8-year-old Austrian boy Matteo Walch has discovered a unique form of friendship with alpine marmots. The ordinarily shy creatures flee at the sight of humans, well all humans, except for Walch.
Four years ago, the family visited Groslocker in the Austrian Alps for the first time. It was there when the boy first met and connected with a colony of marmots. In a surprising scene, the boy and the colony formed a strange but heartwarming connection, causing the family to visit the animals for 2 weeks every year.
“Their friendship has lasted for more than four years now,” explained Matteo’s mother Michaela. “He loves those animals and they are not at all afraid of Matteo because he has a feeling towards them and they understand that.”
Amazing enough, despite the once-a-year visit, the marmots never forgot Walch, and rush to him as soon as he arrives on the camp site.
“It’s amazing to watch the connection between a boy and his animal friends,” added Matteo’s dad.
Source: Caters News Agency, Daily Mail