The love and intelligence of animals is truly incredible.
Stories of interspecies friendships are often posted online – a cat befriends a dog; or even a chimpanzee and tiger who’ve become friends.
These animals usually go out of their way to comfort one another, even when they typically have very little in common. This is one of those stories and it will have you smiling and crying.
According to Snopes, a polar vortex hit North America in January 2019 and a passerby spotted a goose or duck cradling a cold puppy.
“The man finds a goose that was shaking with cold stuck to a pole in Montana,” a translated archived Facebook post by Suzanne PadaPetra from January 30, 2019 shows according to Snopes. “The goose was sheltering with her wings a puppy that was about to die frozen. We have so much to learn as a species.”
And that is absolutely true – there are definitely plenty of humans that love and respect one another and will go out of their way to help those in need that are different than them, but we have a long way to go.
This goose’s motherly instincts immediately kicked in when she saw the puppy. She covered the puppy with her feathers to shelter it from the bitter cold to ensure the baby didn’t suffer and stayed alive.
What a truly beautiful thing to witness. While the origins and information surrounding the actual story about these photos isn’t completely clear, they are completely heartwarming nonetheless.
According to Snopes, the photos have been circulating on Chinese social media since 2017 and are believed to have been taken somewhere within that country.
But even Snopes admits – this doesn’t mean that dogs and birds can’t be great friends.
“Although the back story behind these particular photographs may be unclear, it isn’t unprecedented for birds and dogs to strike up friendships. A pelican in Turkey named Osman became a bit of a local celebrity after befriending a dog,” the website states.