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World’s most premature baby named

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A boy born at 21 weeks and a day weighing under a pound has been officially declared as the world’s most premature baby to survive. Curtis Means was delivered in Birmingham, Alabama, last year weighing just 420g (14.8 ounces). Now 16 months old, he is “thriving”, according to the BBC. The medic who oversaw the delivery told Guinness World Records: “I’ve been doing this almost 20 years, but I’ve never seen a baby this young be as strong as he was.”

TV channel for dogs launched

A television channel for dogs has been launched to help with stress and behavioural problems. DogTV, which was created after three years of research, airs scientifically tested programming aiming to alleviate symptoms of conditions such as separation anxiety, loneliness and stress. Colours, audio frequencies and camera alignment have all been adapted to cater to dog senses.

Why a lost hiker ignored rescuer calls

A hiker in the US who had wandered off the trail and got lost ignored repeated phone calls from rescuers because they didn’t recognise the number, officials have said. Emergency services offered this advice to hikers: “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone.”

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