Shirley and Jenny: Two Elephants Reunited After More Than 20 Years [video]

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This video details the  amazing story of 2 souls that are reunited after being apart for 20 years. Animals seem to have amazing emotional intelligence and compassion. This video will give you goosebumps!

Elephants, aside from being the largest land mammals on earth, are also one the most intelligent. They share social structures very similar to our own and take great care of their young. This story of Shirley and Jenny is not uncommon. We see this behavior in the wild and in sanctuaries; the two respected elephant sanctuaries in North America (in my opinion) are The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and PAWS California.

920d0_elephants-51The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee , which is where Shirley and Jenny are, is the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It is a non-profit organization, licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and accredited by the Association of Sanctuaries, designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. The Sanctuary’s outreach program has taught thousands of school children across the country a respect for wildlife while learning about the crisis facing Asian and African elephants, both in captivity and in the wild.

PAWS in California has a similar mission to help and rehabilitate elephants and other wildlife. They are dedicated to the protection of performing animals, to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned and retired captive wildlife, to enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife, to the preservation of wild species and their habitat and to promoting public education about captive wildlife issues.

I never understood (even as a child) why animals had to perform in a circus. It seemed unnatural to me and inhumane. In these current times (and hopefully the future) we, as human beings, will understand the importance of elephants and other wildlife. They are meant to live and enjoy their lives out on earth as we are….just not in circuses and in entertainment venues.

Please consider taking a few minutes and check out the iWorry campaign and sign their petition to save our elephants and wildlife from illegal poaching and the wildlife trade. Every action has a reaction. One person can make a difference!

You can visit the campaign and sign the petition here


If you want to learn more about elephants check out these interesting facts!: 

  1. Elephants can hear one another’s trumpeting calls up to 5 miles away.

  2. Elephants can reach a top running speed of 25 miles an hour.

  3. Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal—almost 22 months. Cows (female elephants) usually give birth to one calf every two to four years.

  4. An elephant’s wrinkles increase the surface area so there is more wet skin when they bathe.

  5. The skin color of Asian Elephants is dark grey to brown, with patches of pink on the forehead, the ears, the base of the trunk and chest.

  6. Rubbing against trees shares that tree’s scent with the elephant, who then, carries it on his/her body for the other elephants to smell.

  7. The elephants’ closest living relatives are sea cows, like manatees, dugongs and hyraxes.

  8. An elephant herd can have 5 – 1,000 individuals and is led by an old female, called the matriarch.

  9. When the “Elephant Whisperer” Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him. ( I’ve read the book, “The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild”, it’s fascinating! You can check it out here)

  10. Elephants are scared of bees

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