Motherly Instincts Save the Day
5 most uplifting stories of the day
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2014 5:13 AM CDT
A brown bear looks for food near the Brooks Falls viewing area in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – A nurse's incredible act, and a mother bear's adoption of an outcast cub strike similar, motherly themes in the week's most uplifting stories:

  • Nurse to Raise Son of Dying Single Mom: A Pennsylvania woman diagnosed with terminal liver cancer had a second, awful problem to deal with: The single mom had nobody to take care of her 8-year-old son upon her death. But salvation appeared in the form of her hospital nurse.
  • Wildlife Rarity: Mama Bear Adopts Abandoned Cub: An Alaskan brown bear has become Katmai National Park and Preserve's resident hero. Holly—officially known as "brown bear 435" but described by park rangers as "supermom"—took in an abandoned grizzly cub as her own after the cub's real mother ditched him at a waterfall. A first task: teaching Junior how to fish.

  • Woman's Lost Bible Returned After 40 Years: A little sleuthing and a little luck has resulted in a Tennessee woman getting back a Bible she lost in 1972. But it wasn't just any Bible to Deborah Savely. Her dad had given it to her as a girl a decade previously, and he died the year before she lost it. Savely has a tornado to thank for her good fortune.
  • Gun Instructor's Kids Make Video for Girl Who Shot Him: The family of a gun instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old has a video message of forgiveness for the girl. "Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life," says Charlie Vacca's 15-year-old daughter. "You should not let this define you." Vacca's kids also hope to meet her.
  • Skeletons Holding Hands for 700 Years: It's not clear how they died, but an ancient couple found at a gravesite in England seem to have gone out united as one. Researchers discovered they had been holding hands for about 700 years now.
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