Jack, a male donkey, and Diane, a female emu, are an unlikely animal pair who have fallen in love. And although the two lovebirds are undeniably adorable, their tight bond is creating an obstacle for a North Carolina animal rescue as the two are inseparable
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.
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.”
According to Gordon, the pair could have been together for years, and they reacted badly when the staff tried to put them with animals of the same species.
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 can't be housed with other donkeys or emus.”