The story of Mr. G the goat and Jellybean the donkey reads more like a children’s book than a news article, but in this case, the tale is true.
According to KTVU-TV, animal welfare officials seized dozens of dogs and three farm animals from the home of a California hoarder earlier this year. The animals were sent to a variety of animal care facilities, thus separating our unlikely duo.
Mr. G was placed at the Animal Place in northern California, but almost immediately staff noticed something was terribly wrong. The goat refused to eat and instead just lay in the corner of his stall, despite the best efforts of staff. Not even treats coaxed him from his depressed stupor.
Veterinarians could find nothing physically wrong with healthy Mr. G, but after four days of his hunger strike, it was time to turn to unconventional methods.
They decided to reunite him with Jellybean the burro.
A volunteer at the sanctuary embarked on the 14-hour drive to collect Jellybean, but the reunion was well worth thhe effort. When Jellybean arrived, Mr. G not only left his corner, he ran to the door of his stall and did what Animal Place described as “a double-take.”
“It was only when he smelled Jellybean’s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth — his dearest friend had returned!" the organization wrote.
We’re happy to report that the pals are now sharing a pen at the facility – and Mr. G is eating again.
"Never doubt the depth of emotions other animals possess," Animal Place said in a blog post. "Mr. G’s grief was as deep and mysterious as a human’s. His joy at reuniting with Jellybean was as beautiful and inspiring."