There’s nothing quite like a hug or a cuddle to start off your day. While many of us can forgo the ritual, there is one animal out there that simply can’t! You won’t believe why this one kangaroo can’t go a day without a hug. The reason why will absolutely melt your heart!

20. Abigail

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Abigail, also known as Queen Abi, is an adorable kangaroo that lives in Australia’s Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs. Not only is Abigail adorable but she also has the cutest ritual that she absolutely refuses to ever stop. You’ll never guess how it started…

19. 10 Years Old

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Abigail is currently 10 years old and has been living in the sanctuary since she was a little baby. You see, Abigail was orphaned by her family when she was discovered by her rescuer. Her life would change forever from that moment.

18. Rescuer


Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns first opened the baby kangaroo rescue centre in Alice Springs back in 2005. He rescued Abigail when she was only a baby. Him and Abi have been close ever since.

17. Gratitude

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Abigail has been forever grateful towards Brolga for saving her. In order to show her gratitude, Abi loves to give some pretty amazing hugs. Brolga uploaded footage of the warm embrace for everyone to see.

16. Footage

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Brolga uploaded a small clip of the daily hugging ritual between him and Abi. “Queen Abi and I just loooove hugs,” Brolga captioned the video. The video showed off some pretty sweet moments.

15. The Hug

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In the video, you can see Abigail walk over and slowly approach Brolga. He then leans down to her level and the two of them hold each other in a warm embrace. It is truly one of the sweetest moments ever.

14. Loving Hugs

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I rescued Abi as a tiny orphan baby about 11 years ago. Abi has always loved hugs. She is such a sweet and beautiful kangaroo,” Brolga explained. Abigail’s loving nature has made her pretty popular around the sanctuary. They even have a special nickname for her.

13. The Queen

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Abigail arrived at the sanctuary when she was only 5 months old. Since then she has made quite an impression on the place. She has even earned the nickname “Queen of the Sanctuary.”

12. Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chris established the kangaroo sanctuary from 2009 to 2011 after creating the rescue center. The sanctuary’s website states their mission which is to “educate and encourage people to rescue and care for kangaroos.” They particularly want people to look out for injured kangaroos that appear on the side of the highway.

11. Social Media

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When Brolga first uploaded the video of the hug onto social media he didn’t think much of it. He just thought that the moment was sweet and wanted to share it with his followers. The post’s popularity exceeded his expectations greatly.

10. Praise


Everyone that saw the wonderful video praised Brolga for all of his hard work. They were amazed at how much Brolga was doing for kangaroos and everyone immediately fell in love with Abigail’s affectionate nature. People left behind some pretty sweet comments as well.

9. Mandatory

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One user that watched the video was smitten from the start. They loved how sweet Abigail was and quickly argued that hugging a kangaroo should be a mandatory life experience. “Should be compulsory… Roo hugging could be the answer to world peace,” they wrote.

8. Beautiful Moment

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Beautiful to see. Kindness for kindness. I have rescued many an injured wild bird or animal, some could have hurt me but never did. This roo is loving and enjoys the affection, unconditional love & respect,” one woman commented.

7. Sneaky Moment


Still, some users were more interested in the action happening behind the hug. Users instantly noticed a sneaky kangaroo getting into some naughty business in the background of the video. Just check out what one user had to say.

6. Stealing Food

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If you look closely in the background you’ll see a kangaroo stealing off some food. Many users noticed but one specifically pointed it out.  “Beautiful hugs but is he a decoy as the other roo is helping himself to food behind you,” they wrote.

5. Brolga’s Reply


Eventually, Brolga stumbled across the comment and had a good chuckle to himself. He replied saying, “Ha ha yes I saw that! Well after I watched the video anyway…” The videos popularity has only increased as well.

4. Facebook Likes

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The sanctuary shares the videos of their kangaroos on their Facebook page. The video of the adorable hug has received over 250,000 likes since it’s been uploaded. They continue to upload posts of all of their lovely kangaroos and people get excited about each new post.

3. Loving Animals

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It isn’t unusual behavior for a kangaroo to show such loving behavior toward someone they deem close to them. Kangaroos are often quite affectionate with one another in their families They will often hug and kiss one another.

2. Wonderful Routine

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Abigail’s affectionate nature is always appreciated by the staff at the sanctuary. Brolga loves his daily Abi hugs and looks forward to them. He hopes that the tradition never ends.

1. Caring People

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It’s wonderful to know that there are so many caring people out there that go above and beyond for animals. Thanks to Brolga’s sanctuary, Abigail is living a great and full life. Brolga now gets a loving hug each day and Abigail is certainly grateful for her life.