Monday, April 16, 2018

Faithful stork couple keep long-distance love alive

Source Website: http://www.asiaone.com/world/faithful-stork-couple-keep-long-distance-love-alive
By AFP, Asiaone, 13 April 2018



Two birds in Croatia are teaching everyone what love means.
PHOTO: Two birds in Croatia are teaching everyone what love means. Valentine’s Day was just two days ago, and the story of these two sets an example every year for what love can be.
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BRODSKA VAROS, Croatia - A faithful male flying thousands of miles each year to join his handicapped female who cannot fly - the story of two storks in Croatia, Klepetan and Malena, is one of love and devotion beating the odds.

By late March, Klepetan was back in the tiny village of Brodski Varos in eastern Croatia for the 16th year in a row, after leaving his winter home in southern Africa.


Klepetan was back in march at the tiny village of Brodski Varos in eastern Croatia for the 16th year in a row (since 2001), after leaving his winter home in southern Africa.

PHOTO: Klepetan was back in march at the tiny village of Brodski Varos in eastern Croatia for the 16th year in a row (since 2001), after leaving his winter home in southern Africa.
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There he again met the love of his life, white stork Malena - "Little One" in Croatian - who was waiting to start having more babies, to add to the 62 the pair already have.

The faithful couple's long-distance relationship has made them celebrities in Croatia.


Klepetan met the love of his life, white stork Malena

PHOTO: Klepetan met the love of his life, white stork Malena - "Little One" in Croatian - who was waiting to start having more babies, to add to the 62 the pair already have.
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Local school caretaker Stjepan Vokic, a 71-year-old widower, adopted Malena in 1993 when he found her near a pond, injured by a shot from hunters.

She spends winters in a storage building in what Vokic calls an "improvised Africa" with a nest, heating and aquarium.

In spring Vokic makes a gigantic nest for Malena on the building's roof.


Local school caretaker Stjepan Vokic, a 71-year-old widower, adopted Malena in 1993 when he found her near a pond, injured by a shot from hunters.

PHOTO: Local school caretaker Stjepan Vokic, a 71-year-old widower, adopted Malena in 1993 when he found her near a pond, injured by a shot from hunters. In spring Vokic makes a gigantic nest for Malena on the building's roof.
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Klepetan, the father stork, teaches his baby storks to fly before migrating with them in early August to southern Africa.

Meanwhile, Malena stays with Vokic, who bathes her and puts cream on her feet to stop them drying out, as she is away from her wetland habitat.

"I also take her fishing since I can't take her to Africa. We even watch TV together," Vokic told AFP.


Klepetan, the father stork, teaches his baby storks to fly before migrating with them in early August to southern Africa.

PHOTO: Klepetan, the father stork, teaches his baby storks to fly before migrating with them in early August to southern Africa. Meanwhile, Malena stays with Vokic, who bathes her and puts cream on her feet to stop them drying out, as she is away from her wetland habitat.
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"If I had left her in the pond foxes would have eaten her. But I changed her fate, so now I'm responsible for her life."

Klepetan, named after a knocking sound storks make with their beaks, wears a tracking ring.

His final migratory destination has been traced to near Cape Town, some 14,500 kilometres from Malena. It takes him a little over a month.


Klepetan, named after a knocking sound storks make with their beaks, wears a tracking ring.

PHOTO: Klepetan, named after a knocking sound storks make with their beaks, wears a tracking ring.
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Croatia is home to some 1,500 pairs of white storks.

Cigoc, in central Croatia, was proclaimed the first European stork village in 1994.

More than 210 birds live there in nests on the roofs and lamp posts. Their number is more than double the village's human population.


In 2016, Malena made a rare flight and the couple were reportedly inseparable for hours.

PHOTO: In 2016, Malena made a rare flight and the couple were reportedly inseparable for hours.
She does have the ability to make very short flights but her wing has not healed well enough for her to make the trip to Africa, or even to properly feed herself.
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For now, however, he and the many who have since fallen in love with the story of these storks await their reunion in 2018.

PHOTO: For now, however, he and the many who have since fallen in love with the story of these storks await their reunion in 2018.
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Stepping out into your own garden and getting it ready for summer can help boost your mood

PHOTO: Stepping out into your own garden and getting it ready for summer can help boost your mood
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Angel kiss from my love

PHOTO: Angel kiss from my love
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When the night follows the day

PHOTO: "When the night follows the day
Our love will always stay
No matter how far you maybe
 

You will always be in my memory." - Anon
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True love knows no bounds.

PHOTO: True love knows no bounds. Find someone who loves you as much as Klepetan loves Malena.
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By AFP, Asiaone, 13 April 2018



Reference
[1] AFP, Faithful stork couple keep long-distance love alive, posted on 13 April 2018, http://www.asiaone.com/world/faithful-stork-couple-keep-long-distance-love-alive

[2] Fabiosa,16 Years Of Love: Croatian Birds Reunite Over 8,700 Miles Yearly, https://fabiosa.guru/rsosh-aunke-pbdar-phkan-16-years-of-love-croatian-birds-reunite-over-8700-miles-yearly/