A Donkey and Emu have fallen in love at a North Carolina wildlife rescue, and now they have to be adopted as a pair.
Love knows no boundaries, be it race, religion, or in very rare instances, species. A rescued pair of animals, one a 5-and-a-half foot tall donkey and the other a 6-foot emu, are so closely bonded that they can’t bear to ever be apart.
We know very little about this unlikely pair. We don’t know their story, their trials, or even their names. All we know is that they can’t be separated without the donkey crying and the emu running around in circles in obvious distress.
But while they’re both terrible apart, together they’re the most adorable cross-species couple you’ve ever seen.
“They like to cuddle and even sleep together,” Jennifer Gordon of the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue told The Charlotte Observer. “We can’t separate them, so we need someone who is willing to adopt both a donkey and an emu. That may not be easy.”
Both animals were rescued Monday from a property in Kershaw, South Carolina. The owner mysteriously vanished, leaving behind his emu, donkey, several dogs, cats, and chickens. All the animals were taken to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, where despite the name, they actually care for lots of different animals, including several donkeys.
However, when the rescued donkey was put in with the other donkeys, he attacked them. The female emu similarly did not get along well with the other emus at the Rescue, leaving rescue workers no choice but to give them their own private pen.
While the emu/donkey pair are busy snuggling at the Waterfowl Rescue, Gordon and the Rescue’s staff are arranging for them both to receive a checkup from a vet and to have the donkey gelded.
As for how such a pairing could have happened, Gordon suspects it mostly had to do with loneliness. While the property they were rescued from did have other animals, only the emu and donkey were remotely the same size and kept in an outdoor area.
The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is currently asking for donations on their Facebook page in order to pay for the food and medical bills of the emu/donkey pair. They’re also looking for names. So if you want to help out with either a donation or name suggestion, head on over the Waterfowl Rescue page.