Shirley and Jenny spent many years in the same circus. Jenny was only a calf while Shirley was in her twenties. They lived together for an entire winter, but then were separated. 22 years later, they both ended up at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Staff was unsure of what their reunion would be like. Would they remember each other? Would they still be as close as they used to be? Would they hate each other? Would their unique bond return?
Fortunately, they got their reunion on film, and it’s beyond amazing! According to the sanctuary, their bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable. They say it is very rare for elephants to display this kind of emotion in captivity.
At first, it’s like they didn’t recognize each other. But suddenly, Jenny tried to get closer to Shirley. Once they made eye contact, Shirley erupted into a huge baritone roar. Shirley roared and gentled touched Jenny’s face. It was clear that they remembered each other. What a heart-warming moment! Watch the reunion for yourself in the video below: