This lion is getting a ride in an airplane. Thirty-three other lions are riding along. That’s the largest airlift of lions ever!
The lions were rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia. They suffered when they were in captivity. Some were declawed. One lost an eye. Many have broken or rotting teeth.
On Friday, April 29, the lions will fly to a cat sanctuary in South Africa. They will live in large, natural enclosures. Tom Phillips is the vice president of Animal Defenders International. That group organized the rescue. He says this rescue is “like a fairytale.” Welcome home, lions!
The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God. — Psalm 104: 21
Sun Plane Lands
They’ve landed! What a journey they made!On Saturday, April 23, pilot Bertrand Piccard landed in Mountain View, California. He had flown all the way across the Pacific Ocean. But he didn’t take just any plane. He took a plane that gets its energy from the sun!
The trip took three days. The pilot slept only 20 minutes at a time. He was jammed into a tiny cockpit with no heat or air conditioning. Mr. Piccard put heating pads inside his gloves and shoes.
plane, the Solar Impulse 2, has very wide wings covered in 17,000 solar cells. These suck up sunlight. The sunlight powers the plane’s propellers. The plane travels about 28 miles per hour, or faster if the sun is strong. At night, it runs on stored energy. Piccard takes turns flying the plane with fellow Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg. The most dangerous part of the pilots’ trip is over. But they’re not done. They’re flying all the way around the world!
The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. – Ecclesiastes 1:5
Visitors to London next year will find the place unusually quiet. The familiar “bong” of Big Ben will be missing!
Big Ben is the nickname for a famous clock in London’s Elizabeth Tower. The clock’s five bells have rung out the time for 157 years. The old tower needs to be fixed. Workers will start on the tower next January. The bells will fall silent for several months.
While they’re at it, workers will add a few modern touches to the old clock. They will replace its lightbulbs with LED bulbs that can change color depending on the holiday. They will also put in an elevator. Right now, the only way to get to the belfry is to go up 334 steps!
Report cards are out! Air pollution report cards, that is. This year, California gets a failing grade.
Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air. That’s what the new report by the American Lung Association says. Bakersfield, California, has the dirtiest air in the United States. Highway traffic, farm equipment, and fireplaces spew unhealthy particles into the air. Out of every 10 people in California, eight live somewhere where the air is dirty. Protesters in this photo want a gas facility to shut down. That would probably make the air cleaner.
The standards for clean air are very high. Some people say the air report has a problem. It doesn’t show how far California has already come! At least the air there is cleaner than it used to be!
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