A driver for UPS had a “bad feeling” that something was wrong at one of the houses he regularly delivered to, and thanks to that feeling he saved the life of an elderly man.
Navy veteran Todd Holland working in Ashe County, North Carolina had become very familiar with his regular customers as a UPS driver. Holland noticed something was off when one of his friendliest customers, a man in his 80s, wasn’t outside in his usual spot when Holland delivered a package to him on a Friday afternoon.
In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, Holland said, “I knocked on his door and called his name, but I figured he wasn’t home.” The issue arose when Holland returned to the house the following Tuesday and the original delivered package was still on the front porch where he left it. Deciding to check out the situation for himself, Holland entered the house.
“I had a bad feeling, so I knocked on the door and called his name. I heard his Rottweiler barking, so I turned the door handle and entered the house. I saw his feet first,” Holland stated.
“He moved his hand to get my attention and I called 911. While we waited for the ambulance, he squeezed my hand and said, ‘I love you.’”
Struggling to explain the situation to the EMT crew, the elderly man stated that he had been on the floor for seven days before Holland found him. “His muscles were deteriorating and the EMTs said he otherwise wouldn’t have made it through the night,” Holland said. The man said in the ambulance ride about Holland, “that’s a true friend”. The man is reported to be in good condition after the long time spent laying on his floor incapacitated.
Holland told WXII, “I just wish I could have found him Friday. A close friend of mine said it was just not in God’s will to find him Friday, that God has got a plan for everything and it was His plan for me to find him yesterday.”
Endangered California Condor Seen in Sequoia National Park for the First Time in 50 Years
It’s the largest bird in North America.
One of the most endangered animals in the United States has been observed in a national park that is part of its historical range. The National Park and U.S. Fish and Wildlife services confirmed in a joint statement that six California Condors have been seeing flying above the Sequoia National Park in Eastern California.
The birds were also photographed by park personnel.
A biologist of the Santa Barbara Zoo confirmed that specimens being GPS-tracked by the zoo had been geolocated in the national park.
“We use GPS transmitters to track the birds’ movement, which can be over hundreds of miles on a single day,” said Dave Meyer. “On this particular day we documented the birds’ signals around Giant Forest, and we are excited that park employees observed the birds and confirmed their use of this important historic habitat.”
The Sequoia National Park consists of more then 400,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The rare vultures, which feed upon carrion, had once been known to nest in the great Sequoia trees of the park, before disappearing from the habitat around the 1970’s.
The California Condor is a New World vulture, and an exceptionally large bird, the largest native to North America. It range once broadly consisted of the entire western United States, spanning from Canada to Baja California in Mexico.
It had been declared to be extinct in the wild in 1987, but a preservation program to save the species has proved successful in reintroducing captive individuals to the wild in northern Arizona and Utah. Poaching, habitat destruction, and poisoning from manmade chemicals have severely eroded the population of the birds in the wild, and it’s currently listed as critically endangered. Preservation efforts have increased the wild population of the California Condor from merely 22 animals to more than 400 today.
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