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Kayla Denney Saves Animals

Mackenzie Freeman

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Five months ago, Kayla Denney agreed to take over a rather dilapidated animal control center.  The pound in Taft, Texas, had no electricity, heat, or room for animals to be comfortable, and it had been mostly ignored by the local community.  In short, the pound was a local embarrassment everyone ignored as much as possible.

Due to its state, very few animals were adopted from the pound.  Wednesday was kill day at the pound, where dogs and cats who could not be adopted were euthanized.  Kayla as appalled at the condition of the pound, but determined to make it better.

First Kayla met with the local police chief, Capt. John Cornish to win his backing for the changes she wanted to make at the pound.  Kayla had spent a lifetime saving and supporting animals.  The first big change she made was an end to the Wednesday kill days.  She determined to make the pound a no-kill facility.

She began by organizing everyone she knew who would be willing to foster pets.  Then she began to involve the community and show them the condition of the pound.  She organized volunteers to work with the animals.  She organized volunteers to find homes for the animals.  She found a volunteer to provide electrical hookup for the pound.  Once she had power, she was able to offer more treatments for the animals in the pound.

Within five months, the pound has completely turned around.  The community was involved and proud of its animal care facility.  Lost animals were returned home more often.  Kayla gave classes on animal care and formed a follow-up service to make sure animals and their owners were working out any problems.  Some of the former pound residents became frequent visitors to play and interact with current animals in care.

Overall, Kayla has saved over 565 animals from destruction and brought a facility too 100% saving rate from one who had 0% saving rate.  Someone in the community noticed and nominated Kayla for Petco Foundation’s Unsung Hero of the Year Award.  The award pays the winner $35,000 and not surprisingly, Kayla became one of the top five finalists, complete with a video on how she turned the pound around.

When it came time to award the final award, Kayla and Taft, Texas found she had won the top award of $35,000.  She plans to use the money, which she should receive in November, to rebuild and expand the local facility.  She wants to add new enclosures for the animals and inside area for them to run around in on rainy days.  She also hopes to install a grassy area for the animals to run on at the facility, so that they do not have to walk on hot concrete during the warm Texas days.  Best of all, other facilities are looking at the techniques Kayla used and starting to copy them for their own facilities.  So, Kayla is now spreading her success to other communities which is just find with her.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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