5 Things That Made Us Smile Ear To Ear Last Week

From pet reunions to Tom Hanks and new drops on Netflix, these are the things that put a smile on our face last week.

Chanel the parrot

Last week, a woman went live on Facebook in a desperate bid to find her missing pet parrot. The African Grey named Chanel had been spooked by a drilling sound nearby and flown away towards the canal.

In the video, panicked Sandra Hannah, 40, can be seen hunting the streets of Netherton, Liverpool, crying “Chanel” and pleading with the public to help her find her beloved bird.

One woman’s search for her missing parrot quickly became a nationwide viral hunt and the Twittersphere was alight with laugh out loud remixes of Sandra’s screaming – the Robin S Show Me Love edit had us howling.

Within minutes #FindChanel was a thing and both Chanel and her owner became the best internet meme of 2020 so far.

Thankfully Chanel was found safe and sound just over two miles from her home and the pair have now been reunited.

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson help Covid-19 research

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson both tested positive for Covid-19 back in March while they were staying in Australia. Now they’ve fully recovered, they want to help others fight the virus.

After returning to the US, the couple enrolled in a medical study and offered their blood, which now carries coronavirus antibodies, to help develop a vaccine.

Hanks took to Twitter to share an image of his bag of plasma, alongside the caption, “Here’s last week’s bag of plasma. Such a bag! After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap.”

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Tom Hanks any more.

Rare sea turtles are nesting again

Rare giant turtles are making a comeback after lockdown has left beaches across the world deserted, environmentalists say.

Since travel restrictions have been put in place due to the coronavirus, beaches in Florida and Thailand are empty of tourists and the endangered species have been able to enjoy nesting in peace.

The 11 turtle nests authorities have found since last November were the highest number in 20 years.

Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, told Reuters, “This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans.

“If we compare to the year before, we didn’t have this many spawn, because turtles have a high risk of getting killed by fishing gear and humans disturbing the beach,” Mr Kittiwatanawong added.

Hip hip hooray for the turtles!

A secret love

The heartwarming Netflix documentary tells the story of two women, Pat Henschel and Terry Donahue, who have been in love in the 1940s and have kept it a secret their whole life.

This is the uplifting romance we all need right now! Don’t watch without tissues.

Happy 100th birthday Captain Tom Moore!

Captain Tom Moore captured the hearts of the nation when he pledged to walk 100 laps of his garden before his milestone birthday, in order to fundraise for the NHS. He originally set out to raise £1,000 but wildly exceeded his goals by raising a whopping £30million instead. We’re still in awe!

Last week, Tom celebrated reaching his 100th birthday and in recognition of his efforts was appointed an honorary colonel. Well wishers sent him more than 125,000 cards and he is also due to receive a personalised message from the queen.

“Reaching 100 is quite something. Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming,” Tom said. “People keep saying what I have done is remarkable. However it’s actually what you have done for me which is remarkable.”

Happy birthday, Captain Tom Moore – you’re an inspiration to us all!

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