Malena and Klepetan, two storks from the Croatian town of Slavonski Brod, became the symbol of marital happiness and mutual care. Every year, thousands of people eagerly wait for the two to reunite.
These animals have a rather unique lifestyle. Every winter, they leave Croatia for distant Africa and its warmer weather. The urge to make this huge trip is fascinating, as well as the animal’s sense of navigation. When the spring comes, the animals return to Croatia.
But 22 years ago, a poacher’s gunshot has wounded Malena, a young female stork which was unable to fly since then. She could not leave for Africa, and had to endure winter in Croatia. On the other hand, her mate Klepetan can’t resist the nature’s call for migration, and annually goes on a long journey, only to return to Malena in spring.
It might sound rough from human perspective, but as experts agree, the birds can’t ignore their need for this travel. The fact that Klepetan leaves doesn’t mean he dislikes Malena. The fact that he returns from a trip over 13 500 km every year back to her, proves that his love is genuine and real.
Stjepan Vokic, the man who takes care of the couple says he is afraid that someday Klepetan might not return from his voyage. Many dangers are present, from birds of prey to environmental hazards, yet Klepetan managed to avoid them all and arrive to Malena every year for over 20 years.
Klepetan came back again on March 17, 2015! [x]
Source: Ultra Facts