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Mormon missionary from Utah, 20, dies in hiking accident while serving in Switzerland

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Mormon missionary Annabelle Nielsen, 20, died after slipping and falling down a steep incline while hiking on Tuesday with five other missionaries in Switzerland

Mormon missionary Annabelle Nielsen, 20, died after slipping and falling down a steep incline while hiking on Tuesday with five other missionaries in Switzerland

Mormon missionary Annabelle Nielsen, 20, died after slipping and falling down a steep incline while hiking on Tuesday with five other missionaries in Switzerland

A 20-year-old Mormon woman from Utah serving a mission in Switzerland has died in a hiking accident. 

Annabelle Nielsen was on a hike with five other missionaries on Tuesday when she ‘slipped and fell down a steep incline,’ according to a statement from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spokesman Daniel Woodruff.   

The church representative did not provide any additional information concerning the circumstances of the accident, or where it happened.  

Nielsen, from Highland, Utah, had been serving as a missionary since July 2019 and was assigned to the Alpine German-Speaking Mission in Basel. 

‘We express our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones. 

‘We pray they will feel the peace and comfort of our loving Heavenly Father as they deal with this tragedy and honor her life,’ Woodruff stated. ‘We also pray for the other missionaries who were with Sister Nielsen at the time of the accident and are working to provide them with the necessary support as they process what happened.’

Nielsen had been serving as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionary since July 2019 and was assigned to the Alpine German-Speaking Mission in Basel

Nielsen had been serving as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionary since July 2019 and was assigned to the Alpine German-Speaking Mission in Basel

Nielsen had been serving as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missionary since July 2019 and was assigned to the Alpine German-Speaking Mission in Basel

Nielsen graduated from Lone Peak High School in 2017 and studied at Brigham Young University before going on her mission in July 2019.

Her family in Utah learned of her death on Tuesday afternoon, according to President Rodger Lyman, the first counselor in the Highland Utah Central Stake, which is an administrative unit of the church, who spoke on their behalf. 

Nielsen, a student at Brigham Young University, is survived by her parents and four siblings

Nielsen, a student at Brigham Young University, is survived by her parents and four siblings

Nielsen, a student at Brigham Young University, is survived by her parents and four siblings

Unlike many other missionaries who were pulled from foreign countries and sent home during the coronavirus pandemic, Nielsen was allowed to remain in Switzerland and continue proselytizing. 

‘She spent all those months in an apartment learning a new way to do missionary work and was very resilient with that,’ Lyman told Deseret News. 

The church official described Nielsen as a ‘sweet, sweet girl’ who was kind, active and fun to be around. 

‘The family is struggling, as anyone would, but keeping the faith,’ he added. 

Nielsen is survived by her parents and four siblings. 

On July 1, she wrote a seemingly prescient Facebook post, affirming her belief in the Mormon doctrine of eternal families.   

‘I’m always thankful for my family!’ she wrote in German. ‘They are truly a blessing. I thank God nearly every day for them and for the support I get from them. I LOVE my family and know we can still be a family after death. This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ.’ 

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Distressed buffalo smashes head-first into safari vehicle as it tries to shake off trio of lions 

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This is the heart-stopping moment a buffalo crashes into a safari vehicle head-first as it tries to escape a pride of hungry lions. 

Footage, taken at Kruger National Park in north-eastern South Africa, shows a buffalo running straight into a jeep while a lion clings on to its back.

In the video, posted on October 27, the frightened animal crosses in front of one of two vehicles full of tourists, and tries to escape the predators.

Footage, taken at Kruger National Park, in north-eastern South Africa, shows lion pouncing on a buffalo and sinking its teeth and claws into the beasts hide

Footage, taken at Kruger National Park, in north-eastern South Africa, shows lion pouncing on a buffalo and sinking its teeth and claws into the beasts hide

Footage, taken at Kruger National Park, in north-eastern South Africa, shows lion pouncing on a buffalo and sinking its teeth and claws into the beasts hide 

The buffalo is encircled by a lion and two lionesses, as the male pounces on the animal’s back, sinking his teeth and claws into its hide.

Unable to shake the lion clinging to him, the beast spins in a frenzy but is unable to get away.

In a final attempt to escape, the buffalo hits its horns on the rear of the safari truck, causing a crunching sound as they collide with the brake lights.

In the video, posted on October 27, the frightened animal crashes into the rear of a safari jeep filled with tourists in a bid to escape

In the video, posted on October 27, the frightened animal crashes into the rear of a safari jeep filled with tourists in a bid to escape

 In the video, posted on October 27, the frightened animal crashes into the rear of a safari jeep filled with tourists in a bid to escape 

The noise scares the lion, which retreats, giving its prey a chance to make a break for it.  

But the hunt isn’t over, and the pride bolt after the beast who has headed into the plains.

Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves, and the high density of animals include the Big 5: Lions, buffalo, rhinos, elephants and leopards.  

A lion clings to a buffalo's back, as the animal tries to spin and shake the predator off

A lion clings to a buffalo's back, as the animal tries to spin and shake the predator off

As the prey heads for the plains, a lioness is hot on his heels

As the prey heads for the plains, a lioness is hot on his heels

The pride of lions don’t give up easily and one clings to the buffalo, which spins to try and shake the predator off. As the prey heads for the plains, a lioness is hot on his heels 

Passengers on board the vehicles described the ride as ‘calm’ before the hunt unfolded before them.

Jennifer Coleman, 39, and Liechen Tonkin, 32, were on two different safari vehicles and witnessed the event.  

Liechen said that they followed the lion to see ‘what he was running after’ and ‘in a matter of seconds’ the action happened at the game vehicle.   

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Woman discovers she has breast cancer while applying fake tan in Scarborough, Western Australia

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A young woman discovered she had breast cancer while she was checking for streaks in her fake tan.

Rhianne Miller found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, north of Perth

She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer one week later.

Ms Miller told Daily Mail Australia it was a stroke of luck she discovered something was wrong.  

‘I was getting ready for my birthday party. I put on the fake tan which I never do and the next day I was checking for streaks and I felt this big lump,’ she said.

The beer promoter was only 32 years old. 

Rhianne Miller, then-32, found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, north of Perth

Rhianne Miller, then-32, found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, north of Perth

Rhianne Miller, then-32, found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, north of Perth

The 34-year-old was declared cancer-free in February but will need to continue taking medication for the next five years

The 34-year-old was declared cancer-free in February but will need to continue taking medication for the next five years

The 34-year-old was declared cancer-free in February but will need to continue taking medication for the next five years

Rhianne Miller, 34, found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, 13km north of Perth

Rhianne Miller, 34, found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, 13km north of Perth

Rhianne Miller, 34, (pictured) found a small lump on her left breast after applying the bronzing lotion ahead of her birthday celebrations in Scarborough, 13km north of Perth

‘When you get diagnosed – that week of not knowing- that’s the hardest week,’ she said.

‘Then you start seeing a surgeon and you get a plan and you know what’s happening and you just roll with the motions.’ 

A month later she went under the knife, as surgeons performed a lifesaving mastectomy to remove her left breast.  

She has since undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the two years since her diagnosis.

Pictured: Ms Miller flew to Bali a few days before her mastectomy before sharing the news of her cancer journey on Instagram with her followers

Pictured: Ms Miller flew to Bali a few days before her mastectomy before sharing the news of her cancer journey on Instagram with her followers

Pictured: Ms Miller flew to Bali a few days before her mastectomy before sharing the news of her cancer journey on Instagram with her followers 

Ms Miller said it has been an incredibly difficult journey. 

‘Your body is tired you’re tired, mentally you can’t even function, you can’t even really open your eyes to talk to people or listen to them during chemo,’ she said.

‘Navigating that and navigating menopause symptoms at 32 and not having anyone around you who really understands as well.’  

The 34-year-old was declared cancer-free in February but will need to continue taking medication for the next five years.

The anti-recurrence drug tamoxifen has sent her into chemically-induced menopause, causing hot flushes and fatigue. 

She has since undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the two years since her diagnosis

She has since undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the two years since her diagnosis

She has since undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the two years since her diagnosis

She has also been undergoing fertility treatments to optimise her chance of having a baby later in life

She has also been undergoing fertility treatments to optimise her chance of having a baby later in life

She has also been undergoing fertility treatments to optimise her chance of having a baby later in life

The cancer treatment caused her to lose her hair, so along with three friends the 34-year-old shaved her head, raising more than $10,000 for charity in the process

The cancer treatment caused her to lose her hair, so along with three friends the 34-year-old shaved her head, raising more than $10,000 for charity in the process

The cancer treatment caused her to lose her hair, so along with three friends the 34-year-old shaved her head, raising more than $10,000 for charity in the process

On January 1 2019 she shared a candid video showing how the cancer treatment was causing to her hair to fall out

On January 1 2019 she shared a candid video showing how the cancer treatment was causing to her hair to fall out

'One of the hardest things is watching the changes to yourself through cancer & learning to Share the difficult moments,' she wrote.

'One of the hardest things is watching the changes to yourself through cancer & learning to Share the difficult moments,' she wrote.

On January 1 2019 she shared a candid video showing how the cancer treatment was causing to her hair to fall out 

The drugs have also severely reduced her chances of having a baby. 

Tamoxifen can cause malformations in unborn babies and pose a huge risk for the development of a fetus.

Ms Miller is not willing to take that risk.

Despite her difficulties the 34-year-old is staying upbeat

Despite her difficulties the 34-year-old is staying upbeat

Despite her difficulties the 34-year-old is staying upbeat

The effects of the medication won’t wear off until she is 40 years old. 

Even then, she may struggle due to the impact of chemotherapy on her ovaries.

To optimise her chances the beer promoter has been undergoing fertility treatments.

‘I only got three eggs out of that process –  so my chances of having a family one day are very limited as well,’ she said. 

While she is putting in the work behind the scenes, she said the cancer diagnosis has totally disrupted her dating life.

‘I was single when I got diagnosed, I still am single,’ she said. 

‘That’s one of the hardest things, how do you be, like, surprise! I have one breast or that sort of situation.

‘It makes things a bit more stripped back and harder because you do have to have a conversation about what you have been through. 

Despite her difficulties the 34-year-old is staying upbeat. 

‘There are a lot of things which have been taken away from me but they have been replaced by this indescribable feeling, of just being grateful and happy every single day.’ she said.

‘It’s crazy.

’90 per cent of the battle is your mindset. If you don’t have a good mindset going into it or during it is hard and mentally draining from every angle.’ 

The Cancer Council of Australia offers free mammograms to women aged between 40 and 74. 

Screening is recommended every two years. 

But Ms Miller’s story shows women under the age of 40 are not immune from an early diagnosis.

The Cancer Council says women should be conscious of the look and feel of their breasts so they can detect any abnormalities themselves should they arise. 

A review of Australia’s BreastScreen program published in 2009 found the program had reduced breast cancer mortality in Australia by between 21 and 28%. 

Each year an estimated 2997 women will die from breast cancer in Australia and 19,807 women will be diagnosed with the disease. 

While she is putting in the work behind the scenes, she said the cancer diagnosis has totally disrupted her dating life

While she is putting in the work behind the scenes, she said the cancer diagnosis has totally disrupted her dating life

While she is putting in the work behind the scenes, she said the cancer diagnosis has totally disrupted her dating life

What are the common symptoms of breast cancer?

* Breast lumps

* Changes in size or shape of breasts

* Changes to the skin including dimpling, a rash or puckering of the breast

* Changes to a nipple such as turning in or just feeling different to usual

* Abnormal nipple discharge

* Inflamed breast where your breast may look red or swollen

* Hard breasts

* A red, scaly rash on the breast

* Breast pain

Source: Cancer Council Australia

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Moggie Milo is caught on camera opening doors to get indoors and curl up in front of the fire 

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This is the moment a clever cat worked out how to open doors so he could claim his favourite spot in front of the fire – leaving his owner fearing his locks were broken.

Two-year-old moggie Milo was caught red-pawed by owner Jeremy Snell, 48, after he became concerned the thumb latches on his farmhouse doors were malfunctioning. 

Footage shows the crafty feline neatly jumping up to the latch and pulling it down with its paw, then dangling from the handle at the home in Stafford, in the West Midlands.

The crafty feline uses a baby gate to reach one door handle

The crafty feline uses a baby gate to reach one door handle

Milo dangles from a door handle while pulling down the latch

Milo dangles from a door handle while pulling down the latch

Footage shows the crafty feline using the baby gate to reach one handle and dangling from another as he pulls  down the latch with its paw in Strafford, West Midlands

The clever cat then drops to the floor before nudging the door open with its nose and moving on to a second door.

This time Milo jumps on to a baby gate, turns around and balances on top as he uses his front paws to move the latch down. 

After pushing the door ajar, he then jumps to the floor and struts through the open entrance. 

Owner Jeremy Snell, 48, became concerned the thumb latches on his doors were malfunctioning

Owner Jeremy Snell, 48, became concerned the thumb latches on his doors were malfunctioning

Two-year-old Milo was caught opening doors red-pawed

Two-year-old Milo was caught opening doors red-pawed

Two-year-old moggy Milo was caught red-pawed by owner Jeremy Snell, 48, after he became concerned the thumb latches on his farmhouse doors were malfunctioning

Milo has been using his skills to claim his favourite spot in front of the wood-burning stove for nearly a year, and has now began gatecrashing his owner’s Zoom meetings.   

Jeremy had been left scratching his head after discovering several doors in his home had apparently opened on their own.

The father-of-three investigated and eventually caught the culprit on camera. 

He claims the moggy has also worked out he can open the motion-sensored kitchen bin by waving his paw over the top – and helps himself to scraps.   

The crafty cat pushes the door open with his paws

The crafty cat pushes the door open with his paws

He then drops to the floor and nudges the door open with his body

He then drops to the floor and nudges the door open with his body

Milo pushes the door open with his paws before dropping to the floor and nudging it open with his body

Jeremy said: ‘It doesn’t take long. As soon as you shut the two doors, if he can hear something on the inside then he’ll go through. 

‘He does it every single day. He’s been doing this for about a year.

‘I was sitting and I could hear a noise, and it sounded like someone was opening a door. I thought,”Who is in the house at the moment?”

‘Then the door opened and the cat trotted through to do whatever it is he wanted to do.

Milo has been using his skills to claim his favourite spot in front of the wood-burning stove nearly a year (pictured), but his antics left his owner scratching his head

Milo has been using his skills to claim his favourite spot in front of the wood-burning stove nearly a year (pictured), but his antics left his owner scratching his head

Milo has been using his skills to claim his favourite spot in front of the wood-burning stove nearly a year (pictured), but his antics left his owner scratching his head 

‘The doors are those farmhouse latch doors, so we did feel that the door would sometimes be open and think we had shut it. We thought maybe the door itself was temperamental. 

‘Milo likes to open the doors to get through to the woodburning stove so he can curl up in front of that.’      

Impressed by Milo’s ability to open the doors, Jeremy admits he’s still baffled how he learned the trick.

Jeremy said: ‘He learned this 100% percent on his own, I don’t even know how he learned to do it.

‘He must associate the noise with the door opening and maybe he learned the noise and where it came from, and just watched us enough.’

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