Tarra & Bella

Tarra & Bella

The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends

Book - 2009
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Best friends come in all shapes and sizes!

After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent? until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.

It was love at first sight as this unlikely duo became inseparable. They ate together, slept together, and even understood each other's language. And when Bella suffered a severe spinal injury, Tarra stayed by her side and was there for her until Bella regained her health.

Brilliant color photographs of Tarra and Bella at home in the Elephant Sanctuary deftly illustrate this inspiring story of companionship, and an informative note about the Sanctuary provides a great resource for parents and teachers.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.
ISBN: 9780399254437
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Alternative Title: Tarra and Bella


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All the other elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary had best friends. Tarra was the only one who didn’t—until a feisty stray dog named Bella appeared, and the two couldn’t be separated, even when tragedy struck.

snicholson76 Jun 13, 2014

An inspiring story that brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommended!

forbesrachel Jan 09, 2014

An unusual relationship is born between a dog and an elephant. Their bond is no less strong than any other, as each is there for the other through good times, and the bad. This is a story of something that really happened, and truly touched people, but gives very little information otherwise. However there is additional notes in the back about the the sanctuary. The book is more like a photo-documentary, with photos following along with the narrative.

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