This particular stork exemplifies the devoted nature of the species.Two decades ago, he flew 8,500 kilometers every week to see his long-term partner.
Esto, a stork named for him, demonstrates that love is the most potent force in the universe by his actions.
In the Croatian village where this happened, he nursed and mended a stork’s wing that had been severed.
On top of that, he built her a nest on his roof, and Stephen has been there to watch this sweet love tale ever since.
Since she has been rescued, Esto has been spending the winters with her foster family, who treats her as a pet and a member of the family.
Esto’s homecoming has been anticipated by everyone in the community since 2002, and he has never been late or failed to show up.
During the winter months, the stork and his family return to Africa to breed fresh eggs and raise them.
A 39-year-old stork holds the current record for oldest stork; if this one survives, it may overtake it.