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10 Incredible Animal-Related Stories From 2019 That Will Spark Hope For Our Future

In a world of dark news constantly saturating the web, here are a few amazing stories (full of hope) to help shine some light in the world! 

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1,529 Exotic Turtles And Tortoises Were Found Trying To Be Smuggled Into The Philippines

1,529 different species of turtles and tortoises, including Star Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, Sulcata Tortoises, and Red-eared Slider turtles, were trying to be smuggled into the Philippines' main airport, this past Sunday. The passenger carrying the animals from a flight from Hong Kong, said to a Filipino national, abandoned the exotic animals in four items of luggage that have since been intercepted by authorities.

Miraculously, all of the animals were found to be alive and believed to be worth around $86,000, according to the Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In their announcement, the Bureau of Customs NAIA released a series of photos of the smuggled turtles, some of which had been bound in duct tape. The animals have now been turned over to to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit of the Philippines Department on Natural Resources, the Bureau of Customs PH said.

Story originally found on abc.news.

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Via CBS News
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Meet Midnight, a 4-year-old black lab is being hailed a hero! When his owner was taking out the trash, Midnight sensed something was off and led his owner to his neighbor's house. Once there, they discovered his neighbor had fallen while trying to reach her bird feeder and was laying in the snow, unable to get up, for some time. Read the full story at CBS News.

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Just 18 Truly Funny News Headlines You Wouldn't Believe Are Real

As the saying goes, fact can often be stranger than fiction. These 15 funny news headlines sure capture just how weird and funny reality can get. 

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Via BBC News
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A pheasant, named Phil by the residents of Costessey, Norwich, has staked his claim to a quiet street on a city housing estate. Phil is known to be quite the "terror" as he considers the area to be his territory and guards it fiercely. Residents have taken to carrying bird seeds in case they run into Phil, but otherwise, do their best to avoid Phil entirety. Courtesy of BBC News

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Be Wary Of This "Dog Trainer" That Possibly Steals Dogs To Resell (38 Images)

*Warning* the following story is long and will leave your heart in a twist. However, it is an important reminder for dog owners to please be careful, and do your research when leaving your loved one in the care of another. This is also a warning to be wary of a Hunter Nelson, owner of Four Legged Retrievers in Arkansas, the man suspected of stealing and selling off countless dogs. 

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Intoxicated Man Enters Wrong Home, And Falls Asleep In A Dog Bed With A 150lb Mastiff

Well, here's a weird story. On New Year's Eve, a man in Waukesha, Wisconsin, got so intoxicated that he entered a complete stranger's home and fell asleep with their massive dog. You can watch a video of this story at Fox6Now

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Pet Stores In The UK Are Now Banned From Selling Puppies And Kittens

Big news in the UK! They have officially banned pet stores from selling puppies and kittens. People who want a kitten or puppy must go to an animal shelter, rescue group or directly to a breeder, instead of going to a third-party commercial retailer. Remember to adopt, not shop! 

Via Huffington Post.

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Small Town Elects The Purrfect Meowyor

A small town in Michigan, Omena, recently did the best thing ever. They elected a sweet adorable cat named Sweet Tart as their mayor. That's right, MAYOR! But wait, all the entrants were animals! But all in all the town stuck with the cute feline because CATS RULE! 

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Micheal Jackson's Elephant Broke Out And Went on a Little Stroll Through The Zoo

Ali, an adorable African elephant once lived at the late singer, Micheal Jackson's Neverland Ranch. He very briefly escaped his enclosure at Florida's Jacksonville Zoo, and decided to test his smooth criminal ways by taking a small tour around the Zoo! Needless to say, IT WAS ADORABLE!

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