Man Helps Injured Bird On His Roof - Quickly Realizes He's Not The Only One Visiting
LifeAspire Staff 4/6/2017
Some love stories transcend time, while others transcend the human species all together. Meet the Romeo and Juliet of the bird world - Klepetan & Malena - two storks in Croatia who have become quite a symbol of love and commitment.
The story starts over two decades ago in a small Croatian village of Brodski Varos, where a local resident named Stjepan Vokic´found Malena, the female star of this love story, left to die by a hunter. Though Malena's wings were injured beyond repair, Stjepan decided to take her home and care for the stork with the hope that she would live on.
Malena did indeed get better, but not without the sad reality of never being able to fly like her old self again. It didn't stop Stjepan from building her a nest atop his red roof where he later noticed an interesting visitor. Turns out that a male stork, lovingly named Klepetan, found and mated with Malena and the couple seemed very much in love.
However, come fall that year, it was clear that Klepetan would be the only one migrating to warmer weather due to Malena's injured wings. Klepetan embarked on the over 8000 mile journey to South Africa while Stjepan cared for Malena inside his home throughout the winter.
Following spring, a miracle happened when Klepetan returned to Stjepan's red roof again looking for his beloved Malena. The two birds reunited and mated again to produce chicks. Turns out that neither minded the long distance relationship after all! It didn't take Stjepan long to realize something truly magical was going on.
That first reunion was over 14 years ago, and according to Stjepan, Klepetan has made the same migratory journey every year and come back to raise a family with Malena in the spring and summer. Malena and Klepetan's story spread throughout the village and now Stjepan even has a live video feed to share the yearly homecoming with the rest of the residents.
Given how punctual Klepetan's return is, Stjepan prepares a bucket full of fish for Klepetan to feast on upon his arrival, speeding up the healing from such a long flight from South Africa. He even claims that the stork couple has raised over 40 chicks over these years, all of whom migrate south with their dad Klepetan to begin new lives.
Stjepan claims that one year when another stork tried to court Malena in Klepetan's absence, she sent a loud and clear message for him to get out of her nest. Storks don't usually mate for life, but this of course has become a very special case!
Here is a video proving how much of a celebrity couple the two storks have become!
Love is a truly magical thing! Proving that over and over again are Klepetan and Malena, who despite of just being birds have become an example of compassion and love for all of us!