Rescued donkey and emu refuse to part, need home together
A male donkey and a female emu have apparently fallen in love, and their relationship has created a problem for one of Charlotte’s animal shelters.
The odd pair – emus are similar to an ostrich – are so closely bonded that they’re refusing to leave each other’s side, says Jennifer Gordon of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue outside of Charlotte.
“They like to cuddle and even sleep together,” Gordon told the Observer. “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.”
Rescuers made the mistake of trying to separate them – once.
The 5-foot-5 donkey “started crying” and the 6-foot-tall emu “got fran- tic” and paced around like an expectant father, she says.
They’re now being kept in the same enclosure, as they await an adoption that she predicts will likely never come.
How did this affair happen? Loneliness, Gordon guesses.
The emu and the donkey had been “comforting each other,” possibly for years, on a few acres in Kershaw, S.C., when the owner suddenly vanished last week, she says.
The two were left behind, along with a bunch of dogs, cats and chickens, she says.
ing his embezzlement income on his federal tax returns was motivated by greed,” said Matthew D. Line, IRS agent who led the investigation.
Line said the sentence against Bower “is a reminder that there are detrimental consequences to this kind of criminal behavior.”
Federal agents and prosecutors said the company and its customers were “innocent victims.”
Bower is not eligible for parole and will serve the full 41 months, prosecutors said.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue keeps this male donkey and female emu together, because they are so bonded that they refuse to be separated.