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Rescued condor gives sweet ‘thank you’ to man who saved his life
The condor even gave his beloved rescuer some hugs and kisses!
Cherie Gozon
05.03.22

Sometimes, we think a wild animal and a human can’t have a close connection.

The implication of wild animals in our consciousness somehow tells us that they should be feared, that we must stay away from them so they can’t harm us. Our assumption couldn’t be more wrong.

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At times, wild animals and humans could be best friends.

They have this strong connection and bond like what we have with our domesticated pets. After all, we live in one ecosystem, and we should be looking out and taking care of each other no matter how “wild” the animal is.

This man from Argentina didn’t realize how strong his bond was with this condor.

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Condors are a type of vulture, and the only difference is that they are the largest kind of vulture. There are two different species of condors found in North and South America: the California Condor (North America) and the Andean Condor (South America).

Vultures are feared in the wild, mainly because they prey on animal carcasses. While they do not typically attack humans, they can still harm them if they are in their territory.

That is why people found this unusual friendship between Edgardo and Condorito.

He found the condor chick on his property in Loncopué, Argentina. The chick was in bad shape with an injured leg and could not fly back then. He took the condor at home and nursed him until he could fly again.

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Edgardo tried to ask for help from Argentina’s authorities.

The Department of Fauna gave him some information about the condor. They said he was around a few months old and probably got lost and separated from his parents.

A zoo in Buenos Aires also offered to help, but Edgardo declined. He believed that the condor belonged to the wild and not in a zoo.

Since the young condor was slowly recovering and growing, Edgardo fought for Condorito’s freedom and let him settle in the nearby woods, where he could soon hunt for food.

The condor recovered fully, and Edgardo set it free in its natural habitat.

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He went back after quite some time as if thanking the man who rescued him. This happened more than a couple of times. It seemed like the condor felt that place was still his home somehow.

The video below showed how affectionate the condor was to Edgardo.

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Condorito walked towards Edgardo as he spread his wings, begging for a hug. His rescuer can’t help but smile at this gesture, plus the fact that it still remembered him despite living out in its natural habitat for quite a while already.

Edgardo talked to the bird and asked how he was.

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YouTube Screenshot - noticiasdel6

And even if they do not speak the same language, Condorito responded through hugs and kisses. He went closer to Edgardo and spread his wings further as he tried to give a gentle peck on his neck.

Their interaction was both surprising and heartwarming. Check it out in the video below.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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