Heavy snowfall blanketed the colossal sandstone spires of China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park on January 24, creating a dramatic wintry scene for visitors.Video published by the Zhangjiajie Tourism Weibo account shows the gorgeous scene as seen from the park’s gondola.A week of snowy weather was expected to affect Hunan province, peaking with blizzard conditions on the weekend, a local weather bureau said.The park inspired scenes in James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, according to USA Today. Credit: Zhangjiajie Tourism via Storyful
A mother and her kids sat in their car and watched a bobcat chasing a rabbit across snow in Calgary, Canada.“Run, bunny, run,” Katie Melnyk yells in a video of the event which she filmed on January 13. At the end of this video, the rabbit successfully escapes from the bobcat’s hunt.Melnyk told Storyful that she and her kids watched the bobcat for about 20 minutes. “My kids and I were so entertained, then horrified, then entertained again!” she wrote in a comment of a Facebook post that featured her video. Credit: Katie Melnyk via Storyful
At least six people were reported killed following a stampede at an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game between Cameroon and Comoros in Yaounde, Cameroon, on the evening of January 24, according to local authorities.Health officials said that at least 40 people were injured and being treated at local medical facilities. Following the game, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Dr Manaouda Malachie tweeted that he was visiting patients at hospitals who suffered injuries in the stampede.In a statement, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it was investigating the incident, which took place at Olembe Stadium in Cameroon’s capital.This footage, recorded by journalist Esther Ayimbo Kouo, shows people climbing over fencing in an elevated area outside the stadium, as well as gating that’s been knocked down, and also captures an ambulance driving by. Other video that circulated on Monday saw fans forcing their way through narrow openings in gates outside the stadium.Despite the tragedy outside, the game within the arena went ahead. Cameroon emerged victorious, 2-1, after Comoros were reduced to ten men by a red card in the 7th minute. The AFCON host nation will play Gambia in the quarterfinals on January 29. Credit: Esther Ayimbo Kouo via Storyful
The Crystal Symphony cruise ship abruptly ended its return journey to Miami on January 23 following the decision by a US court to grant an order for the ship to be seized over millions of dollars in unpaid fuel fees.The Crystal Symphony left Miami on January 8 for a two-week cruise. On January 19, Crystal Cruises announced that it was suspending operations after its parent company, Genting Hong Kong, filed for bankruptcy.On January 21, Peninsula Petroleum Far East had an arrest warrant approved by a Florida judge, alleging a total $4.6 million in missed fuel payments, with $1.2 million accrued by the Crystal Symphony.These videos show the cruise ship in Bimini as passengers are taken back to Florida on a different boat. Voices can be heard cheering as the ship blasts its horn. Credit: Matt Werner via Storyful
Heavy snowfall intensified across areas of Greece, including the capital city of Athens, on Monday, January 24, blanketing streets and buildings.The Hellenic National Meteorological Service reported the heavy snowfall would continue through Tuesday, easing up in the northern region of the country.Video taken by photojournalist Giannis Boziaris shows snow falling near Athen’s Hellenic Parliament. Credit: Giannis Boziaris via Storyful
Firefighters cleaning up the remains of a blaze narrowly avoided being struck by an exploding pressure cooker in Tucson, Arizona.Video shared by the Tucson Fire Department shows the near-miss.“After a mobile home fire last week, crews were performing mop up when an empty pressure cooker in a cabinet exploded, projecting debris all over the fire scene,” the fire department wrote on Facebook. “Just another reason why our firefighters wear protective gear at all times on the fireground.” Credit: Tucson Fire Department via Storyful
Lemurs enjoyed a frozen enrichment activity at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, in January, investigating miniature snowmen with treats inside.“More snow calls for more snow enrichment!” the center wrote on Twitter. “While the lemurs seem to be pretty neutral about this weird cold stuff, they were huge fans of the fruit faces created by their caretakers.” Credit: Duke Lemur Center via Storyful
Members of Arizona Humane Society (AHS) came to the rescue after a two-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix named Buddy was found with his head stuck through a hole in a cinder block wall in Phoenix in mid-January.Two AHS emergency staff, Gracie Watts and Rob Grabowski, responded after a good Samaritan reported finding Buddy at a new complex off 39th Avenue and Wier Avenue, AHS wrote in a press release.Watts and Grabowski “immediately got to work to slowly chisel at the wall around Buddy’s head to create a hole large enough to free him,” the press release said.After being freed, Buddy had a bit of swelling and was treated at AHS’ trauma hospital for a “few minor wounds on his head and neck,” according to AHS.Buddy was initially thought to be a stray, but AHS tracked down his owner in Glendale, about 10 miles north of where he was found. After a few days in their care, Buddy was reunited with his family and had been returned to “his loving home,” AHS wrote. Credit: Arizona Humane Society via Storyful
Staff at the Australian Reptile Park on January 25 celebrated the first birthday of Poppy, a wombat found in September after her mother was struck and killed by a vehicle, and praised her resilience after a “rough start to life.”In a press release, Australian Reptile Park called Poppy “one of the world’s cutest animals” and, noting that her birthday fell one day before Australia Day, said it “was the perfect timing to celebrate this iconic Aussie.”For her birthday, the zoo said Poppy had been “given lots of snuggles and kisses” as well as a platter of snacks that included “corn, sweet potato, carrot, and the freshest grass available.”Poppy was still in her late mother’s pouch when she was found by a passer-by in September, the Australian Reptile Park said. Videos released by the zoo in November and December showed Poppy bonding with her carers.Since then, Poppy had been “cared for 24/7” and was growing “happy and healthy,” the zoo said.According to the zoo’s press release, Head Keeper of Mammals Hewin Hochkins said Poppy arrived at the zoo “right when we all needed a little bit of hope during our park closure.” Hochkins also said Poppy was among the “most well behaved and wonderful wombats” she had ever worked with.“We love having the opportunity to throw a birthday party for our animals, I think they know we’re celebrating them! Poppy was eagerly seeking out snuggles from all the keepers and visitors and loved all her special treats we gave her!” said Hochkins. Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful
Heavy rain fell in southeastern Texas on Monday, January 24, as widespread showers swept through the area.The National Weather Service (NWS) reported “light to moderate” showers in the area, with the “messy, dreary” rainfall expected to subside through Monday evening and overnight. Between 0.5 and 1.5 inches of rainfall is possible, the NWS said.Houston-based storm chaser and pastor Jaime Garcia filmed this footage on Interstate 610. Credit: Storm Chaser Houston @PastorJaimeG via Storyful
Snow fell across the Detroit area on Monday, January 24, as winter weather impacted much of southeastern Michigan.This video from Michael LaBeau shows snow coming down in Wyandotte, 11 miles south of Detroit, on Monday morning.Most of the region would see 3 to 4 inches of snow, but up to 5 inches would fall in some spots, the National Weather Service said. The snow would taper off around 7.00 pm, the weather service said. Credit: Michael LaBeau via Storyful
Heavy snowfall prompted the temporary closure of Turkey’s Istanbul International Airport, one of Europe’s busiest airports, on Monday, January 24, as winter weather pummeled large parts of the country, officials said.Turkish Airlines said the airline had paused its operations at Istanbul until 4 am on Tuesday morning to “ensure travel safety.” Another airline, Pegasus, said it had cancelled flights out of Sabiha Gökçen, the city’s second airport.This footage taken by meteorology student Muhammed Başpınar shows a snow-covered shows windy, snowy conditions on a street in the Başakşehir area of Istanbul, on Monday.Winter weather had been impacting large parts country through the weekend, prompting school closures in some areas and leaving thousands stranded amid snowy conditions, according to Turkish reports.Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Authority (AFAD) said more than 15,000 people across 19 provinces displaced by the storms were being sheltered in guesthouses or other facilities. More than 74,000 personnel and 24,000 vehicles from various agencies were working to clear snow-covered roads and distribute aid to people affected, AFAD said. Credit: Muhammed Başpınar via Storyful
Hundreds of truckers set off in convoy from British Columbia toward Ottawa on January 23 to protest against a COVID-19 vaccination mandate, local news reports said.A vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers came into effect on January 15. The mandate would see unvaccinated drivers face a two-week quarantine and pre-arrival molecular test for the virus before crossing back into Canada from the US.The Canadian Trucking Alliance said it “does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges.” It said the “vast majority of the Canadian trucking industry is vaccinated.”The demonstration has been dubbed the “Freedom Rally,” with the hashtag #TruckersForFreedom also being used by those posting about the protest on social media.Brandon Quirk said this video showed the scene at a gas station in Calgary, Alberta, early on Monday morning. Reports said two groups joined up in Calgary the night before. Credit: Brandon Quirk via Storyful
A volunteer at an animal rehabilitation center in Yolosa, Bolivia, said she became a mom to two orphaned spectacled bear cubs after their mothers were killed in illegal trafficking activity.Gosia Zdziechowska said she became a surrogate to the rescued “Paddington Bear” cubs, posting a video of her nursing Chojnita, the female cub, to her YouTube channel, Polish Dr Dolittle.The volunteer said the three-month-old was “weak, malnourished and sick” when first brought to the centre by police, but added that she was “very strong and quickly gained her health.”La Senda Verde wildlife rehabilitation center said Thaky, the male cub, was also on the road to recovery from chronic lung issues. Credit: Polish Dr Dolittle via Storyful
Snow fell in Rochester, New York, on January 23 as winds churned the icy waves of Lake Ontario.Footage filmed by Joseph Frascati shows the choppy, frigid waters and the snowfall locally.The National Weather Service said a clipper low would bring light snow to portions of western and north central New York State on Monday. Credit: Joseph Frascati via Storyful
An entertainer was among hundreds aboard the Miami-bound Crystal Symphony cruise ship when abruptly ended its journey in the Bahamas on January 23 after a US court granted an order for the ship to be seized over millions in unpaid fuel fees.Footage taken by Elio Pace shows the Crystal Symphony docked in Bimini in the Bahamas as passengers waited to be transferred to a smaller ferry that would carry them on the final leg of their journey to Port Everglades, Florida.Pace, an entertainer who said he had expected to work on board the ship until February 23, said: “I wouldn’t believe it unless I was right here experiencing this surreal episode myself!” adding “The people I feel really bad for are the brilliant, beautiful and wonderful loyal staff and crew aboard this ship for whom the Crystal Symphony is their livelihood.”The Crystal Symphony left Miami on January 8 for a two-week cruise. On January 19, Crystal Cruises unexpectedly announced that it was suspending operations after its parent company, Genting Hong Kong, filed for bankruptcy.On January 21, Peninsula Petroleum Far East had an arrest warrant approved by a Florida judge, alleging a total $4.6 million in missed fuel payments, with $1.2 million accrued by the Crystal Symphony. Credit: Elio Pace via Storyful
Violence erupted in Brussels, Belgium, on January 23, as an estimated 50,000 people took to the streets to protest against COVID-19 measures.According to Le Soir, attacks on police officers were reported and 230 people were arrested.“Nothing can justify the physical attacks of which the police have been victims. In consultation with the king’s prosecutor, we will do everything to identify the perpetrators,” said Brussels Mayor Philippe Close.This footage, filmed by Toon Vanagt as day after the protest, on January 24, shows damage to the European External Action Service (EEAS) offices. Credit: Toon Vanagt via Storyful
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