Affection or fondness, is the closest feeling to love and we all crave for it. We all seek at some point for affection because is it makes us feel secure and wanted around.
Wild animals are able to think and feel just like human beings. As someone said on Quora, the reasons behind of such behavior is that they are accepting you as one of their kin and treat you with the same affection. Also they’ve learned you are able to provide for their needs (i.e. food or socialization) and learn what to give in return.
Meet Queen Abi, a thirteen-year-old female rescued kangaroo. She has become famous for asking affection. Abigail , as they also call her, starts her day by hugging the people who look after. She was rescued after she lost her mom when she was only a few months old, and volunteers at the Kangaroo Sanctuary, outside of Alice Springs, Australia, welcomed her with open arms.
The mission of Kangaroo Sanctuary is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild. Due to road accidents and hunting, many kangaroo become orphans, in 2005, Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns founded with the first incarnation of the Kangaroo Sanctuary, the Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre.
Barns and the Kangaroo Sanctuary become known when Roger, one of the earlier adopted kangaroos, went viral for his muscular physique.
One of the other joeys brought to the sanctuary was little Abi, just few months old.In a facebook post back in 2013, one of the sanctuary caretakers wrote: “Abi came to me as an orphan of 5 months old and was quite busted up with cuts and scrapes. And is my only kangaroo who comes up and gives a great big rugby tackle cuddle.”
Since then, she’ s following volunteers and she hugs them, a lot. She’s been living for more a decade now at the sanctuary and she developed a strong connection with the caretakers. Always looking for a loving cuddle, Abi loves the attention. While other kangaroo follow caretakers around for food, Queen Abi only asks for hugs, just like she’s saying “Cuddle me”.