An Elephant Never Forgets . . . Her BFF

The above video is a story of love and devotion . . . between Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. The bond they share is as deep as it is authentic. Sadly, the story has a tragic ending. Three years after this video was taken, Bella met an untimely end. (The following video update is way off in terms of lip syncing, but much of it is narration so the distraction is minimal.)

Tara and Bella have a lesson for all of us: Love conquers all. After all, if different species can befriend each other, surely we can figure out a way to get along.


Click here to watch an amazing four-minute National Geographic video that celebrates the unlikely but beautiful friendship between an orangutan and a hound dog.

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12 Responses to “An Elephant Never Forgets . . . Her BFF”

  1. becky Says:

    That is a very touching post – Thanks for sharing

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re very welcome, Becky!

  3. sheldonbuzz Says:

    I was in tears, very touching. What a strong bond between David and Goliath. Thank you Phil for sharing.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re most welcome, sheldonbuzz. When something strikes a chord in us like this, it’s a nice reminder of all the good in the world.

  5. lou Says:

    This is what the world need to see. Thanks Phil.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    It’s my pleasure, Lou.

  7. Tammy Says:

    All I can say is, “awwwww”.
    That brought a tear to my eye, but then again, I’m a sap for sweet stories like that one.
    Thank you Phil!
    You made my day.

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    As one sap to another, you’re quite welcome, Tammy!

  9. Diana Tiongco Says:

    Thank You for this. It’s a shame that so many people would rather “fight than switch”.

    Many Blessings to you and yours.

  10. Phil Bolsta Says:

    The same to you, Diana!

  11. Rashmi Says:

    WOW! Phil thank you so much for sharing. So touchingly powerful and peaceful.

    With blessings,

  12. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Rashmi. It’s nice to hear from you!

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