10 End Of Year Best Of List /////
99 year old British WWII Captain Tom Moore’s attempt to walk laps in his garden to fundraise money for the NHS before his 100th birthday captured the heart of supporters worldwide and gathered donations surpassing £35 million. He has since been awarded a knighthood by the Queen for his efforts.
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu’s first post-lockdown concert was held not to people, but to a seated audience of nearly 3,000 plants. The conceptual performance by Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, livestreamed online in June, was a beautifully poignant reminder of our embattled relationship with nature. Watch till the end!
Australian agriculturalist Bruce French devoted five decades cataloguing over 30,000 edible plant species with entries from almost every country on Earth. His lifelong mission to educate and empower malnutritioned communities has so far reached four continents with additions to the database being added regularly. “I’m interested in hungry kids not dying before they get to school" he said.
A lovable Labrador which was rescued from heavy floods in southern Mexico has been adopted by the Navy. A video that surfaced on Twitter showing the dog clinging to its life before being pulled to safety was watched by millions of people across the globe. The Mexican Navy chose to adopt the pooch after no one came forward to claim him adding: “Even in the heavy clouds there are a few rays of light and hope shining through”.
Laungi Bhuiyan, 70, of Indian district Bihar, devoted twenty years of his life to painstakingly dig a canal using nothing more than simple tools and unwavering determination. Despite no governmental support and a disapproving wife, Bhuiyan’s inspiring act will mean a renewed lifeline for local farmers today and for generations to come.
The platypus, which has long bemused scientists for centuries, now boasts fluorescent fur that glows under UV light! As a venomous duck-billed egg- laying creature with webbed feet, it was always outside general mammalian convention and this discovery, led by American biologist Paula Anich, gives credence to the mysteries of our natural world.
A masked man donned a replica Batman suit to deliver hot food to the needy after record months of unemployment ravaged the the Chilean capital of Santiago. Operating anonymously out of the back of his car, the unknown hero spread compassion and goodwill to those who most needed it most, and has since gone viral.
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders which has fought off ecological threats for decades, is finally showing signs of recovery in protected regions. The reef which is located off the coast of Northeastern Australia is home to millions of inhabitants and is the single largest living organism on Earth. Dr Mike Emslie at The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences reported on the findings as “encouraging”.
A ‘Secret Santa’ figure brought an unexpected smile to hundreds of shoppers at Walmart, Tennessee, USA by paying off the store’s $64,995 layaway debt, just in time for Christmas. The kind gesture took place at 6am in the morning with the accompanying message: “I love you, God bless you, and Merry Christmas”.
Kaavan, known for years as the ‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ made new friends this month after living alone for years in a run down zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Originally a gift from Sri Lanka, the 5-tonne elephant was transported in a specially built enclosure and travelled by air to his new home at a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia where it’s hoped he will mate with the resident females.