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

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.

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Posted: 31st, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comments (9)