If you don’t believe true love exists, the endearing story of these two storks may just change your mind.
YouTube/Croatia Full of Life At the end of every August, Klepetan, a male stork, migrates to South Africa, leaving behind his female partner, Malena, and their humble abode — a cozy nest located on the red rooftop of a house.
Malena remains alone in the small Croatian village without Klepetan’s company throughout the fall and winter months.
This year, Klepetan surprised everyone, including Stjepan Vokić, who’s been caring for the storks since they first met on the rooftop of his home. Klepetan returned an entire week earlier than expected.
Malena sitting on her eggs and one newly hatched baby in 2014
When asked if the bird was truly Klepetan, Vokic confirmed by noting the bird sought out a bucket of fish that Vokić prepares for him upon his return from the south each year, according to Total Croatia News.