Every morning, when Giorgos Kourelis leaves the house for his daily walk and business, the young lamb Elpida is ready to go with him. Giorgos and Elpida stroll through the narrow streets of Adamantas on the island of Milos to the delight of locals and visitors.
Before they leave the house, Elpida the lamb takes a sip from her daily bottle of milk.
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Man and animal are inseparable: they walk together along the picturesque streets to the port, to cafes and even to the supermarket. Tourists, seeing a lamb, are delighted with the friendliness of Elpida and rush to take a photo as a keepsake.
Elpida (Hope) was one of two lambs born in the field a few months ago. When Giorgos found them, one of the newborns was already suckling milk from his mother, and Elpida was lying, unable to move. She was too small and weak.
“She passed out,” Giorgos told ERT on Wednesday. He described how he moved the whole family from the field to his garden and how he tried to save Elpida from certain death.
The newborn lamb was too weak to suckle its mother’s milk on its own, so Giorgos took a syringe and filled it with sheep’s milk. He then tried to feed Elpida. It worked.
The rest is… the beginning of a beautiful friendship and the happy story of the eternal bond between man and lamb. It went viral on the Greek internet.