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In a span of 12 - 14 minutes I'm bawling like an idiot = Reasons 8,845 and 8,846 why I don't watch the news:

1. There was a story about a man who's lived out in the woods since forever and had to be evacuated two weeks ago because of forest fires. He had to leave behind all the 'wildlife' he'd come to know and feed, fearing the fire would kill them all.
His Heritage Home cabin was consumed. He has nowhere to live until he rebuilds. I didn't cry about that.
I cried about the fact that a friend in the area spotted his beloved little fox named "Vickie" who, despite looking thin, had some how managed to survived the fire and was staying close to where the cabin once stood.
My water works began when they showed him and Vickie 'reunite'. She was the cutest little red fox!!! Big, big ears, huge bushy tail and painfully thin. He reached out and she walked right up to him with a look on her face like she was relieved to see that he was alright. *sniffle*
They tacked on footage of terrified bear cubs fleeing from the flames to add to the heart break.

It makes me so angry to think that all that beautiful wilderness is destroyed, old growth forest is destroyed and wildlife is killed often due to the ignorance of humans. Of an ignorant flick of a cigarette butt. Of a half-assedly extinguished camp fire. Of evil arson. Lightning does less damage than stupid ass humans.

2. Close to 30 bottlenosed (?) dolphins beached themselves on Beaches of South Florida today.
Nothing people did could save them. Most of them had to be euthanized. KIcker that triggered the second crying jag...a baby dolphin lying by its mother, both of them struggling for life. They were only able to save 6 of them.
Speculation is that 'classified' military sonar devices in the waters off of Florida may be the cause. But they'll never know because their 'classified'.

Nobody's going to try and prevent this from happening again and it breaks my heart to know that we'll see stories like these again on the news.

Oh, wait. I'm not watching the news or reading the news paper EVER AGAIN!!

thank you and good night


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Aug. 7th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
yeah the really sad things about the dolphins is that they already had pushed all 30 of them back out to water once and they all beached themselves again :(
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
It's so scary to see animals behaving so bizarrely. The poor things were all disoriented.
I bet it is the military sonar testing. But they won't care about a stupid pod of dolphins will they?!
But I heart all the people who were out there doing all they could. They showed the human chain (Christ!!! I'm starting to cry again just talking about it!!!!) the people made to keep the dolphins out in the surf. Despite the terrible sadness, my heart swells with love for those folks who cared enough to try and do something.
::blows nose::
I hope the few they did 'rescue' pull through.
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! My eyes teared up just reading this....
Aug. 7th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was heartbreaking!!! You should have seen this little fox. She was timid and sweet and so trusting.
The old guy who lived there got all choked up when he started talking about her. He named her Vickie.
And that baby dolphin! I just lost it. It was so tiny. A lady was kneeling beside it and it was about the length of her thigh. It was a little baby.
Okay, I'll stop. I'm getting all worked up again. Sorry about that.
I'm a mess whenever there are stories about animal, friends and family will attest to that, with much eye rolling. I can't help it. The plight of animals just overwhelms me. No more news for me.
Aug. 8th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be able to watch it either, so don't feel bad!
Aug. 7th, 2004 09:26 pm (UTC)
See, but, I start crying just from reading second-hand! The poor guy! The little fox! the dolpins! I weep!
Aug. 7th, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
I swear, I think I was sobbing loud enough for my neighbours to hear me. So so sad.
needless to say, I scooped up Dakota and hugged her till she squirmed to be let down.
Aug. 7th, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
Meeeep. You should come over and meet my kittens one day. becausetheyaresocuteiwanttocry.
Aug. 8th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
Okay! ::bounce:: ::bounce:: Next week-end?
Aug. 8th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
Sure, yes! WHEE!
Aug. 7th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh geez *hugs tight* I knew there were reason I didn't watch the news much anymore.
Aug. 8th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
::throws self at AJ:: I miss you!
Dude, it was heartbreaking. I'm never watching the news again.
Aug. 8th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight* I miss you too :(

I know I know. I want to know what's going on but I so don't want to see stuff like that when I'm watching the news.
Aug. 7th, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC)
:( Such sad news. But it's nice to hear that the fox was able to survive. The reunion with the man and the people helping the dolphins sound very touching too.
Aug. 8th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
Vickie the fox was soooooo cute. She looked a a little scared and dazed but so glad to see her human friend.
So it's really a happy story isn't it?

The dolphins nearly killed me when I saw the little baby one. I'm a sap what can I say.
poor little thing!

::points at icon:: Very pretty. Your kitty? ::pets::
Aug. 8th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Poor baby dolphin.. I'm a sap too.

And it's not my kitty, but my cat looks just like it. Hee. :)
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