Shirley and Jenny used to be circus elephants when Jenny was just a calf and Shirley was in her 20s. Both of these majestic creatures ended up becoming crippled due to some horrendous experiences…
Fifteen years ago, back in 2000, PBS aired a documentary about them and captured their incredible reunion on camera. These old friends were reunited after more than 20 years! Their bonding will bring tears to your eyes for sure!
As soon as they were reunified at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, they immediately continued where they left off it seems. They are like family to each other and it is really touching to see such an incredible bond even after they got separated for so many years! When Shirley first meets Tara who entered the barn first, Tara caresses Shirley’s face and her damaged ear, just like a human would. Incredible to watch.
Solomon has been Shirley’s caretaker for quite some time and today he gives Shirley her last bath. He cries as he talks about her, and I nearly lost it. Shirley an Jenny met when Jenny was the last to return to the barn at night, and during the night, in their desire to be closer to each other, they bent the bars between them.
Unfortunately, Jenny passed away in 2006 from illness and Shirley took it particularly hard. Sanctuary director Carol Buckley says she refused to eat for two days following her best friend’s death.
So amazingly touching – the story of Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee after a 22-year separation. The bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable.
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