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Grieving Young Man Quits Everything To Travel The World With His Pet Ferret After 3 Tragic Deaths In His Life
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Grieving Young Man Quits Everything To Travel The World With His Pet Ferret After 3 Tragic Deaths In His Life Interview With Owner

Charlie rescued Bandit from an animal sanctuary in 2015

Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton

Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton

Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton

Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton

Bored Panda was also interested to know what people who feel tied down at work or school should do if they want to travel but are afraid to do it.

“Start small and build up! I still remember the first walk I took with Bandit. I had dreams of seeing some amazing places, and I always knew I would, I never talked myself out of being able to see these places.”

Charlie continued: “Within 2 years. Bandit and I went from our first walk to having visited 14 countries, visiting countless BBC studios, winning awards, and most of all, seeing the best side of everyone we meet.”

“Tonight, just before you sleep, write down the goal of the destination you want to go to and who with, stick it above your bed, and even in those darkest times, you’ll find a reason to achieve that reality. Put so much emotion into it that a life lived without achieving that goal or similar will not be worth living. You’ll be amazed at your innate power to achieve what you set your mind to,” Charlie said.

He added: “If you don’t, just ask yourself, what’s the alternative of not living the life you have in mind for yourself. If that alternative doesn’t make you smile, which it won’t, you’ll know the alternative isn’t worth living for! Go get ‘em, tiger!”

Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton

Image credits: SWNS / Charlie Hammerton

“Travelling was the most amazing experience of my life and it was completely liberating. We followed the sun across the world and camped under the stars in amazing places. It was beautiful and I spent it with my best friend,” Charlie told the media. “I have less money now but I am much wealthier as a person.”

The Brit rescued Bandit the ferret from an animal sanctuary back in 2015 and even had him stay with him while he was working for the RAF in Coningsby.

In March of 2017, Charlie lost his mother who was just 53. After that, his best friend Will Moss passed away at the age of 22. That same year, Charlie’s adopted mother died from a heart attack. Charlie was depressed and had suicidal thoughts at that point.

But his mental health quickly improved when he set out to travel with Bandit. Together, they raised awareness for various charities, including for motor neuron disease which his mother suffered from.

“It was horrible for me but I didn’t want to get into a rut because of it all. I did think about killing myself a couple of times. I didn’t know where to turn. It took a lot of courage for me to do what I did. At the time I was living in a nice flat, had a good job and had three cars,” he revealed. “I had a lot of savings behind me and I was lucky enough to be very secure. But it was all just ‘stuff’ to me and didn’t really mean anything. I decided to get rid of the lot — and set off with Bandit.”

According to Charlie, he visited some “incredibly scenic places” and “camped next to some of the most famous places in the world.”

“It was incredible to do it with Bandit. He has seen me at my best and my worst and has always been with me. Bandit has been with me through thick and thin,” Charlie complimented his pal. “The trip was completely liberating and I really did have an amazing experience. I needed to just go out and do something for me. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut but there’s no need to. I feel so much better for what I did.”

The duo’s story inspired a lot of people

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R L
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2 years ago

Sad to read that Bandit passed away, but what beautiful places they saw together. He was Charlie's motivation to get well, and it appears to have worked. Well done.

Iggy
Community Member
2 years ago

Fair play to him! And Bandit is a little cutie!

Albert Ambrosia
Community Member
2 years ago

RIP Bandit and best wishes to you young man. Sadly ferrets do not have long lives, I have seen them pass away at 1-4 yrs, anything more than 4 yrs you are very blessed. Usually it is diet issues and cancer, liver issues. I am sorry for the loss of your mother, step mom and friend. Toady 1.31.2020 marks the death of my Mom who was 46 and died from Breast Cancer, I was 13 yrs old. Never easy when we lose our mom and/or dad at a young age no at any age. I pray you will be able to get a post, perhaps in an animal shelter working with animals to keep you going. If it were not for my last 10 old dogs I would have taken my life in Sept 2016 when my wife of 37.5 yrs died. Animals are better than most mental health pros and drugs. Pax+

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely. Universal compassion is the best (preventive) medicine.

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R L
Community Member
2 years ago

Sad to read that Bandit passed away, but what beautiful places they saw together. He was Charlie's motivation to get well, and it appears to have worked. Well done.

Iggy
Community Member
2 years ago

Fair play to him! And Bandit is a little cutie!

Albert Ambrosia
Community Member
2 years ago

RIP Bandit and best wishes to you young man. Sadly ferrets do not have long lives, I have seen them pass away at 1-4 yrs, anything more than 4 yrs you are very blessed. Usually it is diet issues and cancer, liver issues. I am sorry for the loss of your mother, step mom and friend. Toady 1.31.2020 marks the death of my Mom who was 46 and died from Breast Cancer, I was 13 yrs old. Never easy when we lose our mom and/or dad at a young age no at any age. I pray you will be able to get a post, perhaps in an animal shelter working with animals to keep you going. If it were not for my last 10 old dogs I would have taken my life in Sept 2016 when my wife of 37.5 yrs died. Animals are better than most mental health pros and drugs. Pax+

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely. Universal compassion is the best (preventive) medicine.

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