Lonely Planet Writer

Faithful stork returns to his injured mate in Croatia for 15th year running

A male stork named Klepetan has warmed hearts in Croatia by returning faithfully to his injured mate for the fifteenth year running.

Klepetan’s mate Malena was injured by poachers in 2001, so she has to stay in the town of Brodski Varos through the winter rather than making the annual migration with her mate to warmer climes in Africa. Every spring the Croatian public anxiously waits for the male stork to return to his partner, and every year thus far he has proved proved himself a faithful mate, much to everyone’s delight. Read more: croatiaweek.com