melbourne Zoo via Storyful

Coalition Troops Are Reported Target in Deadly North Syria Blast51s

Coalition Troops Are Reported Target in Deadly North Syria Blast

Members of the US-backed military coalition in Syria, as well as local militia members and civilians, were said to be among the victims in an explosion in Manbij, Syria, on January 16. There were unconfirmed initial reports that the coalition troops killed were Americans. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 people died. Dozens of people were reported injured in the blast, the Kurdish news agency ANHA reported. It said four Americans who were at the scene of the attack were taken from the area by helicopter. Multiple videos of helicopters in the area were posted to social media in the wake of the blast being reported. Credit: ANHA News via Storyful

Picket Line Dancing: Teachers Keep Spirits Up During Strike Action40s

Picket Line Dancing: Teachers Keep Spirits Up During Strike Action

Teachers taking part in the Los Angeles teachers’ strike didn’t allow wet weather to dampen their spirits, and used some fancy dance moves to keep warm and motivated. Evan Geary shared video of striking teachers and their supporters dancing on the picket line at Venice High School, in Los Angeles, on Monday, January 14. Credit: Evan Geary via Storyful

Wyoming Firefighters Make Training Fun With Hockey Game43s

Wyoming Firefighters Make Training Fun With Hockey Game

Firefighters from Jackson Hole Fire Department in Wyoming jazzed up some recent air consumption training with a game of ice hockey. A video shared to Instagram by Ben Thurston shows his crew battling it out on the ice rink at Owen Bircher Park in Wilson, with oxygen tanks and masks strapped on. According to the post, the firefighters were kitted out in full bunker gear. “Gotta keep the training fun and new,” Thurston wrote alongside the footage. Credit: Ben Thurston via Storyful

Aussie Larrikin's Hilarious Way of Cooling Down During Intense Heat50s

Aussie Larrikin's Hilarious Way of Cooling Down During Intense Heat

This Aussie bloke had onlookers in hysterics after he ‘swam’ down a flooded street in Geraldton, New South Wales, on January 12. The Perth man took advantage of a burst water main that flooded a street outside the Freemasons Hotel. He began performing breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly to the applause of onlookers. “I can’t even express how funny it was to watch in person,” uploader Tahlia Bland told Storyful. “All the customers were watching and applauded at the end. “The guy swimming is from Perth but comes to our pub every night for dinner when he is working here in Geraldton." The stunt was a dare from friends, Bland said. Geraldton was one of a number of towns affected by high temperatures in mid-january. Severe weather warnings were issued for communities in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia as authorities advised residents to follow health and safety tips to avoid heatstress. Credit: Tahlia Bland via Storyful

Heavy Police Presence as Honduran Migrant Caravan Crosses Border into Guatemala9s

Heavy Police Presence as Honduran Migrant Caravan Crosses Border into Guatemala

A migrant caravan that departed Honduras on Monday, January 14, was met by heavy police presence as it reached the border crossing to Guatemala, at Agua Caliente, on Tuesday. Several hundred members of the US-bound caravan presented documents to cross legally into Guatemala, Reuters reported. Nearly 150 migrants were turned away because they lacked the correct documents, according to Reuters citing local police. Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday about the new caravan, saying “only a wall, or steel barrier, will keep our country safe!” Credit: Enma Calderon / Azteca Honduras via Storyful

Crowd Cheers in London's Parliament Square After May's Brexit Vote Defeat14s

Crowd Cheers in London's Parliament Square After May's Brexit Vote Defeat

Anti-Brexit demonstrators cheered as the defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the European Union was broadcast on a big screen in Parliament Square, outside the House of Commons, in London, on January 15. May’s deal was defeated by 432 votes to 202 – the largest government defeat since 1924. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a “no confidence” vote in the government, raising the potential for a general election. Credit: John McCabe via Storyful

Riot Police Push Back Yellow Vest Protesters Ahead of Macron Arrival in Bourgtheroulde3m47s

Riot Police Push Back Yellow Vest Protesters Ahead of Macron Arrival in Bourgtheroulde

Police pushed back yellow vest protesters from the main street of Bourgtheroulde in Normandy, France, on January 15, ahead of the arrival of President Emmanuel Macron. Macron was in town to address a gathering of 600 mayors at a national debate where the president hoped to resolve issues raised by the yellow vest, or “gilets jaunes,” protests. This footage was livestreamed by a founder of the ‘Gilets Jaunes Citoyens’, Thierry Paul Valette. It shows police pushing back a chanting crowd with riot shields. Credit: Thierry Paul Valette via Storyful

Student Lends Musical Support to Striking Teachers in Reseda32s

Student Lends Musical Support to Striking Teachers in Reseda

Striking teachers in Reseda, California, on january 14 received musical support from student Michael Lum, who played guitar and sang Tear the Fascists Down by Woody Guthrie outside Cleveland High School as teachers picketed. “There were dozens of students joining us on the picket line despite the weather, bringing their energy and creativity with them,” said Jessica Peroff, who shot this video. Teachers from Los Angeles Unified School District began a strike on Monday, the first in nearly 30 years. According to Peroff, teachers were striking for smaller class sizes and more funding for support staff, along with higher pay. Credit: Jessica Peroff via Storyful

Protesters Block Strikebreakers in Los Angeles During Teachers' Industrial Action42s

Protesters Block Strikebreakers in Los Angeles During Teachers' Industrial Action

Protesters waved signs and chanted, demanding that administrators and substitute teachers filling in for demonstrators go home, during a second day of union-organized strikes in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 15. Video taken in Los Angeles’ Koreatown shows protesters chanting, “Turn around,” and preventing strikebreakers from entering a parking garage to report to work. Tuesday was the second day of strikes planned by United Teachers Los Angeles, a union representing public school teachers. Monday’s protests saw 32,000 teachers in the second-largest school district in the United States leave work to protest, according to local media. Teachers’ group United Teachers Los Angeles has demanded smaller class sizes, funding for school safety initiatives and higher wages. Credit: DSA Los Angeles via Storyful

Pitch Invader Dog Runs Rings Around Players During Soccer Game44s

Pitch Invader Dog Runs Rings Around Players During Soccer Game

A dog interrupted Tunbridge Wells’ SCEFL fixture against Chatham Town on Saturday, January 12, when it ran onto the pitch and had to be chased away by several players. Footage shared to Twitter by East Sussex resident Benjamin Braddock shows an energetic Yorkshire Terrier sprinting away from players as they attempt to coax it off the pitch. The dog’s appearance proved helpful to Chatham Town, who managed to defeat hosts Tunbridge Wells 4-3. Credit: Benjamin Braddock via Storyful

Students Sing as Last Piece of 'Silent Sam' Statue Removed From UNC Campus39s

Students Sing as Last Piece of 'Silent Sam' Statue Removed From UNC Campus

Students at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill sang the school’s alma mater as workers removed the pedestal of a statue of a Confederate soldier on the university quad after midnight on Tuesday, January 15. The statue, known as “Silent Sam,” had been a divisive issue amid a national debate around institutional racism and the value of Confederate monuments and other symbols. In August 2018, the monument was pulled down by protesters. When the university sought to re-erect it, UNC’s Undergraduate Student Senate issued a statement criticizing the administration’s decision. On January 14, the University Chancellor, Carol Folt, announced her intention to resign at the end of the spring semester and authorized the removal of the statue’s pedestal and plaque. The decision, according to Folt’s statement, to preserve “the personal safety and well-being” of the UNC community. Video taken on Tuesday shows workers removing the pedestal and remaining elements of the monument as student sang “Hark the Sound,” the UNC school anthem. Credit: Defend UNC via Storyful

Smoke Rises From Scene of 'Shooting Incident' in Nairobi45s

Smoke Rises From Scene of 'Shooting Incident' in Nairobi

Police warned motorists to avoid the Riverside Drive area of Nairobi after reports of explosions and gunfire near a hotel and office complex there on January 15. Police told The Star they were alerted to a “shooting incident” at an address on Riverside Drive and had cordoned off the area. Video here shows smoke rising from the scene of the suspected attack. Credit: @Imran_Otieno via Storyful

Mahomes Makes Young Chiefs Fans' Day by Gifting Headband46s

Mahomes Makes Young Chiefs Fans' Day by Gifting Headband

Two young Kansas City Chiefs fans got more than they bargained for after the Chiefs’ playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, January 12, when quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave one of them his headband. Mahomes, 23, stopped on his way to the locker room to make nine-year-old Charlie Prender’s day. Speaking to Storyful, Charlie’s mom, Alena, said it was a moment Charlie and his friend Brody would never forget. Credit: Alena Prenger via Storyful

Motorist Finds Toddler in Car Seat That Fell From Vehicle Into Street3m00s

Motorist Finds Toddler in Car Seat That Fell From Vehicle Into Street

A motorist in Mankato, Minnesota, got a shock on January 14 when he turned a corner to find a child strapped into a car seat lying on a busy road. Dashcam footage posted on Facebook shows Chad Cheddar Mock’s vehicle make the turn, to where the child is lying. The car the child had been travelling in fails to stop, and continues off down the street as Mock comes to the child’s aid. Police said the child fell out of her mother’s car because the safety seat in which she was sitting had not been secured properly. Police and ambulance staff who attended the scene found the child to be uninjured. The girl’s mother may face charges of child endangerment, local media said. Credit: Chad Cheddar Mock via Storyful

Police Clear Yellow Vest Protesters From Town Ahead of Macron's Arrival for 'National Debate'38s

Police Clear Yellow Vest Protesters From Town Ahead of Macron's Arrival for 'National Debate'

Protesters were removed from the main street of Bourgtheroulde in Normandy, France, on January 15 ahead of the arrival of President Emmanuel Macron. Macron was in town to address a gathering of 600 mayors, the launch of a national debate during which the president hopes to resolve issues raised by the yellow vest, or “gilets jaunes,” protests. Credit: Clément Bargain via Storyful

Tiny Possum Munching on Fruit for First Time Is Just the Cutest38s

Tiny Possum Munching on Fruit for First Time Is Just the Cutest

A tiny possum at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales, tried some delicious fruit for the first time recently, and a video of the taste experience was shared on Facebook on January 13. Pretzel the possum tried some blueberries and raspberries, which looked comically big compared to the super-small critter. Pretzel’s cute fruit debut had over 42,000 views on Facebook at the time of writing. Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful