Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tara and Bella - The Story Continues

Remember Tara and Bella, the wild kingdom's odd couple? Elephant and dog? A story was broadcast last January on CBS Sunday morning and it soon became a video sensation.

If you don't remember it, here's a brief recap. At the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, Tara the elephant wanted no part of her peers, but chose instead to hang out with Bella, a stray dog.

They played together, walked together, ate together and stayed together. When Bella got hurt and had to recuperate in the sanctuary office, Tara stood vigil outside...for three weeks until Bella was well enough to come back out and let her pal know she was okay.

After seeing the first story on CBS Sunday morning, Disney contacted the sanctuary and wanted to do a wild life action movie starring the two friends. But, the owners of the sanctuary refused. Watch the video for the explanation.

What would you do if Disney came calling?

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Melissa said...

I'm so glad they said no to Disney!! I couldn't help but feel the same way--a movie would not have been the environment they were trying to provide for Tara.

I swear, seeing that story makes me tear up every time. It's SO sweet!! Thanks for sharing this post!

Mary Cunningham said...

I feel the same way, Melissa. The relationship between Bella and Tara is so pure, I'd hate to see it exploited.

However, the sanctuary sure could use the money that Disney offered! But, at what cost?

Thanks for your comment

Norm Cowie said...

... and then there's Disney's attorneys ...


Mary Cunningham said...

Yeah, and that, too. I think they made the right decision.

Thanks, Norm!