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Rescued Donkeys Fall Completely, Totally In Love

"Cutest couple ever."

This handsome young donkey's name is Charlie Brown.

Rescued donkey Charlie Brown at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

His life was saved even before he was born, when his pregnant mom was pulled from a "kill lot" in Texas, where unwanted horses and donkeys have one last chance to be auctioned off just before being shipped to slaughter in Canada or Mexico. 

Donkey mother and baby at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

Rescuers from Becky's Hope Horse Rescue (BHHR) in Frisco, Texas, saved Murphy Brown's life just in time. Once she was safe at the sanctuary, she gave birth to Charlie Brown, a healthy baby boy. 

What Charlie Brown didn't realize just yet was there was someone already at the sanctuary who would become a very important character in his life.

Baby donkey at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

Macie was another baby donkey who had been born at the sanctuary just like Charlie, after her mom Gracie was saved from the kill lot mere weeks before Charlie arrived. 

Unlike Charlie, Macie was very ill when she was first born. For a while, rescuers weren't sure if she would even survive. "It was sad to see such a small donkey so sick," Missy Smith, a volunteer with BHHR, told The Dodo. "But she bounced back."

Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

It wasn't long before Macie met Charlie. "She and Charlie have been together their whole lives so far," Smith said.

Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

Donkeys might have a reputation for being stubborn. But they're also very sweet individuals for whom social interaction is essential

Snapshots of Charlie and Macie, which look oddly like engagement photos, show just how strong their bond has become. 

Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

The couple spends all their time playing with each other or grazing beside each other in a large field at the sanctuary. 

According to Smith, Macie is "definitely the boss of the relationship ... but he loves it and her. He will follow her everywhere."

Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue

"I can't remember a time that I have ever seen them apart," Smith added.

"Cutest couple ever," a commenter rightly observed on Facebook.

Rescued donkeys fall in love at sanctuary in Texas
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
To help support the sanctuary Charlie Brown and Macie call home, you can make a donation. You can also follow their adventures and the other animals at the sanctuary on Facebook.