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[00:03.27]World Animal Day has been celebrated on October 4 for many years.
[00:11.90]The World Animal Day website says it was first celebrated in 1925 in Berlin, Germany on a different date.
[00:23.28]It moved to October 4 in 1929.
[00:28.49]October 4 is the day Roman Catholics honor Saint Francis of Assisi, who was the patron saint of animals.
[00:40.06]What happens on World Animal Day?
[00:43.56]Aside from Twitter getting filled up with lots of cute photos of animals, the day is designed to promote the rights of animals.
[00:55.61]The group that organizes the day wants to make sure animals are treated well around the world.
[01:03.69]In honor of the day, many organizations held special events.
[01:11.68]For example, some shelters held adoption events.
[01:17.54]Other organizations held workshops to make sure owners learned the best way to take care of their animals.
[01:27.28]One Twitter account called TheDodo has almost 500,000 followers.
[01:35.00]The account owners made a video showing people treating animals "with love."
[01:41.83]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.
[02:01.02]The television channel Nat Geo WILD posted a video of a baby elephant taking its first steps.
[02:09.73]The actor Ricky Gervais presented a photo of himself with his dog, writing: “Happy #WorldAnimalDay. We’re nothing without them.”
[02:21.93]Al Jazeera English made a video celebrating the work of a man in Kenya.
[02:28.78]He drives a truck over 70 kilometers more than once a week to transport water to thirsty animals.
[02:38.39]His truck holds 12,000 liters of water.
[02:42.89]He said some of the animals recognize him.
[02:47.94]While animal welfare is a serious issue, many people had fun with the day.
[02:54.89]One sports organization, the UEFA Champions League, wrote a story highlighting the soccer players with animal-oriented nicknames.
[03:07.81]Over the years, some players have been known as “The Eel,” “The Mosquito,” “Snake-man” and “The Trout.”
[03:17.67]And that’s What’s Trending Today.