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Every year, stork flies thousands of miles to see his injured soulmate
This beautiful story shows true love knows no bounds.
Rachel Shapiro
10.29.21

True love can overcome any obstacle, no matter how big. And two literal ‘love birds’ are the perfect example of this.

These two storks bring long-distance to the next level.

Mirka Brûnová
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Mirka Brûnová

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.

Željko Mužević
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Željko Mužević

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.

Katerina Zvonarić
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Katerina Zvonarić

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!

Klepetan is incredibly dedicated to being with his love. Stjepan Vokić has been caring for the storks since day one – he lives in the house atop which the storks met! According to Stjepan, Klepetan returns at the exact same time every year. The man likes to greet the bird with a big bucket of fish.

Jana Water
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Jana Water

This past year, something incredible happened.

Klepetan rejoined Malena a week early! At first, Stjepan doubted it was him, but when he began to search for the customary bucket of fish, the man was convinced. Klepetan just couldn’t stay away.

Katerina Zvonarić
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Katerina Zvonarić

The two live a magnificent life together.

They have built a cozy nest on the rooftop, and Malena keeps it warm when her man is out flying. The two have raised over 40 baby storks together! Clearly, they have found a love so strong it can withstand any obstacles.

Katerina Zvonarić
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Katerina Zvonarić

These two birds’ story went viral, and many people fell in love with their relationship. Croatia Full of Life even made an animated video about the birds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tVPmAq-Rwg

These two storks love each other so much, and they aren’t afraid to go the distance for each other. What a heartwarming relationship.

Check out a video about Klepetan and Malena below!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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