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ICYMI: Feel-good stories from around the world

What do endangered giraffes, an asthma drug, a German school and a golf player all have in common? They all feature in positive news stories that you might have missed this week.

A Rothschild's giraffe is transported on a barge to from Longicharo island to Ruko Community Conservancy

The last two endangered Rothschild giraffes on a flooding island in Kenya were rescued

Endangered giraffes saved from flooding island

The last two endangered giraffesstuck on a flooding island in Kenya's Rift Valley were rescued on Monday.

Ngarikoni and Noelle — a mother and her recently-born calf — were transported across lake Baringo in a specially-designed raft to a new sanctuary on the mainland.

A total of eight Rothschild giraffes were taken to Longicharo Island in lake Baringo as part of a conservation effort several years ago.

Giraffe calf Noella runs from a crate

Five-month old endangered Rothschild's giraffe 'Noella' was rescued along with her mother

Initially a peninsula, rising lake water levels cut the giraffe's home off from the mainland making food scarce.

The first giraffe was removed from the flooding island in December 2020, with the mother and calf last removed due to the special challenges associated with transporting the newborn.

Asthma drug brings hope for COVID-19 treatment

widely available asthma drug could be an effective treatment for early COVID-19 in adults, according to the results of a study published this week.

Patients who took budesonide when experiencing early COVID-19 symptoms needed much less urgent medical care than a control group of patients who received normal COVID treatment.

A woman uses an inhaler

A widely-available asthma drug may minimize hospitalizations with COVID-19

The drug is part of a family of corticosteroids. Researchers think they likely reduce the inflammation associated with severe COVID-19.

Researchers hope that the wide availability, low cost and relative safety of the drug could help ease pressure on hospitals.

Bavarian school teaches 'happiness' to students

A school in Munich, the capital of the southern German state of Bavaria, is teaching happiness to its 5th and 6th graders, with plans to extend the subject across all grades.

As part of the subject, students learn meditation, games, creative work and movement, German public broadcaster ARD reported.

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Marina Usow, the school principal, said it is a chance for students to learn to connect with their emotions as well as understanding that failure is also an opportunity.

The lessons have got the approval of parents, who reportedly endorsed the initiative all the more strongly due to the coronavirus pandemic..

First Japanese man wins golfing Masters

Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a major with victory in the Masters at Augusta, in the US.

Matsuyama entered the final day on Sunday with a four-shot lead but a shaky start and the challenge of American debutant Will Zalatoris made for a nervous finale.

Golf champion Hideki Matsuyama raised his firsts in the air to celebrates winning The Masters

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his historic win

"I was thinking about them [friends and family] all the way around. I am really happy I played well for them. Hopefully, I will be a pioneer and many other Japanese players will follow and I am glad to open the floodgates," Matsuyama said.

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