Results 1 to 5 of 5
Like Tree4Likes
  • 2 Post By twitchy2.0
  • 2 Post By twitchy2.0

Thread: The long-distance romance of Klepetan and Malena

  1. #1
    Super Moderator twitchy2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Milliways
    Posts
    57,047

    Default The long-distance romance of Klepetan and Malena

    Faithful stork couple keep long-distance love alive




    BRODSKA VAROS, Croatia: A faithful male flying thousands of kilometres 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.
    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.
    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.
    Klepetan, the father stork, teaches his baby storks to fly before migrating with them in early August to southern Africa.
    Vokic looks after Malena the stork when her male mate Klepetan is migrating. (Photo: AFP)


    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.
    "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.
    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.
    Malena waits in her nest in the Croatian village of Brodska Varos for her mate Klepetan to return from migration. (Photo: AFP)


    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...alive-10135388



    Trixie and pinkbunnyslippers like this.
    As Canadian as possible under the circumstances

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    "What's traitors, precious?" -- President Gollum

  2. #2
    Elite Member Trixie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    exiled and ostrich sized
    Posts
    19,908

    Default

    "I changed her fate, so now I'm responsible for her life."

    That kinda got me.

    Such a sweet story.

    These people don't give a fuck about YOU or us. It's a message board, for Christ's sake. ~ mrs.v ~
    ~"Fuck off! Aim higher! Get a life! Get away from me!" ~the lovely and talented Miss Julia Roberts~



  3. #3
    Super Moderator twitchy2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Milliways
    Posts
    57,047

    Default

    I just picture this guy and the stork, sitting on the sofa, watching nature documentaries while he massages moisturizer into her feet. Beautiful.
    lindsaywhit and Trixie like this.
    As Canadian as possible under the circumstances

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    "What's traitors, precious?" -- President Gollum

  4. #4
    Elite Member Trixie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    exiled and ostrich sized
    Posts
    19,908

    Default

    My kind of guy!!

    I wonder if he creams her elbows too.
    These people don't give a fuck about YOU or us. It's a message board, for Christ's sake. ~ mrs.v ~
    ~"Fuck off! Aim higher! Get a life! Get away from me!" ~the lovely and talented Miss Julia Roberts~



  5. #5
    Elite Member Sarzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    England
    Posts
    14,984

    Default

    Bless them. That's so cute!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Liz Thomas [Long-distance Hiker]
    By MohandasKGanja in forum Hot Women
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: December 7th, 2014, 02:19 AM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: July 1st, 2009, 09:43 AM
  3. Replies: 16
    Last Post: July 1st, 2008, 10:38 AM
  4. Christina Aguilera talks about long distance love
    By MaryJane in forum Gossip Archive
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: March 23rd, 2007, 12:48 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •