Things did not look good for a wild baby giraffe in Kenya after it got stranded in the Uaso Nyiro river.

The animal was stuck in the middle of the river for roughly four hours according to Baba Sue, who posted photos of the rescue to Samburu Aboriginal Heritage museum forum’s Facebook page.

A group of courageous rescuers took a risk of being attacked by crocodiles and waded into the fast-flowing river to rescue the giraffe. There were dead branches trapping the giraffe’s long legs, so men came out with machetes to cut away the woody binds.

Their brave deed has won praise. “Wow! What a show of courage and passion for wildlife – our precious heritage,” said one comment.

Giraffes are one of Africa’s most iconic animals, instantly recognizable to people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. Many people don’t realize that there are actually nine different subspecies of giraffe, three of which are found in Kenya: the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata; also known as the Somali giraffe), Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), and the Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi; also known as the Kilimanjaro giraffe).

Reticulated giraffes are found predominantly in the northern portion of Kenya, but they are also quite common in zoos and wild animal parks; we ticked this subspecies off our list during our visit to the KWS headquarters in Nairobi. Rothschild’s giraffes are highly endangered because they frequently hybridize with other subspecies; only a few hundred “pure” individuals are thought to exist in the wild.

One of the few locations where they can be observed is Lake Nakuru National Park, where small herds of them can often be found foraging together. By far the most common during our travels was the Masai giraffe, which can be seen in parks, on reserves, along roadsides, and on pastureland.

Giraffes are also known for having horns–or, more accurately, ossicones, which are horn-like growths of ossified cartilage (not bone tissue) that are permanently covered in skin and fur (rather than a velvet that can be rubbed off). Some people will tell you that giraffes are the only animals that are born with horns, but technically this isn’t true–and now you know enough to call their bluff!


October's full moon, called the Hunter's Moon, will rise tonight (Oct. 13), reaching its peak fullness at 5:08 p.m. ET.

The Hunter's Moon, which is the full moon following the Harvest Moon and the closest full moon to the fall equinox, is reportedly the best time for hunting deer and other animals, according to the Farmer's Almanac. In northern locations, leaves have fallen, deer have fattened and harvesters have cleared the fields, making it easier to see the animals under the light of the big bulb in the sky, according to NASA.

But people of different cultures and regions gave their own names to full moons. The Algonquin tribes, for example, called October's full moon the Travel Moon, the Dying Grass Moon and the Sanguine or Blood Moon; the latter three are thought to be named after the changing colors of the leaves and dying plants, according to NASA.

The Ojibwa people called this month's full moon the "Mskawji Giizis," or Freezing Moon, as October typically marks the first frost, and the Cree people called it "Pimahamowipisim," or Migrating Moon, because of bird migrations, according to, Live Science's sister site. In the Southern Hemisphere, the days are getting warmer and longer, and as such, some common names for this October moon include Waking Moon, Pink Moon, Seed Moon, Fish Moon and Egg Moon.

The names don't end there, but they all seem to hint at the same idea: Seasons are changing. Phases of the moon are dictated by the amount of sunlight that's reflected off the moon as the moon revolves around our planet. A full-moon phase is as close as the moon can get to being fully lit up by the sun. It occurs when the moon is 180 degrees from the sun, when the moon, the sun and Earth form a line, according to

Also, stargazers can still catch sight of the Draconid and Southern Taurid meteor showers which will be setting the night sky alight with stunning shooting stars today and tomorrow, across the United States.

October Full Moon Names from different cultures Tugluvik (Inuit). Kentenha (Mohawk). Long Hair Moon (Hopi) Ten Colds Moon (Kiowa). Falling Leaves Moon (Arapaho). Corn Ripe Moon (Taos Native American). Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon (Neo-Pagan). Leaf Fall Moon (San Juan Native American). Blood Moon, Wine Moon (Mediaeval English). Blood Moon Falling :Full, Leaf Moon :Dark (Janic). Hunter's Moon, Travel Moon, Full Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).

Other Moon names : Spirit Moon, Snow Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, White Frost moon



The saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” is something a lot of people would agree with. There are hundreds of stories about dogs whose love for their human is stronger than any obstacle.

Recently, the story of Leo, a dog from Thailand, went viral. His owners accidentally left the poor pooch near a gas station. From that day on, Leo never left that place and patiently waited four long years until the return of his family.

People tried to help Leo, he was thin and starving. It seemed like he developed some sort of skin disease. A 45-year-old woman named Saowalak fed him as much as she could and took him home, but every time Leo escaped and was found in the same spot by the road. So she gave up and just brought food for him next to the road.

Another concerned citizen named Anuchit Uncharoen took to social media to try to find Leo’s owners. In his post, he uploaded some pictures and mentioned that the dog has been waiting four years for his lost owner.

The good folk of the internet shared the post and a miracle happened, the real family of Leo found him. They contacted Anuchit Uncharoen and told him that Leo looks like BonBon – the dog they lost four years ago in 2015. The family tried to search for their dog after they realized he had gone missing, but didn’t manage to find him and assumed the worst.

BonBon was really happy to see his family, but surprisingly not willing to follow them home. It seemed like he decided to stay with the woman that has been caring for him for the past four years. The family supported BonBon’s decision and let him stay with Saowalak.

The family promised to help take care of BonBon, come visit and help pay for any vet bills.

Everyone on social media was surprised and confused, but happy that BonBon finally got to see his old family and found a new home.


Rescuers say they found a puppy alive in the rubble of a collapsed building, one month after Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of the Bahamas.

Members of Big Dog Ranch Rescue found the dog, now named "Miracle," on Friday in Marsh Harbour using infrared detection from a drone, the organization's spokesman Chase Scott told CNN.

Scott said that Miracle was nearly crushed to death after a building collapsed, trapping him under broken glass, an air conditioning unit and building debris.

The 1-year-old mixed breed had been surviving only on rainwater, and was "skeleton thin and unable to walk," Scott said. Despite his dire condition, Miracle greeted rescuers with a wagging tail.

Scott said they're providing the pup with medical and emotional support, and are hoping for a full recovery.

"Seeing this poor little darling dog just trapped underneath there and thinking about how hard he fought to stay alive,'' Lauree Simmons, the founder and president of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, told Kerry Sanders on TODAY Monday.

"We had Miracle in our arms within two hours of him being rescued."

Miracle, who was found on Friday, is believed to have survived by drinking rain water while trapped for about three weeks, according to Simmons.

"Miracle will be up for adoption following recovery, unless his owners claim him," said Scott. "We have reunited some families who lost everything with their pets who they thought had died or were separated from them during evacuation and it gives them new hope."

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in early September, killing dozens of people and leaving hundreds of others missing. Mass evacuations resulted in countless animals being abandoned. So far, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has saved 139 dogs.


Animal rescuers have seen animals in the most appalling conditions imaginable and always do their best at nurturing them back to life.

However, even those who have seen it all sometimes get shocked by certain instances of animal mistreatment. Yet they don’t get discouraged from doing their job, because there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing those cats and dogs recovering from all adversities, healing and finding forever homes. One instance just like that made the employees of Dallas DogRRR proud to see how the hard work they do pays off.

The animal rescue group Dallas Dog RRR has showed how the life of a mistreated dog was changed by being rescued

Recently, the animal rescue group Dallas DogRRR shared the story of a badly mistreated dog named Sanford. After the unfortunate canine was found by animal control employees, he was put in a municipal shelter where he was kept for a whole week without any medical assistance that he so desperately needed.

When Dallas DogRRR employees first met Sanford, they described him as ‘broken’. As it turned out, not only did the dog suffer injuries sustained after he was hit by a car, he was also shot and carried a bullet in his body for a while.

The badly injured animal couldn’t even walk and was kept in a shelter waiting for his turn to be put down. The organization described his situation as ‘absolutely sickening’ and vowed to save him. “We can’t imagine the pain he has been in, but we’re going to try to help him,” they wrote.

Once Sanford was checked by a vet, it turned out that he doesn’t have any life-threatening injuries. However, just by looking at his face, you could see that 10-year-old Sanford has been through a lot in his life.

Although things have changed dramatically once he was treated and taken to his new foster mom, Karen Velazquez. Since the moment Sanford entered her home, he realized that he’s finally in a safe place and couldn’t be happier about it! Velazquez told: ‘He has been all smiles ever since. I think the minute he came to my home, he realized he was in a safe place’.

However, Sanford’s story isn’t over yet, the senior is waiting for his forever home. ‘He’ll be a great family dog. He’ll get along with other dogs and all humans. He even does well with kids,” the executive director of Dallas DogRRR told