As the famous Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer’s Night Dream goes, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” The sentiment certainly applies to a pair of interspecific sweethearts, a male donkey named Jack and a female emu named Diane, who forged a powerful, unbreakable bond on an abandoned farm in South Carolina.
The emu and the donkey had been consoling one another, “possibly for years, when the owner suddenly vanished,” Jennifer Gordon, founder of non-profit wildlife organization Waterfowl Rescue told The Charlotte Observer.
“They like to cuddle and even sleep together… Where one goes, the other one follows,” Gordon continued. “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. We determined they were bonded when we tried to separate them. Also, Jack attacked another donkey who got near Diane. He is very protective of her.”
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Here is some videos of Jack and Diane. We are getting a lot if messages right now and ask that people interested in adopting email email@example.com the phone lines are for injured birds and they do not have information on animals for adoption. Media, you may use our pictures and video as long as you give us credit. We are amazed at how far reaching this story is!! Some other questions we are getting asked do the cussler or snuggle. While they huddled together for the trailer ride home donkeys and Emus by nature really dont cuddle ir snuggle. So you wont really see pictures of them doing this. We determined they were bonded based on the behaviour when they were separated. Also Jack attacked another donkey who got NEAR Diane. He is protective of her. We tried letting Diane near our emu Dino and we struck out again. Theybare perfectly.happy together. Jack does not want any other donkeys near him or Diane. They cant be housed with other donkeys or emus. I think all.the hoopla is tiring them out and we have asked for a break for them. This is a new place and they havent had a ton of human contact. They are friendly but not used to this traffic. Donations for their rescue and of other animals are greatly needed. Cwrescue.org/donate/ for info on donating.
The little ditty ’bout Jack and Diane found its way to Jeffrey Dean Morgan through social media, when Gordon advertised the pair’s problematic circumstances. Luckily, The Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy was willing and able to answer the call.
Hey there… read the story… if you are looking for a forever home for jack and diane? Happy to take them, and keep them together at our farm. They would be a welcome addition to our menagerie of happy creatures. Xojd
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) November 11, 2018
“He just seemed like the perfect fit … He loves his animals, and he cares for them greatly,” Brown said. “I strongly felt that by allowing Jeffrey Dean Morgan to adopt them that it would take the publicity fear off the table. He definitely doesn’t need to adopt an animal to get publicity, and so I knew that would not be his motive in giving them a home.”
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#jackanddiane were safely delivered to their new home, and of course we took a moment to get some pics with the man himself! Thank you so much to @jeffreydeanmorgan for giving Jack and Diane their beautiful new home, and for being such a cool laid back person! ♥️ (Ps — peep his Carolina Waterfowl hat!! 😉)
“Made me smile big. Love is an amazing thing,” Morgan tweeted after Jack and Diane were successfully transported to his farm in New York State’s Hudson Valley region, where the actor plans to let them continue their seemingly fated love story. “They spent the day exploring new digs… and I just tucked them in to bed with some berries for Diane, apple for Jack. Family is in love with its newest members.”
One last story about J&D. When they got here today… in a 3 or 4 stall trailer… Diane had crawled underneath the door separating them and rode for god knows how many hours, laying beneath/between Jacks legs. Made me smile big. Love is an amazing thing. Goodnight. ❤️
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) December 5, 2018
Morgan plans to update us on Jack and Diane’s status after they settle into their new home.