This horse and goose are BFFs who must be adopted together originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com
A real-life version of "Charlotte's Web" is playing out now in Pennsylvania, with two unlikely animals -- a miniature horse and a goose -- becoming the best of friends.
The miniature horse, named Waffles, and the goose, named Hemingway, were rescued from a property in Buck's County, Pennsylvania, in July, by officials with the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Though they were rescued along with two peacocks and nearly a dozen ducks, it is Waffles and Hemingway who have proven to be best buds.
"We have them in the barn together and one of the staff observed one day that Hemingway was leaning his head in and kind of had his neck wrapped over Waffle's shoulder," Cindy Kelly, spokeswoman for the Bucks County SPCA, told "Good Morning America." "It was very sweet."
Waffles came to the Bucks County SPCA with a minor infection that is being treated by doctors, according to Kelly. When SPCA staff take Waffles from the stall for treatment, Hemingway will display "protective behaviors," she said.
"He'll honk and flap his wings and let you know, 'Hey leave my buddy alone,' or 'You better bring him back,'" Kelly said. "They really seem to have this bond."
Because of Waffles and Hemingway's close bond, Bucks County SPCA officials have decided to make them adoptable together only. Their adoption donation is $300 for the pair, according to Kelly.
"What's important with animals in a shelter setting is minimizing stress," she said. "You don't want to separate animals like this because they really have a bond."
Waffles and Hemingway came to the SPCA with their names. Officials do not know how long they have been farm friends, according to Kelly.
Once Waffles is cleared by doctors, he and Hemingway will go up for adoption. The Bucks County SPCA has already posted on its website the application to adopt the two animals because of the "overwhelming" response.
"We'll make appointments so potential adopters can come and meet the animals," said Kelly, noting they're looking for adopters who live in an area zoned for animals, are experienced with farm animals and are able to provide well for the animals. "Hopefully we'll find someone soon so they have a permanent home."