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Verizon Suspends Employee After He Used Work Equipment to Rescue a Stranded Cat

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It’s not every day you hear about a community coming together to accomplish a specific task. Yet, this recently occurred in the town of Port Richmond, Philadelphia. Unfortunately, what was believed to be a happy ending resulted in an employee of Verizon being suspended from his job. 

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CBS Local reports that in mid-March, a cat named Princess Momma stranded herself on top of a light pole. Reportedly, she was stuck there for 12 hours. Her humans frantically called the fire department and even animal rescue. No one was available to help.

After many hours passed Sandy McLeish, an animal activist, found Maurice German, an employee of Verizon, in the neighborhood. She asked German to help rescue Momma. The heartwarming footage can be viewed below:

The town of Port Richmond was elated by the generous act but the telecommunications company was not. German was suspended for endangering himself and others. “We take no joy in this job action. However, we’re committed and responsible for keeping our employees and customers safe while working in a particular area,” said Rich Young, a spokesperson for the company.

Boyce was one of many citizens upset by the company’s retaliation so she put the company on blast with an online post. She also asked people to spread the word of his generous act across the internet.

Credit: Amanda Boyce

Since Boyce created the post, a GoFundMe page has been started for German. The bystander wrote, “This generous man is now being punished! Maurice is being suspend from his job for saving an animal. Let’s support Maurice for his good deed while his employer punishes him!”  The campaign exceeded its goal within several days and people are continuing to donate because they were moved by German’s willingness to help someone in need.

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A petition has also been started by the public to reinstate German. “Maurice German is an animal hero who saved a beloved family cat!” reads the petition, which as of Friday morning had garnered more than 30,000 signatures. “Instead of being suspended, German should be rewarded for his compassion and courage.”

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Scientists Catch a Glimpse of a Ultra-Rare Giant Phantom Jelly, With Bizarre Ribbon-Like Arms

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Researchers have seen a large deep-sea jellyfish with the assistance of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) named Doc Ricketts off the coast of California, in an extremely rare sighting. The footage revealed the creature’s unique and exquisite features.

The uncommon encounter was documented in November this year, 990 meters (3,200 ft) deep in Monterey Bay, according to a report issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

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The enigmatic phantom jellyfish was initially discovered in 1899, but scientists did not recognize it as a distinct species until 1960. Scientists still know very little about this creature.

The specimen of the huge phantom jelly has only been seen 110 times in 110 years across the world. According to the MBARI research, despite thousands of dives, their ROVs have only observed this amazing species nine times.

The huge phantom jellyfish has the following characteristics:

The bell of this deep-sea denizen is more than one meter (3.3 feet) broad, with four ribbon-like oral (or mouth) arms that can grow to be more than 10 meters (33 feet) long, according to an MBARI report.

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The species is said to inhabit anywhere between the surface and 21,900 feet in depth. It does, however, remain in the twilight zone, which is just beyond the reach of sunlight.

The organism, formally known as ‘Stygiomedusa gigantea’, is found all across the planet except in the Arctic Ocean, according to the experts.

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It’s worth noting that, in the past, scientists depended on trawl-nets to examine deep-sea species; but, the jellies, which transform into a viscous goo in trawl nets, were difficult to research using this outdated method. Fish, crabs, and squids are among the only creatures that can be effectively studied from nets.

Researchers may now examine these creatures in their native habitat with high-definition footage thanks to the robot cams. I, personally, prefer this “no-touch” approach.

Watch the mesmerizing video here:

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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