Carrie Underwood on having another baby boy: ‘It was just great news’


Carrie Underwood couldn’t be more thrilled to be expecting another baby boy.

Speaking to reporters backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, the star, who is already mom to 3-year-old son Isaiah, gushed about her and husband Mike Fisher’s impending bundle of joy.

“We were just so excited. It took us a while to get here, and we were just feeling so blessed,” Underwood said while holding back tears, according to Taste of Country.

“And then to find out Isaiah is going to have a baby brother, it was just great news.”

Back in September, the “Cry Pretty” singer revealed that she had suffered three miscarriages throughout 2017 and early 2018.

Carrie Underwood arrives at the 52nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood arrives at the 52nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.
(AP)

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“I kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music, and I have a baby,” Underwood told CBS Sunday Morning’s Tracy Smith. “We got pregnant early 2017, and it didn’t work out.

“Got pregnant again, early 2018. Didn’t work out,” she continued. “So, at that point, it was just kind of like, ‘Okay, like, what’s the deal? What is all of this?’”

Underwood went on to explain that each miscarriage led her directly to writing more music, noting that the sorrow made her want to get to work both to express the emotions she was having as well as avoid dwelling on such negative things.

“‘Cause I would literally have these horrible things going on in my life, and then have to go smile and, like, do some interviews or, like, do a photo shoot or something, you know? So it was just kind of, like, therapeutic, I guess,” she said at the time.

Earlier Wednesday evening, Underwood, 35, seemed to hint that the couple would be welcoming their second son.

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“Remember last time when I accidentally revealed the gender of your baby?” Underwood’s CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley asked her on the Bridgestone Arena stage in Nashville.

“Tonight we’re going to reveal something even more exciting — who your baby’s father is!” he teased before questioning the soon-to-be mom of two about the sex of her baby.

“Johnny or June? Tim or Faith? George or Tammy?” he asked among other names before Underwood finally exclaimed: “It’s a Willie!”



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Monkey snatches 12-day-old baby from mother’s arms, fatally bites him


A 12-day-old baby in India was snatched from his mother’s arms and killed by a monkey in search of food, the latest attack in what’s becoming an increasing primate problem in certain areas of the country.

The newborn baby was reportedly in his mother’s arms inside their home in the northern city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed the child.

The animal bit the child several times before dropping him on a neighbor’s roof after local residents chased the monkey away with sticks and stones, the BBC reported.

The baby died of his injuries at a local hospital.

Ajay Kaushal, the police officer in charge of the Sikandra police station, told Reuters on Wednesday that a group of monkey’s entered the house, but only one went after the child.

Dhirendra Jumas, the baby’s uncle, told the BBC the family was heartbroken and the baby’s mother is distraught. He added monkey attacks in the area are growing more frequent.

“There are too many monkeys in the area,” he said. “We live in fear. We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven’t done anything.”

There have been a string of incidents in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal.

A toddler who was attacked by monkeys two months ago is still recovering in a hospital, the BBC reported. In May, two tourists were also attacked while they visited the Taj Mahal.

“Monkeys are everywhere in Agra,” local environmental activist Shravan Kumar Singh told Reuters. “They are in all the five railway stations in the city, in hospitals, hotels, and roads. They come in search of food, but they snatch and attack as well.”

He said monkeys are becoming increasingly aggressive as they have been displaced from their natural habitats. Some local organizations have called for monkeys to be sterilized and excluded from wildlife protection legislation, Singh added.



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Monkey snatches 12-day-old baby from mother’s arms, fatally bites him


A 12-day-old baby in India was snatched from his mother’s arms and killed by a monkey in search of food, the latest attack in what’s becoming an increasing primate problem in certain areas of the country.

The newborn baby was reportedly in his mother’s arms inside their home in the northern city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed the child.

The animal bit the child several times before dropping him on a neighbor’s roof after local residents chased the monkey away with sticks and stones, the BBC reported.

The baby died of his injuries at a local hospital.

Ajay Kaushal, the police officer in charge of the Sikandra police station, told Reuters on Wednesday that a group of monkey’s entered the house, but only one went after the child.

Dhirendra Jumas, the baby’s uncle, told the BBC the family was heartbroken and the baby’s mother is distraught. He added monkey attacks in the area are growing more frequent.

“There are too many monkeys in the area,” he said. “We live in fear. We have told the administration so many times to help us but they haven’t done anything.”

There have been a string of incidents in Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal.

A toddler who was attacked by monkeys two months ago is still recovering in a hospital, the BBC reported. In May, two tourists were also attacked while they visited the Taj Mahal.

“Monkeys are everywhere in Agra,” local environmental activist Shravan Kumar Singh told Reuters. “They are in all the five railway stations in the city, in hospitals, hotels, and roads. They come in search of food, but they snatch and attack as well.”

He said monkeys are becoming increasingly aggressive as they have been displaced from their natural habitats. Some local organizations have called for monkeys to be sterilized and excluded from wildlife protection legislation, Singh added.



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Baby delivered after pregnant mother shot dead with crossbow in her home


A pregnant woman reportedly shot with a crossbow in front of her five other children managed to have her premature baby boy safely delivered via an emergency procedure before she died Monday.

Devi Unmathallegadoo, 35, was eight-months pregnant when she was wounded in the abdomen during the attack at her home in London, the Metropolitan Police force said. She later died at a local hospital, where medics delivered her son. She was known to neighbors as Sana Muhammad, having changed her name after she got married, Sky News reported.

Police arrested Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, who they say was known to the victim, though it wasn’t immediately clear how. He appeared in a London court Tuesday and was charged with murder. He is slated to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

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Unmathallegadoo’s husband, Imtiaz Muhammad, told the Evening Standard his wife was shot in front of her children, who ranged in age from 1 to 17. He said he found the killer hiding in their shed with a crossbow.

“I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Muhammad told the Evening Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me.”

Unmathallegadoo’s newborn son was said to be in a “stable condition in a critical care unit,” the BBC reported.

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A GoFundMe has been set up for the mother’s family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Baby Atlantic sturgeon found in Virginia river for first time in nearly a decade


For nearly a decade, researchers with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond would conduct a trawl survey on the James River, never to come across any baby Atlantic sturgeon — a species that was listed as endangered in 2012.

But recently that changed, raising researchers’ hopes that what the university says was “once-plentiful ancient fish” is making a comeback in the area.

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Researchers with the Rice Rivers Center — which “is at the center of the Virginia Sturgeon Restoration Team’s effort to restore the sturgeon to its native range and historical stature within state waters,” according to a news release from Virginia Commonwealth University — found the fish earlier this month while conducting a trawl survey, a method of catching fish with a net attached to a boat.

As of Monday, nearly 148 baby sturgeon have been found in the James River.

“We’re really excited,” one of the researchers, Matt Balazik, said in a statement. “It’s been very encouraging. After going out all those times and catching nothing, it’s been rewarding to start to see these fish at this stage.”

Though researchers have previously identified more than 600 different adult sturgeon, the “imbalance between researchers’ findings of adult fish and younger fish has been a source of concern because it indicates possible issues preventing survival at a rate to sustain the population in the James,” the university explained.

Atlantic sturgeon were "once-plentiful" in the James River.

Atlantic sturgeon were “once-plentiful” in the James River.
(Photo courtesy of VCU Rice Rivers Center)

“It’s exciting, but we knew that this was going on. We knew that there were fish at this age and size class because the fish are spawning. But the fact that we’re catching so many this year when we haven’t caught any in previous years makes me really hopeful that this will be a bumper crop year and we’ll get a bunch of 1-year-olds next year,” Balazik said, adding he will “starting popping the champagne” if “we’re catching a bunch of age-1 fish” next year.

Atlantic sturgeon, which typically live for more than 50 years, have been affected by overfishing and habitat loss since the early 1900s, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Atlantic sturgeon eggs, specifically, were used as a “high quality” caviar in the late 1800s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Female sturgeon in the James River typically reach sexual maturity around 15 years of age compared to males’ roughly 10 years — key ages to ensure the population will continue to grow.

“But once they get to age 1, age 2, most likely they will make it to maturity and start to reproduce themselves and be recruited to the sturgeon population of the James. That’s why we’re hoping to see a bunch of 1-year-olds next year this time,” Balazik continued. “That would be a great sign for the future of the sturgeon in the James.”

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Moving forward, researchers are tracking the fishes’ drifting patterns and are continuing to document any baby Atlantic sturgeon they find.

“It’s nice to see these fish, though they still have a long way to go and a lot to deal with in natural mortality, mostly through predation, but what we’re really hoping is that we see them again next year,” Balazik added, noting he’s not sure whether the “good bumper year” was caused by heavy rains which made for good river flow or there was “a lot of good spawning habitat this year.”



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