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Broody mother goose takes 47 cute babies under her wing

This is so cute!

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We’ve all loved seeing little yellow goslings the past few months on the canal, but one man in Canada discovered a goose with quite a squad of babies with her.

Brace yourself for cuteness overload because this goose has got 47 little babies trailing behind her!

Mike Digout from Saskatoon in Canada spotted a goose when out on his walk on the Saskatchewan riverbank.

The first time he saw her she had 16 babies with her. He quickly snapped a photo of the unusual sighting and returned a few days later to find them again. 

The next time Mike found her she had a total of 47 babies following her. 

Speaking to The Dodo, he said: “I was stunned that this mom had 16 babies, so I started going back every night looking for this mom and her goslings and every day it seemed like she had a bigger group.”

This type of behaviour is actually pretty common, it’s known as ‘gang brood’ and often occurs in areas where there are lots of nests. 

One patient mother looks after another’s babies like super nanny to give the other parents a well-needed day off. 

Mike added: “It was incredible how calm she was with so many goslings around. She seems like such a patient mom.”

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BMW drivers are most likely to be psychopaths, new survey says

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If you drive a BMW and you’re proud of it, look away now.

A new survey has suggested that those who drive a BMW car are the most likely psychopaths out of all drivers on the road.

The comparison website Scrap Car Comparison asked 2,000 drivers to complete a twelve question survey that measures the extent to which people have psychopathic traits.

Psychopathic traits measured included superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth and a lack of remorse or guilt.

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Scores between 0-18 indicated that there was no psychopathy while a score between nineteen and twenty-six. showed it was ‘possible’. Scores over twenty-seven, however, revealed that psychopathy was ‘likely’.

And, low and behold, BMW drivers scored the highest with an average 12.1 out of a possible thirty-six points.

Audi drivers narrowly missed the top spot with a somewhat worrying score of 11.7, with the overall average score for other drivers was 6.6.

The survey also looked at how fuel types, car colour and number plates link to psychopathy, with it finding that personalised number plate holders had double the level of psychopathy (13.8) than those with regular plates (5.3). That goes without saying though, doesn’t it?

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Dan Gick, managing director of Scrap Car Comparison, told LadBible: “The popularity of true crime documentaries has resulted in a worldwide fascination with psychopaths.

“So, we were curious to discover whether there was any correlation between the car you drive and where you might sit on the psychopath scale.

“While our findings might back up some existing stereotypes of drivers who are unsafe on the road, it’s worth noting that none of the levels seen in our study were any cause for concern, and while certain TV shows or films might trivialise what it means it be a psychopath, it is a condition that should be taken seriously.”

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Appeal for £30k to provide 1,000 beds for homeless people across Greater Manchester this Christmas

‘We will not rest until we have eradicated the need for rough sleeping from our city-region’

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Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity

A Christmas campaign is appealing for £30,000 in order to provide 1,000 beds for homeless people across Greater Manchester throughout the festive period.

A Bed Every Night was launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham back in 2018, and provides emergency beds for anyone rough sleeping across the city region, as well as vital personal support.

The campaign has been a tremendous success and, since 2019, has helped over 3,400 people and reduced rough sleeping by 57%.

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity

Despite its success however, homelessness continues to be a major issue across the region and, as the winter months arrive, those who sleep rough find themselves in steadily more perilous situations.

The charity also has concerns regarding the new ban on evictions, Universal Credit uplift and the Covid-19 furlough scheme coming to end, scenarios that could force many people out onto the streets.

So, in a result to keep homelessness numbers as low as possible over the festive period, A Bed A Night is appealing for £30,000 in donations to help provide 1,000 beds to those who need them the most.

Andy Burnham said: “Here in Greater Manchester our ground-breaking approach to rough sleeping and homelessness is working, and making a real difference.

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“The number of people sleeping on our streets is at its lowest since 2013. But we will not rest until we have eradicated the need for rough sleeping from our city-region.

“Please donate what you can to A Bed Every Night and help us raise £30,000 to provide 1,000 places of safety this Christmas.”

Vanessa Haworth, Head of the Charity, added: “We want to ensure that homelessness has no place in Greater Manchester. We have a responsibility to support those who are in need right now and are calling on the generosity of the Greater Manchester public to help us raise funds.

“£30 will help fund a bed for the night, but please donate whatever you can to help.”

For more information and to donate, head over to the 1000 Beds JustGiving page. You can also find more information over at the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity website.

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A miniature railway crossing is being built for endangered hazel dormice in Lancashire

The miniature railway will encourage dormice to find food, look for a new mate or to find better nesting sites

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Network Rail engineers are in the process of building a tiny railway crossing especially for endangered hazel dormice.

In a bid to combat the decline of the hazel dormice population, which is estimated to have dropped by 51% since 2000, Network Rail and wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) have teamed up to establish new dormouse populations across Lancashire. 

The £40,000 conservation project involves fitting a twelve-metre long shielded tree-top structure to provide protection from predators on the side of an existing railway overbridge.  

Clare Pengelly

PTES

The project also sees the construction of the ‘dormouse bridge’, a miniature railway track that will see dormice safely travel and live around the Furness Line, which is regularly used by freight trains that serve various industries on the Cumbrian Coast line.

The new mouse-sized climbing frame over tracks will connect populations and encourage them to find food, look for a new mate or find better nesting sites in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ecologists are also looking at how to improve the railway embankment to encourage dormice to use the new bridge to safely move from one side of the railway to the other. 

Rory Kingdon, senior sponsor from Network Rail, said: “We’re delighted to be contributing £40,000 to this dormouse bridge over the Furness line to encourage the breeding of hazel dormice populations in danger of extinction, so they have a fighting chance to thrive for generations to come.

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Clare Pengelly

“Network Rail is committed to improve biodiversity and protect habitats for the future. In fact, this work directly aligns to a major aim of the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow – to protect the natural environment and contribute to the conservation of nature.” 

Ian White, dormouse and training officer at PTES, added: “This year dormice made a welcome return to Lancashire when we reintroduced thirty individuals to the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“This new population has got off to an excellent start as we know at least twelve litters were born this year.”

Network Rail estimate that the ‘Dormouse Bridge’ will be completed next summer.

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