How A Depressed Goat Became Cheerful After He Was Reunited With His Donkey Best Friend
It sounds like the plot of a Disney cartoon, but instead it's the subject of our weekly FEEL GOOD FRIDAY this week. A depressed goat at an animal sanctuary in California went on hunger strike for six days until he was reunited with its best friend a donkey.
Mr. G, a goat, and Jellybean, a donkey, were both rescued from a hoarder's home earlier this year and were, for the first time in their lives, separated to live in different animal sanctuaries
For 10 years, a goat named Mr. G and a donkey named Jellybean lived together in neglect "on the property of a woman who could barely care for herself, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animals," Animal Place stated. After the creatures were rescued, the Grass Valley, Calif., organization took in Mr. G, but sent Jellybean off to another sanctuary.huffingtonpost.com
And the separation didn't sit well with the goat
Animal Place staffers were worried that Mr. G was ill, but after health exams they realized that the lonely goat was depressed. He was mourning the loss of his best friend.
Animal Place figured out that Mr. G was in mourning, because he had been separated from his best friend of 10 years, a burro named Jellybean who was also rescued from the hoarding property. Jellybean was taken to a different sanctuary, so Mr. G assumed his friend was gone forever.eonline.com
Staff tried every treat, but nothing worked. So a volunteer offered to make the 14-hour round-trip journey to go get Jellybean from the other rescue shelter to reunite Mr. G with his best friend.
But before Mr. G could even see Jellybean come off the truck, he could hear and smell him, and he instantly perked up. Demonstrating a bond so strong it could break the Internet.
He knew his best friend was back. And for the first time in days, Mr. G was up and moving around.
Animal Place will see to it that the two rescue animals remain permanent residents at the 600-acre sanctuary
These two adorable friends will never be separated again, as Animal Place is keeping both of them as permanent residents at their 600-acre Grass Valley sanctuary.eonline.com
"Never doubt the depth of emotions other animals possess," Animal Place wrote. "Mr. G’s grief was as deep and mysterious as a human’s. His joy at reuniting with Jellybean was as beautiful and inspiring as a human’s."huffingtonpost.com