Most young girls ask for a pony for their birthday. One girl got something a little more interesting and unusual!
Brettany Lawton of Newcastle, California, was surprised to walk into her backyard and see a zebra last week.
Brettany’s 10th birthday isn’t until Monday, but that didn’t stop her dad, Brett, from going through the measures of tracking down and then purchasing Arumbra, as Brettany affectionately calls her new pet.
“I felt really cool because no one else would get a zebra for their birthday and I felt really excited and really special that my dad got me a zebra because no one else has one and my friends didn’t believe me or anything,” Brettany said.
Ever since Arumbra arrived with his friend, Donkey, the half-mini-horse half-donkey, the pair have had some adjusting to do as they snack on a diet that isn’t too different from a horse.
For now, Arumbra and Donkey are confined to half an acre, but Lawton hopes to let the two roam around his property, which is fenced.
He said Arumbra’s current situation is much better from his previous home in Miami, which he had to be rescued from.
Prior to his time in Miami, Arumbra was also featured in an advertisement for a cigar company and later a vodka company. He has also been in a few movies, according to Lawton.
Now, he’s giving a little girl the best birthday ever.
Arumbra is only part of Brettany’s birthday package, though. She’s also headed to Disneyland.
“I thought I was sleeping or something because I never thought I would get a zebra, but I did, so it was really cool. He talked about getting a giraffe for a little while but I knew that was never going to happen, but then I got a zebra.”
Lauren Kornacki learned CPR several times. For years she’s worked as a lifeguard.
The 22-year-old just graduated from Mary Washington with a physics degree, but while looking for work, she decided to return to something familiar to earn a little money.
Two days ago, her supervisor held a review session on CPR skills.
On Saturday Lauren used what she learned to save her father’s life.
“I opened up his airway to make sure he could breathe and everything and at that point I’m just telling him, talking to him,” said Lauren. “You can’t leave me. Just stay with me. Keep breathing.”
Lauren’s father, Alec, was working on his car, a BMW 525i.
The jack slipped and the car fell on top of him.
Lauren was on her way out the door when she came upon him, unconscious and crushed.
“As I go to open the garage door I hear a primal scream, like…dial 911!” said Lauren’s mother, Liz.
That scream was Lauren discovering her father.
“There was no tire,” said Lauren. Seconds later, she did what most would consider unthinkable, she moved a car weighing a ton and a half off her father’s body.
“I just lifted up kind of right here and just kind of threw it, shoved my body as hard as I could then I came back and dragged him out and started CPR,” Lauren said. “It flashed like, I’m going to lose my dad. His eyes were open, he wasn’t responding to me. I knew I had to get his heart beating again and I had to get him breathing.”
And in that moment, with those skills and strength, she was the only person keeping her Daddy alive.
“I’m just telling him, talking to him. You can’t leave me,” said Lauren. “Just stay with me. Keep breathing.”
Her father is still in the ICU, but walking and finally getting the chance to thank Lauren.
“I told him what happened,” said Liz. “He just, the tears just come to his eyes. He said thank you for saving my life and she just smiled her blue eyed smile and that was it.”
“Just seeing him move and breathing I literally just sat there and was watching his chest rise and that’s when I lost it,” said Lauren. “I just couldn’t handle it.”
Liz says Lauren is the reason Alec is alive.
She says he was without oxygen and a heart beat for less than five minutes.
“She got his heart beating again and got him breathing again,” said Liz. “So, she’s it. He gave her life and then he gave her life. I am in awe of her. I am in awe of her. She is the day. She saved the day. I can’t even tell you how proud I am of her.”
Alec’s doctors didn’t want him to speak on camera just yet, because he’s still in the ICU.
He has several broken ribs, some numbness, and other fractures, but nothing that appears to be permanent damage.
He also asked us to share this statement:
“I’m just so lucky and proud that I have daughters that can perform CPR and have the knowledge to save lives. I think it’s an important skill for everyone to know and if it weren’t for Lauren I would not be alive today.”
Alec has three daughters. All three know CPR.
Patrick Sloan from England has a brand new son. And a new grandson. And a new great-grandson. And the three babies arrived in the space of just three months.
First, Patrick, 60, became a dad for the fourth time – 28 years after the birth of his third child. His second wife Joanne, 39, had little Ethan on March 14.
Then, in June, Patrick’s grand-daughter Fern, 18, presented him with his first great-grandchild, Mason.
And 12 days after Fern gave birth, it was her mum Odette’s turn to head for the delivery room. She too produced a healthy baby boy, Leonard.
So Ethan is Mason’s great-uncle, Fern has a new uncle as well as a new son, and Odette is celebrating the arrival of a son, a grandson and a half-brother who is 35 years younger than she is.
Ethan also has two big half-brothers, Aaron, 33, and Dean, 32. And he’s uncle to Odette’s sons, Joel, 10, and baby Leonard, Aaron’s 11-month-old daughter Alissa, and Dean’s kids Joshua, nine, and Alivia, eight.
It’s all a bit confusing, but nursing manager Patrick wouldn’t change a thing about it. He went into hospital to have his vasectomy reversed so he could become a father again with Joanne.
He said: “All three boys are fantastic. I’m sure there are people who think my situation is very odd. I agree it’s not that conventional but I wouldn’t swap it for the world. Ethan has given me a new lease of life and is my pride and joy. And to have a new grandson and my first great-grandchild at the same time is the icing on the cake.”
The baby bonanza has also been good for Joanne, Odette and Fern. They’ve been swapping tips and helping each other out with their youngsters.
Odette said: “It was strange knowing I was pregnant at the same time as my daughter and my mother-in-law. But at least I knew I could help Fern and be there for her whenever she needed me.”
Patrick, of Doncaster, Yorkshire, will be retiring around the time Ethan starts school. He admits he worries that people will criticise him for becoming a dad again at his age.
But he said: “Generally, everyone has been really pleased and excited. It was a bit of a shock to the system at first, but Ethan is a little treasure and makes me smile every single day.”
Australian canegrower John Casey has said that when he dies, his three adult children will inherit Charlene, a 3m saltwater crocodile.
“I am 50 and Charlie turns 50 next year so she will outlive me,” Mr Casey said.
“It got me thinking about what to do with her because she is not just some piece of furniture or antique vase.
“You can’t just pop her on the mantelpiece and give her a good dusting every six months or so.”
Charlene, or Charlie for short, has been a part of the Casey family since John was just a toddler.
She lives in an enclosure at their O’Connell River property near Mackay but keeping Charlie in the family has not always been an easy task.
Mr Casey has wrangled with environmental authorities to keep his “younger sister” ever since she was left to him by his father, Alf. “I was only young when dad brought her home. Her mother had been shot by a hunter,” Mr Casey said.
Charlie became well-known around north Queensland, often accompanying the family on holiday or for day trips to Proserpine.
But the family came close to losing Charlie for good in 1986 when she “accidentally” bit off Alf’s hand after he returned from a fishing trip.
The saltie was eventually returned to the family but the battle to keep her continues, with the Caseys’ permit to be reviewed again in October.
Mr Casey said the ongoing permit saga and his advancing age meant he had to think about the croc’s future.
Charlie the croc is just one of the many bizarre bequests that will and estate agents have lodged for clients.
A Swedish father of two who traveled to Norway for work said he was stunned when he was forced to prove he isn’t a woman.
Daniel Pohjantahti, from southern Sweden, said that he traveled to Bergen, Norway, for work and went to the Norwegian social benefits agency Nav to obtain a Norwegian personal ID number.
Pohjantahti told the Aftenposten newspaper he presented his Swedish ID card and papers from the Swedish Tax Authority to verify his identity and he was shocked when the female official at Nav asked him if he was a woman.
“I looked like a bear when I got there, surely the beard must have given it away,” Pohjantahti said.
He said he showed her all of his documents and mentioned fathering two children, but the woman was not satisfied until he went back to Sweden and returned with his passport.
A woman has left a post on small advert website Craigslist in an attempt to track down a man who became the father of her unborn child during a sexual encounter at a Motörhead concert in Chicago.
The blue-haired rocker has advertised for her baby-daddy via the missed connections section of small advert website Craigslist.
The 28-year-old goes into considerable detail about exactly what they got up to in the toilet at the Motörhead and Megadeath gig at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom before dropping the bombshell news.
She describes herself as clad in fishnet stockings, a silver boob tube top and biker boots.
Her brief encounter was with a man sporting a red mohawk, a double ‘viper’ tongue piercing and black pentagram gauges. She writes: ‘I was grinding on you in the pit, then we went to the bathroom and got f***** up.’
She then goes on to describe in graphic detail exactly what happened next, before adding: ‘You were really good and you had to gag me so I would[n’t] make too much noise.’
And if that doesn’t get his attention, she adds: ‘Anyway I’m pregnant. It’s yours. Contact me if you want to be part of your child’s life.’
News of the unusual posting quickly went viral, although not all the responses have not all been positive.
Another Craigslist user responded: ‘Yet another good reason to go find and join a neighbourhood composting project or a community bake sale, or even sit at f****** Caribou Coffee and read a damn book, rather than go to a Megadeth/Motorhead show, boys and girls.’