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Truck Driver, Policeman Team Up To Save Teen’s Life

The bone-chilling video displays the compassion and the quick wits of some of America’s hardest working professionals.

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While the police have been vilified in the mainstream media as of late, there are still a vast majority of law enforcement officers out there whose “protect and serve” ethos is intact.

Thanks to the quick thinking of one Texas police officer, in fact, a despondent young man is still alive…despite his attempted suicide from a highway overpass in Arlington.

Body cam footage posted on Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson’s Twitter page shows the moment that Arlington Police Corporal Deric Sheriff figured out a plan for a passerby truck driver to park his 18 wheeler directly under a young man, positioning on an overpass, who was “contemplating jumping.”

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“You wanna pull underneath the bridge and park under the bridge in case he decides to jump, he’ll land on the trailer?” Cpl. Sheriff is heard saying to the truck driver, Dwayne Crawford, on the video.

The officer lamented that it took several moments to find a suitable tractor trailer for his rescue mission, as the highway was littered with flatbeds at the crucial moment.  The lower height of these haulers wouldn’t have made enough of a difference for the suicidal young person, and a full sized, box-style truck just happened to pull around in the nick of time.

Crawford arrived with his rig in the nick of time.

“As soon as I went under and started under the bridge, I looked up. The young man looks down at me, and I thought, ‘Oh, man. He’s serious,’” Crawford told KDFW. “As soon as I got under the bridge with my tractor and got the trailer under it, I felt a thump.”

And, because you just have to see it to believe it:

 

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Hikers Find Abandoned Puppy, Then Get HUGE Surprise

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Americans are animal lovers, by and large, and stories of our unique relationship with these creatures has been well documented in the past. As a nation of explorers and farmers, we have spent centuries in the presence of animals; from livestock to lapdogs, and venison to vermin.  Of the myriad creatures that we interact with on a regular basis, nothing is more iconic than the dog.  After all, this is an animal whose very existence stems from the influence of the human species on the wolf species some 10,000 years ago. Dogs are no longer the wild creatures that their ancestors were, and, as such, hold a special place in our collective heart.  That’s why a group of hikers in California couldn’t resist an opportunity to help a young pup with they found her abandoned on their walk. Now, however, they have a whole different story to tell. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the man was walking his dog when he spotted what he thought was an abandoned puppy. The hiker picked the animal up and took it home, where he called the San Diego Humane Society. Wildlife officers then went to the man’s home, where they examined the animal. “Our Humane Officers recently received a call about an abandoned puppy in a canyon in Tierrasanta. To their surprise, the little creature was actually a coyote pup!” explained the San Diego Humane Society, in a Facebook post. “The officers took the adorable pup to Project Wildlife for care before being transferred to The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.” The tiny canid is now in good hands. Rehabilitation is ongoing and, despite some challenges, wildlife experts are hopeful that this young coyote can be released back into the wild at an appropriate time.

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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