It wasn’t all bad
▪ Canadian couple’s wedding photo shoot turned into a rescue mission when the groom noticed a young boy in trouble nearby. Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing on a bridge in an Ontario park when Clayton noticed the boy had fallen into the lake and was struggling to stay afloat. The groom jumped into the water, scooped up the boy, and lifted him to safety— with the photographer capturing the heroic moment on camera. “I’m just glad everyone was OK,” says Clayton, “because the day could have gone a lot different.”
▪ Frida the rescue dog really is man’s best friend. The 7-yearold Labrador is one of the Mexican Navy’s best sniffer dogs. Wearing goggles and all-terrain booties, she helped locate and save 12 people buried alive beneath debris after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake devastated Oaxaca state earlier this month. She’s now hard at work trying to find people trapped in the rubble following a magnitude-7.1 quake that collapsed dozens of buildings in Mexico City. “It’s a source of pride to work with Frida,” says her handler, Israel Arauz. “She’s a very, very special dog.” Frida will retire from duty next year, and go to live with Arauz.
▪ Bug aficionado Sophia Spencer used to get teased by other schoolkids for her eccentric hobby. Now the 8-year-old is the co-author of a paper in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. After Sophia was labeled “weird” by her classmates for playing with grasshoppers, her mother reached out to female entomologists for encouragement and help. Scores of scientists got in touch over social media—including one Ph.D. candidate who invited Sophia to co-write a paper on how Twitter can promote women in science. “It was cool to see other girls studying bugs,” says Sophia. “It made me feel like I could do it, too.”