Category: Weird Articles
Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
The joys of playing fetch for a dog is unmeasurable. They experience so much happiness in running after a ball and bringing it back. Another animal that shares the same pleasure in playing fetch is Bubbles the elephant who plays it with her labrador bff. WARNING: Reading this article might give you an acute case of the 'awwww's.
There is nothing more charming than seeing two animals form an emotional bond with each especially when they are both of different species. Bubbles, a rescued orphan elephant and Bella the labrador have developed a friendship like no other. They devised a game of their own where Bubbles would pick up a ball with her trunk and waddle into a pool of water to tease Bella with it. The deep water does not deter Bella, and she would proceed to paddle over to Bubbles and climb onto her back. Bubbles would then hurl the ball into the air and Bella would leap off her friend's back to retrieve it with Bubbles in hot pursuit.
“They just love to romp around together,” says Bhagavan Antle, director of the wildlife park in California where the two bffs live.
Bubbles is one of the animals who is part of a wild life conservation effort called The Rare Species Fund in Southern California.
The first time Antle met Bubbles, she was a 154kg baby, 1.07 meters tall. Before the center took baby Bubbles in, they had carefully weighed the option of adopting an elephant which can live for 60 to 100 years. Bubbles captured everyone's hearts especially Antle's who described it as being “love at first sight” and now she is happily living with her friends in a safe environment free from threats. She has grown up to be a very jovial elephant weighing in at 4 tons and reaching a height of 2.74 meters at 30 years old.
Bubbles was flown to the US with a few other orphaned elephants to be allocated to several animal conservation facilities after their parents had been killed for their tusks.
The silent and unbreakable bond between Bubbles and Bella is not just the only special thing about this extraordinary elephant. Bubbles is a celebrity on the big screen where she has starred alongside Jim Carrey in Ace Venture II and Janet Jackson in her music video, Together Again.