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Where there's smoke, there's fire. These smokey jokes will have you peering through the haze for more. Just don't get too close to these raging puns and jokes, you might get burned.

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Homeless Man Rescues All Animals From A Burning Shelter

"[w]e definitely have angels among us," say the people at W-Underdogs in a Facebook post whose animal shelter caught fire while they were picking up supply donations. A situation that could have ended in the worst way possible ended incredibly positively, and that is because of a heroic 53-year-old homeless man named Keith Walker who ran into the smoking building and saved each and every one of the animals inside. 

Walker has been homeless ever since he was 13 years old. He had already known the founder of the shelter, Gracie Hamlin, who had let him keep his dog, a pitbull named Bravo, at the shelter every night. On his way to pick up Bravo from the shelter, Walker saw the fire and ran in, rescuing all of the animals in the shelter - 6 dogs and 10 cats.

"I was nervous as hell, I'm not going to lie. I was really scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to save those animals," Walker told in a statement to CNN. "If you love a dog, you can love anyone in the world. My dog is my best friend, and I wouldn't be here without him, so I knew I had to save all those other dogs."

Sadly, the W-Underdogs headquarters is now uninhabitable, but in another lucky turn, the shelter was just preparing to move to a different location. As they say in another Facebook post: "As fate would have it, today is the first day of our lease of a new facility we planned to be the new W-Underdogs Headquarters. While the new facility is not exactly 'move-in ready' we were able to move the animals safely into the new facility for the night. They are all happy, warm, safe, and comfortable in their new temporary home."

Hamlin told CNN: "He is my guardian angel. Even the firefighters didn't want to handle the dogs. They called animal control, but Keith was already in the building pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe." 

We are so, so thankful to Keith Walker and all the people who helped with the rescue and the moving of the animals, and we hope the cats an the dogs will have an easy time getting used to the new place. Good luck in the new year, guys! 

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Parrot Saves Owner's From Fire By Calling Owner's Name

We always tell you guys about stories of people saving animals, but sometimes, it's the animals who save us. This time, we're not even talking metaphorically about pets who save us by just being in our lives. No, in this case, a parrot literally saved its owner from a huge housefire. The fire was so bad, the entire house was burnt down, but thanks to Eric - the rescuer parrot - the owner is okay.

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Mountain Lion Cub Rescued From California Wildfires

A 3.75 pound mountain lion cub was rescued by firefighters from the California wildfires and is now being treated in the Oakland Zoo. This small cub was discovered in an area the Zogg Wildfire burned through, orphaned and with severe burns. Luckily, the lion was taken into immediate care and is doing much, much better today, eating on its own and acting all fierce and feisty. 

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Puppy Discovered In The Rubble Of The California Wildfires

In the midst of the raging California wildfires, it's hard to find many positive news. We've all heard of the damage, and we're all aware of the pain. But even within all the difficulty, some things we can still be grateful for. One of those things is Trooper - a small adorable puppy that was discovered in one of the areas damaged by the fires a few days ago.

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Good News: Hospitalized Koalas Are Being Released Following The Australian Bushfires

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and in perfect timing in case you needed reminding of the good in the world, comes this good news from Australia. 

Following the devastating bushfires of the 2019-2020 "Black Summer", during which more than 12.6 million hectares of land were scorched, 33 lives were lost and more than 1 billion were animals killed in the blazes, the positive headlines are focusing on the Koalas.     

One of the areas that were hit the hardest was the koala habitats in the mid-north coast region of NSW. According to Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, up to 30% of koalas in this region were killed during the bushfires and many more were hospitalized.

Now, five months on, the endangered critters are finally returning home. 

26 koalas will be released over the next few days, with habitats having recovered much earlier than expected due to significant rainfall in the mid-north coast area.

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Rescued Koalas Named After Fallen Firefighters During Australia's Wildfire

Both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. 

Three Snowy Mountain Koalas, who were rescued from the Australia wildfire crisis, have been named after American firefighters who were tragically killed in the region. 

Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust Koala Sanctuary have named the koalas, and the trio are now in the temporary care of Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Karen Ford, an ANU researcher and who is running the makeshift hospital at ANU, said in a university statement, "We have 11 koalas at ANU that have come in from the various fire grounds in the region.They just keep arriving. There is nowhere else that has the facilities to hold these animals or this many at the moment."

Ford also mentioned that a couple of the koalas are being treated for burns, while the others are "quite skinny" from malnutrition, due to their habitats being completely burnt. 

Koalas are known to breed so slowly that it could take 100 years for the population to rebuild — so saving just one is crucial. That is why the koalas have been a central focus of relief efforts as the blaze spreads across the region.

Story via CBS News

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Much needed heavy rains have finally come to put out the horrific Australia bushfires. However, as anyone who lives in an area that's often dealing with intense fires, once the rain comes -- it comes hard. Due to the fires burning away so much, there is nothing in the rains path to help block it from forming mudslides and flooding like no other. 

As a result, this rainfall has created flooding so bad, the Australian Reptile Park claims they haven't seen such a thing in over 15 years. And due to the waters reaching high level, Australia has essentially become a Disneyland playground for alligators. Australian Reptile Park have stationed keepers at their Alligator Lagoon to monitor the water levels, which were rising beyond the fence line. 

Here is some footage they captured out around the park. 

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Rescue Organization in Australia Celebrates The Small Wins By Publishing Photos Of Animals Rescued From The Fires

The Rescue Collective organization in Australia is going through some tough weeks since the devastating fires started in Australia. Yesterday, they posted a Survivor update: "it's been a tough week. So so so much loss. So much still to lose. Despite the heartache we are feeling as a country, we need to celebrate the small wins. Warm your heart with photos from some of the survivors you are supporting".  These people are our heroes! 

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Adorable Koala Escaped From Burning Trees In Australia And Was Saved by a Water Tanker Driver

 A water tanker driver in the fires zone in Australia got an unexpected cab mate who he called: "Ray of sunshine after nightmare"

Story via: Sydney Morning Herald

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Open Your Heart: Here's How You Can Help Australian Fire Wildlife Victims

The horrific brushfires in Southern Australia are still raging on — displacing thousands of people, wiping out millions of acres, destroying hundreds of homes and killing almost half a billion total mammals, birds and reptiles, since it sparked in September.
With strong winds and high temperatures expected to come in, officials are warning residents that they could create incredibly dangerous conditions — even worse than past weeks. 

With all these horrifying outcomes, you may be wondering how you can help. 

So here are some wildlife charities and organizations you can show your love and donate to during this devastating time.   


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Steve Irwin's Family Saved Over 90,000 Animals From Raging Australia Bushfires

We're positive Steve himself would be BEYOND proud of how hard his family is working to save the animals from this devastating fire in Australia. 

The fire in Australia has taken so much wildlife with it's destruction. However, not all hope is lost. Hope can be found in the Irwin name, where it can always be found. 

The legendary "Crocodile Hunter" has quite the incredible family who have dedicated their lives to continuing the family legacy as "wildlife warriors." And they are certainly living up to it. 

Thousands of Australians have been stepping up to save their land, whether that be volunteering to confront the waves of fire, donating to animal hospitals and charities, or working nonstop to mitigate the effects of the disaster. And among these incredible Australias is Bindi Irwin, Steve Irwin's daughter.

Story via TheMindUnleashed


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Woman Risks Her Life To Save Burnt Koala From The Australian Bushfire

Twitter is in tears after a video of a woman rescuing a badly burnt and wailing koala from a bushfire went viral. The koala was spotted crossing a road amongst the flames when a local woman, who told Nine News her name was Toni, rushed to the koala's aid, wrapping the animal in her shirt and pouring water over it. Toni then transported the injured koala to the nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, a facility that is treating up to 15 affected koalas.   

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California Firefighters Rescued Ram, a Great Horned Owl, From Maria Fire

Some happier news to emerge from the blazes in California revolves around an injured great horned owl discovered by CAL FIRE in the ashes of the Maria Fire. Firefighters used a coat and took Ram to a wildlife rehabilitation group, where the bird will recover from its injuries.

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Woman Is Reunited With Cat During Live Interview

Oh, our hearts! The world got to see the emotional reunion on live television! 

Janet Dupris and Courtney Bergeron, owners of Angel's Pet Grooming, were waiting anxiously outside their burning business to find out if their pet cat and parrot had survived. 

"Unfortunately we have a cat and a bird in our shop, and we haven't heard," Dupris, told WWLTV. "They opened the door and the ceiling was coming down."

Kenner Fire Department, the heroes of the day,  walking out of the building with the white cat in his arms! And if that wasn't enough, moments later firefighters returned with the parrot!

Both animals were unharmed and have been reunited, shown in the videos below!

We love real-life happy endings, don't you?


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The Story of Hank Who Saved His Family And Their House

Hank's owner shared the story of how the dog barked up a storm, alerting him to a huge fire blazing in his backyard. This dog has come a long way from eating his owner's shoe...

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When Jose Guzman from Pala, California, found that a fire on his neighbor's property had spread to his house, he knew he had to do something in order to save his beloved pit bull, Gabanna. The pet lover knew his dog was trapped inside the home and refused to risk her life, even as firefighters warned him to stay out of the house. Luckily, Gabanna is a very smart dog. She had curled up under a toilet in the only room of the house that wasn't on fire:  "I ran through the curtain of fire and made my way through the smoke to the back of the house, where I had her chained up," Guzman told People. "It was hard for me to get her leash unhooked, but I managed to get her loose and we both ran out towards the driveway. That dog is part of my family. She's been with us through downs and ups and I couldn't leave her there. I would do it again if I had to; I would do it for anybody in my family." 

Now that his act of heroism has gone viral.