|Death: ||Oct. 25, 2011|
Bella the dog was a stray that was found on the grounds of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee guarding a large backhoe. Eventually, Bella would discover Tarra, an Asian elephant and the first circus/zoo elephant to find refuge at the Elephant Sanctuary. They would become inseparable in life, eating, playing, and sleeping together each day.
Tarra and Bella would become famous when Bella was found hurt and temporarily paralyzed after a fall. While she was recuperating in the offices of the Sanctuary, Tarra refused to leave the area until her friend came out.
The two continued to share a unique relationship through the years. A children's book was written about their story, "Tarra and Bella", and the story was featured on the CBS news. The Disney Corporation wanted to make a movie about the pair, but the Sanctuary refused to give up the rights to the story after it was discovered that Disney would be using live animals for the movie, going against the very thing that the Sanctuary stands for.
On October 25, 2011, Tarra returned for her breakfast without her little friend, which was very unusual. The staff at the Sanctuary started a search of the 2200 acres and Bella's body was found outside the Asian elephant barn. It was determined that Bella had been attacked by coyotes. The staff could not figure out how Bella's body ended up at the barn, as she had not been attacked there and could not have walked there on her own. It was then that blood was found on the underside of Tarra's trunk. She had carried her little friend back home after the attack.
Bella was buried on the grounds of the Sanctuary.
Specifically: Buried at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN
Created by: Liisa Budge-Johnson
Record added: Oct 31, 2011
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