Category Archives: heartwarmers

101-year old man, having reportedly survived the Holocaust, World War II, and the Spanish flu epidemic, now survives COVID-19

Talk about a survivor: this is unbelievable! The story (h/t Malgorzata) comes from the Jewish Journal (first headline) and Forbes (second) and you can see it by clicking on the screenshots. But I’ll reproduce the whole short report from JJ below. The report: A 101-year-old man, identified as ‘Mr. P’ has been released from isolation […]

End of the week heartwarmers: Rescuers save baby elephant trapped in ditch, sugar glider pretends to fly

If you watch the national news, you’ll have noticed that they end every broadcast with a piece of feel-good news, as if to palliate the horrors of what’s reported before. Well, I can do that too: this afternoon we’ll have two feel-good pieces to end a dreary week (actually, the sun has come out in […]

An interrupted romance

Here’s a lovely story from the New York Times (yes, it has some nice stuff, especially if it’s not editorialized news). It’s about a man and woman who had a romance, but then agreed to part and meet five years later on the steps of New York’s Public Library, next to the “uptown lion”. Time […]

Nice man helps a sloth cross the road

It’s the end-of-the-week heartwarmer, in which a nice Brazilian man helps a sloth cross the road. I hope it didn’t try to go back!  I can’t imagine a creature more ill-suited to cross roads than a slot. The YouTube notes: “Occurred on May 7, 2019 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil “Everything happened on the Rio […]

A girl and her duck: BFFs

At the risk of inflicting you with Duck Overload, I’m putting up a piece from CBS News that I found adorable: the story of a little girl and her pet duck Snowflake. You can find the transcript here, but why not watch the video. It’s tooth-achingly cute. My favorite parts are when she calls Snowflake […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video): Osprey rescue!

Reader Glenn Butler sent photos and videos of an osprey rescue in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in which Glenn participated. The bird had become entangled in fishing line and then in a tree. Glenn’s notes are indented: At ten o’clock Memorial Day morning, we received an emergency text from an experienced wildlife rehabilitator regarding a stranded […]

National Geographic’s geese breed; goslings escorted to nearby pond

Continuing on with less desirable but still nice waterfowl, we have this video, sent by reader Michael, of a family of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) who nest on a window ledge at the National Geographic building in Washington, D.C. As with the geese on my campus that nest on the roof of the Chemistry Building, […]

Ten year old girl gets pet gopher tortoise, and they’re still BFFs 57 years later

A woman and her tortoise: faithful friends for, yes, 57 years.  The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a denizen of the southeastern U.S., and is famous for being long-lived: they can live 40-60 years in the wild and up to 90 in captivity the video says 100). It looks like George, then, might outlive his owner […]

Baby bears cross the road

A mother bear gets two distressed cubs to cross the road.  Things to note: FOUR cubs! That’s a lot; I thought the median number was about two. Note the babies’ squalling, which is incredibly cute. The babies appear to be following either the mother’s scent or the mother’s tracks I love the way the mother […]

Ceiling Cat bless the Phoenix Fire Department

I doubt the quacking mother here was asking for help rather than just quacking in distress, but that’s not implied. At any rate, these firefighters restore my faith in humanity. Lagniappe: Another duck rescue, which I believe I’ve posted before, but so what? This one (contributed by Heather Hastie via Ann German) may be in […]