Two Elephants Reunited After More Than 20 Years – video


The story of Shirley and Jenny may not be new, but is worth watching or learning from it. The two crippled circus elephants were reunited at ”The Elephant Sanctuary” in Tennessee, after a 22-year-long separation.

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Carol Buckley, Executive Director of the Sanctuary at the time, spoke about their amazing reunion:

“Jenny came into the barn for the first time since Shirley’s arrival at around 7:00 pm. There was an immediate urgency in Jenny ‘s behavior. She wanted to get close to Shirley. Once Shirley was allowed into the adjacent stall, the interaction between her and Jenny became quite intense. Jenny wanted to get into the stall with Shirley desperately. She became agitated, banging on the gate and trying to climb through and over”.

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”After several minutes of touching and exploring each other, Shirley started to roar and I mean roar – Jenny joined in immediately. The interaction was dramatic, to say the least, with both elephants trying to climb in with each other and frantically touching each other through the bars. I have never experienced anything even close to this depth of emotion”, Buckley added.

The bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable between the two former circus elephants. Like they say, elephants never forget. Here is the story of their friendship:

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