It wasn’t all bad
■ A Sarasota nurse who was hoping to have a quiet breakfast at a McDonald’s ended up delivering a baby in the restaurant’s bathroom. April Jones was dining with her mom when she heard a scream from the women’s room. She rushed in and found Sean Jordan and his wife, Cathy, whose umbilical cord was wrapped around her newborn’s neck. Jones calmly loosened the cord, and welcomed baby boy Parker to the world before the paramedics even arrived. “To hear the baby breathe,” said new dad Sean, “was the best feeling.”
■ Idaho county judge Doug Payne was driving alongside the frozen St. Joe River when he spotted a cow moose trapped in the ice. Determined to stop the animal from freezing to death, Payne went looking for help and found Fish and Game Officer Julie Lininger. The pair flagged down a couple of drivers and together the four tied a nylon tow strap around the moose and began pulling. Thirty minutes later, the beast broke free and dashed through the rescue party toward her calf, which had been waiting on the riverbank. “We all went running off the ice,” says Lininger. “But everyone went home with a great story.”
■ It took a village to find the lost ring of a Scottish bride-to-be. Jen McGowan, 26, was playing fetch with her dog on a beach near Drummore when she accidentally flicked the red-stone ring into the Irish Sea—just 24 hours after her fiancé had proposed to her on the very same beach. After a frantic search, McGowan posted on Drummore’s Facebook page asking for help. The next day, 30 villagers, many with metal detectors, began scouring the sand. They found the ring, still in perfect condition, within two hours. “What a fantastic group of neighbors we have,” says McGowan.