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Feb. 18 (UPI) — A Las Vegas resident’s home security cameras captured footage of the moment she rescued her small puppy from an attacking hawk.

Cecilia Celis said she let toy yorkie Lulu, who is less than a year old, into the back yard and she went to check on the canine moments later and found the 2-pound dog struggling with an attacking hawk.

“We just let them out and then the bird swoops in drags her and is like choking her, it stood on her,” Celis told KVVU-TV of the security camera footage of the incident.

Celis rushed to rescue Lulu, grabbing a patio furniture pillow and swatting at the bird of prey four times to drive it away.

She said Lulu suffered a neck injury from the hawk’s claws, but is recovering.

The hawk hung around the yard for a few minutes after releasing the puppy but eventually flew away on its own.

Celis said she learned from the experience that her dogs need to be constantly supervised outdoors.

“We have to keep an eye on them the whole time. We can’t even let them go in the corners or anything because anything could be around,” she said.



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‘Rarest Penguin On Earth’ Caught On Camera In Antarctica

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New footage from BBC America shows what just might be a one-of-a-kind emperor penguin

Unlike its famous black and white counterparts, this one is covered almost entirely in black feathers ― the result of a rare genetic mutation called melanism. 

“This could be the first-ever footage of an all black emperor penguin,” the clip from BBC Earth’s wildlife show “Dynasties” notes. 

While the mutation may appear from time to time, the dark color makes it easier to spot by predators, making it very unusual for a penguin like this one to survive to adulthood. 

“He or she could be the only one of its kind,” the clip states: 

National Geographic has documented melanism on other types of penguins, especially the king penguins, which appear to have the mutation more often than others.

However, the magazine’s website says it has also found evidence of partial melanism in Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and royal penguins.



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Virginia man surprises wife with $1M winning lotto ticket for Valentine’s Day

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Feb. 18 (UPI) — A Virginia man surprised his wife with a $1 million winning lottery ticket for an early Valentine’s day gift.

Terry Mudd purchased the ticket after forgetting to pick something up from his grocery shopping list, which he said is a regular occurrence, and scratched it off to find he’d won the game’s $1 million top prize.

Mudd decided to surprise his wife, Madonna, with the gift as a Valentine’s present, but gave it to her earlier in an envelope that read “Terry + Madonna’s retirement” after they got into an argument about their finances.

The couple elected to take a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes instead of receiving the full million dollars over 30 years.

They recently purchased an RV and plan to travel across the country when they retire, although neither plans to retire in the near future.



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Feb. 18 (UPI) — Police breaking up a late-night drag racing session in Britain ended up seizing an unusual vehicle — a speedy tractor.

Amesbury Police said they responded to a report of drag racing motorcycles in Wiltshire and ended up discovering the bikes were racing against a New Holland T6 175 tractor.

Police said the tractor was found to be running on red diesel, a duty-free fuel allowed to be used strictly for agricultural purposes.

“Rather unusual stop for team 1 tonight,” police tweeted. “Tractor stopped after being reported for drag racing motorbikes!”

“Vehicle was seized as the driver couldn’t prove he was insured and was driving on red diesel,” the tweet said.



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