Two elephants reunite after more than twenty years apart in one of the most heartwarming images the animal planet has ever witnessed. Despite the fact that we humans think animals and humans are so very different from one another, images like these show how much in common we actually are.
Despite the 22-year gap between their last encounters, Shirley and Jenny instantly recognise one another. The way they met one another after so many years, showing how their love for each other never waned, brought everyone to tears. The two elephants manage to fully appreciate their reunion despite having experienced a lot throughout the 20 years they were apart.
Since we only witness their touching reunion, these two gentle giants have had the most difficult pasts. For more than 20 years, they had been forced to perform acrobatics in circuses with the only purpose of entertaining the spectators who paid to see them perform in small spaces. Thankfully, all of that came to a stop when they were saved by some compassionate people.
Shirley and Jenny were saved from their horrible circus lives and were moved to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Here, they had an emotional reunion! Even the keepers were shocked by the old friends’ reaction when they finally saw each other after a protracted absence. However, the scene that followed as soon as they stepped into an open field is too magnificent to describe.
According to Carol Buckley, executive director of the Sanctuary, “After many minutes of caressing and exploring each other, Shirley began to ROAR and I mean ROAR—Jenny quickly joined in.” The interaction was dramatic, to put it mildly, with both elephants frantically rubbing each other through the bars as they attempted to go in together. “I’ve never experienced anything with this intensity of emotion.”
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