Monday, June 25, 2018

I ADOPTED TARRA


 
I am a huge supporter of Animal Rights, every life is important and worth saving. I fell in love with Tarra and chose to adopt her and to help to support the life she deserves to live along with her other friends at the Elephant Sanctuary. My support is small in comparison to what an elephant needs on a daily basis. One elephant eats about 150 lbs. of food a day.The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is an amazing place. Tarra was the first Elephant to arrive there. She was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1974. When she was six months old, she was brought to the United States in a wooden crate via cargo plane. She was sold to a tire salesman in Southern California who kept her in a delivery truck. Shortly after Tarra’s arrival in the US, the Asian elephant was declared an endangered species, and all future importation of Asian elephants into America was halted. 
At two years old, Tarra was purchased by Carol Buckley. She was trained to perform, give rides and became know for roller skating and painting. Carol and Tarra traveled working in circuses, amusement parks, zoos, on TV and in movies for the next two decades.  In 1995, Carol Buckley partnered with Scott Blais to found The Elephant Sanctuary and Tarra  became the first resident.
In retirement, Tarra made new fans. The story and videos of her unlikely friendship with a stray dog named Bella at The Sanctuary was viewed all over the world. The duo were near-constant companions for eight years before Bella’s passing in 2011. 
Tarra has been at The Elephant Sanctuary for 21 years. She has welcomed many of the newly retired elephants, trumpeting and spinning excitedly as the transport trailer arrived at the barn with a new resident. Caregivers refer to Tarra as a social butterfly—an elephant that seeks out all the other elephants in the Asia habitat for visits and companionship. Although Tarra is most often seen with Shirley and Misty before her passing, she frequently spends time with Sissy and Winkie. It is common for Tarra to walk miles on any given day to visit other elephants or to explore on her own. Elecams have often recorded Tarra wading in the lake, sometimes stirring the water with one of many sticks that she carries with her during her travels. 
 
  At 41 years old, Tarra is one of the youngest Asian elephants at The Sanctuary. She has been at The Elephant Sanctuary over half of her life.  Her favorite food is watermelon!
Can you imagine a grocery bill that looks like this: 
 9 truckloads of hay (5,624 bales to be exact), 2,100 pounds of peanut butter, 1,500 crates of fresh fruits and vegetables,supplements and vitamin E, and that goes up everytime a new elephant arrives.

 In the right top corner of my blog is a button that says, "Buy Me A Watermelon". That is Tarra's favorite treat. Any "watermelon" purchased there goes directly to Tarra and her friends at the sanctuary once a month. You can also view them on the EleCam. Thank you for helping to preserve our planet, one elephant at a time.

https://www.elephants.com/elephants
This is where you can meet:
Billie
Debbie
Flora
Minnie
Ronnie
Shirley
Sissy
Sukari
Tange
and Tarra 


We owe these magnificent animals a life of protection and love.
Much Love,
Kim




8 comments:

  1. Bravo, Kim! Elephants are sweet and beautiful creatures.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree Suzanne!!
      Thanks for visiting my blog today!
      XX
      Kim

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  2. Wow Kim! I never even knew about the beautiful creatures living here in the US. Your generous heart warms mine and I appreciate your posting this.I am off to visit Tarra and friends at the website you provided.
    hugs & love,Jackie xx

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    1. They are magnificent beautiful sweet creatures! I am going to visit Tarra this Fall. I can't wait!
      XX
      Kim

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    1. Thanks Jackie, I absolutely love to journal. Probably one of my most favorite things to do. I let it go for so long because I made myself too busy. I decided this year that I wasn't going to fill my plate so full that I missed out on doing some of the things I love to do. The problem is that there are so many things I love to do and never enough time!! LOL

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  4. I have another internet friend who lives in Memphis, TN who supports the Elephant Sanctuary and has a link to the web cam on her blog. Your contribution is admirable.

    Here in Wichita, we got six elephants at our zoo. Although not ideal like the wildlife sanctuary, they are in far better hands than had they been killed off in Africa. Here is my first look at these beautiful elephants at our zoo:

    http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-first-look-at-sedgwick-county-zoo.html

    Thank you for stepping up and giving more than just your heart to Tarra.

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    1. Thank you so much for the link to your zoo. I am going to look now. And I have the the link on my computer to the web cam, but what a great idea to put it on my blog! So glad you visited and left me this information. What a sad world we would have without animals!
      XX
      Kim

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