Friday 20 September 2019

A little story about Jack and Diane, a donkey and an emu who ‘fell in love’

The pair were rescued from an abandoned farm and can’t be separated.

(Carolina Waterfowl Rescue)
(Carolina Waterfowl Rescue)

By Alistair Mason, Press Association

An unusual love story has captured the hearts of Americans after a donkey and an emu bonded so strongly that they couldn’t be separated.

The pair were moved to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue wildlife sanctuary earlier this week after being found on a South Carolina farm which had apparently been abandoned.

We are excited to introduce Jack and Diane. A story where two creatures with different looks, backgrounds and even breeds learn to stand together, protect each other and love.

Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Thursday, November 8, 2018

Staff at the sanctuary soon found that the pair were so strongly bonded that they became distressed when separated, so they have decided to keep them together.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue’s Jennifer Gordon told the Charlotte Observer: “They like to cuddle and even sleep together. 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.”

Jack and Diane have had a lot of visitors today. We think they are stressed by all the traffic so we are cutting it off...

Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Thursday, November 8, 2018

According to Gordon the pair could have been together for years, and they reacted badly when staff tried to put them with animals of the same species.

I think our donkey/emu story is going viral. We've had a lot of calls this morning. Here is some info. We wont be...

Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Thursday, November 8, 2018

In a Facebook post, the sanctuary explained: “We tried letting Diane near our emu Dino and we struck out again. They are perfectly happy together. Jack does not want any other donkeys near him or Diane. They cant be housed with other donkeys or emus.”

Here is some videos of Jack and Diane. We are getting a lot if messages right now and ask that people interested in...

Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Thursday, November 8, 2018

Staff are encouraging anyone who might be able to adopt the pair to email adopt@cwrescue.org while anyone wishing to donate can do so here.

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