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Animal Lovers Celebrate World Animal Day

2017-10-05

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  • World Animal Day has been celebrated on October 4 for many years.
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  • The World Animal Day website says it was first celebrated in 1925 in Berlin, Germany on a different date.
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  • It moved to October 4 in 1929.
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  • October 4 is the day Roman Catholics honor Saint Francis of Assisi, who was the patron saint of animals.
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  • What happens on World Animal Day?
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  • Aside from Twitter getting filled up with lots of cute photos of animals, the day is designed to promote the rights of animals.
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  • The group that organizes the day wants to make sure animals are treated well around the world.
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  • In honor of the day, many organizations held special events.
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  • For example, some shelters held adoption events.
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  • Other organizations held workshops to make sure owners learned the best way to take care of their animals.
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  • One Twitter account called TheDodo has almost 500,000 followers.
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  • The account owners made a video showing people treating animals "with love."
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  • The video showed a man taking a beached dolphin back to the water, a police officer helping free a deer from a backyard volleyball net and a driver stopping to move a kitten off a busy roadway.
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  • The television channel Nat Geo WILD posted a video of a baby elephant taking its first steps.
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  • The actor Ricky Gervais presented a photo of himself with his dog, writing: “Happy #WorldAnimalDay. We’re nothing without them.”
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  • Al Jazeera English made a video celebrating the work of a man in Kenya.
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  • He drives a truck over 70 kilometers more than once a week to transport water to thirsty animals.
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  • His truck holds 12,000 liters of water.
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  • He said some of the animals recognize him.
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  • While animal welfare is a serious issue, many people had fun with the day.
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  • One sports organization, the UEFA Champions League, wrote a story highlighting the soccer players with animal-oriented nicknames.
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  • Over the years, some players have been known as “The Eel,” “The Mosquito,” “Snake-man” and “The Trout.”
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