Elephant becomes dog's best mate at US sanctuary

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 January, 2009, 12:00am

Everybody knows that dogs are a man's best friend since time immemorial, but now they're befriending elephants as well.

Tarra is an Asian elephant at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, United States, and she has become best friends with a mutt named Bella, according to CBS News.

While her fellow elephants at the sanctuary forged close friendships with other elephants, Tarra and Bella bonded quickly. They have stuck together for years.

For instance, a few months ago Bella suffered a painful spinal cord injury, paralysing her entire body. For three weeks Bella lay motionless in the office, and for three weeks Tarra staked out the building. When sanctuary co-founder Scott Blais carried Bella out onto the balcony so she and Tarra could see each other, he said Bella's tail started wagging.

After that, Tarra was allowed to visit Bella every day until Bella could walk. The two best friends have become closer, and Bella even lets the elephant rub her tummy.