Kupata, a street dog with a big heart, has become a beloved figure in the seaside town of Batumi, Georgia.
The furry guardian angel has taken it upon himself to ensure the safety of local children by acting as an unofficial crossing guard.
Kupata, whose name translates to “sausage” in English, first garnered attention in 2020 when a video captured him barking at oncoming traffic to allow children to cross the street safely.
The heartwarming footage, shared on a dedicated Instagram account, propelled Kupata to internet fame, earning him the moniker “Kupata the Hero Dog.”
But Kupata’s dedication goes far beyond internet stardom. Locals report witnessing him regularly patrolling the streets near schools and parks, barking at cars to stop, and patiently waiting until children have safely crossed.
A local resident told The Dodo how dedicated the dog is with his job. “Kupata gets angry when a car crosses by every time,” the resident said.
“He takes his job very seriously. And sometimes he waits for children for one hour, to make sure that they feel safe in the park and they cross the street safely.”
His story has resonated with people worldwide. And according to local authorities, there haven’t been any reported accidents involving children near the areas where Kupata patrols.
Kupata’s fame has brought him not only internet adoration but also practical support. Thanks to donations from well-wishers, he now receives regular veterinary care and food.
And a local artist even immortalized him in a mural, solidifying his place as a beloved symbol of Batumi.