Saturday, 20 April 2019

Stork Which Returned To Malena Might Not Be Klepetan

Although we celebrated the return of Klepetan to his beloved Malena just a month ago, Stjepan Vokic and his son Dario, who take care of Croatia's widely adored love birds, are concerned that the male stork who returned to Malena might not be Klepetan.

As Vecernji list writes on the 19th of April, 2019, in the Facebook group managed by Stjepan's son ''Malena i Klepetan, najljepsa ljubavna prica'' (Malena and Klepetan, the most beautiful love story) Dario Vokic claims that this male stork has been behaving rather strangely, and is likely not the famous stork it should be.

''Dear members, if you didn't know... The real Klepetan probably didn't arrive. The current stork is acting weird, he came for a meal and then he went for two days. Malena is probably frustrated and that's why she destroyed two eggs. She even demolished the nest, not completely, but all of the new material this male bought has been removed. My dad thinks that Klepetan is old and that he is going to die. I don't believe this is him, so these thoughts will remain here in this group'' wrote Dario Vokic in English, before apologising for his English skills, which are of course excellent.

Unsurprisingly, Dario's post was followed by many questions from members, and they found it odd that upon his arrival, Klepetan ate some fish in Stjepan's yard, and only after that did he go to Malena.

''It's worrying, we'll have to see what happens. There about 3-4 storks in Varos, and some of them go to eat fish in Stjepan's yard,'' wrote Vokic.

Despite the worries and suspicions, there is as yet no official information that the male stork which is apparently behaving oddly isn't actually Klepetan, however, the concerns of the pair's longtime care givers are likely correct, although we hope this time they got it wrong.

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Klepetan & Malena Story Goes Viral in US: Video Viewed 9 Million Times!

The romantic fairytale of Malena and Klepetan, the two storks that delight the people of Croatia every spring, has now crossed borders into the United States, reports Dalmacija Danas on January 13, 2019. 

Thanks to a video by The Dodo, whose Facebook profile is followed by over 22 million people, the entire world now has the chance to delight in the love story of these two famous storks, which has come to life in the Slavonian suburb of Brodski Varoš for the last 16 years. 

The Dodo released a video about the lovebirds on Friday - and by midnight, it had already collected about 9 million views, 2,000 comments, and over 20,000 shares! 

“24 years ago in my little village, I found a small stork with a wounded wing. She had been shot by a hunter. I named her Malena (The Little One),” says Stjepan Vokić to begin the story. 

The video then continues with how Vokić cares for Malena’s safety. 

“I built a nest on the roof, and one in the garage so she could survive the cold winters.”

Malena, however, is unable to return to the wild, though Stjepan is by her side for everything she needs. 

“This stork is my whole life. I catch fish for her, and I collect branches for her nest.”

And then the unexpected happened.

“Fifteen years ago, a male stork landed in her nest. He was returning from Africa for the spring. I named him Klepetan.”

Vokić explains how they quickly became a family. 

“I have three sons, and ever since Klepetan landed in Malena’s nest, I accepted him as my fourth son.”

Though the lovebirds started their own family too, and 59 storks have left their nest.

Every year, Klepetan travels to South Africa for the winter, and Malena and Stjepan, as well as all of Croatia, eagerly await his return in the spring. In fact, so many people look forward to Klepetan’s return in Croatia, over a million people watch the live stream!

It is the love story of love stories, which has now spread to other parts of the world. 

You can read more about Malena and Klepetan on TCN's dedicated page

Monday, 27 June 2016

Imago Campaign for Jana About Malena and Klepetan Wins the Advertising Oscar

The story of storks Malena and Klepetan, part of the Jana - Water With a Message campaign, has won the bronze Lion in Cannes Lions, most important festival of creative advertising