by Joan Reddy
Categories: Animals, Causes, Video.

A goat named Mr. G starved himself after losing his best friend, a donkey named Jellybean.

For the past ten years, Mr. G and Jellybean lived together under the supervision of a hoarder, where they were neglected and not properly cared for. They lived “on the property of a woman who could barely care for herself, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animals,” said the Grass Valley, California-based rescue and sanctuary, Animal Place.

Although it was a great day for most of the creatures that were rescued, Mr. G was heartbroken. Apparently, Animal Place took in Mr. G the goat, but Jellybean the donkey and Mr. G’s best friend was whisked away to a different sanctuary. The rescue center realized that something was emotionally wrong when Mr. G refused to eat for four days straight after arriving at the sanctuary, although it appeared that he was in overall good health. “Mr. G refused to eat,” said the rescue organization. “He spent his days lying in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head. Staff tried every treat -– molasses, sweet grain, apples, wetting down food…nothing worked.”

It seemed that there was nothing in the world that could bring this little goat out of his forlorn state, and raise his spirits. That was until a volunteer offered to make the fourteen hour roundtrip journey to bring Jellybean to Animal Place, and reunite Mr. G with his best friend.

Watch the video to see what happened next. It will make your heart melt.

“Never doubt the depth of emotions other animals possess,” Animal Place wrote. “Mr. G’s grief was as deep and mysterious as a human’s. His joy at reuniting with Jellybean was as beautiful and inspiring as a human’s.”

Animal Planet said that Mr. G and Jellybean will never have to be parted again, and will live out their lives at their 600-acre sanctuary.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet

About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at

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  • Rosa Borisova

    I would be depressed to…. This is to show how ignorant, disrespectful some people are towards other living souls. But, thank God for these great people who had the great compassionate hearts and common sense to make great things happen.

  • The Holy Truth

    So lovely! Thanks for sharing and caring!