Possum party: Residents of the vacation town of Mallacoota in Victoria, Australia, were relieved when a resident brush-tail possum that locals call Russell Rustle came sauntering back to the area, along with his partner Rosie and baby Rascal. The area had recently endured bushfires, which had claimed a lot of forest and property, and residents were very concerned about the wildlife. While possums are often thought of as pests, Russell Rustle is loved by the whole community. His safe return was cause for celebration among the locals.
Monkey culprit: If a cellphone is stolen, the owner might suspect a human thief. When Zackrydz Rodzi's phone disappeared from his home in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, the thief turned out to be a monkey. As there was no sign of a break-in, Rodzi's family used his brother's phone to call the stolen one, and heard it ringing in the bush near their home. After retrieving it from the mud and cleaning it up, Rodzi found a bunch of selfies of a monkey. There were even videos showing the antics of the little mammal trying to eat the phone.
Black cat haven: Japan is home to many cafs that feature real felines, but only one is filled with black cats. Nekobiyaka is in the city of Himeji. Because black cats are less likely to find owners than cats of other colours, the caf's owner wanted to provide a place for people to interact with them and hopefully take one home as a pet. She keeps about 10 black cats at any one time, differentiating them by the colours of their collars. When a family takes one home, she brings another from a shelter. Visitors pay a small fee to enter, and they can buy refreshments while interacting with the cats.
Canal digger: A man from Kothilawa, a remote village in Bihar, India, has completed an amazing feat. It took Laungi Bhuiyan about three decades to divert run-off rainwater into a pond near the village. He did it by digging a three-kilometre-long canal by himself, using hand tools. Before the canal existed, rainwater ran into a river and never reached the village. Now, people in the village have access to water in the pond, which they can use for crop irrigation and for farm animals to drink. As news of his feat spread on social media, Bhuiyan became known as Canal Man.