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  • Gothard Etelka

    The real life Mowgli: Schoolboy Matteo Walch, eight, forms special relationship with colony of alpine marmots | Mail Online

  • Stella Stenroos

    Furry friends: 8-year-old has uncanny way with marmots * Meet Austria’s young marmot whisperer. Eight-year-old Matteo Walch’s friendship with a clan of Alpine animals has spanned more than half his lifetime. <3

  • Carly Casey

    Marmot Whisperer: Amazing little boy who has built a bond with these creatures

  • Milty Lee

    This kid is like the marmot whisperer. Marmots notoriously are not down with human bros, but when Matteo Walch and his family started vacationing in the Austrian alps, this particular colony of marmots fell in love with him, and look forward to his visit every year.

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Since he was 4 years old, Matteo Walch has been traveling with his family to Groslocker in the Austrian Alps for two weeks every year. It was at that young age that Matteo began forming his unusual bond with the mountain marmots.

When Matteo arrives, there are no chatterings or whistles of warning. Instead, the marmots eagerly approach him. The animals show affection for the boy, letting him feed them and play with them without hesitation.

Similar to the cover of the book Modoc, The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived. Spanning seven decades and three continents, "Modoc" is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again...

I wish our dogs and horses were this friendly. Love the shot.

this is beautiful on many levels

they aren't dogs but too cute! These guys are best friends…

this is why all kids should have a dog! learn unconditional love, responsibility, and unfortunately the enviable heart ache of loss! life lessons aren't always easy but the reward of having unconditional love is a far better gain I think!

♥ look at that old doxies face and the cat's too ~ so content with each other. So cute please check out my website thanks.

I almost feel as though I should put this on my mind=blown board bc it's a crazy relationship that I can't wrap my mind around lol

barnyard friends but not usually~ most donkeys view dogs as coyotes/predator! So this is exceptionally sweet and amazing!