Could I have written a better headline? Probably. Would I, though? Not by a long shot!
Love is strange. You just spend enough time with someone and, eventually, something clicks in your brain with the right person and you’re just like, “Yes, this one. This is the one I want to share my stuff and spend all my time with.” Love is also unpredictable. You never know when it can hit, or who somebody will fall for. In a truly out-of-left-field example, an emu and a donkey at a North Carolina animal shelter have apparently fallen in love.
The Charlotte Observer reports: The odd pair – emus are similar to ostriches – 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 Charlotte 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.
And we don’t talk about that time. It is only spoken of in hushed whispers around the water cooler and is referred to as “The Incident.”
They’re now being kept in the same enclosure, as they await an adoption that she predicts will likely never come.
You may be wondering how this love first blossomed. As it turns out, it happened the same way most romances begin!
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, South Carolina, when the owner suddenly vanished last week, she says.
Gordon fears the rescue operation will have to keep the donkey and emu indefinitely. The site already has three other donkeys, but it turns out the newly arrived donkey doesn’t like them, she said. “He’d rather be with the emu,” she says. “When we put him in with the other donkeys, he attacked them.”
Hey, we all have our types! The donkey clearly has a thing for long legs, and the emu is all about dat ass!