Many people would agree that the world could stand to have more empathy. There’s so much pain and suffering out there that it can seem difficult to find anyone who cares at all.
With that in mind, one of the many incredible things about dogs is their unwavering displays of compassion. Many dogs are able to sense when humans are hurt and upset, and will give them extra love and attention accordingly.
Apparently, though, dogs can have this kind of empathy for other animals, too. One special Jack Russell terrier named Diamond knew that something was wrong with a bird outside of his home—and what he did next proved how special dogs can be!
“When I didn’t follow, he came back and whined some more,” said Gunnar in an interview. “I knew he didn’t need to do his business, as we had just been for a walk, so finally I gave in and followed him.”
“I gave him some water and some birdseed I had. After an hour or so, I was going to set him free, but wanted to take some pictures first, so I put it in my open palm and took some snaps,” Gunnar explained. “Then he flew a big circle in my living room and landed back… right on top of Diamond’s head!”
“That’s when Diamond came nose to beak to the bird and then he started licking him,” he said. “The poor bird had to flick his wings a few times to keep his balance, but could have flown away any time if he wanted to.”
“More than an hour later I looked outside and saw the bird exactly where I had put him,” said Gunnar. “So I went outside again and picked him up gently and put him back in the basket, with an added bite of sweet potato as well.” Bibi stayed in the house that night, with Diamond guarding him dutifully.
There’s no way of knowing what Bibi was thinking, but Diamond clearly was fond of his new feathered friend.
It’s always amazing to see the compassion that dogs can have for other animals. Hopefully Diamond will get to see Bibi again soon!
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