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18 Touching Stories That Made All Aussies Cry Happy Tears In 2016

2016 wasn't the dumpster fire everyone is making it out to be.

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1. When firefighters were able to rescue an adorable five-week-old kitten from behind the grill of a car. Oh, and they named him "Honda."


2. When eight-year-old Thalia Standley swam in her first school swimming carnival, six months after having her right arm amputated following a vicious dog attack.

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3. This little boy who, after saving up the profits of his lemonade stand for THREE YEARS, finally got a pony.

4. This surfer dude who lost his pug, then was given someone else's pug, before finally finding his own pug, leaving him with TWO pugs.


6. This teen, who fed one deer some crackers and then ended up with a whole family of deer as best friends.


7. The rescue of a cow family who were left stranded on a small block of land following earthquakes in New Zealand.

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8. This photo series that showed trans and gender-diverse teens as they want to be seen.

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9. The emotional scenes that erupted when Fiji's rugby sevens team won the country's first Olympic gold medal.

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10. When two six-month-old kittens endured eight hours of surgery to give them eyelids.


11. When the city of Sydney came together and helped Domenic "Iron Boy" Pace's wish come true.

UPDATE: #IronBoyAU has vanquished the evil Ultron on the steps of Sydney Opera House #TenNews 5pm

12. When this woman wrote a touching letter about the importance of helping refugees after surgeon and Iraqi refugee Dr Munjed Al Muderis was able to help her walk again.

Dear PM @TurnbullMalcolm re; my surgeon, the refugee who came by boat #dearPM #auspol #refugees

13. When Midnight Oil announced they'd be returning to tour Australia in 2017.

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14. When a dad asked fellow passengers on his flight to take part in Halloween trick-or-treating so his little daughter wouldn't miss out.

OMG, my heart is exploding right now. Dad of the year just passed out candy to everyone on the flight so his 3 year…

15. When a bride's wedding day was rescued by a Syrian refugee living next door, who happened to be a tailor, and who quickly fixed a rip in her dress.

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16. The story of Daisy Dog the rescue pit bull, whose last days on Earth were heartbreakingly perfect.

It's time for me to go but don't be sad. I'm gonna run fast again and play with every dog that ever was. Thank you for being my friend. ❤️

17. When Australia's oldest man, Alf Date (who spent his time knitting sweaters for penguins), passed away at 110 years old.

18. And this pit bull named Dublin, who broke the hearts of the internet, and then brought everyone together, after people refused to pat him on Halloween.

My dogs been greeting trick or treaters all night and they are scared to pet him and he's so sad

Just to update you guys I FaceTimed my dog and kids pet him cause my aunt told kids they had to to get candy

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Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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