Tarra and Bella were inseparable buddies for a solid eight-year stretch. They had complete faith in their friendship’s longevity. However, it was a heart-wrenching event when Bella passed away, leaving her loyal elephant friend behind.
As per CBS reports, Tarra and Bella established an unbreakable bond when they first encountered each other at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee almost ten years ago. Despite their variations in size and species, their friendship bloomed rapidly, and they became inseparable. They spent numerous moments enjoying each other’s company and treasured their time together.
Tarra and Bella, an elephant and a dog, formed an unlikely bond as they spent their days eating, playing, and napping together in a barn. Their friendship was heartwarming, and when Bella had to stay in the sanctuary office to heal from an injury, Tarra patiently waited for her return. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when coyotes attacked Bella, causing severe injuries. Though efforts were made to save her, Bella ultimately passed away, leaving Tarra to grieve the loss of her beloved friend.
According to the sanctuary caretakers, Tarra discovered Bella’s remains following the attack and took her body to their usual play area. It is uncertain whether Tarra could have intervened or arrived too late. Robert Atkinson, CEO of the Elephant Sanctuary, expressed profound grief at Tarra’s reluctance to let go of Bella’s body and bring it back home. He also revealed that Bella’s unexpected passing had a considerable effect on Tarra, resulting in a discernible shift in her attitude and actions.
As he watched her become more distant and despondent, he noticed that Tarra found solace in the company of other elephants at the sanctuary who could relate to her struggles and bolstered her spirits through a trying time. While he recognized that there was little he could do to ease her pain, Atkinson was amazed by the positive impact that the mere presence of her fellow pachyderms had on her outlook. In the touching video below, we can witness the heartwarming bond between Tarra and Bella.