A huge condor has struck up a really unlikely friendship with the man who saved its life.
A long time ago, Edgardo found an injured condor chick on his property Loncopué, Argentina. The bird was hurt at one of its legs, so the kind-hearted man took care of it and nurse it until the massive bird was able to fly, again. He even named it, ‘Condorito.’
“One day in March he appeared here alone and with a broken leg. We were healing him from an injury that did not seem to be serious and from that day he approaches me every time I call him,” Edgardo told to Los Andes.
However, the most touching moment was when the massive bird has returned to thank man who saved its life. But what’s even more incredible, it’s that the condor is regularly returning to Edgardo’s place and affectionate hugs him.
“When I contacted Fauna people [wildlife organization] they told me it was a male pigeon who believe that he was born in October of last year and who apparently had lost contact with his parents,” the man told La Mañana de Neuquén. “Usually we leave him food to learn to look for it on his own. In recent months we have suffered the death of some animals for different reasons and we decided to leave them so that he can feed.”
The officials as a zoo in Buenos Aires even contacted Edgardo to help them to take ‘Condorito’ there. But the man who saved him strongly disagrees the idea.
“The condor was born and raised here, and this is its natural habitat,” he said. “At this moment he can fly on his own and in a few days he will be accustomed to living in the condorera [the condor’s natural habitat] that we have a few kilometers of.”
“They say they come to find it to take it to a suitable place, but here the condor is outdoors, in its natural habitat and recognized as his own, so we do not agree with that intervention,” he told the newspaper Neuquen.
Watch the two hugging in the adorable video, bellow: