Since ancient times, cats and dogs have been some of humankind’s finest animal pals. Still, intimate and lasting friendships can emerge between other wild animals and us under unusual conditions. Vadim Veligurov, a 12-year-old Russian child who befriended a wild sparrow bird, is this example.
Since he found the abandoned young bird and nursed it back to health, Vadim and the tiny bird named Adi have been inseparable. While visiting his grandmother in Minusinsk, a far-flung Russian village in the Krasnoyarsk region, he discovered the small bird. It opted to stay with him after being nursed back to health, perching on his shoulder and even eating food with him.
Tippi Degre, a real-life “Mowgli,” befriended various wild animals in Africa, and this isn’t the first time we’ve seen children with their animal companions. On the other hand, Vadim’s friend is a little more manageable than Tippi’s. He intends to bring the bird home with him when he goes home at the end of the summer.