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A few years ago, while Dilara İlter was at her mom’s home in Turkey for a visit, she noticed that a remarkable scene was unfolding right outside the window. Out on the street was a woman walking while dozens of animals of different kinds surrounded her. There were dogs, cats, and even birds that are all eager to join the woman on her walk like they were in some grand parade.

Naturally, Dilara was stunned. According to her, the moment she saw the woman walking like that, she immediately thought that the stranger was a wizard or something. However, that was not an act of sorcery. It was nothing but an act of pure love.

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When Dilara told her mom about what she saw, she said to her that the woman gathers the stray animals in the area and provides them food. She does that every other day. After Dilara learned the truth behind what she just witnessed, she got even more stunned of the unusual sighting.

Dilara said that it was such a poetic scene. She was so amazed by the beauty of what the woman was doing for the stray animals. That was not the last time Dilara witnessed the stranger’s compassion to the needy animals. A year later, Dilara went on another visit to her mom, and she saw the woman again with her ever grateful followers still in tow.

 

According to Dilara, the parades continue to that day. Although Dilara’s mom tried to talk to the woman when she found her, the animal lover was too shy for a conversation.

Dilara noted, though, that this woman is not alone in doing her good works. She said that the streets often have food for the animals, which is pretty common in Turkey. According to Dilara, everyone in the country loves stray animals.

Credit: Dilara İlter

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