A grief-stricken goat who would not eat for six days after arriving at a California rescue ranch has received just the right tonic: He was reunited with his longtime friend – a burro.
The moving tale of the reuniting of the 10-year-old goat, named Mr G, with his Burro friend, Jellybean, has been reported by the charity, Animal Place.
Mr G arrived this month at Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch. He had lived his life on the southern California property of a woman who could barely care for herself, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animals, the charity said. Mr G spent his days with Jellybean.
Animal Place was one of two sanctuaries that offered to help the goat and burro when they were confiscated, but it could take only Mr G. The other sanctuary could take only the burro.
Animal Place said the two were separated in order to save their lives, but it did not realize the depth of their bond.
Mr G arrived after an eight-hour trip but was clearly depressed. He refused to eat and spent his days lying in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head. Even treats could not persuade him to eat. He would not go outside.
Health examinations found nothing physically wrong with him, and it became clear clear to staff he was inconsolable over the loss of Jellybean.
The charity knew it had to act.
“It was time for Jellybean to come home,” it reported on its website.
Three days later, a volunteer, Jeff McCracken, made the 14-hour round-trip to bring Jellybean to the sanctuary.
When Jellybean arrived and entered Mr G’s stall, the goat could not believe his eyes. He leapt to his feet, snorting and inhaling Jellybean’s presence.
He rushed after her into their outdoor pasture. And then he started eating from Jellybean’s feed bowl.
“Never doubt the depth of emotions other animals possess,” Animal Place said.
“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.”
Instead of placing the pair up for adoption, Animal Place is welcoming the pair as permanent residents at its 600-acre Grass Valley sanctuary.
“Their story will live on, inspiring and teaching visitors about non-human emotions,” it said.
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