Animal Life-Savers: 5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Also, some classy off-the-field moves by a big-name quarterback
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2015 5:19 AM CST
File photo of a goldfish, though not the one that had surgery.   (AP Photo/Peter Ponzio)

(Newser) – A couple of people who went above and beyond to save our animal friends and Peyton Manning making the classiest of calls make this week's list:

  • 90-Year-Old Twins Die 2 Hours Apart: They entered the world together and left it pretty much the same way: Twin sisters Mary Dickson and Martha Dixon died Christmas morning about two hours apart in Granite City, Ill., at the age of 90. Mary's daughter thought a song on the radio as her mom died was especially fitting.

  • Snowmobilers Save Moose in Avalanche: Three snowmobilers in Alaska came across a fresh landslide and approached to make sure no skiers had been trapped. Sure enough, they spotted something sticking out of the snow—something that turned out to be the snout of a buried moose. And the beast seemed to appreciate his rescuers' efforts.
  • Surgery Saves Goldfish: A UK man noticed that his beloved goldfish wasn't doing so well and wound up shelling out nearly $500 for life-saving surgery. As the vet explains, the surgery itself was pretty easy, but administering the anesthetic to the 3-inch fish took some creativity.
  • Peyton Manning Tracks Down Faithful Fan: Peyton Manning surely gets tons of requests to meet with fans, but this one required going a little above and beyond. It involved a hard-to-find fan in Alaska, some assistance from state troopers, and a wife's surprise Christmas gift.
  • Strangers Help Dad Get Dead Infant's Ashes Back: A man who thought he'd lost the boxed ashes of his deceased infant daughter has them back thanks to the efforts of several strangers in central Ohio. First on the thank-you list is an observant employee at an auto scrap yard.
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