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Ecuadorian boy goes viral for putting mask on his dog to protect him against COVID03:51

Ecuadorian boy goes viral for putting mask on his dog to protect him against COVID

Ecuador, Ambato
August 7, 2020 at 17:27 GMT -00:00 · Published

Anthony Hernandez, a 10-year-old boy from Ambato, Ecuador, went viral after a video showing him putting a mask on his dog Buddy to protect him from COVID-19 emerged on social media.

Hernandez explained on Thursday that Buddy happily accompanies him on his bike, and that he enjoys having his mask on, as he asks for it when he gets on the bike.

"He's happy, because when I tell him: 'Buddy, come, come, I'll take you on the bike and put your mask on’, he's coming fast," he said.

The two friends, both wearing masks, were seen riding their bikes.

In addition to using the mask to protect his friend Buddy, Hernandez also wanted to send a message to the population of Ecuador about the importance of taking preventive measures against the coronavirus.

"To those who do not wear a mask, put it on because it [the coronavirus] is very dangerous. The epidemic can make everyone sick [and] suddenly there may be no survivors in Ecuador. And that's why I tell you to always wear a mask and always be careful," he said.

Hernandez spoke about the fame he gained after the video went viral on social networks, adding, "people look at us a lot and take pictures of us. I don't know, they even give me 25 cents, or 50."

According to reports, Hernandez's work in raising awareness of the importance of wearing masks has been rewarded with a new bicycle and tablet, as well as food donations for his 11 pets - nine dogs and two cats.

To date, Ecuador has recorded 90,537 cases of COVID-19 and 5,877 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Ecuadorian boy goes viral for putting mask on his dog to protect him against COVID03:51
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Anthony Hernandez, a 10-year-old boy from Ambato, Ecuador, went viral after a video showing him putting a mask on his dog Buddy to protect him from COVID-19 emerged on social media.

Hernandez explained on Thursday that Buddy happily accompanies him on his bike, and that he enjoys having his mask on, as he asks for it when he gets on the bike.

"He's happy, because when I tell him: 'Buddy, come, come, I'll take you on the bike and put your mask on’, he's coming fast," he said.

The two friends, both wearing masks, were seen riding their bikes.

In addition to using the mask to protect his friend Buddy, Hernandez also wanted to send a message to the population of Ecuador about the importance of taking preventive measures against the coronavirus.

"To those who do not wear a mask, put it on because it [the coronavirus] is very dangerous. The epidemic can make everyone sick [and] suddenly there may be no survivors in Ecuador. And that's why I tell you to always wear a mask and always be careful," he said.

Hernandez spoke about the fame he gained after the video went viral on social networks, adding, "people look at us a lot and take pictures of us. I don't know, they even give me 25 cents, or 50."

According to reports, Hernandez's work in raising awareness of the importance of wearing masks has been rewarded with a new bicycle and tablet, as well as food donations for his 11 pets - nine dogs and two cats.

To date, Ecuador has recorded 90,537 cases of COVID-19 and 5,877 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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