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"How It Started vs How It's Going": Rescued Animals Edition (Tweets)

"How it started vs how it's going" is quite the wholesome and newest Twitter challenge. Especially the ones that feature animals! 

Twitter users have been sharing how their pets first entered their lives, most of them lonely, malnourished, and in desperate need of some tender love and care. Then, right beside that photo of how it all started, they share an image of where they are now. And where they are now is happy, loved, and in their forever home. This trend has certainly hit us in the feels! 

There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing an animal grow strong and happy, and that's what this challenge is all about -- the good things in life.

Join the fun and share with us your "how it started vs how it's going" story! 

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Rescued French Bulldog Pups Get A Happy Ending And Can Remain In The US Permanently

In late August, fifteen French bulldog puppies were rescued from a O'Hare International Airport warehouse after being neglected. A few days ago, after an effort of over one hundred thousand people, including the rescuers, a congressman, and about 120,000 people who have signed a petition, these puppies were given a reprieve and are able to stay in the US permanently in the hands of their rescuers.

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Meet little Lalah! She was first rescued as a wee kitten from the side of the road in Okinawa, Japan. Her rescuer (and now owner) is the owner of a local climbing hall and brings Lalah with her. 

It may not come as a surprise that Lalah was a natural at climbing the wall since she is after all a cat, but it's just so awesome and cute to watch her climb up the wall with no fear and no hesitation! And what's truly amazing, you can see all her moves are calculated, as if she's really thinking about which step to take next. 

The bouldering gym, Boulbaka, often shares new videos of Lalah dominating the wall on social media! 

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Spooktober Special: Adorable Bat Pics And Vids

BOO! We're in the early days of Halloween and Spooktober is in full swing! Today we celebrate and honor the spooky month by appreciating adorable bats! Or as the internet likes to call them -- sky puppies! And for those who never understand why they're called sky puppies, after seeing these big-eyed bats, you'll understand everything. Also, bat children just so happened to be called 'pups.'

A majority of the fellowing bats are rescued bats at the Bats Queensland, which is a volunteer organization for flying foxes and microbats in South East QLD Australia. You can follow them on Instagram to see the stories behind each adorable furry face.

Open your spooky heart and read more about these incredible animals of darkness

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Cat Stuck In A Tree For Three Days Finally Rescued Using A Four-Story Scaffolding Platform

For three whole days, residents in Tredegar, Wales have been trying to rescue a cat that got stuck in a tree. The most cliché situation, right? How hard can it be? All you need to do is call the firefighters, and they're gonna get it done. But apparently, it's not always that easy. Failed attempts to get the cat down include residents offering the cat treats, trying to use cherry pickers, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and the fire brigade. The person who managed to finally get the cat down is a tree surgeon with a four-story scaffolding platform.  

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Heroes Of The Month: Celebrating Rescued Animals And Their Rescuers

Every day, we hear about breaking stories of animals being rescued, and every day, we feel grateful for the rescuers. We try our very best to tell you about these heartwarming stories here, but there are just far too many to keep count of. Some of these rescuers are firefighters, some are shelters, and others are just regular people like us who saw an animal in need and decided to do their best to save them. So, to show some more gratitude, highlight the wonderful people who put in their time and effort to save our furry little friends, and celebrate the animals saved, we made a collection of some of these stories from the past month.


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Tiger Cub Smuggled Three Years Ago Is Now Living Happily In Its Forever Home

A terrifying story with a happy ending. Three years ago, a six week old Bengal tiger cub was rescued from a wildlife trafficking attempt at a San Diego area border crossing. Today, the fully grown tiger, Moka, is living happily with another rescued tiger named Nola.

Moka was discovered in the floorboard of a sports car driven by an 18-year-old man who was attempting to smuggle the tiger from Tijuana through the U.S.-Mexico border. As reported by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and Border Report, the passenger under whose legs the cub was hidden had at first said that it was "just a cat." The driver, Luis Valencia, when questioned, claimed that he had bought the tiger in Tijuana after seeing someone walking it on a leash and wanted to keep it as a pet. Later, of course, it was discovered that both statements were false, and Luis was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges.

The cub was taken to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and had a surgery that saved his life. At the time, his weight was less than that of the average house cat - just 6 pounds. His name, Moka, means "chance" in Bengali and was given to him as a way of commemorating the story of his discovery. There, he got to meet Rakan, "a Sumartan tiger cub whose mother was unable to care for him," and together they grew up, played, wrestled, and pounced, becoming stronger and happier.

After a few months of care, still only a few months old, Moka was moved into an animal sanctuary called Lions, Tigers & Bears east of San Diego where he met Nola from Louisiana - another now fully grown tiger who was rescued as a cub.

The founder and director of Lions, Tigers & bears, Bobbi Brink, told Border Report that "[Moka and Nola] were both the same age, so they made great roommates, now they're best of friends," as well as that "[h]e's kind of shy but Nola is his strength. She'll be the first one to go out and check out something then slowly but surely he'll be right behind her," and no ending could make us happier.

Take a look at pictures of Moka from three years ago, over the first three months at the safari (with Rakan!) and today below.

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This is amazing! Thank you to those who rescued these gorgeous animals who have been living the past 8 years in tiny cages. 

Now, they get to experience some tender, love, and care! In all forms, health and overall quality of life. 

Just imagine, 8 years of living your life in a tiny cage and one day, you're taken to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa -- it's a dream come true for Tarzan and Tanya! 

Get ready for some feels! 


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Thank goodness, the world needs little Toshi. 

Toshi was born with paralyzed back legs due to his fractured spine, and as a result of that, the shelter Toshi was placed in had preparations to euthanize the little darling after he was a few weeks old. 

Toshi's savior, Trisha Torres, heard about his story and decided to foster him. Torres made Toshi a home-made drag bag which turned him into the little purrmaid! 

And it wasn't long before little Toshi found a forever-loving-home. Wishing you the best, little Toshi! 

You can follow Toshi and his tales on Instagram! 

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100-Year-Old Tortoise Saves His Species By Fathering 800 Offsprings

Diego, a 100-year-old Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis), from the Galapagos island, is set to be released to his native island of Espanola this March, according to the Galapagos National Parks service (PNG).

Park rangers on Santa Cruz Island, California, believe Diego's contribution to the program has resulted in him being the patriarch of at least 40 percent of their 2,000 tortoise population!

Diego is a hero, he single-handedly saved his species by fathering 800 offsprings! 

Jorge Carrion, the PNG director, said, "About 1,800 tortoises have been returned to Espanola and now with natural reproduction, we have approximately 2,000 tortoises. This shows that they are able to grow, they are able to reproduce, they are able to develop."

And just to make this even more impressive, around 50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females of Diego's species currently living on Espanola. Plus, they were too spread out to actually reproduce. 

Story via DailyMail

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This is the kind of news we love! 

Indonesian police have confirmed the arrest of two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals. They have seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles.

Way to go, Indonesian police! Here's to hoping more poachers are brought in and arrested!

In the meantime, we can be grateful these cubs and turtles can live out a life in peace. 

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Animals Of Instagram Spotlight Of The Week: Umora, The Wild Sable

Once a week, we will be featuring an extraordinary animal account on Instagram! Their story, the adorable pictures, and pawesome videos! This week's spotlight goes to Umora, the wild sable

Umora was saved from a farm intended to kill and turn her fur into articles of clothing. She was saved by Zhenya, a Russian woman, who happened to find a picture of a wild sable online and feel immediately in love with the animal. She knew she had to save it. When Zhenya discovered there was an opportunity to buy the sable out of the fur farm, she jumped on the chance. 

And while Umora did come from a traumatic background, living on that fur farm, she's slowly overcoming her fear. 

According to Zhenya, Umora is often quite emotional, and even a tad hysterical, due to her life in the fur farm. Umora is also very clever and active, and she will steal your stuff -- because stealing is fun! 

And with time and patience, Zhenya and Umora are living life to the fullest. You can follow their adventure on Instagram!


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Horse Was Rescued After Being Trapped In Ice For Four Hours

Natalia Teplova, a horse owner in Edmonton, Canada, noticed one of her horses was missing when she called for them on Saturday morning. The missing horse, Lexi, didn't show up with the other horses.

"We went calling for the horses and usually they come up. This time, the other horses came up but she wasn't there," Teplova told CTV News.

As any concerned animal owner would do, Natalia and her husband began a small search party and set out to scour the area around their property, and find Lexi. They searched and searched and nearly decided to give up looking for Lexi that is until Natalia's husband horse he had been riding called out, and Lexi responded. 

"Then he called again and she responded again, and I started running," Teplova said. They found Lexi have been trapped, full submerged in ice-cold water. "Her head was sticking out above the ice. She was submerged all the way to her withers—her shoulders. Her front feet were out. She was barely holding up there."

Teplova called 911 for assistance, and she and others slid ropes around Lexi's body to prevent her from sinking any further. And just to give some clarity as to just how freezing this water was, Teplova added, "I put my hands in just to get the ropes around, in the water, and within seconds, my hand went numb. So that was very, very cold."

Together with the firefighting units, they were about to successfully pull out Lexi -- along with a bobcat! 

It was estimated that Lexi had been trapped in the ice water for at least six hours. 

Story via CTV News

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This poor baby dolphin got caught in a fisherman's deadly net, around the Italian island of Procida, Naples, as the mother helplessly didn't leave its side. Luckily,  the baby dolphin was freed by a kind fisherman, who happened to be there, and the mother celebrated her baby's freedom by jumping for joy! 

It is physically impossible not to smile when she's the mother's reaction! 

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This Man Has Been Rescuing Battle-Weary Stray Cats In Aleppo, Syria

Meet the cat man of Aleppo -- Mohammad Aljaleel. He has been looking after the stray cays of Aleppo during the aerial bombardment

Since the bombardment, Aljaleel has set up a dedicated sanctuary and veterinary clinic for the homeless felines. 

This man is our hero. 

Story via The Guardian

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This Cat Finds Overwhelming Love From Rescued Kittens After Tough Life On The Streets

Harrow was found by Alley Cat Rescue, and his preceding years could only be described as less than amazing. After getting him cared for at the Rescue, Harrow was then introduced to the kittens... and his eyes lit up! He immediately took to them, and they to him. They are now giving him the love he very much needs. And our hearts are so full. 

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