Monday

Mason Trebony was on a vacation with his wife when he spotted the bear in their room's terrace. Vacations and getaways are considered to be something that humans do. We never associate these words with animals that live in the forest.

However, they have other ways to 'chill' as well. Exceptions are always there when they to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings around them like the way we do.

A hilarious instance of this went viral recently. A man named Mason Trebony and his wife were on a holiday together in the Great Smoky Mountains in the USA. They spotted a black bear coming into their room's terrace. As they were inside, they did not have a face-to-face encounter.

The incident took place on March 20 in Tennessee's Gatlinburg. The bear was walking around the place when he spotted the jacuzzi. At first, he observed it to see what it was. Then, he went on to put his paws in the water. Once he realized that the water was perfectly warm, he decided to soak himself in it.

The bear sat there for some time, enjoying the morning view and relaxing. While taking the video, the man's commentary is heard as well. "He is having a blast," he says. He also added that he was 'relieved that neither he nor his wife was in the jacuzzi at that moment.

For obvious reason, the hilarious clip went viral on the internet. It was shared on all social media platforms. Netizens were extremely amused by it.

According to the local reports, around 1500 bears live in the park that is surrounded by the Smoky Mountains. 45 metres of distance should be maintained between humans and them.

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Some people find crows and ravens fascinating, while others find them beyond annoying, but there's no denying June Hunter's obsession with the black birds is catching on.

The Vancouver artist and photographer was snowshoeing in the North Shore mountains recently and came upon an unusual scene: two birds doing somersaults and rolling in the snow like puppies.

She captured the fun on video and posted it to social media where the ravens' high flying enthusiasm has attracted over one million views.

"I think there is just something about ravens being silly and having fun in the snow that is quite therapeutic for many of us, especially these days," Hunter said. Hunter said she was drawn to the unusual sounds the ravens were making.

"It just makes me happy to relate to that joy in a species that's different from you," she said. Hunter has been taking photographs of crows and ravens for over a decade. She used to sell the prints on Vancouver's Granville Island until the pandemic hit.

Marvin and Mavis are names Hunter has given to the crows that visit her home. The Mable family lives down the street and visit too.

The self-proclaimed PR person for the birds is frustrated the corvids sometimes get a bad rap, despite their intelligence. She wants to clear up the misconceptions some people have that the birds are simply grub-loving pests put on this earth to dig up lawns.

"If you start watching crows your life will be happier … because you'll be interested and you will feel more connected to the natural world, even if you're in the city. You'll naturally feel better."

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Sunday

Wrangling rambunctious children is a struggle every parent knows all too well, even those of an ursine nature.

A mama bear was filmed repeatedly crossing a road in Winsted, Connecticut, on Saturday in an attempt to shepherd her four cubs to the other side. In several videos shared by the YouTube account ViralHog, the mother bear spent around 20 minutes trying to get all her cubs across.

"First I thought one baby had been struck by a car, came back 15 minutes later realize mama was simply trying to get all four babies to cross the street, together," one person told ViralHog. "I can relate as a mom of four myself."

She was partially successful after carrying one cub over in her teeth, with two other cubs eventually following her. The fourth cub remained behind, more interested in climbing a nearby pole than following its mother.

The mother returned to grab her wayward cub but was unfortunately followed by one of her other children. At one point, the mother bear alternated between carrying one cub or the other in an almost futile attempt to get them across — as she picked up one cub, the other began to walk back.

Eventually, she was able to safely get all of her cubs across the road.

Many people also applauded the drivers who patiently waited for the wildlife moment to unfold and “didn’t risk the lives of mom and her cubs.” We also spotted a police cruiser on the scene at the end of the video, who no doubt help control traffic and make sure both bears and humans stayed safe!

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Friday

Space Force just welcomed its first female Native American intelligence officer. Capt. Haida StarEagle, a 17-year-veteran of the Air Force, transferred into the fledgling service earlier this month, according to a news release.

She hails from the 36th Intelligence Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, where she served as a flight commander of training. She will remain with the 36th until her new duty title and station are approved, the release states.

"Her commitment to her airmen is at a level I've never seen before," Master Sgt. Ryan Ritchey, the 36th's chief of training, said in the release. "While we are losing an amazing Captain, the Space Force is gaining one and we're just so proud of her."

StarEagle is from the Matinecock Tribe, an Algonquian people who call the north shore of Long Island, New York, home. Her father, Chief Samuel Little Fox, the shaman of all 13 Long Island tribes, pinned the new occupational badge on StarEagle during her March 12 Space Force induction ceremony at Langley-Eustis.

"When I was born, during my naming ceremony, the shaman came back from his vision quest and told my father that I was destined for the stars," StarEagle, a Brooklyn native, said in the release. "My entire life has been focused toward the stars, and joining the Space Force puts me one step closer to following that dream."

The 36th is part of the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at the base. The group oversees kinetic and non-kinetic precision targeting; "weaponeering, collateral damage, and battle damage assessment training, tools and tactics;" and special operations ISR, according to an Air Combat Command factsheet. ACC is headquartered at Langley-Eustis.

The base wing public affairs office didn't immediately provide details into StarEagle's prior service when asked for comment.

"Captain StarEagle has the impressive combination of capability, superior intellect, drive and passion for serving," Lt. Col. Michael Hollingsworth, joint collection training division lead at U.S. Special Operations Command, added in the release. "Some people just have that 'it' factor, and I can tell you that the Space Force is gaining an absolutely phenomenal leader."

The Space Force said last fall that 2,400 members in "organic" space careers -- such as space operations and space systems operations -- were slated for transfer from the Air Force. StarEagle was chosen in December to change branches -- one of 3,600 additional members selected for transfer in common specialties, or jobs that fit both the Air Force and Space Force, including those in intelligence, cyber, acquisition and engineering.

The Space Force hopes to nearly triple in size by the end of 2021 to 6,400 members, top officials have said. StarEagle said she's been motivated to represent the Matinecock tribe because the New York National Congressional Library keeps a record of its members.

"My father told me when I was younger that I must find my own way and figure out how to leave a legacy for our tribe," she said. "Joining the Space Force and continuing to serve is the best way to leave my mark within my tribe, create a legacy for my people, and make my father proud."

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Thursday

Alexey Sedoy is a former officer in the Russian Special Forces. For the last two years, he has been living a solitary life in his very own private sanctuary in the middle of the woods, devoted to the care and saving of young moose.

Although he does not wish to reminisce about the war of his past, he has found himself in the midst of a very different kind of war, a clear and present war that fills his life every single day.

A war against poachers who have killed five out of every 11 baby moose. With the generous help of kind and caring people, Alexey has been able to raise funds for the construction of a security fence around part of the park to protect the endangered moose.

Alexey’s undying dream and ultimate goal is to build a well-protected sanctuary and rescue center for wild animals where people from all over the world can visit and admire these strong and magnificent animals. And as he says: “There are no impossible tasks”. But he needs help—physical and financial.

Meanwhile, no matter the day of the week or whether it is the weekend or a holiday, come winter, rain or snow, Alexey is dedicated to the work of tending to and caring for the baby moose, whether it is preparing their milk, cutting and clearing branches, or anything that the baby moose may require.

Taking on the task of having to feed the baby moose every four hours for 16 to 18 hours a day, Alexey understands that without this type of attention and care, the baby moose will not survive. It is with courage and love that Alexey has taken on the role of mother, father, or guardian and protector of these beautiful animals.

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For the last two years, he has been living a solitary life in his very own private sanctuary in the middle of the woods, devoted to the care and saving of young moose. He is fighting a war against poachers who have killed 5 out of every 11 baby moose.

Alexey’s undying dream and ultimate goal is to build a well-protected sanctuary and rescue center for wild animals.

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