OK, prepare for a big AWWWWW!!!!
A burro and a goat were rescued from an unhealthy situation and given new homes. Happy ending, right? Not so fast.
Mr.G and Jellybean were separated for the first time in their lives when they were taken to separate animal sanctuaries in Northern California.
Officials at the Animal Place in Grass Valley took in Mr. G., but noticed immediately that something was wrong.
Animal Place officials said it didn’t matter what the staff did, the goat refused to eat and just lay in the corner of his stall.
After four days they guessed he was depressed and missed his friend Jellybean. After arrangement were made, it took three days to get the burro transported and the change was immediate. Take a look at the video (you may want to leave the sappy music muted)
A few things popped into my mind when seeing this. First, goats are COMMONLY used as companion animals at farms. They are herd animals and DO NOT like to be alone. They are highly intelligent, often affectionate towards others they like, and have interesting personalities. Mr. G was left alone after a big trauma of being separated from his home and his companion(s). There is no mention of introducing another animal since it does not appear they had a suitable companion available. So, a new friend might have worked also but it is nicer for the two to be reunited and live their lives out together comfortably. The Animal Place that is housing the pair will keep them and use them as a way to communicate the message of animal bonding, promoting veganism, and to raise money for their rescue efforts. You can read their blog here.
As for animals having bonds, sure they do. This is no surprise. They will accept other species as part of their herd just as we do. But it’s important not to equate human feelings of love and friendship with that of animal relationships because their brains are not wired the same as ours. In this case, the outcome was best regardless of the details. In my opinion, the sentimental stuff was overplayed and human emotions were mapped onto the animals when it may be a bit more simpler. However, the bottom line is it was clear that this made Mr G very happy so all is well. Consider supporting animal rescue projects. Animals DO have feelings too.