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Wolf and Donkey: a Lifesaving Friendship (Photos)

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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

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3:30PM PST on Mar 5, 2014

This is a really sweet and inspiring story. We could take a few lessons from these two!

2:33PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Animals are great. Lovely story.

5:40AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

friends for life,thank you for sharing 14/7

11:11AM PDT on May 14, 2013


2:09PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Lovely :-)

5:23PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

I hope they both now can have happy lives.

5:19PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Animals put humans to shame. Two little animals abused by man, and they found comfort in each other. This was a tiny glimpse of Heaven. The animals understand the love and mercy of God better than man ever will.

9:33PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Animals are here to teach us how to live life. Hopefully, the people in the area remember this for a long time. I agree heather that a cruel person placed these two animals together with the intention of watching the death of the donkey. Sad commentary about people.

1:16AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

We can always learn from animals, even about friendship.
Great sort story! Thanks

1:55PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Amazing and lovely and the photos were dear, tx!

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