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ONE TRUE LOVE

Updated on July 27, 2010

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This is the most romantic story one can imagine - about true love, dedication and faithfullness...and goodness in human heart, that already touched souls of many people in my country. This is story about 7 years long love between two beautiful birds and story about one great man who takes care about them with full heart and soul.

15 years ago female stork Malena ("the little one") was hurt by Italian hunters, her wing never fully recovered so she cannot fly any more. Since this accident, she was adopted by one loving man (Stjepan Vokic) who saved her life and who takes care about her all these years. Malena became special member of his family. Stjepan is not rich guy, he even had to cancell his cellphone to have enough money to feed Malena during the winter but he loves this bird so much that no sacrifice is difficult to him. This highly sensitive and intelligent creature certainly has special place in his warm heart.

8 years ago, Malena fell in love and found partner of her life, whom Stjepan gave name- Rodan. Couples of storks never separate - they live in monogamous relationships. Every autumn Rodan is temporary living her, because he flies away with other storks to Africa (Malena cannot do that any more because of broken wing). Of course, every springtime on exact same day and at same time (!) he faithfully comes back. For weeks before his return she is impatiently waiting for him on the roof, preparing the nest ...even watching video with two of them (!!!)

When happy couple finally meets, there is no end to joy and various expressions of love...till autumn does not bring painful moments of separation again. Rodan is not easily living his Malena and she is sad for weeks after he flyes away.

These two beautiful birds already raised up 32 little storks in last 8 years.

Several days ago, before Malena´s Rodan returned, all TV stations and many newspapers in Croatia presented us this beautiful story...after that, many of us were in hearts and thoughts waiting together with Malena the day when her dearest one will come back, while flying in mind together with him, supporting him and sharing her impatience and care. Yesterday we heard on the news that Rodan is back again so their love story can happily continue fulfilling hearts of many people with joy .

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Stjepan Vokic taking care about Malena and Rodan
Stjepan Vokic taking care about Malena and Rodan
Stork Malena
Stork Malena
Malena and Rodan in their nest
Malena and Rodan in their nest

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Reading this just made my day, Tatajan-Mihaela. I really like to hear a good story, no matter if it's between a couple of animals, or a couple of people. We're all the same if you ask me! What a wonderful treat to hear. Thank you so much for this. I think that all of us can learn from both Malena and Roday (cool name by the way!).

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Love is always beautiful and so inspiring (sigh)!

      Thank you Dohn for your great comment.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Aaaaaaw, this is so beautiful, I actually took a deeeep breath! Sigh! Like Dohn, I love to hear of a good story because it reminds me that in the midst of the thorns there is so much beauty in this planet. I am in love with Malena and Roday and their little brood of storks. hehe.

      Hugs~

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such a wonderful story. At least keep their senses. I so enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I could not agree more with you Mary: in this crazy world, there is so many love and beautiful things that can keep our hearts wide open.

      Malena will have eggs already in 2 weeks...so new storks are on the way.

      Love and hugs

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you so much Hello, Hello, stories about love always moves us on and keep us happy.

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a beautiful story! This should be on Fox News too. Thanks Tatjana! Have a great day.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much GL. After politics and similar human stupidity (altough politics should not be stupid), these were 2 times news of the day.

      Peace and love.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Tatjana-Mihaela, What a wonderful way to start a friday. I love the pics included, so inspiring. You GO GIRL! Peace:)

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Tatjana, what a romantic you are. Malena faithfully keeping the nest ready, Rodan always being on time. Thirty two children. Except for the number of kids, sounds like an ideal family. =:) Wonderful story.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great story and music.

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      Simcha 7 years ago

      Hi Tatjana,

      Have you ever met Stjepan Vokic? He sounds like such a good person, to be taking care of a disabled bird for so many years....

      Thank you so much for providing more information on this very important story. We all have a great deal to learn from it, including about how to treat each other.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Beautiful! Touched my heart. I don't have words to explain my feelings but I guess you'll understand. Loved the story. Thx for sharing.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      What a beautiful love story!

      Thank you very much for sharing Tatjana.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Katiem, Peace and Love.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hehe, Winsome, 32 children is certainly far too much for (human) ideal relationship... You are right: I am romantic!

      Thank you so much for your nice comment and visit.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much, Micky.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hi Simcha,

      no I never met Stjepan Vokic in person, I live far from him. But - he is incredible. During the winter, Malena is in his house ! I am deeply, deeply touched with his positive example.

      Thank you so much for your comment, I could not agree more with you.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Anjali, I am glad you liked the story. Love is always inspiring....

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Jill, so happy to see you here.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I am in love all over again! LOL What a cool love story- so touching and heartwarming! Let's keep love burning bright. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Isn´t it nice? Thank you so much for the visit and comment Michelle.

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      Micromegas 6 years ago

      Hi, Tatjana... this is one of the most romantic story I ever heard... I love it very very much... It's very similar to what I'm living in this part of my life. I have my Malena, but she's hurt and I'm waiting the right time to... fly with her.

      One question: do you know which is the exact date in which Rodan cames back to his Malena?

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for the comment, Micromegas: as I remember, he comes every year on 25. of March (only this year he came several days earlier...I suppose he was impatient).

      I wish you the best luck with your Malena...

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      Mr Nice 6 years ago from North America

      Kako si Tatjana darling,

      "Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other." Felix Adler

      This love story is so sweet; it is a proof that other creatures also have feelings just like we do. We see these examples in everyday life, birds & animals in love with each other or taking care for their off springs.

      aanamika also published a true love story of birds a few months ago, interesting but sad.

      Here is the link...

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/true-love-story

      "Love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime and never let go till we're gone." Titanic (movie)

      "You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without."

      Have a lovely night......

      Always lots of love, peace & happiness for you...

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sometimes life can really surprise us. Great story. :)

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      Sage Williams 6 years ago

      You had my attention from the very start. The tears were welling up in my eyes. Oh, what a beautiful story. We can learn so much from our feathered friends as they are eager to teach us. All we have to do is listen.

      A beautifully touching and heartwarming story, thanks so much for sharing. You really, really brightened up my day.

      Sage

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      Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

      How beautiful. Stories like this make life worth living. Thank you for sharing.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you, TOny for visit and comment, I am fine...

      Will check Anamika´s link as soon as I can.

      Love, peace and hugs

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you very much Springboard for your visit and comment.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you, Sage...this story is so touching and beautiful indeed. I could not agree more with you.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I completely agree with you, Gigi.

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      Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      What a beautiful life event. I praise God for the man who saved this birds' life. It allowed the male to find a life partner.

      Thank you so much for writing this hub and telling us all this wonderful thing. If our own lives were filled with this lasting love as these two birds share, the world would be a much better place.....Have a blessed day Tatjana!

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      kgnature 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful story - thanks!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Wealtmadehealthy for your beautiful comment. Have a blessed day (and whole life) as well.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you for the visit and comment, Kgnature.

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      advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

      Maybe I need to marry a stork...

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      A little bit of stork`s character would do a lot of good to any man you choose in the future, A4qb.Storks are faithfull, good tempered, do not cause troubles...

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      This is a really wonderful story! I loved reading it. Stjepan is clearly a very special person - and so are you for writing this lovely Hub.

      Thanks very much.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Tony - Stjepan is an example of unconditional love.

      Thank you for the visit and comment.

      Love and peace

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Tatjana, I just had to come back and see the Stork Love Hub again. It's such an inspiring story and it's TRUE! I adore looking at the lady on the roof tending them and that awesome stork nest. Great Story your making a lot of people feel good! Peace :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Ahhh...romantic stories are always the best aren`t they?

      Thank you so much for coming back. Love and peace Katiem.

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      Jakša 5 years ago

      http://www.jutarnji.hr/rodan-klepetan-se-vratio-sv...

      I 'll translate later if anybody wants to understand text below the pictures!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you Jaksha....be so kind and do it....

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