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Labrador Retriever is best friends with a dolphin (VIDEO)

Zoesnow_thumb By MissT | June 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

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A young dolphin nicknamed Duggie by Tory Island residents was first sighted in the harbor of the picturesque and remote Irish island in April 2006. He became a regular fixture for several years, following the ferry boats in and out of the small bay.

Apart from his interest in boats, Duggie befriended a golden Labrador Retriever named Ben. The lab belongs to the local hotelier Pat Doohan. The dog took a shine to Duggie too, going down to the pier and looking for his flippered friend. As soon as he would spot Duggie he jumped into the water for a friendly swim. 

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The pair swam together for up to three hours at a time, several times a day. Ben's guardian said, "They'll be out there swimming around and the dolphin will come up behind Ben and get a fix on the direction he is going. Then she’ll pop up on the other side. It is just wonderful to watch. They seem to be having great sport," he said.

They would also greet the tourists and locals arriving on the Tormór ferry from Magheroarty.

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I unfortunately have to inform you that Ben has passed on. Ben was found washed out on the beach a few months ago, and we suspect he was out looking for Duggie when over-exhaustion took its toll. Ben would not give up on his good friend Duggie. We will miss you boy!
What a love story!!! Wonder what happened? Guess the dolphin got "married" and moved away. Poor Ben, he really loved that dophin. Can't help feeling sad for the sweet doggie.
just when you think you've seen everything...
i love stories like this! really shows up that humans are still cave-lurkers hugging up next to the fire and freaking out over all the eyes in the dark.
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