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Rescuers Found A Tiny Baby Chimp In A Jail — Now He’s Finally Seeing The Sun

It’s widely known that apes and monkeys have the ability to think and feel just like humans. So we can only imagine what Juwa thought when he saw his mother die in front of him.

He was just a baby when his mother was killed by a group of soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the blink of an eye, he became an orphan and a prisoner. The soldiers captured him and threw the poor boy in a windowless room for months while they looked for a buyer.

When their attempts to sell baby Juwa were met with defeat, an aid worker convinced the soldiers to do the right thing. That’s where the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre came in.

Before he was rescued, Juwa spent months in dark captivity. He was so stressed by his situation that he began pulling the hair off his forearms. When he was found, the poor boy was starving, dehydrated, filthy, and even had a rope embedded in his ankle.

Luckily, though, the workers scooped him up and took him back to where he could sit in the sun all day long.

Today, Juwa is living with a surrogate mother. It will take some time for him to make a full recovery — both mentally and physically — but his rescuers are optimistic!

He’ll even get to play around with the other young chimps at the centre.

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If you’d like to help more chimps like Juwa lead the life they deserve, consider heading over to the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre to donate today. Juwa’s story is just one of many, and with your help, these volunteers can work to bring more chimps like him to the centre for treatment and a loving atmosphere.

They Were Out On A Romantic Swim When This Terror Decided To Join The Party

As a little girl, I was irrationally afraid of sharks or crocodiles showing up in swimming pools and biting my feet off.

Because of my extreme fear, let’s just say I’ve been more than a little paranoid when it comes to any body of water. Unfortunately, the following footage really doesn’t do much to help me get past this phobia.

When a couple was having a private swim in Kariba, Zimbabwe, one nasty visitor headed straight into the pool and proceeded to attack them.

I’d probably never get in a pool again if I were her.

Read More: These Tourists Found A Cow Carcass Out In The Ocean…And Saw A Shark Devour It

It’s a good thing that swimming pools have already been ruined for me, because that’s just terrifying. On a lighter note, something tells me that guy is going to be in the doghouse for quite a while.

A Man In A Suit Challenges A Lion. And What Happened Next Is Pretty Much Unbelievable.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup 2014 is just around the corner, and everyone around the world is going soccer mad. But forget the 32 national teams heading to the World Cup, Kevin Richardson has faced the toughest opponent of the year in a game of soccer, a group of wild lions! No wonder they call him the Lion Whisperer.

This incredible story starts out on the African savanna.

Where one man stands, looking rather dapper in his suit.

The man starts calling out for someone…or something.

Wait, is that a lion?

That’s one brave man right there.

But his bravery is rewarded with an epic lion hug.

And a sweet lion kiss.

Even a lion cuddle. The best kind of cuddle.

Enough spooning, it’s time to play!

The reason why Kevin Richardson is wearing that fancy suit and playing soccer with those majestic lions is that it’s an ad for Dutch suit maker Van Gils, who are also an official sponsor of the Dutch national football team, KNVB. You can watch the incredible footage in all its glory here below:

The 40-year-old has dedicated his career to working with lions and the video was shot at his animal sanctuary in his native South Africa. Source: Van Gils Share this wonderful video with your friends below.

This Lake In Tanzania Has A Deadly Secret. These Shocking Photos Show The Haunting Reality.

Tanzania’s Lake Natron is one of the most serene lakes in all of Africa, but it’s also the source of some of the most eerie photographs ever captured. You see, Lake Natron has a very deadly secret, it turns any animal it touches to stone. This incredibly rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, the alkalinity of Lake Natron varies between pH 9 and pH 10.5. Which is so caustic it burns the skin and eyes of animals that get too close to the water, leaving behind something straight out of a horror film, as can be seen in these incredible shots captured by photographer Nick Brandt for his book, Across the Ravaged Land.

Calcified Fish Eagle

Calcified Caped Dove

Calcified Flamingo reflects in the water

Calcified Bat

Calcified Swallow

Calcified Songbird

Calcified Swallow II

Calcified Bat II

It should be noted the animals weren’t found in these haunting positions, here’s what Nick had to say:

I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry. I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.

I wonder what would happen if a gargoyle dived into the lake? Visit Nick Brandt’s Web Site / Buy The Book Here

As An Elephant Calf Was Drowning, Something Absolutely AMAZING Happened. Check This Out.

Animals are much smarter than most people give them credit for. When disaster struck within this herd of elephants, they didn’t act helpless. Instead, the adults elephants proved just how intelligent and caring they are. A tiny elephant calf attempted to cross the swollen Ewaso Nyiro in Kenya, but it proved to be too much for the little guy. The youngster was submerged in the swift current, but thanks to some quick thinking of his mom, wasn’t swept downstream.

The little calf thought it would be okay to cross…

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But the water was too high for the little one.

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He was caught up in the current almost immediately.

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But mom was there to save the day.

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To see mom’s heroics in action, watch the video below. It’s hard to believe that these magnificent creatures are this intelligent. Absolutely amazing.

(H/T Daily Mail) It’s about time more people realize that animals have thoughts and feelings, too. This video proves that this elephant mother definitely does. She was horrified to see her baby in trouble and would do anything to save him. Share her awesome save with others!

What Happened To This Aircraft At 10,000 Feet Will Make You Stick To Taking Trains

If you’re making a list of the worst things that could happen during a flight, a hole being blown in the side of the airplane probably tops it. While it’s an unlikely scenario, this is exactly what happened on a flight that was leaving Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu.

Shortly after liftoff, an explosion of unknown origin tore a hole in the side of the plane near the fuselage.

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Luckily, the plane was at a low enough altitude (about 10,000 feet) to make an emergency landing.

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Initial news stories reported that at least one person was killed in the explosion, and two more were seriously injured. An official count of casualties, however, has still not been released by authorities.

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What we do know is that the majority of the passengers escaped with no serious injuries.

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Even scarier than the pictures is this video that was taken shortly after the explosion. It was recorded by Awale Kullane, the U.N. Ambassador of Somalia.

(via EuroNews)

Well, that is utterly terrifying. Needless to say, officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion. In the meantime, I suggest that you all pay attention to the in-flight safety demonstration the next time you travel.

This Photographer Traveled To 37 Countries To Prove That Female Beauty Is Everywhere

The photo project “Atlas of Beauty” took photographer Mihaela Noroc to 37 countries, where she saw endless versions of beauty over 15 months.

1. Two years ago Romania-based photographer Mihaela Noroc decided she needed a change in her life.

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Havana, Cuba

2. “I had jobs that I didn’t like. I was working just for money, had exhausting and uniform days, and I realized that all my life could be like this,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Riga, Latvia

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Amazonian Rain Forest

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3. A vacation abroad inspired her to make a change.

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El Paico, Chile

4. “A trip to Ethiopia showed me some wonderful women, far away from our modern world and trends. This was the moment when I realized that beauty is everywhere and I could show this to all the world.”

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Omo Valley, Ethiopia

5. This led to her photo project “Atlas of Beauty,” where she spent the next 15 months traveling the world taking pictures of women in 37 different countries.

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Medellin, Colombia

6. She told BuzzFeed that there are many aspects to beauty:

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Plantou Tibetan, China

7. “We shouldn’t lose our cultures, traditions, and origins because these make us different and beautiful.”

San Francisco, USA

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Yangon, Myanmar

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8. But the trip wasn’t always easy.

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Tbilisi, Georgia

9. “I met all kinds of viruses, and had some exhausting rides by land.”

Maramures / Romania

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10. Though ultimately, the project affirmed Noroc’s beliefs.

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Shiraz, Iran

11. “I can say that every day of traveling confirms to me that beauty really is everywhere,” she said.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

12. Mihaela hopes to continue her ambitious project and plans to travel to even more countries in the future.

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“I want to publish the first edition of the ‘Atlas of Beauty’ after I make another journey,” she said. “I need more images and more diversity to show that we live in an amazing world.”

Gorilla Reunites With The Man Who Raised Him And It Is Just The Best.

Damian Aspinall is a conservationist who raises gorillas in his wild animal park in England with the hope that they may someday return to the wild. Five years ago, Aspinall released one of the gorillas he raised, Kwibi, into the African jungle. He finally journeyed to the jungle to see how Kwibi is doing on his own.

Damian was unsure if the adult male gorilla would remember him. Watch the video below and see how the reunion went down.

Amazing! I wish I had a relationship like that with the British gorilla conservationist who raised me.

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This Village On A Lake Is Awesome. Even Though The Reason It Started Is Kinda Sick.

This unusual village called Ganvie was built right in the middle of Lake Nokoué in the West African nation of Benin. With a population of around 20,000 people, it is probably the largest lake village in Africa and as such is very popular with tourists.

The village was originally established in the late 16th or early 17th centuries by a tribe called the Tofinu. The reason that the Tofinu decided to build their village on the lake is quite extraordinary. They did so because a local slave trading tribe known as the Dahomey had been attacking them for years, but the Dahomey’s religion forbade their warriors from entering water, therefore the lagoon became a safe territory for the Tofinu people and eventually other tribes.

Arial photo of Ganvie, the whole village is located out in the lake.

The villagers don’t have to fear slave traders any more, but they still live on the lake, as they have done for centuries.

Originally based on farming, the village’s main industries are now fishing and fish farming…

…well, and tourism.

The villagers get from house to house using canoes.

All of Ganvie’s houses, shops and restaurants are built on wooden stilts, several feet above the water.

Fisherman trap and breed fish using underwater fences made from bamboo and nets.

What a truly unique place to live, although it would suck if you were born there and afraid of water.

#Has Justine Landed Yet: World awaits PR pro’s arrival in Africa


It was the (tasteless) joke heard around the Twitterverse, as a public relations professional managed to make an AIDS joke that some perceived as racist.


It’s been retweeted nearly 4,000 times in 12 hours, and now it’s inspired a post on the New York Times website and its own hashtag, #HasJustineLandedYet, which trended high among Twitter’s trending topics Friday night.

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It even inspired a NORAD-style tracker.

Sacco didn’t say where she was going to in Africa, but that hasn’t stopped Twitter from imagining her arrival at the terminal.

It appears Justine has landed, and deleted the tweet a bit before midnight Eastern.


And now the entire account is deleted.

Imagine …

Editor’s note: After publishing, we slightly altered the description of Ms. Sacco’s joke to more accurately characterize what she tweeted.


‘Worst tweet ever’? PR ‘pro’ manages to sound ‘racist,’ mock AIDS in a single tweet


Sacco has been fired and has apologized for her AIDS joke:

“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” Sacco said in the statement. “There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.

“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.

“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.”