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Elephant and dog — friends in thick and thin

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Here’s a wonderful report by Steve Hartman of CBS News about Tarra, an elephant, and Bella, a dog, and the amazing bond that has developed between them at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn.

Sanctuary co-founder Carol Buckley says it’s common for elephants arriving at the sanctuary to pick another elephant to hang out with. But in this case Tarra picked Bella, or vice versa.

Buckley spent more than 20 years performing with her elephant, Tarra, in zoos and circuses before deciding the animals deserved a different life and opening the sanctuary. Bella is one of about a dozen stray dogs they’ve taken in.

For years, Tarra and Bella have played together and eaten together, and when Bella suffered a spinal cord injury a few months ago (the piece doesn’t explain how, but hopefully Tarra wasn’t involved), Tarra — despite having 2,700 acres to roam, stood vigil outside the sanctuary office, where Bella was recuperating.

Bella’s better now, and she and Tarra remain inseparable, Hartman reports.

(For another video about Tarra and Bella, click here.)

(To see another amazing elephant video, click here.)


Comment from bluhawkk
Time January 4, 2009 at 7:18 am

Here is a link to The Elephant Sanctuary quarterly newletter. Fall 2008 is the Tarra and Bella story with photos.


ps…..I just recently notice ‘the animal rescue site’ link on the left bar. I have been clicking in to that site on a daily basis for the last 2 years. Clicks result in free donated food to shelters. I am now clicking in from the ohmidog site.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time January 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Thanks for pointing out the link to the Animal Rescue site, Bluhawkk. It’s pretty easy for me to overlook most advertisements. This link will now be my second-favorite link from the ohmidog page (after buskerdog).

Comment from L. Short
Time September 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Another great relationship. Lois