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The Healing Power Of A True Animal Friendship

The Story Of Two Special Souls With An Incredible Bond

This story begins in The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, south of Nashville. This is an elephant refuge for retired circus and performing elephants. It has over 2,700 acres of freedom for the elephants. 

This is the story of the Sanctuary’s elephant resident, Tarra, and her friendship with a stray dog named Bella.

From the moment they met, they were inseparable……..Can you spot Bella?

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The unlikely duo of an elephant and a dog reminded each of us of the importance of loving one other, despite our differences.

Bella trusted Tarra so completely she would let the great elephant stroke her stomach with her foot and caress her with her trunk. Bella and Tarra found sanctuary together in the Asian habitat of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee; swimming in ponds, exploring new paths, and resting side by side in the sunshine.

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Thank you to The Elephant Sanctuary for sharing this story and CBS News for the full story.