It wasn’t all bad
▪ When a Dallas middle school asked for a few dozen locals to serve as mentors at a “Breakfast With Dads” event, they were astonished when 600 men showed up to help. The volunteers, many of them police officers and public servants, paired up with boys ages 11 to 13 who attended the event without a dad—teaching them how to tie a necktie and asking them about their aspirations. Volunteer Jason Tren says he was happy to help. “If I were in the place of these young men, I’d want someone to step up.”
▪ The world’s oldest known bird is going to be a mother again. Wisdom, a 67-year-old Laysan albatross, was first spotted in Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in 1956—and has been raising chicks there ever since. Though the albatrosses raise only one chick at a time, leaving the already endangered species vulnerable to natural disasters like tsunamis, Wisdom has delivered and nurtured up to 35 baby birds during her lifetime. Expecting again, she and her longtime mate, Akeakamai, remarkably show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “It’s just unprecedented that we have a bird that’s 67 years old and still reproducing,” says monument director Kate Toniolo.
▪ Minor league hockey player Pierre-Cedric Labrie isn’t used to relying on opponents for a crucial save. Yet when the Milwaukee Admiral found himself stuck in a snowstorm as his girlfriend was going into labor, a rival bruiser stepped in to help. The Admirals were in Grand Rapids to play the Griffins on New Year’s Eve when Labrie got the news. With no available cabs or flights, Labrie asked Griffins goalie Tom McCollum if he could borrow his truck. McCollum happily obliged—and Labrie drove six hours home, arriving just in time to witness the birth of his 5 pound, 5 ounce son. “Just like me,” said the 6-foot-3 Labrie. “Tiny.”