While this is not a new story, it’s one that has recently resurfaced on the internet and one we, as animal lovers, simply had to share. This is the remarkable story of Shirley and Jenny, two Asian elephants that spent the early part of their lives together as travelling circus elephants – something we vehemently oppose – who formed what can only be described as a close friendship. Circumstances intervened and the elephants were separated forever. Or so it would have seemed.

Nearly 20 years after seeing each other last, Shirley and Jenny were fortuitously reunited at an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. The events that transpired are truly heartwarming and once again serve to illustrate the vast range of emotions that animals are capable of. We hope you enjoy this video as much as we did!