Thailand has erupted in celebration after all 12 youth football players and their coach trapped in a flooded cave in the northern Chiang Rai province for more than two weeks were rescued, following an astonishing against-the-odds mission that captivated the world. The final four school boys and their coach, who had been trapped in darkness in Tham Luang Cave complex for 18 days, were today carried out on stretchers as the three-day operation came to an end. Residents in Chiang Rai, the city closest to the caves, took to the streets to celebrate, with drivers honking car horns and pedestrians dancing outside the hospital where the Wild Boar FC players are now recovering.
Touching drawings of 'miracle' Thai cave rescue flood social media as people pay tribute to incredible international team that saved 12 boys and their football coach
The dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their football coach in Thailand prompted emotional outpourings online from well-wishers who shared drawings praying for their safe return and homage to the incredible team of rescuers who saved them. On Tuesday, Thailand's Navy SEALs announced all 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach had been rescued from a flooded cave, ending an ordeal that lasted more than two weeks. Four of the boys and their coach were rescued on Tuesday, while the others had been freed from the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province on Sunday and Monday. Cartoon images of the smiling boys being found by divers have been circulating on social media along with messages for the team: 'Stay Strong, We are Coming' and 'Don't Give Up.' Now, more have flooded social networks, paying tribute to the incredible team of rescuers, from countries across the world, as well as the former Navy SEAL who died.
Peck on someone your own size! Brave flamingo fights off bullying larger stork that attacked when it saw its weaker rival
This is the moment a weakened pink flamingo in Kenya refused to be bullied by a towering African marabou stork. Dramatic photographs captured on lake Bogoria showed the two angry birds battle it out to establish their pecking order. Despite being significantly smaller than the stork, the resilient pink flamingo refuses to go down without a fight.
Mass brawl involving British tourists breaks out in front of McDonald's in broad daylight in latest episode of mayhem in Magaluf
Two groups of youngsters have been filmed trading blows in broad daylight in a new orgy of violence on the streets of Magaluf. Shirtless youths believed to be British got into a punch-up with another group believed to be Spanish. Video footage shows how one of the tourists ended up knocked out on the pavement before shocked onlookers stepped in to help.
Spot the leopard! Eagle-eyed photographer captures big cat hiding amid the foliage in Kenya, but can YOU see it?
German photographer Ingo Gerlach was taking a tour of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya when he managed to pick out a leopard against the foliage, but can you spot the big cat? Leopards are common across the country but there are concentrations in the Maasai Mara and Samburu nature reserves where sightings are common, despite the animal blending in with its surroundings. Leopards have a spotted coat which helps to break up their natural outline, making them harder to spot as they stalk their prey.