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Friar dog adopted by monastery becomes online sensation

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Posted at 4:11 AM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 04:11:40-05

A sense of humor may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a monastery, but it turns out some monks have a great one.

Photos posted to Facebook of a dog adopted by a Francisan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, have gone viral. The poster, Kasper Mariusz Kapron OFM, wrote that his theology students started dressing the dog in traditional Franciscan garb as a "nice joke." (OFM stands for the Order of Friars Minor, a Roman Catholic order commonly known as the Franciscans.)

Friar Bigoton (Moustache), aka Carmelo, as the pup is called, is pictured running through the monastery, peering into a pool and being cuddled by several monks.

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the founder of the Franciscan order.