Back in July, The Dodo covered the story of Bruno Barba, a 16-year-old boy who couldn't bring himself to send his 4-H pig, Lola, to slaughter. He ended up sending her to Farm Sanctuary's Orland, California, location. At the time, Barba told The Dodo that raising Lola had changed his life, and that many of his fellow 4-H students would likely avoid sending their animals to slaughter if there were other options.
"They do bond with them," he said of the other students. "They do cry when they have to give them up; they don't have any place to take them elsewhere."
If there's one thing that comes naturally to children, it's compassion. And as this photo shows, it can thrive in even the most hopeless of circumstances.