CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption.
The Charlotte Observer reports the male donkey and female emu, which the shelter have renamed Jack and Dianne, were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina, when their owner suddenly vanished last week. Jennifer Gordon of nonprofit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue near Charlotte says the owner also left behind other animals.
She says the shelter, which named the animals with the help of Facebook followers, tried separating them. But the donkey cried and the emu became frantic.
She says the donkey doesn’t even like the shelter’s other donkeys. She says the two cuddle and sleep together. Because they can’t be separated easily Gordon said someone needs to adopt both animals and “that may not be easy.