In the secrecy of the wooded back hills of rural Tennessee an unusual relationship had developed. Some speculated but
no one really knew what attracted the two opposites or the length of time their enchanting relationship had gone
undetected. What we do know is that on the surface it appeared that these two had little in common; one was singularly focused and soft spoken, even a little shy, but a proud territorial type with an appetite for meat. The other a gregarious chatterbox with a wandering nature and a taste for a plant-based diet. This remarkable friendship could be considered a love story of sorts; definitely what fairy tales are made of.
In 2003 the white stray canine wandered into our habitat and befriended The Sanctuary’s founding elephant, Tarra. The inseparable friends were incredible in their devotion to each other. Bella trusted Tarra so completely, she would let the giant elephant stroke her stomach with her foot and caress her with her trunk. Bella and Tarra found sanctuary together in the 2,200 acres of the Elephant Sanctuary; swimming in ponds, exploring new paths, and resting side by side in the sunshine until Bella passed away in October 2011.
The Elephant Sanctuary have set up a fund in memory of Bella which will be used to support both the ongoing care of their elephants as well as the care of strays, like Bella, who wander into Hohenwald seeking sanctuary and friendship. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support efforts of local humane associations and their efforts to care for strays in need of a permanent home. CLICK HERE if you want to contribute to this very worthy cause.