It all started a few weeks ago, when 10-year-old Mr. G, a goat, arrived at Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch adoption center.

He had lived for a decade on the property of a woman who could barely care for herself now, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animals. Mr. G shared the space with a donkey, Jellybean, and they had become inseparable.

When the authorities confiscated the place, Animal Place was one of two sanctuaries offering to help the goat and the donkey, yet at the time they could only take in the goat.

Another sanctuary took Jellybean. Officials say the two were separated in order to save their lives.

“We didn’t know the depth of their bond,” said an organization leader.  

Mr. G arrived to the Grass Valley, CA ranch stressed from his eight-hour transport, officials said, so staffers allowed him his solitude.

Mr. G refused to eat. He spent his days lying in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head. The staff tried every treat  — molasses, sweet grain, apples, wetting down food… nothing worked.

They had to physically move Mr. G to ensure he didn’t spend too long lying down.

After health exams revealed nothing physically, it became evident Mr. G was in mourning, assuming his friend Jellybean had disappeared forever.

He was inconsolable. After four days of starving himself, drastic actions were taken to help Mr. G.

It was time for Jellybean to come home.

It would take an additional three days but soon Mr. G and Jellybean were reunited.

When Jellybean entered Mr. G’s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean’s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth – his dearest friend had returned!

Mr. G erupted from his prone position, snorting and inhaling Jellybean’s presence. He rushed after her into their outdoor pasture. The magical moment came when Mr. G began eating from Jellybean’s bowl!

Never doubt the depth of emotions other animals possess. Mr. G’s grief was as deep and mysterious as a human’s. His joy at reuniting with Jellybean was as beautiful and inspiring as a human’s.

Instead of placing the two up for adoption, Animal Place welcomed Mr. G and Jellybean as permanent residents at their 600-acre sanctuary. Their story will live on, inspiring and teaching visitors about nonhuman emotions.

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