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A Group Of Bolivian Monks Have Welcomed Their Newest, Furriest Follower

Carmelo (AKA Friar Moustache) even has his own robe.

09/03/2017 10:09 AM AEDT | Updated 09/03/2017 1:37 PM AEDT
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Franciscan monks at a monastery in Bolivia have welcomed a stray Schnauzer dog as their newest (and cutest) member.

Carmelo, now formally known as Friar Moustache, has even been given his own habit to wear around the monastery in Cochabamba.

"His life is all about playing and running," friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo.

"Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."

According to The Dodo, Carmelo's adoption was made possible by Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), a local animal rescue group that hopes the dog's story will inspire churches and parishioners in Bolivia to adopt strays.

"We present to you, Friar Moustache who is part of the Fraternity of Brothers in San Francisco Cochabamba, Bolivia," a post on the group's Facebook read.

"If all the churches of our country adopted only one small dog and cared for it like Friar Moustache, we are sure that parishioners would continue your example."

Creature to creature. Friar Moustache preaches to the fishes.

Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm, a professor at the Bolivian Catholic University, Cochabamba, posted the pictures of the dog on his Facebook page as a joke but has been bewildered by the world-wide media attention that Friar Moustache has received.

"The World's gone mad," a post read.

"It was a joke to laugh together in the community."

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