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Although this is a true tale, the love it portrays is fabled.
'Tis the story of Mr. G the goat and Jellybean the burro. They had lived together all of their lives under challenging circumstances. Bay Area’s KTVU reports that they “were living in squalor” at the “home of a hoarder.” Animal welfare
authorities seized all the animals from this home and took them “to a variety of animal care facilities.”
Unfortunately, Mr. G was sent to one facility, and Jellybean to another. This decision was made without full knowledge of the deep interspecies bond that these two friends had shared.
It soon became apparent to the folks at Mr. G's new abode (the Animal Place in Grass Valley,
California) that he was seriously depressed. For four days he just lay in the corner of his stall, refusing all food and drink.
Drastic situations call for drastic measures. A three-day project was undertaken in which Jellybean was transported to the Animal Place in order to save his friend’s life.
As soon as Mr. G heard Jellybean “being unloaded from the animal trailer,” he perked right up. He rushed to Jellybean’s side, and began excitedly following him around. Within 20 minutes, he was eating again.
Who says animals don’t have valid feelings?
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