Video posted to YouTube by elephantsanctuary.
“Since 1995, twenty-four elephants have found sanctuary in Tennessee. They live out their lives with the freedom to roam the natural habitat of the Sanctuary, making new friends and special relationships as the years pass.” The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, Tennessee
Normally when a new elephant arrives at the Sanctuary, she searches out a another to hang with and be her friend. (Not unlike humans . . . and, ah, felines.) In the case of Tarra, her best friend became Bella, a dog. An unusual friendship, theirs has attracted a certain fame. The managers at The Elephant Sanctuary were reportedly even approached by Disney, which wanted to do a film. ”No thanks,” they said. You see, Tarra is retired now. Tarra and all the Asian and African elephants that have found safe harbor at the Sanctuary are no longer abused or required to work for the edification of humans.
You can read Tarra’s story and that of other elephants rescued and now roaming free on the 2,700 acre facility in Hohenwald, Tennessee . . . certainly not an elephant’s natural habitat, but a fine home given the climate and the best thing to happen to them since their captivity. Many come to the Sanctuary suffering from physical illness and trauma and PTSD.
According to the site, the cost to care for and house each elephant is $125,000 a year. A $30 donation will feed an elephant for a day. The organization has posted a wish list that include medical kits, repairs to trucks, and other necessities.Visit their interesting website to learn more about elephants and the Sanctuary, buy gifts, and make donations.
Elephantine Trivia: There are some 300,000 muscles in their trunks.