In 2006, news reported a female lion, that was abandoned as a cub, and a Jindo dog had become good friends. The lioness, named "Soonee," (which means tame in Korean) rejected all male lions the zoo tried to introduce her to. Then the Jindo came along. After letting the dog live near Soonee's cage for a month, the zookeepers let him enter her cage under supervision. The two animals became friends and now look after one another.
In 2002, a 3-year-old male Jindo named Baekgu touched the hearts of those who had witnessed the dog protecting his dead masters body. The faithful dog showed his loyalty by refusing to let anyone near his master and did not partake in food or water for 3 days. The body was finally retrieved through a window and Baekgu, the devoted Jindo's story lives on.
In 1993, a five year old female Jindo (also named Baekgu) who was raised on Jindo Island was sold to someone on the mainland who lived 300km away. The dog, unable to forget the warmth and love of her master and family, returned to her original owner 7 months later haggard and in skin and bones. Her master, amazed at her honing ability and loyalty, kept her until she died at the age of 13. The emotional yet mysterious return of Baekgu who has wondered over mountain and seas to return home is renown in the Jindo community.
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