When Bram arrived at the Donkey Farm Foundation, a sanctuary in the Netherlands, he was old and sick because his previous owners didn’t look after him properly. Not only did he receive the care that he needed but he also made a lot of donkey friends at the sanctuary as well. So popular did Bram become that when he died of lung failure a year and a half later, his mourning friends gathered to cry for him, and as you can see from the video below, the moment was simply heart-wrenching.
“He was a respected member of the herd,” the sanctuary’s Jacqueline van den Berg told Bored Panda. “That black and white donkey who bites him is the leader of the herd and his name is Moefra. He wants to get him up because laying down is dangerous, because in nature the donkey is prey, but then Moefra realizes that Bram is dead and will never stand up again.
“The friendship between donkeys is very strong. They are friends for a lifetime. When 2 donkeys live together in a meadow and one of them dies, it can happen that the other donkey will die out of grief, too. We call that “dying of a broken heart.”‘
When Bram the donkey died of lung failure, his donkey friends gathered to mourn for him at a sanctuary in the Netherlands
“He was a respected member of the herd,” Jacqueline van den Berg told Bored Panda
“The friendship between donkeys is very strong. They are friends for a lifetime”
“When 2 donkeys live together in a meadow and one of them dies, it can happen that the other donkey will die out of grief, too”
“We call that ‘dying of a broken heart’”
Don’t watch the video with sound if you are too sensitive:
Thank you, Jacqueline van den Berg, for talking to Bored Panda about Bram and his friends