Res­cued don­key and emu refuse to part, need home to­gether

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Local & State - BY MARK PRICE msprice@char­lot­teob­

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.

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