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Girl pulled into water by sea lion treated for rare bacterial disease

A girl in Canada who was dragged into a harbor by a sea lion is undergoing treatment for a rare bacterial infection, officials at the Vancouver Aquarium said.

The incident went viral on YouTube, showing a sea lion grabbing a girl’s dress as she sat on the edge of the harbor and then pulling her into the ocean. The YouTube video has already received more than 24 million views since it was posted on Saturday. 

The girl was rescued quickly by a man who jumped in to help her.

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Aquarium officials said the girl could be at risk for contracting a rare infection called “seal finger,” ABC News reported.

The infection is caused by a mycoplasma bacteria that lives in the mouths of sea mammals. Bacteria can get into a person’s body by a cut in the skin and can lead to loss of fingers and limbs if it is untreated, ABC News reported

An aquarium spokeswoman told ABC News that the disease “can be painful and debilitating.” 

“She did get a superficial wound, and she's going to get the right treatment,” the spokeswoman told ABC News. 

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LISTEN: Montana Congressional Candidate Greg Gianforte Allegedly Body-Slammed A Reporter To The Ground

LISTEN: Montana Congressional Candidate Greg Gianforte Allegedly Body-Slammed A Reporter To The Ground

Child Sex Abuse Case Surfaces After Girl Looks Up Porn At School, Police Say

Child Sex Abuse Case Surfaces After Girl Looks Up Porn At School, Police Say

What is Red Nose Day? Where you can watch ‘Love Actually 2’

If you find yourself spotting people out and about today sporting big red balls on their noses, don’t adjust your set.

Thursday is "Red Nose Day," an international effort aimed at raising funds to help children living in poverty.

Organizers of the campaign are asking people to raise funds in their communities by doing something funny for money, by downloading the Red Nose Day app or adding noses to photos on social media to raise awareness of the millions of young people living in poverty.

According to the Red Nose Day website, the campaign is "dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh." The idea for raising awareness about the issue came from Jane Tewson and Richard Curtis (writer and director of TV and films including "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually").

This year to honor Red Nose Day, a short film has been released that updates the lives of the characters in “Love Actually.”

You can watch "Love Actually 2” during NBC's Red Nose Day fundraiser, from 10 to 11 p.m. ET.

For more information see the Red Nose Day website.

Doctor: Popular Charcoal Masks Could Cause Permanent Skin Damage

Doctor: Popular Charcoal Masks Could Cause Permanent Skin Damage

Husband To Start Own Search For Wife Presumed Lost At Sea

Husband To Start Own Search For Wife Presumed Lost At Sea

Sticky situation: Truck dumps hundreds of watermelons on I-85 near Atlanta

Hundreds of watermelons are ruined, but a busy freeway ramp near metro Atlanta has reopened.

According to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center, a truck overturned Thursday morning, dumping watermelons on the ramp from I-85 North to I-985 North in Georgia’s Gwinnett County and causing traffic headaches for nearly two hours.

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Details about the crash have not been released.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews cleaned up the mess and reopened the ramp just after 8 a.m., the Traffic Center reported.

Muslims in America, by the numbers

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In fact, if current trends continue, Muslims will surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group in the second half of this century, according to the Pew Research Center.

As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making up the majority of the population in 49 countries.

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And only 0.2 percent of the global Muslim population reportedly lived in North America.

In the U.S., the latest Pew numbers from 2015 show the country is home to an estimated 3.3 million Muslims of all ages — about 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

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But by 2050, Pew researchers estimate Islam will supplant Judaism as the second-most popular religion in the U.S. with Muslims ultimately making up 2.1 percent of the future population.

Why is the group growing so fast?

According to researchers, it’s primarily about simple demographics.

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Muslim women on average have more children than women of the seven other major religious groups analyzed in Pew’s global landscape study.

Between 2010 and 2015, 31 percent of all babies born around the world were born to Muslims.

Muslims also have the youngest average age of all the major religious groups, Pew researches noted. In 2015, the median age of Muslims around the globe was 24 whereas the median age of non-Muslims was 32.

Those factors coupled together have led to the population projections in the second half of this century.

» RELATED: 5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate #MuslimWomensDay 

How many Muslim immigrants have come to the U.S.?

Between 1992 and 2012, approximately 1.7 million Muslims entered the U.S. as legal permanent residents, jumping from about 50,000 in 1992 to 100,000 in 2012, Pew research found.

The data shows most Muslims that immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s came from countries in Asia and the Pacific or Middle East/North Africa.

By 2012, most Muslim immigrants to the U.S. came from Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh and Iraq.

» RELATED: Photos of famous Muslim Americans 

Where do Muslims in America live?

The state-by-state map above shows the percentage of adult populations identifying as Muslims, according to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study.

Of all adult populations in the 50 states and District of Columbia, New Jersey reported the highest percentage of Muslim residents at 3 percent.

Data for the report came from telephone interviews with more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states.

More information about Muslims in America at Pew Research Center.

Man Dies After Eating Gas Station Nachos

Man Dies After Eating Gas Station Nachos

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