Never underestimate a badger

Watching these badgers collaborate on an escape plan, I was cheering for the little jail breakers. They know what they want – OUT – and who could blame them?

I watched this clip with growing admiration for these intelligent mammals.

Elk comes to the rescue of a drowning marmot

Wild creatures in zoos make me sad, but this story from 2011 is still fascinating. Watch what this elk does when a marmot falls into his water tank.

Diver frees turtle from net, gets beautiful thanks

The turtle’s left front leg was completely tangled in a net until kite surfers Colin Sutton and Cameron Dietrich carefully freed him. Thanks to a GoPro camera we can watch not only the rescue but also the turtle’s turning back to acknowledge the rescuer. It is a touching moment.

Have you ever heard an elephant snore?

At the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand, a woman by the name of Lek saves flies away from Fae Mai. All the while, she sings a lullaby that so comforts the great beast, the elephant sinks into a deep sleep and snores peacefully.

It is a sweet scene between elephant and human, though a sad reminder that we humans have made their lives so difficult they are increasingly reliant on wildlife sanctuaries to provide refuge for them.

Even a rhino can be cute

Gertjie was a baby when his mother was killed for her horn. The two rhinos were victims of poachers. Although Gertjie survived, he was badly traumatized.

Fortunately, the good people of South Africa’s Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre took Gertjie in. He spends his days grazing, going for long walks and taking mud baths.

Read Judy Molland’s wonderful story about him on Care2, check out the videos and web cam, and be sure to speak out against the poaching putting rhinos at such terrible risk.

Vet rescues a blind fawn, who rescues her in return

The fawn was blind and dying when someone brought her to veterinarian Melanie Butera of Canal Fulton, Ohio. Butera and her husband took her in and nursed her back to health.

Then Dillie returned the favour. Butera was diagnosed with stage-four endometrial cancer. She credits her survival to Dillie, whose love helped to heal her.

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Dog returns power of speech to man with Alzheimer’s

On her Mama CEO blog, Lisa Abeyta posted a deeply touching story about the video she had posted on YouTube. Her father, whose speech has disappeared as his dementia has deepened, had been having a chat with her dog. Abeyta had taken video of the interaction and posted a link to it on Reddit.

The short video is a reminder that inside every Alzheimer’s patient is a person who needs our love, patience and compassion. Over six million people have watched the video. Watch it, and you will understand why.

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