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Orphaned elephant struggled to make friends until she met a playful labrador

This is the story of the unusual but heartwarming friendship between Bubbles, a rescued orphaned elephant, and Bella, the labrador.

Bubbles is not like your usual elephant. She loves to play catch with her best friend labrador, who is only about her knee height.

Even when Bubbles dives into a large pool, Bella manages to get the ball by climbing on the giant’s back.

Bubbles lives at Myrtle Beach Safari. She was flown in from Africa as a child after her parents were killed for their tusks.

Bubbles, a 32-year-old African elephant, plays in the river with his best friend Bella a 3-year-old labrador. They both live together at Myrtle Beach Safari, South Carolina, USA. Picture by Barry Bland

Bella jumps her playmates back to catch the ball and then swims away, leaving the elephant chasing her.
“They just love going to romp around together.”

The animals at Myrtle Beach Safari are part of a wildlife conservation effort called the Southern California Rare Species Fund.

Bubbles now weighs about 4 tons and are over 9ft tall; when she was brought in, she weighed about 150kg and was only 3.5ft tall.

Bubbles were among a couple of orphaned animals brought to America to be rescued from a lack of housing and care in Africa at the time.

Bubbles definitely changed her life after finding deputations in movies like Ace Venture, Malaika and even appearing in a Janet Jackson music video.

Wild Elephants with relaxing music

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