Monday, December 5 , 2022

An Amazing Dog in a Brazil junkyard travels every night to feed her animal friends

Can animals be altruistic? Well, maybe this story will help you answer that.


Lilica is a dog that lives in a junkyard in São Carlos, Brazil. Her extended family consists of another dog, a cat, chickens and a mule, along with Neile Vania Antonio, who found Lilica abandoned as a puppy and took her in. She loves her family a lot but it is what she does every night that is so amazing to bring her fellow animals food.

Lilica provides for her extended family by venturing two miles each night to pick up food specially prepared for her and the other animals in her family, so that they have food to eat. This smart and loyal dog has been sharing her food with her family every night for three years.

Every night Lilica travels to the home of Professor Lucia Helena de Souza, who takes care of 13 stray dogs and 30 cats. To do this she has to walk 2 miles along a busy highway road to meet with Lucia who has developed this special routine with the Lilica. Everyday Lucia prepares her food and puts it in a bag for Lilica. She then meets her every night at 9:30 pm. Lilica eats some of the meal and carries the rest of the food in a bag back to the junkyard to feed the other animals who are also hungry.

Lilica very carefully picks up the bag and then travels back home with the much appreciated dinner for the other animals. Her owner,Neile, confirms that Lilica has been making her nightly meal delivery for three years and that Lilica is a special dog. “People don’t do that. Some people hide and do not want to share what they have with others. She did not, Lilica is an exceptional animal.”

The following video shows Lilica bringing the food to her family. It is in Portuguese but it is very easy to follow along and very amazing to watch! Lilica is definitely a special dog!

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