Category: Viral

As it gets hotter, it’s important that we never leave pets or children inside hot cars for any period of time.

Cars can become much hotter than the outside temperature, and it only takes a few minutes to do terrible harm. While this is common knowledge now, there are many cases of people “accidentally” killing animals or small children by leaving them unattended for too long in cars.

In a case so cruel that it’s baffling, however, police say that 19-year-old mother Amanda Hawkins left her one-year-old and three-year-old daughters sitting in a car for 15 hours, ignoring their cries for help entirely.

Hawkins parked her car along this road on a Tuesday evening, locking her two toddler daughters inside while she went into a house to see her friends. Witnesses say they told her that the children were crying and to let them inside, but she “didn’t want to.”

Hawkins didn’t go back out to the car until noon on Wednesday. She saw the girls were in bad shape, but she went home to bathe them so she “wouldn’t get in trouble” when taking them to the emergency room. A 16-year-old male friend helped her.

They said the girls had been “smelling flowers” when they passed out, but doctors were quick to question that theory. When it became clear that the story Hawkins was telling didn’t add up, the girls were rushed to another hospital, where they died.

Hawkins and her 16-year-old friend were both arrested on child endangerment charges, which will now be upgraded since the girls’ passing.

“This is by far the most horrific case of child endangerment that I have seen in the 37 years that I have been in law enforcement,” Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said.

CBS News

(via CBS News)

Stories like these always make me so angry and upset. I hope this woman receives the harshest punishment possible and that these two baby angels rest in peace.

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One long-standing rule at hospitals is “no pets.”

After all, the place would become a petting zoo, and the fur and hair flying everywhere might impede treatment. Not to mention all the allergic reactions! (Well, at least they’d already be in the hospital.) Over the years, this hard and fast rule has been tested by lots of people, and sometimes even the hospital staff has to admit that some love from a fur baby is the most healing thing a person can get.

One young woman recently snuck her grandmother’s dog into the hospital to cheer her up, and the way she did it was so unexpected and hilarious that her story is taking over the internet.

Shelby Hennick’s grandmother recently was hospitalized after a reaction to her medication made her paralyzed. She was sad and lonely, so Shelby thought of her dog Patsy.

Thinking quickly, Shelby grabbed a blanket and concealed Patsy, pretending to be pregnant. “Patsy was quiet the whole time, she actually kept licking my arm. I’m pretty sure one of the nurses had her suspicion but she walked away! Thank god!” she said.

Thanks to the kindness of the nurse who looked the other way, Patsy and Grandma had a joyous reunion, and the visit helped her continue her fight.

(via BoredPanda)

This is almost too sweet to handle. Here’s hoping Grandma makes a full recovery so she can be home with Patsy soon. Share this with the dog lovers in your life who will love this story!

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Every June, the LGBTQ community comes together to embrace their diversity and quest for equality during Pride celebrations.

While Pride originally was just a single day of celebration, it has quickly turned into a whole month of events held to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. These riots were considered the turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S., and ever since then, all major cities have put together a variety of events ranging from pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, all the way to concerts. While these events are typically aimed at members off the community, more and more allies and parents are starting to show solidarity by celebrating alongside their friends and families.

Although we hear plenty of tragic stories about LGBTQ youth being cast out by their parents, there are so, so many who love their children exactly as they are. Take these 26 incredible moms and dads, for example.

1. Mom really wants love for her “(single) gay son” and I mean, what parent doesn’t want their kiddo to find happiness?

2. Batman is a hero for ALL the people!


3. “I had an amazing day today marching with my child! We were inspired by all of the support! We can not rest until everyone is accepted for who they are!” – Tara Faupel

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Helping others is something we should all do, not because it gets us recognized, but because it’s the right thing.

That’s what happened when one young woman recently saw a blind man who needed help hailing a cab. It was no big deal for her to step in and help him get noticed by a driver on the busy streets of Chicago after a Cubs game, and afterward she went about her business as usual. What she didn’t know is that someone was watching and took pictures of her act of kindness and that those pictures were about to go viral.

Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field is huge, and during a Cubs game, it’s packed. When all of those people empty out into the street, it can be hard for anyone to find a cab, let alone someone who is sight impaired.

That’s why Casey Spelman stepped in to help a Cubs fan who was going unnoticed by cabbies. Her simple act of kindness helped him go on his way, and she went on hers.

What she didn’t know was that another fan, Ryan Hamilton, had caught pictures of the whole thing. He took to Facebook to give her a “shout-out,” even though he didn’t know who she was.

Soon, Hamilton’s post had reached thousands of people, and it even got back to Spelman herself, who says she was just doing the right thing and didn’t expect this kind of attention.

Facebook / Ryan Hamilton

This heartwarming story shows just how much of an impact being kind to one another can have.

FOX 59

(via FOX 59)

Next time you help someone else, know that there may be people watching who you don’t expect. And even though your good deed might not go viral, your example to others will spread. Share this story to remind others that being a good person costs nothing at all.

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I remain convinced that some people simply should not have children.

We feature stories all the time about awful parents who abuse and abandon their children, and it’s frankly pretty heartbreaking. One mom in Pennsylvania, however, really takes the cake for me. It’s one thing to be a cool parent who is open with your kids and talks to them frankly about issues like alcohol and safety. It’s another entirely to let your 13-year-old drink vodka on their birthday, and when that’s not even the worst thing that happened that night, you know something is seriously wrong.

Michelle Edwards admits that she took her 13-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old friend to the liquor store for her daughter’s birthday and bought them vodka.

Charles Younger, the girl’s father, then drank with the teenage girls while Edwards stayed in another part of the house. The birthday girl then took 17 shots of vodka and passed out.

When she passed out, both parents fled the scene when they heard the ambulance sirens because they were “scared.” Their daughter had a blood alcohol level of .32, which is four times the legal limit to drive. It’s also potentially deadly.

Edwards was sentenced to 23 months behind bars, but while out on bail was arrested and jailed for heroin use. Younger will be sentenced soon on charges that include corruption of minors because he drank with the girls.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Marks said that the family, which includes four other children, has been investigated by Child Protective Services at least eleven times. “She’s not a parent. That’s the reality here,” Marks said.

(via The Morning Call)

This is a terrible situation. Hopefully these children find adults in their lives they can trust and that time in prison will help their mother kick her drug habit so she can be there for them in the future.

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Sexting among teenagers is a real problem.

Not only do children not realize the implications of sending each other nude photographs, but there can be additional issues that arise. The first is that if disseminated, pedophiles can find the photos and continue their spread. In some places, this means that the children who originally took or sent the photos can be prosecuted for creating and distributing child pornography. They may end up on sex offender lists for life, all because of one stupid decision.

That’s why in Canada they’re taking a hilarious approach to preventing teens from sending nude pictures, and it’s just funny enough that it might work.

This is a naked mole rat. In addition to being hilariously lacking in the fur department, they also can look suspiciously like genitals.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has started a campaign urging teens to send each other “naked” pictures…of naked mole rats instead of their own bodies.

They’re using the funny meme as a way to educate about sextortion and give kids an alternative when someone asks for “nudes.”

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There are all kinds of hilarious ways people have tried to pull their own teeth.

Whether it’s attaching a string to a doorknob or something even more insane, people really go nuts about their loose teeth. Kids can also get super excited if their families have a Tooth Fairy (and from what I hear, the dollar amounts have gone way up since I was a kid).

What you don’t want to do, however, is pull fully healthy teeth out of a child’s mouth. Who would do such an awful thing? Police in Utah recently found out when they arrested a woman in a local Walmart after people heard her son screaming.

Jeannine Cherilynn Isom took her seven-year-old son into their local Walmart and bought hand sanitizer and needlenose pliers. She then yanked out his two front teeth with the pliers.

She used no anesthetics, but she claims the teeth were loose and infected. This is contradicted by the fact that excessive force had to be used to extract them. When she finally pried them out, the teeth were snapped into pieces and her child was wailing in pain.

Sgt. Cameron Paul and the police department in American Fork, Utah, are calling Isom’s actions “child abuse in its purest form.” She was charged with one count of child abuse, which is a second-degree felony.

(via Good 4 Utah)

This is so incredibly awful. Share this if you hope this woman receives the harshest possible punishment for hurting her son.

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Airbnb has turned out to be one of the best ways to help people travel the world on a budget.

The website, which allows people to rent out rooms or their entire homes to weary travelers, tends to offer cheaper options than hotels in many locations. It can also allow people to stay closer to attractions and experience the actual culture of the places they’re visiting.

One man staying in South Africa, however, got a lot more of the local “culture” than he intended when he came home to his luxury Airbnb only to find seven baboons inside totally trashing the place.

Despite the enormous mess, the baboons miraculously only broke one coffee cup during their rampage.

This shocked tenant called the police, who helped usher these unwanted visitors safely outside. I guess that’s what happens when we live alongside wildlife! Share this with anyone who will get a kick out of this story.

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I live somewhere without much grass on the ground and I miss it.

I used to love laying down in it and feeling the strands between my toes on a beautiful day. If you ask most people who aren’t allergic, they’d say that grass is pretty pleasant, right? You don’t even have to be that outdoorsy to appreciate its magic.

One 11-month-old in Georgia is making it clear from the very beginning, however, that she’s not having any of it. The baby girl’s name is Kai, and her father, Pazi D, says she loves walking around while wearing shoes and will sit on a blanket, but barefoot? That’s a whole other story.

She totally refuses to put her feet down even for a second. Look at all that core strength at work!

Well, I guess we all have our quirks. She’s too cute! Share this adorable baby and her grass phobia with all the parents in your life.

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Jake Gardiner was recently enjoying a nice walk through the woods in Crescenta, California, during his lunch break when he heard noises coming from nearby trees.

He initially thought the sounds were made from birds or other animals known to live in the area, but after feeling a strange sensation that he was being watched, he decided to pull out his phone and try to capture anything out of the ordinary. What he ended up recording has the California Department of Fish and Wildlife warning the public that there could be an ape hiding in those woods.

Gardiner didn’t notice anything at first when he reviewed his footage.

But when he looked again, he noticed something in the background. “You can definitely see a torso and four limbs moving around and swinging around,” Gardiner told KTLA. “It’s a pretty obvious kind of motion.”

Now officials are investigating and believe there could be a escaped ape that someone had been keeping as an illegal exotic pet. Check out what they have to say about the mysterious creature in the video below.

As if people didn’t have enough to worry about these days without an ape on the loose. Share if there’s no way you’d ever step foot in those woods.

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