Wolf and Donkey: a Lifesaving Friendship (Photos)

Talk about a modern-day fable! In 2007, in the village of Patok, Albania, a wolf had been captured from the mountains and was being held in a cage. A villager put a donkey in the cage with the wolf, intending that the donkey should become a live meal… but that didn’t happen.

Instead, the wolf and the donkey became close companions, refusing to harm each other and cohabitating peacefully in the cage. After a flurry of media attention (including a successful petition from Care2), the Albanian government intervened, and the wolf was returned to the wild. The donkey was allowed to live out its life in a comfortable open pasture—and the wolf still passes by sometimes to see him!

This is an older story, but it still touches us. We hope it brightens your day, too!


Photo Credit: Arben Celi, via Write & Ride

Click through to view one more photo of the lifesaving friendship.

Photo Credit: Reuters, via China Daily


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Marija Mohoric
Maria Mohoric4 months ago

tks for sharing

Sherri S.
Sherri S.7 months ago

Great story. I hope they are both still doing well and see each other occasionally. They sure are cute.

Marilyn M.
Marilyn M.7 months ago

Great story! Thank you.

Past Member 7 months ago

What the heck was the villager thinking?!

Fi T.
Fi T.7 months ago

If the human are the most intelligent, they should be lifesaving instead of life-threatening

Julia R.
Julia R.10 months ago

I love this story! So glad that it had a happy ending for both the wolf and the donkey!

astrid sunnarvik
astrid s.about a year ago

Another example where the animals behave better than the people. Glad there was a happy ending.

Monika Schuster
Monika S.about a year ago

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Hope these two furry friends can live a happy life without any harming of humans.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.about a year ago

lovely and inspiring story

Beth O'Brien
Beth O'Brienabout a year ago

Once again the animals are superior to the human!