To hug a chicken


I once had a chicken named Bonnie who loved her hugs. So seeing this little boy snuggle his chicken makes me miss her terribly. Chickens can be wonderful companions. This little boy is growing up knowing that chickens deserve as much love as any creature.

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Finding baby


Babies of all species get lost, and parents of all species get worried. The sea lion mama doesn’t chide her baby when she finds him. She just nuzzles and greets the wandering baby.

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Smart rats


Among many animals whose intelligence we have begun to comprehend the rat stands tall. Well…sort of tall, metaphorically speaking, at any rate. These two rats, Achilles and Patroclus, are pets. Their human pals have taught them tricks, which they perform with aplomb and apparent eagerness.

Rats do a lot of clean-up work in a world of humans who can be pretty trashy. So even if we don’t appreciate them as pets, we can accord them a certain admiration and respect.

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Hummingbird rescue


What attacked this baby hummingbird is not clear, but what is clear is the rescuer’s commitment to preparing the little one for life in the wild. I’ve seen this video before, but when I stumbled across it again I could not resist sharing it.

This young man loves the tiny bird enough to want it to be free of him. The hummingbird thrives – and leaves the human nest. That is the best possible outcome.

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Love comes naturally


Some people exude love. This little girl does. A newborn fawn stumbles into her yard and knows instinctively she can be trusted.

We don’t know what happened next so can only hope the doe found her wandering baby. But the sweetness of the child’s gentle response to a lost baby will likely stay with her as she grows.

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Harry the feathered father


I admit it. I’m a sucker for animal videos like this. Harry is a drake with a strong mothering instinct. When five abandoned kittens arrive in the shelter, Harry tucks them under his wings and loves them to pieces. He’s just one of those creatures in whom a big heart encompasses whoever needs loving.

Lucky ducks.

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Cat overjoyed when soldier returns


This cat gives its soldier pal a homecoming worthy of a dog (ummmm…ok, so I confess to expecting this behaviour of dogs but not of cats). This one is overjoyed, even before her favourite soldier comes through the door. T

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