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Animal gratitude: 550-lb. lion hugs woman who rescued him

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:

~Eowyn

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Monday Animals!

A couple of funnies . . . .

About the dog, in case you forgot: “Hero: Injured military dog cornered ISIS leader in tunnel”.

And this is why we love them . . . .

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Baby octopus thanks man for rescue

Imagine you’re an octopus.

You can’t talk or even emit sound.

So what would you do to show you’re grateful?

Being an octopus, you’re all limbs — eight tentacles in all. Would you show your gratitude by getting near and use a tentacle to touch your benefactor?

That’s what a tiny octopus did.

A man named Pei Yan Heng found an octopus stranded in the sand of Cyrene Reef, Singapore. He saves the octopus’s life by scooping it into a cup, then releasing the little creature into the water. The octopus takes some time to recover, then swims over to the man (who is many, many times bigger), and gently places a tentacle on the man’s foot to show its gratitude.

Here’s Heng’s account of what happened:

Cyrene Reef 2013

Released a stranded octopus that got stuck on the sand when the tide went out in the shallow water. After recovering, the octopus moved towards my left booties and placed one of its tentacles on my booties for some time before moving off.

Note how the octopus changed color (got darker) when it was touching the man’s foot (1:28 mark), and that it rested its tentacle on the man’s foot for a full 23 seconds.

The video on YouTube elicited two comments about similar experiences:

Marc Johnson: “I know of another person who had the same experience. She worked at the Monterey Bay aquarium and was releasing an octopus in the bay that they had held captive for several years. As she released it, it came over to her and put one tentacle on her arm and looked straight at her for a long moment before swimming off.”

Terranaut157: “I witnessed identical behaviour in January this year (2018). A rescued, similar size octopus was put back into the water by hand. It swam off and then came back to embrace with one tentacle the hand that freed it – as if to say thanks – and then swam off again.”

Octopuses are highly intelligent creatures. From Wikipedia:

Octopuses are highly intelligent; the extent of their intelligence and learning capability are not well defined.[89][90][91][92] Maze and problem-solving experiments have shown evidence of a memory system that can store both short- and long-term memory. It is not known precisely what contribution learning makes to adult octopus behaviour. Young octopuses learn nothing from their parents, as adults provide no parental care beyond tending to their eggs until the young octopuses hatch.[63]:75

In laboratory experiments, octopuses can be readily trained to distinguish between different shapes and patterns. They have been reported to practise observational learning,[93] although the validity of these findings is contested.[89][90] Octopuses have also been observed in what has been described as play: repeatedly releasing bottles or toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them.[94] Octopuses often break out of their aquariums and sometimes into others in search of food.[86][95][96] They have even boarded fishing boats and opened holds to eat crabs.[91] The veined octopus collects discarded coconut shells, then uses them to build a shelter, an example of tool use.

H/t PawMyGosh

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For those who say cats are not loving

Two years ago, Turkish pianist Sarper Duman rescued a horribly abused cat from the cruel streets of Istanbul. Duman tweets:

His name is Fevzi. He couldn’t walk because he was kicked on the streets, his rear legs didn’t work. He went under cortisone and laser treatment for a long time. Then he healed and started walking again. Now he’s this cute, lovebug of a cat.

And unlike some humans who repay kindness with indifference or punishment, Fevzi the cat repays Duman’s kindness with gratitude and love.

According to Animal Channel in February 2018, Duman lives with nine cats in Istanbul, a city “famous for having a huge stray cat population” estimated to number 125,000.

All his cats are rescues from the streets whom, like Fevzi, Duman had found injured. One of the cats is a blind ginger named Veysel. Veysel and the other cats love to listen to Duman play the piano. As he put it:

I always play piano at my home almost every night and whenever I sit to play, all my cats come around, they hang out with me and they love to sleep around the piano. They are my life, they are my heart, they are my peace.

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Animals thank humans for rescuing them

The true saying, “No good deed goes unpunished,” only applies to humans, unlike non-human creatures. FOTM readers likely each has an example to relate.

But non-human creatures, whom St. Bonaventure so insightfully and correctly called “creatures without [original] sin,” repay kindness with gratitude, as seen in the video below.

H/t Kelleigh

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Thank you Lord, for cats!

Cats are loving creatures

Anyone who knows cats, knows what I mean.

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No Politics – Just an Elephant Shower

Thank Lord for Elephants! 😀

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About Pets and Heaven

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

Luvs a happy ending!

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