Watch: Incredible footage shows huge 'pollen bomb' exploding off tree after being nudged by backhoe

Hay fever sufferers may not want to click on the video below that shows a massive "pollen bomb" exploding off a New Jersey tree when it's nudged by a digger.

Jennifer Hudson filmed the moment her husband Eric nudged the tree with a backhoe to see what would happen after he noticed a large amount of pollen on top of it.

After being posted to Facebook last Tuesday the incredible footage has racked up over six million views.

In New Zealand the summer was a particularly nasty one for allergy sufferers with Dr Katherine Holt from Massey University's school of agriculture and environment saying climate change is at the root of the problem.

"Warm weather encourages plant growth so as the climate warms and as we increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, this leads to better conditions for plant growth and the more pollen being produced," she told 1 NEWS during the summer.  



Toddler found naked in forest after six-hour ordeal after being abandoned by father

A US toddler that went missing on Friday was found by police naked in an Oregon forest, having spent six hours alone.

The father of one-year-old Bradley Thomas was arrested by police in the incident that saw him leave the toddler alone in the woods while he went to search for the child's mother, according to the Oregonian.

Police say that Brandon M. Blouin, 25 was on drugs when he left the toddler by himself.

Blouin was living with his son and the toddler's 18-year-old mother when she left the area and he went searching for her, leaving little Bradley to fend for himself.

A search was launched by police after Blouin went to a local property seeking help to locate his son.

The defenceless one-year-old was found by a Deschutes County detective lying in dirt over one kilometre from the family car.

The 25-year-old father was arrested on charges of criminal mistreatment, child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor, and assault for an injury.

Both father and son were taken to hospital for treatment.

A Deschutes County detective with Bradley Thomas.
A Deschutes County detective with Bradley Thomas. Source: Deschutes County Police

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Hits co-hosts give update on Toni Street's condition as she battles severe illness - 'A lot of people don't understand how sick Toni's been'

Toni Street's radio family have given an update on her health after she made a Facebook post yesterday revealing she has been battling a severe illness for the past month. 

The illness means that Toni has been absent from her job hosting The Hits morning radio show. This morning her co-hosts and concerned friends Sarah Gandy and Sam Wallace gave an  update on her situation.

"She did have an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, but a lot of people don't understand how sick Toni's been," Sam explained.

Toni Street took to Facebook to reveal she has been suffering with jaundice.
Toni Street took to Facebook to reveal she has been suffering with jaundice. Source: Facebook

"She got a toxic shock to an antibiotic and it effectively shut down her liver, so what does that mean? It means - and I'm no expert - but apparently liver then releases bile into your bloodstream, and poor Toni went a sick colour of yellow."

Sarah added that the picture posted to Facebook of Toni yesterday shows just how sick she is.

"Well, she's gone jaundice. When we said she was sick, people were just like, 'aw yeah, whatever' but she's been really sick."

Sam then outlined the seriousness of the situation that was relayed to him by Toni in a visit on Friday.

"I pretty much had my first visit with her on Friday, because she just hasn't felt like seeing people and she basically said she has an acute version of liver failure.

"If this becomes chronic - and a week or so ago it had the chance of becoming chronic - it's serious enough that she would have to potentially have a liver replacement if it becomes long-term."

Sam also revealed that Toni is on the mend as she sent him a text saying "I'm starting to feel myself again, I'm ecstatic ... as I hop into bed for another nana nap."

Street has been absent from her morning radio show for a month. Source: The Hits


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