"Hello small feathered things I am a baby elephant it is nice to meet you may we shake noses?"
Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day: Tarra, a resident of the Elephant Sanctuary near Nashville, attracted media attention two years ago due to her unlikely friendship with a mixed-breed dog named Bella who had wandered onto the sanctuary grounds. Sadly, Bella was attacked and killed by coyotes two weeks ago.
Since then, Tarra has been inconsolable.
“There’s nothing we can do to take away her pain,” said sanctuary CEO Rob Atkinson, who added that the other elephants were doing what they could to ease Tarra’s heartache — keeping her company and offering her some of their food — but the wound of losing her best friend is still far too fresh.