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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.

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

this is beautiful on many levels

This is cool: at the San Diego Zoo, they always pair these two animals because the Retriever helps to calm the Cheetah's anxiety.

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If animals can grow and learn with another, despite differences in appearance, then why can't humans do it?