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An Air Canada pilot put a dog's life above profit. It's exceptional and how the world should be.

He didn't care that it cost $10,000 extra in fuel to save the dog. He just did what was right.

A lot of times, we hear bad stories about airlines. Terrible wait times while stuck on the plane, bad customer service. But this time, the story (originally reported by CityNews) is sweet.

A dog's first flying adventure almost goes horribly wrong.

Simba, a 7-year-old French bulldog, was taking the first flight of his life, from Tel Aviv to Toronto. He was hanging out in the cargo hold in his carrier, as over 2 million pets per year do on airlines. Minutes before heading out over the Atlantic Ocean (where temperatures can really freeze things up on a plane) the pilot noticed a problem with the heating system in the cargo hold.


Going out over the Atlantic could prove fatal to animals in the cargo hold without heat.

So the pilot decided to reroute and land in Frankfurt, Germany. The decision likely saved the dog's life.

His owner, German Kontorovich, is so grateful.

"It's my dog, it's like my child. It's everything to me." — Simba's dad

This is Simba and his owner reuniting in Toronto. GIF via CityNews.

And, of course, many of the 260 passengers really didn't mind the 75-minute delay, either, given the very important reason it had to happen.

"While we recognize this was an inconvenience for our customers, the overall reaction was positive, particularly once people understood the dog was in potential danger but safe as a result of the diversion." — Peter Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for Air Canada

GIF via CityNews.

"I'd probably have been upset, but if it saved the dog..." — airline passenger

Phyl Durdy, an aviation expert, told CityNews that it probably cost around $10,000 in fuel and other costs for the diversion, but it was the right thing to do.

Crisis was averted, and Air Canada is probably going to curry favor with animal lovers and pet owners everywhere. Somebody needs to give that pilot a raise!

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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