Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan Adopts Inseparable Donkey And Emu

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As Negan on The Walking Dead, Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays one of the most irredeemably despicable characters ever to darken a TV screen.

However, in real life, it appears Jeffrey is more softie than sociopath, with a heart which beats more powerfully than Lucille thudding against spilled brain matter.

The 52-year-old TV villain has now adopted two lovesick animals, taking them to live on his farm in upstate New York, where they can gaze into each others eyes to their heart’s content.

Like all great romances, the love story of Jack the donkey and Diane the emu has not been without its share of hardships. The, admittedly unusual, interspecies couple were rescued by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue from an abandoned farm in South Carolina, alongside dogs, cats, and chickens.

Despite their forlorn surroundings, the love of Jack and Diane burned brightly. They’d formed a very special connection while comforting one other within the same enclosure, and their affection for each other was evident to their rescuers.

When the volunteers attempted to place Jack in a separate trailer, the pair showed great emotional distress. Jack began to cry while his beloved Diane paced around and became ‘frantic’.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue founder Jennifer Gordon, told the Charlotte Observer how Diane even ‘drummed’ for Jack. This is something female emus do when calling for their mate.

Jennifer explained how the pair appeared to be in a romantic relationship:

They like to cuddle and even sleep together, We can’t separate them. Where one goes, the other follows.

When the rescuers took Diane and Jack to their 11-acre site, Jack refused to stay with the other donkeys, preferring the company of his emu love. It was clear they couldn’t be parted.

The animal rescue centre shared the romantic story online, hoping to find a kind soul who could offer the doting pair a love nest/stable.

Jack and Diane’s love garnered plenty of attention, and the centre was soon inundated with offers to care for the curious couple.

In one Facebook status, Jennifer described the response as being ‘overwhelming’, revealing the centre had received over 2,000 offers from all across the world.

Jeffrey was one of those who expressed interest, stating, ‘they would be a welcome addition to our menagerie of happy creatures’.

Jeffrey and Jennifer corresponded for a while, and it took her some time to twig she was actually speaking with a famous actor.

Jennifer was impressed by his love of animals and decided he was the right person to give Jack and Diane the happy life together they deserved:

We had a lot of people trying to capitalize on the publicity of the story, and we were really concerned that they would end up in the wrong hands.

I strongly felt by allowing Jeffrey Dean Morgan to adopt them that it would take the publicity fear off the table.

He definitely doesn’t need to adopt an animal to get publicity, and so I knew that would not be his motive in giving them a home. It was clear he is an animal lover and his farm was fabulous.

All the very best of luck to Jack and Diane, the very definition of a dedicated relationship!

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