TWO months after his owner died, a dog in Italy keeps turning up each day at the church she used to attend.
Ciccio, a 12-year-old German shepherd, waits in vain in front of the altar of the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci in the southern region of Puglia.
He heads to the church as soon as the bells begin to ring each afternoon, just as he did for years when his owner was alive.
The owner, known in local dialect as "Maria tu lu campu" – "Maria of the fields" – died in November. (© Daily Telegraph, London)