The pair would fly together until poachers injured Malena’s wing which left her flying capabilities restricted. With storks being a migrating bird, this caused a problem. Every winter for the last 15 years Klepetan would leave Croatia and make his way more than 13,000 km to the warmer climates of Africa. Without fail, however, Klepetan has always managed somehow to negotiate his return to Croatia in the spring when the weather warms up to be reunited with Malena.
However when Klepetan failed to turn up by the end of March the nation begun to worry.
Just when all hope was nearly given up, Klepetan made his return much to the delight of Malena and Stjepan.
Despite being two weeks late, the two love birds have been reunited.