Elephants are not only among the most intelligent animals in
the world, they are also very social and show emotion easily. In fact, according
Geographic, elephants’ brain structures are strikingly similar to humans’.
Elephants actually have the ability to communicate with each other by using different kinds of sounds. There is a sound for calling their young ones, warning against possible danger among other things.
At The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, elderly and sick female elephants
are given a safe and expansive environment to live out their days, surrounded
by experts who help meet their individual needs.
Currently there are about ten elephants at the sanctuary, which is not open to the public, who get to play with each other.
All the elephants in the sanctuary each have their friend, a fellow
elephant, except one elephant by the name Tarra. 35 year old Tarra has a
very special friend, a dog called Bella. The two best friends
practically do everything together.
Sadly, Bella injured her back and was unable to walk. She was forced to rest for almost a month in a special treatment center.
Tara was so heartbroken by seeing her best friend hurting so much. Not once did she abandon Bella. Over the whole period of time that Bella was in the treatment center, Tara stood right outside the facility waiting for her friend to come out and hang out with her.
For three whole weeks and the option to roam free around a twenty-two
hundred acres habitat, Tara chose to just stand in the same position in the
corner waiting patiently for Bella to finally come out.
It’s so nice to see that compassion is not only a human emotion. Watch the heartwarming video clip below and remember to share this beautiful story of such an amazing friendship, with your friends and family.