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Depressed goat reunited with donkey pal after week-long hunger strike

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Depressed goat reunited with donkey pal after week-long hunger strike

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED May 24, 2014

If you think animals can’t form friendships, you’ll want to watch the video above. It tells the story of a goat named Mr. G and a burro named Jellybean who were living together at a home in Northern California. Earlier this year, animal welfare officers seized the two, along with dozens of dogs and one other farm animal from the home of their hoarder owner, where they had been “living in squalor,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The animals were all split up and taken to various animal care facilities. The goat and burro “were separated for the first time in their lives when they were taken to separate animal sanctuaries,” reports the Journal-Constitution.
 
Mr. G went to live at the Animal Place in Grass Valley, Calif., where he immediately became depressed, stopped eating and would only lay around in the corner of his stall.
 
“They offered him treats like sweet grain and apples – favorite foods for a goat. But that didn’t work,” the paper reports. “Mr. G was given a thorough physical exam and appeared to be completely healthy. After four days, officials said something drastic needed to be done.”
 
That’s when they decided to reunite him with Jellybean, even though the Animal Place had never taken in a burro before. A volunteer went to retreive Jellybean, which took three more days during which the goat continued to mope.
 
But as you can see in the touching video above, as soon as the burro arrived, the goat had a complete change of mood, greeting his friend and running around in apparent joy. He even quickly began to eat.
 
The two BFFs are now happily sharing a stall one again.
Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.