Rescued from years of neglect by a hoarder in Southern California, a goat named Mr. G found a new home at an animal sanctuary in the Sacramento area earlier this month.
But Mr. G was depressed, refusing to eat or move for some six days after being relocated to Animal Place in Vacaville, according to a post on the organization’s website.
He had been taken away from a female burro named Jellybean, who had been adopted by a different rescue organization.
“For a decade he lived with a burro on the property of a woman who could barely care for herself, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animal,” the post stated. “The two were separated in order to save their lives. We didn’t know the depth of their bond.”
Parted from his good friend, Mr. G apparently was “in mourning,” barely lifting his head, the post stated. He refused to go outside or eat, but there was nothing physically wrong with him.
“Animal control said he was raised with a burro, and that they were best friends. When they were separated, the burro really brayed and cried a lot. We said … ‘Maybe he’s grieving for the loss of his friendship,’” Animal Place caregiver Jan Galeazzi told San Francisco television station KPIX.
A volunteer at Animal Place drove 14 hours roundtrip to pick up Jellybean and reunite the pair. When the donkey arrived, Mr. G’s transformation was quick.
As Mr. G heard Jellybean being unloaded, he picked up his head, his nostrils quivering, a YouTube video from Animal Place shows.
He ran outside, scampering around Jellybean.
“It seemed that Mr. G could barely believe that Jellybean was there,” the YouTube video captions stated.
As Jellybean was fed, for the first time since his arrival at Animal Place, Mr. G ate too.
“Right away, his personality changed,” the caption stated. “Animals have the ability to form friendships and feel deep emotions, just like us.”
Since it was posted May 20, the video of their reunion has been viewed more than 3.5 million times on YouTube, and their unlikely friendship was winning hearts across the Internet.
Animal Place has chosen to keep the pair together as permanent residents on the organization’s 600-acre property in Grass Valley.
It asked supporters to donate financially to help purchase a new trailer like the 25-year-old one that hauled Jellybean, or to give to other animal rights groups.