Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Stork Flies Over 8,000 Miles Each Year To Be With Injured Soulmate.

This might be one of the most epic love stories ever. It involves two storks, Klepetan and Malena, and they'll make you believe in soulmates. It turns out that every year, for the last 16 years, a male stork named Klepetan has flown 13,000 kilometers to join his mate, Malena, who was injured and isn't able to fly. Now that's so romantic, and you have to ask yourself, how many of you would be willing to do this for your own significant other? Better yet, how many of you are actually lucky enough to have a soulmate as devoted and kind-hearted like Klepetan? Until now, the thought of loving a stork would have been unimaginable, but Klepetan is definitely winning a lot of people over.

Distance is just a number when the love of your life is thousands of miles away and you miss her.

For the last 16 years, Klepetan has traveled 13,000 kilometers to be with his mate, Malena, every March. Eventually, Klepetan must bid his beloved farewell and fly back to South Africa, where he'll undoubtedly count the days until he's reunited with Malena.

Distance is just a number when the love of your life is thousands of miles away and you miss her.

Domagoj Sever

The story behind this incredible love affair began over 20 years ago after Malena was injured.

A widower by the name of Stjepan Vokic discovered Malena, who had been left seriously injured by an Italian hunter who broke her wing. Vokic had treated Malena's injuries and looked after her to ensure that no more harm would come to her.

Some epic romances blossom on the balcony of a castle in an enchanted forest in fairy tale land.

Malena and Klepetan's love story blossomed on the rooftop of Vokic's home in Brodski Varos, a tiny Croatian village. Sadly, Malena hasn't been able to fly since her initial injury, so the female stork couldn't join her mate by flying south, where it was warmer starting in the month of August.

Some epic romances blossom on the balcony of a castle in an enchanted forest in fairy tale land.

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You could say that this relationship was doomed because of Malena's permanent handicap.

Some would have said that the chances of Klepetan returning after he initially flew off were slim to none, but the stork surprised Vokic, a former school janitor, by returning. Of course, we're sure that Malena never doubted in her heart that her beloved would remain devoted to her.

You could say that this relationship was doomed because of Malena's permanent handicap.

Jana Water

As time went on, the love between these two storks continued to flourish and it's so romantic.

Every year, in anticipation of Klepetan's return, Vokic prepares a bucket of fish to greet the tired stork after his long journey to Croatia. That's when Klepetan will then take his place at Malena's side on the roof.

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