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On World Animal Day 2018, Check Out These True Stories Of Human-Animal Friendship

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| October 4 , 2018 , 14:13 IST

World Animal Day is observed every year on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and is acclaimed as an international day of action for animal rights and welfare.

On this day we honour the weird, the wonderful, the loyal, and the wild animals and remind ourselves to respect these incredible critters as well as the habitats they live in.

Who says friendships can't exist between animals and humans?

There are so many instances when we witnessed plenty of heart-wrenching moments in the stories we came across, showing us how love really knows no bounds.

Joao Pereira De Souza And His Penguin Dindim

Joao Pereira de Souza found this tiny penguin, starving and coated in oil in May 2011. Joao cleaned and fed the penguin for days until he was strong enough to be released in the sea. Joao then took the penguin in a boat to a nearby island and released the animal. Later that day, Joao heard squeaking in his backyard. Much to his surprise, he saw the penguin had returned and was calling out for him. Dindim took up temporary residence in Pereira's backyard until February 2012.

One day in February, Dindim simply disappeared. It was unknown where Dindim had ventured off to. Months later in June, Joao heard a loud squeak coming from his backyard and Dindim was there, waiting for him. The two were reunited again. This has been going on every year since then. The Penguin returns in late June and stays until mid-February.

The relationship was created by the accident but led with loyalty.

Rudi Bunggal And Kabang The Heroic Dog

Kabang, a mix breed shepherd dog, saved the lives of Rudy Bunggal's daughter Dina and her cousin Princess Diansing in December 2011.

She jumped on a speeding motorcyclist to stop it from colliding with the kids and lost half her face and jaw in the accident. Despite infection, Bunggal refused to have the brave hero euthanised. In February 2012, Karen Kenngott, a nurse from New York, saw Kabang's story on the Internet and decided to help. She organized a grassroots fundraiser called "Care for Kabang". Initial efforts were unsuccessful, but with the help of the Animal Welfare Coalition, the campaign was relaunched in the summer of 2012. They met their goal within four weeks.

The campaign also greatly increased Kabang's fame internationally. "She has become a superstar," said Bunggal in July 2012, adding "People come here to have their photos taken with the dog."

Chito And Pocho The Crocodile

Nearly 20 years ago, a five-metre-long crocodile lay severely injured on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer. Lucky for that crocodile, a kind local named Chito couldn't bear to let him die. Chito rescued Pocho, as he called the croc, and nursed him back to health.

As their bond strengthened over the years, Chito and Pocho grew to trust each other so completely that they spent hours each day swimming and playing together. Remarkably, Pocho the crocodile was gentle and patient with his human companion and would even respond to his name when called. Thousands of tourists, scientists and animal behaviour experts came to see Chito and Pocho having fun.

Aren't these are some real friendship goals?

So this World Animal Day pledge to treat these lovely creatures with a lot of love and care, not just for a day but every day.