There’s nothing like true friendship.
Regardless of what form it comes in, building strong bonds with others is invaluable. It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that you have someone that you can count on.
This delicate relationship doesn’t just apply to humans. Often, animals have friends of their own that they too are thrilled to interact with. And let’s admit, when we see animals playing together, our hearts melt.
As many of you have likely heard of the raging wildfires in Australia that have engulfed the homes of both wildlife and humans, it can feel like all hope is lost. Not much good news has come out of Australia lately since the fires were announced.
However, although the fires are now contained, over 11 million hectares of land have been burned in about six months and over a billion animals have been killed. These figures are disheartening, to say the least.
But here is a story that was shared with the hopes of bringing a smile to people’s faces during such a difficult time.
Koalas have somewhat been the face of animal displacement during the wildfires, as they are often viewed as the face of Australia itself. Thus, it’s only right to show their faces to give the people of Australia hope.
Many people have shared stories of thirsty koalas entering the backyards of their neighbors to grab some water, especially when temperatures rise.
Riley and Olivia Stone have a dog named Rusty who has a buddy named Quasi. The thing about Quasi is, he’s a koala. But as you’ll see, Rusty doesn’t mind and neither does Quasi.
The two have been friends for some time. Quasi comes down to visit the backyard of a man named Kevin. One day, a relative of Riley and Olivia Stone, Danielle Stone, decided to capture their brief and sweet interaction on camera.
A neighbor, Robert Frost, decided to share the video on his Facebook page. Since, it’s become a viral hit. It currently has over 7 million views and has been shared over 220,000 times.
In Frost’s post, he writes, “(Yes the country is on fire, climate change is real and many politicians are in denial but nice to post something smiley). We can pray for more enlightened leadership in the future!”
Though the video might seem “small” in nature (it’s a mere 16 seconds), the reaction it’s garnered shows how big it really is.
In the video, Quasi drinks from a big pot of water. Shortly after, Rusty appears and takes a few licks as well. But he stops and turns to Quasi who stops as well and looks back at Rusty.
The touching moment happens when they touch noses. Rusty actually licks the koala before their noses touch. It’s a brief moment but so powerful. Who knows what special powers animals have. Perhaps Rusty could sense that Quasi had been going through a lot and was trying to comfort him.
Whatever the reason, we’re glad it happened because it just goes to show that friendship knows no boundaries.
Viewers of the video have also shared their gratitude to Frost for sharing the video.
“Great video mate. Put a smile on my face and I’m sure many others. Hope you are well.”
“I love nature ….thanks for the post, Andrew.”
You can watch this adorable video below!
Neighbours Kevin and family have a resident Koala that comes down for a drink when it is really hot. Riley Stone and Olivia Stone have a dog, Rusty, who knows the Koala well and they are mates (buddies for you in the US) – here they are hanging out filmed by Danielle Stone . (Yes the country is on fire, climate change is real and many politicians are in denial but nice to post something smiley). We can pray for more enlightened leadership in the future! PS Been a tad of interest in this post so updated it to correctly attribute.News summary and helping – https://apple.news/AuNhePAz4Rxey6oOnyBiXVwJames Murdoch on climate change denial (SMH) – https://tinyurl.com/wp9tua7Hottest decade ever (NY Times) – https://tinyurl.com/sogq8goLocal SA animal rescue – https://www.facebook.com/nativeanimalnetworkofsa/
Posted by Andrew Frost on Tuesday, January 7, 2020
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