Cats and dogs have been some of mankind’s best friends from the animal kingdom since ancient times, but under special circumstances, close and loving friendships can form between us and other wild animals. Such is the case with Vadim Veligurov, a 12-year-old boy in Russia who befriended a wild sparrow. [Read more...]

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Vadim and the sparrow, named Adi, have been inseparable ever since he found the abandoned baby bird and nursed it back to health. He found the bird while spending the summer at his grandmother’s house in Minusinsk, a distant Russian town in the Krasnoyarsk region. After nursing it back to health, it chose to stay with him, perching on his shoulder and even sharing food with him.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen kids befriend wild animals – real-life ‘Mowgli” Tippi Degre befriended a host of wild animals in Africa.However, unlike Tippi’s friends, Vadim’s friend is a bit more manageable. He plans to take the bird home with him once he heads home at summer’s end. Even we here at Bored Panda helped an injured sparrow, although it eventually moved on to join its sparrow friends.