A bonded emu and a donkey are “in love.” It is the enchanting story of Jack and Diane, the donkey and the emu who had been so closely bonded when rescued from an abandoned farm in South Carolina, no one could or would separate them.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the star of the Walking Dead, adopted the pair after the story of the two went viral over social media. Morgan and his wife, Hilarie Burton, have a farm in the Hudson Valley in New York. In a tweet, Morgan wrote:
“Hey there … read the story… if you are looking for a forever home for jack and diane? Happy to take them, and keep them together at our farm. They would be a welcome addition to our menagerie of happy creatures. Xojd”
Jennifer Gordon, the founder of Carolina Waterford Rescue saved the pair in November, and likely the two animals became such close companions out of sheer loneliness while left to fend for themselves after the owner of the farm disappeared. The two relied on each other for comfort.
When the two arrived at the rescue, no one knew about their close relationship; that is until they tried to separate the pair. The donkey was introduced to the three other donkeys on the farm while the emu was paired up with another emu at the farm. When Jack and Diane were separated however, the two cried and paced. Once they were reunited, the pair instantly calmed down. Jack is especially protective of Diane also.
And on Tuesday, Carolina Waterford Rescue delivered the two to Morgan’s farm. A follow-up tweet announced the heartwarming news:
“One last story about J&D. When they got here today … in a 3 or 4 stall trailer …Diane had crawled underneath the door separating them and rode for god knows how many hours, laying beneath/between Jacks legs. Made me smile big. Love is an amazing thing. Goodnight.”
Check out the video. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and your heart:
Jack and Diane in their new home.
Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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