This 21-Year-Old Is Getting Her Dream Job As France’s First Weather Woman With Down Syndrome

When a story like this comes along, we’re reminded that there are still good people in the world.

Mélanie Ségard, 21, of France, wanted to be a weather woman. Ségard has Down syndrome, but she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her goals. On Feb. 27, a video she posted on Facebook changed everything. She wanted people to “like” the video—and hoped locals news stations would see it, too. Ségard encouraged news outlets to put her on the air if she received 100,000 likes. She received those likes, and more. Way more. Now, Ségard will be France’s first weather presenter with Down syndrome.

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“I’m different, but I want to show everyone that I can do a lot of things,” Ségard wrote on her Facebook page. “I want to prove it by presenting on TV.” At time of writing, just over a week later, her video post has gotten 3.1 million views, 148,000 likes, and 57,000 shares. Excuse us while we grab some Kleenex.

On Feb. 28, she replied to some commentators, “I’m touched by your messages and your likes <3 Thank you all! Thanks to you, I hope to reach my dream … I can do it!” <3

And she was right—she could, and she did. Two French news channels, BFMTV and France 2, asked Ségard to be a weather presenter on March 27. Huge news! And with her enthusiasm, we have no doubt Ségard will excel at the job!

The National Union of Charities for Parents with Disabled Children (UNAPEI) helped Ségard with her Facebook campaign. “Today, people with a disability are invisible,” a spokesperson for UNAPEI said in a statement. “The 100,000 likes are a sign of strong support—we are taken aback at how quickly the page became a success.”

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We certainly expect Ségard to have a lot more success in her future, and we look forward to seeing her present the weather on March 27.

Alaskan Fisherman Feeding Bald Eagles Is Giving Us Serious Life Goals [Video]

There’s been a video circulating online recently of an Alaskan fisherman feeds a bunch of bald eagles, and it’s giving us serious life goals.

In case you missed it, Jessie Peck posted the video back in 2013 with the caption “Just another day in Alaska,” and it shows the fisherman feeding bits of fish to a flock of bald eagles on the deck of a boat. It’s amazing to see the eagles lining up like pigeons to enjoy the fisherman’s snack.

(Hint: Be sure to watch the video all the way through, and prepare to be amazed when the camera starts panning left.)

In case you missed it, bald eagles, our nation’s bird, was moved off the endangered species list back in 2007, as their population has bounced back around the country since reaching threatening lows in the 1950s when there were only 412 nesting pairs left in the 48 contiguous states. The Alaskan population is estimated to be around 30,000 birds. Given that they like to feed on salmon, we can see Alaska’s appeal.

Bald eagles are one of few non-human animal species that breed for life, and they can live until their early 30s. If you see one without white on its body, it’s probably under five years old.

Of course, we love animal stories, and you may remember this one about a bear in Vancouver who snuck into resident Tony Diering’s backyard to take a dip in the pool. After all, bears deserve to have some fun and relaxation too, right? However, can you imagine seeing a bear in your yard, yet alone in your pool and hot tub? Neither can we!

CTV bear
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You may also remember this penguin who swims 5,000 miles every year to see the man who saved his life. (We still think about this pair and wonder where the penguin hangs out in the meantime!)

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Yep, we love our animal stories, and with Peck’s YouTube video recirculating, we definitely are in the mood to go to Alaska and see the bald eagles for ourselves. Anyone else?

You Have To See This Epic Mother-Son Wedding Dance

Often the most memorable parts of a wedding reception are the special dances that kick off the evening: First the happy newlyweds take the dance floor, followed by the bride and her father then the groom and his mother. While it used to be that the most stressful part of these dances was selecting the song, now, in the YouTube age, the pressure is on to make the moment as memorable for wedding guests (and possibly the entire internet) as for the dancers themselves. Some people take dance lessons to prepare while others wing it. And then, there are the special few who seriously take it up a notch.

Enter the mother and son in this video—they showed us how it’s done. They begin by dancing to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” then surprise everyone by breaking into a series of pop favorites, from Michael Jackson to Beyonce. This mother-son duo dance like it’s their job—and are seriously entertaining. With almost 3 million (!) views on YouTube alone, this is definitely a dance for the ages and one none of us will soon forget.

Just like having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, father-daughter and mother-son dances are a traditional part of many weddings. While the newlyweds are dancing or toward the end of their dance, the father traditionally cuts in to dance with his daughter while the son goes to find his mom and asks her to dance, according to Sometimes grandparents are brought into the dancing mix, too.

Grooms-to-be and moms: This pair has thrown down the gauntlet. If you want to compete with their performance, you better get to work!