A donkey and a wolf became the best of friends under the the most unusual of circumstances.
He was sent to the slaughter, but was saved by the power of friendship.
Their story starts in 2007, when the wolf had been found and captured within the mountains of Albania. Placed into a small cage by villagers in Paltok, it was decided that the wolf would be given a local donkey, whose owner felt it had become too old to work, to eat.
Unbelievably, instead of doing what was expected and acting out the food chain, the wolf and the donkey became friends and playmates. The two eventually became so inseparable they were said to never leave each other’s side, and were even found cuddling together.
The expression, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” comes to mind. Perhaps the wolf was lonely in being kept a prisoner in his cage, and wanted some company?
A petition demanded that the animals be released.
When the story of the donkey and wolf becoming friends came to light, many people were touched by it and demanded that something be done to help the two.
A large rallying call came from a Care2 petition demanding the release of both animals, which alleged that the captured wolf was intended to be placed within a zoo.
“These poor animals live in misery, the scared wolf cowers behind his donkey companion. They live in appalling filthy conditions with little room,” the petition read.
“Please be a voice for these animals and ask for their freedom and for them to be released to a sanctuary where they will be properly cared for and in an appropriate environment.”
A happy ending for the two?
Fortunately, the Albanian government decided to intervene, with the Ministry of Environment in Albania demanding the release of the wolf. Added to that, it was later arranged for the donkey to live out his life in a green pasture.
While you might think this is a rather bittersweet ending, since the donkey and the wolf are not always together anymore, it has been reported that the wolf likes to visit the donkey now and again.
(H/T: One Green Planet)