Stephen king has pledged $6,500 to Farewell Elementary School in his home state of Maine. Over the course of four years, students from the author studies program have been working as a group to map out character development, plot, and overall storyline.
The result is two books, and original and a sequel, as well as a 290-page manuscript. With the help of king’s donation, the two novels will be sent to a publishing company and available for purchase.
A landowner found a “soggy” female little owl in a ditch and brought it to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, based in Stonham Aspal, England.
At first the staff of the sanctuary thought the bird was injured as it was “unable to fly effectively”. The examination showed the owl was “simply extremely obese”. That is why doctors put it on a strict diet to slim down from its unusual 245g to a more “natural weight”.
“Where she was found is very productive land, and it’s been a mild winter and there’s a lot of food around – voles, mice,” head falconer Rufus amkin said.
The staff monitored the bird’s food intake over a couple of weeks. After she lost between 20g and 30g, she was released back into the wild.
“Hopefully, She’s learnt to keep her weight in trim so she can escape any predators or being picked up,” Samkin commented.