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Freed butterfly flies onto face of little boy

Freed Butterfly Flies Onto Face of Boy Captor

The Thompsons of Saint Paul wanted to teach their kids, Gunnar and Harley, about metamorphosis -- the changing of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Wesley, father to the fledgling botanists, explained that his wife had nurtured the insect, readying it for flight.

Expected to spread its glorious wings and flutter into the wild, the butterfly instead flew right onto Gunnar's nose, prompting hilarity and, for Gunnar, an unexpected up-close view.

While it may have been just a coincidence, we'd like to think that the butterfly was saying goodbye to little Gunnar -- and thanking him for being so gentle -- before flying off.

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cindyde August 07 2014 at 10:27 AM

that was so cute and beautiful! those two kids are such gentle souls - good parenting :)

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Franco cindyde August 07 2014 at 11:35 PM

Agreed on the good parenting. I would have smashed any bug that landed on my nose! :)

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olympictorchrun4 cindyde August 08 2014 at 2:24 AM

Swede's with blond hair and blue eyes are known for their gentle souls.

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jmccand779 August 07 2014 at 12:05 PM

Great to see parents using nature as a teaching moment and it seems both were generously rewarded!
Nicely done :)

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snrar August 07 2014 at 11:11 AM

Love of nature is important and these are some very good parents !

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LewTag August 07 2014 at 10:55 AM


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emmett August 07 2014 at 12:33 PM

The kid shows a maturity and understanding of nature beyond his years. Most his age would smack it off their face but he had the understanding and patience to realize it would soon depart. Kudos !

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Franco emmett August 07 2014 at 11:36 PM

Some kids are smarter than others...I'm not that smart. I would have freaked. :O

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alytater728 August 07 2014 at 11:27 AM

Beautiful Family, Great Lesson,
Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

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mzladysmiling August 07 2014 at 12:09 PM

A scientist in the bud?
That's how all parents should teach the children....

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Zanzibar August 07 2014 at 11:38 AM


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Sandy August 07 2014 at 1:48 PM

Congratulations to the parents for being so compassionate and instilling those values in their child. What a wonderful experience that must have been for him.

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savannahswithgod August 07 2014 at 11:03 AM

That's cute. Now for the experiment with the bats.

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Kate savannahswithgod August 07 2014 at 8:36 PM

Bats are not frightening either; that's merely how we have been taught. I was five years old in Haiti, and the bats came swooping down to eat the insects swarming around some lights.

When my parents told me, smiling: they are not coming for YOU, but for those little bugs, I was delighted and used to hold my hands up hoping that one would land on my hand. Of course they never did, laugh.

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