A woman in British Columbia, Canada, is thanking her lucky stars.
Earlier this month, a meteorite hurtling toward Earth crashed into Ruth Hamilton’s home.
Moments before the impact, she was awoken by her dog barking. The next thing she knew, there was a loud crash.
“And all of a sudden there was an explosion,” Hamilton told CTV News Vancouver. Hamilton then jumped out of bed, turned on the lights and went to inspect the commotion.
That’s when she noticed a fist-sized hole in her ceiling, right above where she had been fast asleep.
After calling 911, she looked around her bed, flipping over her pillow. Then she saw it; a smooth, angular chunk of black rock.
“I didn’t feel it,” Hamilton said. “It never touched me. I had debris on my face from the drywall, but not a single scratch.”
Police arrived on the scene, questioning Hamilton and a nearby construction crew, the latter of which told authorities they had seen a “bright ball in the sky,” before the impact.
A group of researchers from the University of Calgary and Western University inspected Hamilton’s home to look for more details about the space rock.
Later in the week, they opened their investigation to the rest of Golden, the town in British Columbia where Hamilton lives. The team eventually found a second rock weighing a little more than a pound in the northeast part of town.
“We’re trying to reconstruct what the path was through the sky as it arrived,” Phil McCausland, a geophysicist at Western University, said. “Because it’s scientifically even more valuable if we can reconstruct what the orbit was before it hit the Earth. It gives us an idea of where it came from.”
The research team is pleading with people in the area to come forward with any other pieces of evidence of a meteorite impact.
Hamilton loaned the meteorite that almost killed her to Western University to photograph, weigh, measure, and to potentially take a sample of it. She expects to get it back by Nov. 30.
Officials say that hundreds of meteorites strike the Earth’s surface every year. However, it’s rare for the space rocks to land in areas that are easily recoverable.
“The number one misconception is that they’re hot when they land,” Herd said, adding that they begin cooling some 10 to 15 miles up in the atmosphere. “Mrs. Hamilton’s bed didn’t catch fire.”
Experts say that the chances of a meteorite landing in your home are astronomical. Specifically, about 1 in 4 trillion.
When asked if she plans to buy a lottery ticket, she laughed, then replied:
“I won the lottery. I won it, I’m alive. I’m laughing about it. I feel pretty blessed.”
CTV News Vancouver contributed to this report.
In a battle between man and squirrel, the odds would be on a human winning – but one red squirrel just isn’t giving up.
For eight years, Bill Fischer has had been trying to stop a red squirrel from filling his pick-up truck with walnuts.
Every Autumn the persistent rodent stashes hundreds of nuts in the engine compartment, wheel arches, behind the bumper and in the doors of the 56-year-old’s truck in preparation for winter.
As a result, Bill, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota, has to spend hours removing walnuts from all the various nooks and crannies of his truck.
He said: ‘I have been dealing with the red squirrel since 2013, this has now become a sort of ritual with it filling my truck with nuts and me trying to remove them.’
The insurance agent said he never sees the squirrel until the walnuts on the tree that grows near to where he parks his vehicle start to ripen.
He said over the years he had tried various methods of deterring the critter from using his truck as a hiding place, including spraying the vehicle with a Tabasco and Cayenne pepper mix – but nothing seemed to work.
And this year the squirrel has outdone itself, stashing a record-breaking 148kg of nuts in Bill’s truck.
Bill added: ‘The most I had ever pulled so far was four buckets, so with seven buckets this year the squirrel was on a mission.’
Bill said he used to feel bad about ‘undoing’ the squirrel’s hard work but now having to clear out his truck each year has become sort of ‘ritual’.
‘I have to have a sense of humour about this after so many years.
‘I put in as much hard work as the squirrel when I have to take my truck apart just to remove bucket after bucket of walnut,’ he said.
A swimmer who was stranded at sea for over 12 hours is alive today, thanks to a pod of dolphins who helped save his life.
Ruairí McSorley, 24, believed to be from Londonderry, Ireland, was rescued 4 kilometers from shore by Fenit Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) at 8:15 p.m. Given the condition he was found in, the group called it a “miracle” rescue.
McSorley was conscious but “hypothermic and exhausted” when found. He was wearing only a pair of swimming trunks when he was plucked out of the waters of Tralee Bay.Facebook
The swimmer told rescuers he had planned to swim out to Mucklaghmore Rock, 9 km out from where he set off at Castlegregory beach, where his clothes had been found. His abandoned belongings are what led to the search.
12 hours later, RNLI coxswain Finbarr O’Connell calculated where he could have ended up after analyzing tides in the area.
Fenit RNLI volunteer Jackie Murphy said it was a miracle how McSorley survived the ordeal and credited O’Connell with locating him at sea.
O’Connell said the man was surrounded by many dolphins when he was found. They were later identified as bottlenose dolphins living in Moray Firth in Scotland. Since 2019, the sea creatures have been seen off the Irish coast.
“Maybe they helped him in some way or another: who knows?” he said.
The Fenit RNLI and R118 coastguard performed an intensive search across Tralee Bay before finding McSorley.
Despite being the key to finding him, O’Connell refused to take all the credit, noting that the crew they have are “all excellent.”
“It’s good to get a positive result. Normally we go out, and it mightn’t be that positive. We are all just elated,” he said.
O’Connell added that the situation could have ended worse if McSorley was left there for 30 minutes longer. None of them—including the medics—could believe he survived it, but they’re relieved that he did.
McSorley has since been brought to the University of Hospital Kerry, where he is recovering.
“It is literally beyond us all (how he survived),” he said. “He was only wearing a pair of trunks. He had no wetsuit. Nothing. He must have been a good swimmer because he was just over two and a half miles (4km) from the beach.”
McSorley’s body temperature had also dropped to dangerously low levels. The swimmer said he went in around 8 a.m., and rescuers picked him up at 8:15.
“He did spend that amount of time in the water, and I don’t know how he did it,” O’Connell said. “It’s incredible, really.”
They first saw his head in the water and initially thought it was a seal. But then he put up his hand.Facebook
“The elation of seeing somebody floating alive in the water, rather than the other way, is so great,” O’Connell recalled. “We have had too many bad outcomes, so it was absolutely fantastic to pick him up.”
When asked how he had determined the trajectory of McSorley across Tralee Bay, O’Connell explained that they had been trained to handle scenarios like that.
They have a mannequin they throw in the water, which behaves like a person would in water. They leave it there and do an exercise for a few hours. Upon their return, they would see how far it has drifted. They pick it up and note in the chart the direction the tide is going. That’s the knowledge they applied during the rescue.
In light of this incident, Murphy advised swimmers to exercise caution when venturing into the water for a swim.
“Always please tell somebody what time you are due back and where you are going,” she said.
.A photo that will remain immortal in history… taken by the photographer Anil Prabhakar in the forests of Indonesia.
The photo shows an orangutan monkey (currently in danger) trying to help a geologist who fell in a mud puddle during his research.
When the photographer took the picture, he subtitled it: At a time when mankind is dying inside humans, animals lead us to the principles of humanity….!
Text and image source: Soul Alchemy https://www.facebook.com/186012608273340/posts/1703949323146320/
On June 6, Sheree Marris, an Australian marine biologist, discovered a white pipe washed ashore on a beach in Melbourne’s McCrae suburb and decided to pick it up.
But when she went to retrieve it, she saw reddish-colored legs start to emerge from inside the pipe. It was an octopus.
Marris started recording video of the octopus attempting to roll the plastic pipe, which Marris soon discovered appeared to have eggs inside it, back into the ocean.
Freeze frame of video showing octopus pushing white pipe with eggs inside it back towards the ocean.
The marine biologist can be heard in the background of the video admiring the creature as it slowly rolled the pipe back towards the water, “Look at that, how extraordinary!”
“She was trying to protect her eggs inside, which were hanging like little white chandeliers from the roof of her makeshift nursery,” Marris said.
Marris eventually took the pipe out into the water and stabilized it so it wouldn’t “roll around and back up on the shore.
“It was one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen,” she added.
Storyful contributed to this report.
A South African couple was shocked to discover what happened during their two dogs’ harrowing day after watching their backyard security camera.
When Byron and Melissa Thanarayen found their dogs at home with wet heads, they assumed the canines had simply made a mess at the water bowl. But when they checked their security footage, they got a surprise.
The video showed their senior toy Pomeranian, Chucky, walking along the edge of the backyard pool before he fell into the water. The 13-year-old dog immediately panicked, swimming to different sides of the pool as he tried desperately to escape.
Luckily, Chucky’s yelps for help were heard by the couple’s younger dog, a 7-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier named Jessie.
Jessie spent over 30 minutes trying to save her big brother before she got a good grip and pulled him to safety. She even used her paw to move Chucky away from the edge of the pool.
The video then shows Chucky and Jessie happily running off into the sunny yard together after their stressful ordeal.
The Thanarayens are grateful for their heroic girl, knowing that Chucky might not have made it out of the pool alive without Jessie. They say their dogs have been trained to swim but they’re going to buy a pool cover to keep them safer in the future.
- A fearless terrapin is seen aggressively defending its waterhole from two lions
- Footage was captured by Reggi Barreto, 30, in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
- The safari guide said the terrapin behaviour was ‘surprising’ and ‘incredibly rare’
A territorial terrapin has been captured showing two lions who is boss as it aggressively shoos them away from its waterhole.
In the video the tiny animal is seen spooking the male and female lions by popping up in the water inches from their noses and charging towards them as they try to quench their thirst in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa.
The unusual footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve.
Mr Barreto said: ‘There were plenty of elephants and general game along the way as we headed into the area where the lions were.
‘I knew the lions would look for water to drink and we positioned ourselves in the perfect spot with the sunlight in our favour, ready for the sighting.
‘What came next we did not expect – I was pleasantly surprised when the terrapin came out of the wallow towards the male and then the lioness.’
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The guide said that although the lions were mildly annoyed by the small reptile the lion and lioness continued to drink from the fresh waterhole until satisfied.
Despite both lions having blood on their chins from recently hunting a zebra foal the terrapin seemingly had no fear as it popped up just inches from the predators’ mouths. In the video the tiny animal is seen spooking the male and female lions by popping up in the water inches from their noses in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa The incredible footage was captured by safari guide, Reggi Barreto, 30, while on safari with a private guest near the Sand River in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve The small terrapin is seen pushing against the lion as it tries to drink the freshwater The lion is slightly deterred by the small reptile but continues to drink as it pops up around him The terrapin is seen rising from the water, almost touching the nose of the lionessMr Barreto believes the animal was attracted by the blood on the noses of the lions
Mr Barreto added: ‘Both lions drank their fill despite the interruptions from the terrapin and then headed back closer to the zebra foal to lay down, as it was a very humid day.’
‘It was an incredibly rare sighting for me to film – watching the terrapin approach the lions that had blood on their chins from the zebra. It seems as though the terrapin was actually more interested in getting some of that blood, as opposed to ‘chasing the lions away’.
Mr Barreto said that capturing the right moment ‘is all about understanding animal behaviour and predicting what they will do next.’
He added: ‘It requires plenty of patience searching for animals and spending time with them to see how the sighting will pan out.’
Pigs can play video games, scientists have found, after putting four fun-loving swine to the test.
Four pigs – Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory – were trained to use an arcade-style joystick to steer an on-screen cursor into walls.
Researchers said the fact that the pigs understood the connection between the stick and the game “is no small feat”.
And the pigs even continued playing when the food reward dispenser broke – apparently for the social contact.
Usually, the pigs would be given a food pellet for “winning” the game level. But during testing, it broke – and they kept clearing the game levels when encouraged by some of the researchers’ kind words.
“This sort of study is important because, as with any sentient beings, how we interact with pigs and what we do to them impacts and matters to them,” lead author Dr Candace Croney said.
The research team also thought that the fact the pigs could play video games at all – since they are far-sighted animals with no hands or thumbs – was “remarkable”.ADVERTISEMENTnullnull
But it was not easy for them.
Out of the two Yorkshire pigs, Hamlet, was better at the game than Omelette, but both struggled when it got harder – hitting the single target just under half the time.
The Panepinto micro pigs had a bigger gamer skill gap – while Ivory was able to hit one-wall targets 76% of the time, Ebony could only do it 34% of the time.
But the researchers were still satisfied that the attempts were deliberate and focused, rather than random – what they called “above chance”.
That means that “to some extent, all acquired the association between the joystick and cursor movement”.
Kate Daniels, from Willow Farm in Worcestershire, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that while the scientists might have been impressed, “I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone that works with pigs”.
She added: “They’re not playing Minecraft – but that they can manipulate a situation to get a reward is no surprise at all.”
She paraphrased a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill: “Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, and pigs look you right in the eye.”
She added: “When you look a pig right in the eye, you can tell there’s intelligence there.”
Still, pigs are no match for humans when playing games – or even less intelligent primates.
The same kind of experiment has been tried with chimpanzees and monkeys, who have the advantage of opposable thumbs, and were able to meet much higher requirements from researchers.
The research paper was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.