Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Love Elephants!

Tarra 

We are pet sitters because we LOVE pets. But it doesn't stop there....we love all animals! One of my favorite wild animals is the beautiful, majestic elephant. Elephants are incredibly intelligent and emotional beings. Many years ago I read a wonderful book called Modoc - The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived. This book touched me so deeply that I never looked at elephants the same again. Another wonderful book on the emotional lives of elephants and other animals is When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals. These books will certainly give you a new perspective on animals.
Tarra and Bella

The reason I brought elephants up is because in addition to Cozy Critters celebrating twelve years in business this Valentine's Day, it is also Tarra's 40th Birthday! Tarra (pictured above) is the founding elephant at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which was founded in 1995. It is our nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for African and Asian elephants. The Sanctuary provides captive elephants a natural habit, individualized care and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well being. As a true sanctuary, the habitat where the elephants live is not open to the public. You can however, watch them live on their website via their Elecams. How cool is that?! I have been a proud member of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee for years and am wishing Tarra a happy 40th birthday! I am so glad that she and all the other elephants there at the sanctuary are able to live the rest of their lives like elephants should.

You may remember seeing the story about Tarra and Bella which was shown on several different television programs and in magazines in recent years. Bella was Tarra's dog. They were inseparable and the story of their love for each other will pull your heart strings.

Click here for a quick slide show of seven amazing facts about the anatomy of elephants.