By Nanci Dixon
In the midst of an abundance of bad news – rising COVID numbers, unemployment, evictions, homelessness and hunger – some good news stories still bubble to the surface.
We find ourselves mostly posting bad, sad or frustrating news in our Sunday newsletter. It’s not our fault, of course, but we want to make sure you come here and smile too. That’s why we’re bringing you this “Good News” column. And sometimes just things to make you smile.
A PRIMATE LIFELINE – BRIDGE OF HOPE
A few weeks ago we posted about wildlife bridges spanning highways to keep wildlife safe. This week, we’re telling you about a “Bridge of hope” for primates. This bridge is made of rope, not asphalt, and spans a gorge in a forest in Hainan Island, China. The Gibbon, one of the most endangered primates, is now using the rope bridge to roam, find food and find a mate. They have been spotted swinging by their arms or walking on top and holding onto the rope, with the vast majority using the rope as a tight rope.
While other primates have used the rope bridge, it is vastly important for the endangered Hainan Gibbon, since there are only 30 left in the world.
“SERVICE TO OTHERS IS THE RENT YOU PAY FOR YOUR ROOM HERE ON EARTH.” —Muhammad Ali
Michael Esmond of Gulf Breeze, Florida, paid off the past-due utilities of 114 families that were at risk of having their utilities turned off. This has been a particularly hard year for many families due to job losses from the COVID pandemic. Esmond, owner of Gulf Breeze Pools and Spas, had a good year and donated $7,615 to pay the bills. Esmond said that he has been there, down on his luck, with the gas turned off with no heat, and wanted to help others because he knows what it is like.
THIS GUY GETS OUR SEAL OF APPROVAL!
Who wouldn’t prefer a chaise lounge over a bed of rocks? Must have been a hectic holiday for this seal too! Too much eggnog, Mr. Seal?
WHAT DOES THE MOM ELEPHANT SAY TO THE BABY ELEPHANT WHEN IT MISBEHAVES?
Mana Srivate, a rescue worker in Thailand, has rescued many people but this was his first time rescuing a baby elephant. The elephant was hit by a motorcycle and was not responding when he started CPR on where he hoped was the elephant’s heart. While working on the baby he could hear the distressed calls of the mother elephant and the other elephants calling for the baby. After about 10 minutes, the baby stood up. He was given treatment and then returned to the scene of the accident hopeful that the mother would come. The mother elephant appeared shortly after the baby started calling out for her.
ONE FISH, TWO FISH, THREE FISH, CHRISTMAS SWEATER!
In this strange Holiday Season with Zoom parties and the ugly sweater, this man’s wife went the extra mile and created a unique, one of a kind ugly sweater.
FINALLY – WHAT IS TRENDING IN 2020? THE UGLY FACE MASK!
Sue H. has been sewing hundreds and hundreds of face masks and donating them throughout the COVID pandemic. Now she has taken the masks a step further for this holiday season. As she posted, “Ugly sweaters are so, so 2019!”
Read last week’s good news here.