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Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

by on Jul.08, 2014, under Environment, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting, Recreation

It's been more than 10 years since five year old Lelaina Hall died after being trapped in the mud at Berrow Beach, Somerset in 2002. mudflat_danger People, especially kids, ignore the posted warnings to play in the mud. mudflat_rescue Emergency crews had already been called out several times to rescue people stuck in the mud. But like the others, this young boy ran out to enjoy the mudflats exposed during low tide at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset to the consternation of his mother. mudboy3 All of the stuck children were located and rescued that day, although one seven year old boy had to be checked out by an ambulance crew. Roger Fry, who lives in the area, was attending Weston Air Day when he snapped these photos. mudboy2 He said, "I was on the beach watching the planes when I heard this great ruckus. I looked round and saw this mother screaming at a kid." "I told you not to go down there, you're filthy" and so on. "Everyone stopped and looked around before the mother stormed off with some other children towards the car park. The muddy kid just followed on a little later." mudboy1 The unidentified young boy was berated by his mother, and was seen bursting into tears as the furious woman wagged her finger in front of his face. "Everyone stopped and looked around before the mother stormed off with some other children towards the car park. The muddy kid just followed on a little later." reported Fry.

"I want to play cricket on the green,

Ride my bike across the street,

Cut myself and see my blood,

I want to come home all covered in mud."

"I'm a Boy" -- Pete Townsend

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Living High On The Hedgehog

by on May.30, 2012, under Animals, Health, Nature

Hedgehogs don't have the most cuddly appearance, but they're cute and make great pets.

They don't get very big. The average hedgehog weighs around 9 - 19 ounces.

When a couple found a stray hedgehog in their garage in Somerset, UK, they thought he looked undernourished and felt sorry for him. So they started feeding him bowls of cat food.

Feeding regularly on a high protein diet, he quickly blossomed into a 4 1/2 pound hedgehog, unable to carry out his natural defense mechanism of rolling into a ball when in danger.

Shown above (right side) he would need to purchase an extra seat on Hedgehog Airlines.He's now a resident of the Secret World Wildlife rescue Centre in Somerset.

"We’ve had to house him in an otter box because a normal hedgehog one is far too small," said Pauline Kidner, of the rescue center which cares for 4,000 birds and animals a year. "His intake of cat food and cat biscuits has been reduced to 5 ounces a day so he’s gradually losing weight."

When he reaches around 2 pounds, he'll be released back into the wild.

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Marked Man

by on Sep.23, 2011, under Health, Kids

A lot of people have birthmarks -- discolored areas of skin present since birth. Most of them are benign, and if they're in an inconspicuous spot, harmless. They can have a real effect on social acceptance and self-esteem.

George Ashman from Radstock, Somerset, UK was born with a vivid red birthmark on his forehead.

She was afraid that the birthmark, a haemangioma composed of bright spongy lumps of irregular blood vessels, would make him the victim of bullying all of his life. So they sent him to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to have plastic surgery.

The doctors wanted to extend the skin to eliminate the birthmark, so George, now 5 years old, had tissue expanders inserted below the skin, giving him the appearance of having horns.

George had to endure the odd appearance for four months while the area with the implants filled with fluid and stretched the skin. During that time he had to endure cruel taunts from passers-by. His mother Karen states, "School kids hanging around on street corners were laughing and pointing. Once, a teenage lad came right up to us to have a good look. He uttered a cry of disgust."

George had the surgery to remove the birthmark and implants and stretch the new skin in place. There is now only a small scar where the unsightly birthmark once was, and George no longer looks like a candidate for the role of Damien in "The Omen".


Most importantly, he won't have to feel self-conscious going out in public.

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