It wasn’t all bad
▪ When Heather Bolint stumbled upon an unlikely hiker on the Appalachian Trail, she made it her mission to lead him to safety. The animal advocacy worker was 1,124 miles into her trek when she happened upon a lonely rooster. With no civilization nearby, Bolint held onto “Eddie” for 24 hours, sharing a tent and carrying the chicken in her jacket for 42 miles before finally delivering him to a West Virginia animal sanctuary. Back on the trail, Bolint wonders what critter she’ll stumble upon next. “I somehow always do find myself rescuing animals.”
▪ He’s a 22-year-old black rapper living in Harlem; she’s an 81-year-old white retiree in Florida. Through their shared love of an online word game, the two have struck up an unlikely but powerful friendship. Rosalind Guttman first endeared herself to Spencer Sleyon when she played the word “phat” on the Words With Friends app. “We started chatting through the app,” says Sleyon, “and she became a good friend, someone I could confide in.” Three hundred games later, the pair are closer than ever. Guttman gives Sleyon life advice, and the two recently went for lunch in the octogenarian’s hometown. “She is lovely,” says Sleyon.
▪ A homeless man is being hailed as a hero after saving two small children from a Las Vegas fire. Anival Angulo was walking down a quiet backstreet when he saw smoke rising from an apartment building and heard children screaming for help. Angulo, 36, rushed toward the fire, jumped over a locked gate, and used his strength to prize a dead bolt–locked security door open. A 3-year-old girl rushed out and wrapped her arms around Angulo. After ensuring her safety, Angulo doubled back to pull her baby brother away from the burning apartment. “I just knew I had to get them out,” says Angulo.