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Mr. G is a goat that was rescued from an animal hoarding situation and is now living in a sanctuary. After six days of not eating, rescuers were stumped as to why this otherwise perfectly healthy goat was not eating. It turns out Mr. G was sad about losing his best friend, a donkey named Jellybean, who had been shipped to another place of refuge. So the sanctuary got a hold of Jellybean and caught all the rest on tape.
We see plenty of evidence in both cats and dogs, but rarely do we experience other animals forming such strong emotional bonds. Animal Place documents an interspecies connection that I haven’t seen since Homeward Bound and throws some Daughtry on top of it. I guess if animals are able to form special bonds with humans, it’s not that far of a stretch that they can form bonds with other species. Cross-animal relationships are not uncommon with animals held in captivity, and much stranger match ups have happened than a donkey and goat.
This dog and cheetah over at Busch Gardens in Tampa were raised together since they were three months old. At the time of the cheetah Mtani's birth, there were no suitable companions for her to interact with, so they brought in a laborador named Kasi. Kasi was older than Mtani, and managed to teach the young cheetah all the social cues and interactions dogs have with each other. After two years of companionship, Mtani finally drifted apart from his friend and expressed interest in hanging out with other cheetahs. It was tough at first, as Mtani had to relearn a lot of interaction known since birth, but now Mtani is successfully integrated with cheetahs and Kasi is still working for Busch gardens.
Will Jellybean and Mr. G be together forever? Who knows? They could have a falling out, but there’s certainly no risk in keeping them together. Unlike Kasi and Mtani, there’s no real danger in cohabiting two herbivores. For now, Mr. G is a happy goat with a friend at his side, and that’s all he’s worrying about right now.