Everyday Heroes

Great teamwork saves baby chimp from poachers1m00s

Great teamwork saves baby chimp from poachers

Great teamwork of @lwirocrpl and Virunga National Park to save this baby out of the hands of poachers. We flew baby Mussa to his new home at Lwiro Primates. This looks cute but is actually a sad story. He should be with his mum.. But happy we could give him a new good home! Thanks to the whole team! This is conservation! Credit: @anthonycaere https://www.instagram.com/anthonycaere/

Customers share salad leftovers with chickens in outdoor restaurant40s

Customers share salad leftovers with chickens in outdoor restaurant

Chickens and roosters are fascinating and entertaining creatures. If we are lucky enough to visit a farm where they are kept, we can see them running, clucking, scratching the dirt and investigating their surroundings. They are curious creatures and they are always in high speed mode. Like turbo charged wind up toys, they race around looking for food and pecking at almost everything they can find. But the place that you would least expect to find them is in a restaurant. Yet, that's exactly where these chickens live. It's an open air restaurant outside the parking lot of the Grand Cayman Island airport. The chickens are wild, although they are more than comfortable with humans. They run freely in and out of the parking lot and under the tables. If they get a chance, they even hop up on the chairs and the tables, although the staff will quickly chase them away. Amused customers, especially from North America, where this is unusual, excitedly watch the chickens and take pictures. They even sneak them food, a practice that is frowned upon by the staff, because it encourages bold behavior from the roosters. But the staff seem to understand that people can't resist sneaking them a treat or a few leftovers. This family from Canada had more Caesar salad than they could finish and they saw that the chickens were hungry. They couldn't resist sharing and the chickens were thrilled. They gathered around and gobbled up the vegetables like they were starving. The truth is that chickens will eat all day long and these ones were actually quite well fed, but their excitement was fun to watch. Of course, the irony of feeding chickens a Caesar salad, especially so close to a restaurant grill, was not lost and there were many jokes being made about this being an easy way to create a chicken Caesar salad. These chickens are smarter than we might think and they had learned the difference between customers who were waiting for food and those who already had food. They watched the waitress and followed her to tables where she was delivering trays of food, and they definitely understood where they were more likely to get some scraps. They even seemed to understand how to determine when people had stopped eating, their best opportunity to get the leftovers. They gathered around the tables of customers who had finished their meals, possibly to get leftovers, or possibly to hop up on the tables in the moments before the waitress came to take the plates away. Either way, these chickens were amazing and the restaurant experience was a unique one with all of these birds running around between tables.

Vance's Incredible 365-day transformation will blow you away5m37s

Vance's Incredible 365-day transformation will blow you away

What would you attempt to do, if you knew your success was a certainty? Just one year ago, Vance Hinds was inspired by comedian Bert Kreischer's sober October challenge enough to decide to make a change, and to say "yes" to anything. The results after just one year are mind blowing and proof that anything truly is possible when you set your mind to it. Credit: DDP YOGA https://ddpyoga.com/

Girl With Cerebral Palsy Takes Her First Independent Steps16s

Girl With Cerebral Palsy Takes Her First Independent Steps

A 6-year-old girl with cerebral palsy beats all odds to take her first independent steps. This video has been a sensation and has allowed this precious child to become an inspiration to thousands of people to look at life differently. When the video begins, the child can be seen standing stationary in the center of the room. This is the place where this child receives physical therapy, and the therapist is the man behind her assisting her. The therapist helps the little girl stand still, and everyone holds their breath for what they are hoping will happen next. This child is from Sydney, Australia. She has a condition called Cerebral Palsy, which often cripples a person in drastic ways. Many patients with this condition never learn at all to walk on their own, which is heartbreaking. Some of these people never even have the ability to actually speak. It is important to remember that this is a physical disease, so many of the people with Cerebral Palsy are mentally and cognitively right where they should be at whatever their age is. Many parents of children with this condition will state that their child is in no way mentally handicapped, and they insist that the child fully understands everything that is said to them just as any “normal” child without this disease would. Four seconds into the video, the child begins taking her first step. Before this moment, this little girl had always required the assistance of a walker or canes that are often used by children with the condition. She looks to be somewhere between the ages of 5 and 7, so imagine what it must be like to live for years without being able to just jump out of bed and head out the door on your own if you wanted to. The children plagued with this disease are some of the strongest individuals you could ever meet. These children go through more in one day than most do in a year or even a lifetime. They battle constant health concerns, physical concerns, depression, anxiety, and dozens of other adversities every day in their lives, and they many times never seem to lose their spirit. These kids resiliently fight through every day with hope and joy in their hearts, and they inspire just about everyone they meet. The whole world rejoices with this child and her parents when she takes that second step completely by herself. The sweetest and most adorable part is the very end when she turns to look at her parent, who is behind the camera making this recording the entire time. The little girl gives her parent the most adorable smile that will absolutely melt your heart. She is so proud of herself. She probably does not even realize yet how amazing she is. This child will undoubtedly go on to amaze her family throughout her life as she learns how to do one new thing after another. She has persevered through so much already, and it looks like she is nowhere near finished.

Couple With Cancer Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime2m52s

Couple With Cancer Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime

The “PRAY-nksters” are at it again with another positive prank. Videos like this usually go viral because of a couple different reasons: 1. They are very different from videos the public usually sees. 2. It contains a beautiful story that captures the hearts of its viewers. 3. This particular group who creates these situations adds welcome comedy to a sweet story that would not normally be present. This makes it all the more creative and unique. Ed and Liz are dealing with stage 4 cancer, multiple melanoma to be exact, and to make matters that much worse, Ed is unable to work. Liz, Ed’s wife, says that her husband started showing symptoms the previous fall, and she says that she knew something was not right. One of the biggest concerns, behind Ed’s health of course, was the fact that they did not know how they would ever be able to pay for the treatments. While there are children’s hospitals like Saint Jude that will treat a child without billing the families at all, this is not as much of an option available to adults. Situations such as these leave millions of adults every single year in a situation that is more than overwhelming. It is heartbreaking for these families as it is having to worry about the health and lifespan of their family members; they should not have to worry so much about the ability of paying for these life- saving treatments that they have to have to even get a chance at surviving these terrible killer diseases. When this event was set up, Liz and Ed believed that they were showing up for their son’s Boy Scouts award ceremony and Tuesday night Scout meeting. They believed that the Scouts wanted to present them with an award because the Boy Scouts do pumpkin sales. Ed and Liz explain that they loaned their trailer to the Scouts to use for the pumpkin sales, so that is what the award would have been for, which they did receive. A giving mob of over 400 people showed up and surprised them with gifts, money, and words of encouragement! The video shows Liz’s reaction as she is overwhelmed by the enormous group of people who are there only to help her and her husband. This had to be such an amazing moment for this beautiful couple. The group that organized this meeting has done such an incredible thing for these people. The line of people in the video coming through the room seems to be never ending. The pile through the doors, and they are all holding gifts to bring to the sweet, adorable couple. They embrace their friends and neighbors coming through the line bearing gifts. This “giving mob” lasts for over thirty straight minutes! This line was moving pretty fast, so imagine how many people you could see in a fast moving line that lasts for thirty minutes! This is an amazing moment for everyone who was involved in this incredible encounter. This group has changed the lives of this couple forever. The video ends with the group’s signature Bible verse, which is as follows: “Fear Nothing, Pray About Everything” (Philippians 4:6).

Fire Department Captain saves dog stuck on top of roof1m15s

Fire Department Captain saves dog stuck on top of roof

Wells Fire Department Captain Jeff Nawfel was able to save this beautiful dog who managed to get out onto his roof and got stuck. Thanks Captain Nawfel. Video by Officer Steve McDonald Wells Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 4652 Full credit: Wells Maine Police ( https://www.facebook.com/WellsMainePolice/ )

Texas officers save man from burning vehicle2m14s

Texas officers save man from burning vehicle

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne is proud to release this video of the heroic actions of two Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputies. At approximately 8:33 p.m. on December 13, 2018, there was a major motor vehicle crash in the 3800 block SH 124, just south of Winnie. Upon arrival at this crash scene, Chambers County Deputies Braedon Boznango and Carlton Carrington found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames from the rollover crash. There was an unconscious male lying in the front seat with his abdomen and legs on fire. The two deputies approached the vehicle without regard for their own safety and began reaching inside the vehicle to rescue the sole occupant. Deputies Boznango and Carrington were able to pull the unconscious male through the door window opening and onto the ground. Both deputies were able to place the injured man into a nearby water puddle and extinguish all flames on his body. The male was airlifted to a Houston hospital in critical condition. Both deputies were uninjured during their rescue of this man, however, the intensity of this fire melted parts of their equipment while on their uniforms. Had these deputies not acted quickly, decisively and without total disregard for their own safety, the seriously injured man would have perished inside the vehicle. The attached video is a combination of three cameras, one in car and two body cameras. Credit: Chambers County Sheriff's Office

Super car club needs armored car to deliver toys to Sick Kids Hospital2m30s

Super car club needs armored car to deliver toys to Sick Kids Hospital

North Face Rally is a well known super car and exotic car club in the Toronto area. They are known for having fast and beautiful cars, and for having the legendary Ghostrider (Ghostriderto) as a prominent member. But something that they are also known for is their passion for community and charity and for helping deserving people, especially children. They have held countless charity events, fundraisers and toy drives. They have made wishes come true for deserving people and children who dream of having a ride in a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or other sports car. They even set up a closed track event where participants were rocketed around a circuit at full throttle in exchange for a donation. Another prominent group in the charity scene is Toys for Joy, a group of committed individuals in the Peterborough area who have been collecting toys and donations at Christmas for almost a decade. When the North Face Rally tried to stuff all of their toy donations into their race cars, they knew they needed help. Ghostrider approached Wes Patterson from Toys for Joy and asked if they could borrow the Brinks truck to help deliver their toys to Sick Kids Hospital. Wes got the biggest truck Brinks had, decorated it in perfect Christmas fashion and rolled it out of the yard with Nathan Mason. These officers arrived at the start of the rally and had an exotic car escort to Toys R Us. Dozens of members of the North Face Rally, along with Wes, Nathan, and Tom Garrett, a cancer survivor who has received life-saving care at Sick Kids hospital, descended upon the aisles at Toys R Us. They filled carts until overflowing and lined up at the checkouts. Not surprisingly, some of the toys that they selected had a race car theme. They pulled the armored car up to the door and filled it to overflowing. With the toys safely locked in the back, the group set off for Sick Kids hospital. Their load of toys filled the donation boxes in the hospital lobby. These toys will be used to put a smile on the faces of children who are facing challenges at Christmas, or those who will be spending their holidays in a hospital bed. With Christmas spirit like this, it’s easy to understand why this group is known as “the Fast and the Generous”.

Bodycam captures fleeing robbery suspect crashing Into Deputy's vehicle1m27s

Bodycam captures fleeing robbery suspect crashing Into Deputy's vehicle

Yesterday, an individual committed a robbery by sudden snatching in the area of US 19 and Flora Avenue. As he was fleeing the robbery, the individual struck another vehicle and this crash was witnessed by Pasco Sheriff's deputies after which a short pursuit was initiated before being disengaged due to the suspect traveling at over 100 mph. Shortly after the pursuit was discontinued, the suspect lost control of his vehicle as he continued heading northbound on US 19 and struck Deputy Henrici's vehicle at approximately 70 mph. This crash is captured in the below body worn camera footage and again highlights the dangers our deputies face every shift. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was apprehended shortly after. Thankfully, Deputy Henrici and the suspect suffered only minor injuries. Credit: Pasco Sheriff's Office

Police officer rescues bear cub stuck in dumpster2m01s

Police officer rescues bear cub stuck in dumpster

This morning a momma bear and cub were rummaging through a dumpster when the lid fell enclosing the baby bear inside. Citizens nearby saw the mom trying to free her cub and called us. Momma bear was waiting on the hill when we arrived and Sgt. Mon Pere and Officer Donahue were able to free the little cub and send them both on their way. REMEMBER to be #BearAware and LOCK up all your garbage containers! Help keep our bears wild! Credit: Truckee Police

Police officers make several traffic stops as vehicles continued driving past a stopped bus1m19s

Police officers make several traffic stops as vehicles continued driving past a stopped bus

As we have been posting about this morning, IT IS THE LAW to stop for stopped school buses. This is to protect the children who are unloading from the bus. With recent reports of infractions, an Enforcement Action Plan was created for a noted bus stop on US 19. This body worn camera video from Deputy Justin Smith shows himself and Deputy Ashlyn Reese making several traffic stops yesterday morning as vehicles continued driving past a stopped bus as children were unloading. These enforcement actions will continue. We share this video and the post from earlier today to raise awareness to this issue and help to stop it from occurring any more. Credit: Pasco Sheriff's Office

Troopers rescue unconscious man from burning car1m46s

Troopers rescue unconscious man from burning car

Troopers Thomas O’Connor and Christopher Warwick pulled an unconscious man from a burning car moments before it became fully engulfed in flames on State Highway 42 in Gloucester Township, Camden County. Credit: New Jersey State Police

Owl rescued from roadside, refuses to leave caretakers5m46s

Owl rescued from roadside, refuses to leave caretakers

These people were notified about a barred owl who was in the road and would not fly away. The woman immediately went to save it. They have made every attempt to contact bird sanctuaries and animal rescue organizations with very little luck. They allowed it to rest for the night and took it back where it was found for release. The owl refused to fly away. It eats, drinks and otherwise seems healthy. They made a perch in their barn and are hoping for the best!

Heroic girl rings bell for her last day of radiation1m29s

Heroic girl rings bell for her last day of radiation

K’Nyla gets to ring the bell on her last day of radiation. She incredibly has beat cancer twice! Special thanks to the Phoenix Children's Hospital who takes care of her on a daily basis and to the Mayo Clinic Building - Phoenix for getting her through her sessions of radiation this past week.

Police In Peru Sets Up Food And Water Dispensers For Abandoned Dogs33s

Police In Peru Sets Up Food And Water Dispensers For Abandoned Dogs

Police stations in several cities in Peru have decided to set up food and water dispensers not only for street dogs but also for any kind of dogs, even the ones that are owned, just because the weather and the temperatures in this city can be harsh for everybody, especially dogs. This idea is a great way to help abandoned animals that are living on the streets (it offers them at least one meal a day, as the dispensers are refilled every few hours) and help prevent cases of animal abuse. Yes, we agree with you, that is excellent news! This whole operation is a success as it already started as something collective. As we mentioned above, several police stations in Peru picked up this good habit, which means that a lot more stray dogs will benefit from this. We do not know who came up with the idea, maybe someone in the police decided to implement this as a new rule and a kind move for the less fortunate. Animals must be treated nicely and we are sure that they will treat us the same way in return. Simple gestures just like this one are what our world needs in order to keep going forward. The police stations in Peru must be busy at all times, and even being that busy, they had the time to think about our four legged animals. We would like to thank the police force in Peru for showing the rest of the world how things should be done. The installation of these dispensaries must not have taken too long to install because in reality these dispensary are just big pipes attached to the walls that go all the way down to the sidewalk, where the dogs have this easiest access. During the video, a Golden Retriever can be seen identifying the dispensary with the food before taking the water from the second bowl. A few policemen are present in the background, watching the dog having a little break, and we are sure they feel good about their humane operation. Right after the dog is finished eating, he continues his way. When you think about it, it is an easy solution to feed stray dogs without even losing time. Any cop that is exiting the police station could put a few treats down the first pipe and some water down the second pipe. In this way, no one has to actually go and refill them when they get empty. A bag of dog treats and dog food could be left next to the door of the police station. Even the civilians going in the police station could give a hand with the feeding of the dogs. We encourage everybody to do the same thing and spread this idea around because it would lead to less places crowded with stray dogs. This is the first step to improving the living conditions of stray dogs and the second would be finding them a home or a proper shelter.