Equine Rescue

Feel Good Sunday: Donkey And Goose Become Best Friends After Losing Their Partners

By Stephen Messenger as published on The Dodo

“His sad solitude was soon ended, however, and by a surprising source…”

The last year has been a rough one for Bub the donkey and his bird friend, named Goose — but the pair has learned that life’s still worth living as long as they have one another.

partnersAt age 43, Bub is one of the oldest residents at Rikki’s Refuge, a sprawling sanctuary for farm animals in Virginia. He arrived there four years ago with another donkey, his mate Beebee, with whom he’d lived on another farm before their owner became too old to care for them.

The two never left each other’s side — but then that sadly changed.

“Beebee passed away last year,” a sanctuary staffer told The Dodo. “Bub was devastated.”

With his lifelong partner gone, it might have seemed that the aging Bub would be soon to follow her in death. His sad solitude was soon ended, however, and by a surprising source.

Around that same time, a wild goose who’d visited the farm with his mate suddenly found himself alone, too.

Rather than fly away in search of greener pastures or perhaps a new female goose to partner with, Goose evidently took solace with Bub as his preferred companion — and the donkey did as well.

Since then, the two widowers have been inseparable, spending their days roaming side by side, facing the future together.

“An unlikely friendship was born and now they are literally never more than a heartbeat away from each other,” the sanctuary wrote online, adding this sweet detail:

“Goose even preens Bub.”

We’re so glad that they found each other.


8 replies »

    • Yeah, it is sad that this doesn’t include horses – really great video – it amazes me that people might believe that many wild animals need the corridors in order to continue, but it doesn’t seem to follow that wild horses need to be able to move migrate from one grazing area to another – which is what they used to do hundreds of years ago. I remember reading that the Pryor Mtn. bands were fenced off from moving from one area to another. Have a feeling that this subject is another blank in the BLM’s “mind”!

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  1. If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. – James Herriot

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