Unlikely Animal Pair Become Best Friends At Sanctuary
ShareTap Staff 3/14/2019
True friendship can cross boundaries. A human can form an intense bond with a pet, be it bird, dog, cat, mouse, or even duck. But humans aren't the only ones who can forge friendships with animals.
Dogs can become friends with other dogs. But they can also become friends with elephants. In one elephant sanctuary, two animals from different species became the best of friends, proving that true friendship knows no bounds.
There is one sanctuary for ageing elephants in Tennessee where elephants pair up. It's not for the purpose of mating but for companionship. According to the attendants, such a bond is lifelong and nearly unbreakable. There are pairs like Debbie and Ronnie, Sissy and Winky, and Misty and Lorie.
But the most popular pair in the sanctuary is Tarra and Bella. And the reason they are so famous is that Tarra is an old Asian elephant while Bella is a stray dog. Nevertheless, the two quickly formed a strong bond. Elephant Sanctuary Co-Founder, Carol Buckley, said that the relationship surprised everyone at first. But they quickly got used to the sight of a light-colored furball running alongside a large elephant.
Their friendship, however, was put to the test when Bella suffered an injury to her spinal cord. Because of this, the dog was confined to the sanctuary's living quarters. But Tarra didn't forget her friend. Instead, she would go up to the gates and wave her trunk.
The attendants noticed this and decided to regularly take Bella out to the gate so that Tarra could see her. The elephant reached through the bars with her trunk and caressed her furry friend. Tarra had gone up to the gates for three weeks straight, just so she could get a glimpse of her best friend.
After Bella's condition improved, she was let outside again so she could play with Tarra. These two were inseparable. They both played together, ate together, and took naps beside each other. Sometimes, Bella would just reach a paw out to touch Tarra, who would give a pleased honk.
It's a testament to the power of love and friendship, two things that don't belong exclusively to human beings.