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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 12:49 PM

Elephants Shirley and Jenny Reunited After 20 Years. Keep your tissues handy...

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Reply Elephants Shirley and Jenny Reunited After 20 Years. Keep your tissues handy... (Original post)
1monster Nov 2013 OP
zeemike Nov 2013 #1
Voice for Peace Nov 2013 #2
Laffy Kat Nov 2013 #3
calimary Nov 2013 #12
Laffy Kat Nov 2013 #13
IrishAyes Nov 2013 #4
roguevalley Nov 2013 #38
IrishAyes Nov 2013 #39
roguevalley Nov 2013 #44
Uncle Joe Nov 2013 #5
12ZTR Nov 2013 #6
calimary Nov 2013 #15
IrishAyes Nov 2013 #40
calimary Nov 2013 #48
IrishAyes Nov 2013 #49
calimary Nov 2013 #50
brer cat Nov 2013 #7
sakabatou Nov 2013 #8
sakabatou Nov 2013 #9
yuiyoshida Nov 2013 #10
ffr Nov 2013 #11
Kingofalldems Nov 2013 #14
applegrove Nov 2013 #16
Casandia Nov 2013 #17
Auntie Bush Nov 2013 #47
dgauss Nov 2013 #18
benld74 Nov 2013 #19
cui bono Nov 2013 #20
sarge43 Nov 2013 #21
freshwest Nov 2013 #22
MoreGOPoop Nov 2013 #23
Ferretherder Nov 2013 #24
red dog 1 Nov 2013 #25
guyton Nov 2013 #26
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1monster Nov 2013 #33
Historic NY Nov 2013 #35
ailsagirl Nov 2013 #27
JNelson6563 Nov 2013 #28
secondvariety Nov 2013 #29
FLyellowdog Nov 2013 #34
Flaxbee Nov 2013 #30
guyton Nov 2013 #31
mike dub Nov 2013 #32
kaiden Nov 2013 #36
tavalon Nov 2013 #37
Elfin Yeti Nov 2013 #41
840high Nov 2013 #42
SunSeeker Nov 2013 #43
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #45
JimboBillyBubbaBob Nov 2013 #46
myrna minx Nov 2013 #51

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:05 PM

1. That was a tear jerker.

And it looks like they did not want to be apart for even a second...but now a happy ending.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:11 PM

2. I must have seen this already ten times and it never fails to make me weep

 

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:11 PM

3. OMG. That was one of the most beautiful and bittersweet things I've ever seen.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:45 PM

12. No kidding. Welcome to DU, Laffy Kat!

Glad you're here. So touching! Beautiful. Life-affirming. Redemptive. I wish we humans would help - or just get out of the way.

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Response to calimary (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:50 PM

13. Thanks, calimary! I've actually been lurking around here for years.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:15 PM

4. What big beautiful hearts.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 09:36 PM

38. when I die I want to be on the other side to welcome the souls of animals.

I want to take care of them. This was so sad. They have society and family. I HATE CIRCUSES! I always have.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #38)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 09:49 PM

39. You might've found your true life's calling already. That's a beautiful ambition,

one you may well realize.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #39)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 12:09 AM

44. i hope so.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:19 PM

5. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, 1monster.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:20 PM

6. Maybe happy endings,

 

For all animals,after man is gone from the Near Term Human Extinction we are bringing on ourselves.

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Response to 12ZTR (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:55 PM

15. Welcome to DU, 12ZTR!

Good to have you with us! Funny - you're saying that. I find myself thinking that same thing. Remember that show that I think was on the History Channel or Nat GEO some such thing - something like "After Man" or some such. And it hypothesized about how the planet would fare if humans were wiped off the face of it. It saddened me to realize that deep down inside, I watched that show and thought about the many different reasons that might be a good thing. Sometimes it just makes me cringe to think what we and our reckless, shortsighted, cavalier attitudes are doing to this planet.

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Response to calimary (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 09:52 PM

40. Kurt Vonnegut (I think) suggested Mother Earth sees humanity as an infection of which

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she must ultimately rid herself or die. Shameful, but that's how too many of us behave - as infections rather than good stewards.
............................................................................

Awoke this morning crying to myself, "No, no! It was HEINLEIN who said that!"

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #40)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 01:22 PM

48. Sad. And true. I still reference Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land."

I've discussed "grokking" with so many people by now. One of the best verb concepts ever!

And I'm not surprised by that quote. I'm shamed by it. I feel like, as a human, I'm compelled to take ownership of it. And it just makes me agonize about how the faith I was born into (Catholicism) has bred this utter horror - of the whole Crapture thing (well, that's what I call it, 'cause it's complete CRAP) and the religious freakazoids (who seem to be multiplying rather distressingly) think that the more we befoul the Earth, the sooner JEEEEEEEZUSS will come back and fix everything. Like He's some sort of heavenly Maytag repair man or something.

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Response to calimary (Reply #48)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 01:31 PM

49. Well, I've heard Jesus called worse, but the fundies do believe the more they pillage, the better

pleased God will be with them. It's somewhat like a murderous paramour saying "I love you so much I'm going to kill you." Totally insane - and evil. They will pay. I just hate to see the innocent swept into their maelstrom because when it all collapses, nobody will be safe.

And this business of Dubya trying to convert Jews; talk about carrying coal to Newcastle.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #49)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 03:23 PM

50. Yeah, no kidding, IrishAyes! Just ICK-making.

But then again, ANYTHING involving that dumb-ass unindicted war-criminal is ICK-making.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:34 PM

7. That requires a big hankie.

But I'm so glad I looked.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:35 PM

8. All my feels!

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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:40 PM

10. totemo sugoii ne..

ii kimochi desune!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:42 PM

11. Thanks for sharing that. Wonderful to witness.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:52 PM

14. Made this old timer cry...

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 01:59 PM

16. I've seen it before. Love it.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:02 PM

17. Here's a link to the sanctuary in Tennessee

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Response to Casandia (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 01:07 PM

47. Thanks. Nice to know so many people actually care/love the elephants and are doing

something to really help them.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:09 PM

18. What goes on in the mind and emotions of an elephant is more than we'll ever know.

But I know that was a good thing.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:32 PM

19. Humans are the most dangerous animals on the planet

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:35 PM

20. Aw...

so nice to see her lounging around in the water at the end. So relaxed.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:39 PM

21. "She won't have to wear that chain no more"

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:43 PM

22. Box of hankies. No more chains. Thanks for posting it.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:47 PM

23. Beautiful!

Solomon's tears got me.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:51 PM

24. Shirley came from our zoo, here in Monroe, LA.

It is so wonderful to know that she will live out her days in the company of her best friend and companion! Sometimes life offers us some beautiful things to help us cope with the almost constant heartless greed and indifference we see all around us, these days.

...definitely made me cry.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 02:58 PM

25. K&R...Thanks for posting.

Shirley and Jenny are lucky they don't live in Africa, where the illegal ivory trade continues, and where these beautiful, gentle giants are slaughtered for their tusks.

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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 04:29 PM

33. !

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Response to guyton (Reply #26)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 06:26 PM

35. sniff, the noble elephants....

they have more compassion and empathy then the party thats uses them as a symbol.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 03:07 PM

27. Home at last

Free at last

Tears falling

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 03:13 PM

28. That gentleman's love for Shirley

is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a while. Absolutely loved this, hadn't seen it before. *sniff*

Julie

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 03:15 PM

29. Jenny died way too young.

She had ten wonderful years at the Sanctuary after a lifetime of mistreatment.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 03:27 PM

30. thank you so much for posting this. beautiful.

I wish I could visit the Sanctuary...

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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 03:53 PM

32. Thanks for this, 1monster. Beautiful!!

I've been to this sanctuary. The sound of elephants' trumpeting, echoing up the ridges and down the holler, is Joyous. The elephants are truly free, here.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 08:12 PM

36. Bawled like a baby, I did.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 09:24 PM

37. I made it to the last minute

Wow, that is beautiful and what happened to them both is so wrong.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 10:41 PM

41. Here is part one

Thanks for posting this! I'd seen it a few years ago and contacted Carol Buckley at the sanctuary because I thought it was the Shirley I knew a long time ago. I used to take photographs at an equine hospital in Illinois and a circus elephant named Shirley came in with a broken leg (right rear). I photographed the surgery and lost track of her so never knew the outcome. Carol and I did some research and found they were different Shirleys and "mine" did not survive more than a few months after her surgery. The hospital personnel went to great lengths to help her but in the end the injury was too severe. Makes this even more painful to watch but this is a great story. Thanks again 1monster!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2013, 10:43 PM

42. Thank you.

 

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Sun Nov 17, 2013, 12:07 AM

43. ...

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 01:22 AM

45. that's really cool

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 10:08 AM

46. Thanks for that.

I have to go clean up mountains of leaves now. I will be thinking of that scene the whole time. Wow!!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 08:14 PM

51. *Sobbing.*

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