Heartwarming Moments of 2023

Dolphins lead a lost whale and calf back to their migration route
Dolphins lead a lost whale and calf back to their migration route | Image by Storyful

For some, 2023 probably felt like a blast of ice-cold water, the harshness of the world, from wars to daily woes, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some humorous and heartwarming moments captured on video.

This 2023 Comedy Wildlife video contest winner portrays a penguin that many may find relatable.

Some people stand out for their generosity and the things they do for others, giving us assurance that even the disheartening detours are temporary and goodness still exists — even in the animal kingdom. This video captures dolphins leading a lost whale and calf back to their migration route.

As the year progressed, clarity came to some in the form of new beginnings — a beautiful new perspective, relationship, outlook, or success. This video was captured by the father of his legally blind son, who, upon putting on a pair of glasses, sees his mother and father clearly for the first time.

Still, others may have outlived their youth, at least according to the charts and textbooks, but discovered in 2023 that time well lived is measured beyond birthdays, wrinkles, and public opinion. Alfredo Aliaga, a 92-year-old man, became the oldest person to complete the 24-mile journey from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The picture of him provided below was taken during this journey.


No matter our age, there were reminders along the way in 2023 not to take life so seriously that we forget the importance of play. This video captures a Mustang mare joining her owner to make snow angels together.

As we leave 2023 and greet 2024, we give a nod to the lessons learned and move forward, hopefully a little bit wiser, kinder, and thankful for what is yet to come.

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