Elephants are one of the most intelligent animals in the world, but their particular charm is not only due to the fact that they are capable of processing information almost like humans do, but they are also very sociable. They love to stay in a herd and establish the most curious relationships with animals of other species, no matter how different they are from their own.
They communicate with each other through different types of sounds, among other things to warn of possible dangers, but also to call their babies.
At The Elephant Sanctuary, in Tennessee, USA, they have almost 1,000 hectares where these beautiful animals can explore and live in freedom. But at the same time, sick and elderly females are given a safe environment to live their days, surrounded by experts who provide them with the care they need.
All elephants are adorable and get along very well with each other, but one especially has developed a very particular friendship, the history of which has broken the hearts of its keepers.
It is about Tara, an elephant and Bella, a dog who in a short time became inseparable.
Tara and Bella gave the best moments to their caregivers while they walked, played, explored, ate, drank, and even snuggled together.
But one day poor Bella injured her back and was unable to walk, so they had to keep her for three weeks inside a special treatment center, within the same sanctuary.
The news totally destabilized Tara, she was his faithful companion in adventures and suddenly she had been left alone with no one to play with or with whom to take a nap.
Tara was mired in sadness and refused to leave her friend. Throughout that time, instead of wandering around her 1,000 hectare habitat, Tara stayed outside the treatment center waiting for Bella to come out and play again.
After being in the same place day after day, week after week, the 35-year-old elephant finally reunited with her best friend Bella.
The reunion of this pair of friends moved the staff to tears.
Tara didn’t know what else to do to show her friend how much she had missed her.
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But suddenly this beautiful story of true friendship was forever overshadowed. A coyote attacked the dog Bella and sadly she could not survive. Staff found his body, but rarely were there any traces of blood, hair or fighting nearby. And Tara, for her part, had blood on her body, so they immediately suspected that it was her friend who found her injured and moved her to another place in an attempt to save her.
“The idea that she couldn’t leave that body and bring it back home is just heartbreaking, but very inspiring,” said Rob Atkinson, CEO of the sanctuary.
But they have had to witness how Tara’s life has been turned off.
“Certainly, his entire demeanor changed. She became more reserved, calmer, she was depressed ”.
“We cannot heal your pain. The only thing that can help her is other elephant friends. They are a big family and they do their best to help each other during the storm, ”said a caretaker.
The most heartbreaking thing has even been seeing Tara standing in front of the grave and paying tribute to her deceased friend.
Share this story that gives us endless lessons of the deep feelings that can fit in the hearts of these beautiful animals. Hopefully, poor Tara can find comfort in her family to bear the pain of the loss of her friend. Fly high, Bella!