Walking Dead Actor Adopts Donkey And Emu That 'Fell In Love' After Being Abandoned

A donkey and an emu who 'fell in love' when they were abandoned on a farm together, have been adopted by The Walking Dead star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Jack and Diane found solace in one another after being left at the farm in South Carolina before being rescued in November by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

It was feared that the unlikely couple, who follow each other everywhere, would be separated when finding their forever homes, but Jeffrey was determined not to let that happen.

Credit: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
Credit: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

The actor and his wife, One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton, decided to give the lovers a home on their farm in New York's Hudson Valerie after hearing of their cross-species love.

Jack and Diane were among several other animals who were left when renters suddenly abandoned the farm, but it was clear they could not be separated.

Found of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Jennifer Gordon, told the Charlotte Observer that the pair likely bonded as a result of loneliness in a bid to comfort each other after being left on the unoccupied farm.

Among the abandoned animals, Jennifer revealed an unusual friendship between a 'resident pig' and a chicken, although admitted Jack and Diane's friendship was the most unusual bond they'd come across.

When the shelter rescued Jack and Diane, they tried to put Jack in a field with three other donkeys and Diane with the other emu, the pair were crying and pacing around looking for one another.

"Then we put them in the same enclosure together, and they calmed down," Julie Brown, office manager for the organisation, explained.

Julie admitted the rescue was dubious they'd be able to find a home for the loved-up pair, but after sharing the love story on social media, they received more than 2,000 adoption inquiries within four days of posting about the couple.

Among the 2,000 inquiries was The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan who already has a host of donkeys, cows and alpacas on his farm.

"He just seemed like the perfect fit ... He loves his animals, and he cares for them greatly," Julie said.

Jeffery has promised to keep his followers up to date with Jack and Diane's love story.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images/Instagram/Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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