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Klepetan and Malena: 4 Babies for Croatia's Famous Lovebirds

By 29 May 2016

The Croatian National Tourist Board tweets its congratulations to proud parents and Croatia's most famous birds Klepetan and Malena on May 27, 2016.

They are the most famous birds in Croatia, and all at TCN extend our congratulations to Internet hits Klepetan and Malena on the arrival of four litte babies in their nest. A wonderful story keeps on getting better. As we previously reported:

"The tale of Klepetan and Malena started 15 years ago on a red rooftop in Brodski Varoš, a small village in Croatia and they have been together ever since. Even though Klepetan migrates to the warm south at the end of August and Malena cannot join him because an Italian hunter broke her wing 22 years ago and she hasn’t flown since, each spring around March 24, they are reunited despite the 13 000 km journey Klepetan has to make to get home to his loved one.

"One man, a former school janitor Stjepan Vokić has been taking care of Malena ever since she was injured and, of course, her beloved Klepetan. Each year he prepares a bucket of fish to greet Klepetan upon his return so he can recover from the long journey and take his place in the nest next to Malena. This year, however, Stjepan got a surprise of a lifetime; Klepetan came home a week early. Neighbours asked Stjepan if he was sure this was indeed Klepetan and he quickly reassured them “He went straight to the bucket of fish, which was empty because I was not expecting him yet, and only he knows where to find it. Then, of course, we went to the nest just like every other year. That’s Klepetan alright”. It seems he couldn’t wait to get back home to his Malena."

The tourist board, whose slogan is Croatia, Full of Life, quickly used the touching love story to create a viral video about Croatia, Full of Love, and it seems that with the next chapter is being written with the arrival of the four little ones.

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