Cat Survives For A Week In Home Destroyed By Santa Barbara Mudslide

Earlier in the month, landslides devastated the community of Montecito, California, leaving at least 20 people dead and several still missing. More than a hundred buildings were also destroyed or damaged, as roads became rivers of boulders. 

Experts pinned the blame on mountains rising and becoming unstable because of the region’s active faults. It’s believed that these were made even more unstable because recent wildfires had scorched much of the surrounding area’s vegetation, allowing much more rain into the soil

Lindsey and Woody Thompson were among those affected by the disaster, losing their home in the space of a few minutes. The couple were so afraid, they left goodbye messages for each other in case one of them did not make it. 

They were luck enough to survive, and were airlifted to safety after rescue teams were unable to get to their home by land. But in all the chaos, they lost their beloved cat Koshka. 

Despite getting separated, the couple were certain that Koshka was still alive. “We knew that she was alive and we knew that she was smart and she would find a safe spot,” Woody said

They reached out to Santa Barbara County Animal Services (SBCAS), who were helping track down lost animals and providing shelter to the animals of families who needed it. 

SBCAS sent a team to the house to see if they could find any signs of the cat. 

“Our teams went to the property as soon as we were able but we were not able to access the property safely,” they wrote in a statement.  

Because a local fire team was on the scene, they were able to get close enough to spot some positive signs but were also unable to enter the property. 

“We consulted with a nearby fire team who was unable to see Koshka but could see her muddy paw prints which gave us hope.”

The team returned daily from January 9th to the 15th, when officers Pennon and Lauren of the ASPCA felt it was safe to access the house through a window. There, they found Koshka caked in mud, but in good health and excited to see some human faces for the first time in more than a week. 

SBCAS recorded the tearful moment the family was reunited. 

“They called her the ‘pawprint kitty’ and she lived, and I just can’t thank you enough. We needed this. Thank you. You’re our heroes,” Lindsey says during the video. 

“Those small victories are so important. there’s so much devastation here and being able to reunite that cat with her family was special for me, was special for our department,” Officer Pennon told KEYT

As you can imagine, social media was touched by the reunion. The video has received over 3,000 shares since it was published. 

One Facebook user shared a similar experience and what it meant to them: 

“We lost our home, everything we had-barely managed to escape-from a wildfire in Nor Cal,” the commenter wrote. “A week later I got an email from Home Again, they found my cat (she was microchipped and the microchip was registered with current contact info), Animal Control found our cat. Burned, scared, and alive. We lost everything we own, but got our cat back. I feel these people’s joy. Congratulations!”

Others couldn’t imagine the same thing happening to them. 

“I own 7 kitties and can’t even imagine the thought of losing one of them like this,” another user wrote. “Thanks SO much to the rescuers who kept returning to search for this beauty and thanks to kitty Koshka for keeping the faith and having good instincts. Lots of tears here!” 

Others were quick to applaud all those involved in the rescue. 

“Thank you so much officer Pennon and partner Lauren. You made two people very happy because you took the time to rescue their kitty. There is a special place in heaven for people like you.”

“So nice to see something positive come from so much tragedy!”

“Thank you Officer Michael Snyder-Pennon from Dallas, Texas. There is a special place for people like you in heaven. What a selfless act sir. Thank you. You have helped start the healing process for this family.”

What an amazing moment. 

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People Offended By Background Graphic In Wheel Of Fortune's “Southern Charm” Week

In a promo to promote “Southern Charm Week” on Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak and Vanna White appeared in front of a backdrop which  appeared to feature black slaves working on a southern plantation. Yes, this is a real picture someone had to sign off on before it appeared on  National Television:

Others are trying to figure out how this could ever happen:

Many MANY people green-lighted this, that’s how you know that there are no POC in that team pic.twitter.com/D77g0xJv9q

— Isabelle (@bellecs) June 16, 2017

According to the Daily News, the structure in the backdrop is Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, which was built by slaves. The plantation has historical exhibits dedicated to the slaves who resided at Oak Alley, and many African American Employees dress in period costumes.

“Wheel of Fortune” visited Oak Alley in 2005 to shoot a remote, and the backdrop was apparently a screen-grab from some of their stock footage. Though the show has apologized and will fix the image in later airings, this entire situation shows that you can never be too careful about what you’re broadcasting on national television.

H/T – Huffpost, Twitter

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These Rose-Shaped Donuts Beat A Traditional Bouquet Any Day Of The Week

Getting someone a dozen flowers is a thoughtful and kind gesture.

So is getting them a dozen donuts. Slightly less romantic, but definitely yummier.

But what if you could somehow combine the two? No, I’m not talking about genetically modifying plants to look like miniature donuts.

I’m talking about these rose-shaped donuts offered by Doughnut Plant.

The petal-riffic donuts come in three different flavors: strawberry, Italian blood orange, and rose. 

The rose donuts are being offered “indefinitely” at all Doughnut Plant locations.

The cost for one of these bad boys? $ 5 each.

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19 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction, but in these cases, it totally is.

Seriously, anything goes in America at this point.

What’s most absurd about this is that Sean Spicer actually hid in bushes. In real life. To avoid journalists.

But by all means, keeping gassing and firehosing protesters.

I just wish someone who thought the play was too “preachy” and over-dramatized the effects of racism saw that.

I mean, what else would you do with your money?

To quote Titus: “What kind of white nonsense is this?”

Never underestimate the power of the senate.

This craptastic festival story just gets stranger and stranger.

“We gotta use catapults, they’ve gotta be yuge!”

Wait…so those videos are real?!

Seriously, did no one beta-test with the coke fiends, first?

“If you don’t stop crying this instant, ya infant…”

There’s officially a President more corrupt and villified than Richard Nixon. Rest easy, Dick, you’re not the worst.

Please tell me they’re made by Acme enterprises.

Now it’s living up to its name.

God forbid someone exercises their right to free speech.

19. Man from Katy, TX who ordered prostitute discovers that she is his own wife

The real question is, how much did she charge him?

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17 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction, but in these cases, it totally is.

These are the stories that matter.

I’m just imagining a bro-doctor working day and night to come up with this method to hit on a coworker.

They’re also not fond of “Australia”, it’s now officially called “Down Under” or “English Convict Island”.

Looks like this dude’s gunning hard for the most out-of-touch jerkface politician award.

I hope they wipe these criminals out.

I hope the judge looked him before hitting the gavel and said, “Does not compute.”

Don’t you just love it when politicians presume to know what an all-powerful deity would’ve done?

This guy is the an idol to 13-year-old boys everywhere.

I know I’m getting old when I start siding with the woman.

Holy crap this cheating ex is brutal.

I always wondered what it would take to get a Wal-Mart greeter sacked. Good to know it’s curious turkeys.

I don’t think I’d ever agree with that statement, but the story’s kinda messed up.

Even a road will kill you in Russia.

Now if they were Sun Chips, I’d understand…

Oh really? Because I thought that tax dollars came from taxpayers, like, you know, citizens. Unless you’re getting money from private corporations, which is, you know, illegal.

Ahh, the old, “you can’t arrest me while I’m eating a McMuffin” defense.

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18 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction, but in these cases, it totally is.

When you gotta make money, you get creative.

How the hell would that work?

I mean they are pretty awesome.

Thank God, blood isn’t as refreshing as it sounds.

“The bombs bursting in aiiiiir.”

I can’t share an area code with plebs!

When life gives you lemons…sell guns kids.

There’s a best tree award?

Just when I was getting used to this new diet.

Props to New Zealand for keeping up with the times.

Who knew the Israelites were so down with Britney?

What a sh**y way to go out.

For him, it’s a lifestyle.

You figured they’d just laugh it off.

I wish this was the extent of the problems with our nation’s leader.

Tag a different kind of wall.

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19 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction, but in these cases, it totally is.

1. Donald Trump too hard to satirise, say South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone


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They should parody him by making him an actually good President in the show.

2. Virginia used to have an official groundhog; it killed itself on Groundhog Day


newyork1

He won’t take part in your insulting ceremonies.

3. Police station fumigated after men caught in store sex act, report says


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“It smells like sex in here. Oh well, only one way to fix that.”

4. ‘Tinder for orangutans’: zoo lets female primate choose mate using tablet


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This Dunston Checks In sequel should’ve never been produced by Cinemax.

5. Woman won’t stop spending at Kmart, boyfriend complains


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The craziest part about this headline is that there are still K-Marts around.

6. Man charged with stealing Roll Up The Rim Tim Hortons cups


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You gotta win those prizes any way that you can.

7. Workington police blow up ‘suspicious’ car parked by fellow officers


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This is why communication is very, very important ladies and gentlemen.

8. Good Samaritan offers man a ride, winds up ‘getaway driver’ in Columbia bank heist


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No good deed goes unpunished.

9. Man shot cat that ‘looked at him like it owned the place’


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Listen, I’m not condoning violence against animals, but I totally get where this guy is coming from.

10. Johnny Depp spent $ 3 million blasting Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon, ex-managers claim in lawsuit


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Hey it’s his money, he can do what he want with it. That’s a good friend right there.

11. Oldest Prostate Stones Ever Found Suggest a Man Was in Agony 12,000 Years Ago

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Doesn’t help him now, does it?

12. Five years of ‘no dinners out, no entertainment, no sports’ for two company execs who evaded taxes

You mean, jail?

13. Neither Donald Trump nor Sean Spicer Seem to Know That Frederick Douglass Is Dead


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“He plays for the Bucks, right?”

14. Denis Leary acknowledges he looks exactly like Kellyanne Conway, eyes Oscar-winning role


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Would be the funniest thing he’s ever done since the a**hole song.

15. New DC comic reinvents Snagglepuss as ‘Gay Southern Gothic Playwright’


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If anyone wants to get me a gift, please get me this.

16. Man’s daily vodka intake calcified his pancreas


getty

I’ve been wondering when/how they were going to reboot this character.

17. Police commissioner all smiles after domestic violence arrest


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Poor soul, he thinks that just because the President could get away with treating women like sh*t that he can too.

18. Clean energy subsidies could be used to build new coal power plants, Scott Morrison says


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Yeah I mean, coal’s super clean, even canaries can breathe it in. That’s why miners would bring them down in the tunnels so much.

19. In corruption-riddled Romania, officials now allow room for modest abuses


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They should call it “the partial scumbag” initiative.

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17 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction, but in these cases, it totally is.

1. Wannabe Weatherman Arrested for Starting Wildfire to Get Facebook Views


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People like sensationalism, can you blame him?

2. New York Times publisher vows to ‘rededicate’ paper to reporting honestly


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Guess I’ll disregard everything I’ve read in the paper up until today.

3. Suspected car thief tells police he was ‘tired of walking’


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That’s a lot of work to be so lazy.

4. Amazon delivery drivers ‘feel compelled to defecate in vans’ to save time


independent

Don’t blame your van crapping fetish on Amazon.

5. Burglar tells police he is lawyer and to “get out of my garden if you don’t have a warrant”


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The balls on this guy.

6. Zuckerberg Denies Fake News On Facebook Had Impact On The Election


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How could it be fake? I saw it on the internet?!

7. Anti-pirating ad music stolen


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The freaking music they used in an anti-piracy ad was pirated. Wow.

8. George W. Bush paints portraits of veterans wounded carrying out his orders


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“Sorry I made you lose your legs for corporate interests. Here’s a painting.”

9. Man buys yard sign to pressure sex offender to move


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I wish I was there to hear what the guy at the sign shop said when he got this call.

10. Dead Man Wins City Election In California; Female Rival Calls Foul

Damn. Americans hate women in politics so much they’d rather elect a corpse or Donald Trump.

11. Facebook sorry for ‘terrible error’ that killed off still-living users


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How crazy would it be if it put your date of death on a specific day in the near future?

12. Kraftwerk’s Buenos Aires show could be cancelled due to electronic music ban


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Guess they’re more into metal.

13. Louisiana tax commissioner resigns after it’s discovered he didn’t pay taxes


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He could always run for President.

14. Rats laugh when tummy tickled, top scientists reveal


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Glad they got the top scientists on the case.

15. City of Denver doesn’t know who’s running “city of Denver” Instagram account


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Insert marijuana short term memory loss joke here.

16. Fan plans Cleveland Browns ‘perfect season’ parade as team stays winless


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They have to know they’re being ironic.

17. Man arrested for being too high on the Lord


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You can never be too high on the Lord. That’s sacrilege!

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18 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction but in these cases, it totally is.

1. Prove you’re not Saddam Hussein, Apple tells customer


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Man, they’re getting really out of hand ever since those iPhone 7’s started exploding.

2. Officer gives himself a citation for running red light


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Don’t even try getting out of a ticket with this dude. He won’t even let himself off the hook.

3. Ronald McDonald keeping low profile amid creepy clown craze


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The Hamburglar is probably thinking this is his time to shine.

4. Council error directs voters to hardcore porn website


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“Error.”

5. ‘Clown Lives Matter’ peace walk canceled after multiple threats


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Listen, people have always hated clowns. Nothing will ever change that.

6. Gun, mace-toting guards try to manage crime, chaos at Chuck E. Cheese


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A REAL COOL PLACE TO BE A KID!

7. Officer cleaning gun accidentally fires bullet into day care


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Got to keep those kids on their toes.

8. India offers to buy 200 foreign combat jets – if they’re Made-in-India


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But… that’s not what foreign means.

9. Hillary Clinton admits Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Suge Knight influence her look

I FREAKING KNEW IT!

10. Seattle carjacking victim had to explain reverse gear to teen robbers


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“JESUS just… just don’t mess up my car. Look, what you need to do is…”

11. Marines sentenced over bottom spanking ritual


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Man, the military has really hit rock bottom…

12. Smash Mouth and Oakland A’s in Twitter war

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If you’re trying to be relevant, Smash Mouth, you might want to pick a cooler baseball team than the Oakland Athletics.

13. More pets are getting high as marijuana legalization spreads


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And they say that dreams can’t come true.

14. Monk arrested over fake money used in payment for date with girl


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Monks date?!

15. Man Changes His Name to iPhone 7 in the Ultimate Act of Dedication


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Man he’s gonna feel dumb around this time next year.

16. Brazil saw more violent deaths than war-torn Syria in 2015, report says


getty

Just another day in Rio.

17. 20 boyfriends and 20 iPhones: How one Chinese woman bought a house


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Go on…

18. Student crashes into cop while trying to take topless selfie for boyfriend

“Come on, it’s just one nude, it’s not a big deal…”

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19 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction but in these cases, it totally is.

1. Thailand warns against price-gouging of black clothing as nation mourns king


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You gotta make a buck where you can, when you can.

2. Troopers: Man on LSD saves dog from imaginary fire


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Hey, his intention was to be a hero.

3. Dallas grandma jailed after toddler who was supposed to be ‘knocked out’ in car wanders busy parking lot


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“I don’t understand, that punch would’ve laid out any other toddler!” – Definitely not what the woman said.

4. Drug Dealer Is Spared Jail Because The Stress Would ‘Ruin Her Skin’


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Hey, in case you’re wondering what this “white privilege” stuff is that everyone’s talking about, that’s it.

5. Father unwittingly drove daughter to bank she robbed, police say


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“Yeah Dad I just need to go and…uhh…open a bank account.” (minutes later, panting) “Sorry, the lines were long and I uhh…just got my period.”

6. Learner driver gives Kingston police a lift to 999 call


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Sounds like my worst nightmare.

7. Walker man jailed for attacking partner with a can of corned beef because he couldn’t open the tin


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Eggs just aren’t the same without it.

8. Connecticut school apologizes for ‘Hitler’ football play


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Upon further review, they’ve also decided to consider renaming the following other plays: ethnic cleansing, the jewel of Europe, and Make America Great Again.

9. UF offering counseling to students offended by Halloween costumes


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All this triggering has got me triggered.

10. Release of 150 pigeons stayed as ‘they could have been meant for insurgency’


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Those pigeons are notoriously shifty. The way they peck at bread? Two words: morse code.

11. How to prevent theft of political lawn signs. Try dog poop


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It’s fool poop! I mean, proof.

12. Cleveland Browns’ Joe Thomas declares himself questionable for game due to ‘receding hairline’


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If you’re not going bald, then you won’t understand.

13. We don’t deserve to be treated with such contempt over a $ 2 avocado


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Yeah you do.

14. Russian Man Calls the Cops When Wife Tries to Raise Kids as Vegetarians


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I mean, meat is important for the development of certain brain and connective tissues…

15. Driver distracted by moose accident hits moose: Cops


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One of the most Canadian headlines ever written,

16. Moonwalking leads to heroin arrest, cops say


nj

That’s not true! I’ve moonwalked a couple of times and I’ve never…well…just a couple of times…huh…

17. Man’s fiancée to murderer: ‘Why did you have to kill him over Deez Nuts?’


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Judge: “I have multiple verdicts to read to you.”

Counsel: “We’d like to hear them.”

Judge: “What, these verdicts?”

Counsel: “Yes.”

Judge: “These? In my hand?”

Counsel: “Yes.”

Judge: “These?”

Counsel: “Yes! These!”

Judge: “Deez NUTS!”

Counsel: “….it’s not funny when you do it.”

Judge: “Defendant sentenced to death by electric chair.”

Counsel: “It’s a parking ticket!”

Judge: (mumbling, shuffling papers) “…deez nuts.”

18. When half a million drug users surrendered in the Philippines, authorities sent some of them to Zumba


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You’re supposed to do drugs before you go to the zumba.

19. Gorilla escaped London Zoo enclosure ‘in honour of Harambe’


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He shall be avenged.

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