Two elephants reunite after 25 years. Tears ….

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Shirley & JennyShirley & Jenny

25 years ago, Shirley and Jenny were together in a circus, used as performing elephants.

Jenny was only an infant and had just arrived from Asia. Shirley became Jenny’s surrogate mom.

Then they were separated.

More than 20 years later, a crippled Shirley was brought to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. After spending two decades alone, Shirley once again met other elephants and . . . her old friend Jenny.

Watch what happens. Unless your heart is made of ice, you will weep . . . .

And may God bless Solomon, Shirley’s caretaker for 20 years.

Shirley & SolomonSolomon says goodbye to Shirley

Founded in 1995, the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is America’s largest natural habitat rescue developed specifically for African and Asian elephants. The sanctuary provides captive elephants a natural habitat, individualized care and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their wellbeing. As a true sanctuary, the habitat where the elephants live is not open to the public.

The Elephant Sanctuary has a maximum 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. To donate, click here.

See also “Elephants near extinction: Muslim jihadists profit from poaching, fueled by Chinese buyers“.

H/t WatchThisDaily & FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska.


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0 responses to “Two elephants reunite after 25 years. Tears ….

  1. Dr Eowyn, thank you for bringing us such a profoundly wonderful story. It lifted my day.

  2. That was awesome!! I’m so glad they’re back together. What happened to Shirley’s leg? Are the keepers planning anything to mend it properly?

  3. I’ve seen this video 4 or 5 times and cry every time. It’s definitely one of the sweetest stories ever. I have always loved elephants and over the years, every so often, a circus elephant would go rogue, sometimes killing someone. Usually, these elephants were executed. Sickening. Finally though, humans are starting to wake up and realize the suffering we are causing all animals in restrictive captivity. I think SeaWorld will be making major changes in their program in years to come, given what has transpired in recent years. Keeping these sea mammals in captivity is a crime. We simply don’t need circuses and SeaWorld type attractions anymore. As a child, even the cartoon movies, “Bambi” and “Dumbo” broke my heart. And, “Old Yeller” absolutely traumatized me. Even though the Lassie movies with Roddy McDowell and Elizabeth Taylor always turned out fine, I, even today, will cry when Lassie finally makes it home, tired and bedraggled, and is waiting under a tree for Roddy to get out of school. There’s so much work to be done to protect all living creatures, it seems like an uphill battle. Animals have so much to teach us and my heart breaks over the cruelty and murders brought by man’s hand.

  4. Makes life worth living to see this, a moment of joy in a world of pain, excellent post, thanks!

  5. Ah, sniff, sniff.

  6. A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12:10 <3

  7. 🙂

  8. NaturalBoredCitizen

    This is just some psychological trick. Conservative Constitutionalists don’t care and however this elicited emotion from me must therefore must be a trick. Haha Doc! Gotta a tissue?

  9. Okay. It’s early morning over here in Sweden. I felt depressed until I saw this article. It’s too cute.

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  11. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most touching post. I cried and cried. Dear Jenny and Shirley are together again in a most beautiful environment. And may Our Dearest Lord bless Solomon, such a saintly man, for taking care of his friend for 20 years. You can see the kindness in his eyes.

  12. UPDATE:

    When I first wrote this post, I had given a donation to the Elephant Sanctuary online. The Sanctuary allows donors to “adopt” a specific elephant. I didn’t see Jenny’s name among the elephants, so I “adopted” Shirley, and left an online message asking what happened to Jenny.

    Today, I got a big envelope from the Elephant Sanctuary, with a personal letter to me explaining what happened to Jenny. She had died on October 17, 2006, after a long illness, surrounded by Shirley, 2 other elephants, and her human caregivers. Her necropsy showed that the immediate cause of death was a bacterial sepsis from a pre-existing knee injury that had brought her to the Sanctuary in the first place.

    I’m now even more impressed with the Elephant Sanctuary, which has a maximum 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.


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