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  • As Earth Day approaches, people are getting involved in all kinds of ways to help the environment, but one man and a group of his friends have taken on a project of gigantic proportions. Rodolfo Almira and three of his buddies are in the process of building a $1.5 million replica of Noah's Ark in Miami, Florida.

    Almira's plan for what he calls the "Hidden Ark" is for the space to serve as a museum, a shop, and a petting zoo with pigs, chickens, goats, and other small animals. Almira told the Miami Herald that the ark "has nothing to do with any specific religion" but that he is basing the construction of the massive ship on the instructions that God gave to Noah as described in the Bible. So when the project is complete, the ark will measure 500 feet long and be three stories tall.

    Almira said his focus is environmental awareness. He said he was inspired to build the ark after seeing animals struggle to find food and shelter after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Almira and his

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  • Gorillas are not the kind of creature you would want to cross paths with outside of a zoo or while on safari. They are known for not just their domineering size but also their fierce nature and territorial habits. Get too close to one and a confrontation might not end well for you.

    A new video released by the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, may debunk all previously held ideas. This video might have you believing that gorillas, at least the one featured here, are more gentle giant than fearsome brute. But what is most surprising is not just how the gorilla reacts but what is causing the reaction in the first place. It's a goose.

    First, the two animals have a bit of a stare-down. Then, as the goose approaches the gorilla with its wings outstretched, the large gorilla begins to retreat. The more aggressive the goose gets, the faster the gorilla backpedals, especially when another goose joins in.

    Canada geese, like the ones seen in the video, are quite defensive themselves,

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  • When 79-year-old Evie Branan suffered a massive stroke six years ago, it left her in a semicomatose state. Branan was unable to eat, speak, or move on her own, and she became a resident of Willowbrook Manor, a long-term care facility in Flint, Michigan.

    With the help of her family and the caregivers at Willowbrook, Branan started to come out of her semicoma in May 2011. She has slowly regained her speech and mobility, but it's not just Branan's motor skills that are reigniting. Her personality and memory are also coming to the surface again.

    The first thing Branan said when she awoke was, "I want to go to a Bob Seger concert." And that's exactly what she did on Thursday night, accompanied by a couple of staff members from her residence. Branan also got to go backstage, attend an afterparty, and even meet Bob Seger himself. The fun did not stop there.

    Seger walked up to Branan and hugged her. "I never thought I would ever see this day. Oh man, it was a lot better than I thought it would

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  • We are switching things up a bit today, and instead of just doing our normal episode of "Trending Now," we had a little gabfest with "Daytime in No Time" host Nikki Boyer.

    The first story we chatted about involves a dad doing something extraordinary for his son. Daniel Sherrouse, who runs the blog All We Have Is Gravity, created a spaceship simulator in his backyard for his 1-year-old son, Noah. The spaceship is outfitted with an air-conditioning unit and a space-adventure video game called Pioneer, and has plenty of features for Noah to explore.

    Sherrouse uploaded pictures of his out-of-this-world creation to Reddit and wrote, "I hope that it inspires him to have a lifelong love of science and wonder." People love what Sherrouse did for his son, as well as how he's encouraging him.

    Our second story focused on this hilarious new prank video of people Instagramming other people's food -- yes, strangers' food, not their own. I'm guilty of taking pictures of my food and sharing them with

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  • When you watch an otter swim, it looks so effortless that you might assume they, like sharks, are born knowing how to swim. That is not the case. Otters have to be taught how to glide through the water, and it's a vigorous process that occurs when they are newborns.

    The Oregon Zoo has a new star in the making, and his name is Molalla, or Mo, as he is affectionately known, and he is in the process of learning this task. The nine-week-old baby otter was born blind and is just starting to learn the ropes of otter life. Part of his daily lessons includes getting swimming lessons from his mom, Tilly, and it's attracting crowds to watch the baby adapt to his environment.

    Tilly hauls Mo around their enclosure, grabbing him by the scruff of his neck and diving into the water with him in tow. "This might look a little brutal to us. It's kind of scary for us to watch, but it's natural for them," said Becca Van Beek, otter keeper at the zoo. Baby otters float, and Mo starts to dog-paddle in the

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