The saying “no good deed goes unpunished” applies only to humans, but not to animals who never forget a kindness and repay it with gratitude.
Gary Sledge reports for Reader’s Digest that in 1999, Ana Julia Torres rescued a severely malnourished cub, Jupiter, from a traveling circus in Colombia.
She brought the cub to Villa Lorena, a wildlife animal rescue and sanctuary she established in 1984 in Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city.
She said that when Jupiter first came to the shelter, “I would enter his cage and hold him like a baby while I gave him his medicine. That is how our relationship started.”
12 years later, now weighing 550 pounds with a luxuriant mane and paws the size of dinner plates, Jupiter greets Torres by rising on his hind legs to 6½ feet and wrapping his huge forelegs around her in a gentle embrace while Torres plants a big kiss on his muzzle.
Torres says: “Jupiter’s hug is the most loving and sincere I’ve ever received in my life. I can see the shine in his eyes. I think of it as his way of telling me thank you.”
See also these other cases of animal gratitude:
- Baby octopus thanks man for rescue
- Animals thank humans for rescuing them
- Cat leaves flowers for kind woman
- Goose returns to visit man who rescued her years ago
- Grateful crows bring gifts to girl who feeds them
- The cat who brings gifts to his person’s tomb
- Rescued Magpie Becomes Lifelong Friend with the Family Who Saved Her Life
- Homeless pup brings gifts to woman who feeds him
- Puppy thanks woman for rescuing him
- Pound dog holds new owner’s hand
- Rescued dove follows man on 1½-month trip across Spain
- Woman saves wingless bee, who became her pet
- Animals show gratitude to their rescuers
- Stray dog waits for kind stewardess every day outside her hotel