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This is probably one of the cutest stories about animals I’ve seen in a while, and what animal advocate couldn’t use a good pick-me-up every now and then, right??

It is a story about a very unlikely couple: Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. They found each other at Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Each showed up all alone, but soon found comfort in the other’s presence. They know they’re not the same species, but it doesn’t seem to bother them at all–they’re friends through and through.

When people try to argue that non-human animals are mindless dolts (which, to be fair, isn’t often argued about dogs, but still…), I like to point to stories like this, which to me so clearly illustrates how complex and emotional non-human animals really are:

Tarra and Bella have been close for years — but no one really knew how close they were until recently. A few months ago Bella suffered a spinal cord injury. She couldn’t move her legs, couldn’t even wag her tail.

For three weeks the dog lay motionless up in the sanctuary office. And for three weeks the elephant held vigil: 2,700 acres to roam free, and Tarra just stood in the corner, beside a gate, right outside that sanctuary office.

“She just stood outside the balcony – just stood there and waited,” says Buckley. “She was concerned about her friend.”

Watch the video – totally worth your time, I promise – to see the full story, including watching Tarra’s giant foot pet Bella’s furry belly!

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A 14 year old girl in rural Argentina gave birth to a baby boy and abandoned the child in a field outside the town of La Plata (not far from Buenos Aires).  The following day a neighbor heard the baby crying and went to investigate.  It was then that the man saw that the baby was being protected by La China, his dog who had recently given birth to a litter of puppies.  La China had apparently carried the infant about 50 meters from where he had been abandoned to where her puppies were huddled.  In the 37 degree weather, the boy would have died without the dog’s intervention.  Amazingly, aside from a few minor scratches, the boy was perfectly fine.

La China’s guardian says the dog is a hero, and is a bit overwhelmed by her new found fame.  You can watch a video here and see how scared she looks–poor thing!  Hopefully the excitement will die down a bit and she’ll be able to raise her puppies in peace.

Stories like this make me wonder why humans can’t be more like dogs, honestly.  La China didn’t care that this baby wasn’t her own species, she just knew that he was helpless, and she took him in – at least that’s what I think!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be so compassionate?

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