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Bella The Dog Is Dead: Tara The Elephant Mourns Her Best Pal (Photos)

by | 31st, October 2011

SAD news from the elephant sanctuary for abandoned, runaway, inspiring and wayward elephants in Hohenwald, Tennessee: Tarra’s friend Bella has died.

On Tarra’s profile, we learn:

Reason for coming to the Sanctuary: inspiration and founding member

She has talent:

Born in Burma, Asia, Tarra’s artistic talent began to emerge almost immediately upon her introduction to America and life in captivity. Often, Tarra was observed holding a stick in her trunk, drawing abstract images in the dirt. Using a stone grasped firmly in the end of her trunk, she passed the solitary night time hours by etching drawings on the concrete floor of her barn.

CEO Robert Atkinson, a former Head of Wildlife for the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has news :

My dear friends,

I write to you with very sad news. Tarra’s little dog Bella has died. We found her body on Wednesday and have been dealing with the aftermath ever since, trying to work out what happened while we look after Tarra and each other.

We noticed Bella was not with Tarra at breakfast on Tuesday and later that morning she still had not appeared. Tarra and Bella have always spent short periods apart as one goes off exploring briefly on their own, but this longer absence worried us deeply and a search of the property was started which continued into the next day. The search ended tragically when Bella’s body was found close to the Asia barn that had long been home to Tarra, her five sisters and Bella. During the time of the search our usually social Tarra chose to remain alone, watched over by concerned Caregivers.

Read on:

Dr. Scott, our vet of sixteen years, examined Bella for the last time and, with advice from the experts from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, determined the probable cause of death was an attack by animals, most likely coyotes. We have sent off samples to see whether there were any other contributory causes.

Having carefully examined Bella’s wounds and the place where she was found, we concluded that Bella had not been attacked near where she was found and neither could she have walked there.

As these investigations were taking place observant Caregivers, even more watchful of Tarra than usual, noticed blood on the underside of her trunk, evidence that pointed us in the direction of what likely happened that fateful night.

The most probable scenario is that during the night Bella strayed from Tarra briefly and was set upon. Tarra arrived too late to save her but was able to stop further damage being done to Bella’s body. With deep sadness and deeper wonder we come to comprehend what likely happened next—that Tarra picked Bella up and carried her home.

Further evidence in support of our belief for what happened comes from Tarra herself. After Bella had been found, Caregivers ensured Tarra

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