A few lovely readers directed our attention to this wonderful news: there’s a newborn harpy eagle chick at the Miami Zoo! How cool is that? There are some absolutely adorable pictures at the link, along with this bit of awesomeness: “The chick’s gender is unknown as zoo staff cannot get too close. When keepers approach the chick “the mother gets very defensive, opens her wings and covers the chick right away. Then she starts squealing … wheeee wheeee wheee. And when a bird has talons the size of a grizzly bear’s paw, you pay attention,” explained the zoo spokesman.
In other words, harpies are not to be messed with.
Even more heartwarming is this terrific video of Philip Spooner, an 86-year-old World War II veteran from Maine who testified on behalf of marriage equality in April. Spooner says that when he was asked if he believes in equal rights for gays and lesbians, he answered, “What do you think our boys fought for at Omaha Beach?”