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Twitch streamer stunned as huge snapping turtle takes bait while fishing

Published: 15/May/2020 12:15 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:29

by David Purcell


Taking your rod down to the water for a few hours is supposed to be a relaxing exercise for those fishing, but this Twitch streamer wasn’t in that boat. Not even close. 

Streamer Alec Ludford, who has over 85,000 followers on his channel, doesn’t always do fishing streams. In fact, he’s more of a variety man, and can be found broadcasting regularly in the ‘Just Chatting’ section of the website.

During a stream on May 14, he landed himself a catfish at around 10lb in weight, and also kayaked around the Virginia Beach Swamps. While there were some impressive things to see during his time in front of the camera, nothing quite topped the surprise arrival of a snapping turtle.

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Alecludford caught a few fish during his stream.

For those who don’t know already, snapping turtles are typically around eight to 12 inches long – according to All Turtles – but Alec and his viewers were in for the shock of their lives as an absolute unit ended up on his line, after taking his bait.

“Dude, look at that big old turtle man,” he said. The turtle had snapped the line with a quick bite, but before it could escape back into the water, Ludford pulled it out using its tail to show people watching along on Twitch. That, and to see if he could possibly get the hook out from its mouth.

The fisherman added: “Holy crap, I can’t even get that hook out. That hook will just rot out. I’m not putting my hand anywhere near that, dude. Look at that sucker, woo!”

After putting the turtle back in the water, Alec took a moment to sit down and reflect –responding to a few messages from the chat.

One of them quickly suggested that he should have kissed its nose, but the request was politely declined, as he said it could have bitten his nose clean off. That’s probably true as well, as they do have a mean bite on them normally – never mind one as big as this.

“Damn, that thing weighed about 25lb. Oh my god,” he said. “That’s probably one of the biggest snapping turtles I’ve ever caught.”

He continued fishing in that spot and others for the rest of the broadcast, going long into the night to give people watching along a real adventure to follow.

It’s very likely that Alec will go on to continue these fishing streams in the future, but there is a slim chance viewers will see anything like this encounter ever again – as that thing was huge!


DrLupo announces all Twitch tips will be donated to charity

Published: 21/Nov/2020 1:25

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo is no stranger to philanthropy, but now he’s kicked it to a whole new level and decided to donate all future tips on his Twitch channel to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Popular streamers are widely considered to be a force for good. They entertain the masses and create tight-knit communities, and some have even made an effort to give something back.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys, who was named the highest-earning female streamer this year, capped her donations to five dollars and urged fans to support other causes with the excess. 

Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg did something similar. Initially, he turned off donations completely. But then he had an even better idea. He turned them back on and started donating them all to charity.

Now, DrLupo is doing the same. The 33-year-old American Twitch star has been one of the platform’s most philanthropic streamers.

In 2018, he raised more than one million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Then, less than a year later, he doubled that and raised over two million dollars in a 24-hour stream.  Now, he’s at it again. 

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DrLupo is one of the most charitable and philanthropic Twitch streamers in the world.

DrLupo is hosting yet another Build Against Cancer stream. It’s happening between December 19 and December 20, and all donations will go to the same cause.

In addition, people can also buy an official t-shirt, with all proceeds donated to the cause. The sale numbers alone have already raised around $20,000, and it’s only going up.

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Build Against Cancer T-Shirts are selling like hot-cakes.

If that wasn’t enough, DrLupo has also gone above and beyond and made a permanent pledge. “Effective immediately, all tips to the channel will instead go directly to St. Jude via Tiltify,” he said. “This will be the case forever.”

“I’m incredibly lucky to have a community that has chosen to support me, my family, and many wonderful causes for so many years,” he added. “Helping those in need, like the children at St. Jude who fight cancer every day, is very important to me.”

Last but not least, DrLupo also said he’s working with sponsors to organize prizes that will be given to random viewers who made a donation each month. It’s a way to give back to his community as well as thank viewers for supporting the cause.

In the end, nobody expects streamers to be charitable and philanthropic, even the most successful ones. It isn’t a requirement after all. But people are thrilled to see so many of them lift their game, and the support has been tremendous.