5 moving or funny news stories to make your day

Some stories seem to slip through the cracks with all the terrible headlines we have these days. Here are some of the great stories we tend to miss.


In a world of Brexit and Donald Trump, there never seems to be anything good, heartwarming or funny to read about in the News. Hidden among the headlines [VIDEO] there are some gems, some of which have been dug up for your pleasure.

While some news stories make you tear up in a happy way, others would be funny if they weren't so true. We have an elderly "Santa" who left gifts for his neighbour's daughter when he died. Then there's a newly discovered amphibian creature named after Donald Trump.

A hotel in Hull is being accused of discrimination after it cancelled rooms for a group homeless people over Christmas, but another hotel has stepped in and added a Christmas dinner.

The general public chipped in an amazing £120,000 after Chester Zoo [VIDEO] suffered a devastating fire. A magician, who magically pushed a playing card through solid glass to an orang-utan at Colchester Zoo has paid tribute to Rajang following his death at the age of 50.


Deceased man leaves neighbour's daughter Christmas gifts for 14 years

Ken was around 85 when he died, but he didn’t forget his neighbour’s two-year-old daughter. Owen Williams’ family was close with Ken and after he passed, Ken’s daughter knocked on Owen’s door with a large plastic bag in her hand. It contained Christmas presents for Owen’s daughter Cadi for the next 14 years. They all had tears in their eyes when they opened the bag, saying it was “like a Mary Poppin’s bag” as the gifts just kept on coming.


Blind, burrowing amphibian who buries its head in the sand named after Donald Trump

Sort of funny is the story about a recently discovered blind, burrowing amphibian who sticks its head in the sand. The creature has been named Dermophis donaldtrumi. This is in recognition of US President Donald Trump’s climate change denial. The creature was recently found in Panama and was named by EnviroBuild’s boss, Aiden Bell, who said the way the creature buries its head in the sand closely matches Trump’s approach to climate change and global warming.


Hull homeless group offered hotel accommodation for Christmas after the Royal Hotel cancelled their stay

A group of 28 homeless people were supposed to stay at the Royal Hotel in Hull over Christmas, but the hotel cancelled. Their reasoning was that homeless people had damaged rooms when they stayed at an Ibis hotel last Christmas. Ibis denied the claim and the Raise the Roof Hull Homeless Project called the allegations “lies.” Now Doubletree Hilton has offered 14 twin rooms for the homeless group over Christmas, including a Christmas dinner.


Chester Zoo receives donations of £120,000 following fire

After a fire destroyed the zoo’s indoor forest, the public leapt to Chester Zoo’s aid. The fire killed several rare species of fish and birds, while orang-utans, macaques and gibbons were lured away from the flames with bananas. The zoo’s target was £60,000 but the general public exceeded that figure by raising over £120,000 in donations. The zoo was “overwhelmed” with the generosity, concern and love shown by so many people wishing to help. The balance will be used for conservation projects.


Magician pays tribute to orang-utan Rajang at Colchester Zoo

Matt G Mentalist had once performed an amazing card trick with Rajang at the zoo in 2016 (video below). After Rajang had to be put to sleep at the age of 50 last week due to ill health, the magician paid his respects to the popular orang-utan. Rajang has been a star on social media and was in the headlines for his fascination at a pregnant woman’s baby bump and also the magic trick. Matt said it was “such sad news,” adding that Rajang had given him a moment in magic he would never forget.

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