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Dizzying Intellect » Dog and Pony Elephant Show

Dog and Pony Elephant Show

The Elephant Sanctuary has been one of my pet charities for several years now. They rescue abused and sick elephants that have retired from circuses, zoos, and travelling menageries, and relocate them to a 2700 acre refuge in Tennesee. They don’t do any shows or tours, the elephants are allowed to simply live the remainder of their lives as elephants — cared for and fed by humans, but generally just being spoiled and hanging out with other elephants. Many of them have never had the luxury of socializing with their own kind, and they develop very strong bonds, like finding a new (or first) family.

Anyway. It’s not a well-known organization, obviously, so when I saw this article in the local rag, I was surprised and enchanted.

Tarra, an Asian elephant at the Sanctuary, has a pal other than her elephant sisters. One of the local stray dogs has befriended her, and they’re inseparable now. Tarra pets Bella with her trunk, they sleep and roam together, and Bella “protects” (hee) Tarra from strangers. When Bella was injured, Tarra sat outside the clinic every day until she was well.

Go read the whole thing. Just a little cheerfulness on an otherwise not very cheerful day.

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