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The Marmots and Me: The Schoolboy, 8, Who Has Struck Up a Remarkable Friendship With a Colony of Alpine Animals

Animals  (tags: marmots, Matteo, special boy, friendship-clan, wildanimals, wildlife, Ausrtia, pictures, goodnews )

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They are notoriously shy around humans, beating their tails and chattering their teeth to try to warn us off before emitting loud whistles to tell other members of their colony to flee. But when these alpine marmots see Matteo Walsh, they scuttle to his..


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Barb Knight (1694)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:24 pm
This little man is so AWESOME! Please enjoy this brilliant boy's story and pics!

Terry V (30)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:01 pm
Beautiful story and pictures!
Thank you Barb!!!!!!

Gysele van Santen (213)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:46 pm
that kid must have a beatiful soul, animals know things.

thnx for sharing, Barb.

Pat B (356)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 5:50 pm
Ahh........what a beautiful story. We can learn so much from this young man, and the animals. What a wonderful relationship that they have with Matteo...and it's all about their love of each other. Wonderful, wonderful story, I'm passing this one on, Barb, thank YOU.!!! xox

Michael C (217)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 6:52 pm
Very beautiful...I had never even heard of Marmots....

Michela M (3964)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 6:55 pm

Laura H (964)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 6:57 pm
My heart is smiling! :)
Noted and will share-thank you very much Barb!!!

Lydia S (155)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:44 pm
That is so darn sweet !
Thanks so much !

Kim O (396)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:58 pm
Thanks Barb!! We have endangered marmots here where I live! They have a name-a-pup contest every year! Happily, they're making a comeback. Great photos of the little marmot whisperer!!

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 10:03 pm
shared on facebook. what incredible photos.

Veronica C (22)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 10:19 pm
He is clearly a special little boy and these animals know it. Their instincts are sensing something beautiful in this soul.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Friday September 14, 2012, 1:46 am

zora b (85)
Friday September 14, 2012, 2:10 am
Lovely and very charming story. It reminds me of a Heidi by Johanna Spiry. Matteo is beyond adorable.

Carrie B (306)
Friday September 14, 2012, 3:04 am
Aww! Thanks Barb.

Carol H (229)
Friday September 14, 2012, 4:50 am
thank you Barb, great story

Mike H (252)
Friday September 14, 2012, 10:29 am
Thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Friday September 14, 2012, 11:22 am
That's just great. Thanks.

Sue M (79)
Friday September 14, 2012, 3:21 pm

Rosie L (73)
Friday September 14, 2012, 3:34 pm
great kid!!

R. G (12)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 10:17 am
Loved this article, what a great boy, photos. Thank you Barb.

Ann L (15)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 2:07 pm
What a heart warming story. Thanks for sharing, Barb.

Debbie C (87)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:18 am
I've never heard of a Marmot before. Cute little fellas!!

This little boy has a special calling!!!

Debbie C (87)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:21 am
I have never heard of a Marmot before. Cute little fellas!!!

Matteo Walch has a special calling!!
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