The most powerful hurricane to hit the east coast since Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Irma, struck this past weekend. As of press time, it has claimed 49 lives in the United States and beyond. People fled their homes in the days before Irma’s arrival, taking what they could carry in their vehicles. Many faced gas shortages and strained roadways as they traveled to parts unknown. While thousands had family they could stay with, untold others just drove until they felt comfortable they were a safe distance from the impending storm.
While the damage in the United States wasn’t as destructive as once predicted, it was damaging nonetheless. Thousands are still without power as folks start to travel back home to assess the effects the storm had on their property. Schools have been closed for days and some remain so, due to damage or power loss.
Citizens did their best to protect their homes and material items, and pet owners took their animals and left. But many animals weren’t able to travel. Owners brought horses into their living rooms to protect them from the weather. There’s news of manatees being stranded on beaches. Just as people looked out for one another, they were also looking out for animals, getting many to shelter from the storm.
This video above will warm your heart. As the hurricane approaches, a young family of ducks is found scurrying in the rising water in the street. Mama and her babies don’t seem to know quite where to go to find shelter. But not to fear, kind rescuers have seen their plight and are willing to help this little animal family.
Isn’t it good to know that there are warm-hearted folks who care about even the least of these?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
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