Here’s a heart-warming story of a British woman, Marie Robinson, who lost her four-year-old son, Jack, in 2014 to brain cancer. While the boy was alive, his parents often noticed the presence of robins when the boy was outside, and they came to associate robins with the boy. In the aftermath of Jack’s death, they also noticed the brightly colored birds around his grave when they visited the graveyard in Waterlooville, Hampshire, England.
Then in March on the third anniversary of his death, something startling and awesome happened. In March, on the third anniversary of Jack’s death, something startling and awesome happened. A robin was perched on Jack’s gravestone as she arrived at the grave site. She extended her hand and it flew onto her index finger. She managed to take a video of the bird while one her hand and you can hear her talking to it. The astonishing video has had more than nine million views. Take a look here.
(An ornithological note: If the pic doesn’t look like a robin to you, that’s because its a European robin, sometimes called robin red breast in Great Britain. The American version is larger and unrelated, but has the same name apparently because of the red breast.)