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Stork Travels 8000 Miles to Be Reunited with Injured Lover

Stork Travels 8000 Miles to Be Reunited with Injured Lover

By Monique Jessen, Tonic

No distance is too far for Rodan, the lovesick stork.

Making the trip from South Africa to Croatia every spring, the male bird travels 13,000 km to see his beloved female partner, Malena, who is disabled and unable to fly, reports Britain’s Metro.

The loving storks cozy up, mating and raising their new chicks (they have produced 32 offspring so far) and teaching them how to fly. Rodan then departs to spend the winter months in South Africa and returns on exactly the same day, the following spring.

Locals in the small village of Slavonski Brod in Croatia thought crippled Malena would almost certainly die when she was shot by a hunter in 1993, but thanks to the Vokic family, whose roof she lives on and her ever faithful partner, Rodan, she has survived for over 17 years.

Reunited again last week, Rodan was more eager than ever to see his love, arriving two hours earlier than usual. “It was clear they were pleased to see each other,” said one local to the Romanian Times. Stjepan Vokic added, “He knows he needs to return home because Malena is waiting for him.”

The storks have become so famous in the village that it’s not only Malena that waits anxiously for her partner to return, local residents and reporters gather round to welcome the tired bird home, every March.

Lets hope the couple’s little chicks will be just as loyal and faithful as their Papa!

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3:49PM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

Lovely story.

3:50PM PDT on May 28, 2014

True love. Animals can teach humans a lot.

4:37AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014


5:23AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Respect each precious life

2:44PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

As long as Homo sapiens continues to believe the Myth of Its Superiority over other life, there will be no peace or justice for non-humans. A wonderful, poignant account of what non-humans do every day on this Earth.

12:37AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

For those who doubt that animal have feelings and love their mates need to read this. He is more dedicated to his mate than most humans.

9:37PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Oh, this is so adorable! I'm so glad Rodan always makes it back to his true love. I hope their love story goes on and on.

9:26AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Awwwwwww! A true love story!

9:14PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

This made my day beautiful

5:38AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Love the feel good stories, and this a good one. :)

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