Elephants are some of the largest creatures in the world. They are also known to be extremely intelligent. The saying that someone has the memory of an elephant means that they can remember just about anything and should be taken as a compliment. For the most part these are gentle animals but they will attack if they feel themselves or their offspring are in danger.
Elephants are known to form very strong emotional bonds. They are excellent with their offspring and they seem to get along in their herds for the most part. They haveeen seen displaying signs of distress and sorrow when one in their herd is injured or that it has died.
Sara, a friend of mine, brought the following video to my attention. It is about an elephant, Shirley, who has been in the circus her whole life. She eventually has out lived her circus life and her very caring caretaker found this wonderful sanctuary for her to live out her days. Shortly after she arrives she meets another elephant who was in the same circus years ago as a baby and they instantly recognize each other. This video is beautiful. The caretaker has such an emotional connection to Shirley and you can tell that he is very emotional about sending her away - even though he knows this is the best place for her.
Get your tissue out and watch this very beautiful, touching video of a reunion of two lovely elephants.