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Having recently lost a dear cat, this video encourages me. I hope it helps someone following Fellowship of the Minds, too.

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Goose returns to visit man who rescued her years ago

Unlike humans, animals and birds never forget a kindness.

Mike Jivanjee of Lake Oswego, Oregon, rescued a Canadian gosling who had been abandoned by her parents because of a lame foot.

Jivanjee named the gosling Kyle, and fostered her.

Though released into the wild, Kyle returns to visit Jivanjee. year and year.

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Man rescues drowning cow after Hurricane Florence

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Guys hike for hours in Taiwan to save dog who lost front paws

A happy story to start your Monday (and give you a break from the demoRATS’ Alinsky ploy to destroy Kavanaugh)!

From the Animal Care Trust Facebook post:

Sandy had lost both front feet to hunters’ leg-hold traps. The sweet little dog will soon have his professionally made prosthetic legs, which our vet is ordering from the US. We can’t wait! But, for now, he’s very happy, much loved by Bob Chau, and, apart from missing two front feet, he’s very healthy.

Huge thanks to Ross Td of Taiwan Adventures hiking specialists for getting us up and down safely, and to Lazy Lease for getting us up and down safely, and to Lazy Lease for calling in the rescue when she spotted Sandy and his appalling injuries while hiking in that very remote location.

And thanks to Sandy for making a very difficult rescue much easier than it would have been if he was bigger or less friendly!”


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Homeless pup brings gifts to woman who feeds him

A kind woman in Thailand, Orawan Kaewla-iat, feeds the strays near her home to help homeless dogs.

Unlike humans, where no good deed goes unpunished, the dogs are grateful to Orawan for her kindness.

One pup named Tua Plu comes to Orawan’s place every day with his mom looking for food.

But Tua Plu doesn’t come empty-handed. He always brings a gift in exchange for the food. The gift is usually a leaf or sometimes a piece of paper, but it’s the thought that counts.

In the video below, you can see Tua Plu approach with a twig in his mouth, then  places the twig down by the bowl of rice before he starts eating.

There is also a longer video of Tua Plu carrying a yellow leaf in his mouth for several minutes. When he is offered a snack, the pup drops the leaf and takes the snack in his mouth, leaving the leaf on the ground, which shows the pup meant the leaf as a gift to the kind woman who feeds him.

See also “Cat leaves flowers for kind woman“.

H/t PawMyGosh


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Puppy thanks woman for rescuing him

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:58:51 +0000


It is said that “No good deed goes unpunished”.

But that saying applies only to humans.

Animals are grateful for our kindness.

Watch this puppy tell his rescuer how grateful he is:

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Bonus video!

When he was deployed in Afghanistan, Craig Grossi found a stray dog, named him Fred, and brought him home.

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Animals show gratitude to their rescuers

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:37 +0000


The saying “No good deed goes unpunished” applies only to humans.

Only human beings have the remarkably perverse aptitude of not just being ungrateful for an act of kindness, some actually turn on you for having helped them.

I still remember a foreign student I had helped — a young woman from Ethiopia for whom I bought a pair of prescription eyeglasses after I discovered the reason she always sat in the front row was because she was near-sighted. That afternoon, I took her to Wal-Mart, paid for her eye examination and glasses.

At the end of the semester, she accused me of racism because I gave her final take-home essay, which was replete with grammatical errors, a “B” grade (which was generous) instead of the “A” she felt she deserved.

Unlike humans, animals are grateful for our kindness, and they remember.

Here are three examples.

(1) A young bull dances for joy after being released from a narrow cage.

When he was transported to a large pen filled with straw, he dances for joy again, then touches his rescuer with his head in gratitude.

(2) Richard Wiese found a swan who was injured from flying into a chain-link fence.

So Wiese brought the swan to a sanctuary for treatment.

Years later, Wiese and the swan saw each other again. The swan had not forgotten, and wrapped her long neck around Wiese’s.

(3) GiGi, a great horned owl severely injured from being hit by a car, was nursed back to health by Doug Pojeky, president of Mississippi’s Wild at Heart Rescue.

When Pojeky returned from a trip to Michigan, GiGi showed how much she’d missed him. The owl bobbed her head, danced on Pojeky’s arm, then slowly walked up to his chest, rested her head on his shoulder and draped her wings around him in a big owl hug.


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Grateful crows bring gifts to girl who feeds them

Crows are believed to be among the most intelligent, if not the smartest of birds. But what happened to an 8-year-old girl in Seattle, Washington shows that, unlike so many humans, crows recognize and are grateful for acts of kindness.

It all began in 2011 when Gabi Mann first drew the attention of neighborhood crows. She was four years old and prone to dropping food. She’d get out of the car, and a chicken nugget would tumble off her lap. A crow would rush in to recover it. Soon, the crows were watching for her, hoping to catch the morsels of food that Gabi would drop.

As Gabi grew older, she began to deliberately, instead of accidentally, feed the crows. On the way to the bus stop, she and her brother would share their packed lunches with the crows. Soon, crows were lining up in the afternoon to greet Gabi’s bus, hoping for another feeding session.

Gabi’s mother Lisa didn’t mind that crows consumed most of the school lunches she packed. “I like that they love the animals and are willing to share,” she says, while admitting she never noticed crows until her daughter took an interest in them. “It was a kind of transformation. I never thought about birds.”

In 2013, Gabi and Lisa started offering food as a daily ritual, rather than dropping scraps from time to time.

Each morning, they fill the backyard birdbath with fresh water and cover bird-feeder platforms with peanuts. Gabi throws handfuls of dog food into the grass. As they work, crows assemble on the telephone lines, calling loudly to them.

That was when the gifts began.

The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray — an earring, a hinge, a polished rock, anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow’s mouth. There wasn’t a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically.

Gabi carefully documents each gift with the date, time and location, and stores them in a bead storage container. Inside the box are rows of small objects in clear plastic bags. Each gift is individually wrapped and categorized.  One label reads: “Black table by feeder. 2:30 p.m. 09 Nov 2014.” Inside is a broken light bulb. Another bag contains small pieces of brown glass worn smooth by the sea, labeled “Beer colored glass.”

The crows’ gifts include beads, rocks, buttons, paper clips and earrings. There’s a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a faded black piece of foam, a blue Lego piece, and the list goes on. Many of them are scuffed and dirty, but to Gabi they are more valuable than gold.

Not all of the gifts are pretty trinkets. Gabi’s mom Lisa once had to dispose of a rotting crab claw that the crows brought.

The most remarkable gift of all was a camera lens cap that Lisa had lost in an alley near the family’s home. She later found it on the edge of the birdbath, cleaned and washed. Suspecting a crow had retrieved the lens cap, Lisa logged on to her computer and pulled up their bird-cam. There was the crow she suspected. “You can see it bringing it into the yard. Walks it to the birdbath and actually spends time rinsing this lens cap. I’m sure that it was intentional. They watch us all the time. I’m sure they knew I dropped it. I’m sure they decided they wanted to return it.”

John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington, specializes in birds, particularly crows and ravens. He advises, “If you want to form a bond with a crow, be consistent in rewarding them.” What food is best? “A few peanuts in the shell,” he says. “It’s a high-energy food… and it makes noise when you throw it on the ground, so they hear it and they quickly habituate to your routine.”

Marzluff, and his colleague Mark Miller, did a study of crows and the people who feed them. They found that crows and people form a very personal relationship. “There’s definitely a two-way communication going on there,” Marzluff says. “They understand each other’s signals.” The birds communicate by how they fly, how close they walk, and where they sit. The human learns their language and the crows learn their feeder’s patterns and posture. They start to know and trust each other. Sometimes a crow leaves a gift.

But crow gifts are not guaranteed. “I can’t say they always will (give presents),” Marzluff admits, having never received any gifts personally, “but I have seen an awful lot of things crows have brought people.” Not all crows deliver shiny objects either. Sometimes they give the kind of presents “they would give to their mate”, says Marzluff. “Courtship feeding, for example. So some people, their presents are dead baby birds that the crow brings in.”

According to the National Audubon Society, crows are one of the few bird species that have been documented to recognize individual human faces.

Sources: KIRO TV and Katy Sewall for the BBC


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Stray dogs attend funeral service of woman who had fed them

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:06:17 +0000


Have you noticed that civility and good manners increasingly are vanishing from American society?

Just the other day, an acquaintance asked me for names of “good but inexpensive” divorce attorneys in the area where she lives. I asked a couple of attorneys I know, and forwarded their emails to her. One of the attorneys went the extra mile by providing legal websites, names, and his professional counsel.

For that I did not even get an acknowledgment from my acquaintance, even less a thank you. Such is life in 21st-century America today . . . .

I should consider myself lucky, for it could have been a case of “No good deed goes unpunished.” Indeed, in my life experiences, that saying often turns out to be true, my kindness being repaid with ingratitude and sometimes outright betrayal.

But animals — those “creatures without sin” — have NEVER EVER repaid my kindness with indifference or ingratitude. Each and everyone of them is/was appreciative, demonstrates their gratitude in every way, and they never forget.

Margarita Suarez was a kind woman in Merida, Mexico, who every morning would feed the stray dogs and cats in her neighborhood. She would also carry a bag of food with her for other stray creatures she encounters in her walks during the day.

This story is about how Margarita’s stray dogs remember and repay her kindness.

Margarita Suarez funeral

Alex Wellman reports for The Mirror, March 29, 2015, that Margarita Suarez died after her health took a poor turn at the beginning of March.

Her family was stunned when animals began arriving at the funeral parlor where Margarita’s body was being kept. Workers at the funeral home denied any knowledge of the animals and said they had never seen them before.

On the day of the funeral, a large number of stray dogs slowly followed the hearse carrying Margarita and even returned to the funeral home, staying until her body was cremated.

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A bird, not native to the area, also flew into the service and tweeted away contently.

Margarita’s family believe the animals wanted to say goodbye to the kind lady who had been so good to them.

H/t FOTM’s silent reader CSM.

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