WATCH: He’s a Donkey, She’s an Emu and They’re in Love. Now This Charlotte-Area Rescue Needs to Find Them a Home—Together
It’s Jack and Diane against the world.
Both standing around six feet tall, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue’s most famous residents have only two things in common: their height and their love for each other.
Not surprisingly, the unlikely relationship between Jack (a male donkey) and Diane (a female emu), has caused a lot of trouble for the Charlotte-area rescue.
Rescuers told The Charlotte Observer that they made the mistake of trying to separate them—once. Director Jennifer Gordon told the paper that Jack “started crying” and Diane “got frantic,” reportedly paced around like an expectant father. Now, having proven their commitment to one another, they’re being kept in the same enclosure while they wait for the perfect adopter to come along.
“They like to cuddle and even sleep together,” Gordon told the Observer. “We can’t separate them, so we need someone who is willing to adopt both a donkey and an emu. That may not be easy.”
The lovebirds had been living together—along with a bunch of dogs, cats and chickens—on a few acres in Kershaw, South Carolina. Gordon believes their uncommon attachment is most likely the result of loneliness. They were found “comforting each other,” possibly for a few years, after the recent disappearance of their owner.
Adding to their predicament is the fact that neither Jack nor Diane get along with members of their own species. Efforts to introduce Jack to the rescue’s three other donkeys failed. “He’d rather be with the emu,” Gordon recalled to the Observer. “When we put him in with the other donkeys, he attacked them.”
Luckily it's not the first time it’s been Jack and Diane against the world.