“Every new rescue that comes here is always greeted by our young daughter first,” Koby Wegge, cofounder of Sycamore Tree Ranch, an animal rescue and sanctuary in Texas, told The Dodo. “Sometimes they are too scared to come up to us but they always are curious of her … [and some animals] will come up and greet our daughter before they are comfortable with adults.”
“It’s so special to see the interaction,” Wegge added. “Some of the animals light up when our kids come outside and just want to follow them around.”
"We like to walk our property as many evenings as we can and discovered that the donkeys love to join, too," Wegge previously told The Dodo. "There’s also always our dogs that join us and a few cats, too. And sometimes even the goats like to come along!"
In one memorable picture, Wegge’s daughter Honor sits in her stroller, surrounded by a group of donkeys waiting for a chance to cuddle with their favorite kid.
"When we are on our walk, each donkey waits their turn for a hug,” Wegge said. “It is the sweetest."
Kids who grow up with animals see them as part of their family — and it’s clear the animals love them right back.
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