Unfortunately this beautiful story came to a sad end last year when Bella was believed to be killed by coyotes. Tarra actually carried Bella’s body back to the barn they shared together.
Tarra is in mourning for her beloved Bella and has turned to her sister elephants for comfort. Bella even visits the site where Tarra died. How incredible are elephants?
“It is with heavy hearts we honor the passing of Bella the Dog. Eight years ago, 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 and the story of their unique bond has been shared around the world. . . .We love and miss you, Bella, and will continue to take care of your friend Tarra.”
The End of an Amazing Friendship
Posted by: James Hathaway
A tribute page has been set up for Bella. You can leave your remarks about the amazing pair bond between Tarra and Bella. Please support The Elephant Sanctuary, they are doing wonderful work.
Your Tribute to Bella
Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
— John Muir
Photos: Courtesy The Elephant Sanctuary
Videos: Courtesy YouTube
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Tags: Bella and Tarra, Amazing pair bond, sentient animals, elephants, dogs