A video about a lonely goat named Mr. G and his best buddy, a burro named Jellybean, has gone viral, but you may not know the story behind the video.

Animal Place, a Northern California-based rescue organization with a special focus on saving farm animals (we may know them best for their chicken rescues of late), volunteered to help out when officials confiscated dozens of animals accumulated by a hoarder. Animal Place only had room for one animal, and offered to take the 10-year-old goat while a sanctuary in Southern California had just one spot open, and it took the burro.

The decision was made in order to save their lives, and the rescuers had no idea the depth of the friendship between the two animals, or that separating them would so traumatic.

Volunteers at Animal Place sanctuary quickly realized that something was wrong with Mr. G. Although a medical checkup showed that he was healthy, he spent all day in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head and refusing to eat. Not even the offer of treats could sway him. At first, they thought he was exhausted from the 8-hour trip and the ordeal, but it became apparent something else was going on.

Mr. G was depressed and in his grief, was starving himself. After four days, the sanctuary knew drastic action was needed. Kim Sturla, executive director of Animal Place, worked the phones to learn more about the case, and a volunteer prepared a livestock trailer. Eventually, Sturla learned about the special friendship Mr. G had with Jellybean, and she was able to locate him and arrange for the burro to come to Animal Place's Vacaville location where poor Mr. G was pining away. It took three days and a 14-hour round trip, but the reunion was accomplished.

The transformation in Mr. G was immediate. He scented Jellybean the moment the burro arrived and instantly perked up. He recognized his friend and refused to leave his side. After 20 minutes, he began eating again and showing his spunky personality.

The reunion is heartwarming and proof, in my opinion, that animals make strong bonds that should not easily be broken.

Check out the video, and then send Animal Place a thank you. They do important work and deserve our support.

Mr. G and Jellybean will not be placed for adoption. Instead, they will spend the rest of their days, together, at the group's Grass Valley sanctuary.

Read more of Joan Morris' Animal Life blog at http://blogs.mercurynews.com/pets.