True love can overcome any obstacle. No matter the distance between them, two souls in love will always find a way to be together. These two love birds are no exception. You’ll never guess how far this male travels to see the one he loves.
Klepetan and Malena are two storks from Croatia. They fell in love long ago, and have been together ever since. The two met on a red rooftop and became inseparable. While storks are not a species that mates for life, they do tend to return to the same nest and mate. Klepetan’s loyalty to Malena, however, goes above and beyond the typical romance.
Years ago, Malena was injured by a hunter. With hurt wings, this stork could no longer fly. It was bad enough that she couldn’t join her mate up in the air, but to make things worse he had to leave her behind on his annual winter migration south. This lover boy might be gone during the cold months, but as soon as he is able to return, he is back by Malena’s side.
Klepetan has returned to Malena every March for the past 15 years. He flies over 8,000 miles to get to her. Most couples are afraid of long distance, but these storks blow them out of the water!