• The cat may have come back the very next day, but what about the black and white Magellanic penguin? As one Brazilian man found out, it can’t stay away.

    Four years ago, João Pereira de Souza found an oil-soaked bird on the beach near his home in the southeastern part of Brazil, reported The Wall Street Journal. He cleaned him up, fed him sardines, and after waiting for the bird to regain its strength, the former bricklayer set the bird free on the beach.

    But what happened next was a complete surprise – the penguin, now known as Jingjing, came back. De Souza even took the bird far out to sea, but the insistent penguin was waiting for him on land when he returned.

    The Magellanic penguin is named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who first recorded the bird’s existence in 1519.  

    Listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the species has approached “near threatened” status in the past. Magellanic penguins often found covered in oil, because they swim in

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  • (Photo: Facebook / Kingston Police)(Photo: Facebook / Kingston Police)
    A seemingly emotionless elderly patient at residential care home in England brought her nursing staff to tears with her reaction to a police dog.

    For about a month before Sgt. Tony Marshall from Response Team B went to Star & Garter, his visit was the talk of the residential care home.

    But when he got there, it were his four-legged friends that stole the show, the Kingston Police station wrote on their Facebook page.

    Sgt. Marshall spoke to the residents about scams and preventions, and, as important as his speech was, it was no match for the wagging tails and doey-eyes of the five dogs he brought with him.

    Excitement rang throughout the care home, but unfortunately, not everyone was there to enjoy it. 

    Some residents were unable to come downstairs due to their conditions and abilities, including Muriel, who had been at the home for a few months.

    (Photo: Facebook / Kingston Police)(Photo: Facebook / Kingston Police)
    So, if they couldn’t come to the puppies, the puppies were coming to them. 

    Sgt. Marshall and the dog handler took one of the pups, an

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  • A Florida man is determined to be the first in line for Black Friday sales, 33 days in advance – while simultaneously raising awareness for homelessness.

    This past Sunday, Kevin Sutton pitched his tent outside the Best Buy at the Florida Mall, more than a month before Black Friday. (That’s the day after American Thanksgiving known for its jaw-dropping sales, similar to of Canada’s Boxing Day.)

    While Sutton intends to elbow his way to sales on a new TV, he also wants to raise awareness for the 13,000 homeless children living in Central Florida. He’s accepting donations, gifts, toys and money, which will all be given to a local charity.

    Sutton, who’s a local radio personality, pulled a similar awareness campaign last year, when he camped outside of the store 15 days in advance.

    This time around, he’s living only on food and water that’s donated to him and has use to the store’s washroom during business hours.

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  • Google grants 97-year-old’s dream of seeing the future

    No matter the age, this story proves that dreams really do come true

    For 97-year-old Olive Horrell her wish of seeing the future was recently granted through a non-profit organization called Senior Wish of a Lifetime and Google.

    Horrell got to spend the day on a special VIP tour around one of the largest technology companies in the world, CNN reports.

    She spent the day at the Google’s Mountain View campus in California, getting a ride in a self-driving car, creating her own Google Doodle, talking to engineers about The Cloud and experiencing Google’s DIY virtual-reality headset, the news outlet reports. 

    “There’s no way I can understand that,” Horrell said in the CNN video when she put on headphones and held the viewer up to her eyes. “The horse, I was so sure I could touch the horse.”

    The 97-year-old grew up on a farm with no electricity or indoor plumbing. She dreamed of becoming an engineer one day, according to Business Insider.  

    But during her times, gender stereotypes were common and her dad discouraged her, telling her they would never hire a

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  • Going from lashing tongues to green thumbs, Jon Stewart is looking forward to the simple life

    Jon and Tracey Stewart announced Saturday that they will be working with Farm Sanctuary on creating a sanctuary for abused farm animals at their 12-acre ranch in New Jersey.

    The event was held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, where the Stewart`s were guests of honour, and attendees dined on a vegan meal.  

    Farm Sactuary’s goal is to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living, according to their web site.

    “I’m a little uncomfortable,” Jon told the crowd. “I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of Washington politics and the media landscape, so I don’t know how to deal necessarily with people who have empathy,” 

    Stewart is best known as the former host of “The Daily Show,” a position he had held for 16 years. His wife Tracey is a veterinary technician and a vegan with strong ties to the

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  • Internet comes to the rescue of dog in plastic bag thrown in ditch

    Woman makes plea for animal she couldn’t save

    (Photo: Facebook / Marcia Lutz)(Photo: Facebook / Marcia Lutz)
    There is a lot to be said for the power of a viral photo – especially if it includes an animal in distress.

    When Marcia Lutz of Marechal Cândido Rondon, Brazil, posted a photo of a dog trapped in a plastic bag and in a ditch, she took to Facebook to ask for help.

    “He was thrown into a ditch inside a plastic bag. It’s a difficult place to access,” she wrote on a Brazilian animal rescue page. "I wasn’t able to save his life. Can anyone help?“

    According to The Huffington Post, her plea for help prompted a quick response from a local health facility, whose employees climbed into the ditch to save the puppy.

    “In this spot, it’s common for people to throw out garbage, dead animals and dogs,” Lutz wrote in a comment, translated by The Huffington Post. "But [throwing out a dog] inside a bag, left to die is beyond.“

    The dog was adopted soon after arriving at the health facility.

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  • (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)(Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

    Ed Sheeran is a pretty stand-up guy. 

    You probably know him as the British red-haired pop sensation that took the world by storm in 2014 with his hit “Thinking Out Loud.”

    But to Amy Wadge, he’s the childhood friend who helped her pay off her mortgage, reports The Mirror.

    Wadge is an old buddy of Sheeran’s, and she came to him when she was having financial troubles and asked if she could put a song from when he was younger on his upcoming album, x. While she was there, they came up with the aforementioned hit song.

    It was released as a single on October 8, 2014 and within 24 hours of being posted, the video had achieved three million views.

    The rest is history — the song hit number one in the UK and Spotify named Sheeran the world’s most streamed artist that year. For his friend Wadge, the writing credit means that her financial troubles are over — forever.

    Sheeran told The Mirror:

    She was going through financial troubles about a year ago. She drove to my house – my album was nearly

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  • Kid President shouts out feminist heroes in new 'Awesome Girls' video

    “Sandra Day O’Connor referred to as Your Honor”

    Kid President is back with some dope beats and sick egalitarian rhymes as he shouts out all the awesome women and girls who have made the world a better place.

    Kid President, a.k.a. 10-year-old Robby Novak, was an Internet star long before name dropping all the coolest women to have graced this planet. But since his latest video has already received more than 70,000 views, Kid’s star is still rising. 

    The video cites influential women of the past and present, including as Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Goodall and Tina Fey.


    Sally Ride went to space, Mary Bowser was a freed slave.


    Amelia Earhart flew around the world, I’m talking awesome girls, I’m talking awesome girls.

    The second half of the video highlights the many girls who are currently working towards making the world a better place, but Kid forgets to mention one very important person – his sister, Lexi.


    I forgot to name one! My sister!

    Don’t sweat it K.P. You didn’t mention Beyonce either and you met Queen Bey in person!


    Who run

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  • Injured fawn refuses to leave the man who nursed her back to health

    “She’s already used to me, and she follows me…but nobody can replace her real mom"


    When a Lithuanian outdoorsman discovered an injured fawn that’d been abandoned in his backyard near Yellowstone National Park, he decided to help nurse it back to health. 

    Although Darius Sasnauskas doesn’t support the idea of keeping wild animals as pets, he knew that if he didn’t step in to help the baby deer, its fate would be grim. So he documented his efforts

    “With so many predators around, she had no chance to survive on her own,” he writes in the video.

    So, using a brace made from an oatmeal box, Sasnauskas helped nurse the tiny animal back to health. He fed it every four hours and even got help from his dog, who showed affection by licking the fawn’s face and body. The fawn soon made herself at home amongst the other dogs and cats of the house, following them around and even cozying up to the dogs.

    All that tender, loving care paid off and the fawn learned how to walk on its own. However, it didn’t want to leave Sasnauskas’ side, as he attempted to release her back into the

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  • Decked out in his bright white, green and blue outfit, his heart pumping and his body strapped to his motorcycle, Bruce Cook goes up the ramp, flips upside down and lands cleanly on the other side.

    And with that, the 28-year-old sets a new record – becoming the first paraplegic to successfully backflip a motorcycle.

    The Kelowna, B.C. native completed the feat earlier this month in front of a packed house at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

    Watch Cook perform the stunt at his Nitro Circus perfomance in the video (stunt begins at 1:20):


    “It was great to succeed after failing so badly,” said Cook, recalling how he felt after sticking the landing, in a phone interview with Yahoo Canada.

    Things went very, very badly the last time the freestyle motocross star tried to set a record.

    The athlete was attempting a record-setting double-front flip on his bike at Copps Coliseum (now named FirstOntario Centre) in Hamilton on Jan. 3, 2014.

    He went up off the ramp and it looked like he was

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