Like many cats, Toldo likes to bring his human small gifts to prove his affection.The difference for this cat, however, is that his human has been dead for over four years.
Meet Toldo—a 7-year-old black and white cat living in Montagnana in northern Italy.Toldo has been visiting his human Iozzelli Renzo, who died at 71, every day for the past four years and leaving small presents at the grave.
The gifts usually consist of leaves, sticks, twigs, plastic cups, or paper towels.
On the day of the funeral, Toldo followed the coffin from the home he'd shared with Renzo to the cemetery. The next morning, when Renzo's widow went to the grave, she found some acacia twigs.She dismissed her initial thought that Toldo had left the twigs, until neighbors reported seeing the cat wandering through the cemetery with small "gifts" in his mouth throughout the day.
That night, when Renzo's son visited the cemetery, he found Toldo standing guard over his father's grave.
Renzo's widow, Ada, says that Renzo and Toldo shared a very close bond—Renzo had adopted Toldo from a feral colony when he was only 3 months old.
At first, some people tried to chase Toldo away from Renzo's grave, claiming that an animal in a cemetery was almost a "desecration." But Toldo's unswerving loyalty has won out, and nowadays Toldo is free to come and go as he pleases.
"He is a special cat, one cannot help liking him," says Ada.
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