Dilara İlter from in Istanbul, Turkey, uploaded a video to Twitter in 2017 but people are still watching it. And why wouldn’t they? The clip shows a spectacular scene Dilara witnessed through her parents’ window: on the street below, a woman was leading a parade of dozens of animals — cats, dogs, and birds; all were eagerly following the mysterious person as if she was a Disney princess.
“The woman was walking very calmly,” Dilara told Bored Panda. “That lady is from my parents’ neighborhood, and my mom told me she’s a foreigner.”
“Every other day, she gathers stray animals around and feeds them, but at the time of recording the video, I didn’t know about this. The moment I saw her walking like that, I thought she was a wizard, with so many crows and cats.”
Here’s the full video
— ☽ Dilere (@cocukkilidi) September 23, 2017
Image credits: cocukkilidi
Dilara said her mom tried to talk to the lady after the video went viral, but she was shy because she couldn’t speak Turkish well, so the conversation couldn’t proceed much.
A year later, Dilara spotted the same woman, and the animals were still following her
Yine karsilastik :) Gidip konusamadim ama bi gun denk gelicez seninle super kadin pic.twitter.com/9tPcvQhqOQ
— ☽ Dilere (@cocukkilidi) June 26, 2018
Apparently, every other day, the woman gathers stray animals around to feed them and these parades still continue
Turns out, the animals know her. “I know that she feeds the animals on this street very often, which is a very common behavior in Turkey,” Dilara explained. “In Istanbul, we love and care for stray animals, especially cats. They’re the symbol of the city.” If you need more proof, check out Bored Panda‘s article about Gli, the cat that is permanently living in the Hagia Sophia.