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  • These Parents Put Their Baby On A Fad Diet. Weeks Later, He Wad Dead.

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    In hopes of losing a few extra pounds, many of us turn to fad diets to try and drop the weight in just a few weeks.

    And fad dieting has reached critical mass in the age of social media, where trends abound. While these nutrition trends can have some unusual side effects, they are generally safe for otherwise healthy adults to try without any major health risks, but the same cannot be said for small children.

    Just about any doctor would tell you that your little one needs all the nutrients they can get, so restrictive dieting just isn’t called for when babies are involved. The consequences of heavily restricting your child’s diet can be deadly. This couple from Belgium knows a thing or two about that.

    The parents of seven-month-old baby Lucas diagnosed their son with a gluten intolerance without input from a physician and forced him to eat a restrictive gluten-free diet.

    The well-intentioned but ill-informed parents began feeding him alternative milk products such as rice milk and quinoa milk.

    Lucas was never diagnosed by a medical doctor, and in the days leading up to his death, the boy began experiencing breathing problems.

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    They rushed their son to a homeopathic doctor, who recommended that he be taken to a local hospital.

    Once at the hospital, it wasn’t long before Lucas was pronounced dead. An autopsy later revealed that the boy was severely dehydrated when he died and almost no trace of food was found in his stomach or even his intestines.

    In court, the couple’s attorney tried to express the idea that they really thought Lucas had a problem tolerating gluten. It remains to be seen how this will play out for the grieving pair.

    (via Mommy Page and Global News)

    Experts report that a strictly gluten-free diet for those without celiac’s disease could cause an increased risk of heart disease and other complications, especially in small children. Be sure to share this heartbreaking story with health-conscious parents to remind them that what’s best for them might not be best for their little ones.

  • After Saving This Kitty During A Race, They Had The Cutest Ride Of All Time

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    BrazilIan biker Viitor Fonseca has made quite the name for himself on the cycling circuit.

    But his numerous awards and recognitions would be for naught if he did not continue to keep up his daily training regiment. They say practice makes perfect, so to strive for perfection, Fonseca enjoys long rides often both to clear his mind and stay on his game.

    On a recent joyride, Fonseca noticed a tiny kitten that was left to fend for itself along the side of the road.

    Fonseca and his riding partner knew they couldn’t leave just leave it, so they scooped the baby up and brought it with them!

    But with limited space to secure the cat to safety, Fonseca decided to nestle the tiny creature inside the head hole of his biking shirt.

    And then the kitty did something so cute the whole way home!

    (via Bored Panda)

    We finally have our proof that everything is significantly better when there’s a kitten involved. Be sure to share Fonseca’s awesome rescue video with cat lovers who will go cat crazy for this beautiful new friendship.

  • She Made A Dress From 10,000 Candy Wrappers And The Reason Why Will Warm Your Heart

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    We all have special moments that define our relationships.

    For Emily Seilhamer, that moment came when her now-husband first offered her some Starburst candy. It was the first moment they connected, and it’s his favorite candy. In honor of their shared love together, Seilhamer wanted to do something special. But she was in it for the long haul. This project was four years in the making before she ever picked up a needle and thread.

    For years, Seilhamer collected Starburst wrappers. In total, she gathered more than 10,000 of them.

    Then she separated them out by color and carefully ironed them flat.

    That’s when she started folding, creating long chains of single and multi-color wrappers.

  • She, Her Baby, And A Friend Died In A Crash. Then Someone Took A Photo And Saw This.

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    On April 25, 23-year-old Hannah Simmons was taking her nine-month old daughter, A’lannah, for a check up in Georgia with her best friend, Lauren Buteau, when they lost control of the vehicle.

    Tragically, the accident was so bad that it took all three of their lives. A young woman named Anisa Gannon was on her way to her job when she saw the ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars surrounding the site. Knowing that she would be late to work, she used her photo to snap a picture of the scene to show her boss what had held her up. What she ended up capturing in the image was something that the victims’ families would treasure forever.

    When Gannon’s aunt, Tara Noble, later saw the picture, she pointed out a beam of light leading straight into the sky with two glowing orbs in the middle. Believing that it was a sign from Heaven, they decided to show it to the loved ones who were left behind after the tragic crash.

    Hear what the families have to say about the seemingly miraculous photo in the video below. They have no doubt about what they think it is.

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    Whether it’s what they call a “pathway to Heaven” or some kind of reflection from Gannon’s phone, I’m glad it brought some comfort to the grieving people who lost so much that day. Whatever you believe, share this story if it touched your heart.

  • In A Massive Victory For Animal Activists, China Reportedly Bans Dog Meat At Yulin

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    If you’ve been paying attention to animal activism in the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

    While people in eastern Asia have eaten dog meat for a long time, the festival was only started in 2010. It pretty much immediately came under fire from animal activists and people around the globe. For obvious reasons, people reacted strongly to the idea of dogs being slaughtered by the thousands for human consumption. Fortunately, all of the attention brought to the festival may have finally put an end to the cruel practice for good.

    Many of the dogs (and cats) consumed at the festival are stray animals, but some are pets stolen from loving homes.

    Due to all of the negative attention, Yulin government officials decided not to support restaurants selling dog meat. But now, they’ve gone a step further.

    Now, the city of Yulin will prohibit restaurants, street vendors, and market traders from selling dog meat at the event. This is a major win for the activists who have been working on this for years!

    “The Yulin dog meat festival is not over just yet,” said Peter Li, a China policy specialist at Humane Society International, in a statement. “But if this news is true as we hope, it is a really big nail in the coffin for a gruesome event…”

    A 2016 poll found that nearly 52 percent of Chinese, including Yulin residents, want the dog meat trade banned completely, with almost 70 percent claiming never to have eaten dog meat, reports the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. National Geographic reports that this opposition is high among young people.

    “It’s embarrassing to us that the world wrongly believes that the brutally cruel Yulin festival is part of Chinese culture,” said Qin Xiaona, director of the Capital Animal Welfare Association charity, which sponsored the 2016 poll, in a Xinhua interview. “It isn’t.”

    (via National Geographic)

    Read More: All 4 Of This Dog’s Paws Were Cut Off For The Dog Meat Trade, But She’s Still Smiling

    This is such a great first step. Here’s hoping activists can find good homes for all the dogs they just saved and that this practice continues on a downward trend. Share this with the dog lovers you know who will be so thrilled!

  • They Were Trying To Take A Nice Photo. Then A Sea Lion Did Something So Scary.

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    This freaky story about a wildlife encounter gone wrong further proves why we need to be careful posing for Instagram photos when animals are involved.

    While sitting on the dock of the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in British Columbia, tourist Michael Fujiwara noticed a seemingly friendly sea lion peeking its head out above the water. Fujiwara quickly took out his phone and began recording the amazing moment.

    But a few minutes later, the animal did something that’ll make you wince.

    As more and more people gathered to witness the sea lion swimming about, they started getting a little too close for the critter’s comfort.

    Look at how huge this sea lion is! I don’t know if I’d get as close as this girl did.

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    And what happened seconds after she posed only reinforces my hesitation.

    I have a feeling she’ll never take photos with wild animals again. Holy crap.

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    (via CNN)

    Thankfully no one was hurt in the attack, but according to the Steveston Water Authority, staffers have been urging visitors not to provoke the animals for quite some time. Be sure to share this with anyone who needs a reminder that humans aren’t always the biggest, baddest creatures around.

  • You’ll Totally Identify With This Dachshund’s Craftiness If You Have Siblings

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    If you have siblings, you’ve been here before.

    Your brother or sister has a hold of a toy that you really, really want, and they won’t give it up. What is there to do? You could wait your turn, but you want it right now. So instead, you wrestle for it!

    Far from just a pastime for human siblings, our pets trudge through these familial dynamics, too. Just ask the dachshund in the video below, who was very perturbed when his bigger bro went after the toy they both wanted. Because he’s so much smaller, he had to get clever.

    Watch until the very end to see how this genius dog managed to get exactly what he wanted.

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    What a smart pup! He got everything that he wanted in the end. Share this with your friends to give them a good laugh.

  • Rescue Volunteers Pen Hilariously Honest Adoption Memo For Feisty Cat

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    Workers in animal shelters get to know the animals there pretty well, especially when they’re around for a while.

    Each dog and cat has its own distinct personality, and it can be hard to see these perfectly awesome pets not find homes. In Melbourne, Australia, the workers took a particular interest in a black cat named Mr. Biggles. Far from the cuddly lap cat you might expect, Mr. Biggles has quite the attitude and he’s blowing up the internet.

    The adoption agency wrote his viral description and posted it online. It reads, “Mr. Biggles is a despot and dictator. He will let you know he is not happy, which is often because things are just not up to his high standards.”

    It goes on to say that Mr. Biggles has a “secret soft side” and will accept cuddles — but only on his terms.

    Read More: When His Human Was Injured, This Dedicated Pup Never Left His Side

    It continues, “He loves sleeping on the end of the human’s bed and in his cat bed (and he snores just a little bit, it’s so cute). And he loves to be out in the backyard stalking the chickens and supervising the gardening.”

    Check out the supremely unbothered Mr. Biggles reigning over his foster home in the video below.

    (via Yahoo! News)

    It seems like Mr. Biggles just needs the right home — er, kingdom. Here’s hoping he finds it soon! Be sure to share this hilarious kitty with the cat lovers in your life.

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