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Elephant Dog dies Oct 29/2011 (Elephant and dog best friends)

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"THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY MOURNS LOSS OF BELLA THE DOG

Dear Companion to Tarra – The Sanctuary’s Founding Elephant
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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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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.
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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 had
every chance to inspect Bella's body before it was buried and to come to
terms with her death, as this is an important part of the grieving
process for elephants. But Tarra was not interested in either Bella or
the group of Caregivers who would normally have drawn our inquisitive
Girl to see what was happening.




It was only later when we had pieced together the whole picture that
Tarra's behavior at Bella's grave made sense. Our poor, brave, loving
Girl knew what had happened to her beloved Bella and, in the dark hours
of the night as she carried her body home, had come to terms with her
death.




Tarra's sisters will help her through her sadness. Although we cannot
take away Tarra's pain immediately or the pain of all those that knew
Bella, I do know Bella knew true love and true freedom. It will always
be so for animals that find Sanctuary.
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We are very concerned for Tarra and the grief she must feel at the
loss of Bella. Caregivers are carefully monitoring her during her time
of mourning. She still has a healthy appetite, and we are sure she will
lean on the support of her elephant sisters, especially Shirley, during
this difficult time.



She appears to be doing remarkably well under the circumstances, and we
will, of course, keep you informed through updates in the Asian
Ele-Diary and in Ele-Notes.



We invite you to visit Bella’s Tribute page, where we’ve shared some memories of the time she spent with us at The Sanctuary, and also read the press release that was just issued.
“Bella, you will live on forever in our hearts. Don't worry, we will
continue to look after Tarra, just as you looked after each other.” The
Elephant Sanctuary Staff



Memories like these make us smile through our sadness…."



Tarra and Bella in the Snow

Tarra and Bella Summertime.


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Added: Oct-30-2011 Occurred On: Oct-30-2011
By: dingledd
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Tags: elephants, sanctuary, tennessee, usa, dog, dies, coyotes, circuses, bullhooks, zoos, captive, captivity,
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  • Comment of user 'Smurfee10' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • very touching indeed.

    Amazing friendship they had.... r.i.p

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  • thats really sad...

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  • Sad story. :(

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  • She is gone, but never forgotten.
    Not by the elephant anyway.

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  • I knew there would be something more on the story of these two. I think I even considered it would be rather tragic. Hope they can find her another cool pooch.

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  • I fear, and i seriously fear, the day I'll have to say goodbye to my lovely fleabag!
    Why Mother nature won't let our lovely dogs get older as we do? why? It SUCKS!
    Gosh! I better go for a walk, got something stuck in my big friggin throat! and i HATE when that happen!

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    • @VagabundoR1

      I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?

      Sir Walter Scott

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  • rest in peace doggie..

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  • Didnt the elephant crush the dogs spine once?

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    • @Pure_Adrenaline No that is not what happened , the dog did get hurt but I don't think it had anything to do with the elephant stepping on it. I don't think you recover from crushed spines.

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    • @dingledd
      In the absence of information, and having grown up with dogs, it would not surprise me that the dog got under the elephants feet.

      The elephant does not have 360 degree vision.
      Our dogs are often walking near our human legs, often ran into our legs, and often lie in dangerous positions (behind people sitting chairs with wheels, in doorways in unlit passageways, in the middle of walkways).

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  • Damn it. That's too bad.

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  • This is Awful news, they where such insperation to me.
    Its so sad that Bellas gone.
    God Bless them.
    RIP Bella

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  • How about I come to Tennessee and eradicate a bunch of coyotes. You know, thin the herd, so to speak.
    It would be my pleasure.

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  • Thank you very much for sharing this update. I loved their story and dreaded when this day would come. Rest in peace little soul.

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  • Very sad and watching the second and oldest clip back again has me very emotional , incredible union of two soulmates despite immense differences

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  • Very sad and watching the second and oldest clip back again has me very emotional , incredible union of two soulmates despite immense differences

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  • Don't tell anyone, but this made me cry.

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  • :(

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  • Let's make it clear that Im sorry for the loss of the dog and the elephant's friend,but thats quite the fantasy story they reconstructed of what happened in the fact that the elephant found her and carried her home.

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  • bella was too slow again?

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  • LOL, persoally I find the elephants demeanor a little suspicious. The first vid was showig their unique relationship and how close they were......now she doesnt want anything to do with Bella. Almost like she know EXACTLY what happen. Could it be she was the perp....LOL. Some domestic diputes end this way......LOL

    Question at item owner....why did you delete my exact same comment as I just posted again.....to controversial......give me a break.......

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    • @just_crsn47 Well she died you think she wants to hang around the grave when her friend of like 10 years just died? you don't think they get sad?

      LOL what? What is so LOL? I don't see what is so funny? Elephants just don't step on you, they have amazing coordination, you can even see it in the snow video of her checking to see where the dog is. Or if you ever see them with their baby elephants running around inbetween their legs. They weren't made to just step on their babies. These 2 spent e More..

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    • @just_crsn47 I deleted it because you are an ignorant dick, I guess that's why you changed your username

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    • @dingledd wow, you are one of those sensitive guys.......just a suggestion,you may want to lighten up on the anthropomorphism.

      I only have one user name....but i did change my avatar......thats me by the way.....

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  • elephant did it !!

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  • They can make up story, so can I. Here goes. Elephant wanted some suckie-suckie from dog, dog resisted. Elephant insist. Dog died.

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    • @sok8888 I can make up a story as well. You had a large stick with jagged edges stuck up your ass and you begged for more.

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    • @sok8888 Judging by your avatar you are the one that likes and gives sukie-sukie. Are they pulling a dick out of your arse or shoving one in

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