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    It was a strange sight: six otherwise adorable squirrels with their tails fused together. The “squirrel kings” formation, as it’s called, resulted in the rodents connected to each other from behind, unable to escape their bonds and headed for death or dismemberment.

    The squirrels were lucky to be discovered by a caring individual who brought them to the Animal Clinic of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, where employees were able to methodically separate the squirrels from each other without permanently damaging them.

    “It just doesn’t happen too often,” Dr. Steven Kruzeniski told Metro Canada. “It’s a pretty rare thing to see, but I have seen it happen once before.”

    So how exactly did the young squirrels end up physically bound to each other? Kruzeniski said they were likely all resting near each other in a pine tree when sap dripped onto their tails and fused them together as it hardened and grafted with their fur.

    After the squirrels were brought into the clinic, the team of

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  • Emily Harris, 9, and unicorn passport (Caters)Breezing through airport security? For some, it’s about as likely as seeing a unicorn.

    But for 9-year-old Emily Harris of South Wales, it was her toy passport featuring a photo of a pink stuffed unicorn toy that secured her passage through the security line at Turkey’s Antalya airport.

    “We saw the funny side, and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport,” Emily’s mom, Nicky, told Caters News Agency. “But at the same time, it’s a worry to any parent, how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country.”

    Emily’s passport was technically a novelty item included with her stuffed animal, which was purchased at the Bear Factory retailer. The cover of the passport reads, "European Union, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland." OK, so far, it's understandable and somewhat official looking. But then, the passport case shows the silhouette of a bear's head with the words, "Design A Bear" written below in childlike, golden

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  • A quick-thinking good Samaritan helped save a baby's life by using a turkey baster to clear the baby's airway and nasal passage.

    Local station KSN.com reports that 5-month-old Nessa Shoup of Ludington, Mich., was having trouble breathing while under the care of two baby sitters. One of them called 911.

    Bill Hogenson happened to be working nearby and overheard the conversation. He ran into the house and found the baby, who was turning blue and appeared unable to breathe.

    Hogenson peformed CPR on Nessa, but the baby continued to struggle.

    He told KSN:

    "I went into the drawer and found a turkey baster and used the turkey baster to clear her nasal passage and her airway," Hogenson described.

    He patted her on the back, spun her around and saw a good sign.

    "She smiled at me, and I knew we were going to be in the good," Hogenson said.

    Nessa's father, Shawn Gasciogne, told KSN, "If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have this beautiful baby here right now and we are forever grateful."

    Hogenson told KSN

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