Elephant-dog friendship at elephant PTSD sanctuary
October 27, 2009 5:32 PM Subscribe
Meet Tarra and Bella, an elephant and a dog who are best friends.
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They live at The Elephant Sanctuary
in Hohenwald, Tennessee, a haven for elephants with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
be a movie, but Sanctuary co-founder Carol Buckley tells the story of Tarra and Bella in a picture book
. (For a premium price -- all net proceeds go towards the Sanctuary -- copies are available that have been stamped with Tarra's
signature and Bella's pawprint.)
The Elephant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
page provides interesting context for thinking about elephant violence and rehabilitation. (The first link on the page, "An Elephant Crackup?", makes a passing mention of elephant-on-rhino rape. For those interested in whether that really happened, here's what I found: The Straight Dope
, "Herd Mentality: Of Pachyderms, People, and Peril"
, and a bit more detail from the author of "Herd Mentality" at the "neurobiology" link below.)
G. A. Bradshaw, specialist in "trans-species psychology, the theory and methods for the study and care of animal psychological wellbeing and multi-species cultures,"
, argues in a 20/20 video that "To diagnose an elephant with PTSD is novel, but that's because we have denied elephants the capacity of having a mind, having a psyche, having emotions.
, the neurobiology
. . . is there." (20/20 video has scenes of elephant shootings, capture, and harsh training that some may prefer to skip, from -13:25 to -12:57, -10:40 to -10:34, -9:55 to -9:44, -4:28 to -4:18; elephant violence at -9:24 to -8:04; Sanctuary footage begins at -7:24; heartwarming elephant reunion footage at -4:04)
Previously: animal consciousness?
; The Elephant Sanctuary
; Animal Kingdom Odd Couples