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10. Volunteers for the South Charlotte Dog Rescue in North Carolina were in a real bind when they tried to save a dog and her litter that were trapped inside an underground drainage ditch. But 9-year-old Rafe Spuler just happend to be there when he was desperately needed. The boy crawled into the dark tunnel and was able to hand all five of the puppies to members of the rescue unit. All of the puppies were reunited with their mom a short time later and were put into a foster care facility.
9. Zach Ford is only 6 years old and already he’s become quite an expert in fundraising. In 2015, he raised $150 from family and friends to go toward the World Wildlife Fund to help save the tigers. He since has begun a project to raise money for the Bornean orangutan, which is an endangered species, and the Sumatran orangutan, which is critically endangered. No monkeying around from Zach!
8. 3-year-old Ollie Augustus was absolutely appalled when he visited the Healesville Sanctuary in Australia. He took down zoo officials pretty fast, calling them “not nice people” and saying the animals at the sanctuary “just want to be free.” I highly recommend the video in our Show More area, and Ollie looks to have a great career in politics…. ummm… on second thought… he can do a lot better than that.
7. 6-year-old Mia Rabii was out on a leisurely stroll with her mom when suddenly, a family asked them for their help. The family had come across a mother duck that was searching for her ducklings, which, as it turns out, had fallen down a drainage pipe. The family had tried to get the baby ducks out but their arms were too big to fit into the pipes. So Mia steps up, with her tiny little 6-year-old arm, and carefully draws out each and every duckling to reunite it with its mom.
6. In Gurgaon, India, 9-year-old Neal Batra is selling all of his old comic books through social media sites to raise money to feed stray animals. He has sold close to 60 of his books, including Archie, Jungle Book and Pokemon. So far, he has raised just over $30 and plans to get more money by baking and selling cakes.
5. You think elephants don’t know who their friends are? When Darrick Thomson, co-founder of the Save the Elephants Foundation, was in Thailand, he called out to a baby elephant named Kham Lha. The small elephant walking along the shore heard him and interpreted his call as a cry for help. She sprinted to him and sheltered him with her body as she offered her trunk for him to hold onto. Now how cool is that? The foundation has rescued more than 70 elephants.
4. When Sean Hutton was 7, he did his first Polar Bear Walk to School Day, with about five people joining him. He did this to raise awareness for the polar bear, and has caught the attention of the World Wildlife Fund. When he now does the annual Polar Bear Walk to School Day, he’s joined with about 500 others students from many schools. The WWF encourages others to join in and do the same.
3. Every morning before school, an unnamed 11-year-old boy ate a quick breakfast then ran out to lead a blind deer to food. It’s uncertain how he came across the deer, but there must have been some quick trust from both the boy and the deer. He would lead it to nearby grassy patches and made sure it had enough to eat. Then, he was off to school. A neighbor snapped a shot to share on social media. He then called an animal rescue group to see if they could take care of the deer. The group arrived, safely picked up the deer and took it too a wildlife preserve. Hey! Don’t ya just love happy endings?
2. Emmy Perry has some big plans for her future. She even has big plans for now… and she’s only seven. Emmy founded Emmy’s Hope, which will rescue dogs at the OC Animal Care in Orange County. Emmy spends all of her weekends volunteering at the shelter. Kleenex has even teamed up with Emmy’s Hope to organize a large-scale adoption in Emmy’s honor. Incredibly, 42 dogs were adopted in one day. How’s THAT for a big deal?
1. 2-year-old Scarlette suffered with, but beat, a rare form of cancer. But through it, he left arm had to be amputated. But soon after, the little girl was united with a very special cat… who had only three legs. And their connection was instant. Scarlette sees that Doc has the same stuggles as herself, and Doc is in cat heaven when the little girl is around.
Our theme today has been kids who have done some pretty amazing things for animals. But let me tell you about an African farmer named Patrick. Now, Patrick is a pea farmer but a big part of his heart is taking care of the wildlife that roams the country. So he often visits a local watering hole to replenish that very vital fluid for elephants, zebras, lions and buffalos. He makes about a 30-mile journey four times a week to deliver 12,000 liters of water per visit, and it costs him around $326 every time he does it. He is helped with the costs through a GoFundMe Page, which is linked in our Show More area.
Thank goodness for all the Patricks … and the kids we’ve talked about here.
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