When tough moments come and we seek a helping hand, that’s when we realize how weak we are divided. But after the storm passes out, we often forget who helped us, we forget being grateful for them.
Gratefulness is not a weakness – it is the complete opposite of that. It shows you paid attention, it shows appreciation, and it shows maturity. Gratefulness is linked to happiness, as it boosts positivity, builds strong relationships, relishes good experiences, and improves health.
Animals, unlike us humans who most often put pride and ego before gratefulness, they never forget to show us appreciation if one did something nice for them. And to prove that, we’ll show you this poor kangaroo, Abi, who was rescued by some volunteers in Australia. A series of Youtube videos show the thirteen-year-old female kangaroo, named ‘Queen Abi’, giving hugs to her rescuers.
Abigail is probably one of the most loving rescued animals in the world, and her story raises awareness of the hunting problem that orphaned numerous joeys in the Australian outback.
Queen Abi starts her day by hugging the caring people who look after her at the Kangaroo Sanctuary, located outside of Alice Springs. This place provides specialized care to kangaroos, rehabilitating orphaned joeys from the hunting and helps them entering the wilderness.
Abi lost her mother when she was only a few months old. Thankfully, the volunteers at the sanctuary were very welcoming for little Abigail.
Chris Brolga, the founder of the non-profit sanctuary, founded Kangaroo Sanctuary after realizing the nearest wildlife rescue center and a hospital was over 1,500km away. His NGO has 188 acres of land, a rescue center, and provides tours to visitors.
Abi has been living in the sanctuary for over a decade now, and he has developed a special relationship with her rescuers.
In a Facebook post, back in 2013, one of the sanctuary caretakers wrote:
“Abi came to me as an orphan of 5 months old and was quite busted up with cuts and scrapes. And [she] is my only kangaroo who comes up and gives a great big rugby tackle cuddle.”
Kangaroos are known to have long memories and have on occasion been noted to form special bonds with human caregivers, who usually have to have almost daily contact with them.
Nowadays, Queen Abi is just as joyful and loving as it was several years ago, and her regular massive sniggles are her way of showing how grateful she is.
But her gratitude wouldn’t come if the volunteer caregivers were not as loving and caring as they are.
Many Australians believe kangaroos are over-populated in the outback, and the sale of kangaroo meat, hides, and leather are generally condoned by residents. The export of kangaroo products makes up a $29 million a year export business, and funds over 4,000 jobs for the Oceania country.
Yet, this sanctuary opposed these attitudes. After the mother is shot, the life of a joey is strongly threatened. And even if well-nurtured, many die early on.
Let’s just hope that the love and affection Queen Abi spreads will raise awareness of the importance of these animals and will be able to make a positive change.