It wasn’t all bad
When Seth Marko discovered he needed emergency open-heart surgery, he wasn’t sure what would happen to the Book Catapult, his San Diego bookstore. Then Scott Ehrig-Burgess, manager of a rival bookstore nearby, stepped up. He offered to run the Catapult while Marko, 43, was in the hospital, and recruited eight volunteers from other bookstores to help. For more than a week, Ehrig-Burgess faithfully opened and closed the Catapult and trained the volunteers while also working at his own shop. “It’s pretty incredible,” said Marko.
A very cold and wild canine.
Construction workers in Estonia who saw what they thought was a large dog struggling in an icy river rushed into the freezing water to rescue the animal—unaware that they’d actually saved a wolf. The workers carried the beast, sedated by hypothermia, to a car and drove to a clinic. “He was calm, slept on my legs,” one of the men, Rando Kartsepp, said of the animal. Veterinarians treated the canine at the clinic, and sensibly placed it in a cage after realizing the dog was in fact a 1-year-old male wolf. It has since recovered and been released in the wild.
A Texas kindergarten teacher showed solidarity with a student who was being teased for her short hair by chopping off her own waist-long ’do. Shannon Grimm noticed that Prisilla Perez had become quiet and sad, and discovered it was because the 5-year-old’s classmates thought her new haircut made her look like a boy. To challenge the young students’ ideas of beauty, Grimm had her locks chopped down to a pixie cut and turned up at school with matching hair bows for her and Prisilla. The girl’s confidence rocketed immediately. “Prisilla is a different person now,” Grimm said. “The kids love her hair, too.”