‘Memory like an elephant’, it’s a phrase we are all familiar with and is proven true in this story of a bond never forgotten. It’s the heartwarming story of a reunion between two elephants who grew up together but were separated for more than two decades. You will come to know them as Shirley and Jenny, and their story will leave you amazed.

20. Shirley and Jenny


This is Shirley and Jenny, two elephants who left an emotional trail of tears by everyone who witnessed their 20-year reunion. How it happened…

19. The Elephant Sanctuary


The reunion took place at an elephant sanctuary twenty years later. It was a beautiful site. But how had Jenny and Shirley create such a lasting bond?

18. Circus Elephants


Shirley and Jenny were once circus elephants. The two performed with the Carson and Barnes Circus during the late 1980s. The elephants were renowned for their amazing performances. But you won’t believe the age difference.

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! A bond not even time could shake. 

16. Family


Some say Shirley and Jenny are like a family, mother/daughter even, especially since Shirley met Jenny at such a young age. Whatever the reason and whatever the title, these two magnificent elephants could careless, not even after twenty years. 

15. Performing Together


Performing together at the circus strengthened the bond between the two. Practicing and performing together created a strength of trust they’d grow to rely upon. A strength they never forgot, even after all those years…

14. Good Memories


Considering how much time Shirley and Jenny spent 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! The bond melted the hearts of many.

13. Separated


Shirley and Jenny’s reunion became a widespread event and attracted a lot of attention. There reaction upon seeing one another…

12. Elephant Sanctuary


The folks at the elephant sanctuary where Jenny was living 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 she was leaving her zoo.

11. Leaving the Zoo


Shirley was put on the biggest truck the employees at the elephant sanctuary could rent and they went straight to where Jenny was staying. As soon as the truck stopped, what Shirley did next will amaze you!

10. Trying To Get Out


It seems like Shirley knew where she was headed 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 they were super enthusiastic to see how Shirley would react to seeing Jenny for the first time in more than 20 years. They were not disappointed. 

8. Getting Closer


With the employees leading her, 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. The moment was tense.

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.

4. Hugs


The two elephants started hugging and comforting each other with their trunks, leaving everyone who was there in tears. Just listen to what one of the sanctuary employees had to say about the experience.

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 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 was an amazing reward.

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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