Rescue crews come to the aid of a dog trapped in a waterfall in Menifee County, KY

Rescue crews come to the aid of a dog trapped in a waterfall in Menifee County, KY

Search and rescue crews responded to a cry (or is it a bark?) for help from an unlikely source on Sunday, an Irish Wolfhound named Elola. The dog had wandered away from home and was stuck on a ledge in the middle of a waterfall. The Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team deployed their technical rope rescue technicians to assist the dog, who the rescue team described as “eager for help.”

When rescue crews reached her, the pup was tired, wet, and scared but otherwise uninjured. The Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team said she was “all wags” as she reunited with her family. In a Facebook post, the search and rescue team said, “it doesn’t matter how many legs you have, Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team is there to help.”

Video captures Italian boy being followed by enormous brown bear while out for a hike 

Ever find yourself glancing over your shoulder while hiking in bear country? If so, you won’t forget about this viral video anytime soon. In it, a 12-year-old boy walks calmly down a mountain in Northern Italy as a large brown bear trundled along behind him. 

The boy was collecting pinecones in the brush when he came upon the bear. As the bear began to follow him, the boy asked his stepdad to take a photo. His concerned mother can be heard in the background as his stepfather instructs him to “stay calm.”

The bear stands up on its hind legs before scurrying off across the rocky slope of the mountain. The boy’s stepfather says that the boy is “a fan of bears,” was “thrilled” by his encounter and was not scared at all—that makes one of us. 

Bummed about missing the synchronous fireflies in the Smokies this year? Watch them online instead

The public viewing of the synchronous fireflies was cancelled this year due to public safety concerns over COVID-19. This once-a-year phenomenon is a favorite of visitors from around the world, who come to watch the lightening bugs blink and glow in an eerie, magical rhythm. 

Though you won’t be able to view the scene in person this year, you can catch a virtual viewing at 8 p.m. on June 1 when the nonprofit Discover Life in America (DLIA) posts the light display on its YouTube channel. “The footage is from lots of locations, some at Elkmont, some at Norton Creek. The footage is spectacular in my opinion,” Todd Witcher, DLIA executive director told the Citizen-Times.

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