My oldest son loves the outdoors and all the friends he makes out there. His favorite companion is the praying mantis. He will occasionally catch one and spend the whole day with it. He will gather grass and “food” for it and make sure it has plenty of water to drink. He is so loving and devoted, I can’t help but get a somewhat attached to the little guy myself.
At the end of the day, he’ll release his new friend and hope to meet him again some day.