Have you heard about Shirley and Solomon? Well Shirley is the name of an elephant and Solomon is her keeper. Their tale called The Urban Elephant, is an award winning story of this elephant and her keeper.
You see, long before Shirley met Solomon, she was living a terrible life in a circus and after her rescue, she spent 20 years inside a Louisiana zoo, but there was one problem – she had no elephant friends.
For the last two decades, Solomon was Shirley’s keeper and the two shared an incredible bond! Solomon understood the fact that Shirley was lonely and so he spent as much time as he could giving her love and affection.
Solomon knew that despite everything he was doing for her, Shirley would be happy with other elephants. Shirley needed her freedom. It was only in 2003 that the zoo agreed to send Shirley to The Elephant Sanctuary, where she could be among other elephants and have plenty of free space to walk and heated barns to relax.
In the video below you’ll see how Shirley and her keeper travel together to help the elephant settle in the new environment. Solomon cried as he bathe Shirley for the last time, and the only thing that keeps him going is the fact that Shirley would finally be happy.
As if that’s not enough, Shirley unexpectedly reunited with an elephant she had known a long time ago! As it turns out that the other elephant was Jenny who also worked with Shirley in the same circus 30 years ago!
At that time, Jenny was still a baby and Shirley was her surrogate mommy! This is amazing, heartwarming and totally beautiful. Please don’t forget to share this post with your friends 🙂