Wednesday

A rare "white" cardinal has been spotted in Tennessee and it carries special meaning for the person who saw it.

The viewer in Lebanon says the feathered friend has been visiting since October 2. It first arrived on their birthday and the anniversary of their father's death, who died more than 20 years ago.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, cardinals have long been seen as a message from a loved one watching over you.

Since that day, the bird has been spotted making several reoccurring visits. The viewer says it's their "special bird."

Both Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and folks at the Nashville Zoo said if it is truly a white bird, it would be a "leucistic" Northern Cardinal. Leucism is caused by a lack of pigment in the feathers.

TWRA and the zoo say the birds are rare, but not unheard of. There are usually a few reported in the state every year.

According to Gardens All, white cardinals account for about 1 in every 1,800 cardinals.

Cardinals, in the family Cardinalidae, are passerine birds found in North and South America. They are also known as cardinal-grosbeaks and cardinal-buntings.

The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in the tanager family Thraupidae. On the other hand, DNA analysis of the genera Piranga (which includes the scarlet tanager, summer tanager, and western tanager), Chlorothraupis, and Habia showed their closer relationship to the cardinal family. They have been reassigned to that family by the American Ornithological Society.

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Friday

Look up at the night sky tonight to catch a glimpse of February's full moon, which will be 100% full on Saturday at 3:17 a.m. ET. The full moon will be visible around the world, but poor weather may block the view for some. Moon gazers can watch a live stream of the full moon in Rome from The Virtual Telescope Project.

Native American tribes in the northeastern United States call February's full moon the "Snow Moon" because of the heavy snowfall this time of year, according to the Maine Farmer's Almanac.

Tribes across the United States have their own names for February's full moon, according to the Western Washington University Planetarium. The Arapaho in the Great Plains have the closest name to Snow Moon, which is "frost sparkling in the sun."

Other tribes have names that are the opposite, like the Zuni Tribe in New Mexico who call it "onon u'la'ukwamme," which means "no snow in trails."

Some tribes named this full moon after animals. The Tlingit Tribe in the Pacific Northwest call it "s'eek dis" or "black bear moon." The Haida Tribe in Alaska call it "hlgit'un kungáay" or "goose moon."

This full moon is also significant in other cultures. It marks Māgha Pūjā, an important Buddhist festival that celebrates Buddha gathering his first 1,250 disciples. Typical of a normal year, 2021 will also have 12 full moons. (Last year had 13 full moons, two of which were in October.)

February Moon names from different cultures Ice (Celtic). Old Moon (Cree). Gray Moon (Pima). Wind Moon (Creek). Winter Moon (Taos). Nuts Moon (Natchez). Avunnivik Moon (Inuit). Geese Moon (Omaha). Bony Moon (Cherokee). Purification Moon (Hopi). Little bud Moon (Kiowa). Snow Moon (Neo-Pagan). Lateness Moon (Mohawk). Shoulder Moon (Wishram). Rabbit Moon (Potawatomi). Sucker Moon (Anishnaabe). Long Dry Moon (Assiniboine). Little Famine Moon (Choctaw). Storm Moon (Medieval English). Sparkling Frost Moon (Arapaho). Running Fish Moon (Winnebago). Coyote Frighten Moon (San Juan). Spruce Tips Moon (Passamaquoddy). Raccoon Moon, Trees Pop Moon (Sioux). Hunger Moon : Dark, Storm Moon : Full (Janic). Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Trappers Moon (Algonquin).

Other moon names : Wolf Moon, Wild Moon, Quickening Moon, Solmonath Moon, Chaste Moon, Horning Moon, Red Moon, Big Winter Moon, Cleansing Moon.


February's full moon is also known as the "Full Hunger Moon" because food was scarce and hunting was difficult for ancient tribes during this month.

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Thursday

Firefighters with the Medina Fire Department used special oxygen masks to rescue turtles that were pulled from a shed fire.

Wednesday afternoon, crews responded to a shed fire. When they arrived on the scene, they were told by neighbors that the owner had multiple turtles inside the shed.

Crews put out the fire and began removing about 10 turtles, including two large tortoises, from the smoke-filled shed.

The Medina Fire Department carries oxygen masks that are specially designed to be used on animals and crews used those to administer oxygen to the turtles.

The fire department said about half of the turtles were able to be rescued.

According to the fire department, the shed was insulated and heated to house the turtles and it is believed that one of the heating elements started the fire.

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"This afternoon the duty crew was dispatched to a report of smoke showing from a possible shed fire. Upon arrival we confirmed that it was a working fire and were quickly informed by the neighbors that the owner had multiple turtles inside. The crew put the fire out and began removing approximately 10 turtles which included two large tortoises from the smoke filled shed. MFD carries oxygen masks that are specially designed to be used on animals and we used it to administer oxygen therapy. Unfortunately about half of the turtles didnt make it. The shed had been insulated and heated to house the turtles and it is believed that one of the heating elements started the fire." Medina Fire Dept

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Turtles are easily recognised by their bony, cartilaginous shell. This super-tough casing acts like a shield to protect them from predators – some turtles can even tuck their head up inside their shell for extra protection! Contrary to popular belief, a turtle cannot come out of its shell. The turtle’s shell grows with them, so it’s impossible for them to grow too big for it!

Tuesday

A 65-year-old homeless woman was found sleeping in bin bags on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, with her six dogs. Luz Maria Olmedo Beltran, known as Chole, has been living this way for eight years.

The elderly woman, who has a son, refuses to go to a homeless shelter as they won’t accept her beloved pets. Police have tried to convince Luz to go to a shelter in the past but she protests each time, determined to stay side-by-side with her dogs, one of which is about to give birth.

A Tijuana based photographer, Omar Camarillo, spotted Luz and decided to snap her pictures. Since the images captured a lot of attention, people have tried to help Luz and donated items for her and the dogs. Since then, Luz has been able to move into a shelter that allows for dogs, for 50 pesos a day.

When police tried to convince Luz to leave the streets and move to a shelter, the elderly woman broke out in tears. ‘I don’t want to go, I don’t need help, I’m fine here,’ she said to the police.

As they were unable to leave her on the streets, police managed to convince Luz to give her son’s address. Though they dropped her off at his place, Luz was soon back on the streets with her cherished companions.

Photographer Omar tells Metro.co.uk: ‘That day when I took the photos, t was raining, I was walking down the street and I could see the lady taking shelter from the cold and rain with her dogs inside the garbage bags.

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‘I was impressed by the conditions in which the woman lives. I realise that “La Chole” has a great heart because she helps animals despite having many shortcomings.’ Omar returned to take pictures of Luz’s new abode; a tent. She says she would like the government to donate a place to her so she can take care of more animals.

After reading the story, Alejandra Cordova Castro was deeply touched and decided to help “Chole” with what she and the dogs need the most: water, food, blankets, socks, etc. It’s a simple, kind gesture that doesn’t cost much, but means the world to the elderly woman trying to survive in her harsh reality.

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Sunday

A bobcat is very lucky to be alive after he got stuck to the train tracks while trying to enjoy a meal.

Coby Reid spotted the wild cat on the train tracks near the Canadian town of Trail, a town in southeastern British Columbia, in the early morning.

Reid is an inspector for the railroad and told CBC’s Radio West that he noticed the cat’s hind paws were frozen to the tracks.

The cat had caught a duck, but in the process of eating it on the tracks, the water-logged bobcat got frozen to the metal.

Reid wrote on Facebook that the bobcat “was enjoying his breakfast (duck) and froze to the rail.”

Reid said that he and his co-workers first attempted to cover the animal with a coat, but the bobcat didn’t like that.

They captured video of them trying to warm up the cat. He told CBC Radio West’s host Sarah Penton that the bobcat wasn’t the “cute cat you see in the pictures…He was hissing at us, lunging at us.”

The workers called their boss who brought a pail of warm water to free the cat. It took them roughly an hour to carefully unstick the bobcat from the rail.

Once freed, Reid said the bobcat was reluctant to leave his dinner behind but the group of men scared the cat away and threw the duck carcass to the side of the tracks.

It was very fortunate for the bobcat that the men came around when they did, because just 30 minutes after freeing him, a train roared by.

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