Dog and Elephant Friends Play Catch Together

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A dog named Bella is bringing a new twist to the classic game of catch. According to Daily Mail UK, Bella plays the game with her friend Bubbles, the orphaned elephant.



Bubbles doesn't play at a beginner level. The gentle giant likes to tease Bella with the ball, holding the toy above her head with her trunk or taking the ball into the water. This doesn't stop the labrador, who just climbs onto Bubbles' back when things get difficult.

Once Bella is in position, Bubbles chucks the ball, and the dog is off into the water to retrieve it with the elephant close behind. The pair met at a wildlife park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that is part of the Rare Species Fund. Director of the park, Bhagavan Antle, brought the two together by rescuing Bubbles when she was only a baby.

The 340-pound calf was left alone and helpless in Africa, after both her parents were slaughtered for their tusks. Bubbles was taken out of this dire situation and flown first-class to a new life. She arrived in the United States with several other orphaned elephants looking to find a home at a wildlife facility. Antle fell for Bubbles instantly, and now the playful pachyderm has been living at the wildlife park for 30 years.

Bubbles' life got even better when Bella arrived, finding an unusual but frisky friend in the dog. The duo spend most of their time playing, resting and fetching balls together. Bubbles does take the occasional break to entertain the masses. The elephant has appeared in "Ace Ventura 2" and in a Janet Jackson music video. She's also neighbors with recent pawstar, Hercules, the world's largest feline. What a talented bunch!

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Merle

It is hard to imagine a pack of coyotes being able to take down a full grown elephant with out any one from the sanctuary hearing it . I don't think there are wolves in Tennessee. Very sad.

September 18 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keefaik

at the tenn. elephant sanctuary... www.elephants.com There is tarra the ele and her friend Bella. That is the story you are thinking of.

September 17 2013 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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amandaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Unfortunately the Bella in Tn. passed away about a year or so ago. She was apparently attacked by wolves on the sanctuary property. Terra found her body and brought her back to the stables and mourned her for weeks :(

September 17 2013 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mattdearborn

340 pound elephant? The guy working in the cubicle next to me is 270. Cmon.

September 17 2013 at 2:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
MRBEE

Now if humans could get along with each other as this elephant and dog do, we actually may be headed toward PEACE ON EARTH. What a day that would be!

September 17 2013 at 12:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Douglas Zoubek

This is the best thing I have seen all day. Way cool. Wish all news was happy as this one!!

September 17 2013 at 12:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pmrspnj2

humans should take a lesson from them.
having a sense of morrality has made us behave dispicabaly

September 17 2013 at 12:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
fjoe88

There was another Elephant and dog romance...Go to YouTube and search the Elephant and the dog... Make sure you tissues

September 16 2013 at 11:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
classof68gto

This reminds me of a story about a dog named Bella and an elephant that were inseparable. I believe it was in Africa. When Bella got sick, the elephant came to the gate surrounding the house where Bella was recovering and the elephant made crying sounds as the elephant wanted to see Bella so Bella was brought out to see the big guy. Any about 2 years or so ago Bella was killed by a wild animal and the elephant lost its best friend.

September 16 2013 at 11:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Susan

You are thinking of Tarra the rescued elephant and Bella the dog, who lived in the Tennessee elephant reserve. Yes, that Bella was killed, probably by coyotes, in 2011.

September 17 2013 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
heatherock

I need an elephant!!

September 16 2013 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle Reyes

Everyone should see this...it\'s so cool!

September 16 2013 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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