Story of depressed goat, his donkey friend goes viral

VACAVILLE, CA (KPIX/CNN) – This is a story of two best friends – separated by chance, and reunited with the help of some caring volunteers.

But it is no ordinary friendship – and this “animal magnetism” really shows in a video that’s going viral online.

Just a couple of weeks ago Mr. G the goat was inconsolable.

“Pathetic, pitiful, forlorn, depressed,” Jan Galeazzi, Animal Place said.

Ever since he was rescued from the home of a hoarder in Southern California, and taken to Animal Place sanctuary in Vacaville, he did nothing but mope around and refused to eat.

It wasn’t sick, so it was a mystery until Jan Galeazzi says she learned Mr. G had a long lost friend – a small donkey – a female burro named Jelly Bean.

“Animal control said he was raised with a burro and they were best friends. And when they were separated, the burro really brayed and cried a lot and we said ‘oh my God maybe he’s grieving at the loss of his friendship,” Galeazzi said.

Animal Place acted quickly. A volunteer drove 14 hours round trip to bring Jelly Bean up from SoCal. The Youtube video of the reunion now has more than a million views.

“He was suddenly up, lively. You could see his nostrils flaring. His eyes lighting up when she’s being unloaded,” Galeazzi said.

Once they finally reunited, an amazing transformation.

Not only did Mr. G perk up, but he decided it was time to eat again.

“Animals have all the emotions that humans do. They form the same sort of bonds and relationships that we do. They feel love, they feel friendship, they feel companionship, they feel sadness, they feel grieving, they feel loss, and sometimes in a more powerful way than I’ve seen humans express,” Galeazzi said.

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