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Poor Fisherman Finds Extremely Rare Pearl Worth $330,000 While Searching for Food

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A fisherman from a poverty-stricken village in Thailand has managed to hit pay dirt after finding a stunning and rare orange pearl worth more than $330,000 that was just sitting on the beach.

Hatchai Niyomdecha, 37, was walking along a beach in the Si Thammarat province in the Gulf of Thailand last Wednesday, collecting oyster shells with his family, when he found an abandoned buoy dotted in shellfish that had washed ashore.

Hatchai and his 35-year-old younger brother Worachat Niyomdecha picked three shells from the buoy in hopes of getting a quick snack that they could prepare at home. However, after they took the shells back to their 60-year-old father Bangmad for a cleaning, they soon found out that they were in store for a much more luxurious snack than a few bites of fresh escargot.

It wasn’t long after their father set about cleaning the shells that he found a brilliant orange pearl, roughly the size of a dime and weighing 7.68 grames, in one of the shells. Hatchai immediately fetched his wife and two sons to show them the amazing find before going to have its value appraised the next day.

They eventually found out that the pearl wasn’t just your typical pearl one finds in an oyster, but was an orange Melo pearl. These extremely expensive gems are exclusively formed over the course of many years within the shell of the large Melo Melo or Volutidae sea snail, a gastropod native to the South China Sea. These unusual treasures can be found in shades ranging from a dull tan or brown to the tremendously rare and coveted tangerine-hued orange.

In this case, the pearl could be worth a staggering 10 million baht, or about $332,000 USD.

For Hatchai and his family, who have largely been living a hand-to-mouth existence as fisherfolk in their small seaside village, the discovery of the rare find is nothing less than miraculous – and they believe that destiny played some role in finding Melo pearl.

Hatchai believes that an odd dream that he had just days was actually a premonition of the life-changing discovery.

“An old man in white with a long mustache told me to come to the beach so I can receive a gift,” Hatchai told Viral Press. “I think he led me to finding the pearl.”

For Hatchai, the appearance of the old man wasn’t just a strange nightmare – but may have been divine intervention by a deity intent on improving the lot of his entire family.

Since discovering the rare pearl, Hatchai’s story has gotten nationwide and global exposure, resulting in several potential buyers approaching him with offers.

One wealthy businessman from another province offered to buy the pearl for a miserly one million baht, or about $33,000, but Hatchai’s family declined the offer.

A second luxury items collector boosted the offer to five million baht, but the family remained uninterested.

However, a third potential buyer from China with much deeper pockets is negotiating to buy the pearl for the expected price of 10 million baht, and is expected to fly out to Thailand to see the Melo pearl in Hatchai’s seaside village.

“I want to sell the pearl for the highest price,” Hatchai explained. “The money won’t just change my life, it will change my destiny. My whole family will have better lives.”

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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