Friday, 14th May 2021

Orphaned baby llama befriends orphaned baby walrus: five uplifting news stories we just made up

NEED a boost? These touching stories of human heroism, animal friendship and insect ingenuity invented on the spot should do the trick: 

Orphaned baby llama befriends orphaned baby walrus

When Lima the baby llama lost his mother in a landslide, a couple on a trekking holiday adopted him and took him back to their native Canada where he struck up an friendship with a fellow adorable orphan, Winnipeg the walrus. The inseparable pair enjoy sunbathing on rocks together and spitting on humans. So darn cute!

American child sets up lemonade stand for her mum’s surgery

Inspirational teen Sophie Rodriguez wasn’t allowed to go out to work due to restrictive child labour laws, so instead she set up a popular lemonade stand to raise money for her mother’s urgent care. Her whole community rallied round and she’d soon made $2.2 million, enough to cover the surgery and pay her college education upfront. Nice going, Sophie.

Hero cat saves baby from a burning building

Snuffles the tabby will be getting extra Whiskas tonight after he selflessly dived into a burning building to rescue a two-year-old. The baby’s mother then adopted the stray and rebuilt their home after selling the film rights. Now Snuffles and the family live in the lap of luxury and maintain their own private fire service.

Wasp does thousand laps of living room for charity

A local wasp has emulated Captain Tom’s fundraising heroism by circling a living room a thousand times. Ignoring open windows and flapping arms, Norman Steele the wasp has inspired Britain and raised £310,000 to be split between the NHS, Great Ormond Street Hospital and wasp charities. Godspeed Norman, you stripy legend.

Couple who’ve been together for seventy years learn TikTok dance

A couple in their 90s – he’s a WWII veteran, she worked with NASA – have warmed millions of cockles by participating in a viral TikTok dance and sharing the results online. Joseph Turner and his wife Mary learned the choreography for ‘The Bitch Slap’ from their great-great-granddaughter, Lauren Hewitt, a vet who makes prosthetic limbs for injured puppies. Tissues, anyone?