Another reason to love Australia? Doodlebug the orphaned kangaroo lives there.

They say good things come in threes.

(... or is it "good things come in small packages"?)

Take, for instance, these three things:


1. An adorable baby kangaroo exists. He lives in Australia, and he's an orphan.

2. His name is Doodlebug. Because of course it is. That's the best kangaroo name ever.

3. He was recently photographed hugging his favorite teddy bear. And to say that it's adorable is quite the understatement.

Here's proof these three things did indeed occur:

That almost too-cute-to-be-real image of Doodlebug hugging his furry inanimate friend was tweeted by Tim Beshara, a Tasmania-based media adviser, on Aug. 4, 2015. (And, yes, Tim tweeted "wallaby" but later clarified that Doodlebug is a kangaroo. The difference is tricky!)

The pic has taken the Internet by storm ever since, racking up 4,800 retweets.

Beshara's mom, Gillian Abbott — who spends her time caring for injured and orphaned creatures on her property in New South Wales, Australia — had sent him the image of the 15-month-old. Months ago, she spotted the little guy, weighing just about 3.5 pounds, on the side of the road.

"We don't know whether his mother had died either through a car accident or a dog attack," Beshara explained to CBS News. "Or whether he simply was abandoned."

But Doodblebug has found solace in his furry friend, which he cuddles and lays in the grass with, according to Beshara.

While spotting a kangaroo might seem exceedingly rare to those outside Australia, it's not quite as out of the ordinary to those living Down Under — according to the Australian Wildlife Society, the kangaroo population is estimated at a whopping 60 million across the island country — the highest it's ever been.

This particular "roo," as an Aussie might say, seems to have found a (somewhat permanent) home on Abbott's property for now.

"He is undergoing what is called a 'soft-release,' which means he is able to roam in the nearby forest but comes home for occasional extra feeding," Beshara told ABC News.

So, if you're ever in Australia and spot a kangaroo cuddling a teddy bear, know you're not hallucinating. It's just Doodlebug.

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Figuring out what to do for a mom on Mother's Day can be a tricky thing. There's the standard flowers or candy, of course, and taking her out to a nice brunch is a fairly universal winner. But what do moms really want?

Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

We asked our readers to share what they want for Mother's Day, and while the answers were varied, there were some common themes that emerged.

Moms of young kids want a break.

When your kids are little, motherhood is relentless. Precious and adorable, yes. Wonderful and rewarding, absolutely. But it's a LOT. And it's a lot all the fricking time.

Most moms I know would love the gift of alone time, either away at a hotel or Airbnb or in their own home with no one else around. Time alone is a priceless commodity at this stage, especially if it comes with someone else taking care of cleaning, making sure the kids are fed and safe and occupied, doing the laundry, etc.

This is especially true after more than a year of pandemic living, where we moms have spent more time than usual at home with our offspring. While in some ways that's been great, again, it's a lot.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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