Scientists say that elephants never forget anything. Well, it seems like this is actually true. Today we have an amazing story about the heartwarming reunion between two elephants who grew up together, but were separated for more than two decades. The two elephants are named Shirley and Jenny, and their story will leave you amazed.
20. Shirley and Jenny
These two elephants in this picture are Shirley and Jenny. Their reunion after 20 years of being separated is so emotional that it left everyone around them in tears!
19. The Elephant Sanctuary
The reunion took place at an elephant sanctuary but before we get to that, let’s check out Shirley and Jenny’s origins story and see why the bond between them is so strong.
18. Circus Elephants
Shirley and Jenny used to be circus elephants. The two performed with the Carson and Barnes Circus during the late 1980s. The elephants were renowned for their amazing performances. How old do you think Shirley and Jenny were when they first met?
17. Big Age Difference
The age difference between them was quite significant when they first met each other. Shirley was in her twenties while Jenny was still a calf. This might be the main reason why the two had such a strong bond!
Some might say that Shirley and Jenny are like a family, especially since Shirley met Jenny at such a young age. Therefore, the two were sure not to forget each other, not even after being separated for 20 years.
15. Performing Together
Performing together at the circus also strengthened the bond between the two. Practicing all those moves over and over made them get closer to each other. And they never forgot one another, even after all those years…
14. Good Memories
Considering how much time Shirley and Jenny spend together, it should come as no surprise that the two haven’t forgotten about each other even after being separated for more than 20 years!
Now that we know the story of Shirley of Jenny, let’s see how the two actually reacted when they first saw each other after a lifetime of being separated!
12. Elephant Sanctuary
The folks at the elephant sanctuary where Jenny was living in knew that they had to reunite her with Shirley. After finding out about their story, the elephant sanctuary employees didn’t waste any time and put Shirley on a truck. You won’t believe how enthusiastic Shirley got when she found out that she is leaving her zoo.
11. Leaving the Zoo
Shirley was put on the biggest truck the folks at the elephant sanctuary could rent and they went straight to where Jenny was staying. As soon as the truck stopped, Shirley did next amazing thing!!
10. Trying To Get Out
It seems like Shirley knew where she was headed to because as soon as the truck stopped, she tried to open the door. However, the door was locked and she couldn’t open it with her trunk…
9. Behind Metal Bars
Seeing how enthusiastic Shirley was to get out the truck, the employees didn’t waste any time and opened the doors. They said that they also were super enthusiastic to see how Shirley would react to seeing Jenny for the first time in more than 20 years.
8. Getting Closer
With the employees leading her way, Shirley was getting closer to Jenny’s location. The employees admitted that they were a bit tense in fear that Shirley might not recognize Jenny. However, they sure weren’t ready for what was about to happen!
7. Seeing Jenny
The most amazing thing happened when Shirley saw Jenny. Shirley started moving faster and wanted to get closer to Jenny. Did she recognize who she was??
6. Everyone is Ready
Everyone was getting tense while Shirley was slowly approaching Jenny. Fortunately, the cameraman was ready to capture this heartwarming moment.
5. Seeing Each Other
The two elephants were finally close to each other. No one could predict how Shirley and Jenny reacted as soon as their trunks touched. Keep reading to see how the two welcomed each other.
The two elephants started hugging and comforting each other with their trunks. This is a once in a lifetime moment and everyone who was there was in tears. Just listen to what one of the sanctuary employees had to say about this.
3. Strong Emotions
“I have never experienced anything even close to this depth of emotion”, said one of the employees.
2. Happy to Help
The entire staff that works at the sanctuary was overwhelmed with emotions. They were happy to help! This reunion was something special, and the fact that they recognized each other after such a long time is amazing.
1. Always Together
Now that they are reunited, Shirley and Jenny are not leaving each other’s side. They are always together and they couldn’t be happier!
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