What one man had captured on film on the suburban streets of Chicago was, by all accounts, utterly bizarre. The subject of the picture was a young boy – not, by himself, a particularly unusual child. Rather, it was who he had been photographed with that marked him out: right next to the kid was a wild animal. And when the story of the bond between the boy and the beast reached the internet, it totally blew up.
The boy pictured in the post turned out to be a ten-year-old from the residential suburbs of Chicago. And on one day in 2015, he was doing something so kindhearted for his companion that someone watching on couldn’t help but record it for posterity.
That someone was Reddit user “bluecollarclassicist,” who had been strolling through his local area with his wife early one morning. Having spotted some unusual behavior for a few days in a row, the couple were hoping to come across it again. And as it happens, they were not to be disappointed.