Tara and Bella


Tara and Bella

Posted on 03 November 2011 by Cathy

When elephants retire to a sanctuary they usually bond with another elephant to live out their final days. Tara the elephant and Bella the dog were an unusual pair and inseparable for the past 8 years. They did everything together including eating, drinking, sleeping and playing together. Even when Bella got a spinal cord injury, for three weeks Tara held vigil outside the building where Bella was being cared for.

Bella passed away last week after most likely being attacked by coyotes. Her friend Tara carried her body back to the barn where they spent much of time together. Since Bella has been buried Tara has gone back several times to visit the grave. Here is a video about their friendship that was put together in 2009


To read the tribute at the Elephant Sanctuary click this link



Here are some other unusual friendships

When Surya the orangutan met Roscoe the stray hound dog the two became best friends


When Owen a baby hippo was orphaned after the 2004 tsunami, he took up with Mzee who is a giant tortoise and 130 years old. They have their own website here:











Cassie the kitten was abandoned by someone who threw her into a backyard. She was so small the homeowners thought she was a rat. Moses the crow  took her under her wing and began taking care of her. Moses would pull up grubs and stick her beak into Cassie’s mouth to feed her.

Sierra was adopted by Sushi when her mother rejected her. Sierra is a tiger and Sushi is a mini pincher. Watch their relationship here

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Justice for Zahra Baker

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Justice for Zahra Baker

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Cathy

She finally admitted it! Zahra Baker’s stepmom, Elisa Baker finally admitted she killed her. She just plead guilty in a Catawba County courtroom today to second degree murder in the death and dismemberment of her disabled North Carolina stepdaughter. She also plead guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and bigamy. Elisa Baker stated that on the day the child died she found Zahra unresponsive. It was Sept. 24, 2010 and she tried to perform CPR before calling Adam Baker. She will now serve 14 to 18 years in prison. As far as the father Adam Baker goes he was found to not be involved in his daughter’s death or dismemberment. Phone records prove she was lying to him about his daughter being alive. They also prove he was at work while she was getting rid of the body as well. Investigators never did found Zahra’s head, hands, right arm, upper left leg or her lower right leg. This case has always been very sad to me. I hope the family now has some sense of closure as they begin a new chapter of their life. As for many of us we will never forget Zahra

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