October 10, 1987 ~ May 15, 2009

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3177 Messages & Tributes to Ned

October 13, 2014
Ned,
On October 10th you would have turned 27 years old. I'm sorry you passed so soon. I hope you are in a better place. I will keep you alive in my heart forever. Namaste Ned. Rest in peace and love...
Jim Mclaughlin, California
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September 13, 2014
Dear Ned,
I'm so glad that you were able to spend some time at The Elephant Sanctuary. You were a precious boy and it's nice that you finally got the love that you deserved.
Sue Harris, Ithaca, New York
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September 4, 2014
Who do we call on to ban all imports of exotic life for human entertainment??
If entertainment comes at the expense of innocent life, then please everybody, refuse to be entertained ever again!!! Never again visit a circus or a zoo. It's the only way to prevent suffering of innocent creatures.
We live in a world that is so self-centered that innocents pay the price with their lives!! It is so incredibly unfair. Zoos and circuses should be outlawed!!
Sophia Lewis, Augusta, Georgia
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August 25, 2014
I am in dog rescue and through my Facebook rescue page, I was lucky enough to stumble onto your site. I love Elephants so very much, each is so very special and Ned is no different. Through your words about him, I see his playful side and great sense of humor; I also see great pain in his past, as all captive working Elephants endure at the hands of humans. What a crime, a crime that must end. No animal should be used and abused and taken from their natural lives to entertain humans, we are a violent, greedy species. I cannot help but feel that Ned's premature death was due in some way to the way he was always treated in his life; the truth is, his death was probably due in EVERY way to the way he was forced to live his whole life. You caring, loving people (thank God there are some left) had Ned looking so much better, in a short amount of time, I thank you so very much for showing him love and caring and peace in his life before he passed. He was very special, as is every Elephant, and he'll be remembered always, with love. Thank you all at the Elephant Sanctuary for being there with the love you show these deserving and special beings as well as the expert medical care they need after a lifetime of abuse; Ned was lucky to have been there, even for just a short while. Run free in heaven dear Ned, you will never be forgotten and you were loved more than you could know, special one.
Carol Givens-Hulbert, Wilmington, North Carolia
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August 3, 2014
I came upon the Elephant Sanctuary quite by accident a month 6 weeks ago and I have felt the spirit of what you do. I have read the majority of the articles on each one but today when I read and saw Ned... I was filled with and could see the love he felt. I have rescued greyhounds for 14 years now and have numbers 3 and 4. I can't really compare them to your sanctuary, but I can say that my dogs just like Ned felt nothing but love when it was their time to leave. Ned, I knew you not but I felt nothing but love for you today and I know you are in a better place and at the time of your departure... you were loved by more people than you could ever imagine. And I now add myself to that list.
Gary R. Milner, Saratoga Springs, Ut.
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August 1, 2014
You were a beautiful animal, and I am so sorry you were taken and sold into a life of abuse and slavery. You are free now.
Jessica, Indiana
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July 31, 2014
We are all of one Soul.
Dagmar, Karlsruhe, Germany
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July 29, 2014
I am so sad you are gone. Thankfully, your last experience with humans was loving.
Patricia, Lexington KY
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July 26, 2014
God bless you , dear Neddie. Thank you for being among us on this life. I'm glad that you are not hurting any more. be my friend
steve, oregon
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July 17, 2014
I love you darling.
Llynnette Lane, Des Moines, Iowa
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July 9, 2014
It is a great honor to know I once shared this earth with you. You are a majestic and beautiful creature both in the physical and spiritual world. I am so sorry that your time here was a painful one. May your next life be filled with happiness, love and blessed with freedom.
Carolina, Florida
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June 23, 2014
Beautiful Ned,
From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry help didn't come sooner. You deserved to be treated like a king. At least you are at peace now. RIP NED
Ariadne Chodkowski Jones, Goshen Kentucky
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June 17, 2014
Poor Ned. I now that Carol and TES tried to help him feel better but I think he had intestinal problems because he was so thin. He never had a chance to enjoy TES. Poor Ned is in ele heaven now. SO sad how many elephants are abused in the circus and even rotting away at zoos. I visited lonely Lucky at the San Antonio Zoo. She has been there for 53 years rotting her life away and she needs to come to TES.
Cindy Wines, Princeton, Idaho
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June 15, 2014
Hello Ned, I never got to meet you in person, after seeing you and your friends on here, wish I would have met all of you.

I do have one request. I would love to see you and all your family and friends that are already up there to meet me at the gate along with all my little buddies already up there when my time comes.

If you all can't make it, I'll just ask where are all the beautiful and handsome Elephants, and I will come to you all. Until then relax, enjoy and do what ever you all want, take care Big Buddies
Mike Seica, West Sacramento, CA
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June 12, 2014
God Bless you Neddy,Even though I never met you in person.....
anonymous,
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June 7, 2014
I think about you everyday sweet Ned. You pulled at my heart strings the first time I laid eyes on you. Rest in Peace sweet boy and know that you were loved by so many.
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania
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June 2, 2014
Hey, Ned! I think of you often, and hope you are at peace.

Love, Liz
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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May 19, 2014
To Ned,
May you rest in perfect peace, and always know the kindness and contentment of sanctuary...
Lori Conley, Montgomery, MA
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May 18, 2014
For some reason, Ned grabbed and held my heart as no other elephant. I wish he'd had more time to be loved on this earth, but he made many hearts much bigger before he left. Thank you, Ned.
Eileen Lankow, Hortonville, WI
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May 15, 2014
I can't believe five years have gone by. I'm so happy that Ned's last few months were at the Elephant Sanctuary. I can see how happy he was there. God bless you, Ned.
Dawn Hoover, Foster City, CA
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May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014 - Dear Ned, it's been five years since your passing, I think of you often as I engage in my advocacy work to free elephants from the horrors of the circus industry. How I wish you would have been able to overcome the lifetime of abuse inflicted on you; you deserved much more time within the peace and safety of a sanctuary . . . sadly, it wasn't meant to be. I'm grateful that Carol and the eles welcomed you into their loving fold. Bless you dear Neddy.
Jayne, Virginia
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May 15, 2014
On this fifth anniversary of your passing, my thoughts are of you. You will always live on in my heart sweet gentle soul. Namaste Ned. Rest in peace and love...



Jim Mclaughlin , California
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May 15, 2014
Sweet Neddie,
Another May 15th has come to us both - your anniversary in heaven and my birthday on earth. I'll never forget, Neddie. You will live always in my heart.
Love, Joan
JS, CT
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May 8, 2014
What a sweet boy. It's so sad you had to suffer but at least your last few years were so much better. It's heartbreaking to see how people treat elephants but heartwarming to know there are those who truly care. God Bees you all.
Marian Bonanno, Florida
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May 7, 2014
oh ned you are a great fantastic amazing elephant! I cried watching the videos
rose, NJ
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April 25, 2014
hello im just a kid but ned you are a great elephant and your my favorite.
Breanne, El Paso, Texas
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April 25, 2014
It is comforting that Ned was loved and well cared for at the end of his life. He didn't deserved such mistreatment in the beginning but he finished his life in dignity. Rest in peace sweet Ned. Thank you to the staff at the Elephant Sanctuary for showing him the respect, kindness,and love he deserved while on this Earth.
Amy, Mansfield, Texas
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April 11, 2014
Lieber Ned, Gott sei Dank bist du erlöst und Jesus hat dich zusammengeführt mit deinen Ahnen im Himmel. Deine Kraft nach dem Horror den du erlebt hast reichte nicht um noch eine längere Zeit an diesem schönen neuen Ort zu verweilen. Aber Gott sei Dank hast du wenigstens 5 gute Monate vor deinem Tod genießen können und den Unterschied kennengelernt und dies auch mitgenommen in den Himmel, die Erfahrung von Freihheit, Fürsorge und natürlichem Leben. Ich danke Gott dass du diese 5 Monate so erleben konntest. Und seelig sind die friedfertigen denn Ihnen gehört das Himmelreich und seelig sind die Leidtragenden denn sie sollen getröstet werden. Amen Und ich hoffe dass du nun für immer bei Jesus und deinen Artgenossen im Himmel seelig leben kannst ohne nochmal auf diese immer finster werdende Welt kommen zu müssen. Halleluja wie schön zu wissen dass du glücklich und seelig bist da wo du nun bist.
Alles Liebe von ganzem Herzen für dich und alle deine Artgenossen die ich so sehr liebe, ihr seid wundervolle Wesen, voller Güte und Friedfertigkeit, voller Liebe und Demut ich liebe euch!!!!! Amen
Kerstin, Bielefeld Germany
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March 21, 2014
Im glad to know that Ned is in a better place. Gone but not forgotten. :>
austin, Jackson, Tennessee
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March 18, 2014
Sweet soul, I hope that you are free and happy now that you have crossed over to the other side. Namaste.
Christine, Hoschton, GA
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March 15, 2014
Ned I absolutally love elephants and when one of them dies It just breaks my heart because they are such sweet animals. Even if u are gone I still love You and I know many others do to. I love you!
Sadie, Overland Park ks
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February 24, 2014
i never saw an elephant that was so obviously mistreated but still alive. you have touched me more than any other elephant. i cry every time i see the video of your arrival at the sanctuary. your existence has changed so many lives. we love you Ned, mimi, loulou and shellyloo
michele, san diego
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February 22, 2014
Ned, I wish that we humans had given you a better and longer life. Your gentle spirit is reflected in your eyes. I'm sorry for the pain you suffered in your short life but happy to know that your final days were spent at the sanctuary where you were loved and well cared for. Rest in peace, gentle spirit.
Jerry Redmond, Farmingdale, NY
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February 17, 2014
I love you Ned.You are a very beautiful elephant.I will miss you
7 yrs old Landon Moore, Seymour Tn
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February 14, 2014
Ned, your life was cut short, yet you were so lucky to have lived out the rest of your life in "freedom".
Peggy Kenney, Niagara on the Lake, ON, Canada
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February 5, 2014
i guess because there's not much animal advocacy on the news people dont realize that elephant abuse from circuses still goes on to this day in the 21st century, glad that he lived his 1 year in good company, you can tell by staring at his eyes that hes gone through alot of shit, well miss you Ned.
Davey boy, Hawaii
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February 1, 2014
At least some of these sad stories of abuse have a happy ending, and Ned at last had the care and love he deserved. If we had the eyes to see, we would know when he comes visit his home and friends.
Marcia Mueller, Spokane, Washington
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January 24, 2014
Hi Ned,
Now you're in elephant heaven. Have great fun and I'm so sorry you were abused for so long. You're a GREAT guy!
I love you.

Kate Lowe, Redondo Beach, CA
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January 19, 2014
Dear Ned,
I just want to say at least you spent your last years at The Elephant Sanctuary. But I wish you were here longer. You are such a sweet and intelligent elephant, Ned. God bless you.
Namaste,



Sree Namboothiri, Lexington,KY
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January 5, 2014
Dear Ned,
I wrote a poem just for you. I hope you like it.

There once was an elephant named Ned.
We all love him much more than banana bread.
He was extremely intelligent,
Just like every elephant,
You are such a good boy, Ned.

Now you are a sweet angel in heaven. You are loved,missed, and remembed by so many. At least you got to live at TES, somewhere that is both safe and wonderful.

Will you tell Jenny, Barbara, Bunny, Tina, Dulary, and the rest that I said hi? Rest in peace.
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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November 27, 2013
I love you Ned...just finished volunteering this November at the wonderful Elephant Sanctuary, what a glorious place for Elephants to live in freedom !!! I cannot think of a more majestic, intelligent, forgiving friend than the elephant !!! I love You all and thank You for the wonderful work you do.

Jennifer, Ft. Myers, FL
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October 25, 2013
I hope i can educate people on how beautiful you and all eephants are and that we need to protect you always
RIP and i am so sorry for the way you were treated on this earth
leona, ontario canada
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October 10, 2013
It is Oct.10th 2013 sweet Ned and I want to wish you a Happy Birthday up there in elephant Heaven. I know you had a very hard life down here on earth but I was so glad you found the elephant sanctuary so you could live the remainder of your days in peace and tranquility. I miss you Ned and your story was one I will always remember. Once again Happy Birthday and rest in peace sweet Ned.
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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October 10, 2013
Happy Birthday, sweet Neddie. So much time has gone by since you left us, and yet you are still loved so very much by so many. You will never be forgotten. I miss you and think of you all the time, as you now lay resting and peaceful beneath the beautiful Tennessee sky.
Please tell Lottie, who left on this day, that Minnie is doing her very best to find joy in her life without her dearest friend, until they meet again in Heaven.

Always in my heart, my poor, beautiful boy.


Joan, CT
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September 4, 2013
My wish for your legacy Ned, would be that you didn't die in vain, and that the government would rescue your tortured cousins in time to save their lives. We will never forget you.... brave young man, your gentle soul and sweet loving eyes. So sorry for the life you were given.
Laura C, New Jersey
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August 24, 2013
I am so saddened to hear what you had to endure during your life but so pleased that you were in a wonderful place for your last year. Bless you and all the wonderful critters on this planet.
Doreen, Coquitlam, BC
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August 3, 2013
I am sorry that you were so mistreated neglected in your too short life. Hopefully, in your end days you became aware that there were humans that cared and that you could trust.

Beth, Florida
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July 29, 2013
Dear Handsome Ned, Although I have been
a member of The elephant Sanctuary support group for several years, I missed the fact that you, a male elephant, had joined the girls. It makes me so sad to know that you and your sisters were abused and always misunderstood. And then my heart does a little dance as I think of where you are today and the kind, generous,selfless humans who now look after you.
Get well, dear Ned. Eat lots, learn to trust,
believe that there are many of us who truly care about all of you. Your friend, Marie Merzon
Marie M. Merzon, Kent Cliffs, New York
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July 24, 2013
Ned you are an Angel now. Sorry that u had to experience such pain and abuse from humans
Michelle, Brooks Alberta Canada
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July 17, 2013
ned - still thinking of you little boy. you arrived at sanctuary on my birthday and i thought it was the best birthday gift ever!
i'm sorry you were never really able to enjoy life to the fullest, and I think as a male elephant, your spirit was truly broken. I know living at sanctuary gave you the time to relax and be you, and feel love and caring. For that we give thanks and find solace.
Peace and love dear Ned, you deserve it.
lisa johnson, beavercreek OH
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June 3, 2013
Hey Ned sorry I didn't come to your sanctuary but its great.
Riley Sanesh, Canada
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May 28, 2013
we will miss you
powers, usa
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May 18, 2013
RIP Ned.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 17, 2013
Ned, I can't bring you flowers to your grave. Instead I signed a petition for "no more wild animals in german circus" and another petition to free your sister "Mali" in the zoo of Manila. I think this is your testament to help other animals who are still in painful captivity.

Ned, I hope your life history prevent the suffering of other animals!

With all my love, Connie, Germany
Connie, Germany, Wiesbaden
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May 15, 2013
I will never get over seeing Ned coming out of that truck. I never saw an elephant so thin. it was the most heart breaking sight. so thankful his last days were spent at the sanctuary. always in my heart and mind, Ned.
michele , san diego, california
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May 15, 2013
Dearest Ned,
As I sit here drinking my morning coffee from my "Ned" mug, I think of you on this 4th anniversary of your passing . You will always live on in my heart.
Namaste Ned. Rest in peace and love...sweet beautiful spirit.
Jim Mclaughlin, McKinleyville, Ca
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May 14, 2013
Dearest Ned:
Twenty-one years of suffering, misery, and abuse, treated cruelly and without love.
Six months of peace, dignity, and kindness in Tennessee; not long enough.
Loved by thousands all over the world.
Four years of Heavenly love, with your elephant sisters and Bella.
May 15, a day we will share forever.
Happy Anniversary in Heaven, Sweet Neddie.
Always in my heart.

Joan, CT
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April 13, 2013
I watched in awe seeing a live elephant coming off the truck, then into the barn where he seemed a little baffled as to the room. Out on the grounds walking around he seemed to be saying Oh thank you for all this room, I am free at last. I am so thankful for your sanctuary, He spent his last days in comfort and peace. You are a great origination to be doing this wonderful work. God Bless.
Nancy Griffiths, Inverness, Florida 34450
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April 5, 2013
Godspeed, Ned. Heaven can never have too many elephants!
Jan Odom, Starkville, MS
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March 31, 2013
I CAN ONLY AFFORD FIFTY DOLLARS A MONTH IN YOUR HONOUR==I WISH IT COULD BE MORE!!!!!
LINDA, OKC
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March 16, 2013
You are such a beautiful boy! What a lovely facial expression.
Samantha Klaburner, TN
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March 5, 2013
I'm sorry Ned that life was unfair for you. But now you are well, God created you and now God will take care of you. Ned I'm so sorry that you met up and got in the hands of the wrong people. God keep you safe now and no one rlse can hurt you.
Charlotte, Greenfield tn
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January 28, 2013
RIP Ned, I saw your story and just started bawling my eyes out. I saw the trailer for the first time a month ago and was like, yes, another one is free to roam and starting living like intended but then I saw that b/c of prior mistreatment you had passed away.

I heart is soooo heavy but knowing you no longer suffer brings me comfort. YOU WERE GORG!!!
connie b, rockford il
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January 18, 2013
For as long as I can remember, I have had a unexplainable love for elephants. I am always so amazed by their beauty, intelligence and amazing personalities. I explore new facts about these majestic creatures everyday most from this very site. When I came across Ned's story it brought tears to my eyes. The happiness I am sure he was able to find in his new home must have made everyday of life worth living for. I have been searching for the right path for myself to take as it goes for my education and future and I came to the conclusion that the only thing I could truly love waking up to and doing everyday until the day I die is to work with elephants. I hope when I finish up my degree in biology I have the chance to join this family at The Elephant Sanctuary where I could change the lives of many rescue elephants
Mellisa Martin, Clarence Ny
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January 13, 2013
GOD BLESS YOU NED> REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN WITH ALL YOUR ELEPHANT FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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January 5, 2013
we all love u ned i hope you rest in peace

rebecca, california
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December 2, 2012
Dear Ned, I cried as soon as I saw you make your way from the trailer to your new home so well deserved. I don't understand how anyone could have deprived you of your needs. Why does any animal have to suffer? You never asked for much only love and good care. I will keep you in my thoughts always precious one! Thank you to everyone at the sanctuary for making Ned's life so much better. You provided him all the love and care he never had before. You made him happy forever.
Gayle McGinty, Victor, Colorado
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November 29, 2012
Dear Ned


we will miss you Ned. I wanted to rite a tribute yesterday but could not. I did not know there was an elephant sanctuary in TN. I found out about 4 weeks ago. i am 10 and my name is Alex. In loving memory NED
alex, soddy daisy
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November 29, 2012
dear ned

we will all miss you. you were loved. i just found out about this website about a month ago. i thought wow elephants in tennessee
Pewdiepie, toronto,canada
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November 27, 2012
Dear Ned,

You are so cute and probably very sweet I wish you were still alive today.:)
Gabbi, Tennessee
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November 26, 2012
Ned, You have such a big beautiful spirit. How could anyone harm you? At least you were surrounded by LOVE & CARE your final year. Enjoy paradise now.
I don't understand why it took the USDA 8 yrs. to step in and help you?
I've never met you, but I love you! I tried to write this yesterday, but my eyes kept filling up with tears, as they are now. I will close by saying "God Bless All" at the sanctuary. What a noble thing they are doing!
Garrie, Greenfield, In.
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November 7, 2012
Dearest Ned,
although you`re no longer in the sanctuary I`m sure they will never forget you,it`s so sad how some people treat animals. Let me tell you there is a baby elephant born in our Zoo in Amersfoort Holland and visitors are asked to give him a name,I will suggest Ned,is that alright with you?
Love you and I`m sure the good Lord will take care of you now.
Ineke Hoegen, Amersfoort-Holland
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November 2, 2012
Dear Ned,
You were a very speacial elephant,no other pachyderm should tell you otherwise.You are in a better place.Hey,mabye you'll meet my grandad and dog! Anyways hope you have a great afterlife.
R.I.P,Trent
Trent Joesph Grasso, Burke,VA
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November 2, 2012
Ned was a radical elephant.He died three months and three days before I turned eight.From what I know he was very caring and lovable.He did'nt desreve to die,and neither does any other elephant on earth.Especially by us humans.I've heard the circus is the way Ned passed.The staff of that circus should feel horribly guilty that they caused this magnifecent animal to die.Especially at the young age of twenty two.He deserverd nothing like that.But I guess he's in a better place now. As Scott said, I too am very sad the way he went.I have had a lifelong obbsession with elephants, and your one of the reasons I work to save them.My sister thinks the same.Rest in peace,dearest Ned.
Trent Joesph Grasso, Burke,VA
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November 1, 2012
Hello ned.
c is still with great emotion that I connect the story of your life.
R.I.P. Sweet Ned...
rogez bernard, Lens,France
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October 29, 2012
RIP Ned, it's sad to see you go the way you did
Scott, Pennsylania
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October 26, 2012
Your story touched my heart..it hurts to think that humans are responsible for such cruel & lonely living conditions. I just wish more people were aware of how much the circus entertainment industry perpetuates the plight of you beautiful animals. I'm still crying as I type this. I know that you are at blissful peace & happiness now. <3
Tanya, Michigan
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October 17, 2012
Ned... I am in awe of you. You are magnificent! You are such a tall boy, you almost didn't fit through the barn door. But, I'm so happy that you did, and that your time at Sanctuary was fill with love, and peace. See you on the other side, sweet boy.
Susan Galvan, Anderson, CA
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October 13, 2012
I didn't remember Ned. But just seeing his pictures I am touched. Thank you. Each and everyone of you that loves my friends so much. I personally have a loving heart for these Giants. Thank you so much!!
Cheryl Ross, Winston Salem, NC
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October 10, 2012
Happy Birthday, sweet Neddie. Another year gone by that you didn't have because of what humans did to you. I wish there was something more I could do to help other circus elephants get to Tennessee before it's too late for them, as it was for you. You suffered so much. There are still so many beautiful souls, still being forced to live and perform in horrible conditions. Please, if you can, be with them and comfort them. And give my love to Lottie, who left us on this day. Tell her Minnie misses her dearest friend so much, but is doing her best to stay challenged and occupied (as only Minnie can!), until they are together again someday.
Always in my heart, my beautiful boy.


Joan, CT
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October 4, 2012
Love brings relief from pain
comfort in place of suffering
safety instead of fear.
Beautiful Ned
The peace of eternal Love
to you.


Thank you, Elephant Sanctuary.
You are a bright light in a deep darkness,
you give me reason to believe.

(Oh, how I wish Lucy and Sunder could come to live with you...)



Bonni Thompson, Huntsville, Alabama
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September 15, 2012
Dear Ned
Ned's story truly touched my heart.I will never forget you.
rogez bernard, Lens,France
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September 7, 2012
Dear Ned,
I am so sorry for the awful life us humans gave you. I hope that you enjoyed your few months of freedom with your own kind.
I hope your ghost, along with the ghosts of all the elephants who lived in slavery through the years now walk happily, and freely in wild places you have never been before.
Rest in peace.


Cecilia, Downingtown, PA
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July 18, 2012
NED, MY NAME IS ALSO NED. I WISH I COULD HAVE MET YOU AND BECAME FRIENDS WITH YOU.
YOU ARE A MAGNIFSENT PERSON. YOU HAVE SUCH WISDOM IN YOUR EYES AND I AM GLAD YOU WERE ABLE TO SPEND YOU LAST DAYS IN COMFORT AND WITH LOVING PEOPLE. I INTEND TO VISIT YOUR HOME SOON. MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH ELEPHANTS LIKE YOU FOR YEARS.
NED ALLEN DAY, BASYE, VIRGINIA
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July 6, 2012
Lots of love to you. You are very missed! You all are God's most noble animal. Love to all the elephants in the sanctuary and the greatest people who take care of all the elephants. I love elephants so much!
Jan Thomas, Brunswick, Ga.
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June 28, 2012
I love you Ned. How anyone could mistreat a beautiful animal like you is beyond my comprehension. I love this picture of you with the grass on top of your head. You are adorable. Love and Blessings on you, forever Elizabeth
Elizabeth Cooper, Missouri
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June 6, 2012
You handsome boy! You are forever in my heart. You are free.
Kelly Spencer, Middlesex, NJ
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May 26, 2012
I am also just beginning to learn about these amazing and magnificent creatures. I never realized just how smart, curious, empathetic, patient, gentle, and loving elephants are. It breaks my heart to read some of their stories, and Ned's story made me cry. I wish I could have given him a hug! RIP, sweet Ned. I wish your life had been better than what it was, but at least your last months on this earth were spent with gentle, kind, loving people and elephants.
mary, atlanta, ga
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May 22, 2012
I have just started to learn more about elephants and their amazing lives. I don't know what the reason is but I have come to love elephants. They to me are such amazing creatures and what memories they have, OMG.
I read Ned's fight to the end which made me cry. At my chapel we honor all our animals brothers and sisters by lighting a candle. Even thought this is 2012 and Ned died in 2009 I will light a candle in his honor. May all the wonderful creatures at The Elephant Sanctuary be blessed and have long life.
Please catch us on FB at St. Francis Chapel.
Thank you Ned for your story.
Fr. Ronald R. Thomspon, Huston, Arkansas
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May 18, 2012
Dear Ned,
Hard to believe that you have been gone for three years. You made such an impression on so many hearts and I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. I hope that one day I will meet you precious Ned, until then you will be forever in my heart.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 17, 2012
Ned's story truly touched my heart. I cannot help but shed tears of pain for HIS pain. I know that Ned is whole and happy again, but when will mankind learn that all living things are connected by the heart? By love?

God bless you sweet boy...run free, run happy, run loved...
Madonna DePalo, Baltimore, MD
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May 16, 2012
Ned I hope no more elephants have to suffer like you did and will find home in a Sanctuary before it's too late. May you rest in peace Ned. I'm writing this with tears in my eyes.
M.Borg, Malta
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May 16, 2012
Nedly - you gave me much joy at watching your antics and reading about you enjoyment of the moments you had never gad before. I too wish you could have had so many more days, months and years to be an elephant. I know you must have been greeted with great cheers when you crossed the Rainbow Bridge.Namaste dear Ned.
shirley walter, Ocala, FL
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May 15, 2012
Ned, you were beautiful! I'm glad you got to feel the grass under your feet. Bless you.
Renee, Montana
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May 15, 2012
Happy Birthday Ned
I am thankful you had the opportunity to know compassionate and loving individuals before you left the earth.
Happy days in the light Ned and with other elephants. Trumpet to your heart's content.

Maureen C., Pineville NC
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May 15, 2012
you inspired me to be a better person
Sylvia Edwards, Franklin, NC
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May 15, 2012
We wanted so much more for this young lad,but he didn't have a chance. He was terminally ill long before he was confiscated. So his trip to California was not to be. The Sanctuary did everything they could to help him. Supporters helped as much as they could. He had some better days and some bad days. He enjoyed his little games he had with caregivers, he had some fun with one of the dogs. Those were the best days for this very young male elephant.
Fay Morris, Victoria, British Columbia
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May 15, 2012
Dear Ned ~ I will never forget your arrival at the sanctuary and seeing your frail and emaciated body stepping out of the transport trailer. You broke my heart. I am sorry that someone thought it was ok to do those things to you but I am glad that you were able to experience sunshine and grass. I will never forget you.
Michele, Portland, Oregon
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May 15, 2012
Dearest Neddie Boy. We love you and miss you and always will. You could not have been in a more loving, caring environment than the Sanctuary! Thanks to the wonderful caregivers, we were kept up to date while you played, ate and slept. We have the mug with your picture on it. We see and think of you several times a day when we open the cupboard! God bless all the angels who work at the Elephant Sanctuary. We love you and we remain loyal to precious Neddie Boy!
C and B Lawson, Pleasanton, CA
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May 15, 2012
i will never forget seeing you come out of the trailer into the sanctuary. i couldn't stop crying. i had never seen an elephant as thin as Ned but with the sweetest face in the world. we were lucky to know you for a brief time. love you Ned
michele, san diego, ca.
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May 15, 2012
Ned your spirit and spunkiness are a treasure to remember. Your unfortunate cruel mistreatment and death will serve to save so many other elephants the same fate. God bless you and I'll see you in Heaven
Vicki Haun, Seymour, Tn
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May 15, 2012
Oh dearest Ned, I hope you rest in peace. You do not have to put up with this cruel world anymore. Love Jutta
Jutta Partyka, S Hadley Ma
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May 15, 2012
RIP Ned.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 15, 2012
Each year, on May 15, I read the entry that was posted in your diary. It was how I learned that you were gone, my beautiful boy, and it broke my heart. If I may, I'd like to quote it here, in case anyone missed your last moments on earth, and to, in some way, remember and honor you for the all-too-brief time that we had you. It's beautiful in its sadness, and it still takes my breath away, just as it did the first time I read it three years ago.
"Ned was with us such a short time and now he is gone. When he crossed over there can be no doubt that he was in the company of his sister-elephant Bunny who passed away only 12 hours before him. Although these two deaths were unrelated on a physical level, on a deeper level they could not be more related. Ned passed away at 3:47am CT in the company of a caregiver. He passed without a struggle, just two deep breaths and a sigh and then he was gone. We feel cheated by the little time we had with Ned, but cherish every single moment we were allowed to care for and get to know this most amazing boy/man elephant known as Ned. We love you Ned, Namaste sweet boy."
Happy 3rd anniversary in Heaven, my sweet Neddie. Please watch over Bella for Tarra, until they are someday reunited for eternity.

Forever in my heart,

Joan, CT
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May 14, 2012
Hey, Ned! I think of you often and love you with all my heart! See you when I get to heaven!
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI
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May 3, 2012
I am so touched by these elephants. They are truly amazing creatures. Their gentle love for each other and loyalty is so truly amazing. Pam
Pam, Illinois
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April 22, 2012
I love you.
Ashlynn, Arizona
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April 17, 2012
I never knew Ned but I am sitting here crying hearing his story. I love you Ned. I so wish we could end the suffering of elephants.
Janet Cope, Duncan, Oklahoma
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April 13, 2012
What a beautiful elephant, so sad you had to go through such horrible treatment before finding a wonderful home at the elephant sanctuary. Rest in peace Ned.
Mary, Wisconsin
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April 11, 2012
Namaste, Ned. You will always live in my heart...sweet, beautiful soul.
Jim McLaughlin, McKinleyville California
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April 2, 2012
Im filled with sadness at Ned's treatment before he arrived there and found love. Thanks Ned for your time spent in your home. Maybe I will see you when I go to heaven I sure hope so.
J Harris, Hiram Maine
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March 27, 2012
Your beautiful spirit still lives on Ned. Thanks for your videos, they have been a great blessing to me. Elephant heaven is very fortunate to have your soul living there now. Thanks for walking this earth with your gentleness and leaving your elephant footprints all over my heart.
Melanie, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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March 24, 2012
I love you! My birthday is on January 1,2001
Liv claridge,
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March 5, 2012
God bless you Ned.
Natalie , North Carolina
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March 3, 2012
very sad to see how people can behave like this with animals ,me i have never see and elephant but its my favorites animal i just like elephant
nadeem, mauritius
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March 3, 2012
Precious NED.....I LOVE YOU & I wish I could have kissed you & given you a BIG HUG while you were here on this earth....I have my "NED MUG" and I HUG IT every day....You will NEVER be forgotten by me or all the others who LOVE YOU....Look forward to meeting you & LOVING YOU.....on the other side....until then....my SWEET NED....LOVE YOU FOREVER <3 <3 <3
Rhonda Burns, Colorado
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March 1, 2012
i think about you often, Ned. how you hung in there even when you were in pain. how you would goof around if you were having a good day. wish you could have stayed with us longer. brave soul-that you were.

Namaste, Ned- walk with the angels.

judy, pensacola,fl
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February 29, 2012
A beautiful creature you were. God made. You and all elephants touch my heart always. I cry tears of joy that you were able to live in peace at the sanctuary before your passing. Your picture of you with hay thrown on your head is so cute. What a sweetie. Thank you elephant sanctuary.
Laura Kroening, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
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February 27, 2012
After watching this story I sobbed my eyes out. How awful loosing such a beautiful creature that God made. He was very handsome and at least spent his short time FREE! I hope they have elephants in Heaven.
John Harris, Hiram, Maine 04041
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February 24, 2012
I know Ned is happy there with all those lady elephants.....
B. A, Dunaway, Clinton, MS
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February 22, 2012
Dear Noble Ned -

You were truly a fine gentle-ele and an example of courage & dignity for us all. Wish I could wrap my arms around your big, grey neck and give you a hug.
Ann Cartee, Northern Virginia
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February 14, 2012
Happy Valentines Day to the most special
ele-angel Ned. Love you!!!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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February 4, 2012
Dear Ned,
I have only just read your story and already I feel like I knew you. I really hope you enjoyed your time at the sanctuary and I hope you are in a better place now.
Lottie, Crawley
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January 31, 2012
I'm so glad there is a sanctuary that can stop this to elephants. the most beautiful creatures ever. Ned I'm GLAD you're out of that nightmare
Joey Smith, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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January 29, 2012
Dear Ned, just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you.
I love you, big boy. You will never be forgotten.
Britt, Antwerp, Belgium
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January 24, 2012
REST IN PEACE dear sweet Ned
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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January 24, 2012
To see such a majestic creature starved, and deprived for so many years, makes me so angry that Ned had to endure this. To see an Elephant walk off a trailer, and see rib bones protruding, is absolutely inexcusable. Thank God he ended up at The Elephant Sanctuary, where he was fed, and knew love, probably for the first time in his life.
All animal welfare laws need to change, and be enforced to prevent things like this. RIP Ned.
Ann Low, Northwood, Iowa
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January 15, 2012
Ned we all miss you and know that you know that we love you.You were so cute and loving,XOXO
Charisma, Knoxville,Tennessee
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January 11, 2012
Ned, I know the others at the sanctuary miss you and are happy to have had the chance to share some wonderful days with you. I feel so sad that you were not cared for prior to coming to the sanctuary. My father's name was Ned also, maybe you can find him in the Human Heaven. He loved animals as do I.
Rest in Peace,

M. Hartzell, Cape Coral, Fl
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January 10, 2012
Thank God for those who care enough to help animals.
Linda Langlois, Brookings SD
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January 4, 2012
JAN 4, 2012. OMG I have known about the sanctuary for a while because of JENNI. I VISIT THE SITE FROM TIME TO TIME BUT HAD NOT SEEN NED AND HIS STORY TILL TODAY. I STILL HAVE TEARS OF JOY FOR NED AND ALL THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO DO TO MAKE HIS LAST YEARS HAPPY ONES. GOD BLESS TO ALL OF YOU FOR THE THINGS YOU DO.
GENEVA JOHNSON, OKC OK
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December 31, 2011
I am so sad to see the video of you when you arrived at the sanctuary. You were never given the life you were born to. Humans so badly mistreated you but you soldiered on until there was no turning back. I am just so sorry you weren't able to live longer in the good life you had finally found. Rest in Peace Ned. You are sorely missed.
Judy Merrick, Lisle, IL
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December 29, 2011
Precious Ned,
I just read about a baby elephant being mistreated in a zoo and I was reminded of you. You have brought my awareness of the plight of captive elephants to a whole new level and for this I am grateful. Humans are so cruel to innocent animals and what happened to you always breaks my heart. You were not created to endure a life of captivity. You were such a sweet beautiful boy. So special. I am tired of seeing elephants being treated so cruelly and all for money. I can't even stand the sight of a bullhook. I really wish I could do something to prevent the captivity of elephants in the whole world. I love you Ned and will never forget you!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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December 27, 2011
you moved me, ned- i suffer from post tramatic stress and life seems hard, but you never gave up. and when you were having a good day, you shared it with those around you.like the picture to the left, you would put the straw on your head-so funny.

and you carried on like a trooper,til the end. bless the sanctuary for working to save you. it was just too late. namaste
judith simons, pensacola,florida
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December 25, 2011
I am so hurt there is a lot of unspeakable things that goes on in this world and its heartbreaking and angers me that we have to see our animals as beautiful as you Ned be treated and unloved as you were. I want you to know I love all animals and would have cared for you and loved you. My heart is sad, but I know you are safe now and in loving arms of Jesus. On earth you were the largest of all and in heaven you are even larger and happy.
Christine Porter, Cambridge, Ohio
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December 20, 2011
Ned you poor boy, it is so sad how elephants are treated in captivity and I hope more people will learn what really goes on and will not support any circus in hopes of putting an end to this. At least you had a home for awhile that you were able to just be an elephant and do what you wanted to do. At least you had experienced loving people in your life at the sanctuary before your passing. Rest in peace handsome man.
mary, arizona
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December 13, 2011
I sit here as a 54 yr old man with tears in my eyes reading and listening to your story. I am horrified that you were given the lack of care in your life until the wonderful people at the Sanctuary received you. You left this planet far too young and I am so sorry for that. You were a beautiful elephant and you deserved far better care than you were given. Rest in Peace big fella. We love you.
Rick L, Bothell WA
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December 8, 2011
Dear Ned,

You were a true delight to see at TES and I miss you. I will always think of you as a "Gentleman", with your dignified posture and sweet nature. Be well Ned - the heavens have one more special creature to celebrate!
lynnhall, Sacramento, CA
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December 3, 2011
Dear Ned- Every time i read your story I cry. I will work to help get circuses shut down. Rest in peace dear boy. C ya in heaven Bonnie
Bonnie Schmidt, Rockford, Mn
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November 27, 2011
Hello, Ned. I know you are in Heaven now eating all the fruit & hay that your heart desires. I just happened to stumble on this site... I saw a sign that said elephants.com in one of my friend's facebook albums against circuses. I had tears in my eyes watching your videos & reading your story. You are an inspiration & a reminder why circuses should be banned.
Aran Schmidt, Lincoln, NE
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November 8, 2011
I have watched your videos and you were so thin and so young. At least you ended your life at the Sanctuary and not with cruel and uncaring ones. I can not say they were people, because they have no heart or soul to have treated you the way they did.
No animal deserves to be neglected or cruelly treated and I despise and detest the evil ones in this world that do. R.I.P. beautiful Ned x
Josie Hampstead, Milton Keynes, England
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November 6, 2011
Elephants are a gift to this world and we should love and care for them always. They will meet us in heaven as they have souls like us. They are more intelligent than us.
Georgeanna, Maryland
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November 2, 2011
Dearest Ned, I miss you still...you have made me so aware of the horrors of captivity for elephants. I'm sad that you are gone but so very glad that you had a chance to live a real elephant life, even for just a bit. Thank you for blessing all of us with your grace and beauty. Forever in my heart
Pam Lyons, Worcester, MA
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October 30, 2011
Such a beautiful animal, how could anyone hurt you. I am ashamed to be human, ashamed that humans could cause so much pain and abuse to such a gentle giant. I see the pain in your eyes the day you arrived at the sanctuary and I am only glad that your last few months here on earth was spent with people who cared about you, who loved and respected you and who showed you that love and respect on a daily basis. God bless you Ned, Rest in Peace you will never be forgotten
June, United Kingdom
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October 19, 2011
I have seen the video many times of when Ned came to the sanctuary and it looked like such a promise for a young fellow like Ned - so sad he could not pull through. What wonderful tributes to Ned from so many people all over.
Ellen, West Palm Beach, Florida
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October 18, 2011
R.I.P. Sweet Ned...
Tom, Savage, Mn
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October 18, 2011
Nedly, you are missed and will never be forgotten.
Liz, Wisconsin
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October 13, 2011
DEAR NED everytime i see you i cant believe what you must have gone through. i am so glad you had a chance to really live at the elephant sanctuary, it breaks my heart that you were treated so cruelly. but glad your last days were hopefully sweet.
michele, san diego
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October 13, 2011
Dear sweet Ned, you knew joy and love for such a short time. You have touched my heart in ways no one ever has. It would have been such an honor to have met you. May you rest in peace in rainbow bridge.

I love you sweet, beautiful Ned. You will always be in my heart!
Angela Winchenbach, VA
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October 13, 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEDLEY!!! :) You are so loved and missed. Namaste again dear sweet boy.
Michelle, Colorado Springs, CO
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October 12, 2011
Bless you dear sweet Ned, a darling prince amongst elephants.

Sleep on in absolute peace dear boy, on this day, which would have been your 24th birthday. Sweet dreams darling boy.
Mary Anderson, New Zealand
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October 12, 2011
there is no death, just other worlds
Bette Sherman, GA
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October 11, 2011
Dear Ned -- You arrived at Sanctuary without much hope, I am sure, for a better life -- but instead you received love and nourishment and support from the wonderful caregivers there. You were happy, Ned, if only for a while, on this earth. One of God's gifts to us -- you are with him now.
karen stickler, johnstown, PA
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October 11, 2011
Dearest Handsome Ned, We know that elephants have long memories but I so pray that the all too few months you had at the Sanctuary helped alleviate those bad memories for you and that you carried only all that new-found love with you. I cried as I watched your tribute videos and so wish you had had more time to enjoy your new good life here on earth.
Kathy Hertzel, Webster, NY
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October 10, 2011
Happy Birthday, sweet Neddie! Had you lived, you would have been 24 years young today. Fate was not kind to you, dear heart, and you had but six short months of love and peace in Tennessee, after a lifetime of abuse, suffering, and pain. I again just now looked at the photos of you performing in your emaciated condition... the photos that the world saw and which made an uprising of voices that eventually saved you, albeit for such a very short time. You became for so many of us who loved you the inspiration to work to save other circus elephants. As long as beatings and cruelty to your sisters and brothers continue, you will be a beacon for so many people everywhere. Your beautiful, thin face (with hay on your head!) will always be before us, an inspiration to us all.
You are always in my heart, my poor, beautiful boy.


Joan, CT
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October 5, 2011
Dearest Ned, you will be forever in my heart! I love you!
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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September 27, 2011
so lovely so funny, special elephant
helena, amsterdam
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September 26, 2011
You were such a handsome man! You must have left such an imprint at the Sanctuary. What a beautiful face you have. May you be young and healthy at the Rainbow Bridge and be the mascot of all elephants that follow you. May you be a Peace finally. Ned, Namaste........
Robin Bush, Pueblo CO
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September 25, 2011
Ned,
If I were to represent human kind, I'd apologize to you for the suffering you had to endure in our hands. But looking at your pics & videos in the sanctuary, it makes me feel better that 'we' were able to make up to you and make your last days on earth pleasant.
What a magnificent creature you were.
Your story provided me with even more motivation to fight animal cruelty.
Love.
Sonia Tellez, China
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September 23, 2011
I'm missing you so much Ned! I wish I could have met you. What a privilege that would have been to be in the presence of such a magnificent creature. I will always love you and will never forget you!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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September 18, 2011
i am very sad that ned passed away please send me a pic.and may ned have a good life in heaven.
joshua, austin,texas
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September 17, 2011
Maybe your born purpose in life was to make those whom you've touched aware of what it must be like to be hungry and helpless, to wonder how you will ever survive, and all of this to be found and saved by such wonderful people, those whose purpose was to save you sir. I am truly touched.
Howard Moore, New Johnsonville, TN
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September 17, 2011
The urge to touch him is compelling. I live but 50 miles from the sanctuary.... I will see you tomorrow. ;)
Howard & Rosemary, New Johnsonville, TN
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September 16, 2011
Ned, my heart goes out to all the ones that loved you now and forever. Thank you for making this day in my life mean so much more.
Debby, Wisconson
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September 16, 2011
To sweet Ned,

I am so happy to know your last days on earth were at this sanctuary. So glad you spent time with people who loved you and made your stay as happy as possible. I wish I could have cared for you too. I look forward to seeing you on the other side my friend.
Sheryl, New Jersey
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September 10, 2011
I loved seeing the picture of Ned with hay or grass on his head and its the one you have showing while I write this so you guys must love it to. Ned, so glad you were able to come to the sanctuary.
Lynn Wesley, Louisvile, KY
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September 10, 2011
Dear Ned,

Glad to see you with more weight on you in the 2nd video ~ seems you were one of the few male elephants at the sanctuary, I hope you got to roam freely with the females ~ I wish you could have been freed of your circus life much sooner - but it is good to know you did experience love from humans while on the planet...
Nam Kaur, California
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September 7, 2011
Ned - your suffering and pain are over, but your life goes on through all that see you on this site. You are a constant reminder to us all how much we can learn from animals. A gentle giant you were, leaving behind a story that hopefully will educate many along the way.
You will forever be an inspiration to us all.
Rest peacefully in the afterlife...
Loretta, Tewksbury, MA
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September 6, 2011
WHAT A MAGNIFICENT ANIMAL i LOVE YOU,, jANIS LOUISE sCALFARI
jANIS sCALFARI, bONITA sPRINGS floRIDA
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September 5, 2011
What a wonderful way to bring joy to so many. Ned, though your life was short, I can see you have touched many lives. May you rest easy and find joy, wherever you are.
Suzie, Southeastern Idaho
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September 2, 2011
I was thinking about you today, Ned. It's nice to see so many recent comments here, it shows you haven't been forgotten and you still live on in the hearts of many. I wish you could have had more happy years in the sanctuary, but at least you have peace now.
Thanks to all at the sanctuary who tried to give him a better life.
Britt, Antwerp, Belgium
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August 27, 2011
Dear Ned,
i love you with my heart.
God Bless those who have loved and cared for you--they are special Ned.
Tears now flow that your life in sanctuary was short.
Anger for those humans with such little regard for life. They will meet their end 'accordingly'.

Let us all pray for world awareness.
Darlene Brenot, Tampa, Florida
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August 22, 2011
Ned, I hope you are resting happily and peacefully. I'm so sorry you didn't live a life in the habitat you deserve. I love you, all elephants, and all animals and think you all should be happy and loved. It makes me cry you beautiful creatures are treated horribly. I love you and hope you will watch out for all the other elephants in the world. Animals should NOT be in circuses or any sort, and should be left in their environment.
Rest easy lovely. I love you.
Samantha, New York
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August 21, 2011
I was so pleased to see up to date posts from people. I first heard of this Sanctuary when Shirley and jenny's story first aired and then to day a friend sent me an email with the story again so I wanted to look them up to see an up to date story. I was very saddened to hear of Jenny's death. I figured when I got to the sight I would see Shirley's passing not jenny's.
Then I see Ned! I was looking to see if there were any males here when I ran across him! 22 years is not old for an elephant. What happened? Too many years of mis-treatment? We need tougher laws and let the punishment fit the crime! Maybe these people will someday learn then! I see you Ned!
Gail Kohler, Rochester, Washington State
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August 18, 2011
What a beautiful old man he was. It's heartbreaking to know these intelligent, amazing creatures are so mistreated. When will we humans ever learn?
Thank God for the Elephant Sanctuary.
Amy C. Shields, South Salem, New York
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August 15, 2011
what a beautiful guy. Many prayer to you Ned.
Kim Jurcak, Bird Island Oklahoma
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August 11, 2011
Still thinking about Ned, look at his picture every day. I love elephants passionately, but Ned, for some reason, touched my heart more than any others ever have. Tributes being left over two years after his death speak volumes about the love he spread among us elephant lovers!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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August 7, 2011
It made me smile to watch this video and know that your last days counted.
nanci, paso robles, ca
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August 5, 2011
I never tire of looking at pictures of Ned, one Grand Creature. Ned I love you
Janis Korkos, Bonita Springs, Florida
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August 4, 2011
Dear Ned, I am so sorry you are gone, and also, that someone hurt you so badly when you didn't deserve it. I am glad you came to a place that allowed you to be you and you were surrounded by love. Words cannot express my sorrow of you leaving a wonderful place in so little time compared to what you went through for most of your life. I will always carry you in my heart, and when I can, I will help the Sanctuary receive others like you. You are wonderful. I wish you happiness, and I give you love.
Joanna, California
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August 2, 2011
ned We in Israel love you
You are a intelligent elephant and pretty
meni, israel
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July 29, 2011
Neddy, you are still in my thoughts and prayers. I love you and miss you.
Pam, Massachusetts
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July 19, 2011
O wise and loving Ned. What a beautiful elephant you are. I'm sure you have angel wings in heaven.
Polly Jones, Austin, Texas
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July 19, 2011
Thinking of you today Ned....
Deborah Lore, St Louis Mo
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July 18, 2011
Ned you are majestic, you are beautiful and if only you could have been spared a little more time to have enjoyed your freedom. I love to see this silly photo of you, tho I cried to have read your story. I truly hope there is a heaven for angels like you Ned. Your image is engraved in my mind and your legacy will remain in my heart forever!
Rosemarie Lentine, Union, NJ
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June 26, 2011
I think I found a great cause to get behind. I will be in touch with the Elephant Sanctuary in the near future to give what I can to help these elephants in the future.
Ned Stacey , Tallahassee FL
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June 26, 2011
i am sorry that Ned has passed :(
Megan , Missouri
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June 25, 2011
I can only imagine the life he had before he arrived at your wonderful sanctuary. To him, it must have been heaven on earth. God bless you all for what you do to honor and help these magnificent animals. I haven't stopped crying yet.
Laurie Gleockner, Sayre, Pennsylvania
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June 20, 2011
I LOVE NED he's my favorite elephant by far i was heart broken when he died. GOD BLESS Ned <3
Jackie G. Thomas, pennsylvania
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June 18, 2011
What a beautiful creature How any one could starve, beat and abuse such a creature is beyond me....... PROTEST THE CIRCUS... Thanks you for the Beautiful home rescued elephants have at the Sanctuary.. Thank you
Janis L. Korkos, Bonita Springs, Florida
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June 4, 2011
What a beautiful boy. After all he had gone through he still put trust in humans. God Bless him and may he be wondering around in a beautiful garden now. Thanks to you for providing such wonderful sanctuary for these magnificent animals - now we must all do our part to help. These elephants just touch the soul.
Janice Ramsey, Moore, SC
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June 1, 2011
I wish he had more time at the Sanctuary.I love Ned. He's cute.
Marinka Tomsich, Ely, MN
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May 31, 2011
you are in a better place now love....and im glad the last year of your life was spent with such wonderful loving people and with other elephants rehabilatating. You are beautiful...and i will see you again someday.
bridget, maryland
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May 26, 2011
Hi ned we all love you and i hope to meet you in heaven love u soo much.sleep in peace ned
kassidt edwards, canada ontario
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May 17, 2011
Dear Ned,

Always missing you
Shalini, PHX
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May 15, 2011
Precious Ned,
So hard to believe that you have been gone for two years already. Still missing you so much! Love you always my ele-angel Ned.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 15, 2011
Ned, I hope you and Bunny are running around together and having fun!
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 12, 2011
My sweet Neddie: On Sunday it will two years since you left us. I still miss you and love you very much. The greatest tribute those of us all over the world who love elephants can give you is to continue to fight in your name and memory to somehow help circus elephants get to Tennessee. We need miracles from heaven, so that our pleas won't be ignored and so that those poor suffering beautiful souls won't be taken too late to save them, as you were. You are forever in my heart, my beloved boy. Happy second anniversary in Heaven.
Joan, CT
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May 3, 2011
Neddie Boy, We still think about you often, you dearest boy. What a relief to know you are in Heaven with so many of your friends....the Sanctuary continues its wonderful, saintly work. Thank you for being so inspirational to all of us, Dear Boy. We have your coffee mug with your picture on it and see it (as well as Tara and Bella's mug) every day!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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April 30, 2011
God bless Ned and God bless you for the work you do.I would like to try to have a mandatory retirement age. Actually I would like to out law the use of animals in the circus or street performances or stage performance PERIOD. Is there an organization I can join to help fight this,also slave labor also should be banned, cause thats what it is. I went to a circus when I was five years old and I cried the whole time. I cried for the tigers and elephants I saw.I knew they were being treated badly even though I never saw it that was in 1971. I swore Id never go to a circus again as long as I live and I havent and havent brought my children either who are grown now. In honor of Ned and all the other elephants please boycott any act that involves animals doing unnatural things period.PLEASE?!?!
Monica Zani, Marblehead MA
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April 28, 2011
I love you, love you, love you Ned. My regret is that I never met you or had the pleasure and privilege to reach out and touch you. I envy your carers because they could do just that. No more pain now dear darling Ned. One day I may meet you, o lucky, lucky me. You walked to the edge of the world and flew Ned and opened your eyes to sweet blessed eternity where health and happiness reign always. Goodbye my beloved.
xxx
Viv, Warrington, Cheshire, England
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April 4, 2011
Ned, you beautiful darling, glad you were able to enjoy freedom & love before you passed away. I'm just sorry that you ever had to endure cruelty & confinement in that circus. Rest in peace, Ned
Mary , Ireland
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March 31, 2011
oh poor beautiful Ned, thank goodness u experienced some love and good conditions aft all the bad times I cried all thru yr story but am glad to know u are out of pain now and living in perfect elephant heaven. We love u forever
Gai A
Gai A, australia
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March 19, 2011
May you rest in peace soulful one
donna, seattle,WA
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March 18, 2011
My Dear Sweet Neddie. The sorrow of losing you is still so strong. May you rest in peace. Miss you!!!
Sherry, Virginia
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March 11, 2011
Hi Ned,
I have loved elephants like you since I was a little baby. I am so so sorry for what you went through with those cruel, sick owners. I am glad you had some time of peace at the sanctuary and I pray I get to meet you in heaven.
I love you,
Ariana
Ariana Woodard, US
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March 2, 2011
After watching all the videos on Ned, my heart breaks for the short life you lived for 21 years in the circus and how thin you were. I'm thankful you were able to spend your last months in a safe, clean and loving place at the Sanctuary. I'm so sorry you left this Earth so soon without understanding the full benefit of living in peace. My heart goes out to you and know you aren't in pain anymore. Rest in peace Ned.
Sherry Frey-Brown, Douglassville, PA
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March 1, 2011
Neddie Boy We wish the fantastic ELE-CAM would have you in it. We think of all that you were and still wish you were here. We know you are so much better off now....just wish we could see that! Your caregivers are still doing such a wonderful job and we rejoice in that.
C and B Lawson, Pleasanton, Ca
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February 26, 2011
ned, i am still moved by your courage and beauty. every time i see the videos of you i weep. you are an inspiration.
michele, san diego
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February 14, 2011
So much love today to a very special and precious elephant. Love you always Ned!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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February 14, 2011
Hi Ned,

Just wanted to say I love and miss you. Till we meet again.


Shalini, Phoenix
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February 12, 2011
dear Ned,
your the cutest thing! My name is Allison Cyr and I have loved elephants ever since the day i was born! i pray that you will go to heaven i love you! i prays the lord that you'll go to heaven!!!!! you are sweet, nice, funny, adoring, lovable, careful, and loved by others around you. i am visiting your sanctuary in a month and i would have really enjoyed seeing you adorable face in person! suprisingly i am 10 years old! i have tried to save the elephants for many years and i'm still at it. i will remember you and honor you forever. i am a very little zoologist only for elephants and to you thats unbelievable! i love you and prays upon you! love, Allison.r.Cyr 10 years old 1230 Rosedale lane hoffman estates Illinois 60169.
Allison, 1230 Rosedale lane, Hoffman estates ILLINOIS 60169
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February 5, 2011
Ned, I know it has been some time since you passed but now that your loving spirit carries on. I am so sorry for what you went through in your life with cruel people. May you be in peace with your fellow rescues that were always strong in spirit and continue on in a place far better than than where they were forced to be. Please send your caring spirit down to those yet to be rescued and those recovering in the caring hands of those who dedicate their lives to showing love and kindness that had received so little. Biggest hugs and warmest wishes. Rest in peace sweetheart.
Terri M., MN
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February 1, 2011
R.I.P Ned you were so cute...and had a great spirit.
Arielle Wilson, Atlanta, GA
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January 22, 2011
Ned, you have really touched my heart. After watching the videos of you, it left me in tears. I wish you eternal peace Ned.
Courtney Dattilo, Illinois
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January 13, 2011
Rest In Peace Sweet Ned
adam bell, minnesota
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January 10, 2011
God Love You Ned.

There are many people still thinking of you.

Beautiful Boy.............xoxoxo
Shaun Blackstock, Ottawa,Ontario,Canada
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December 26, 2010
Merry Christmas to my special ele-angel Ned.
Love you!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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December 21, 2010
I love you Ned.
Hiyas, NJ
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December 16, 2010
welcome home Ned, Im praying for you
deedee,meisha,lilshannon, Tulsa Ok
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December 7, 2010
Rest in Peace sweet Neddie
xxx
Melanie, Adelaide, Australia
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December 3, 2010
My Sweet Neddie: At special times of the year, such as this holiday season, I find myself re-reading stories of and tributes to the Sanctuary Ladies (and you!). I cannot help but be filled with wonder that you all have traveled so far and experienced so much. Some, like Bunny and Tina, were cared about so much that they were sent to the Sanctuary by people who loved them. Some suffered terribly, like poor Sissy, who was sent to Tennessee only after she was beaten down with ax handles. Like you, most suffered in some way at some time. The stories and tributes have such beautiful words, written by ordinary people who, like me, have come to know, through the Sanctuary, the miracles called elephants. This year, we grieve at losing precious Lottie, who left us on your birthday to join you and Queenie and all her sisters in heaven. At this season of miracles, I pray that very soon more elephants will receive the blessing of going to the Sanctuary. So, my beautiful boy, I wish you and all your sisters in heaven a glorious Christmas!
I hold you all in my heart forever.

Joan, CT
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December 2, 2010
Ned,
It is incredibly sad that people were so cruel to you. What a miracle and how wonderful that you had a short bit of kindness and freedom at the end from these very amazing people at this lovely sanctuary. You were so young. Mercifully you are not suffering any longer. You are beautiful to look at.
Robin, San Diego, California
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November 22, 2010
Ned, you remind me so much of a sweet pit bull my son and I rescued many years ago. You both had an aura of gratitude and knowledge that you had been rescued. I cried watching all your videos and feel sure you are in a lovely elephant place now, free and wild and healthy. Namaste, Big Boy.
Linda Schnable, Sheboygan, WI
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November 22, 2010
Ned

I like you and hope you had a good life at the sanctuary.

Preston
Preston Staley, Cleveland,Ohio se6rt
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November 14, 2010
I am in awe of your gentle, courageous and trusting soul. May you be a guide for those who come after you ! I am so happy you are in a better place. Till we meet..
Lee Ann, Florida Keys
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November 12, 2010
I LOVE U NED AND I MISS U
MADHAN, INDIA
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November 10, 2010
STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU AND LOVING YOU PRECIOUS NED....
Rhonda, Colorado
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November 9, 2010
Happy anniversary of the beginning of the best time of your short life, Neddy. I still think of you often, still use my Neddy coffee cups in your honor. Such a beautiful man-child you were. I'm so glad your last months were spent with the love and care of those at the Sanctuary. You will never be forgotten by them or us. You have touched us all in ways you will never know. I know you are in Heaven right now with straw on your head. Namaste, beautiful boy.
Kathi, Portland, OR
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November 9, 2010
Ned, One year ago today you walked on Sanctuary grounds, scarred by neglect. We were all hoping you would have a full recovery and freedom for years to come.

Unfortunately, you were taken too soon. I was in shock and full of tears.

No more pain sweet Ned! Trumpet loud in elephant heaven. Still missing you.

Juanita, Michigan
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November 9, 2010
My thoughts are with you as they always are, sweet Neddie, on this the anniversary of the day you arrived in Ele-Heaven on Earth. The only place you ever were in your short, suffering life where you knew kindness, love, and peace. You are forever in my heart.
Joan, CT
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November 8, 2010
Dearest Boy

I love this photo of you with hay on your head. It was so good to see you just be a playful elephant for a little while even though you felt so bad most of the time. I hope you are playing to your heart's content in ele-heaven.

Love you sweetheart and thinking of you on the 2 year anniversary of your finding sanctuary.

lots of kisses
Caite York, Milton-Freewater, OR
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November 2, 2010
Ned, I am so thankful that you had a peaceful, comfortable life at The Elephant Sanctuary. However short it was, it was no less that you deserved. Blessings to all the wonderful individuals at TES. And say hello to dear Lottie and the other Divas who have gone on before. XOXOXO
MML, Georgia
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October 30, 2010
RIP beautiful NED. Enjoy the meadows at the Rainbow Bridge.
Donna Powell, Tustin, CA
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October 29, 2010
Ned was a good elephant (sob sob). I hope he has a nice elephant sanctuary in heaven(sob). Good Bye Ned.(sob sob)
Alex, TN
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October 25, 2010
Mister Ned,
May you be blessed forever because of the wonderful care you received from the caretakers at the Elephant Sanctuary.
We love you, Ned.
your friend, elaine.
elaine louise, bexley, ohio
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October 24, 2010
A very very special boy :) xxx
Wendy Heath, Colorado..USA
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October 17, 2010
Precious Ned,
You were on my mind this morning. Missing you so much. Love you forever.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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October 15, 2010
Hey, sweet Ned. I still miss you, sweet beautiful boy. And you would have celebrated another birthday earlier this week, and now I hear that Lottie has passed on from this life, too, to join you in perfect paradise, and on your birthday at that. I love you sweet boy, and your sister, too. I miss you but know that you are in a perfect place, where All There Is Is Love. Love on, Ned.
Donna, Mt. Juliet, TN
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October 12, 2010
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury,CT
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October 11, 2010
To our Precious Neddie Boy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY..We certainly wish you were still among us, for our sakes. We know you are having such fun now with no discomfort. Now, you also have Lottie who I am sure is loving every minute of your playtime. We miss writing to you and think of you each morning as we drink our coffee out of TES mug with your precious picture on it. All the love we have sent directly to the precious boy that you are in all of our hearts.
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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October 11, 2010
Dearest Ned,

I'm so very sorry you didn't get more time to live peacefully and loved at the sanctuary.

You're such a brave boy, with a life and story that is heart-wrenching. May your plight help others to a better and much deserved life.

"Science may have found a cure for most evils: but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all-the apathy of human beings"

Rest in Peace Sweet One
beth wheeler, Dallas GA
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October 11, 2010
My dear NED,, I just came across your story. I'm going to make a little file in your name "Lovely NED" and let every one read it. you will always live in my heart, my sweet NED. WITH SO MUCH LOVE..xx..Nadi.
Nadi Ram, Iceland
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October 9, 2010
Lindo Ned, mañana hubieses cumplido 23 años, pero ya no estás, bendiciones para ti. =)
Aníbal, Chile
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October 9, 2010
Dear Ned,
The news from PAWS is that your barn has been filled! You were gone too soon to enjoy it, but Sabu, one of Nicholas' half brothers, has been saved from the circus life to live in peace at PAWS in the barn named after you. Your short life is having an impact on other elephant rescues! It still breaks my heart that you could not have enjoyed Ned's Barn for many years.
xxoo,
Lee, Anchorage, Ak.
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October 8, 2010
Happy Birthday, Sweet Neddie! In a couple of days you would have been twenty-three -- still so very young. My poor boy, you did not live long enough to ever have even one happy birthday. I hope somehow you now know that you were so very, very loved by so many of us all over the world. And you still are, and always will be. Your poor, sad, sunken face is before us always, as we now fight to save other elephants from their suffering lives in circuses - in your name and in your memory. Happy Birthday in heaven, Neddie. I miss you. You will live in my heart forever, my beautiful boy.
Joan, CT
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September 29, 2010
Rest in peace. I hope that every person who intentionally harms an animal is severely punished by God in the hereafter.
Anna, St. Louis
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September 29, 2010
Just checkin' in to say hello, Big Guy, the way I do every day. Today was the first time I could bring myself to read the memories of you that your wonderful caregivers shared May 15 of this year, the first anniversary of the day you left us. And they were beautiful memories that I know each caregiver will always treasure. Perhaps someday I'll actually be able to watch your videos, but losing you is still too hard for me to do that yet. Well, anyway, I'm still working to free other circus elephants and get them to Tennessee, so they will have more time than you did to learn to love life, the way you were just starting to. (The taste of that pineapple sure must have surprised you!) My love always, Sweet Neddie.
Joan, Connecticut
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September 29, 2010
Rest easy Ned!
Janice, Tennessee
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September 24, 2010
Hi Ned you are so cute with the grass on you i wish all the luck to you and your friends and to every one i love animals so i think every animal is cute bute not snakes i dont like animals like that


TO NED
AB, ct
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September 17, 2010
Thinking about my sweet precious ele-angel Ned. Love you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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September 16, 2010
Hi Ned
I was thinking about you today, and im really sorry for what humankind did too you.
Thank god for the time you had at the sanctuary, and
I hope in the next life you will enjoy your time on earth much much more

God bless the people at The Elephant sanctuary

Rest in peace sweet Ned and live free in Elephant heaven
Shani, Norway
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September 15, 2010
It's been over a year since we lost you. I did something last weekend in your memory Dear Neddie ... I picketed the Ringling Circus here in Sacramento and gave a special shout out to all of your fellow pachyderms under the tent. Made me feel good to honor your memory and stand up for freedom for you and your sisters and brothers.

Thankfully, PAWS and TES are here to offer special elephants like yourself, a wonderful place to retain your dignity and restore your spirit.

I will always remember you Ned and what you gave to us to remember - a gentle spirit with an enormous spirit and heart.

Thank you Ned.




Lyn Hall , Sacramento, CA
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September 12, 2010
PRECIOUS NED....JUST WANTED TO SAY I LOVE YOU!!!
Rhonda, Colorado
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August 29, 2010
At least you were able to live your last years happy and well taken care of. To Elephant heaven for eternity. Love and see you on the other side.
Susie, Kentucky
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August 29, 2010
Ned, You were absolutely beautiful!! I must ask the humans who'll read this to stop and think, who are the real "animals" in regards to performing elephants? Now go ask someone (who wouldn't come to this site and see this tribute on their own) to really think about this issue. When enough people pay attention, atrocities can be stopped. Do it for Ned.
Dee, pa
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August 23, 2010
Ned, You are absolutely amazing and a hero you are so truly deeply loved and i am so happy these wonderful people at the sanctuary found you and welcomed you with opened arms. You are now at the rainbow bridge to forever fun free, never have to perform for anyone again, never have to feel any pain...just happiness and you have all the treats and friends you could ever ask for. I know you are happy and that's all that matters. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Piece handsome.
Lacie, Alabama
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August 21, 2010
you are so so so sweet i love you and miss you.
asia, huntingdon tennessee
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August 21, 2010
Ned, what a handsome Elephant you were and my heart sings that you were able to make it to Tennessee. God Bless You for enduring the hardships that you did and I hope the people responsible for your suffering will somehow find themselves in a similar situation and can understand how you must have felt. we reap what we sow). People can learn so much from Elephants, I cannot comprehend any human being wanting to harm such a majestic and precious animal such as Ned or any other elephants. Again, God Bless You Ned.
Joy L. Dixon, Bonita Springs, Florida
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August 18, 2010
Hi Ned,

Missing you always. take care and have fun in heaven. :)
Shalini, Phoenix
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August 17, 2010
As soon as I saw this elephant, I immediately fell in love. Such a sad story, he's in a better place now were he roams free in great health, with the other elephants that have passed. may you rest in peace Ned.
Jordan Weyman, Ottawa, Ontario, canada
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August 13, 2010
Perhaps your loving friends at the sanctuary have heard of the chimp, Lucy, who also had to trust human beings.

Forgive us.
Willi
Wisconsin
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August 13, 2010
Precious Ned,
They have finished the second bull elephant barn at PAWS, named "Ned's Barn" in your honor. If only you could have gotten stronger and made it there. But your life and early death will be meaningful in the efforts to save other captive bulls. RIP.
Lee, Anchorage Alaska
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August 7, 2010
I am so sorry on behalf of humankind for the way you were treated. You looked so broken when you arrived at the sanctuary. I hope in your last few months you experienced friendship, comfort, and love.

I hope you are at peace now.

Astarte
Astarte, UK
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August 7, 2010
It breaks my heart to see how young you were. Most there were born so much earlier than you and lived much of their life when you were born. I pray your life was great when you got to the sanctuary. I know the end of your life was great, which make this heavy heart not so sad.
Amy R. , Dickson, TN
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July 30, 2010
bless your pure heart and pure soul...I am so thankful you got to spend your last days in the Elephant Sanctuary.....and I hope whomever mistreated you will be severely punished.....You are sooooooo beautifully sweet....sleep long and well with the Angels.....
Sylvia Edwards, Franklin NC
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July 26, 2010
Dear Ned,
I am sad to hear you lived only a year at the sanctuary, but am glad you spent in a wonderful place. Your arrival made me cry about how thin you were but I know you regained strength and made friends at the sanctuary. Have a good time in Elephant Heaven and eat all the hay you can. I will miss you.
Katie, Indiana
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July 16, 2010
Precious Ned,
Missing you so much.
Love you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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July 14, 2010
Dearest Ned I saw you arrive and my heart wept for you Beautiful proud dear Elephant that you are

Your eyes and sweet face shall always be in heart I am so thankful that you got know the love and kindness that some humans have for you and that you got to scratch your back on the trees and feel the grass under your feet I love you precious Ned
sarah West, Victoria BC Canada
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July 12, 2010
I love you Ned!
Denise, Columbia, MO
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July 12, 2010
dear,ned we never got to known you but you look,like a very neat elephant
shawn,and jane atchley , waynesboro tn.
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June 23, 2010
why do people do this to such beautiful animals it hurts my heart
jw, nashville
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June 22, 2010
You were a noble and mighty male. We were honored to have you walk among us. I am pleased that you had a happy ending to your life. May your spirit guide many.
Kate Monteleone, Chelan, WA
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June 22, 2010
Forever in my heart Sweet Neddie.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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June 18, 2010
Take care of Babe, Neddie, as Bunny took care of you.
My love always,
Joan, Connecticut
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June 12, 2010
Dear sweet Ned,
I know the pain and suffering you went through. I thank God you spent the last months of your life at the most wonderful, caring place for elephants on this earth. I will still say my prayers for you as I did when you were alive. You were a gift to all who met you and to those, like myself, met you via on-line. I wanted to come to the Sanctuary to meet you and I'm sorry I never got well enough to do so.
Love, Tricia
Tricia Farrell, Naperville, Illinois
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June 9, 2010
Goodbye Ned. It's so sad that you left us so soon after we began to know you.
I'll Always think of you!
RIP
S, US
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June 7, 2010
Beautiful Ned,

I am heartbroken and saddened to hear about your tragedy, but I am glad that you were in what seems like a very peaceful place in your final days. I'm so sorry for all that you endured.

Much love.
JA, Copenhagen
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June 4, 2010
I hope your final days on this planet were peaceful.God bless you Ned.I will do my best to make sure nothing happens to elephants that happened to you See ya.....



Bill
William Pucci, lake bluff
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May 29, 2010
I feel so sad for Ned and other Elephants like Ned because he had such a short life on earth and that is not fair. Elephants should live to their full life expectancy. Ever since I was a little girl that saw Elephants at a Circus I knew that was wrong for the Elephant and never supported a Circus and refused to go when adults wanted to take me. So in memory of Ned I will forever fight against any Circus that uses and abuses the Elephants for human pleasure and entertainment.
Claudia Elliott, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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May 28, 2010
Ned, you are not with us anymore, but your legacy lives on. It is unfortunate, people did not love you and respect you as they should have, they will have their reward.
Thank you Ned for giving us the honor of knowing you, if only by internet. Alicia
Alicia, Ca
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May 28, 2010
ned was a loveing elephant.
he was my favorite.
megan, missouri
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May 27, 2010
Sweet Ned,
You have lived a hard life. I am so sad that you are gone, but I am also relieved. I am relieved because you do not have to suffer anymore and you were able to leave in such a special place surrounded by friends. God bless you Ned and I love you; we all love you.
Sarah, North Carolina
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May 24, 2010
Gone too soon. I love you.
PJ , Australia
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May 24, 2010
I really miss you, Ned.
Katie, Pennsylvania
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May 23, 2010
Ned,

The arrival video of you brings tears to my eyes. You were so weak. It is rewarding to see that the short time you lived at the Sanctuary, it helped make you stronger, happier, and more playful. My five year old daughter, Elise, and I wish you the best in heaven. We are thankful to the Sanctuary for taking care of God's most beautiful land animals. God bless to the care givers and the donors!!!! RIP sweet Ned!
Robbie Bingham and Elise Brown, Hendersonville, TN
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May 20, 2010
Dear Ned,
Every morning when I drink my coffee, I look at your picture on the mug and think of you. I still can't look at your arrival video without crying. You will never be forgotten-you even have a barn named after you at PAWS,if only you could have made it there. RIP, dear boy.
Lee, Anchorage Alaska
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May 18, 2010
Dear Sweet Boy,
I read the comments about how you liked to toss food at the caregivers. It brought tears to my eyes to hear of your playfulness. What a little rascal you were. I wish I could have seen you doing that. I would have loved to laugh at you having such fun. It makes my heart lighter to know you were having some well deserved fun and actually knowing you were doing it. Even a year later it still tears me up to know of all your suffering and how short your life was. Rest in peace dear sweet Neddie. My love for you ever grows stronger even after a year.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 17, 2010
Ned gone but never forgotten
d, tenn
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May 17, 2010
I AM SORRY FOR WHAT SO CALLED "HUMAN BEINGS" HAVE DONE TO YOU IN THE PAST. YOU TIME AT THE SANCTUARY WAS TOO SHORT BUT HAPPY. YOU ARE IN YOUR SANCTUARY IN THE SKY NOW BUT I.M SURE YOUR SPIRIT STILL REMAINS AT THE SANCTUARY AND YOU ARE THERE COMFORTING OTHERS
D. SULLIVAN, UNITED KINGDOM
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May 16, 2010
Ned
A year
Longer than the time we had to know you
Shorter than the time endured in endless pain
Six short months of Sanctuary
Twelve long months of missing you
An eternity of love.
Judy K, Chicago, IL
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May 16, 2010
Hi Nedster
Hope you are enjoying your life in Heaven buddy. Really miss you so much. Already a year since you left us-much too soon. Keep smiling down on us. Always remembered and never forgotten. I love you!
Avni, Canada
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May 15, 2010
NED....THINKING OF YOU TODAY....I LOVE YOU....PRECIOUS ELEPHANT BOY
Rhonda, Pueblo,Colorado
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May 15, 2010
Sir Ned, I "Greatly" admire you... You're
courage & humor... Such a "Big Silly", with
that hay on you're head !! I love ya, Mr. Polite Elephant... See ya in Heaven some day & we'll put hay on our heads...
T.J. Burns., Colorado
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May 15, 2010
I still remember you, Ned. RIP.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 15, 2010
Dear Ned, Sweet Ele-boy,

a year ago today, you quietly slipped away in the pre-dawn hours of a Tennessee morning. For twenty one years, seven months and five days, You bejeweled this world with your magnificent presence. And now, this same world is impoverished by your absence. You truly were Amazing Grace. It is hard to express the deep, ever-present pain of missing You, but maybe these verses say it best:

"My life closed twice before its close -
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell."

This poem was written by Emily Dickinson who died on a same date as you, on May 15th, only more than a century before, in 1886.

Forever buried in my heart,
Rest In Peace, Sweet Love, Darling Ned
Always Beloved Elephant.
B.,, New York
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May 15, 2010
Ned,

I still shed tears when I think of you before you were able to come to The Elephant Sanctuary. I think, goodness I wish you could have been healthy enough to live a lot longer.

Your name, Ned means I fight even harder to free elephants that are trapped in the circus life. Ned, I fight for you!

Miss you big boy!

Juanita, Michigan
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May 15, 2010
Dear Nedley,
It was a year ago today we learned with great sadness of your passing. I am so glad that you got to live out your final days at the Sanctuary where you could be free to act as an Elephant. You are very much missed.

Rest big boy.
Michelle, Colorado Springs, CO
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May 15, 2010
RIP Sweet Ned. May you frolic forever in green pastures.
Tracy Jablonski, MIchigan City, Indiana
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May 15, 2010
My sweet, precious Ned,
I miss you so much. I can't believe you have been gone for one year already. Too many injustices in this world and what you had to endure on earth is heartbreaking. I love you and will never forget you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 14, 2010
My sweet Neddie: Tomorrow, May 15, is our day, sweetheart--my birthday and the day, one year ago, that you left us to join Bunny on your journey to heaven. I still remember my tears when I read you had gone. You tried so hard to live. I look at your beautiful, sad face each day, and ask why did humans fail you? Only at the end did you know kindness, peace, and love in Tennessee. I miss you, my beautiful boy. But I know that nothing that is loved is ever lost. No creature who has touched a life, who has brought beauty to the world is ever truly gone. My life was blessed by your presence. You are always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. I love you, Neddie. Happy first anniversary in heaven.


Joan, Connecticut
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May 14, 2010
ned your life on earth a gift misused
years of neglect, years of abuse
at the end of your life you finally knew care
friends at your side, food always there
you will not be forgotten, as i sit here and cry
asking why some humans are so rotten
and you had to die?
but peace and comfort you found
a place in heaven, too fast
but in our hearts you are with us
forever, steadfast

karen lyons kalmenson,
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May 14, 2010
Dear Sweet Ned, it is almost a year since you left us. You are always in my heart. I love you, Ned. Namaste, my dear Elephant Man.
Love, Liz
Liz, N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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May 14, 2010
It's just about a year now, Ned. I think of you every day and bless your dear soul with love.
Maureen, Ann Arbor, MI
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May 13, 2010
My Nedley, it has been almost a year since you left us behind and soared to your forever sanctuary. Your loveliness and sweet face are forever with us as we remember, honor and just plain miss you!!

We were so lucky to know you, even briefly. See how many still long for your gorgeous self to glide by and bless us with your precious light.

Always, big boy.
Auntie Deb, Sacramento
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May 6, 2010
Hey Ted, I'm Katie! I'm in the 8th grade & I'm righting a research paper on how you & other elephant's got abused & some are still getting abused. :) rest in peace.
Katie Haney, Tenneessee
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May 6, 2010
hi ned i will miss you
liz,
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May 3, 2010
Hi Ned,

You are always on my mind.
Shalini, Phoenix
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May 3, 2010
Oh Ned you handsome boy, nearly one year later, I still think of you. You are the most beautiful elephant I have ever seen, and I take some small comfort knowing that now, you don't hurt anymore, and you can be free with your elephant friends.
Melissa, NH
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May 1, 2010
Dear Ned,

I'm so sad to hear of your passing and once again you made tears run down my face.

Thank you for being truly special and so gentle.

On behalf of all the good humans out there, I want to say sorry for the way you were used and abused for too many years. I'm relieved you found peace and health in the end.

You left us way too soon, but I know it was your time to forever rest in peace.

Goodbye Ned.
Jamie, Melbourne, Australia
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May 1, 2010
Dear Ned

I feel bad your life was cut short due to some careless human. I am sure you were taking away from you mom at young age. I wish people would learn to live next to their surroundings. Circuses or Zoos do not and should not have any kind of animals locked up.
The best it can be is that all animal owners should be kept under the same condition as you were kept. I do feel bad about not able enjoy your life longer. I do hope where you are now you are safe and no one can harm you.

Kaczor Richard, Szombathely, Hungary
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April 30, 2010
I cannot believe it's been almost a year. A year ago at this time I was checking the website every day for updates on Ned. Everyone at the Sanctuary tried so hard to help him be healthy. I'm always sad when I think of the hard life many of the elephants had before getting to the Sanctuary... which makes me grateful for the Sanctuary and the happy life they all have after arriving there. I'm very sure Ned appreciated everyone's love and support and all the many wonderful people at the Sanctuary that cared for him.
June, Bellevue, Nebraska
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April 30, 2010
Bless your sweet heart...so glad you are in "animal heaven" now as your spirit soars freely ....many thanks to the Ele Sanct for their care of you....we are truly blessed when an intelligent feeling thinking animal like you is allowed to live and die in peace and comfort.

Shame on those who mistreated and neglected you .... Kharma takes care of them ....

sylvia edwards, franklin, nc
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April 30, 2010
I will always remember the joy & happiness I was filled with the day you were rescued. You will always be my poster boy for reasons for not using elephants for human entertainment. God bless and keep you my beautiful Ned. nameste
Glenda, OKLahoma
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April 30, 2010
To the memory of our Darling Neddie Boy. We loved you so much! We continue to love you. We are richer for having learned about you and thrilled to the daily antics your wonderful caregivers shared with you and with us. You will NEVER be forgotten. Neddie, you had the soul of an angel. You found the best place in the whole world to end your days on this earth. God bless you Neddie, as you roam in the heaven you richly deserve!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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April 29, 2010
Ned, you touch my heart so deeply. I only wish that mankind could have been good to you for your entire life, instead of the last year. You deserve so much more. Thank you for being the majestic, touching creature that you were. You inspire us all.
Cynthia Banks, Sharpsburg GA
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April 23, 2010
My PRECIOUS NED....SWEET ELEPHANT BOY!!! I bought your "MUG" from the "OUR GIRLS GIFTSHOP".....with your precious picture on it.I cherish it. I even hug it in my arms.It is my way of hugging and loving you.I get the great privilege of looking at your picture every day.It gives me comfort and I feel like your part of our family too! You are dearly loved and missed.
Rhonda, Pueblo,Colorado
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April 21, 2010
i just fell in loveeeee with your happy couple of the elephant and the dog!!!!!
Brosif sNOOKIe sMoIth, jersey shore
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April 19, 2010
Ned looks like a friendly elephant. It makes me sad to know what happened to him before he went to the Elephant Sanctuary. But it is good he spent the rest of his life in a calm place were he is free to do what he liked.
Isabella Rosa, Audubon
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April 16, 2010
Love you Nedster!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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April 11, 2010
Dearest Neddie in Heaven, I miss you and think of you often. You should have had time at the Sanctuary to relax and truly enjoy life. Your suffering has been over for a long time, now but you are sorely missed here on earth
Pam, Massachusetts
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April 5, 2010
I think of you everyday. Your picture on my coffee mug at my desk keeps your memory alive in my heart. I never loved an animal that I've never met more than you Ned. I was looking so forward to meeting you here in California. I hope your barn doesn't stand empty too much longer. I just thought I'd check in to let you know that I still and always will love you. Obviously, I'm not alone. xoxoxo
Lizzy, in California
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March 29, 2010
Hi Ned, you precious soul. I am sorry for the way the first inhumans treated you. I am glad the last days of your short life were happy and peaceful and you knew real love.
murr, fl
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March 27, 2010
i'm sorryy ned my family loves you
dylan,
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March 26, 2010
Sweet Neddie: I just heard from someone who is attending the elephant summit at PAWS and guess what! Pat and Ed have said that the barn that PAWS built for you will always be called Neddie's Barn in your memory! It will give another pour soul a haven of safety, peace, and love. How great is that, sweetheart?!! You are always in my heart, my beautiful boy.
Joan, Connecticut
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March 26, 2010
Hi Ned! I wish I could have known you. I am very happy that you found a good home at the sanctuary. Your story makes me want to help every animal I can! I love you Ned.
Ashley, IL
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March 26, 2010
Ned, You have touched our hearts along with many others. You will always touch more and more. You are such a special boy!
Ashley, Qcy,Illinois
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March 24, 2010
Ned,
You have touched our hearts. So glad you made it to the Elephant Sanctuary where you were obviously loved very much.


AP, Oklahoma
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March 23, 2010
My sweet Ned'
Take care of our loving and giving Carol as you look down upon her tonight.YOU will never forget what a BIG heart she had for you and the "Girls".Stand tall Ned as she does in these trying days.
Nana, Pembroke Pines
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March 23, 2010
Ned, You are missed big boy.Is Heaven as beautiful as you were?
NC, Florida
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March 22, 2010
I am so grateful to those of you who take care of these great animals. Your efforts are so appreciated, especially by the elephants for which you care. Thank you for being there and having these wonderful video stories of these precious creatures.
Ned, you were such a magnificent elephant! I am so glad your last months on earth were at the sanctuary.
Til we meet again.
Sheryl, New Jersey
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March 21, 2010
Peace is with you my brother. God bless all the elephants and all the animals of this wondrous planet. God bless the Elephant sanctuary and all the people whose hearts are touched to give such care and kindness. I love you
anonymous, Louisiana
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March 18, 2010
Big Ned - simply this: I love you
Dan, Vancouver
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March 15, 2010
Sweet precious Ned,
Missing you so much today.
Love you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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March 5, 2010
R.I.P forever Ned
Aaron Bloom, Clifton,New Jersey
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March 5, 2010
What a beautiful, sweet elephant. I have fallen in love with Ned and would love to just give him a hug. I got tears in my eyes when I saw him arrive at the sanctuary and step off the truck. I am so glad that he is now being taken care of. I wish I could meet him.
susan , chicago, illinois
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March 4, 2010
Just checkin' in, Big Guy, as I do each day to say good morning to you. Want you to know I'm still trying my best to get Queenie/Boo to safety. A lot of us out here are doing whatever we can for her, so she will not suffer as you did. I love you, my Neddie.
Joan, Connecticut
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March 4, 2010
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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March 3, 2010
They say an elephant never forgets, I hope you only remember the happy times and not the obvious neglect you endured prior to your days at the sanctuary. R.I.P. dear boy.
Vickie, Michigan
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February 28, 2010
G-g-g-g-goodbye Ned :( I'll miss you 4-ever!Bye
Adam Bell, Pine Hollow,Minnesota
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February 28, 2010
I will see you there, later.... all my love.
Lynette Dumont, Golden, Co
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February 25, 2010
Ned clearly enjoyed the best time of his life at the Sanctuary. What a fantastic gift he received of love and care. God bless Ned and all other elephants like him.
Rebecca, Midwest USA
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February 24, 2010
What an angel! He was so happy at the sanctuary. It showed in the photos.
Stacey, Michigan
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February 23, 2010
Ned, you were so brave. I hope you had a great time in your lasting days. You were a real here!I love you! <3
Sarah, North Carolina
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February 23, 2010
A year without you Ned but you are forever loved and remembered...
Meg
Meg, NW USA
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February 22, 2010
Precious Ned,

I haven't forgotten about you. Just wanted to say I love you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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February 20, 2010
i fill sorry for you and you are really pretty and you are so big... PS: you are sure are pretty.
MIKAYLA BLAKELEY, CADIZ KENTUCKY
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February 18, 2010
you are a great looing animal and i hope you are having a great time in heaven and i would also like to say u were very handsom it is good that ur not suffering anymore
GJLB=11, georgia
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January 28, 2010
ned you are adorible i will miss you katie P.S. you are my favorite elephant.
katie, victoria
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January 25, 2010
Hi Ned,

Remembering you a lot today. Hope you are having fun. :)
Shalini, Phoenix
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January 24, 2010
Hi ned, this is amy from the united states um i love elephants so much i read bunnys profile and yours and alot of elephants i love reading about you and other ones cause i like to find out.when i was reading it i saw that you passed away and i want to say they loved having you with them. i miss you a lot and i hope you had a good life.
Amy, united states
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January 22, 2010
such a young boy, thankfully Ned got to experience love and a peaceful time filled with kindness at the end of his days..so fragile and precious..lets work towards giving all elephants a release like this...
janette collins, australia
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January 21, 2010
Hi Ned, I was thinking of you today. I hope you are resting peacefully. Many of us still miss you. God bless you.
Terri, Florida
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January 20, 2010
What an elephant, from a circus to a life saving sanctuary. Love you always Ned <3 .xxx
R.I.P
Sian, United Kingdom
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January 16, 2010
Dear Ned:
I am glad you are resting peacefully in heaven and you had a chance to enjoy life and have some good food and frolic with the other elephants. You deserved it after a life of torture. You look great in this picture. I am so glad you at peace.
Cindy Wines -www.freetheelephants.com, Tucson, AZ
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January 14, 2010
My name is Sarah and I am 8. I hope you had a good end to your life.
RIP
Sarah, Massachusetts
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January 13, 2010
Ned is a very kind and gentle souled elephant, it's a shame to see him leave, he is in my prayers. Ned was the elephant that caught my eye and always will be.
Melanie, Kingston Ontario K7K7L5
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January 10, 2010
My name is Noah and I am 4 years old. I had to pick an animal to learn about for my AWANA clubs and decided on the elephant, so my Mom helped me look for elephants and I found you. I really liked your story and was happy to learn about your life!
Thanks!
Noah, Pennsylvania
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January 9, 2010
Happy New Years Ned. We know that your spirit still remains with those who loved and cared for you at the sanctuary. Seeing the video of your arrival still brings tears to my eyes to think that such a gentle giant was so horribly mistreated. I think you were finally able to realize that not all humans are like circus people. You were able to leave this earth in peace. RIP Ned!
Char , Arkansas
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January 8, 2010
R.I.P. gentle giant.
KV, Allentown PA
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January 8, 2010
Ned,
You were a good elephant...now you rest in peace buddy.
Liz, Minnesota
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January 7, 2010
We Miss You Ned
Rest In Peace
Anonymous, USA
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January 6, 2010
Ned,
your time on earth was to short and your death was devastating. Your bravery was very inspiring. You will be very missed ned. RIP ned darling We love you
Dorcas, Kalamazoo Mi
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January 5, 2010
ned i loved watching your videos you are sooo cuteeeee and i wish you were still around i would have come to see you!
will poling, Maryland
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January 5, 2010
I miss you so much Ned!!
Emma, PA
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January 4, 2010
Thank you for your inspiring spirit Ned! I am so happy that you got to spend the end of your life in a place full of people who respect you for the magnificent creature that you are! I hope I will meet you in heaven cause I'd like to give you a big hug!
Melanie, Canada
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January 4, 2010
I never met you, but I see and feel your gentleness and tenderness through your pictures and videos. I'm sorry humans were so cruel to you, but thank God that your last days were filled with love from people at the Elephant Sanctuary. I hope to meet you on the other side of the rainbow bridge one day. You are so greatly loved and missed.
Kristen, Toronto, Canada
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January 2, 2010
Dear Ned,
I cried when I saw how thin you were and I cried when I saw that you were finally getting the care that you deserve. I hope you felt the love and connection before you passed.
Leslie Sagara, Toronto, Canada
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January 1, 2010
Another new year Ned. Missing you so much.
Love you!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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December 31, 2009
Dear Ned,

I hope you have found peace and that your last months were happy.
Angela Black, California
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December 31, 2009
You brought tears to my eyes the day you came to the sanctuary when I saw you for the first time and tears when you passed. You bring tears now because you are missed. Enjoy the new geen pastures with all your ele family. You will always be remembered! Peace dear Ned.
Dana Icenhour, Defuniak Springs, Florida
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December 31, 2009
Each year brings the loss of good friends. Some on two feet and others on four. At first I cling to memories and don't want to let go. But on New Years Eve as the sun goes down I know it is time to say goodbye and make new friends in the coming year. So Ned, I feel happy to have seen and written to you, and tonight I am at peace with your moving on to an even brighter place this year.
Anne, Pensacola
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December 31, 2009
Ned,
Even though we miss you, your in a better place now. I hope you know how much people really cared about you and loved you. See you in heaven.
Angie , Butler, Pa.
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December 31, 2009
I'm glad Your final days were happy.
Darlene Schueler, Estill Springs TN
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December 29, 2009
Ned-
I remember when you first came to the sanctuary and I was so excited. After a while I stopped coming to the website but i did today and i was devastated to find out you had passed away. I hope you had a good life. RIP ned and Happy Holidays.
Charlotte, Mercer Island Wa
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December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas, Ned! You are always in my thoughts my dear friend. I love you!
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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December 24, 2009
Christmas Eve Ned. The night animals can talk. I always fell asleep waiting for my housepets to talk to me, but I know they did. I hope your spirit will be back at the Elephant Sanctuary tonight speaking to all of your girls. Merry Christmas to all.
Anne, Pensacola
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December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas sweet Ned. Love you!
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas Nedster! Still miss you so much my dear special friend.
Avni, Kitchener, Canada
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December 22, 2009
I'm choking back the tears. You magnificent soul. I'm crushed that some of us did this to you. I'm so angry and so sad. Peace be with you as you continue your journey Ned. I know you forgive us even when we don't deserve it.

Namaste
David Cook, Pensacola, Florida USA
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December 22, 2009
Merry Christmas, my sweet Neddie. Forever in my heart.
Joan, Connecticut
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December 21, 2009
Ned,
It isn't like last Christmas. After reading Scott was leaving I quit coming back to read every day because it was another sad loss for the sanctuary and I couldn't take it. Today I read he will stay longer. Thanks for swaying him with your spirit. They didn't admit the girls were sad and just wouldn't allow him to leave. They must have cried a lot, like me. Thank goodness!
Anne, pensacola
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December 15, 2009
Precious Ned,
I love you and miss you so much. You are my special ele-angel.
Ushma, Kitchener, Canada
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December 14, 2009
Ned, You are not forgotten... We remember you with love and fondness. May you rest in peace.
A Wetmore, Florida
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December 12, 2009
Oh, Ned, dear sweet Ned;

I just watched the Dec video from last year. It's bittersweet. Looking at you is painful. No elephant should look that gaunt ever.

Sending peace and love to you, Ned

Namaste
Anita, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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December 9, 2009
Neddie.....I can't think of you without getting a lump in my throat and a pain in my heart.... maybe it wasn't meant for you to stay here, but to inspire all of us who fell so in love with you to move into massive action to do whatever we can to stop the evils that befell your short life and put a stop to animals in circuses period....you'll always be in my heart Neddie
donna, kingsport tn
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December 5, 2009
Hey Baby Boy-

You're never far from my thoughts. Missing you and hoping for eternal sanctuary for you. You deserve no less than to smile forever. Blessings upon you.
Caite York, Milton-Freewater, OR
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November 27, 2009
I often think of you Ned and hope you are in heaven frolicking with your other Ele friends. You are missed dearly here on earth but I am glad that you had good times at TES before your passing.
Xoxox forever and always
Lindsay Flynn, Newmarket, Ontario
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November 26, 2009
Today, I am thankful to have known your story and thankful for all of the people who gave you loving care until your end. Blessings to all!
Anne, Pensacola
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November 26, 2009
ned was a nice, cute elephant and i hope he is having a great after life.
jonny , batavia IL
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November 25, 2009
Ned,
I still find it difficult to say your name and not shed a tear. One year ago you came to The Sanctuary and everyone near and far had high hopes for your recovery. Unfortunately, your precious life was cut short by severe illness that plague you for so many years.
Your name today, means a lot more of us are fighting to get elephants like you to sanctuary.
Miss you still Ned.

Juanita, Livonia, MI
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November 25, 2009
Ned...
It's been a while since I wrote anything here but you are never out of my thoughts. You are the inspiration for those of us trying to help Queenie. But I am so worried about her today, I hope all Ned's friends will work to get her to a sanctuary, not to the dreadful San Antonio zoo where poor Lucy is incarcerated. Please help both elephants to a better life.
Loving kindness to all...
Meg
Meg Johnson, NW US
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November 24, 2009
precious precious Ned, Gods precious sacred
baby....we love you! you suffered in this life but now your suffering is over and your in the arms of your creator.We will carry you
in our hearts and memory forever and we hope
one day to meet you in eternity. That hay on
your head is very stylish!!!! Your such a BIG
SILLY!!! God bless and keep you Ned.We love
you forever. Can't wait to kiss&hug you in eternity.
T.J. & Rhonda Burns, Pueblo, Colorado 81005
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November 18, 2009
We will remember you
Christian, Virginia
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November 17, 2009
I will remember you always, sweet Ned.
Eileen, Melrose, Massachusetts
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November 15, 2009
Precious precious Ned,
I can't believe that it has already been 6 months since you left. I miss you so much. Sweet Ned, you have made such a huge imprint on my heart and soul. I wanted so much for you to be well with every fibre in my being but it was not meant to be. My heart still breaks for you Ned and I don't think that it will ever stop. You will always be very special to me and I will never forget you. Lots of love to you my adorable and magnificent Ned.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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November 10, 2009
Dear Ned, I miss you everyday. I love you still with all my heart. I wish I could have made it down to Tenn. while I could see you, but I am blessed, and happy that there are still many elephants in the world. I miss you my dear Ned and I hope I can be blessed and meet many more elephants like you. I am the biggest elephant fan, and I have only read about a few elephants as sweet as you were. Rest in Peace my love, and I hope I get to see your friends soon. I miss you with all my heart.
Emma , Chicago IL
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November 10, 2009
Dear sweet Ned, you spent such a short time with us here at the elephant sanctuary, but your time here was amazing. Also I miss you every day. I hope that you are gone off, and free of suffering. My dear sweet Ned, oh how I loved you with all my heart. When I see your pictures I am reminded of all your sweet, dear happiness that spread through all of my heart. I am sure that I am not the only one that feels the same way. So Ned has not been unloved at all, his time here was filled with greatness and I love you so much. Rest in piece my love, and happy Ned!
Luz, Chicago IL
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November 10, 2009
To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die.
Cj Baker, Orlando, Fl.
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November 9, 2009
Ned, I still think of you and hope you are in a place free of all the suffering you endured here on earth. I look at your picture here and see hope, I see it in your eyse, you knew your journey at the end. Namaste sweet Ned!
Jeannette, New Jersey
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November 8, 2009
One year since you arrived in Tennessee, sweetheart, and one week short of six months since you left us. I seem to cry all the time for you, dearest Ned. I cry whenever I see your beautiful face with your silly little straw hat; I cry for what should have been and never was; I cry for how much you suffered because of what human beings did to you; and I cry for your valiant fight to live. I don't know of any other living being who touched the lives and hearts of people all over the world in just the six short months of your sanctuary life. You must truly be a saint among elephants, to have made so much love among people everywhere. Please help us from heaven to get Queenie to sanctuary. I love you and miss you so much, my Neddie.
Joan, Connecticut
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October 29, 2009
May love remain with you forever
oxox
Love
Nora B, Seattle, Washington
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October 26, 2009
Ned, I am sorry that you had to pass away. Especially on my birthday. But i am sure that you are in a better place now.
Tauri, RI
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October 26, 2009
Hello Neddie.....always in my heart...
donna, kingsport tn
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October 24, 2009
Beloved Neddie: You must be working from heaven to get Queenie her miracle - the USDA has filed official charges against her owner. Details of the charges and how everyone can help get Queenie to safety are on the website of In Defense of Animals. Please - everyone who loves Neddie - do what you can to help save her. We need to make one final push to get Queenie her miracle. I just know that Ned will help us to save her. Thank you, everyone.
Joan, Connecticut
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October 24, 2009
It broke my heart to see the evidence of all that Ned had endured. I am so thankful that the end of his short life was spent in a safe place where he was loved and cared for.
Jean, Virginia
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October 23, 2009
Ned,

You have touched me like nothing I can explain! I have followed you since you were brought to TN. My heart breaks but I know that you are in a better place and that brings peace to my heart.

Love always,
Trish
Trish Hankins, Tampa, Fl
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October 17, 2009
It is amazing how many hearts Ned touched in his short life, as the tributes to him keep coming in and bearing witness to all the love we feel for him and sorrow at his loss. Hopefully, Ned's story will help his half brothers and other eles in the circus industry gain sanctuary.

I saw a UTube video of Ned's half brother Benny. It is called BennyMexico 0002, posted by PAWS. PAWS is trying to get through the mass of paperwork to bring Benny back from Mexico and put him in Ned's barn, which stands empty and waiting.
Lee Holen, Anchorage, Alaska
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October 15, 2009
Sweet precious Ned,
Your passing still breaks my heart. Something in me connected to you forever when I first saw your arrival video at the sanctuary. I will always love you. Time goes on and yet the hurt still remains. Missing you so much.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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October 14, 2009
My honest and sincere heartfelt apologies for for your suffering at the hand of mankind. I know you will have understood the 'understanding' and hopefully kindness you were shown in your last days and not have felt fearful of humans.
So enduring, so painful.

My apologies and my love for you and your species/sub species.
, England
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October 12, 2009
Dear Ned, Happy belated birthday! I am glad that you had peace in your final days. I think of you often. Say hello to everyone in elephant heaven.
Love, Liz
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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October 11, 2009
Beautiful Ned, humanity did not do right by you. Thank God for the elephant sanctuary where you could find freedom in your last days.

Fair winds, Ned, always fair winds.
A, NM
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October 10, 2009
Hi Ned,

Missing you. You will always be in my heart.

Shalini, Phoenix
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October 10, 2009
You Dearest, Darling, Beloved Elephant! Today is twenty two years to the day when You were born. On October 10th, 1987 You arrived into this world a small Elephant calf. It was a Saturday like it is today. You must have been as adorable then as all the days of your life. They named you Ned. Dear Ned, I wish you were here so that I could wish You a Happy Birthday. I am bittered for the rest of my life knowing what your Life was like. Knowing what was done to your Self and to your Life. People fought to get you away from the bad but it didn't happen soon enough. Towards the end, Carol took you in and eased your sorrows. I watched every video posted on the Sanctuary's website starting with the one where you arrived to Hohenwald and ever so hesitantly stepped out of the truck. Later on in the Sanctuary there is a picture of you coming down a path with autumn foliage in the background which is particularly dear to my heart. When I look at it I see so much goodness in your eyes, in your sweet face. Dear One. You have been on my mind ever since I learnt of your fate and always will be. Every day. I will do everything I can with all my might to stop the evil of circus. But Today, I will quietly remember You through tears and imagine how it might have been on that 1987 October day when, for the first time, you saw the Sunshine Ray.
B., New York
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October 10, 2009
Happy birthday sweet Ned. I still miss you but I know you are not in pain now, and that Bunny and the other girls are looking after you.
Jackie B, Arlington, VA
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October 9, 2009
Just watched your slide show *again*, crying *again*! But I have to admit Ned, that you are not the only elephant I cry for. I cry especially for the orphaned elephant babies at the Sheldrick Trust in Africa. Poaching is rampant again since CITIES opened the ivory stockpiles in South Africa. My heart cries for elephants and their plight every day. I wish there was Sanctuary for all of them!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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October 8, 2009
Thank you, Ned, for being the beautiful symbol of dignity, courage and trust for all of us humans. Rest well, sweet boy.

jinna and tyler
jinna and tyler, denver, co
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October 5, 2009
My Dear Sweet Neddie!!

It has been so long since your passing but it seems like just yesterday. It is still just so painful to realize that you are gone. What a handsome boy you were.
Forever in my heart dear boy. Miss you terribly.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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October 1, 2009
I love you, Ned. I noticed that a star has been added for you and one has been added for Bunny on the homepage. 2 more stars in heaven.
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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October 1, 2009
My sweet beautiful ele-boy I still think of you many times each day and night. You somehow reached deep inside my soul and the souls of countless others. You had so much suffering in your life but thankfully you ended your days in the one place on earth where you were able to know true tenderness and love!! I can see it in your eyes even though you were worn out in body. There was a gleam in your eyes sensing something better to come in the next world.
You were ready to move on to that next world knowing what true love is thanks to TES and all of those who truly cared about you.
Namaste my dear one.
Carole Lorraine Sipos, Marina del Rey,
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October 1, 2009
Here we go again Ned. This time it is Cole Bros Circus coming to town. Don't worry, I'm working with Divine Intervention to voice my opinion, again! I'm getting the message out with your story. They said the Elephant Sanctuary had much needed rain this year. I knew it would rain blessings from you! The girls thank you! Love & miss you still & always.
Anne, Pensacola
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September 30, 2009
Dear Ned, I had a dream last night that Judge Emmett made his decision and that he decided in favor of the elephants! What a wonderful dream it was. I can only hope that the judge has mercy in his heart, that he will see that the circus is inherently cruel, and that he (as well as the appellate court members, when the expected appeal review occurs) will effectively put the circus industry out of business. How I hope and pray that this happens! Thank God for PETA who published the recent video footage on youtube of Ringling "handlers" and what really happens behind the scenes...that video was heartbreaking...to see such a majestic creature cringe at being struck with a whip in the face, to see the constant use of the bullhook, to see the hopeless faces of those poor elephants, to see the constant rocking back and forth, to see them going mad before our very eyes...Ned I know you went through all that and died because of it. You, being male, were treated even worse because of your size and male disposition. I am sorry humans were so bad to you.
Maggie, Saratoga Springs, NY
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September 29, 2009
I love ned he wus a grate elephant

love gaetana (7yrs.)
the Krok Family, Ohio
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September 28, 2009
Rest in peace my friend.
my love never leave you.
may your pastures be green and
may you see the glory of god.
Nora B, Seattle, Washinton
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September 28, 2009
God bless the Elephant Sanctuary
i love your work and stand with you in the fight for elephants
love always, (and for all the elephants in your care.)
Bella
Bella Kwahaes, tampa florida
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September 25, 2009
The first and most striking thing about Ned is his utter magnificence! I loved the video clip where he is enjoying the earth beneath his feet & is engaged with his new surroundings. How sad Humans let him down for so long.
Ned says: "It went well for me (at the Sanctuary). I could not have been more pleased."
Thank you beautiful spirit for gracing us with your presence.
MaryAnn, Denver, CO
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September 24, 2009
For all who love Ned and who helped to get Tina and Jewel to a better place, I just got this news from San Diego zoo: Both Jewel and Tina have increased their weight since their arrival," said Ann Alfama, lead elephant keeper. "They had a little bit of weight loss last week but now it is up again and they weigh more than they did when they got here."

The animal care staff at the Elephant Care Center weighs the two large pachyderms on a weekly basis. Jewel weighed 6,407 pounds when she arrived at the Zoo. Tina weighed 7,381 pounds at that time. The elephants are weighed by asking them to walk onto and stand on a large platform scale. Today Jewel and Tina weighed 6,591 pounds and 7,627 pounds respectively."

Isn't that great news? Let's hope these two lovely ladies continue to improve and grow in happiness - all thanks to Ned.
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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September 23, 2009
Dear Ned,

I hope everything is well in heaven!!!! I am at school right now. I hope that you are happy. I am missing and loving you very much. My guinea pig died and maybe you have meet her!!!! I love you so much and I miss you. Have a nice day my sweet NED!!!!

Take Care,

xoxoxoxox
Love,
Hailey Belyea - Taylor, Ottawa, ON
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September 23, 2009
God Bless You Ned for all the love you gave.
Rest in Peace in Heaven
BB, NYC
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September 23, 2009
Dear Ned
those who loved you will never let u go
you will be missed

rest in peace

lots of love
xoxox
Bella Kwahaes, Florida, Tampa
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September 23, 2009
Dearest Ned
Just got the Ele newsletter with your story in it. The picture of you is stunning - you were the most beautiful elephant and your great-hearted soul shines out from your eyes. Thanks to you, Tina and Jewel are safe and growing fitter and stronger in San Diego. There's a new video of them being weighed on the zoo site.
Love forever
Meg
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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September 23, 2009
Ned,
You will be missed.
you friends will never forget you.
you remain in their hearts forever.
many loved you,
none will forget you.
rest in peace.
may you find your family and love your life in heaven.
may your troubles be gone along with your pains.
May love always remain with you forever.
Love,
Nora :)
Nora B, Seattle, Washington
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September 22, 2009
ned, you are in our hearts. I love ned he is important to me love gaetana.(7)
i love you. love aleric(5)

you have touched the hearts of my children and so deeply. it's sad that such beauty is abused. we all love you

Gaetana, Aleric, baby Danica and Kimbirle
Kimbirle, Gaetana, and Aleric Krok, Ohio
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September 22, 2009
Ned,
The light of your soul shines bright.
My heart hurts that you are gone, but I am glad that you had so many that loved you.
steph p., oregon
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September 16, 2009
Really made me cry. A very cool elephant. The big guy was treated like crap. At least he was given some peace at the end of his life. People should be kind to animals, as they make us human.
mike, boston
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September 15, 2009
Precious Ned,
Missing you so much today. I love you. You were a most special elephant on this earth.
Sweet Ned, when there is so much wrong in this world and my thoughts turn to you, I feel comforted. You are free from all your suffering. Love you always.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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September 14, 2009
Oh Wonderful Ned,

Your body was worn and tired but in those beautiful eyes, that elephants have, you can see that you had finally reached a place of peace and happiness. I pray that MAN can some day come to realize how amazing Elephants are. You can see so much wonder in an elephants eyes. Rest In Peace to you and your family and friends.

To the Elephant Sanctuary - your are wonderful
Laura J. , Newport, KY
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September 13, 2009
How can anyone be so cruel to such majestic animals? Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for existing and making Ned's last months as comfortable for him as they could be. I'm guessing he died of a broken spirit.
S. Matson, Amsterdam
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September 12, 2009
Thinking of you today Ned, and missing you lots. You really deserved more time! Peace be with you now, no more hurting now. Run with the wind with your brothers and sisters up there in ele heaven.

I will fight for others like you!

JCE, Michigan
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September 11, 2009
Me, too, Emma in Georgia. I miss Neddie so much and want him to come back to us.
Joan, Connecticut
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September 11, 2009
I have been crying for 2 days after finding this site !!!Thank you !!!ELEPHANT SANCTUARY FOR GIVING NED!!SOME PEACE AND LOVE HIS FINAL DAYS ON EARTH GOD BLESS THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY!!
edge , port washington ny
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September 11, 2009
NED!!YOU WILL NEVER BE FOR GOTTEN!!
edge, PORT WASHINGTON
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September 10, 2009
Ned was a beautiful creature.
Max, westvirginia
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September 10, 2009
You beautiful baby. You did not deserve the treatment you received in the past.
I thank God you had some freedom and love from these wonderful people.
You touched my heart deeply.
I am saddened by your death but your are now in a better place with our creator.
Deborah Freed-Fishelman, Baltomore, Maryland
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September 10, 2009
i miss you so much im crying!!!! please come back
emma, GA
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September 10, 2009
What a grand animal you were - to be taken so selfishly by humans and forced to submit your mighty will so that we were entertained breaks my heart. May you find the peace in heaven that you never got here on earth...

RIP NED
Joey, Athens,Al
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September 10, 2009
God bless dear Ned. His life was so hard and painful but I'm so glad to know that his final days were spent in peace at The Animal Sanctuary. I would have loved to know Ned.
Thank you for sharing his story.
Margaret Case, Pasadena, CA
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September 10, 2009
Thank you for such a wonderful story on Ned. It brought tears to my eyes.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing him to live his last days as free as he could be: unabused and with loving caretakers.
I admire what you all do so very much.
Rhonda D, San Diego
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September 7, 2009
Although you have passed from this place, you have made a lasting impression on my 7 year old daughter. "mommy, how could someone be so cruel and mean?" she asked as we cried over you together. I had no answer good enough. I told her to find the good in it, you spent your final time in a place of love and serenity where people loved you. You were so beautiful, your eyes told your whole story without a single word. It hurts my heart to see how you and others have been treated. No animal deserves cruelty. Despite your passing my children and I love you and all those like you. May you rest well and at peace. Know that there are three more people, myself, my daughter and my little son who ache for your treatment. Bless the elephant sanctuary for helping some to survive, and some to just pass in a loving environment. Good bye beautiful Ned...you are now in our hearts.
Kimbirle, Gaetana, and Aleric Krok, cortland, ohio
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September 5, 2009
Dear Ned, if you see a little gray cat named Pharoah come strolling across the rainbow bridge, please welcome him. Pharoah was perfectly healthy, or so we thought, and then suddenly his legs were paralyzed from an embolism and he died. We will miss him but my heart is a little comforted knowing that you might be there to greet a fellow citizen of the earth. I still miss you lots, Ned, and just wrote a letter to the Los Vegas Circus about your brother Bo who you never knew.
Maggie, Saratoga Springs, NY
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September 4, 2009
Another of Ned's brothers needs our help.

From PAWS:

"ANOTHER CIRCUS TRAVESTY
BO, THE ALL AMERICAN ELEPHANT"

"The Shriner's Circus is coming to the South Point Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 17th through 20th.
They are featuring Bo, a young bull elephant who is half brother to Ned....Bo, like Ned, Benny, Luke and Mickey was captive-born, sired by Vance, a breeding bull from the circus. All of these young bulls were taken from their mothers before they were a year old and performing when they should still have been nursing."

If you go to the PAWS website, there is information to protest with Shriners, Las Vegas, and a live protest on Sept. 19.

Lee, Anchorage, Alaska
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August 30, 2009
My sweet Neddie: When only Tina and Jewel were confiscated by the USDA/USFWS - precious Queenie was left behind with Davenport. She became "the forgotten one, the one left behind." I could not stand the pain for her. But now In Defense of Animals says there may still be hope to get her to sanctuary, or else reunited with Tina and Jewel. I have posted below the recent update on their website. All of us who love you and wrote letters and made phone calls to help save Tina and Jewel must now re-group for a final surge to get Queenie saved. EVERYONE - PLEASE DO NOT LET HER LIFE END WITH DAVENPORT. We must now go by the code of our United States Armed Services: NO MAN LEFT BEHIND. If even the smallest hope exists for saving Queenie - we must do everything we can for her. Please see below for IDA's latest update from their website.

QUOTE: THE FIGHT GOES ON FOR QUEENIE:
We are encouraged by recent news from the USDA indicating that there is still hope for this elephant, who has suffered at the Davenport family's hands for decades.
Earlier this week, IDA asked our members to continue to write to the USDA on behalf of Queenie, who was left behind when Tina and Jewel were confiscated. On that day, August 20, Will Davenport voluntarily surrendered his USDA exhibitor's license. According to the USDA, this means he cannot legally sell, trade or exhibit Queenie, nor can he transport her anywhere.
Unfortunately this also means that, for now, the USDA has no jurisdiction over Queenie's care. But the agency has confirmed that it continues to investigate Davenport's activities prior to August 20. Thanks to his refusal to cooperate with the USDA's first confiscation attempt on August 15, these activities include not only abusive and negligent handling and care of Queenie, but also defying a federal order and interfering with the USDA's official enforcement activities, subjecting him to the possibility of both civil and criminal penalties.
We (IDA) are exploring all legal options to secure Queenie's future at a sanctuary. END QUOTE

Please, everyone, write to the USDA and your legislators (see IDA's website for contact information). If we can help get Queenie to a new life, our Ned will not have suffered and died in vain. I love you, Neddie.


Joan, Connecticut
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August 29, 2009
Ned, it is great to know that Jewel and Tina have been rescued, now if you and the girls with you could help poor Queenie be rescued too. The sanctuary would be perfect for her as it was for you and the all the girls
karen, mn
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August 29, 2009
It fills my eyes with tears to see such magnificent beings being ill treated for the sake of 15 minutes of circus amusement.

Elephants need fresh vegetation as food and not dried hay.

What you guys are doing is really worth appreciation.

RIP Ned.
Ritwaj Ratan, Raleigh
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August 29, 2009
Darling Heavenly Boy, Neddie,

We still miss you and think of you often. You are off running and trumpeting with all those who have preceded you. We love you and thank you for all that you brought us while you were on this earth.

Love to your earthly caregivers and especially Gracie, we love you all too!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton CA
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August 28, 2009
Dear Ned: I still can't believe you are gone. I feel such empathy for your years in captivity and your obvious suffering. It should have been different for you. I am so glad that you got to spend your last months on earth in the care and love of the Elephant Sanctuary, and I along with too many people to count will miss you very much always.
Diane Kluttz, Phoenix, Arizona
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August 28, 2009
Hello Ned-
I just watched the video of Tina and Jewel at San Diego zoo getting their first medical exam. What sweet ladies they both are! Jewel is very sick and so she is where she needs to be as the zoo has extensive, state-of-the-art veterinary care available for her. And her long-time friend Tina is with her which must give her great comfort. Let's not forget Queenie though who needs a sanctuary and ele-friends too.
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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August 27, 2009
Sweet Neddie: If I were an artist I would paint the picture I see this morning on the Elecam: The sanctuary's fields enveloped in mist, with one tall evergreen tree seen in the distance and a bright light shining down from the sky. I always wonder, when I see a field, if it's where you are resting. I love you, my beautiful boy.
Joan, Connecticut
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August 27, 2009
I'm glad Jewel and Tina were rescued but I was hoping they would go to a sanctuary. What about Queenie? Maybe she can come to the elephant sanctuary.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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August 25, 2009
I, too, was bitterly disappointed that Jewel and Tina were not taken to sanctuary. Here, however, is what Pat Derby at PAWS says:

"All zoos are not bad, and our sanctuary is far from being perfect. PAWS has always welcomed the support of zoos and caring keepers in alleviating the suffering of animals living chained in trucks and railroad cars.

Personnel from San Diego Zoo spent four days without sleep assisting in the rescue and safe transport of Tina and Jewel. They fed, watered and comforted the two animals non-stop until they arrived at the zoo. Their reports that the two were traveling well, eating and drinking voraciously, and were "two sweethearts" made me realize that caring about animals is not limited exclusively to animal rights activists.

When Tina and Jewel arrived at the zoo, their life changed from the horrible existence of standing on three feet of chain and waiting to be fed once a day, if they were lucky, to having food and water available all the time, freedom to move about and elephant companions with which to socialize. No chains, no bull hooks, no filthy, hot trucks and no tricks to perform. To Tina & Jewel, the zoo is their sanctuary."

PAWS is going to post an up-date about what can be done to free Queenie. It was helpful for me to hear how much better T & J's lives will be, even though we know not as good as at TES or PAWS!

Lee, Anchorage, Alaska
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August 25, 2009
I think it's wonderful news that Jewel and Tina will be at the San Diego Zoo. If it has to be a zoo, San Diego is one of the very best. But let's not forget Queenie who must be in deep distress without her friends...
I am just so happy that Ned's life wasn't in vain and that so many people are now working for the improvement of other elephants' lives. What a wonderful tribute!
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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August 24, 2009
I find myself missing you everyday. Your story in PAWS Summer 2009 about your empty barn breaks my heart. I hope that Benny and Luke will be set free and arrive here in California in your memory someday. I will always love you.
Still Broken Hearted in California, Proud to be a NedHead
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August 24, 2009
Dearest Ned,
You did not deserve what the circus and circus trainers did to you. I am very saddened by your passing, but am very grateful that you got to experience loving care from the wonderful people of the Elephant Sanctuary. We all miss you so much!
Liz
Liz, California
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August 23, 2009
He is so CUTE!!!!
Makenzi Brewer, Tennessee, Big Sandy
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August 22, 2009
Dearest Neddie,
How time is flying by! But your memory won't ever fly away from those who love you. You and Bunny and all of your species have helped to secure the release of sisters Tina and Jewel! Because of your life and your suffering you have brought awareness to the USDA and to people in general. Elephants are on the move to better places. But in the name of all that is right, why did the people in charge not send ALL THREE girls (Boo, Tina, Jewel) to a SANCTUARY with enough acres to roam and to choose their friends properly? I am happy that things are changing, but sometimes I think it's two steps forward, one step back. At least it's moving forward Ned. Always thinking of you.
Marie L., North Carolina
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August 21, 2009
My Neddie: We got two of them, Ned - the USDA yesterday confiscated Tina and Jewel!!! You and your sisters and brothers in heaven must be so very happy!!! But we still need all your help from heaven to get Queenie saved, as well. Please help us, Ned, and we all we do everything we can from this end to get Queenie reunited with her beloved sisters. We got a miracle, Ned. We just need one more for Queenie. I love you always.
Joan, Connecticut
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August 20, 2009
Way to go, Ned! It looks like, due to the love people have for you, that the battle to save Queenie, Jewel and Tina is almost over. I just read that Will Davenport is willing to give up all three elephants to the USDA. Rejoice in heaven, Ned! Love to you forever!
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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August 20, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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August 20, 2009
Ned I have been thinking about you lately because of the battles to confiscate three elephants, Tina Jewel and Queenie(Boo). I hope that when they confiscated you they set a precedence. I have contacted the powers -congressman, head of USDA and even the President to confiscate all three elephants. I love this picture of you and know that when you got to TES you were happy. Hopefully these other three elephants will get to TES soon. Love you always.
Erika Simmons , Hamilton, ON
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August 19, 2009
Oh Ned, I got the S.O.S.and have been feverishly reading everything at IDA and writing to the USDA to encourage them to take Tina and Queenie when they go back for Jewel. I also wrote the local newspaper where Will Davenport lives, defending the USDA's right to remove these elephants, Davenport says his Veterinarians can't find anything physical wrong, well, something is wrong, their weight loss continues, I am not a Veterinarian but if you know anything about elephants you can see these elephants are suffering from long-term stress. If they aren't freed soon,it may be to late, I fear they will give up all hope of being rescued and die.
CJ, Perdido Key
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August 19, 2009
Dear Ned,

I just read this in the Houston Chronicle dated August 19, 2009, "HOUSTON A Texas man who has battled federal authorities over the three elephants he keeps in a barn behind his traveler trailer is ready to give up, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. After hiring a Houston lawyer, Davenport said he can no longer afford to fight and will turn over the elephants."

Ned this means that Tina, Queenie and Jewel have a chance. I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself, if I could trumpet with joy I would, I feel so silly right now I may try.

CJ, Perdido Key
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August 17, 2009
I am embarrassed by and ashamed of the humans who caused Ned to be in the condition he was in when rescued. I am grateful and thankful for all of the people who participated in Ned's rescue, and glad that he had a few months when he could feel comfortable and not afraid. Elephants are such social creatures.
William S. Byles, Southern California near Los Angeles
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August 17, 2009
Dearest Neddie: I am sending an S.O.S. to everyone all over the world who loved and prayed for you - the USDA has attempted confiscation of Jewel and has been defied by her owner Will Davenport. Please everyone go to the website of In Defense of Animals and read their bulletin on what happened and how you can help. We must save not just Jewel, but Tina and Queenie, as well, and get all three to sanctuary. Please go to the website and read how you can help. Please do it for our beloved Ned.
Joan, Connecticut
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August 15, 2009
When will people learn animals have rights? God did not create man and woman to exploit or profit from his divine creations. Its time we put an end to animal suffering and abuse in this century!

God bless Ned and all of God's other creatures.
J K Kurkson, VA
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August 15, 2009
The zoo in my area is closing tomorrow. Divine intervention. Thanks Ned! My heart still hurts when I think of you. It has been a long three months.
Anne, Pensacola
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August 15, 2009
Dear Ned,
I am so sorry I haven't written in a while. SO sorry. I love you lots and I really want you to be ok. I miss you more than anything. The world made an amazing elephant! You deserve a lot of credit having to put up with circus acts! I am doing the best I can to help all kinds of elephants in the world! I love elephants and I couldn't bare to lose elephants in our world. They are the best animals that we have! Thank you Ned! Your a real hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take Care Ned!
xo
Love
Hailey Belyea Taylor, Ottawa ON
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August 13, 2009
Beloved Neddie: Your suffering and death will never be forgotten by so many of us who love you still. You will always live in our hearts. A lot of us are continuing our efforts in your memory to save your sisters and brothers in circuses and zoos. I'm doing all I can to help save Tina, Jewel, and Queenie, who have not been seen in public since being turned away from Idaho Shrine circuses in mid-June. They are supposedly still in their home base in Leggett, Texas. Have just written to the brand-new Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, forwarding him a lot of letters and emails about the tragic lives of TJQ - and also attached your photo and the story of your painful life and death - to ask him to please make it one of his first actions as new Director to save Tina and Jewel under the Endangered Species Act due to their illegal sale by Cole Bros. to Davenport (currently still an "open investigation" by USFWS) - and hopefully somehow Queenie will also be able to be saved. I cannot believe, Neddie, that government agencies don't act when it is in their power to do so. They sure must be gettin' sick of hearing from me, sweetheart! But I will continue the fight as long as they ignore the suffering of your sisters and brothers, as they ignored yours. My love always.
Joan, Connecticut
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August 12, 2009
Dear Ned,
There you are lurking in my thoughts, I remember how abuse left you a shell of yourself, makes me realize we all must do more to stop this abuse, memories of you are behind everything I do and say in defense of all mistreated elephants.
Wish I could have made a difference in your life, but instead will make a difference for other elephants in your death.

CJ, Perdido key
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August 11, 2009
Rest in Peace sweet Ned
Eileen Beniest, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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August 8, 2009
Dearest Ned, Oh, how much I miss you, sweet boy. You touched so many hearts while you were at the Sanctuary. And now, you are still touching many lives and making people aware of how so many eles need our help. I take comfort in the fact that you are no longer in pain and are at peace. I will never forget you, dear heart, and will always love you.
Connie, Renton, Washington
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August 7, 2009
I hope you enjoyed your final days in the Sanctuary Ned. I'm sure you have touched alot of lives being one of god's most beautiful creatures rest in peace buddy.
Carlyie, Australia
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August 6, 2009
Rest in peace you big, beautiful, wonderful, precious, kind, innocent creature of God. I love you.
Kimberly, Oakland, CA
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August 6, 2009
It is truly an honor that you bless this earth with your presence. I am ashamed that any human would ever believe that they have the right to possess you in any way. You are magnificent in every way, and I am sorry for the life you had to live. I saw the pain in your eyes, and I saw the joy begin to return. It is unfair that you only had a few short months of happiness again, but I know that you are in heaven and there is no room for pain. Bless you, and I am glad you will rest in peace. Always know that there are many who will continue their efforts to help the gentle, wise giants that all of you are.
Marla, Vancouver, Canada
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August 5, 2009
Dear Ned, thinking of you and all the lovely ladies in TN as I write a letter to Mexico to help rescue the brother you never met, Benny. And we all know there's no shortage of others that need to be rescued, including Queenie, Tina and Jewel.
Maggie, Saratoga Springs, NY
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August 3, 2009
Hey sweet pea-
Still missing you and wishing I could read your progress page. Reading your tributes is bittersweet. I hope all your brothers and sisters find sanctuary. Working at the primate sanctuary helps keep me busy so I don't dwell on our loss too much.

Love you tall, lanky boy. Please say 'hi' to our girls in ele-heaven. Tell Bunny and Jenny that Shirley is doing well. Tara has become such a wonderful little sister. They and Joanne would be so proud.

Many hugs and kisses
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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August 2, 2009
Thank you, Lee in Alaska - you are right! No greater tribute to our dearest Ned than to have one of his brothers live at PAWS in what was to have been his barn (and always will be Ned's barn for me). Neddie will be so proud of us from heaven if we can help accomplish that. And please everyone remember that Tina, Jewel, and Queenie still need our help - we must get the USDA to confiscate them and not let that agency fail them the way it failed our beloved Ned. In Ned's memory - we must work to save them.
Joan, Connecticut
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August 1, 2009
Help Fill Ned's Barn.

On the PAWS website, Save the Bulls campaign, they indicate that Ned has several half brothers by Vance--Mickey, Benny, and Luke, all of whom need rescue. Benny apparently was sold illegally to a zoo in Mexico, and PAWS seems hopeful he may be returned. They have addresses and contacts to officials to write for the release of Benny to PAWS.

The thought of Ned's barn empty breaks my heart. Despite TES's heroic efforts, he never recovered to go to his permanent home. What better tribute than to try to save one of his brothers?
Lee Holen, Anchorage, Alaska
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July 31, 2009
Still crying, my beautiful boy, for what should have been, but never will be. I love you always.
Joan, Connecticut
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July 31, 2009
My Dear Gentle Giant. It seems ages since we lost you and still I cry for you and for all of your misery that you endured. How blessed we were to know you for just a short while. How these horrible things could have happened to you still angers me. But I must let it pass and pray now that you are happy and never will you be in pain again. You are so dearly missed. How could any of us possible forget you. What a beautiful boy you were. I hope you knew the love we all had for you before you passed away.
I shall forever miss you and hold you near to my heart.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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July 31, 2009
My precious Nedley. I am still here, still remembering you every day with tears and sometimes even with smiles. Your face is etched in my heart forever, your story remains a turning point for my life. Oh, how I miss you!!
Sweetest boy, I will love you always, cherish the lessons you brought to so many. You started something amazing, and it will be carried on until all who need sanctuary arrive in the wondrous green valley that is TES.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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July 30, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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July 30, 2009
I still look at your pictures every day Ned! You will always hold a special place in my heart...
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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July 29, 2009
We followed your story and we love you Ned!! Rest with the angels!
Sarah & Stefani, Ky
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July 25, 2009
Dear Ned, I don't know what it was about you that stole my heart, but from the moment that I saw you step from the trailer onto the ground of the Elephant Sanctuary, (with tears in my eyes) I loved you!! I'm so thankful to them for giving you the best care during your last months here on earth. I watched you change from a sad elephant to a happy one, playing and doing what elephants are suppose to do. I haven't been able to write a tribute to you till today, it's just been too hard for me. How I can be so upset over an animal that I've never seen, I don't know, but you were special. I'm sending you lots of hugs and kisses, and I know you're happy in your new home in heaven. Rest in peace, my friend:-)
Sue, L. I., New York
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July 22, 2009
Dear Ned,

How are you. I am missing you lots and I am also worried about you. Everything that happened to you is so tragic. I wish I could make every single bad thing in your life and in the lives of all elephants better. It would make everything and everyone so much better and happier! I am so sorry you had to go through with being in circuses and goig throu bad people. You arrived sick already at the sanctuary. Isn't that just awful. I need you to be alive and your an amazing animal. Your awesome. Your my hero. Keep holding on up there!!!!! I love you so much and I miss you to death. One day we will meet eachother in the wonderful place your in now!!!

Take Care my dearest Ned!
xoxoxoxo
Hailey Belyea - Taylor, Ottawa, ON
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July 18, 2009
Beautiful Majestic Ned!
May you not only Rest in Peace, but watch over your beautiful companions here on earth.
ZiZi Wells, Reno, Nevada
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July 16, 2009
In your honor Ned, I went to PAWS website and signed the petition to be sent to the USDA on behalf of Tina, Queenie, and Jewel. The few minutes it takes is the least we can do to try and save these elephants.
Also wrote another letter to Senator Bill Nelson of Florida requesting that he contact the USDA NOW! On behalf of all abused elephants waiting to be saved. I am ashamed that my state harbors many of these abusive circuses, make no mistake I am on the side of the Elephants, and will continue to try and stop this abuse in Florida and every where.

I have spent the past week reading current and archives news about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Africa. https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/index.asp I learned volumes from reading about their efforts to raise orphaned baby elephants and return them to the wild for almost 50 years, these orphans are from 8 to 10 years of age when they are able to rejoin the wild elephants. Reading the stories about how some of the adult orphaned elephants who went to live with their wild brothers and sisters came back years later to visit the orphanage compound was heart warming. These young orphaned elephants have been observed over the decades as they formed a new family units, much like the Elephants who have come to live at TES.

CJ, Perdido key
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July 15, 2009
Two months you've been gone. I still feel the twinge of sadness when I sit down at my computer knowing there will be no news on your progress. But I know it was the best possible ending to live at The Sanctuary. I'm just having a difficult time loving another elephant as much as I did you.
Anne, Pensacola
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July 15, 2009
Dear Ned,


I hope you are having a good day today. I found out from the people that took care of you what was wrong. I am so sorry Ned! It is no fun to have to suffer like that. But you were in good hands of some of the people that love you! Which is always a very good thing to have! Ned I hope everything is alright and that you are happy!

Take care! I love you and miss you so much Ned!!!!

xoxoxoxo0xoxoxo:):)
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 15, 2009
My Neddie: What beautiful letters you received from Hailey. I am so very sorry you could not be here to know such tremendous love from such a wonderful young lady. I pray that you are smiling down on her for all the love she has for you. And I also pray you are happy about what we are doing here, in your name and memory, continuing our efforts to save Tina, Jewel, and Queenie. I am happy to report that there are now 461 signatures on PAWS' petition to the USDA to free them to sanctuary. A lot of them are for you and in your memory. And I am so very proud that one of my CT senators is now working on their behalf, and has contacted Secretary Vilsack to get them help. I pray that you will work from heaven to get them to Tennessee, to end their lives of suffering. I ask once more for everyone to please not forget that these three precious elephants still need your help and that everyone please continue to write the Secretary of Agriculture, the USDA (Ann Wright), and your legislators that they must save Tina, Jewel, and Queenie before its too late. I love you always, my sweet boy, and will continue my work to save other elephants in your name and memory.
Joan, Connecticut
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July 15, 2009
Hi Ned,
My heart is still full of so much love for you. I miss you alot my friend. I think of you everyday especially when I am out in the garden; there are some special flowers I planted just for you. You will never be forgotten Nedster. I love you always and forever.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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July 14, 2009
You were rescued too late! The damage was already done. The only solace we have with your passing is that you got to spend your few last months in the open air - free to roam, wherever, whenever.

I love you. I'm so sorry for what you went through - you beautiful creature of God.
Shannon , Phialdelphia, PA
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July 14, 2009
Missing you so much today precious Ned.
Love you so much my special ele-angel.
I will never forget you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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July 14, 2009
I miss you and love you lots! I need you to be ok in heaven ned!!!!!!!
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 13, 2009
Dear Ned,

I hope you are having a good day today. I love you so much! I miss you. I hope that everything up in heaven is going alright! If you want to can you please give a big shout out to all my family living up there. Ned you are one of my family! I need you here still!! Have a wonderful day Ned!!!! I love you and I miss you lots and lots!


Take care Ned!!

xoxoxoxo
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 12, 2009
Dear Ned,

I hope you are having a good day today. I am thinking of you lots. I am very excited because tomorrow, Ned, I am going to type up my story about elephants. In fact I dedicated it to you and all the other elephants at this sanctuary! My book is going to be called Gentle Giants. It is a book about elephants. It is not a very big book and I am not going to put it in stores, it is just for fun! I enjoy making stories about thins I like and love. I have made many in the past! Oh Ned! I am dearly hoping that you are having a good day today! Have a nice one my dear Ned! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo I love you lots and miss you lots!xoxo
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 11, 2009
Hi Ned!

I have made a little head stone made out of paper for you today! I put your picture on a piece of paper and put it in place. When I walk into my room the first thing I see is that paper little headstone. I am planning to talk to you at least everyday. At my house we are remembering you lots! I have named a WWF stuffed elephant when I adopted an Asian Elephant( i just donated money!) called the most wonderful name for any elephant! NED! Boy do I cozy with him all the time! I rub my head against him. It makes me think of you when I do it! And I love thinking of you. It makes tears come out of my eyes. People ask " Why are you crying" and I just say, My little angel died and I love him to pieces! I need him to pieces. I need to see him and I need to love on him. So when I love on my stuffed NED i think of you. Actually, it very nicely looks like you to. I wish it was you! I miss you NED lots! I love you! Have a great day today NED! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 11, 2009
Dear Ned,

I am taking action against circuses. Recently I just did a speech in front of my class about "Why Elephants Shouldn't Be In Circuses". I felt proud of myself for sending a very important message. Then out of all the students in my class, I WON! I had to present my speech in front of almost everyone at my school! I did it. Those were the finals. But I did not win that one. I actually researched a bit on you and all the other elephants at this sanctuary for my speech. The ones that were in circuses that is. I fell in love with you! You provided me enough information about circuses that it finished my speech! Thanks! I bet you are the one that made me lucky! I miss you so much NED! Wish you were here much NED! Take lots of care in heaven! Love you lots! xoxoxox
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 10, 2009
Silly Ned with grass on your head; I miss you, sweet elephant.


Jenna, Vancouver, BC
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July 9, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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July 8, 2009
Nedly, I was doing pretty well with my grief process, and then I saw a photo of you from before you were rescued and brought to TES, all emaciated and performing in the circus. It's actually good to be reminded of the unbelievable cruelty that human greed fosters, so we can keep fighting the good fight for you. I will love you always!
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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July 8, 2009
Dearest Ned,
Please watch over the new baby girl elephant who was born at the Memphis Zoo on Monday. Her death was an accident but I am worried about her mother now. I try to remain calm while writing a letter on her behalf but it is so hard when my heart is breaking. There are million letters to write about captivity breeding, all in your memory and for the future of your kind.
Anne, Pensacola
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July 8, 2009
Bless you Ned. I hope your short time at the sanctuary was remarkable and a happy time for you. May you rest in peace.
Mark Emery, Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
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July 8, 2009
Dear Boy,

You will ALWAYS be loved and missed. You are my favourite elephant. You are a very lucky elephant to be able to live at this sanctuary! I will always miss you and you will always be in my heart. In heaven at least your there with millions of other elephants including, Lota from this sanctuary that has passed away. Always know that I love you so much. And always know that I'm not the only one that love's you. Everyone does. I cry everytime I see your videos. Especially the one to freedom at last! Now rest in peace my sweet little angel. I love you so very much and I miss you! Take Care!
Hailey, Ottawa, Ontario, CA
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July 7, 2009
My Dear Sweet Boy. I still cry when I think of you and your tortured soul. I will never get over your loss. It all still seems so unfair and it is a burden I will forever carry. Love You Neddie!! Miss you Neddie!! I can only hope you are happy now and are feeling no pain and know of the love that everyone here still feels for you.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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July 4, 2009
Just writing in again to say how much you are loved and missed. Rest in Peace knowing that in the end you were truly loved <3

Still crying......
Lisa Koehl, Brooklyn, CT
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July 3, 2009
What a beautiful sunrise on your Tennessee fields this morning, Neddie! On PAWS' website yesterday, they showed a picture of "Ned's Barn" - I haven't stopped crying since I saw it. I pray that someday very soon, another precious bull will be living there in freedom and peace. But to me, sweetheart, it will always be "Ned's Barn."

Also on PAWS' website is a petition with a letter to Dr. Gibbens of the USDA, requesting that the USDA take immediate action to confiscate Tina, Jewel, and Queenie. There are now over 300 signatures. A lot of them, Neddie, are in your memory. I am asking everyone, all over the world, who loves you so much to please go to the website and sign the petition - please do it for our precious boy who never got to California. I love you, Ned, and always will.
Joan, Connecticut
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July 3, 2009
Oh, my precious Nedley, I have watched your tribute here on the sanctuary site and to see you again was so wonderful! You are nice and BIG on the video and I can almost reach out and kiss that gorgeous face! I still cry for you, honey, I still have so much pain that you are gone from us. But you have changed my life. You have prodded me from complacency and directed my path toward making certain that no other brother or sister suffers as you did. This I will continue to work for, in your name, in your honor, in your memory.

I love you, sweet boy.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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July 2, 2009
You with your grass hat, this picture always makes me smile - even through my tears!

Miss you and all the good stories about you, oh neddie boy. Wishing I could pat you on the trunk there between the eyes and truly say goodbye to such a sweet, soft and adorable face.

Jennifer Mueller, Las Vegas, Nevada
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July 2, 2009
Ned, I still miss you so much. Still tear up when I see your picture. You will never be forgotten!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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June 30, 2009
Oh Ned, I didn't know until now. ...I am so sorry. Honey, I am so sorry. We are sorry. Thank you for being so brave and so giving while you were at the Sanctuary, trying your best, and living as best as you could.

I am so sorry that man didn't take care of you. I am so sorry you were taken out of your home. I hope you are home again, with your elephant spirit and friends.

I am grateful for how you were on earth with us.

I am so sorry, Ned. ....Please know you were loved.


Tracey, Asheville, North Carolina
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June 30, 2009

Thank you Ned. I am so sorry.
Reeves, Asheville, North Carolina
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June 29, 2009
Hi Ned-

I had to stay away for a while so I could stop crying long enough to find a job. As I look over all of your beautiful tributes, and at the caregivers and interns at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary where I volunteer, I am struck by how many more women than men seem to show an interest in the plight of captive wild animals. I don't know why this is but feel pretty certain that until more men's hearts are touched enough for them to get involved, our progress toward relieving the suffering of your fellow elephants and other wild animals will be very slow.

There are some prominent and beautiful men such as Bob Barker who get involved and are a strong impetus in the rescue of a few animals but, unfortunately, there are not enough of them. There are also disproportionately too many men in charge of agencies such as the USDA. Tom Vilsack is the new head of the USDA. We'll address our concerns to him about your fellow elephants, Ned. Hopefully, with constant pressure from us, he may come around to see and do something about the horrific suffering of elephants such as Jewel, Tina, Queenie, and others.

It would be really nice if they would do something before they become totally emaciated and are photographed performing as you were. Even worse for them, they are being kept out of the public's eye and shuffled from one state to the next in secrecy. One would hope that those entrusted with their well-being, the employees of the USDA, would be smart enough to figure that one out. But we can't despair nor give up our efforts. We can only hope and pray and continue on, without ceasing, in your name, Nedly.

Warmest regards to you, your sisters, and everyone connected with TES. Let's don't give up the struggle. We ARE gaining ground for their sakes, in their names.


Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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June 25, 2009
I am listening to "Now we are free" from Gladiator - it always reminds me of you, Ned. Now you are free and somewhere your heart is resting easier knowing that we are fighting to help others...
Love you Ned forever...
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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June 25, 2009
The photo of you holding fresh grass is priceless! It shows how strong you could have been. I wanted you to enjoy the spring, so it means the world to me. I don't even try to quit crying when I see your photos anymore. The only way to recover is to grieve for awhile. I'll bet you cried every day until you came to the sanctuary. You were one sweet elephant for sure.
Anne, Pensacola
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June 24, 2009
I have just re-cried my eyes out watching the Ned tribute video.

I really wish Ned could have lived longer.
I miss you big boy!
Juanita, Livonia, MI
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June 24, 2009
I tried to watch your video again today, but still cannot. Maybe someday, sweetheart. In the meantime, though, I am gathering people to sign PAWS' on-line petition, which will be sent to Dr. Gibbens (USDA) requesting the immediate confiscation of Tina, Jewel, and Queenie. Working to get them to sanctuary is all I can do for you now, my Neddie.
Joan, Connecticut
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June 23, 2009
Such a beautiful tribute!! Thank you TES!
I have written the USDA, the President and First Lady and my Representatives. I pray they they will come to the aid of suffering elephants. Stay strong Queenie,Jewell and Tina!!
May your life and death not be in vain dear Ned!
Karen, Maryland
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June 23, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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June 22, 2009
My beautiful boy: It's so wonderful to read that AD and CJ are also working, in your name, to free Tina, Jewel, and Queenie. I'm still trying to find out where they are now and where they are going next. I understand that last week they were to have performed in Shrine circuses in Idaho, but never showed up - it is believed that it was due to all the publicity of their horrible condition. Every time I learn where they are scheduled to be, I write to that state's governor, senators, local mayors/council people, even to the local newspapers, attaching the chronological list of abuses they have suffered for so many years and of which the USDA is aware, has documented, and IGNORES. I also always attach your story, Neddie, to show how the USDA failed you, and how they are continuing to fail in their job to protect Tina, Jewel, and Queenie. And, sweet boy, I've also sent your story to our First Lady to show her that we cannot wait for the USDA to act until it's too late, the way it was for you, sweetheart. Someone with very special authority needs to act to save them. I pray that with all of us who love you so very much working together, in your name, we can get these three precious souls to sanctuary before it's too late. I love you always, Ned.
Joan, Connecticut
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June 22, 2009
Dear Ned
Still miss you so much my special ele-friend!
You have touched me so deeply that I will never ever forget you sweet Nedster.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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June 21, 2009
Dear Ned.........I have been reading everything I can find about the documented and recorded treatment of circus elephants, especially Jewel, Tina and Queenie, their continued abuse has been noted and recorded by the USDA for YEARS! Yet the USDA does little to rescue these Elephants or others, if they do, it is to late to save them, as was the case with you Ned. When I have written the USDA on behalf of captive elephants all I get is a form letter back from them, saying nothing, which has convinced me that the ONLY way to get the USDA's attention is to go OVER their heads, that is why from now on I am going to write my state senator and local government representatives, they are the only ones who can come down on the USDA and make them do their job. As long as we continue to let the USDA live in their own little world, and govern themselves,the elephants will lose.
This web site lets you look up your own State Representatives and their email address for your state.
http://ida.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=electedOfficials
From now on, I will be writing my Florida Representatives on a regular bases letting them know about how, for decades the USDA investigates these reported abuses and even when severe violations are discovered, the leaders of the USDA ignore their own investigators findings and turn a blind eye and let this abuse continue.


CJ, Perdido Key
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June 21, 2009
Maybe a lasting tribute to Ned will be if we can get the USDA to do their job and help other elephants before it's too late. I too will be writing to senators now, not the USDA who ignore letters and even tell their inspectors that they don't need to inspect circuses in their area. Circuses should be inspected EVERY time they move animals or set up anywhere, not once a year or so.
(Steve UK - are you old enough to remember Rosie?)
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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June 21, 2009
Dear Carol and Scott,

There really are no words to tell you how grateful that I am that you do what you do. I truly appreciate all that you do for the girls, but you both really touched my heart when you brought that sweet soul, Ned, to Hohenwald.

It's so hard to think of the terrible things all these creatures have gone through, truly heart-breaking, but I am so happy that Ned spent his last days, with you, here in TN.

We are all better for having "met" Ned and hearing his story. Out of that, maybe change will come.

I keep in my memory, this picture of Ned, with his "grass hat". What a sweet, funny fellow he was.

Thank you again for bringing this boy home and allowing him to have a few months of peace before he passed on.

Namaste Ned.
Suzanne, Chattanooga, TN
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June 20, 2009
Thank you Carol Thank you for Ned. At least he had some peace. Thank you. May God Bless you and your crew.
Joanna, Jacksonville, fl
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June 20, 2009
Aw, honey. I wonder when my heart will heal since you left us. I am staying busy working for your brothers and sisters. I am making calls, sending emails and letters. I even went to a circus and took photographs of elephants who need our help to be free and live their lives in serenity, with others of their kind under the watchful and loving eyes of sanctuary folk. I know there must be a lesson to be learned from your death. I just wish I could figure that out.

And I wish more than anything you were still here with us. But pain free, Neddie. And that just wasn't possible. So, I wake each day and miss you still.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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June 20, 2009
Bye Ned, you were the first elephant that I saw arrive, and you were my favorite, I`m glad that you are not suffering any more, sleep well my friend!.
steve lyddon, bristol uk
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June 19, 2009
I have been following Ned's progress since the start because I am from Florida where he was found in such a bad situation. I am devastated to have not been on here since early in May and be reading that he lost his battle for a long and painfree life. I can be grateful that the care and love showered on him in his last months by all his caretakers was a happy end to his sad and short life.
Paula Odom, Clearwater, Florida
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June 19, 2009
Ned - still think of you every day and try to change things for other elephants - tomorrow is International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos. Please, everyone, do something for Ned and spread the word. Ned was born into a zoo breeding program, but unwanted by zoos, he was torn from his mother as a baby and sold into circus slavery. Let's work so this never happens again...love to all Ned's friends...
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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June 19, 2009
Sweet Ned....I am saddened to hear of the terrible life that you were forced to live and I hope justice will be done to those who hurt you. I am glad, though, that you got to live out your last few months surrounded by people who truly cared for you and loved you.You will be greatly missed Ned. I love you!
Jennifer Young, Rockwell,North Carolina
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June 18, 2009
Still crying whenever I think of you or read your tributes. I will never forget you Nedly!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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June 18, 2009
The only comfort I get from Ned's passing is in knowing that in the last seven months of his too short life he was able to experience the good side of humans and of life. He had freedom, food, care and love. He learned enjoyable things like playing with his tire, he even had a budding relationship with little Gracie. Ned shows us that years of mistreatment can not always be overcome no matter how much love and care is given. It is up to all of us to continue doing what we are doing, supporting this sanctuary, informing other people about it and ever so slowly changing the way people think about performing animals. Your story touched a lot of people Ned and I hope you are at peace someplace where there is plenty of hay to wear on your head!
Vicky , Castleton, NY
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June 18, 2009
So sorry you were pulled from your home in Asia, held captive and didn't receive medical care soon enough... Rest in Peace Ned!
Kathleen, Chicago, IL
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June 18, 2009
You were a very special boy Ned...and you deserved so much more than what you received in your short life. A life full of fear, sorrow and pain at the hands of money hungry scum who saw you and your brothers and sisters as nothing more than cash makers....I'm so sorry Neddie...you will always be loved and never forgotten and we will fight for all the others until they are free!
Rose, Philadelphia PA.
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June 16, 2009
Oh, my big, sweet, funny Neddie! I am becoming comforted by your memory these days, honey, and not quite so empty. Doing what I can for your kind now, and all in your honor. I wonder if you can feel, even now, the power of your spirit on us all. You got a lot of folks going, Ned! I will miss you always, and never forget your most handsome face. We were all so very lucky to have been a part of your story at TES, and our gratitude is hard to put into words.

Thank you, TES, for Nedley.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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June 16, 2009
Every morning at dawn, when I look at the elecam, I think of you, my Neddie, peaceful at last in the Tennessee earth, beneath the mist with the sunlight sparkling through it, and it breaks my heart. You didn't deserve the pain and suffering of the life you were given, sweetheart. I love you always.
Joan, Connecticut
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June 16, 2009
Wanted to let you know Ned... that I am telling everyone I know not to attend the Circus that will be visiting the Mobile AL area this week. I tell them if you want to see the real life of a circus elephant just check out the video's on the Internet.
My whole being weeps for the continued abuse of your elephant brothers and sisters by Ringling Bros and other circuses. I hope this mistreatment will end soon. I am anxiously awaiting the ruling from the Judge on Ringling Bros Elephant abuse trial that took place earlier this year. Ned, a ruling in favor of the Abused Elephants in this case is so important if we want to quickly end the mistreatment of your species. Let's hope this is the beginning of the end of elephants living a circus life.
CJ, Perdido Key
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June 16, 2009
ned, when you meet the ancient herd, you will be able to tell them they're 2 leggeds who are decent. you received dignified care in the end, i wish it were this way in the beginning. thanks for the inspiration.
mark fletcher, hazelton, bc
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June 15, 2009
Hey Ned
What a wonderful elephant you were. I think of you everyday and still miss you so much. I can't believe it's been a month since you left us. Time goes by so fast but my heart still aches as it did that day you went to Heaven. The flowers I planted for you in my garden are thriving. They are so beautiful; just like you! Say hi to Bunny for me. Please continue to watch over us with your big beautiful eyes. Thanks for being such a special ele-friend. You will always be loved and never forgotten Nedster.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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June 15, 2009
Precious Ned,
How can I ever forget you.
In my heart there will always be the memory of that handsome, inspirational, magnificent and most special elephant named Ned.
I love you and miss you so much.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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June 15, 2009
Dearest Neddie our Precious Boy,
You, who taught us so much about patience, and understanding. You, with your beautiful eyes- having seen atrocious things and still, they could sparkle. You, with the soul of an angel in spite of living through hell- and worse on -earth. Then you came to TES where you had love and fun and respect!
You are soaring and free now, Neddie Boy. You are living the life with Bunny and all who went before you. It is we who are the losers because you have departed. You taught us much, Neddie Boy. We ask your forgiveness from the bottom of our hearts. We go on in your name and your honor Precious, Wonderful, funny Neddie Boy!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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June 15, 2009
Midnight Ned,
One month since the news of your recovery at the Sanctuary stopped. I've read all of your messages since your arrival and laughed and cried over the memories. I loved reading anything about you. My hope now is that new elephants will come to the sanctuary because of your story and that none will arrive in your condition again. Bye Ned
Anne, Pensacola
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June 12, 2009
RIP Ned. You will see Bunny. I love you both.
Sparklingcolors, Charlotte, NC
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June 11, 2009
You are never out of our thoughts, Ned, and I hope it is giving everyone strength and comfort knowing you are our inspiration and our driving force as we all keep working towards freeing your brothers and sisters...
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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June 11, 2009
To Precious Neddie Boy,
Now that I can read all of your tributes and look about the site again, I know you would somehow realize how much you meant to millions of us worldwide. Your gentle, understanding temperament, in spite of atrocious mishandling before coming to TES, makes most of us ashamed to be members of the same species as those who brutally mistreated you. You are the victor, Precious Neddie Boy. You, and your sisters and the doggies,have united us in our love for you. I have printed out all of your diary entries that your beloved caregivers shared with us and I will keep it safe with me as I continue to work to fight mistreatment on all levels. You are one of God's finest creatures; lucky Him, He has you back with Him.
Namaste, wonderful, Precious Neddie Boy.
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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June 10, 2009
Beautiful One!

You have flown with the angels and are at peace, happy and healthy again! Please watch over all of the elephants in captivity anywhere on this earth! May your bright spirit bring them comfort!

Namaste Dear Ned!
Beatriz Contreras, Oshkosh, WI
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June 10, 2009
The dreams of you continue to help me cope with your loss, dear. Each is such a blessing and gives me much strength to accomplish what is now most important to me. Your AD has become a ferocious advocate, Neddie! I believe that you would be proud, because it is all done in your memory. Your gorgeous face is before me with every letter that I write to help those of your kind who need it most. I believe that there will be new girls at the Sanctuary, and lives that we will all watch with wonder as they begin their journey to health in mind, body and heart.

In your name, Nedley. I will not stop, ever.

The echo of your soul stays with me, and I miss you every day.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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June 10, 2009
What a wonderful guy you were, Ned. We all miss you, however, we all carry you through the rainbow bridge with love and light. Sending you healing prayers of love as you journey onward. You light up the world even now, Dear One!!
Jackie, Ohio
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June 10, 2009
I did not know you Ned, but you touched my soul. I am so sorry that so much of your life was spent in misery, but thankful that the angels here on earth, those at the Elephant Sanctuary, were there with you at the end.
Sharon, New Jersey
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June 10, 2009
It's still hard to accept your premature death, Nedly. I have such a hard time seeing any creature in pain without falling to pieces inside and succumbing to tears. So many, including me, miss reading about you, hoping that the vets would find out what ailed you and cure it.

There is a little capuchin monkey, at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary where I volunteer, who lost all of his hair and an eye in a fire. He holds on to the side of his habitat and just sits and smiles at me with his adorable little grin until my heart absolutely melts. Animals are so accepting and wise. Most telling of their wisdom is the fact that they don't kill for the sake of killing or for material gain.

On a lighter note, Shirley is coming out of her heavy cloud of grief and is smiling again. Better still, Tarra is spending precious time with her and learning elephant wisdom from our grand dam. I feel certain that you are smiling and playing with your ancestors. Give Bunny a trunk touch for me.

We love and miss you, Nedly.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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June 10, 2009
My beautiful boy: I can't stop crying for what was and what should have been. Your poor, tragic face and emaciated body will live within me always. I have channeled my grief and tears into anger at the abuse that has been suffered for so many years by circus elephants Tina, Queenie, and Jewel, who have received no help for the USDA. And that anger has turned into action, which I pray will eventually lead to their freedom and peace in Tennessee. I ask everyone who loves you so much to please write to the USDA, the Secretary of Agriculture, and to your legislators to gain the release of Tina, Jewel, and Queenie, so that the USDA's failure to protect our Ned will not continue into this agency's failure to protect these three precious souls. I love you, my Neddie, and always will.
Joan, Connecticut
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June 9, 2009
Our Darling Neddie Boy,

We have not been able to read about you and Bunny (but especially you, our angel) until today. We think of you every day and our hearts break and our souls ache for you. Your WONDERFUL team of caregivers could not possibly have done more for you. They have also been very much on our minds and how they are managing right now. Clearly you are straight from God, as are they. I wonder how little Gracie is doing. I bet Auntie Deb is not the best either and we have been trying to contact her as what she wrote to you was sheer poetry. We will continue on being better people and doggies because of you, Precious, Precious Neddie Boy.
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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June 9, 2009
I cried looking at his emaciated body. The USDA should be ashamed at how long they overlooked his condition before they took action. Ned is yet another example for all the others suffering in zoos and circuses. Hopefully, his case will provoke them into action to retire the other elephants currently suffering. I wish the USDA would do what is right: remove abused elephants from their abusers and punish the abusers. I'm just glad Ned is no longer suffering.
Michelle E. Rice, Ohio
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June 8, 2009
Dear Ned,
Though you had such a short time at TES, you at least had the best care in the world for your last 6 months. It's plain that you didn't have much of a chance because you were so terribly ill when you arrived. But, you at least got to feel love and caring.
You chose a wonderful companion, in Bunny, to go across the Rainbow Bridge.
You will suffer no more.
I feel privileged to have known you and will miss you. A piece of me goes with you, dear boy.
Namaste dear Ned!
shirley walter, ocala, fl
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June 8, 2009
Dear Ned,

You are still a special force to many of us who wish to help your brothers and sisters. Happiness is a loving pachyderm with a head full of hay and and a big heart. All the best Dear Ned in your new life - we will forever remember you and what you mean to us.
L Hall , Sacramento, CA
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June 8, 2009
Dearest Ned,
May the heavens above be granting you, a regal animal the best that heaven can offer. let the grass be so much sweeter and greener for you. May the water be cooler and sweet and clean. May your days be full of peace, love and joy. I know you that realize that many humans wish you could have has better life here on earth, and we have you daily in our love, thoughts and prayers daily.
I love sweet Ned....I am so glad that you are no longer in pain...only peace.
Love,
Pommawolf, Alaska
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June 7, 2009
WE MUST FIGHT FOR OUR ELEPHANTS! Speak up loud and clear on June 20th- International Day of Action for Elephants! DO IT FOR NED!!
We must speak up for those who are voiceless!
We must save as many elephant from a life of pain and suffering. Let's do it for our Ned!
Ned, if you can hear me I LOVE YOU!
The fight is on and we will win!!!!
Put our Ned's picture on posters and signs and at least walk around your local zoo and the circus and say "FREE THEM AND SEND THEM TO A SANCTUARY!"
Shari, San Antonio Texas
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June 7, 2009
I am so sorry your life was filled with pain. You suffered with dignity. I wish there had been more joy but it seemed you had some in your last months - playing catch, throwing hay, browsing outside.

And now you are in a place without hurt. And here we remain, inspired by your example, to fight for abused elephants everywhere. You had a wonderful spirit, Ned, and we will miss you.
Maraith, Boston
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June 6, 2009
Dear Ned,
I wish you were still here, but I am glad you got to spend the rest of your days in a sanctuary. I wish I could have known you. I hope that where ever you are now you are at peace.
Kara Barnes, United States
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June 6, 2009
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. I HOPE YOU HAVE FOUND LOVE, FREEDOM, PEACE AND PAIN-FREE LIFE FAR FROM HUMANS WHO MADE YOUR LIFE FULL OF SUFFERING.
MAGDALENA SZASZOROWSKA, GREENFORD MIDDLESEX UK
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June 6, 2009
so sorry for what our "species" did to you Ned. Cant say more too upset and ashamed. Namaste Ned.
Nicki Munro,
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June 6, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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June 6, 2009
My name is olivia
i am 9.
i am sorry for ned.
but i am glad he at least got saved.
olivia, seymour, conneticut
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June 5, 2009
You poor baby. Before you could get to The Elephant Sanctuary the humans in your life treated you so badly you were emaciated and your poor body suffered untold injuries so severe it was deprived of the ability to respond to even the excellent, intelligent, supremely-informed, loving care at The Elephant Sanctuary. I am so sorry you had but a few meager months at that heaven on earth as the sum total of decency in your life. You poor, innocent soul I cry for you. I am telling my wonderful doggie and cat, who have passed on before you, to find you and welcome you and show you around and help you feel happy in your new home. I never met you but I love you.
Gloria, Long Island, New York
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June 5, 2009
Dearest Ned,

My heart is saddened by your passing, but there is a sense of trust of your timing. Parting from the people who you loved dearly not to mention that furry four legged friend of yours, inspired a quickening, an awakening for humanity to come to terms with the plight of your kind in captivity.

My thoughts and my grieving heart is with you dearest one. May you have many more adventures in the great beyond.

Love you always, Ned
Kit
Kathryn McGlynn, Santa Fe, New mexico
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June 5, 2009
What a kind, gentle soul. I am sorry your time on Earth wasn't spent the way it should have been. I am happy though that your last months were filled with love and kindness. I know you are in a better place now.
Sherri, New Fairfield, CT
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June 5, 2009
Thinking of you today, my precious sweet boy. Neddie, I have dreamed that you wander above healthy and happy, playing and eating all that you want with no belly aches. I am sure that you are at peace and have no more fears and uncertain thoughts. Oh, honey-pie, I miss you so much. TES was a lot like where you are now, isn't it? Only with lots more friends and family to hold near.

Always in my heart, Neddie.

Auntie Deb, Sac CA
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June 5, 2009
Missing you, Nedly. Fly high and free. Kisses for Bunny.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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June 4, 2009
Dear Ned,
The circus is coming to town in Mobile next week. They are advertising big time on tv this week. Pensacola is close enough for people to want to attend the circus, so I'm putting a message with your web page address on the window of my suv so people can see what being in a circus did for your life. Small step, but a path to a brighter future for your friends in captivity.
Anne, Pensacola
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June 4, 2009
Ned, you touched me and my family's heart when we heard of your plight and we are simply heart broken that you have died. There was something special about you; do know that we loved you from afar and miss reading about you and seeing your photos.
Laura Y. Brown, Newport News, VA
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June 3, 2009
Dear Ned,
Thank you for your years of suffering so that we may get to know you, even if only for a short time. You are an inspiration; your legacy a step toward change. Though you may not know it, your successes are many--the first was to unite the extraordinary efforts of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and the Performing Animal Welfare Society in California lovingly on your behalf--one providing expert hospital care and the other offering a permanent home, even though you were too frail to move. We understand why you had to leave. While your tall, feeble body haunts our minds, the photo of your smiling face with your handsome hay-hat helps us to cope with your loss.

Thank you for the generosity of the Elephant Sanctuary--through their eyes and writings, we felt hope and saw love. Via the "Ned Tributes" section, the Sanctuary allowed us to share our love, fear, outrage, sadness, and hope. We came to know you, to be with you, while honoring your privacy and dignity. As you see Ned, we didn't have to physically meet you to love you.

To Auntie Deb: in one entry, you asked what will do every day now that Ned is gone? Your daily eloquent message of gratefulness, hopefulness and healing energy have been treasured. You captured my feelings and shared your heart. As our tears for Ned slowly begin to dry, I hope you continue to use your amazing writing gift to help bring other solitary zoo or abused circus elephants to Sanctuary. Lucy needs you now, as does Lucky, and Tina/Jewel/Queenie, and what about poor 2-year old Scotty who seems destined for the misery Ned faced in circus life? We hope we haven't heard the last of you Auntie Deb, we have much left to do in Ned's Honor.

Namaste dear Ned.
Rochelle, Romeo, MI
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June 3, 2009
Dear Ned
Hello my sweet ele-friend. Miss you so much!Just wanted to let you know that I planted some special flowers for you and Bunny in my garden. They are thriving because I know that you are watching over them. I think of you everyday especially when I am watering the garden. You are a very special angel in Heaven. Tell Bunny I miss her as well okay. I will never forget you and I will always love you Nedster! Keep watching over us with your big beautiful eyes.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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June 3, 2009
Aww I just read a note how TES staff called you Nedly (Ele Notes)! RIP Nedly, we miss you...and will never forget your story.
Jeannette, NJ
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June 3, 2009
Dear Ned,
I'm so glad that you got to spend your last days w/ people who love you rest in peace & I hope that where ever you are their is lots of grass for you to eat & a great big lake that you can swim in forever.
Lisa, King of prussia, PA.
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June 2, 2009
Dear Ned, I am so glad that you knew a better life before God took you home to live with him. May you rest in peace with lots of your elephant friends. There is no better place than heaven. You will have all the freedom and everything that you will ever need. God bless you. Love Pearl.xxxx
Pearl Millard, United Kingdom.
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June 2, 2009
Dear Ned, I am so sorry for your suffering. It's shocking finding out how they treated you before you finally got to TES.
May you rest in peace now...
G.J. Moed, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
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June 2, 2009
Dear Ned,
I wrote to my state representatives on behalf of all our nation's captive elephants. Maybe something good can come out of your tragic life and untimely death. Rest in peace dear Ned.
Karen, Maryland
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June 2, 2009
Ned...what a guy...you suffered so much. So glad you had such caring people surrounding you to live out your last days. So sorry for your pain...go with Bunny and meet the others. Rest in peace and enjoy Heaven pain free...we will miss you and never forget you and what you went through.
Stacey, Illinois
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June 2, 2009
You had such a tragic short life, words can't express how angry it makes me feel to think of what you've been through in your short years. I'm so pleased you at least got to know love, kindness, patience and freedom of choice before you had to leave us.

A huge thank you to the Elephant Sanctuary for being there for you, to give you the love and compassion you should have never been missing.
My you be free and wild once more in your passing.
In you're honor, I have named a recent arrival to our household after you. Although this rescued critter is very much smaller than you, and thankfully his story nowhere as tragic, I will think of you everytime I see him now.

If nothing else can be gained from your tragic life, let it be that you've raised awareness of the horrors that your kind face
Be at peace always, sweet boy
xx
Rebecca , England, UK
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June 2, 2009
I feel so sad about you having a long term illness. I hope your spirit is watching over all the other elephants that are living and aren't living too!!!!!
macy, in
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June 2, 2009
Ah, Ned. Sweetest boy, I have begun to put my grief into doing more for your sisters and brothers who still live in horrendous conditions worldwide. I am doing this in your honor, sweetie. You somehow have had the power to move mountains of feelings into action. I still cannot watch your videos, honey, but that will come in time. I still think about you every....single....day.

Peace to your lovely and gentle soul, my most precious angel.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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June 2, 2009
I know you are in a better place, and you had a wonderful place to be in the final months of your life. You were a special boy, and I know God has you in his embrace.
Abby Graham, fort Wa
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June 1, 2009
The greatest tribute we can give to Ned is to take immediate action, in his name, to help save Jewel, Tina, and Queenie. LET THIS BE HIS LEGACY TO THE WORLD!
Vera, CT
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June 1, 2009
Only recently heard about your story. It's not fair the way most of your life turned out, but I'm glad you were rescued just in time to appreciate your last months with people that really loved and cared about you. RIP Ned.
Andrew, United Kingdom, London
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June 1, 2009
Trying to find the words to express my sorrow over the loss of our special Ned has been a struggle. If love alone was all it took to heal his thin and pain filled body, he would now be the mighty bull he was always meant to be. All of us who checked on him every day, who sent prayers heavenward to heal him, who donated money for special foods to tempt him to eat, we would have loved him to good health. His life was such a sad story, a journey through darkness with the only light appearing at the end. Thank you, Ned. And thank you, TES.
Ruth Pullen, Flint, MI
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June 1, 2009
Ned:
Thanks for sharing your short time with us. You will not be forgotten and will serve as a reminder that while we can no longer he you, there are others that still need help.
May your afterlife be filled with sunshine and tasty treats.
Mike King, Louisville, Kentucky
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June 1, 2009
Dear Ned, I read through some of your tributes and they are so beautiful. A couple of the tributes mentioned that we should all write our representatives to have Queenie, Tina and Jewell confiscated from their owner, in your honor. So I just went to my Senator's web page and left a message about the girls' needing to be confiscated and sent to TES or PAWS. I hope it helps. Still miss you lots, Ned.
Maggie, NY
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June 1, 2009
Dear Ned, I hope you know how much you were loved. xoxoxo
Jen, Connecticut
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May 31, 2009
Wonderful Ned! Even though your time here was short, you will spend a beautiful eternity in Heaven, with all your friends. I plan to be among them some day!
Sandy, Escanaba, MI
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May 31, 2009
In the name of all that Ned suffered so terribly in his poor, sad life: All of us many hundreds of Nedheads must write to the USDA that they must do something immediately so that Queenie, Tina, and Jewel do not suffer his same tragic fate. As Meg stated, the USDA is aware of what they have been suffering, as the USDA was aware a year ago of the horrible life Ned was going through, and they did nothing to save him until last November. Please go to the website of In Defense of Animals - where they have posted articles that will tell you the horrendous condition of Tina, Queene, and Jewel, and where they have posted contact information for the USDA/Secretary of Agriculture. Just a short note from so many of us who loved Neddie would do so much toward getting these three precious souls to Tennessee. IN NED'S NAME - SO THAT HE WILL NOT HAVE LIVED AND DIED IN VAIN.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 31, 2009
Dear Ned,
This is the last day of the month I thought would be so perfect for you. I hope it is more than perfect for you now. You have become the "Poster Elephant" around the world from the looks of your mail. In the meantime, I've named two Doves who have gardened with me for years Bunny & Ned. It has given me comfort to talk to them this month. Their colors remind me of you and Bunny so much. Your huge fan club is learning to cope, each in their own way. Miss you soooo much!!
Anne, Pensacola
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May 31, 2009
Dear Ned
Still missing you so much my friend. Wish you could have been with us much longer but I'm glad that you are in heaven now. Keep watching over us with your big beautiful eyes. Tell Bunny we miss her as well. These past two weeks without the two of you have been very sad but I'm grateful that you both are truly free now. Love you always Nedster!
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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May 30, 2009
We didn't rescue you in time, dear Ned. You will always be loved and never forgotten.
Marcy M., Northern California
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May 30, 2009
To Darling Ned, although your time at the sanctuary was short, I am positive you are in a far better place. May your story be an inspiration to releasing all circus animals from this terrible fate.
Marian Banaghan, Sydney, Australia
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May 30, 2009
May Ned rest in Peace n Elephant Heaven, I'm so grateful to the wonderful caregivers vets and all the staff of the Ele sanctuary, I'm sure Ned was ever so grateful to be there and being treated with love respect and dignity,
God Bless you All
Rest Ned, rest well,
Rita Stevenson, Mattawa Ontario Canada
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May 30, 2009
Please, everyone who cares about what happened to Ned, please help to free Queenie, Tina and Jewel from a similar life of torture and abuse in the circus. Write to congressmen and senators urging them to put pressure on the USDA to act to save these three ladies from any more suffering - they are living lives of similar stress and misery and losing weight just like Ned. Please help free them - it's been over two years since the USDA first investigated their conditions. How much longer must they wait before action is taken?
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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May 30, 2009
Ned,
May your soul rest in peace. You will be greatly missed.
Krista Williamson, Brooksville, FL
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May 30, 2009
Dear Sweet Ned, I apologize on behalf of the human race for the suffering and neglect. I thank the Elephant sanctuary that gave so much love and care to you during the last months of your life. Rest in peace sweet giant.
Eureka Morrison, Noordhoek, South Africa
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May 30, 2009
NEDDY, you had to pay the price with your life. I will speak up for you and all elephant forever! International Day of Action for Elephants is June 20th. Please everyone, for our Neddy, speak out and let Ned hear us up in heaven! We will help free all elephants in zoo's and circuses!!!
Shari, San Antonio,Tx
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May 30, 2009
Ned, I am so sorry for what you suffered throughout your life, at the hands of the very species who should have cared for you and shown you nothing but love and mercy. I am thankful for the humans who were able to give you the care and love you always deserved, in your final months of freedom. You are lovely, loved and not forgotten.
S. Austin, Montreal, QC, Canada
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May 29, 2009
Dearest Ned - I am so grateful for people like these who made your last days happier than your previous years - I weep! I have not visited animal circuses for decades because of the cruelty of human beings! God help us - we need it!
Jeannette Gravett, Sweden
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May 29, 2009
Precious Ned,
There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I can't believe you've been gone for two weeks already. I miss you so much. My heart still hurts so much for you Ned and my grief is sometimes overwhelming. I love you my special, handsome ele-angel.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 29, 2009
We are sad that you had such a hard time but you are in heaven where there is no suffering. You have left a place in our hearts at Brevard Middle School, especially in ISS where some of the kids have had a hard time in their lives too. The kids and I have kept up with your progress and you have touched all of us. There is sure to be a tire and toys to toss in Heaven. We are happy you were able to experience the love, freedom and care at the Sanctuary! They will be blessed for the good they do in putting a stop to suffering.
Vera and 'The Kids", Brevard, NC
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May 29, 2009
Precious boy, Neddie, I still find myself in a bit of shock that you are not among us; not doing something silly to amaze us, not gracing our lives with that beautiful countenance that is Neddie. Two weeks and I am crying again! What a powerful impact you had in the months you found sanctuary. Still amazing in spirit!

Miss you so very much, dear. But I am beginning to feel more peace that you now are far removed from your pain and suffering. I would not have wanted that for another second.
Your Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 29, 2009
I still cry every day for you Ned, especially as I read all the tributes. I'm still so sad and angry at how you suffered. I hope you somehow know how much love you had coming your way after we all found out about you.
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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May 29, 2009
Im sorry you suffered so much before you found love & kindness.
Rest in peace. God bless.
Pat, London, England
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May 29, 2009
Oh what majestic animals are these beautiful animals, I have ridden many elephants bareback in different countries and they are so intelligent and truly an inspiration to mankind, it is so sad that humans can treat them so shocking. I was so sad to read his plight today. I,m sure he will be much happier in elephant heaven with his mates. God bless NED
Jennie, Queensland. Australia
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May 29, 2009
Never to be forgotten again. Rest in peace Ned.
Lori VanEssen, Green Bay, WI
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May 28, 2009
dear Ned,
you are such an example of what is the best and worst in human nature..please know how sorry i am for the suffering you have endured... i thank God that your final days were with kind and loving people... i have seen the wonderful work of the Elephant Sanctuary on tv programs in the past and am so glad that they continue to do their best to help other unfortunate creatures like yourself... Rest in Peace dear Ned...

Linda Wheeldon, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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May 28, 2009
We meet a lot of people and animals along the way that mean more to us then any words can say. Sometimes they do have to leave us but they are never forgotten. Especially the real goofy time that make you want to laugh and cry in the same moment. Like seeing the sun for the first time, in days of overcast.

I loved reading about Ned and I'm happy he spent his last days like an elephant!

Your the greatest Ned!

P.S I hope heaven has lots of toys and several water troughs for you to enjoy!
Jessica, Louisville, Kentucky
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May 28, 2009
Ned, the news of your passing brought tears to my eyes, rest in peace :(
Nett, Singapore
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May 28, 2009
Dearest Ned, I am sorry you could not stay at the Sanctuary longer, you majestic angel, you have touched my heart more than words can say. I will never forget you. Rest in peace, gentle giant.

Katrin Finsterbusch, Chemnitz, Germany
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May 28, 2009
My sweet beautiful Neddie: I still can't believe you are gone. I still cry for the pain you suffered for so long and for how hard you tried to live. My prayers now are that you will not have lived and died in vain, and that our efforts are now directed at saving Tina, Queenie, and Jewel from their circus lives, so they can be brought to Tennessee. I miss you, my Neddie, and love you so very much.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 28, 2009
Dear Ned

I feel immense sadness at the lack of care and attention you received in your life. I am sorry that you were not loved and looked after as you should have been.

I am glad that in your last few months you were given affection and tenderness and that you knew what it was to have a full belly.

You will always remain in my thoughts and I wish you an eternity of peace and happiness !

Forever a friend,
Kirsten
Kirsten Williams, England, UK
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May 28, 2009
Ned - I'm glad you spent your final months with loving caretakers. Your gentle soul is now at the Rainbow Bridge.

My condolences to the wonderful folks and caretakers at TES. Thank you for making the world a better place for animals.




Laraine & Company, Pennsylvania
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May 28, 2009
At least he had a wonderful few months at the sanctuary doing all the things elephants should be doing naturally. I thank the sanctuary from the bottom of my heart for all they did for him.

I hope the kind suffering Ned went through is ended soon, with proper legislation and enforcement.
Helen Dighton, UK
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May 28, 2009
Bless you Ned. I hope you're having a wonderful time in elephant heaven.
Lynette Ridder, Concord CA 94521
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May 28, 2009
Ned:Dearly Missed and wont be forgotten! For all those individuals who are cruel to animals of all kinds: they one day will have to meet their maker and pay the price for their disgusting behaviors May they suffer 10 fold for what they've done! You should Cherish Gods Creatures Because Mankind does not respect other species. Shame on those who are cruel!
B. Kangasaho, tbay, Canada
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May 28, 2009
Rest in peace Ned, you deserve it. You are free now. No one will never hurt you any more. I will always keep you in my heart.
Cecile Charbaut, Paris, France
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May 28, 2009
Hi, my name is Alessandro C. A. Varandas, i'm from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, i'm 45 years old. I became much unhappy with the NED deth, he was a very young elephant. I hope that this 6 month of freedom made his short life wonderfull. The world needs more people like THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY members. Thanks to made NED life's end more pleasurely. Here in Brazil i'm begining a new stage in my life. In the rest of my life i will work to protect and preserve the green and animals life. Here in Brazil many states prohibit animals in circus, but i will fight to be this prohibition in all states in Brazil.
Alessandro C. A. Varandas, Rio de Janeiro - RJ / Brazil
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May 28, 2009
Oh Ned. I wish I could leave a beautiful tribute to let you know how much you meant to me, but I am still too upset. Tears flow each time I hear your name. You will always be my inspiration to keep fighting for those who have no voice. I am so sorry we failed you, Ned. I take comfort in the knowledge your spirit has been set free of that painful body. You have left an imprint on my heart.
Forever a NedHead, Los Angeles, CA
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May 28, 2009
Ned, I'm so very happy that you spend the last few months of your place in a place where you knew love, comfort, care, and security.

You will always be remembered. And you will also remain forever in our hearts.

God bless and take care.
Olga Stewart, Hinton, Alberta, Canada
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May 28, 2009

Brian Narelle,
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May 28, 2009
Ned Has Tributes From All Over the World ---

As I was posting up tributes for Ned this morning (the 28th), I was just amazed at how many people from all over the world have been impacted by his life, struggles, and his final place of refuge at The Elephant Sanctuary. These are just from today!

Kentucky
Singapore
Germany
Connecticut
England
Pennsylvania
France
Brazil
California
Tennessee
Australia
Mexico
Kansas
Canada
New Hampshire
Peru
New Mexico
Scotland
Kansas
Florida
North Carolina
Carolyn, Brentwood, TN
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May 28, 2009
Rest In Peace dear Ned. It is very sad to hear that many animals suffer because of abuses committed by humans. I encourage everyone to never go to circuses where there are animals as part of their shows.

On the other hand, I feel happy that you could spend your last moments in a beautiful place, the kind of place you deserved.

I am sure that now you are in heaven, with all the good animals and good people that were once in this world.
Hector Meneses, Lima, Peru
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May 28, 2009
Dear sweet Ned,
My heart aches for the miserable life you were made to endure here on this earth. Your captors do not deserve your forgiveness. May you now enjoy eternity in peace and serenity in that giant jungle in the sky where there is no suffering. You are loved.
Judi Paul, Chocorua, NH, USA
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May 28, 2009
Ned,

I have been following your progress since your arrival... and I am so deeply saddened that you didn't make it. I'm saddened that you lived a life of pain but thankful that those wonderful people at TES were able to make your last months on this earth more pleasurable than the years before and that you were able to finally be yourself. You will be missed dearly.

TES - I don't know how you guys do it. To do what you do with whole-hearted love and then to lose another good one... I would be shattered and in tears always. I'm happy that you all have made these elephants, past and present, able to find some comfort and love.

I am absolutely in love with elephants and to see another one pass.....sigh. At a loss for words.

Keep up the great work. Ned - I hope that you are finally at peace and can now join your sisters in heaven. Namaste.
Lindsay Flynn, Toronto, Ontario
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May 28, 2009
Ned, I am so sorry that you were only able to get a taste of freedom and what life should have been for you. You never deserved to have to suffer the way they made you live. I will petition for the rest of the elephants left that going through what you did.
michele blevins, albuquerque, new mexico
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May 28, 2009
Dear sweet intelligent animal, im so sorry for what you went through. I will never understand why some humans are so cruel to any animal, and im ashamed to be of the same species as them. You will always be loved and remembered by the compassionate ones that do care. Hope life is good beyond the bridge, I hope its peaceful and painfree and fun with all the others went before...lots of love to you always.
Isobel, Glasgow, Scotland.
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May 28, 2009
So glad that Ned reached the sanctuary where he had love & was able to roam and investigate something other than a horrible circus life.

Rest well Ned.
Barbara M Butler, United Kingdom
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May 28, 2009
Ned,
You remind me of a book I read called "Modoc" about a wonderful elephant friend. I am happy you found love and compassion. Watch out for us!
Jerrilyn Swersky, Ontario, Canada
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May 28, 2009
Ned, the cruel and horrible suffering you must have endured breaks my heart. I watched your arrival at the sanctuary, with joy, for I knew you were in a wonderful place, with wonderful caring people. I had high hopes for you, but no one knew how sick you really were. I am so glad you spent your last days here, with these wonderful care givers, who give with all their hearts.

Ned, you gave your all in your last days at the sanctuary, with encouragement and love from your care givers. I know they grieve for you, as I do. You made a special place in my heart, I will never forget you. I will strive to protect Elephants from zoos, and the circus. I will strive to do my part, so that Elephants like you can be free to live as they should.

You're over the rainbow bridge Ned, and at peace. You can run and play and eat all you want. No more pain or suffering. Bless you Ned, and Bless the Elephant Sanctuary in T. N. and Bless the care givers, who give their hearts to majestic and beautiful and intelligent animals like you Ned. There are good people left in the world.
Darci Beckelhimer, Kansas
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May 28, 2009
I'm so glad Ned was able to be with people who cared for him. I hope his former owner, abuser, was charged or something. It would be a shame if he got away with the abuse.

Patricia Smith, Tampa, Fl
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May 28, 2009
Hello Ned,
You are in heaven and free now.
No more suffering.
Go your own way and be happy at last.
Lahaye, Juan-les-pins, France
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May 28, 2009
Still missing you so much Ned. Keep watching over us okay buddy. Love you!
Monica, Waterloo, Canada
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May 28, 2009
Sweet dreams and wonderful life to you now, Ned. No more pain. Love you
Pat Barnes, Bartlett, TN
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May 28, 2009
Dear Ned,

I never met you but I am so glad that I got to see your video while you were at your new home. The people there are the best--so kind and so considerate of every resident's needs. I'm sure you immediately felt special and very loved!

I truly wish you could have stayed so much longer. You would have come to love and enjoy the appreciation and respect everyone had for you. I hope you savored it a little bit!

Ned, I say this for all of my species--Please forgive us for being so callous, arrogant, and without a genuine appreciation for all life. There are far too many of us who have lost, or never connected with, their inner spirit--their humanness that truly makes them able to care for and love all living beings.

I wish you could have met everyone who cared so deeply about you. Who wrote and called and told everyone about your plight. They loved you, Ned. They were different.

We rejoice now that you have transitioned to "spirit" and have been reunited with all of your brothers and sisters who've gone on before you. There is only peace and love and light for you now, Ned.

Love to you, Beautiful Boy!

We will never forget you and hope to become one in spirit with you again some day!
S. L.Trout, Sacramento, California
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May 28, 2009
What a special creature Ned must have been! We should all be so grateful to this sanctuary and it's helpers for being so amazing and kind to these majestic beings. I will be sure to visit and donate when i'm in that area, and when i get more money. Let's keep are bigger friends protected, and give them our love. You will be missed greatly Ned!
Mandy Hogge, Bitburg, Germany (from Utah)
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May 28, 2009
Love you Ned. B at peace now.
Natalie, Toronto, Canada
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May 28, 2009
I am so disgusted that humans are so cruel to such wonderful animals such as you, Ned. What a terrible way to exist. It is heart-breaking to think of the other animals that are being treated the way you were. It's about time that humans woke up and realized the pain and suffering they are causing. So sad your real "life" was so short-lived, but so glad that you were able to see the other side of us humans - the ones who care. R.I.P. Ned XX
Wendy Broad, Australia
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May 28, 2009
THANK ALL OF YOU AT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY FOR GIVING NED PROBABLY THE ONLY HAPPY DAYS OF HIS LIFE. I WAS IN TEARS WHEN I READ ABOUT YOU NED. I CANNOT COMPREHEND WHY THERE AREN'T MORE STRINGENT LAWS PROTECTING THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS. I AND MY ENTIRE FAMILY, GRANDCHILDREN INCLUDED, REFUSE TO ATTEND ANY CIRCUS. I TRULY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO TO MAKE ELEPHANTS LIKE NED WELL TAKEN CARE OF. I CANNOT SEND A GIFT RIGHT NOW BUT I WILL BECAUSE OF YOU NED.
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May 28, 2009
Ned,
I am so sorry you had such a rough life. But I thank God for you; you were such a go-getter right until the very end. Now you're at Rainbow Bridge healthier than you've ever been and playing with your elephant friends, reunited with your mama and daddy! You meant the world to me because I love elephants so much. Love You.
Barb Knight, Candler, NC
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May 28, 2009
Elephants are amazing animals who deserve respect and proper care. Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for caring for Ned in his final days. He deserved it.
Janet, CA
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May 28, 2009
Dear Darling Ned, It saddens me that you did not have longer in your new and loving home...but you ended your days surrounded by people that loved and cared for you. Goddess Bless you and when you return to us reincarnated you will be a strong healthy Elephant that is well loved and looked after!

I love you NedX
Kat Hall, Islington, london, England
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May 28, 2009
I'm glad that you found the love you deserved. I really hope that from whatever you are, help other beautiful elephants like you, so they have the chance of a better life.
Paula, Mexico
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May 28, 2009
God Bless You, Ned! Thank you for brightening my life. I am so happy that you were surrounded by those who love you most at the Sanctuary.
Lorie Jones, Ethridge, TN
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May 28, 2009
Sweet Sleep Baby,

I will stay away from zoos and do all I can to help your brothers and sisters. xo

Naomi Grigg, Nova Scotia, Canada
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May 28, 2009
Dear Ned,
I know your life had meaning because you touched so many hearts and promoted awareness of the cruelty elephants are subjected to by so called "civilized" people.
I am happy you had comfort and love in your final days. I am sure you are now enjoying all that heaven provides, and are with your mum and dad again. We love you!
Diane Baynes, Ottawa
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May 28, 2009
Darling Ned,
Run free now, with all the other Angels in your family.
I'm glad you touched so many hearts and that you were with one that loved you at the end of your life.
I will not forget you and NEVER forget the elephants of the world.
Sleep softly now.
~~hugs all around you~~ Mandi T.
MANDI, SAN JOSE, CA.
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May 28, 2009
I feel saddened by the help that arrived too late for Ned. I will never understand how people can exploit any animal to please humans sick mind of entertainment.
I want to say thank you to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee for trying so hard to save Ned's sad live. May he went to Rainbow Bridge and lives a happy live now.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Eady
Jennifer Eady, Charleston SC
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May 28, 2009
Dear, sweet Ned,

While my heart breaks when I think of the suffering you endured for so long, I take comfort in the fact that you were surrounded by loving, caring people near the end of your life. May the happiness you experienced at the Sanctuary continue in your new life! You are loved and missed and will never be forgotten.
Louise Auray-Pepin, Quebec, Canada
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May 27, 2009
Well NED it was a tough road that you were put on 21 years ago. But in the end you were found by some kind humans that made your last days as pleasant as they could. Take care.
Bob, SE Michigan
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May 27, 2009
I can't believe you're gone, Ned. You just got there. You had a few months of love and affection, but it should have been years, many years. You deserved many more years of chasing the dogs, and playing with the tire, and the grassy mat on your head seems a trademark. Oh, Ned, you will be missed so very much.
Vicki Burnett, Canton MI
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May 27, 2009
what a blessing your all-too-brief sanctuary time, beautiful Ned.

May you carry into eternity the love, compassion, and respect that enlightened beings were able only briefly to show you and may the pain wash away.

We are the most peculiar of species which expresses the worst of people and the best of humankind. What this, your path - to see the full spectrum?

Please forgive us, dear Ned.

May your eternal spirit know the loving abundance in the grief we here collectively share at your passing?

I feel you shine in the ether, pain-free, abiding in purity.

Deepest of Love,

Paula, Wyoming
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May 27, 2009
Poor Ned. Your life ended too soon but at least you were able to spend you last few months in the loving caring hands of The Elephant Sanctuary.

Hopefully your plight will reach many and bring awareness to the plight of captive elephants.

The Elephant Sanctuary. Bless your hearts for taking care of Ned in his final months and all of the other rescued elephants whom you have saved and given wonderful lives.
Carolyn L. Distel, Clarkston, MI, USA
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May 27, 2009
Dearest Ned,Sweet Dreams little boy...we will always love you. The Blu'AbbeyCat Family
Dolores McDanil & Family, Pittsburgh, PA.
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May 27, 2009
Ned's death is particularly troublesome. The anguish that poor animal had to endure for most of his life absolutely infuriates me. His young life has ended and I sincerely doubt the previous owner(s) have even stopped to give him a second thought. When will the world ever recognize that the only true sanctuary an elephant longs for is that comfort and love found in his/her herd family? I am most grateful that the Elephant Sanctuary gave him those precious last moments wrapped in love and tender-loving care. Ned, your light is gone-and the world was too blind to see it.
Beverly, Simpsonville, SC
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May 27, 2009
Dearest Ned, I am sorry you could not stay at the Sanctuary longer. I am ashamed to be human after seeing how emaciated you were under a human's care. You now feel no pain and I am happy for you. Rest In Peace Dear Ned.

Your friend,
Karen Wilson, Upper Lake California
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May 27, 2009
You deserved better Ned. I'm glad your last days were spent as they should have been your whole existence, with loving caretakers, freedom, and nutritious diet. No human has the right to exploit and treat animals poorly, large or small. Rest in peace dear Ned.
Karen D, Roseville, Michigan
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May 27, 2009
Dearest Ned,

Please forgive human beings for not taking better care of you and animal kind. It breaks my heart but I keep hope for your 'sisters and brothers' to someday find the same kindness and compassion at the Elephant Sanctuary.

Rest in peace, gentle giant.

Sandy, Laguna Beach, CA
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May 27, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 27, 2009
Dear sweet Ned, my heart still breaks for you. I am grateful for the wonderful care you knew at the end of your life but wish it could have been for longer or that you had never even known the life of a captive elephant. I am humbled by the compassion the caregivers at TES bestowed upon you and the grace with which you received it. You are a lesson in forgiveness and hope. May peace and joy always be with you beautiful boy.
Janice, Oregon
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May 26, 2009
ned............ i don't have any human words to describe the ache in my heart for what you had to live through at the hands of some humans. there are no words for the sorrow i feel for your life and now for your death just when you finally found humans that would love and cherish you. you deserved so much more...... there just are no words beautiful boy. i so wanted to watch the elecam some day and see you playing. you were loved by so many, but we got to you too late. i love you ned, rest easy now, with no pain.
barb matthiss, cleveland ohio
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May 26, 2009
Oh Ned, I am so sorry, for us, that you have left us on this earth, but for you, you are free now, sweet boy, sweet and beautiful Ned. May your spirit fly, soar and be free from this frustrating, difficult life you have experienced, and may you be able to do all that you ever wanted in the next. Ned, look over your life in spirit, learn and forgive those if you can, who had mistreated you so in this life, and we will see you again next time around. And dear Ned, remember those who loved you so much during your last months on this earth. We love you so much, still do, and I hope to see you very soon in spirit. May I journey to you in spirit.
Donna, Mt. Juliet, TN
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May 26, 2009
Ned you were such a a great looking elephant! Sooo cute!!! I'm so happy for you that you ended up at the Sanctuary. Breaks my heart what was done to you before that. It shouldn't have ever happened. Maybe you came too late to the Sanctuary but you had such awesome care givers and people who deeply cared about you! That was so amazing. Namaste dear Ned!
Wendy, Menomonee Falls
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May 26, 2009
How can a human being inflict such horrible crimes upon as statuesque an animal as the elephant? What could possibly be going through one's mind? To witness the emaciated body of Ned, brings tears to my eyes. So honorable is The Elephant Sanctuary to have taken Ned from the depths of hell and brought him to the heavens of the Sanctuary and all the it had to offer to him. Like so many others that have gone before him, we do not know why Ned was able to enjoy his freedom for only a short period of time, but we somehow find comfort in knowing that he took his last breath surrounded by those, human beings and fellow animal family, that truly cared and loved him. Ned, may you join your Sanctuary family that has gone before you enjoying the rolling hills, green grasses, hay stacks and mudding ponds of what is beyond the rainbow. You brought tears to my eyes as you exited the trailer into the Sanctuary, and you continue to bring tears to my eyes as you exit the Sanctuary into the heavens of God, and like so many animals that have left me, your presence was a gift...your memory a treasure. Go in peace beloved Ned.
AnnaMarie , Baltimore, Maryland
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May 26, 2009
I followed your journey with the sanctuary from the very beginning. I was with you in spirit through all your ups and downs; your bad times and playful times. My heart broke and the tears fell when you left us. May God bless you, Ned, and may you now find the pain-free peace that always eluded you here on earth. I love you.

Sherrie Shown, Dothan, AL
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May 26, 2009
Ned
Miss you so much buddy. I wish you could have stayed here with us much longer; I know it was time for you to go to heaven. Even though you are in a better place doesn't make my heart hurt any less. You were a majestic creature and I will never forget your big beautiful eyes. Love you always and forever.
Manjula, Ontario, Canada
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May 26, 2009
Ahh Ned, Your days here are over and you can rest now. Heave a big sigh and know we loved you. I am so sorry your life was not sweeter. May it be a bowl of cherries where you are now. Love from California.
J Carpenter, Pacific Grove California
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May 26, 2009
Ned, such a majestic angel, you have touched my heart more than words can say. I will never forget you.

Dawn, Dartmouth MA
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May 26, 2009
Dear Ned
My heart still aches for you my sweet friend. I really wish you had stayed with us a lot longer. Words cannot express how much I miss you. I had never seen such beautiful eyes in my whole life until I saw yours. Your life on earth was short but you are now in heaven for eternity. I know I will see you again Nedster! You will be deeply missed and loved always and forever.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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May 26, 2009
I'm so sorry that he died but he is at peace finally. I'm just really angry that so many Elephants are left to suffer when they could be at the Sanctuary enjoying the last few years of their lives. God Bless Ned.
Alison, Warwickshire, England, UK.
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May 26, 2009
Ned - It's so heartbreaking that your medical condition was not reversible after you finally made it to sanctuary. I'm sure your eternity in heaven will be wonderful as opposed to the eternity that awaits those who caused your suffering.
Nick, Marietta, GA
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May 26, 2009
When you are sorrowful
look into your heart
and you shall see that
you are weeping
for that which has been
your delight
~ Kahlil Gibran

Still missing you, my sweet, delightful boy.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 25, 2009
Dear sweet Ned,

My heart went out to you when I read your story. How very sad that you lived so long in such a terrible state, but I thank God that the Elephant Sanctuary cared for you for the short period of time before you died. You should have lived a long, happy life; you died so young. Bless you sweet boy, and may your life at Rainbow Bridge be the most glorious life you can imagine. So much love, peace, happiness, and eternally free of any physical ailments. Love to you Ned along with big kisses and hugs.
Janice Giampaoli, Minnetonka, MN
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May 25, 2009
Ned,
Still can't believe that you are no longer here. I can't even express how much I miss you. You were a very special elephant. So glad that you are in a better place. Thanks for blessing my life. You will never be forgotten my sweet friend.
Finnola, Canada
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May 25, 2009
Rest in peace Ned! We will miss you so...
Namaste


Andrea und Walti, Switzerland
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May 25, 2009
Ned.....In your honor I have contacted usda, my congressman, senator and lt gov about the abuse and neglect of Tina, Queenie and Jewel..they are so pitiful and living in the bowels of hell as our Ned was so instead of sitting here stunned and in shock let's take some action to get these girls out of bondage before they are too far gone to experience something besides the abuse they live with day in day out year after year...a piece of my heart will always be with you Ned....
donna, kingsport tn
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May 25, 2009
Dear Ned,

In your honor I wrote a note to "Letter to the Editor" a feature offered by the local newspaper, where people can express their views, and I wrote a scathing one about how Circus's mistreat their Elephants and other animals and if people would STOP going to the circus we could end their suffering. Till the day that I die, I will continue to speak out on the behalf of all captive Elephants. This abuse must stop.

CM, Florida
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May 25, 2009
É uma pena q só tenham lembrado de vc, querido, após a sua morte....q ela n seja em vão!
Monica, Brazil
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May 25, 2009
Sweet little darling Ned....I love the picture with the hay on top of your precious head. When I learned of your death my heart broke-------because of all the suffering and pain you endured in your short life. Once again the evils of this world are to blame. One consolation is in knowing that these injustices will be brought before the Higher Power and the other is in knowing that you were surrounded by angel caretakers at TES. Play and eat in paradise 'til you hearts content......
I love you.
sherry crowder, shelby, north carolina
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May 25, 2009
I miss you still, my sweet innocent boy. I miss your "fan club" checking up on you every day but look--they are still here! What a phenomenon. I think it is the pure unquestioning way that you and other animals go with whatever path you are on...and humans can be so very cruel and reckless with that innocence. That is truly sad for all of us. It makes me realize that we aren't all so very evolved as we think we are. EXCEPT for TES and the wonderful supporters out there. Love you all.
Ginny, WA State
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May 25, 2009
Dearest sweet Ned, You are an angel and god is wrapping his loving arms gently around you forever. Rest in peace beautiful boy. You were blessed with much love at the sanctuary.I'm so glad you were there with people who truly cared about you.
Erica Richter, Miami Shores,FL
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May 25, 2009
Sweet Ned,

Rest in peace my friend. I had so hoped you would recover in the peace and care that is the Sanctuary, but it was not to be.

much love
Nikki, canada
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May 24, 2009
Ned,
I cried the first time I saw your emaciated frame and what the cruel world had done to you. It deeply saddens me now that you're gone, but at least you will suffer no more here. The look in your eyes will never be forgotten. Be free now as you should've been before! You will be remembered!
Amy Littlefield, Waterford, PA
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May 24, 2009
Ned, I think you are a message to all of us that we MUST put an END to mistreating Elephant and STOP keeping Elephants in Circus and Zoo's. His video just brings me to tears knowing he found out was FREEDOM and Love was at the Sanctuary. Bless everyone who helps all elephants.
Lisa Denise Nelson, Montana
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May 24, 2009
My beautiful Neddie: I have started to put my promise to you into action: When you passed, I promised that, in your name, I would do everything I could to help get elephants to sanctuary before it's too late. I have written to the USDA that they cannot wait to confiscate an elephant from circuses until they are so sick they cannot be saved. I have also asked the person I wrote to at the USDA to please stop your former owner/trainer from ever again owning/training/or having any kind of contact again with another elephant. I have written to TV reporting and commentary shows, asking they they please tell the tragic story of your life and death as a result of your being in circuses. I promise, Neddie, I will continue during my lifetime my efforts to stop elephants in circuses and zoos. And I will also do whatever I can to stop your previous circus trainer/owner from ever again having contact with another elephant for the rest of his life. In your name, my Neddie.
JS, Connecticut
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May 24, 2009
Sweet Ned, my heart ached for you when I saw you for the first time and learned of your life before TES. And as I read, and kept up with your progress in your diary, I began to love you. I am so sad that you are not with us any longer, but take comfort in knowing that you did experience love on this earth, and that you are with the other animals whom we've loved and lost. As I sit here typing this, I can just imagine the moment you crossed over. How the others came to greet you! How my babies barked, and wagged their tails, and sniffed your trunk! How my kitties jumped on your back, and played in the grass on your head! And how Bunny and the others came to greet you! I will always remember you Ned.....
Rebecca, Biloxi, Ms.
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May 24, 2009
Yes, Meg. I made the same promise, as well!! We must save them!! I have been fighting for what seems like a lifetime. Don't worry Ned, I will never give up the "good fight". Strength in numbers and bless your heart!! Bless dear sweet Ned and TES. Thank you for taking care of him. I weep as I type. My heart aches for your pain. We love you Ned and we are so sorry that we could not save you sooner. Rest in peace and free from pain Dear Sweet Ned. xoxo
Lisa Koehl, Brooklyn, CT
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May 24, 2009
Thank-you for blessing the Earth with your brief, sacred presence. We love you and will miss you deeply.
Susie Jeffries, California
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May 24, 2009
Your struggles are now over Ned...Sweet dreams...
The Poole Family, Hampton, Virginia
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May 24, 2009
Dearest Ned, I am just one of so many who looked each day to see how you were doing. Were you eating? Were you filling out? And when several days would pass with no news posted, I got cranky, but assumed no news was good news. I was so hopeful. But it wasn't to be. Like others who developed a deep and abiding love for you, I will miss you so very much. Having a few months of good food and loving treatment was wonderful, but it wasn't enough. It never should have happened in the first place. Perhaps your passing will prompt messages that will be heard by those who need to hear. I am angry that you were treated the way you were, but mostly, I am sad. Goodbye my dear gentle giant. Namaste................
Ann Logan, San Diego, California
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May 24, 2009
Dearest Ned,
We did not know you long, but you quickly became a deeply loved friend. I'm so very sorry that you had such a terrible life, but I'm sure you will enjoy your resting place in Tennessee. I look forward to meeting you personally after I too cross the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for the time you spent with us.
Bunny's friend, Rosie, Evansville IN
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May 24, 2009
Neddy, you sweet sweet boy! I mourn your passing and yet celebrate it, too.
Mourn because of all of our guilt for you being in the condition you were in, and never having known the joy of being healed.
Celebrate because now you will know happy, painless times that are free from the endless stresses that you endured in life.
As you crossed the Rainbow Bridge, there was your Mother. And look, Ned. There's Bunny!
Catherine Sloan-Rhys, Jacksonville, Fl and Waynesville, NC
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May 24, 2009
I prayed for your recovery, and now I wish you utmost peace in Elephant Heaven. You will never be forgotten and in your spirit we will keep fighting for getting elephants out of the entertainment industry. So glad you could spent the final days of your life at the sanctuary with its wonderful caretakers - human and non-human.

Many Blessings
Elke Riesterer, Santa Cruz, California
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May 24, 2009
Ned, I'm so sorry for your past life of hatred and pain from the hands of man, your body gave out. Like Lota. I'm so happy you had a chance to be free and be yourself. that you didn't suffer and pass, being forced to perform in a circus, or being chained up.
You are free of all pain. And none of this could of happened if it had not been for Carol and her staff and endless hours of saving you and your kind. their tireless efforts make them true heroes but you stole the show at the sanctuary, so Ned, thank you for being you. I miss you each day I visit the web . I know you and Bunny will walk beside one another into each days sunset. it was all possible through Carol. I love you and Bunny, rest in peace. God will take care of you...........I promise...........
rhonda woods, wisconsin
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May 24, 2009
We forget when we see all the beautiful pastures, ponds and woodlands that whoever comes to enjoy them is not in perfect health in mind or body. However with the care and love that they receive at TES it all seems worth it, if we only can have them for a little while.
No more elephants in Zoos and Circuses PLEASE you people out there listen.
Ned it was wonderful knowing you if only for a very short time.
Barbara , Nashua, New Hampshire
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May 24, 2009
I am deeply saddened to hear of Ned's passing...may he find the Peace in Heaven that he came to know for a short time at The Elephant Sanctuary. I hope Ned's story (and the story of all of the "girls") will inspire everyone to continue their efforts to release all animals from Circuses and Zoos. This cruel practice has no place in and enlightened world. May your spirit roam free...We will miss you.
Lisa, Camden, TN
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May 24, 2009
Ned made it so easy to say the word "love". There was something in his eyes, something profound. Even a 7 year old, my niece Erica (and her brothers), proclaimed their immediate love for him, so much so that he was in our constant thoughts during those early days. We also talked about Shirley and Jenny, Sissy's tire, Billie's bracelet, Missy not being able to walk up the hill, Tarra's dog Bella, Queenie's squeaks, and Bunny's ball, and recently "Bunny doo" (thank you Evansville people!), and we drew pictures of Ned, wrote poems, saved our pennies and sent messages of love and hope. After Bunny died, we were convinced she took Neddie with her - her heart was just too big to leave him behind (the kids wrote a story about it). I hope you all at the Sanctuary realize that your work has touched many people and has possibly created a new generation that will set all captive elephants free. So, get ready! In 20 years or so, 100 elephants may be arriving at your gates!! Thank you for everything you do and for sharing their stories with us.
Marie L, North Carolina
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May 23, 2009
I am so deeply saddened by Ned's passing, had so fervently hoped he would recover from his years of abuse. Unfortunately, that was not to be.

I do believe he understood and appreciated the care and love he received at TES, many, many thanks to all of you.

Rest in peace and free of pain dear Ned. I will never forget you or your incredible spirit.
Sandy, Cupertino, CA
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May 23, 2009
Dear Ned, blessings to you, sweet, sweet, special boy. I was deeply touched by your life and saddened by your untimely death.
anna, oregon
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May 23, 2009
A week since you saw Miss Bunny smiling and waiting for you to catch up!

A week without you; eagerly looking to see what surprises you gave, what amusement you found, what new portraits there might be of that wondrous face.

One of these days I will be able to stop writing to you. And one of these days I will stop crying when I think of you. But it won't be today, sugar.


Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 23, 2009
I will miss you so much. I love this picture of you, with the grass hat. I know that you are in a better place and that you are happy. Finally at peace. I can not express how much gratitude and respect that I have for the sanctuary for taking such good care of you in your last days. I will never forget you and I will always love you.
Brenda, Spokane
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May 23, 2009
I was looking forward to following your progress for many years, and I'm so saddened by your death. You were a brave boy, Ned, and I'll really miss you.
Hester, Jamaica Plain, MA
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May 23, 2009
Ned had such little time with TESS but thank god he lived and died in your care. I'm glad he is out of pain and was surrounded by people that truly loved and respected him as a beautiful, awesome creature of this earth. Goodbye darling Ned you will no longer have to suffer and will roam once again with all the eles. God Bless TES, my heart goes out to you all.
lisa white, S. Yarmouth, Ma.United States
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May 23, 2009
Ned, everyday we came to see you, write poetry about you. You would be the conversation out our dinner my 4 yr old eating corn on the cob would say, this is Ned's favorite. I would smile and say yes I'm sure Ned would love it. My heart is broken into a million pieces, but knowing Ned no longer has to suffer ever again gives me strength to smile about Ned.
The Zorro's, cape coral, fl
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May 23, 2009
Sweet, sweet Ned. You worried to death. Shame on the humans who so abused you that you died of grief. At least the angels at the Sanctuary gave you a loving, safe home to breathe your last. Go in peace, dear Ned. Bunny will look over you.
Loretta, Oregon, USA
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May 23, 2009
Baby boy, I started following your story when you left FL. Being a Floridian, I was embarrassed to read of your treatment. When I made my first donation, I was hoping to make up for how poorly you had been treated. Each week I read your dairy & was encouraged when you found the right mix of foods. Reading the news today, and losing my cat Lucky a month ago, makes me sorry for the short life you both had. Tears are streaming down my face and my heart hurts for you both. I hope your few months of love carry you into eternity!!
Denise, St. Pete, Florida
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May 23, 2009
Ned, we remember your arrival at the Sanctuary so well. We remember those first tentative steps that you took from the trailer - those were the last ones, for we believe that you suddenly realized that this was the place you were waiting for - the compassion, friendship, and care that you would experience here was in your dreams of a peaceful remainder of your ellie life. If you had to leave us so soon after your arrival, go in peace, my friend - Bunny will be there with you on your beautiful new journey. Namaste, dear Ned.
David, Winchester, VA
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May 23, 2009
To honour Ned, I promised him that I would work to help all mistreated elephants, especially those in circuses. Tina, Jewel and Queenie are three circus elephants who need help - it would be wonderful if all who are grieving for Ned could turn that grief into action to help save these sweet ladies and end their suffering before it is too late.
Meg Johnson, NW USA
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May 23, 2009
I've been following you story since you arrived at TES. I was sad when things for you weren't going well and happy to hear about your playing with you tire and ball. I'm so saddened by your passing, but also happy that you are no longer is pain. Rest in peace dear Ned.
Lisa Magliano, Killington, VT USA
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May 23, 2009
Ned -

I am glad that you had such wonderful and compassionate care at the Sanctuary. I hope that you are at peace and no longer in pain now and I know that you are with "my" Bunny.

Namaste, dear friend.
Toni, Baldwin, NY
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May 23, 2009
i had tears of joy & sadness when i first saw your devastated emaciated body & yet the gentle soul of who you truly were also shone brightly that day. I loved watching your video & have a sense that you were able to forgive the humans that did not get you & learn that not all of us are so heartless towards such magnificent beasts as yourself. I also have a sense that bunny was a comrade & you chose to leave soon after her...thank you for giving us all a chance to know you, love you & bring some peace to you.
denise, chemainus canada
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May 23, 2009
What a good boy! You deserved every bit of happiness that was yours in your last months.
Mary, mjdarden@juno.com
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May 23, 2009
Oh, Ned, as a gatekeeper of wisdom, I know you have forgiven the masters of cruelty. It is difficult being part of the human race and I am ashamed that such a magnificent spirit was in the hands of the circus. I send my highest love to you and pray that circuses throughout the world will be shut down, forever. I'm terribly sorry you were a part of this tragedy. The human race has so many lessons to learn.
Nikki Halip, California
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May 23, 2009
Sweet Ned, you did not deserve to die from the abuse you had suffered for years. The loving, compassionate people at TES gave you the freedom and care you had deserved your entire life. In your honor, I will devote my time to working with IDA in San Rafael to free all circus animals. RIP, sweet Ned.
Lynn, San Rafael, CA
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May 23, 2009
EVERYTIME I READ YOUR STORIES,I CRY,SO GOOD TO READ ,ABOUT PLAYING CATCH WITH THE DOG,SO SAD,U WERE SO YOUNG,SO U CAN RELAX,AND BE IN HEAVEN
ALAN GREN, ASHAWAY,RHODE ISLAND
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May 23, 2009
Darling Ned everytime I see your face I cry for all that we humans have done to you. How wonderful that you ended up in Hohenwald around the corner from me. God Bless and sleep peacefully now. Judy.
Judy Fleming, Hohenwald TN
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May 23, 2009
Dear Ned,
sweet boy. you warmed my heart every time I would read your diary. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!
Brittney, Aurora, CO
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May 23, 2009
MY HEART IS TRULY BROKEN-I WAS SO HOPING YOU WOULD JUST THRIVE IN THIS WONDERFUL SANCTUARY. I READ ALL THERE WAS TO READ AND HAVE SAT HERE AND CRIED MY EYES OUT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T MAKE IT. YOUR LIFE WAS TOO SHORT AND I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR HURT AND PAIN-WE ALL LOVED YOU AND WILL NOT FORGET YOU. I PRAY YOU ARE ROAMING IN HEAVEN WHERE NO HARM CAN COME TO YOU-I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
SHARON BROWN, WESTLAND, MICHIGAN
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May 23, 2009
I am so sad that you have left this world so young. We were all lucky to have known you. You will be missed. Rome free and without pain now Ned!
Pam, Townsend, MA. USA
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May 23, 2009
Rest in peace you big beautiful elephant. Spread the word, and end live animals in circuses!
Jeanette, Mattydale, NY
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May 22, 2009
My poor beautiful boy: I just want you to know that there is a wonderful lady who loves you and cries for you - she is my 86-year-old mother, and she has a special candle she lights just for you, that you may at last be at peace and free from the terrible pain you suffered in your life and still forced to perform. My heart is broken without you, Neddie. I miss you and love you so very much.
JS, Connecticut
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May 22, 2009
Dear Sweet Ned,
Like Lota, you had a life of hardship, but were able to finally have the freedom, love, care and all of your favorite foods at TES.
When will we as a species realize animals are not here for our entertainment, clothing, food or experiments, but for their own purpose?
Rest in peace.
Tricia Glynn, Milwaukee
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned, it has been a whole week since you passed away and I am still heartbroken over your untimely death. I hope that the results of your necropsy will help prove once and for all that the circus life is not "no life at all", but rather, it is a tortured, lonely and painful life. Everyone knows that one of the main causes of ulcers is stress, yet you were still forced to perform even though you were obviously in pain and so close to death. At the circus, you were no "ambassador" for your species (as the circus and zoo industries so often claim), but at TES you most certainly were. How I miss you, Bunny and the others who have passed away before you. I'm glad you had at least a little bit of freedom at the end of your very short life. I'm also glad I have my Ned mug to remind me what a handsome guy you were. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of your caretakers and everyone at TES (and PAWS) who worked so hard to rescue and take care of you. I hope Bunny guided you gently across the rainbow bridge into paradise.
Maggie, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 22, 2009
Would that the collective power of all the love and prayers sent your way could have released you from your imposed fate.

You will not be forgotten. There is much work to be done to ensure humanity's legacy towards earth's creatures is not forced isolation, humiliation, suffering and death.

You were loved by so many. I hope you knew.

, California
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May 22, 2009
Ned
que você seja porta-voz para as atrocidades cometidas em circos. É impossível aceitarmos circos com animais e ainda assim acharmos essa atitude normal ou salutar.

Vive Cirque de Soleil - no animals! :o)
paula regina, Rio de Janeiro-Brasil
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May 22, 2009
Dear Neddy,
I am saddened to hear of your passing but joyful thoughts fill my heart that your last months were spent among those who loved and cared for you, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, eating good quality food and tasting freedom for the first time. May you be playing in the sunshine now and free from all pain and hurt. Say hello to Jenny, Bunny, and all the others for me.
Sally McMillan, Phoenixville, PA
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May 22, 2009
When I visit this site earlier this year, I was shocked to see the film about your arrival at this sanctuary, I never seen an elephant so thin. Today I'm back on this site and read that you are in heaven now... I'm happy to know that the last months of your life you where loved by people of this sanctuary.

Best wishes from Holland and R.I.P.
Janneke, Holland
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,
May you enjoy an eternity filled with sunshine, good health, friends and happiness, you deserve it.
Give my love to Jenny, Bunny and all the others who wait at the Rainbow Bridge.
Godspeed, my friend.

Cindy Collier, Tennessee
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May 22, 2009
I am so glad that Ned got to be at the sanctuary with you and able to pass with dignity. Godspeed.
Victoria Linder, Spokane, WA
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May 22, 2009
I am sorry Ned that you had to go thru so much pain
but I know you are in a peaceful place now.
I followed your story and will never forget you, you big brave
elephant!
Love you!
Diane Cascia, san jose,california
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned, I hope that you can forgive those who kept you from experiencing the sun, the wind and rain. To not be able to live a normal life that was given to you not by humans, but God himself. I am sad that this was taken away from you and that your life was nothing but pain and suffering.

I am sad that your life at The Elephant Sanctuary wasn't longer so that you could have experienced the love and caring that those people have shown you. May you live a long and free life from here on out.
Elizabeth, Soddy Daisy, TN
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,

Please find it in your heart to forgive us one day.

With love,

Toni, Ottawa, Canada
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May 22, 2009
Precious Ned,
Missing you so much. I can't believe it's already been a week. Ned, last Friday was my mother's birthday. She heard my anguish and tears when I found out you were gone and she was very understanding being the kindhearted and tender soul that she is.
I was always asking her to pray for you which she did faithfully. We all love you so much.
You are our special ele-angel.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 22, 2009
I have not been keeping up with the diary entries in the past 2 weeks. Needless to say, the newsletter I received today was quite a shock. My heart goes out to those close to Ned. I follow the sanctuary quite a bit and I must say, Ned the underdog has been my favorite. It was so good to see him get the love and support of everyone! I know that he cherished his final months at sanctuary and leaves us in peace and in the arms of love.
June, Bellevue, Nebraska
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,
I will miss you and hope that in the last months of your life, you smiled.....
I thank the Elephant Sanctuary for the wonderful job they did in showing you that there are humans who love and care.
Goodbye, dear one.
Christine West, Rockport, Maine
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May 22, 2009
Ned you had a hard life and although I am extremely sad that you have passed away, I am glad that you don't have to suffer anymore. We will see you in heaven someday.

Being a donor to the Elephant Sanctuary is a lifelong commitment and I am glad you had some peaceful time at the Sanctuary before you passed.

As I write this I am crying. Now you are in heaven with a new body. I am happy for you.
Sheila Johnson, Raleigh, NC
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May 22, 2009
NED
YOU SHALL BE MISSED TOO FOR THE SHORT TIME
YOU WERE THERE. YOU WERE A JOY TO WATCH ON THE ELE CAM. YOU WERE TOO YOUNG TO DIE.
MAY YOU ENJOY THE GREEN GREEN PASTURES OF HOME IN HEAVEN

JEANNIE, ST PAUL MN
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May 22, 2009
You bore your suffering with honor and dignity, and you inspired me.

I'm grateful to you for reminding me that acceptance and surrender are expressions of strength.

Thank you for living your life well.


Greg, Albuquerque, NM
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May 22, 2009
Free at last. I had so hoped that Ned would improve, and that he would live a long and happy life. Alas, it was not to be. I console myself with the knowledge that Ned passed away in the company of those who put his needs before the thought of using him for profit. Ned was truly loved at the end of his time on Earth, and now his physical suffering is at last relieved. If there truly is an elephant heaven, I'm sure Ned is happily mud-wallowing there to his heart's content!
Greg Garduno, Aurora, CO
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May 22, 2009
Oh, dearest Ned - I have just learned that you have left us behind. Of all the elephants I'd grown to love, I think you were the most special of all. I will miss hearing of your latest news, but am so happy that you are out of pain at last. Much love (and so many tears right now)...
Julie, Tucson AZ
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,

I think the world would be a better place if elephants ran it. What happened to you was truly tragic. God speed.
Donna Ubriaco, Spring Valley, NY
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May 22, 2009
Oh,I am in tears,Ned,
E.ternal L.ove E.ntwined P.rophecy H.umble A.doration N.ow T.rue ,that's my ELEPHANT spelling. Beyond ourselves today,Ned. Thanks for your secrets,Ned!
Paula, hallandale,florida
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May 22, 2009
If ever an animal deserves the best that life has to offer, it is the elephant. I am deeply saddened, but glad that your last months were at the sanctuary. God spoke that unto the least of his creatures, ye shall also do unto him, and I believe that with all my heart. Rest in his care, Ned, and know that you will never know pain again.
Nancy Richard, Bristol, RI
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,

May you rest in peace and thank you for bringing joy and happiness to the mankind.

We love you,

Ian and Pauline, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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May 22, 2009
Now you have found peace Ned. Namaste.

"Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." Albert Einstein.
G T, NY
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May 22, 2009
Rest in Peace dear boy. When you came to the Sanctuary it filled my heart with joy that your captive life in misery was over. I wished you many, many years of freedom here. It breaks my heart your time was so short. I hope you knew moments of both love and peace at the sanctuary. You touched my heart from afar. You were loved and are missed.
Charlotte, Illinois
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May 22, 2009
My Dearest Neddie. You will forever be in my heart. With Love.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 22, 2009
Dearest Ned,
Now that you've crossed the Rainbow Bridge, you'll find that you are gaining confidence and making new friends. It's too bad you didn't have time to do that at the Elephant Sanctuary but now you will be treated just as well as you were there by those earthly angels.
Good Bye, Ned, and Blessings be yours,
Sybil


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May 22, 2009
I'm heartbroken that Ned has passed after such a short and difficult life, but so grateful to everyone at the Elephant Sanctuary for surrounding him with love and care during the last months of his life. Thank you for everything you do for these glorious animals. I so looked forward to the periodic updates on how you were doing, always hoping that the news would be of your improving condition, and always smiled with pleasure at the news of any new joy you had discovered. You were loved, and you will be missed. Pass in peace and love.
Catherine, Brooklyn
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May 22, 2009
Poor Ned :-( I am glad that your pain is gone now...

I Love You
Nancy, Uxbridge, MA
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May 22, 2009
Oh sweet Ned, my heart is broken over the cruel life you had to live.
I apologize for the way some of us humans have such little care or love for any animals.
I am rejoicing today that you Ned are FREE....finally you are FREE to roam, and play and you are healthy and happy. Oh Ned, what a wonderful day that was for you, the day you left this life. A sad but bittersweet day for those of us that love all animals.
I will see you again one day Ned and we will walk together and commune.
Have fun with all your 'brothers' and 'sisters', animals of all kinds!!!

Pamela , Naples Florida
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May 22, 2009
Ned, this news breaks my heart. The ONLY consolation is that your last months were in a great place among good people and ellies. Go to elli-heaven and enjoy the trip baby!
Carolyn Outhwaite, Florida
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May 22, 2009
I have followed Ned's journey from the day that he arrived. I have laughed & cried but I
am truly thankful that he had a wonderful place with wonderful people, elephants & dogs to live out his life with dignity & freedom. Thank you everyone!
Dianna Aaron, Westwood, MA
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned, May you rest in peace with Bunny. I'm so glad you are no longer in pain and I know that you are in that special place that all animals who were loved go, The Rainbow Bridge.

May God Bless You and Keep You.


Shar Fleming, Pagosa Springs, CO
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May 22, 2009
You were a good boy, Ned. Sorry you had to go so soon. I'll miss seeing what you're up to in your diary. Bless you, and all creatures who share this earth.
Jo, Atlanta
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May 22, 2009
Dearest Ned,
Your spirit will be with us always. Your beautiful elephant sounds will be heard whenever we look to the clouds on a sunny day.

Jo March, New York, N.Y.
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May 22, 2009
Ned, where-ever you are, I hope that you find it in your heart of hearts to forgive people for making you live such a horrible life, and that you forget all of that while remembering the devotion, love and trust you found with all the good people at Hohenwald. When I found out about your death, I cried a bucket of tears and still don't feel anything except anger and loss, which I must change to good work for others of your kind who need our help. I have sent emails to people requesting they donate money and time to the cause of other elephants living under horrendous conditions in this country as you did. You brought hope and joy to all of us as we beheld your courage and willingness to cooperate with your caretakers. You will always be missed, and you will never be forgotten as you are placed securely in my heart and the hearts of many, many people. If you can see us from where you now stand, enjoy the good works we do on behalf of you and others like you. All people are not bad, and some are. Send us your love and support so that we may increase the number of good people until they far outnumber the bad ones. We can certainly use your help, Dear Child and Friend.
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May 22, 2009
Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for rescuing and comforting this magnificent, abused creature. His photos moved me to tears. I was so pleased that you found him and welcomed him, even though it was so unusual for you to foster a male. I feel comforted knowing that at least his last days were were spent in Elephant Paradise.
Adriana Baker, Brooklyn, NY
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May 22, 2009
I'm sad, hiding in my cubical and blaming my teary eyes and red nose on allergies. I'm sorry your experience with freedom was short lived. The documentation of your rescue and progress warmed my heart and gave me joy. I'm blessed to have met you, Ned. You are still loved by many.
Another Heart Broken NedHead, Northern CA
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May 22, 2009
I just cried watching Ned's arrival at the Sanctuary again. I so hoped he would make it and get healthy. I am so happy that he spent his last months at a place where he was so well taken care of. You are incredible for what you do at the sanctuary. We will all miss Ned and keeping up with his progress. Just knowing he was there brought us such joy.
Sonia Colon, Harrisburg, Illinois
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May 22, 2009
Im sorry you had such a terrible life. It never should have been that way. Rest in peace..you deserve that
Lisa, Sarasota, Fl
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May 22, 2009
My wife, daughter and I are proud to remain "Ned-Heads." We mourn his passing, but are comforted that he spent his last weeks with people who truly cared. You will never be forgotten, Ned.
Steve Prentice, Toronto, Canada
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May 22, 2009
May Ned have a special place in Heaven and in God's heart and compassion - greener pastures to play in - Bunny and the others at his side and joy forever more. May God do His justice on those that deliberately hurt wonderful animals and cause them harm and pain - short term or long term.
Charlotte Taylor, Trenton, Ga.
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,
My heart is broken. I imagine you are at peace and pain-free which brings some comfort. I hope that before you left us you came to understand, through the loving care you received in the last few months of your life, that not all humans are bad. There are those of us who truly love all creatures and only want them to have the lives they were born to live.
May your soul fly with the butterflies.

Karen, New York, NY
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May 22, 2009
I never got to meet Ned, but I loved him... his story is such a sad one, but has a sweet ending. God bless the Sanctuary, I am confident that Ned spent the last months of his life in peace and happiness; something he never knew before he came. This is such a testament to the abuse and neglect that elephants experience in circuses / zoos. I pray one day, there will be no more circuses on this earth. Until then, keep up the amazing things you are doing... we are all so thankful.


Elizabeth Shuart, Dallas, TX
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May 22, 2009
Ned, I'm so sorry to hear of your passing. You were so loved by all the staff and supporters during the last months of your life. It's wonderful to know there are so many who loved you. Sleep well dear Ned.
Janice Horner, Terre Haute, IN
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned: I just learned of your death and my tears are flowing as I write this. I am sad that you did not truly enjoy your new home but gladdened that you died in peace with those who loved you.
Kristin, Mississippi
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May 22, 2009
I just opened my Trunklines & read the devastating news about Bunny & Ned. I am so very very sorry. Indeed the tears were strong & immediate. Strangely though, there is some semblance of happiness regarding Bunny knowing that she chose her time. I could almost let her go and feel pride for her & in her, but Ned is very hard. I was so pulling for him .. as were so many others.. even in its terrible gauntness his was such a beautiful face.. such deep, wonderful depths of expression in his eyes. He too may have chosen his time, but even if so, while he may have been robbed of length of years, he won the immense richness of unconditional love when he came to the heaven on earth known as TES.
Debra, Windsor, Ontario Canada
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May 22, 2009
Our Sweet Ned, your time with us was far too short but God gave you Angels to care for you and love you...since Texas is a long way from Tennessee, we watched as you gained strength and learned to play. You gave us a glimmer of hope, as we struggled with you along the way...you were not alone. Your pain is gone and Earth a distant memory, but God called you home, I bet you entered those Gates Trumpeting in Victory. Now you roam the lands of your ancestors without hunger, without cruelty, without pain, so Run those hills, my Elephant Friend, roll in the green grass and wallow in the mud until your heart is content, I'll see you when I get there and your memory is within my heart. Be Free, Free to be the Glory God Intended for You to Be..how we will miss you, but we will never forget your struggle. You show that Spirit cannot be broken...who said Elephants can't fly didn't know you, now did they Ned? Until I see you in Heaven...
Debra Powers, Midland, Texas
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May 22, 2009
I kept up with your life at TES via internet...I am so grateful to TES for providing you a safe and comfortable place to live until you finished your life here..

Your were and will always be inspiring to all of us .....



Sylvia Edwards, Franklin, NC
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May 22, 2009
Rest in peace, sweet Ned. This world was not good enough for you.
christine, nashville
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned,
I am so saddened by your passing. I followed your progress after you moved to the Sanctuary and was very relieved to know you were finally in good hands. My first donation to the Sanctuary was because of you and I sent it after seeing the video of you coming to your new home. I am so sorry and sad. You were a beautiful elephant.

Martina Deignan, New York City
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May 22, 2009
Ned, I was so sad to hear that you had passed away, but I am comforted by the knowledge that your last months were spent among caring, kind people. Your story has changed forever my opinion of circuses. I hope that now you are at last free as an elephant should be. My thoughts are with all the wonderful people who helped you and loved you.
Erica, Long Beach, CA
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May 22, 2009
You were an angel on earth and now you are an angel in heaven. Thank you for your beautiful but short life. The whole world is better for your sacrifice.
g. simpson, north carolina
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May 22, 2009
Oh Ned, we're going to miss you. I've read of the pain you must've lived with, so cannot wish selfishly that you might have stayed on the earth plane. You're free now,and I'm happy for that much, and for the wonderful love you were surrounded by in your last half year of life. Carry it all with you, you glorious soul. Goodbye, Ned.
Dawn Killen-Courtney, St. Louis Park, MN
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May 22, 2009
At the Sanctuary Ned got a preview of what Ele-heaven must be like. Presumably Ned found life at the Sanctuary so wonderful he decided only the REAL heaven would satisfy him. And so off Ned went on his new adventure and new life in Ele-heaven. Ned was one of my favorites the first time i saw his photo. I so wanted Ned to be well and some how find a way to remain at the sanctuary. And i guess this is what Ned has done: a part of him will live for ever at the sanctuary while his spirit happily roams Ele-heaven. The sanctuary girls certainly were waiting to welcome him with trump blasts, clicks and trunk hugs. Joanna isn't lonely in Ele-heaven: her girls and Ned are there to keep her company.
Magda , Pinon Hills, CA
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May 22, 2009
Dear Ned....thank you for being in our lives and touching our hearts so deeply....God bless as you have risen to the heavens to be with so many dear friends...and with such great thanks to those who have cared for you while at the Sanctuary. You, too, will never be forgotten by me. Much love.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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May 22, 2009
May Ned's legacy serve to make people aware that these beautiful creatures do not belong being forced to perform for us, but rather to roam free as they were born to do. That would be their greatest performance.
James Niceberg, New York
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May 21, 2009
Rest in peace little fella. You will suffer no more pain now, and your spirit will live on and enjoy endless green pastures and freedom, how you should have in life.

Lots of love

Natalie
Natalie Finniss, Gravesend, Kent England
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May 21, 2009
Sweet Ned....I have cried, sobbed actually, every day for the last 3 days since I heard of your passing. I had followed your progress regularly since last Nov. And I had such high hopes for your new life. It breaks my heart to know of the neglect you suffered for so many years but warms my heart with the knowledge that your final months were filled with great love and care. Rest in peace dear Ned....you will be missed each and every day.
Gina, New Hartford, CT
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May 21, 2009
Oh dear Ned, I am weeping for you. I did not know until just a moment ago that you had passed.
I checked each day but did not fully understand that now I had to go to the African site to read about you.
I am happy that you had your last months at a wonderful place where everyone loved and cared for you.
I will never for get you Ned, sweet boy!
Rest in peace at last.
Ruth Herrera, Tucson, Arizona
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May 21, 2009
Dear old fellow, how fortunate you were to find refuge and loving friends in your final days. Now you are free of pain and distress and your soul can wander forever and ever.
Suzanne Novotny, Aptos, California
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May 21, 2009
It makes so sad and so angry that Ned's life was cut short by human abuse and that he knew nothing but suffering all his life until he came to the Elephant Sanctuary. At least he finally knew love and kindness at the end of his life, but that is not enough. I hope he is at peace now and his suffering can be used as an example to stop the suffering of other innocent elephants.
Susan Depner, Addison, IL
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May 21, 2009
Along with many others, I watched from the sidelines, almost everyday, to see if you were improving and rejoiced when I read you had a good day. I contributed when I could and always wished I could do more, almost envying your caretaker. My heart broke when I heard of your passing.

I can't explain why this gentle creature touched me so, but he did and I grieve at his loss. But I am comforted by the fact that he finally knew love and affection and did not die thinking no one cared. I am certain he knew.

Sleep well, Ned. You are in good company.
Christina, Nashville
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May 21, 2009
Bless you, Ned. You were a very special boy who did not deserve the life of pain and suffering you had. Rest now, sweet boy. You will always be loved.
Donna Lenhart, Poughkeepsie NY
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May 21, 2009
Oh, Ned - I am typing through the tears. I wish you had found sanctuary sooner, but am glad that your last few months were at a place where you were cherished and loved as you have always deserved.
Julia, Bloomington, Indiana
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May 21, 2009
Good night, sweet prince. You will be missed and you will always be loved.
Jennifer, Texas
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May 21, 2009
I cannot imagine the life of elephants in circuses and how horribly they are mistreated. But I am so thankful there are enough concerned people and organizations , including this Sanctuary, that work to free the elephants so they can live out the rest of their days in peace.
I am saddened by Ned's passing and for all those animals who suffer miserably. I can hope, and work for, the closing of all circuses. The people in charge need to learn that circus life is inhumane and against God's plan.
Rosemary McDonnell, Chicago, IL
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May 21, 2009
Ned I am so incredibly sad that you did not have more years to "enjoy life, live light in the spring". But at least when you died you were in the care of people who really loved you and wanted only the best for you. May your Spirit now fly free unencumbered by the chains that held you down for so long. And may you know only peace and love forever. And finally, perhaps, in passing your death will motivate those people who have the power to help others of your kind.
Christine Pawlak, Hackettstown, NJ
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May 21, 2009
your body has left the earth...but, your low rumbles vibrate beneath my feet and the feet of your brothers and sisters, who hear you, who look up and trumpet to salute you. knowing,that another of their kind is passing...they felt the steady pounding of the earth's sounds as you walked the ground of your ancestors and in the final hours you retreat to your gentle self.in peace and harmony, with the universe. We know you walked this earth Ned..we will see you again, Namaste, my sweet boy
aida vellotti, rowayton, ct.
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May 21, 2009
I had prayed so hard that you would finally be healed and live a full and long life at the sanctuary. But I'm so grateful that at least for the last few months of your life, you knew love and kindness. You deserved so much more than you got out of life, but you have left your mark in the hearts of so many of us who have watched and prayed for you. I know you are now traveling the beautiful vistas of heaven with others who have gone before you. I hope that somehow you know just how much you were loved, by both those who had the honor of actually knowing you, and those of us who have loved you from afar. Go in peace, sweet Ned.
Bonnie Snider, Jacksonville, Florida
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May 21, 2009
It breaks my heart to hear of Ned's passing. Such a valiant fight. He has now joined those other silly pachyderms at the mud hole, and is frolicking in the warm sun. Forever in a place of love. Endless grass and goodies to munch on. Go sweet Ned and trumpet to the world of your coming home.
Betty Jo , Florida
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May 21, 2009
As much as I am heartbroken that your time of freedom and being surrounded by love was so very short, as odd as it may seem - when I read the results of your necropsy, a smile and some peace came to me. I am always amazed at how much these beautiful souls teach us. And so often, we learn even more from their passing. Sweet Ned, your passing shows the world that the life forced upon you and other animals in captivity and doomed to a life of performing steals your life and your soul. Your short time with us will forever be a gift to all of your brothers and sisters for many, many years to come. How can we ever thank you, sweet Ned. Peace be with you.

L.C., New Mexico
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May 21, 2009
To Our Darling Ned,

We will miss you forever. We love you with all our heart.
Diane, Narcisse and Syd Marcus, G.G., Chicago, IL
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May 21, 2009
Sweet Ned,

I look at you handsome face every morning on my coffee cup. I am sad you have passed but happy for you to have known that people love you dearly and cared for you dearly. Rest in peace sweet Fella.
lots of love.
Tracie, Woodland Ca
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May 21, 2009
Dear Ned,

The thought of an animal act circus gives me ulcers so I'm not surprised you were plagued with them before you arrived at the Sanctuary. I hope in my lifetime these hideous side shows are made illegal, banned, and shunned. I am thankful you are free of pain, but very very sorry your life ended because of this exploitation. I am thankful, however, that you died in a highly evolved facility.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 21, 2009
Dear Ned. I was heartbroken when I learned of your passing along with that of Bunny. I spent the rest of the day sending letters to the USDA and my elected officials on behalf of all of your elephant friends in need. I promise to you that I will never stop advocating for your fellow Elephants who are sad and in need of help from the Sanctuary. All of your suffering is behind you now. Your spirit is free. You will live in our hearts forever.
Jayne, Kansas
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May 20, 2009
Words cannot describe how sad I am to hear of Bunny and Ned's passing. I find comfort in knowing that they got to spend their final days at the Sanctuary.

Trumpet on Bunny and Ned. I will miss you both.
Angel, Hawaii
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May 20, 2009
Oh, Neddie, your precious body was just so very sick inside. I am overcome all over again by what you had to endure. My tears now are not because you left us, but that the damage inflicted had to have been so painful for you. I am so very sorry.

I celebrate your release. Thank you TES, for the report. And for the gift of sanctuary for Ned, and for all that came before him, and for all that will come. Sending healing peace to your hearts.
Ned's A.D., Sac, Ca
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May 20, 2009
My poor sweet Neddie: My heart is broken over the pain you suffered, both physical and emotional, in your short life. If only the authorities had taken you sooner and brought you to sanctuary, you may have been saved. I pray that you will not have suffered and died in vain - that your life and death will come to represent a call to the world that other elephants should not suffer in circuses and that authorities need to act immediately to save them and get them to sanctuary. My tears flow for you, my Neddie, I will miss you and love you always. You will live in my heart forever.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 20, 2009
You inspired me, Ned.

Thank you to the Sanctuary and all the elephants for bringing Ned into your lives. Thank you for sharing his story with me. I am glad I could know him.

I'm so sorry he couldn't be with you longer.
Barbara Peskin, Lincoln, MA
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May 20, 2009
Godspeed Ned - at least you died free and in the company of those who loved you.
Carole Clarke, College Park, MD
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May 20, 2009
Oh sweet Ned, I feared it might be your pancreas but new nothing could be done....I am 44 years old and have had the same horrible ailment my entire life. It's a miracle that I'm still here and sometimes wish I weren't. Half of my pancreas has been removed but since I was born with it, that or any other surgeries will not help. For all of you out there, rest assured he is pain free at last. It is nothing short of agony to endure this pain for so many years. I have always loved elephants and my mom would always give me my favorite stuffed ele to hold during some very difficult times throughout my childhood as I laid in pain. I was heartbroken when I heard of 71's passing from a similar illness at PAWS last September and know she is at peace also. Losing Delhi, Queenie, and Bunny is just as hard on my heart. I love these sweet souls so very much and for everyone at TES and PAWS, I can never thank you enough for all that you do.
Marcia, San Diego, Ca.
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May 20, 2009
I'll miss you, Ned, and Bunny too.

Thanks to all at TES for everything you do for these gentle giants.
Peggy, Twinsburg, OH
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May 20, 2009
Dearest Ned, I had such hopes that you would be able to beat your health issues and live a long and happy life at the sanctuary. I'm sorry to hear that this will not be. I'm glad that you had some time there to be free and enjoy the good life. I will miss coming here to read about your progress. Til we meet at the Bridge, old Friend!
Pam - a Ned-head forever!, Grafton, MA
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May 20, 2009
Greetings and Comfort Dearest Fellow NedHeads,
I was disappointed to find that Ned's Memorial Fund is at $0. I'm writing to encourage all of us to include Ned's Legacy in our Tribute to him. Check out the Elephant Endowments page. Consider making ANY financial support toward Ned's Memorial Fund. It will be there for the next 'Ned' who needs it.
My heart is with you, Ned.
Hazel, Greenfield, MA
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May 20, 2009
Dear precious Nedster
Still cannot believe you are gone from this earth. I am so sorry for the pain and suffering you endured. After reading about the necropsy, I am even more saddened to learn about your ailments. I am grateful to God that you are now with Him in heaven; just know that no one will EVER hit you again my wonderful, beautiful, special friend. Thanks to all your caregivers at TES for their outstanding efforts and care. You will be missed here by many but to know that you are in a better place brings some comfort. Even though we can't see you anymore, I know you will always be looking down on us with those big beautiful eyes. Thanks for keeping your trunk up as long as you did-you are truly an inspiration. Never forgotten and always loved.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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May 20, 2009
I just do not know how any human can harm such a wonderful and majestic animal. My heart hurt as I watched Ned's arrival video and view the lack of care Ned had. It was a joy keeping up with his progress and sadden when I checked in on him today.

Thank you Carol and Scott for giving Ned at least 7 months of freedom and love.

Thank you for your big heart and care of these wonderful elephants.

I will miss reading about Ned.

c. woodward, palm desert, california
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May 20, 2009
Dearest Ned, my heart aches with love for you. I am happy you had peace for a little while. Thank you for giving and receiving love at TES. Thank you to all the caregivers for working so hard to try and heal this magnificent creature. Namaste, my elephant man. Love, Liz XOXOXO
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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May 20, 2009
I am at a loss for words in the death of Ned. How I prayed he would improve but some things are not to be. We were all blessed to have known him. Thank you, Sanctuary, for the loving care given to Ned, Bunny and all the elephants. God Bless you all.
Sallie Bennett, Colorado Springs
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May 20, 2009
Ned's passing was such a blow. He was such a brave boy whose only break was coming to TES. I hope the USDA sees this and although they acted swiftly once they saw his condition should have known of his condition much sooner. I don't understand why they didn't.. The greatest tribute to Ned would be that other elephants are saved before things get this far.
Doreen Rudnick, Metamora, Michigan
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May 20, 2009
Keep the gals company up there Ned. Love to you all
Jenifer, Madison, WI
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May 20, 2009
Bless you dear Ned. Such a sad life - with the exception of your last few months.
jen, Wa state
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May 20, 2009
Gentle giant, sweet and tall, move through grasses beyond captivity, beyond pain, beyond the slavery into which you were born. Bless the Sanctuary that made it possible for your last breaths to be free ones.

There were so many of us out there rooting for you! You are back with your ancestral kin. Thank you for your inspiration, Ned. As the Sanctuary is so fond of saying to its departed, Namaste, Dear Friend!
Monique Duval, Worcester MA
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May 20, 2009
Dearest Ned,
I only hope you somehow understood the loving wishes sent your way for a complete recovery. You are missed more than words can say. To all the TES Family, you have my deepest sympathy.

Sincerely,
Mary, Marion, WI
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May 20, 2009
'Tis true, Ned, I loved you from afar. Your caregivers' love was obvious from the diaries and highly contagious. I had so hoped that you would live a wonderful life at bull mountain.

I am eternally grateful that you died in loving care and with angel Bunny waiting to guide you to the Rainbow Bridge. The necropsy of your body will help other ailing elephants and add to the growing research on elephant diseases.

That picture of you with your haydoo is bittersweet.

Namaste Neddy the Nedster, with profound sadness
Anita, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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May 20, 2009
Farewell, Ned. You left this world surrounded in body and in spirit by all those who wanted to see you live a long and happy life.

Those wishes didn't come true, but your contribution to helping humans understand elephant health problems, will surely keep your memory alive.

Thank you to everyone for making Ned's time at the Sanctuary so full of love and devotion.
Beverley Marinello, Langley, BC, Canada
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May 20, 2009
I'm still crying Ned - I wish you could have had a better life. I'll miss you forever!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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May 20, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 20, 2009
Ned, on my very first trip to Florida, when I was a little girl, I went to Bush Gardens to see the elephants. Looking back at some old photographs, I discovered that I was there the day after your birthday. I would have never imagined that the life you had ahead of you would be such a strenuous journey. I'm so sorry buddy. Rest sweetly dear Ned. Although your life was taken so soon, I believe your story will inspire many.
Holly K., Buffalo, NY
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May 20, 2009
Ned.... I can't believe you're gone. Although I know that you are in a better place, with no pain or struggles, I will miss looking for updates on your progress and the silly things you did. I will always treasure the memory of you with straw on your head. Rest in peace, dear Neddy, and grow to be the beautiful, triumphant elephant you were meant to be. You were well loved.
Kathi, forever a Nedhead, Portland, OR
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May 20, 2009
Tears, but I know your last minutes were comforting ones at TES.You will journey to a kinder and gentler place. Goodbye Ned
cynthia , toronto, canada
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May 20, 2009
Ned, you truly awoke the elephant in me.. travel safely my kind brother....
Ginger, mother earth
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May 20, 2009
My heart is literally broken that Ned had to endure the suffering he did for so many years.... that someone could abuse a helpless animal the way Ned was abused. He didn't deserve it. And he couldn't speak for himself. It is left us to us to speak for others like Ned. Let Ned be the beacon that leads us to do the right thing.

Thank you TES for giving Ned someone who loved him finally.
Karen, Maryland
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May 20, 2009
Namaste dearest. Thank you for all you have given us. Rest in peace. You and all your brothers and sisters will always be in my thoughts. Be free . Say hi to baby kitty for me will ya Good bye dearest boy
Laurie, New Hampshire
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May 20, 2009
Go safely onward Ned. Find the peace which should have been your birthright.

Jane, Vancouver, BC
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May 20, 2009
Good-bye sweet Ned. I will miss you very much. So glad that you are in a better place especially with Bunny. I know you will be watching us from above. You will never be forgotten my dear ele-friend.
Brooke, Canada
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May 20, 2009
Sweet Ned,

Despite all of our grief at this sudden loss, you left us richer with your legacy. Thank you for all that you taught us and all of the joy you brought us.
Christine, Dallas, TX
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May 20, 2009
Ned - reading the recent post with some necropsy results broke my heart. Dearest, I am so sorry you had such pain while on this earth. It is always so hard to know one is in pain and be helpless to fix it. The Sanctuary gave it all they had and while it was only a short time, I am grateful you were able to know that love at the end and I know that you were at peace when you left us. Blessings, dear Ned! Rest in peace.
Jill, Seattle
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May 19, 2009
You were much too young to die my dear Ned. I am broken hearted and I grieve for you. I am saddened that you did not have a better and longer life. God Bless you, my sweet ellie. My tears are still falling.
Judy Bratis, R.N., Los Angeles, CA
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May 19, 2009
May God bless you Ned
marina cawley, fl
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May 19, 2009
oh ned! glad you finally experienced the love you deserved before leaving this world all too soon...
beckie, PA
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May 19, 2009
You are now forever free Ned!
Sophie, California
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May 19, 2009
Sweet, precious boy.
ann, ga
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May 19, 2009
Hey. I remember seeing Ned at a circus about two or three years ago, and I heard about him being confiscated from his owner because he was being abused and it's hard to know now that he is gone. I was very happy about three weeks ago when my mom got an email saying he was taken away and in a better place now. But I went back to this website this morning and found out he was gone. I am sooo sad because it's hard to believe. But I'm glad he's in a better place and he had the last few months of his life in a good place, where he was NOT starved and NOT abused. Thank you to all the people who helped save Ned!!!

I'm sure everyone will miss him...
*crying inside*,,
Dana
Dana, Maine
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May 19, 2009
When I first learned about the sanctuary, and watched the video of Ned coming to TN, I cried. Watching him, so frail and thin, wishing I could do something to bring the pain to an end. I continue to pray for you Ned, and for the sanctuary and all of the people who work so lovingly and diligently to make sure these precious creatures are comfortable and safe. The Lord has you now Ned, and I'm so grateful for the blessing you have been here, and the one you will be there.
Christy , Holley, NY
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May 19, 2009
I am glad that Ned got to experience some joy and freedom at the TES. I love you Ned.
Angie B., Terre Haute, IN
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May 19, 2009
I will truly miss the all to short connection we had with Ned at TES. His presence and his journey in life was uplifted by the loving staff at the sanctuary. No more trials await you, Ned.
You are free to roam in the company of the ones who have gone before you. Peace is with you now.
Lori, Michigan
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May 19, 2009
Sweet Ned, at last you are not suffering.
I am glad you were able to spend your last few months on earth in peace and with people dedicated to your care.

Jennifer Romans, usa
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May 19, 2009
When elephants fly...
Smooth transitions sweet Ned, as you make your return to source. Knowing that you knew love and tenderness in your last months gives me joy, but today I cry as I read of your passing. Much love and peace, and liberation from the body that caused you such discomfort, as I hope you are now free from pain and eating everything in sight. You will never be forgotten. FLY and be free once again!
Steph, Texas
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May 19, 2009
Sweet, Ned...Rest in peace. It gives me great joy knowing that the wonderful people at the sanctuary showed you love and compassion in your last months of life. You deserved better, Ned. You should never have suffered the way you did. But, the greatest gift is knowing you left this earth having felt love, caring and gentleness. We know that god greeted you at the gates of heaven and wrapped his arms around you. You are safe and out of pain. We now have a beautiful angel we all love in heaven. Farewell beautiful Ned. You have touched so many and we all love and will miss you. xoxo
Danielle and Taylor Paige, Maryland
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May 19, 2009
So happy your last few months you knew what love and compassion and freedom truly were.
A huge fan, Dunedin, FL
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May 19, 2009
a trail of tears...
it is bitter sweet he just had a few months of freedom & love at the Sanctuary. How grateful Ned must have been for that time, and to have a peaceful passing surrounded by friends. Thank you Sanctuary for taking care of Ned and sharing his story with the world.
Peng Peng, Chicago, IL
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May 19, 2009
This morning I cried. I had so wanted you to regain your health and live many many more years at the sanctuary.I know you knew how much every one loved you. And I know your last home on earth was wonderful for you. If only your tummy would not have given you so much pain. But now my dear, you are pain free. Frolic in elephant heaven,trumpet your joy as you are know with your elephant family and friends again. I loved you sweet ned. You will forever be in my thoughts.
Liz, Wisconsin
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May 19, 2009
Ned, I'm so sorry that your life was so short. I'm sorry for your pain both physical and spiritual. You had finally gotten to a place where people were going to give you that best opportunity for happiness but your poor body couldn't continue. I know there is a heaven and I know you are there. May you have eternal real elephant happiness. I am so angry at how humans dominate and oppress and cause so much pain to our animal friends. It is a sin they way you were forced to live.
Andrea, Connecticut
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May 19, 2009
Beautiful Ned, the Sanctuary will miss you.
I am shedding tears of sadness and happiness for you. I am so sorry you had to experience the cruelty of mankind but happy that you did live among loving caretakers at the Sanctuary. You will be remembered.
Penny, Union, Kentucky
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May 19, 2009
Rest in peace, Ned. I hope your tragic life and untimely death sends a message to the world that humans will no longer tolerate the abuse, neglect and exploitation of circuses and zoos. You will be dearly missed, but your death will not be in vain. Many thanks to TES, for giving Ned a taste of the freedom and respect he deserved in the last months of his life.

FREE BILLY FROM L.A. ZOO!
CJ, Santa Monica, CA
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May 19, 2009
My heart and thoughts are with Bunny and Ned and everyone at the sanctuary. Losing Bunny and Ned so close together must be a pain too hard to bear. Thank you to everyone who cared for, loved, and watched over these dear friends of ours. How lucky for them that they had the sanctuary and peace at last!
Roz Abramovitch, West Fargo
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May 19, 2009
We will miss you. We learned more about your needs and elephants needs in general.
We learned we humans cannot take you out of your country and exploit you. We are very sorry Ned! We will try to educate others about your brothers and sisters in zoos and circuses held
captive by Ringling Bros. circus and the Philadelphia zoo and others like them. We will tell all who listen that zoos and circuses are
no place for elephants. They slowly abuse, and kill elephants both emotionally and physically.
You will not be forgotten. We respect you
and thank you for gracing our lives with your presence!! Love, Claudia
Heart for Animals, http://www.meetup.com/heartforanimals/
Claudia Rose Emerson, NYC, and NJ
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May 19, 2009
One gentle giant who opened the eyes and hearts of millions! A true, honest gift of nature...

Rest in Peace.
Cathy, Maine
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May 19, 2009
Ned, you handsome boy! My eyes swell with tears and my heart is filled with sadness because of your short stay with us here on Earth. I regret that the USDA did not see your plight sooner. I hope your ailment is brought to light that it may help other Ele's with the same condition. My only solace is that you knew peace and sanctuary before you passed. I love you Ned and you will always be in my heart.
Kelly Spencer, Middlesex, NJ
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May 19, 2009
My heart breaks for you, my dear sweet Ned. May you now wear your crown of hay for all time.
RIP my big friend.
Lori, Michigan
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May 19, 2009
Oh, Ned, I am in tears for you and your pain, and also for our loss of your determined company. But for you, no more tummy aches now. Rest in peace.
Patricia Clements, Goodlettsville, TN
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May 19, 2009
Rest in Peace Ned

I am soo sorry that you never lived your whole life with freedom .... you will always be remembered and in out hearts ...love you soo much Ned ... you'll never be forgotten
Claire Reeves, England
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May 19, 2009
My Dear Sweet Neddie. Ned's condition did not just start two years ago. Somewhere along the way someone with some sense should have looked out for you. Elephants have a champion and she is our Miss Carol. God Bless you for trying to do what is right by these wondrous animals. So sad for you Ned. You should have still been here to enjoy a normal life as an elephant. Living at TES had to be a dream come true for you. It will forever break my heart to hear the story of our beloved Ned.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 19, 2009
What will Gracie do without you? What will WE do without you? Thank you to all of those caring people that recognized that you needed help which in turn helped you to find TES for your final days. I keep checking to see if this is just a bad dream.. but nope.. you're gone and I'm gonna miss you. This experience has changed me in ways I can't describe.

I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU NED.
Proud to be a NedHead, from California
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May 19, 2009
Rest in peace sweet pea.
Donna Kellner, Clearwater, FL
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May 19, 2009
May you walk today with Jesus, Ned... Godspeed your journey home. You were entrusted to the care of those who failed you and you are back with those who created you to be the perfect gentle giant you are. May your story serve to inspire others to save your kind from our kind until we learn compassion.
Deborah, U.S.
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May 19, 2009
Sweet Ned,

I am going to miss checking up on you everyday. First thing each morning I would check the website to see if there was any news. Hoping to see you fat and sassy.

I am so thankful that you experienced so much love and pampering during these past few months of Sanctuary. You will always be in my heart.

Love and Blessings, Sweet Boy.

Namaste Dear, Sweet Ned
Tania, Haymarket, Virginia
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May 19, 2009
My dear Ned,

I am dumbfounded to find out of your passing. My heart is heavy but glad at the same time to know you were with the people who love you and care for you, the TES. You were semi-free without any commands or shows... now you are truly free to run and be happy in spirit. May your spirit be with TES and all the people who try to help other elephants. I love you, Ned.
BCP, Morganton, NC
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May 19, 2009
You left too soon but now you can all the hay and fruits you like without hurting. Thank you Ned for letting us get to know you. You will always be in our hearts!
Zella, Jeff & Tommy D, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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May 19, 2009
TES caregivers, every day after work I would click on Ned's link to see how he was doing. Thank you for making Ned's last days one of fresh air, good food, love, and beautiful views.

I'll miss looking forward to Ned's next benchmark and Bunny's rare appearances.

I am pleased that both elephants experienced human comfort and love from the great people at TES. Thank you for the work you do on behalf of all elephants but particularly Bunny and Ned.

I sure miss them both...
A, New Mexico
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May 19, 2009
Dear Ned; I've been out of town and just now learned of your passing and that of dear Bunny. My heart aches for both of you - but you finally knew of the love and caring that people could give you. Thank God you spent your last days with so much love, caring and kindness. You were such a handsome fellow and showed joy and fun in so much that you did. That you were finally able to show such a wonderful and fun loving personality was and is an inspiration to all of us. And allows all of us to thank the wonderful people who cared for you and to thank God for such marvelous animals. You showed forgiveness and the ability to overcome the terrible things humans can do to animals. I loved you from the minute you got off that trailer and my heart sings with you as you come into and enjoy the life you now live - along with all of the other beautiful elephants who have gone before you, and who have awaited you and will show you a new and wonderful way of being. God bless you as I know He will.
Kay Klein, Royal Oak, MD.
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May 19, 2009
Dear Ned, You are so handsome wearing your hat of hay. I knew it would be hard to say good-bye when you left TES, but I thought it would be when you completed your recovery. I'm so sorry your body was not able to heal fast enough to keep up with your intelligence and your curiosity. Every step you took toward realizing who and what you were - an elephant - was a joy. I smiled a big smile the day you reached up in the tree with your trunk and pulled off fresh new leaves - like a complete elephant.

It breaks my heart to look at the pictures taken of you being "trained" to do tricks when you were so obviously emaciated. I can't understand how people could sit in the audience and watch you and not know there was something very wrong. I'm grateful that the pictures got the USDA involved. Had you not found your way to TES I'm sure you would have passed much sooner than you did and probably on a hard cold floor possibly all alone. I take comfort that that is not the way it happened. Instead you were surrounded by caretakers who truly loved you and did everything they could to make your passing as pain free as possible.

I'll always remember you as the man of the manor and well gee, I've always been a pushover for a tall dark handsome guy like you.

Rest in peace dear Ned. I'm so glad I got to know you. Love always.
Pat, Salt Lake City
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May 19, 2009
You were a beautiful gift of nature, Ned. I am glad that Carol brought you here..and I know that your time here was so good that you forgot every bit of the bad things that happened before. You warmed our hearts...
Jane Tatum, Hohenwald, TN
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May 19, 2009
Sweet and Gentle Ned-

Rest assured that your life and death will not have been in vain. You have helped other elephants by raising the awareness of many globally through the sharing of your dire circumstances pre-sanctuary. You have also helped us to better understand the physiological and emotional causes of your inability to consume enough food to sustain you as well as your inability to absorb the nutrients from that food. Just know that while your spirit roams free in ele-heaven, elephants here on earth will benefit from your life and death.

Namaste, precious Angel. I rejoice through my tears.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 18, 2009
Safe journey Ned !! I watched you struggle to even play, to be the majestic being you were born to be. Over this time I wondered if the surgery they did damaged you inside and if the humans took not just your freedom but your chance of a healthy life. Walk quickly to catch up to your sister Bunny , she'll help you find the joy on this part of your journey.Many blessings handsome bachelor.
Laura, Vancouver Canada
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May 18, 2009
I am very sad to hear about Ned. I was so glad when he came to the Sanctuary and hoped a long happy life for him...
He was a beautiful elephant and will be missed by all.
My heart is with his caretakers. Thank you for taking good care of Ned.

Love,

Seiko

Seiko Davis, Chula Vista, CA
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May 18, 2009
Ned, i wish you peace in heaven!!!
Your case will stay in the memory of many people...

Greetings
Steffy
Stephanie Wroben, Germany / 46348 Raesfeld
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May 18, 2009
Ned,

I was shocked to hear of your passing. I was so hoping that you finally found some contentment and peace being at the Sanctuary. I am so sorry you were treated so badly your entire life - you so didn't deserve it. But I am grateful that your last months you were cared for, happy, and content. I send you all my love and wishes and know you are in a much better place without any pain or suffering any longer. God Bless you Ned.
Lynne, Jacksonville, FL
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May 18, 2009
I wil miss you ned
majbritt else emillia blomstrøm theil, denmark
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May 18, 2009
I pray God's blessings on you. I am so glad that you spent your last moments on this earth in the company of your own kind and surrounded by so much love. Peace and grace to you and your caregivers. Rest easy little man.
Ann, Arcadia,La
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Ned, You were loved deeply these last 6 months and I know that you knew it. You gave back your love to everyone. As I once read: Good friends are like stars; you don't always see them, but you know they are always there. I know you are in heaven and getting acquainted with the girls who went before you. I am sure they will regail with their stories of the Sanctuary.
Kathy Hertzel, Webster
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May 18, 2009
Ned,
I'm sorry you weren't with us longer but at least your last days were free and you received loving care from the folks at TES.

RIP dear Ned.
Namaste,
Kelly
Kelly, Minneapolis
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Ned,

I loved you from the moment I saw you, and I am heartbroken to hear of your passing. I am so sorry for the neglect and abuse you suffered at the hands of humans, and I'm sickened and ashamed by the way they exploited you. While your time at the Sanctuary was too short, I'm glad you were allowed to finally live with dignity, in the company of caregivers who respected your right to live as natural a life as possible. Bless you, sweet Ned. You will live in my heart forever.
Debbie, Madison, WI
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May 18, 2009
Ned,
I am so sorry to hear of your passing my sweet friend. Your life here on earth was short but you are now truly free. For this I am very grateful. I only wish your stay at the sanctuary was longer. A big thank-you to all your caregivers for showering you with such love and devotion. You were an amazing elephant and I will miss you. I know that Bunny will take good care of you up in heaven. Namaste sweet Ned.
Finnola, Canada
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May 18, 2009
Sad days at TEH. I take heart in the success you have had giving Ned a time in his captive life that he could access the outdoors freely. He could enjoy the earth beneath his feet and skies above.

My heartfelt gratitude to all at TES for what you do and for sharing it with us.

I am blessed by the knowledge and understanding your undertaking has given me.
Shannon, Bismarck, ND
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May 18, 2009
Ned ~ Precious boy. How blessed we were to have "met" you and to have witnessed your rescue. Everyone fell in love with you and actually watched, pulling for your recovery. The angels at the Sanctuary cared for you with love, and now, you are free from the suffering and are with the angels on the other side. God bless you dear elephant Ned.
Suzanne, North Carolina
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May 18, 2009
I will always remember Ned with the grass on his head looking like he was having a wonderful time, happy and content. His story has touched me deeply. I only wish he could have had more time to enjoy the place that gave him the care he needed and cherished him as the magnificent being that he was.
Judy Bratt, jbratt@hamdenhall.org
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May 18, 2009
You were so young, your life on this Earth was what it should never have been,,but for a short while you were given love, care and so much joy at Hohenwald,I'm sure Bunny came to show you the way, she was kind and sweet and wouldn't want you to travel alone,
May you now have peace and happiness without the pain of life dear one,, your journey's over, Namaste sweet boy,,,,,,,
Chrissy Beahan, Worcestershire, England
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Ned,
You are already missed by the many thousands who hoped your life with TES would last a long time. It was short, but oh so sweet. You will be remembered always by those who cared for you and those who followed your story and adventures around the world. Happiness always dear Ned, whether on earth or in heaven.
L Hall, Sacramento CA
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May 18, 2009
You dear, sweet boy. At least you were with those who loved you most when you passed from this world to the next. Now you're pain free and in peace.
Patti, Rosharon, Texas
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May 18, 2009
Dear Ned,
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I ordered
your mug and it arrived on Friday. I brought
it to work to use for my coffee and am looking at your picture as I write this.
I prayed every day for your recovery. I know
that you had the best care at the Sanctuary and you will be in a better place now.
May you have eternal rest and peace.
Dolores, Wilmington, MA
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May 18, 2009
Namaste, dear Ned....
Fly with the angels.
Ginny, Evansville, IN
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May 18, 2009
Dear Ned, I think Bunny must have been waiting for you, knowing something we did not - that it was your time to leave us as well. I was so surprised and sad to hear you were gone. I had high hopes you would be made well and be able to finally travel to California to spend the rest of your bachelor years hanging out with Nick. Rest well, big fella.
Lisa McDowell, New Market, AL
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Neddie, I am just now coming to terms with your being gone from this earth. What a painful shock that was for so many of us; we thought you'd be around for much longer. Your sweet spirit will be missed so dreadfully. I will also miss all the other Ned fans that I was sharing thoughts with on a daily basis (Hi, Auntie Deb--I'll miss you the most!). I know what a double hit this was for the wonderful TES staff...I wish all of you the most peaceful transition from your grief for Ned and Miss Bunny. Love you all.
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Ned,

Such a sweet blending of nobleness and tenderness, I shall always remember you as King of Our Hearts! I send my love to you. As your gifts to us are beyond measure, may your blessings exceed them!
Judy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
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May 18, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 18, 2009
I am so glad Ned was able to spend his last days in the caring and loving hands of TES. Bless you, Ned.
Carla Bowlin, North Dakota
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May 18, 2009
It is so sad to hear how these beautiful creatures are treated. To this day I refuse to attend any form of circus and have passed my views on to my children. Our hopes are that one day it would help to stop the exploitation of elephants like Ned. I am glad to hear that even though he left this earth before his time that he left free.
Jennifer Deily, Florida
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May 18, 2009
there is a place.. where there is no more
pain .. no more goodbyes.
you will roam free forever well and
content.

see you soon my animal friend!
louises people model and talent , st pete fl
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May 18, 2009
I just learned today of your final journey to the Rainbow Bridge. I didn't know about you or your sad life. I'm joyful that your last days were among caring friends and that you were loved and cared for.
Bless all your care-givers and supporters.

Jackie, Tampa, FL
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May 18, 2009
RIP big fellow, a beautiful soul at rest. Thank you Elephant Sanctuary, you gave him love and kindness in the last days of his life, something he never received beforehand. A soft touch, a kind word and a heart filled with love- you were loved and are loved Ned. Goodbye big boy.
Simone Duffin, Australia
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May 18, 2009
Ned...I feel so sad for your misfortune...sadly but true, majestic creatures like you are being abused worldwide for the entertainment of humans...what has become of us?...please forgive our ignorance and evil spirits...I love you with all my heart...Rest in Peace gorgeous...xoxo
Jennifer Ricci, Orlando, Fl
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May 18, 2009
I hope your last few months you came to learn what love and caring meant. May you now be happy and free. Blessings to you sweet Ned.
Kathy Whitaker, Port Huron, MI
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May 18, 2009
Ned, you deserved better. Lucky that you had good people around you at the sanctuary who cared at the end of your life. Shame on Busch Gardens for selling you to a circus and shame on the trainer who let you deteriorate. I'm so sorry that humans treated you so badly. You deserved much better. Rest in peace and forgive us.
Chris McKinney, Clearwater, FL
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May 18, 2009
First our dear Bunny, and now our handsome elephant gentleman is gone. Dear Ned, I'm so sorry you couldn't have found Sanctuary sooner. Fare thee well, dear boy.

Condolences to all at TES. Your hearts must be breaking.
Margaret S., Langhorne, PA
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May 18, 2009
What a blessing that Ned spent his last days knowing what it is like to be free to be an elephant. He must have thought that it was heaven and that it was finally okay to be free of all his pain.
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May 18, 2009
I am so sorry that Ned has died. It makes me weep. It must be so sad for everyone there. I am grateful that he got to come to the Sanctuary for the last months of his life. He got to eat a variety of good foods, have great veterinarian care, loving caretakers, warm shelter, the good earth to walk upon and well wishes from people around the world. Thank you for rescuing him, loving him and caring for him.


Meaghan, Santa Cruz
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May 18, 2009
Ned, my friends and I are doing everything we can to promote awareness and change so that this never happens again. May you rest peacefully knowing that you were and always will be loved from afar.
Mary Foster, Philadelphia, PA
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May 18, 2009
Dear Ned. I am sorry to know you have left us before we were really able to know you. I wish you well on your journey, may much love and comfort go along with you on your travels into the next realm. Namaste.
Monica Affleck, Phila., PA
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May 18, 2009
Ned; You seemed like such a gentle boy.
You looked so much better after only a short while at the Sanctuary.
You were lucky to have lived your last 6 months where you were loved and cared for.
Good-bye sweet boy.

Loretta, Pt Charlotte Fl
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May 18, 2009
You have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You had a good life at the end. I am thankful for that. You will never be tortured again. I shed tears for you. RIP Sweet Ned. You will be missed.
Joycey Berry, North Carolina
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May 18, 2009
It is a sad day in St Petersburg, Fl to learn of the passing of Ned. Knowing he started to close to us here and went through such a tough life is heart breaking. I know he is in a better place now. He will truly be missed. Thank you to the Elephant Sanctuary for everything they did for Ned over the past few months. God Bless
Danielle Testaverde, St Petersburg, Fl
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May 18, 2009
Dear Ned,I'm typing this with tears in my eyes.Tears of sadness because I certainly miss you and tears of relief to know that you are at peace and in a better place.
Edward, San Antonio,Tx
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May 18, 2009
I got to meet Ned when Lance first got him. I lived right down the road. Ned was an amazing elephant. I remember wanting to go for walks just so I could see him. Then I moved away and never came back to see Ned. Now I wished that I have. I would have kept my eye on him and would have done something/ called someone to get Ned the help that he needed sooner.

Ned was a very friendly and sweet. It was and still is an honor to have gotten to meet and see him. Even though I only got to see him for about a month before I moved. But he touched my heart in so many ways. Just getting to watch him was the greatest thing in the world.



Betty, Tampa
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May 18, 2009
My family and I want to say, how sad we are to read about Ned. It's just a tragedy to hear about. May Ned R.I.P. Thank you to the Elephant Sanctuary for all your effort in trying to help.
Lisa Kovach, Tampa, Florida
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May 18, 2009
Ned, I just read about your story and I was deeply moved by it. I know you are in a safe place now and I am happy that after a life of abuse, you met kind, loving human beings who made the last act in your life an experience of kindness. I can see I share your birthday, and now I share my heart with you. Rest in peace, gorgeous.
Antonio, Brazil
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May 18, 2009
Dear sweet boy, I had hoped and prayed you would fully recover. At last your pain and suffering is over and you can roam free with all the other elephants who have passed before you. God bless you and all the wonderful care givers at the Sanctuary
Whitney, So.Elgin, IL
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May 18, 2009
On Ned, I just learned of your passing. I am so sad you left us so soon. I am glad you had moments of joy and comfort at TES at the end of your journey. Rest in peace.
RIT, MN
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Ned:

It hurts my heart that you spent any time at all suffering while on this Earth. For what small consolation it may be, I send you my love, as do all of your friends worldwide.

Peace on Earth and Sanctuary for All.
Susannah, Silver Spring, MD
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May 18, 2009
Mahalo Nui Loa, Ned -

I am crying tears of sadness at your passing. I miss you so much, and my heart is breaking.
But I am also grateful that you passed with loving caretakers by your side, and having experienced 6 months of freedom and true sanctuary.
We will never forget you, Ned. In your memory, we will work hard to promote awareness and effect positive change for elephants in captivity.

Aloha Oe...Until We Meet Again,
Linda, Hawaii
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May 18, 2009
Ned, Rest in Peace. I am at peace knowing you were at least allowed to pass in a place where you were surrounded by others who truly cared for you and truly loved you. I am so sad that you are gone, but I know you may truly rest now. You will be missed. Love you and miss you.
Catherine Maldoff, Tampa, Florida
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May 17, 2009
This is heartbreaking. I, like so many others, were deeply touched by Ned's troubled journey. When I read of his passing, I became overwhelmed with grief. My profound condolences to Ned's caretakers, and everyone at TES, for doing everything they could to help this very special elephant.

Very, very sad. Peace to you, sweet Ned. You were a gentle, elegant, sensitive, and brave creature. And remember that you were LOVED.
Claudia, New York City
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May 17, 2009
I read in my local paper today about the tragic loss of Ned. I know everything possible was tried to save him. Thank you for giving him a good life & comfort in the last couple of years of his life. He will be missed by all of you who knew him & in the hearts of those of us who didn't. Thank you for caring so very much!
Nan Auman, Maryville, Tennessee
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May 17, 2009
To Dearest Ned. What a horrible shame that at the age of 21 you are gone. You deserved better and for a brief while you had the best at TES. I will never for as long as I live understand how anyone can torture such magnificent animals in the name of entertainment. I wish the elephant industry of blatant abuse would totally disappear from this earth. How can anyone sleep at night knowing the atrocities inflicted on such amazing animals. Bless you Sweet Boy. I cry for you and all the other elephants who will never know the peace and joy of being free to be just an elephant.
Bless all of the TES staff who tried so hard to give this special guy a long and happy life which he was robbed of.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 17, 2009
Precious Ned,
I am overwhelmed with deep sadness. I am still weeping for you. Forgive my selfishness for asking why you had to leave. I know that I loved you the moment I saw your arrival video at the Sanctuary. I loved your eyes. Although sad they seemed to speak volumes. Your physical condition broke my heart. You were such an inspiration to me and always will be. You endured cruelty yet you had an amazing spirit and the will to survive. Ned I am so sorry for your life of captivity. I apologize to you for your unnecessary suffering from the depths of my heart. Your short captive life represents what is wrong and unjust in this world. I don't even want to think about what you had to endure as it is too painful. My heart is broken because you are no longer here. I so much wanted you to recover and be free. Your life was precious. I am grateful that your last days on earth were at the Sanctuary. One can never really say good-bye to someone they love because their soul has made a permanent impression on one's heart as you have made on mine Ned. I will never ever forget you my sweet, handsome friend. You will always be special to me. My hope is that one day I will see you in that place where there is no suffering, only joy. I love you you so much Ned.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Mahatma Gandhi
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 17, 2009
Dear sweet Ned,

My heart broke for you when I saw how thin and frail you were when you arrived at TES. Yet, my hope for you soared, that through the love and nurturing you would receive there, you could become healthy and whole and enjoy a long and happy life.
It was not meant to be though, because I know that Carol and Scott made sure that everything that could be done for you was done.
I am so thankful that, before your death, you got to see that not all humans are cruel and selfish. So many of us were praying for you; so many of us fell in love with you and we will miss you.
I believe there must be a special place in Heaven for those who make love and devotion to animals their life's work.
Brenda C. Morris, Church Point, Louisiana
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May 17, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of Ned's passing. You were a beautiful soul. My tribute is also to the selfless people at the Elephant Sanctuary. I don't know that I could deal with the sorry that you have to go through when any of the elephants died.
Olivia Carpenter Gibson, Georgia
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May 17, 2009
When are we going to learn to live in harmony with GOD's creatures and not use them
to amuse ourselves.

A special place awaits you to allow you to just BE.
Janis Morgan, Vancouver , Canada
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May 17, 2009
Simply heartbreaking!
Lynn, Florida
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May 17, 2009
Dear Ned
I am very sorry to hear of your passing. I prayed since you arrived at the sanctuary that you would get stronger everyday and have a long life at TES. God knows best and it was your time to leave this earth. You endured what no animal should have to at the hands of such cruelty. I am so grateful to all your caregivers at TES for taking such wonderful care of you. I am thankful even though your stay was so short. You were an elegant creature and you will be missed so much. Thank you for making my life richer just by knowing you and thank you for being such a blessing in my life. Goodbye my dear sweet precious Ned. I will love you always.
Manjula, Ontario, Canada
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May 17, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Brave Ned. Sleep in Peace.
Jane Armstrong, Vancouver,Canada
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May 17, 2009
I have read Ned's diary almost daily since you brought him to the sanctuary. It breaks my heart that he had such a short time in a loving environment.

It is wonderful what you do for these poor, abused awesome creatures.

Thank You
Edie Jo Norman, Brooksville, Florida
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May 17, 2009
Ned, I'm so glad you could spend your last days at such a wonderful place surrounded by people who love you. I can just picture you in Heaven eating all the wonderful food and playing with all the eles. Your now forever free sweet boy! We love you!
Stacie W, Colorado
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May 17, 2009
Wished you had longer to enjoy your peace and freedom! But you are in a great Place with our Bunny.
Bunny's Friend, Evansville, IN
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May 17, 2009
Ned,
I know you were only with us for a short time, but you impressed upon all of us the gentle, loving spirit of all elephants. In spite of the years of abuse, you came to the sanctuary and gave love, shared your gentle heart, and found peace.
I will miss you, dear boy.
Thank you for letting us love you.
Peace, my dear friend.
Charity Siebert, Lake Forest, California
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May 17, 2009
so sad but so happy neds last days where spent in peace my heart breaks Namaste dear ned may you go on to rainbow bridge and meet with all those who wait for you I will always remember you ned
Debra Taylor, Alabama
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May 17, 2009
Ned, In the last six months, there were days when you seemed to enjoy yourself and days where you were not feeling well. Poor guy, most of your life you were treated horribly. But since November, you did have some good times. I remember when you played a game of catch with Gracie, and I hope that was one of the happiest moments in your life. Did Bunny wait for you at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge? You two never knew each other in life, but you were together in death. How I wish you could have been rescued several years ago, when you probably would have recovered from your neglect and abuse. I'll never forget you, Ned. Glad you passed away in peace and freedom, knowing there are many who love and miss you.
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May 17, 2009
Ned, I am glad you are at peace now, and that you had some time to be happy before you crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You will be missed greatly, dear Ned....
Bird Girl, Arizona
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May 17, 2009
Ned, you are finally at peace. Your last few months were filled with good food, love and care from the folks at the sanctuary. For that, I am grateful. Hopefully, we will learn from your experiences and the experiences of other captive elephants and make their lives better.
Christine, VA
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May 17, 2009
NAMASTE DEAR WONDERFUL BOY!!!! THANK GOD FOR PLACES LIKE THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY WHERE YOU WERE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE FREEDOM, CARE, AND MOST IMPORTANT LOVE FROM EVERYONE - IF, FOR TOO SHORT OF A TIME - I DO HOPE YOU LET US KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE NECROPSY - GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT YOU DO.
MYRIAM,
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May 17, 2009
How sad Ned was not lucky enough to spend a little more time at the sanctuary, but how lovely that he was at least free for his last few months. Despite being unwell, he must have thought he had already reached his heaven with the love, care and freedom he received.
Hopefully, his passing was not reminiscent of the trauma he had endured earlier in his life, and at last he can be truly free from pain and from the shackles of captivity put on him by cruel, ignorant humans. His time at the sanctuary was a short but blissful stepping stone to that end.
Rest peacefully gentle giant with your other friends and family who have gone before you.
L Smith, England
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May 17, 2009
Dear Ned -- You are in your Creator's loving care, now -- you fought hard to live out your life at the Sanctuary, but your rest now is well-earned. How fortunate you were to experience real love from human caregivers during the last months of your life on earth. Rest, Ned -- Love from a loyal Sanctuary supporter, Karen Stickler
karen stickler, johnstown, PA
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May 17, 2009
Deqr Ned!
I am shocked to hear of your passing. I did not know how frail you were. I am so grateful to TES for giving you Love, the outdoors and a place to pass on with reverence. May the Peace which passeth all understanding be with you Ned.
Valerie Marini, Bronxville NY
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May 17, 2009
Ned You have touched so many but you have joined my Lota and I loved her so much but you came in to my heart and took up my empty spot I had prayed that you would make it but you are with a wonderful herd of girls that will welcome you with open trunks and hearts. Go with God
Ms Joyce, Yankeetown, Fl
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May 17, 2009
Namaste Ned ...

I hope TES' final diary will tell us what was really wrong with poor Ned's tummy. This was very emotional on all of us and telling us will help deal with the reality of Ned's passing
Savannah, Savannah, GA
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May 17, 2009
I came to check on you and found you were gone... sweet Ned. I will miss you very much. I hope Bunny helped you as you crossed. Rest in Peace and joy in heaven. God Bless you and all who tried to make you well.
Terri, Florida
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May 17, 2009
Ned,
I'm so sorry for the horrible life you had to endure. You deserved better!
Connie K, Evansville, IN
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May 17, 2009
Dear Ned,
Thank you for teaching us love and compassion. Blessed be~

Ele-aunt, US
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May 17, 2009
I had no idea! I came to read the notes and I find you are gone. You touched something in all of us Ned. I will remember you the most. I'm so sorry for the terrible life you were made to live at the hands of man until you made it to the Sanctuary. You are over the Rainbow Bridge now and whole and healthy again.
Bernice L, Brattleboro, Vt.
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May 17, 2009
gone but never forgotten, that is my promise to you Ned boy . I wish you could have stayed longer but I think GOD you in heaven to make the angles happy with your silly hats and see to it no one chains you ever again. Free at last,Free at last Thank GOD almighty .You will be missed,love Sandy
sandy pendergrast-tharp, florida
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May 17, 2009
Wow Ned...I was just wrote hoping that you would be able to join your brother ele Nicholas over at Paws. Looks like God has other plans. You and my Mother were laid to rest yesterday. I told her when I let her go that if God were going to loan one his children to be my Mother I am glad he chose her. Equally Ned, although your life circumstances were less favorable, I am glad God loaned you to us. It is through your tragedy that hopefully many earthly triumphs will come for your sister and brother eles, as well other traumatized wildlife. Go in peace and continue your work.
Marcia, Austin
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May 17, 2009
Cross in peace and with much love Ned, they tried so hard to help you...Know you were loved
Sandi Fisher, West Seneca NY
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May 17, 2009
Namaste dear Ned-
My arms go around you and your blessed care givers and all at the Sanctuary.
Will remember you with your tire and tuff of grass on your your sweet head.
Be at Peace with your Elephants friends in a better place.

Debbie, TX
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May 17, 2009
So long, Nedley, we hardly knew ye...
Nancy, Chicago, IL
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May 17, 2009
First I wept tears of joy and happiness at your arrival,now I weep tears of sadness at your passing.I love you Ned.You are missed. Health,strength,perseverance,emotional stamina,being sent to the caregivers and staff of TES.
Sheryl Willey, Bradenton, Florida
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May 17, 2009
Wow, first sweet Bunny and then Ned. When I learned of Bunny's impending death, I had decided that when she was gone, I would send a donation in her honor to precious Ned, whose story had really touched me. Then I find that he followed her on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. My heart both aches and rejoices for them. Bunny was from our local zoo, and I positively loved her, you see. And dear Ned, who lived such a horrendous life, was finally given his chance at freedom, and I was praying that he could enjoy a long happy retirement. May they walk the green pastures and rolling hills of Heaven together. Ned finally gets to join a herd, an angel herd. God Bless Him. He deserves it.
Shannon Mattingly, Evansville, IN
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May 17, 2009
We will see you on the other side, Neddie!
Val & Max the Rescued Brittanys, NM
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May 17, 2009
Bless you sweet boy...may you rest in peace...
patricia, durango
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May 17, 2009
Some habits are hard to break. Writing to Neddie became such a regular part of my day. But even more, the emotional human connection he created between all who wrote to him and for him is perhaps one of his greatest gifts to us. I will miss the sharing of joy and concern as we all watched and hoped together that Ned's body would heal. If love could have made him strong he would still be here.

Thank you again to TES and to all who shared this adventure for a particularly adorable fellow.
Debra Moore, Sac, CA
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May 16, 2009
So sorry for the way you were treated before coming to TES. Sorry we didn't get to have you for a while longer and so sorry that you have to go now. We are gonna miss you dear fella but we will never forget you. You were loved while with us.
Dana, Defuniak Springs Florida
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May 16, 2009
Poor beautiful Ned, I am so sorry you couldn't stay longer...bless the Sanctuary for bringing you home ...Jody
Jody, CA
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May 16, 2009
Goodbye dear, sweet, and gentle Ned. My heart breaks thinking of how you arrived at the Sanctuary- broken and neglected to the point of emaciation. All this, in the name of entertainment and profit. The Angels among us at TES, tried to bring you back tall fellow, but it was too late. Rest in Peace, in a place where there is no pain, or suffering, or expectations placed upon you... Only the freedom and joy you should have known all along. Play in the mud, splash in the water, reach for the most tender, yummy branches, and play with your tire. We will all miss you terribly, and remember you always.
T. Kerr, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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May 16, 2009
Goodbye my love.......I will soon be with you.
Carole, CALIFORNIA
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May 16, 2009
Oh, Ned! I was so sorry to read of your passing. Your life, until you came to TES, was not what it should have been; I'm sorry the first years were filled with (human-caused) pain. I'm so glad, though, & thankful, that in your last months you were learning that not all humans cause harm, & you would finally be allowed to live in the dignity & peace all creatures deserve. I'm sorry it didn't last longer. You & Bunny will both be missed, but I have no doubt you are roaming the wilds of the other side, free from all care. Thank you for gracing us with your presence, gentle giant, & be at peace. To everyone at TES, *thank you* for all you did for Ned, for giving him nothing but loving care and kindness in his last months. Such a devastating loss, both Bunny and Ned, coming so close together. Please be extra-gentle with yourselves, and remember you do not grieve alone.
Kelli, Oregon
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May 16, 2009
Ned, your brave heart will not be forgotten. You left your imprint on all of our hearts and touched our souls in a profound way. I am grateful that you are no longer in pain, but the cruelty of your too short time in freedom is a bitter pill. I thrilled at your first grasp of browse on your own and had so hoped to hear about so many more firsts. May your too short life continue to inspire us to help other elephants in need, in your honor, dear sir. Rest in peace now dear Neddie, rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to your human and elephant family at the sanctuary.
NK, California
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May 16, 2009
Dear Sweet Ned, I am in total shock and heartbroken to learn of your passing. I was hoping so much that your health would improve. I am grateful that you received the best care from all the loving staff at The Sanctuary for at least six months of your short life. Your spirit is finally completely free.
Namaste handsome Ned
Sunny, BC, Canada
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned,
I am still processing your passing and remain devastated. I so hoped your health issues would resolve once you had a taste of freedom and were encircled by love. I am thankful for everyone at TES for making your last few months on this earth stimulating and fulfilling. I am just so sorry you couldn't have enjoyed more! May your short life and suffering serve as an example to us humans that all life is precious and we should treat our animal friends with reverence. Rest in peace sweet Ned. You were a magnificent creature. And to all of those wonderful caregivers at TES - bless you! I know the weeks ahead will be more than difficult, but take comfort in knowing you gave Ned happiness!!

My Ned coffee cup is a great remembrance...and I will treasure it!
Karen, Maryland
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May 16, 2009
What a sad pair of messages yesterday! Thanks to TES Bunny, for many years, and Ned, for too short s time, had the freedom and love every one of God's creatures should enjoy. I'm sure Bunny waited for Ned and together they went over the Rainbow Bridge to join the other TES elephants who had gone before.
Shirley Green, Ohio
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May 16, 2009
My dearest Ned
I can't believe that you are gone. I could not sleep last night because all I could think about is you my dear friend. You were an inspiration to many. I am sorry that you suffered so much in your young life. I am grateful for the short time you had at the sanctuary. God bless all your caregivers for the work they do is truly commendable. You are now free to roam in ele-heaven. Thank you for being such a great ele-friend. You will always remain in my heart and be forever loved.
Avery, Kitchener, Canada
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May 16, 2009
I visited the site today to check in on Bunny's vigil and I was so sad to read about dear Ned as well. Poor Ned, I wish you had been able to live this part of your life for many more years.
I am relieved to know he passed peacefully, but what he endured prior to TES breaks my heart.
Thank you to all at TES for all that you do, and I am sorry for your two losses this week, I just read from afar, and the pain for you I know is so much worse.
And thank-you for taking Ned in, and giving him a few months of dignity and comfort.

Goodbye sweet soul - I will miss both you and Bunny.
Patricia, Australia
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May 16, 2009
Ned was loved the last 7 months of his life more than he was ever loved before. He was given the precious gift of FREEDOM, and he made the most of it. Ned, you will always be in our hearts and minds. Bunny went ahead of you to be your guide; go and find her and run with the wind. Blessings always!
Suzanne, Kalamazoo, MI
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned,
You captured all of our hearts so quickly. I am so sorry that your time at the sanctuary was so short. Know that you were loved. I know our sweet Bunny was waiting to walk with you to the other side, trumpeting all the way. May you both rest in peace.
JW, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Goodbye sweet boy

Take care of Bunny

We will miss you
Lorraine, Wilmington NC
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May 16, 2009
All I can say is "Oh my God". We as humans didn't do him justice until he got to the sanctuary. Thank you for all you do and I sure Ned was in peace these last few months.
Bunny and Ned are at peace together I am sure.
Karen Ojeda, Philadelphia, Pa
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May 16, 2009
Dear sweet Ned: It was such a joy to have you in our world. Hope that they choose a resting place near the girls so you will never be on your own. Rest well Ned.
Florence, Canada
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May 16, 2009
Sweet gentle boy, Ned. You have touched my heart. I am devastated by your loss but feel you must have chosen to make the transition with Bunny by your side. It is shameful, the life you endured before coming to TES. You will be missed. Love you friend...
Ann Rappel, NJ
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May 16, 2009
Ned -

All the food will taste wonderful in Heaven. And Chicago sent you a friend to go over the Rainbow Bridge with. I hope you and Affie become great friends.
Judith Warren, Chicago IL
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May 16, 2009
Dearest Ned, I was going to wait until today (May 15th)to explain the start of my love for elephants. When your photo came up with the dates under it, My emotions caused a time out. I had to sit and think and reason with myself about the unfairness of life. I thought about my brother Ed. He passed, way too young, in 1984. When I wanted to start a collection as a little girl he told me to collect elephants. He gave me glass elephants which I adored. He understood when I came home from a circus crying and saying I would never go again. I have spoken to his spirit many times as I emailed you. He knew I worried constantly about losing you. Now I know why, earlier in the week, you were seen reaching skyward with your trunk - you were reaching for heaven! I know Ed will greet your spirit with a smile and a hug and this was his own way of telling me you are at peace, as May 15th was Ed's birthday. Namaste Ned.

To all who cared for Ned, I know you are worn out and down from this heartbreaking week. The loss of Bunny was hard I know with 10 yrs of memories, then Ned so soon afterward without seeing him restored to health in spite all of your effort. But we know they will join all of your beloved friends who have passed. To see what you have done for so many elephants is the greatest example of kindness and love. We will move on and laugh at the sanctuary happenings again. But it is ok for us to cry this weekend, we are human and have suffered very real losses this week.

To all who left messages for Ned and loved and prayed; I believe Ned created a place for us where it was safe to love. He was lucky to have such a wonderful place to live his last months with people being so kind to him. He united many for the future of the sanctuary and his job was done. He was probably taking notes for God on the wonders of the sanctuary. I will always believe it is raining blessings in Hohenwald along with water to replenish the sanctuary from now on.
Anne, Pensacola
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May 16, 2009
Six months sweet boy, six months is all you had. But any amount of time in that earthly heaven, Sanctuary, was grand. The emotional weight, the trust and the love you gained filled your soul if not your body.

To know that you learned what "toys" are and that you learned to "play" has filled us all with great joy.

Six months sweet boy, six months is all you had. How we wish you could have had six more...and six more...and six more

It was our dream, as it had been for dear Lota. But you knew, oh how you knew!
Merilee, Tollhouse, California
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May 16, 2009
Dearest Ned,

I couldn't comprehend the impact an elephant could have on a human being until my sister told me about you and I saw that "something special" in your eyes. You went through so much in the hands of bad, but in the end you were with good. You are a true inspiration because through your death, I have realized not to give up and keep going through adversity after seeing the great strength you showed. For this, I will never forget you and always remember you. How amazing for us humans to learn something so positive from an elephant who was so wrongly treated. I will always love you, Ned.
Monika, Ontario, Canada
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May 16, 2009
Ned, I am heartbroken. While we cannot fathom why some humans do the things they do, we can all Praise God for the sanctuary and the chance you had to live in peace and with the best of care the last six months of your life. I'm so sorry your body could not heal. I'm confident your mind did heal before your passing. I'm glad you experienced love and trust in your last months.
To the caregivers at TES, you are all in my prayers as this has been a rough week for all of you. Your work is worthy, and appreciated by elephant (and animal) lovers world wide. Keep up the good work and know many prayers are being lifted for you and the girls who are left behind by Bunny Love and Ned.
God Bless you all.
Cynthia Branham, Summertown, Tennessee
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May 16, 2009
Oh Ned, I am heartbroken for you. I was looking forward to watching you (and your beautiful hats) for many years. I hope they can find out what was causing your problems. I'll miss you.
Annie, Kamloops BC
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May 16, 2009
I'm forever grateful to the angels at TES for making your last months peaceful. My heart aches for your caregivers. You are in my prayers precious one.
May you find peace in heaven with your brothers and sisters and Joanna.
Julie, Anaconda, Montana
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May 16, 2009
My shock at reading of Neddie's death left me in such pain that I forgot myself. I was certain there was an error, something that could explain what I read as untrue. Please forgive my selfishness.

So I must express to all at TES, especially to his caregivers, just how much I appreciate all that you did for this precious and bright light. For the first time he was LIVING: free to roam and explore and taste his world, surrounded by constant love and support from his humans. He even learned to have fun! He played, he helped with his baths! He enjoyed games with the lovely Gracie and dressed himself with whimsy. Every tidbit of cautious gain during his intense, short journey was grasped by all who loved him and added to our hope for his future. Oh, he was such a delight! I will not ever forget this personal experience that TES has given to us that was Ned's blooming heart. My goodness, I will miss that leggy boy so! My tears continue.

Some mysteries are not always apparent until the shock wears off a bit. I know now that Bunny waited for Ned. She knew that he would need a companion to cross. And what a companion! Thank you, Miss Bunny, thank you so much.

Peace and healing to all at TES. What you do, as others have said, is magical.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 16, 2009
My sweet beautiful Neddie: Your bright light shone in my life from the first moment I saw you arrive at the sanctuary, with your sad eyes and poor frail body. I am so very, very sorry for what humans did to you. But I am so very grateful to everyone at the sanctuary for loving you and trying so hard to make you well. I pray that the Heavenly Father has now made you well and whole and that you are now at peace with precious Bunny and all your ele-sisters. My heart is broken, Neddie. I love you and miss you so very much, my tears will not stop flowing. You will live in my heart forever.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 16, 2009
Bless you brave Ned.....
go with sweet Bunny.
Beth M., Newburgh, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Ned, although your freedom was short lived, at least you got to "live!"

I enjoyed reading of your explorations and triumphs.

May you be at peace as you join the great herd above. Run wild and free - there's nothing stopping you now, no pain, no suffering!
Carol Sullivan, Montreal, Quebec Canada
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May 16, 2009
RIP, sweet Ned. You spent your final months in the company of loving, caring humans who pampered and cosseted you as you deserved. Your life was not in vain.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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May 16, 2009
Sweet Ned, I thank God and TES that you were able to spend the last few months of your life with people who loved you so much. You will be missed. We all love you, my sweet boy.
Melissa Rogers, Tucson, AZ
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May 16, 2009
As I sit and read page after page after page of messages that have been left to you Ned and to sweet Bunny, it is obvious how many lives the TES has touched by sharing you and your sisters with the world through modern tech. So many people have watched you and your sisters thru the TES and that is obvious after reading all the messages.

My dear sweet Ned, your big, young body had been starved for so long that it didn't know what to do with food and you were much too young to die. You should have been all filled out like Flora or Tange. Greed is an ugly thing and that is what cut your young life too short. All the workers at TES tried so hard to find something that would work for you but your body was so abused that food was foreign to it. There are soooo many people who love you and will never forget you. Hopefully, your story will go around the world and help your brothers and sisters everywhere.

Ned, I am glad that while you were at the Sanctuary, you at least got to see another elephant. All of your pain is over now and you can go to be with your ancestors. We will never forget you and love doesn't die just because of death. You came to the Sanctuary as quickly as you left but I will never forget you or stop loving you.

All my love,
Linda, Suggs Creek, Tn
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May 16, 2009
Goodbye Ned, We hardly got to know you. Your last few months were happy ones and I'm so very happy for that. See you on the other side sweet Ned. you along with Bunny will be missed.
Jack Harris, Shasta Lake,Ca.
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May 16, 2009
So sorry to hear that Ned passed on.
Charlotte Moore, Windsor, Ca
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May 16, 2009
Ned,
Thank you for sharing how you are doing my family loved to here about how you`r doing.
It breaks my heart saying goodbye. Forever we will miss you and bunny. Thank you Elephant owners for loving animals.


Brooke, Brittney, Auroua, Co
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May 16, 2009
Words cannot convey how heartbroken I was to learn or your passing. I had hoped to read about you for years to come; living a happy and healthy life. Namaste, sweet Ned. You are a beautiful soul.
Thank you to TES for all they did for Ned.
bg, VA
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May 16, 2009
Ahhh! Our beautiful boy, Ned, I am sure going to miss you. I would come here daily, checking your diary, looking for little shreds of hope that you were growing stronger. Alas, your body was not as strong as your spirit and too soon, it became your time to leave us. I am forever grateful to the USDA for having the insight to send you to TES to live in freedom for your remaining days. Hugs and a huge thank you to all who gave so unselfishly of their time to make these last months of your life the best months. Go in peace, Mr, Ned with your sage and sweet sister Bunny by your side. She will guide you to Joanna's Sanctuary where you will be the object of all of the ladies affections. Namaste, Darling Boy.
Sherry Heim, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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May 16, 2009
Sweet Ned,

Your life was too short. I wish that you had more years to enjoy being an elephant and hope that your last 6 months at TES dimmed so many of your past sad years.

Bless your sweet heart as you roam the sanctuary hills with Jenny, Delhi, and Bunny.
andrea, florida
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May 16, 2009
You can now rest in peace sweet Ned. You life on earth was unfair...
Nancy , Richmond, VA
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May 16, 2009
Ned, the new year video shows the difference the Sanctuary made in your life, when compared to the video of your arrival. Although ailing, you look so much better in the new year video. You are more filled out smiling as you stroll your habitat. You reminded me so much of long tall Barbara who, although she didn't put on much weight, found joy and peace in the loveliness of a habitat that nurtured her. I just love the photo of you with hay on your head. I am so sad you won't be meeting rambunctious Nicholas.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 16, 2009
Ned I was in shock yesterday. To lose you along with Bunny was just unbearable. I can only imagine the pain and shock Carol, Scott and the Caregivers and staff all felt. In a way I think I realized your time was limited. You came to us and it was only to be for a short visit before you moved to your new home. Yet six months later you were still here and the amazing caregiver (Barbara), Carol, Scott and et al were struggling daily to find the right combination so your body would accept the food and/or supplements so you would start to add that precious weight. My one peace of mind is you had Sanctuary for the last 6 months of your time on earth. You knew "humans" do love and care.
Ned you have left such a hole in ALL our hearts. You now know the most amazing Caregiver (Joanna) in your new home. She will love you and care for you as you have been for the last 6 months. Take care and guard the Girls and Joanna who have left us Namaste dear sweet Ned. Love you and miss you!!!
Terry, Vancouver Island BC Canada
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May 16, 2009
Dearest Ned,

We are sad because of your death, but have joy knowing that you are now pain free and at home with God. Your life was to short, but you have earned love from around the world. God bless you, your caregivers and your sister Bunny.
Diane, Evansville, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Like so many of you I feel robbed of time with Ned. But, ( I feel redundant having said this with Zula and Bunny so recently) I cannot even think of the depth of sadness felt by Carol, Scott and the countless others whose names I do not know, as well as by the animal "family" members at TES. May your many memories of him help you to heal as you move forward. Once again I thank you for what you do and Ned was able to know and feel freedom, happiness, respect and safety because of all of you. Please know that we all appreciate you all, so very , very much. Peace and healing to you all at TES. Namaste Ned you were a special guy.
Tess Maxwell, Rochester, NY
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May 16, 2009
Oh Ned, I love you. I am soooo sorry. You were such an extremely beautiful elephant.
Katrina , Jaffrey, NH
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May 16, 2009
My heart breaks at the news of loosing sweet Ned too. At least our wonderful Bunny was blessed to have so many quality years in sanctuary. I can not help but think of the brutal way Ned was treated. The only consolation for me is that sweet Ned was finally given sanctuary and he had the opportunity to learn that not all humans are as cruel and unfeeling as the ones he had known before he came to the sanctuary. I love you sweet Ned and i also love all the ones who have been praying for and caring for you. Enjoy the green pastures with our Bunny.We will miss you. LOVE, Brenda. Tenn.
Brenda Hardin , cheppy45@tds.net
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned, I was so hoping you would start to heal and begin to enjoy life; I guess all those years of circus life took their toll. Godspeed dear Ned, you left us much too soon.

Thank you to everyone at The Elephant Sanctuary for all the love and care you gave Ned since his arrival.

Namaste dear boy.
VS, BC, Canada
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May 16, 2009
Oh Ned you can't be gone but I don't want you to suffer anymore. At least you got a chance to know love which probably gave you the hope to live as long as you did. You frail body just could not hold up. You will be missed. I had so much hope for you. And to the caregivers and medical staff God Bless You.
Beth , Dayton, Ohio
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned,
May you have a wonderful time in Elephant Heaven.
Maia Sebek, Seattle
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May 16, 2009
When I read yesterday that you had passed, my heart just broke, I prayed everyday that God would make you strong, but I guess he thought it better to take you to heaven. I know now that you are in paradise,with all your brothers and sisters.

Ned, I want you to know I hate the person that did this to you, and I hope someday I can find forgiveness for him.

Carol, Scott all the careivers, staff and veterinarinans I pray that you find peace in your grief.

God Bless each and everyone of you.
I love you all.

Debbie Lore, Pevely,Mo
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May 16, 2009
After just going thru the picasa album of photos of Ned that are on the site I am even more thankful for a place like TES and people like Carol and Scott (and everyone else there) who care for these wonderful creatures. How anyone could have sat thru a performance of Ned's and not come away disgusted at the abuse is a mystery. I'm sorry I looked thru them, but it made me regret even more the times I've enjoyed seeing elephants up close in zoos. That mindset has certainly changed in me and I tell all I can about how cruel it is. Rest in Peace dear Ned...You above all deserve it.
Ginger, West Monroe, LA
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May 16, 2009
Dearest sweet Ned, how I hoped you would have so much more time to be a boy elephant with a long and happy life on this Earth.

My profound sympathy to everyone at TES and my gratitude for all you did to make Ned's life comfortable and happy.

Sweet dreams, Ned and rest easy. You are truly free now. You will ALWAYS be remembered and missed by so many of us. We love you.
Carol, Glen Allen, VA
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May 16, 2009
I am devastated to hear of your passing. I was so happy when you finally got to go to the Elephant Sanctuary and thought finally you will have peace and love. I am so sorry and extremely shocked. I know you will find peace in heaven. Much love to you Ned, and I am glad your last days were spent with the loving staff at the Elephant Sanctuary. We lost you too soon....
Erika Simmons, Hamilton, ON Canada
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May 16, 2009
Dearest Ned,
I enjoy looking at your picture with your Grass Hat upon your head, and I always will! I am saddened your short life is over, but I am overjoyed you have found the peace that waits for us all after this brief life of torment and beauty and pain. Just like Stoney and all the others, you lived in slavery, but unlike so many of our brethren, you died in Freedom. I hope we all will do the same one long day from now. You are missed. You will be remembered. I love you, Ned. Go in peace.
Mike, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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May 16, 2009
My wonderful Ned, you made me fall in love with you! I will fight for you and all elephants for the rest of my life! On June 20th,2009 (Sat)it will be International Elephant Day. I will fight for you in front of the San Antonio Texas Zoo and for all fellow elephants that need to be free from Zoos and Circus. Bless you Ned, if it wasn't for you I would have never known about what you poor Elephants go thru. Please everyone, FIGHT FOR OUR NED and all other Elephants to be Free from Zoos and Circus. Ned,I hope your last few months on earth you finally knew what love was and had some freedom! I promise to fight HARDER FOR THE ELEPHANTS!
Shari Pearson, San Antonio,Tx
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May 16, 2009
You suffered greatly and endured a hell that no animal should be made to endure. The Sanctuary was your last good thing and they tried so hard to nourish and undo your suffering. It was so sad that you did not make it to enjoy freedom. Elephants never forget so let us not forget you Ned...and stop those who cannot provide for animals properly.
Jan, Tennessee
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned, your journey is over and I am so thankful again for Jeff Kirlin exposing your sad plight, so that at least for the past 6 months you have known such kind care. We all cheered you on to get well, but not to be, finishing your days surrounded in love and spared another move had you got your health back. I hope Gracie was with you too.
Lenore, Richmond, BC
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May 16, 2009
Peace be with you, Ned. May the Lord wrap his arms around the TES staff and never let go. Your love and care of these gentle giants is amazing.
freimont, Texas
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May 16, 2009
How sad, he was so young. I will miss him.
Lisa, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned:

You are free now. I miss you more than words can tell. I thought you'd be with us at the Sanctuary for a long time. But you knew your own time. Thank you for bringing us joy and happiness. I love you always.

Namaste, Ned.
Jutatip, Dallas, TX
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May 16, 2009
I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry Ned I'm so sorry.....I prayed every day for you to regain your health..

To everyone at the Elephant Sanctuary I'm so sorry for your loss and pain and I send every comforting wish for your strength to get through this loss.

I'm just thankful that Ned had all of you for these past 5 1/2 months to show him real love and kindness and freedom.

All my warmest respect and regard,
Shar, San Diego, Ca.
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned, God speed to heaven. Love always.
Dee Hall, Boonville Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Ned, I realized that I'm still very much in denial about your death and Bunny's. I know you're gone but I can't really parse it through my heart. It's been a tough couple of weeks. First Echo, then Bunny and Ned and the beautiful horse Riley Sue at Best Friends. It's a lot to deal with at one time. But each of you was loved by many. You were not alone.

I rescue rats and they have very short life spans, so I'm constantly reminded of the fragility of life. But also about how much death is a part of life, not to be feared or avoided. I spend more time smiling about my beloved rats than crying.

I miss all of you, but I know that you were loved and cared for and that each of you has left an very important mark on this world.
Janet , Cambridge MA
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May 16, 2009
Oh, my heart breaks for Ned. Finally, he is free but oh I wish his life could have been better. What a boy!! Please continue the work you do because it gives us all hope that all elephants can have a better life... someday.
Melanie, Carmel, IN
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May 16, 2009
To our dear Ned,

When a person enters the world of elephants, something magical happens. And that same feeling was in the air that gray November day last autumn, when the three of us, my husband, myself and our new friend Sabine, came to the sanctuary to volunteer. It was only days since your arrival and it was a thrill to know that there was a new member of the herd just behind those barn walls. Perhaps you heard our concern for your health in our muted voices. Maybe you sensed our kind thoughts. Or felt the soft vibrations of our footsteps through the earth. We were there to make your new home a better place and we're honored to do so.

We grieve your passing from this mortal existence but celebrate your crossing the threshold unto a world of joy, free from cruelty, pain and suffering. Let Bunny guide you into the warmth of others she has known before. So graze upon tender green grasses, swim daily, play freely, nap often and trumpet loudly. You have reached true sanctuary.
Barbara Bayley & Rich Hendele, Mercer Island, Washington
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May 16, 2009
I can only say that my heart almost broke when I read the news about Ned's passing. Thankfully he spent his last months in a wonderful place where his every need was considered and he was able to be a real elephant, for once in his life. I have a 21 year old son and I feel as though I have, in a sense, lost another son with Ned's passing. I will never forget him and will do what I can to spread the message of freeing elephants worldwide from captivity and exhibitions.
Dr. Liz Troester, Minnesota
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May 16, 2009
Neddy,

After years of abuse, you have decided to go. This we won't deny you. You are now happy and healthy, in the company of your long lost family. This is all we wanted for you.

Namaste, big beautiful boy
Robina, Melbourne, Australia
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May 16, 2009
Ned, I was shocked and so very saddened that you are no longer on this earth. The abuse you have seen, but the great kindness and love these last 6 months at TES I hope gave you a little peace. I will miss you, my heart is over flowing with tears for you. I so hoped your days at TES would be a long one. Now you are at peace and your new journey will be filled with happiness.Thank you so much to your wonderful caretakers at TES, I know they are suffering from your loss. Take care sweet Neddie, you have been loved and you will be missed.
Dana, Texas
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May 16, 2009
Dear Ned I am so sorry and sad to hear of your and Bunny's passing; I wish that the USDA had confiscated you much earlier , so that you could have a much healthier, happier and peaceful life!

I am glad that your last few months of life were spent in peace amongst your fellow elephant buddies, with kind and devoted humans who tried to save you!

I am comforted that you had the joy and peace at the sanctuary that was denied you for most of your pitiful life. I hope that in your last months of life that you were able to trust people once again and see that all are not cruel and evil.

GOD saw that you were suffering and so sick, and he called you home to him to rest in peace forever! Now you and Bunny will be together in heaven and we here on earth will never forget you!

Rest in Peace Ned and Bunny! We will miss you both very much! Thank you and all elephants worldwide for the joy, and awe that you brought and continue to bring into our lives.
Linda Fratello, Huntingburg, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
So long dear boy. It is almost too much for us to bear that we have lost you, but so much to celebrate that you are now pain free and are able to be a REAL elephant and that you did have six months on this earth of love and peace and grass and toys and caring humans to see to your every whim and need. Peace to you
Angie, Los Angeles, California
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May 16, 2009
So Sad ! I have no words
My thoughts are with everyone at the Sanctuary -Ned was loved !
Ginny Wilson, Woodstock Ontario Canada
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May 15, 2009
Welcome Ned! finally you are free to be your sweet self, eating, roaming and socializing. So happy for you. Eat up, get that weight back on. You're home! Love and peace now surround you. Much love.
Linda Schwab, Virginia
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May 15, 2009
Dear Ned,
Heaven is a wonderful place, like the sanctuary; I am so sorry you are gone. I will miss you and I will not forget you, I enjoyed knowing about you and it gave me great pleasure to help you.
Laura Y. Brown, Newport News, VA
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May 15, 2009
Dearest NED: We wish you could have stayed so much longer with us ... but I know that you were happy being a TES resident for a time.

You'll be in our thoughts and hearts forever....

A NED-head in the Midwest
DJ , St L MO
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May 15, 2009
Oh, Ned.....I am so glad that you had 6 months to be an elephant and not have to perform or be in places where you could not relax. Have fun with your sisters and feel assured that you are now in a place where you can romp and eat to your heart's content happy and free!

Joy, Shaker Heights, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
I can't believe you are gone. I have been following your progress since you arrived at the sanctuary and recent updates seemed to be good. At least now you can be free of whatever pain you were here on earth, and you and Bunny can enter Heaven together.
Barbara, Kearny, NJ
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May 15, 2009
My poor beautiful Neddie is gone. He and Bunny were brought to heaven together. Today is my birthday, and I will remember forever the total despair and sadness of the day. My fervent prayer is that authorities will not wait until it's too late to get these creatures of God to sanctuary - in my Neddie's name, in Bunny's name, and for all who have suffered so terribly because of what was done to them.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 15, 2009
My dear Ned....what a shock to hear of your passing this morning. I guess our Bunny wanted company on her walk over Rainbow Bridge. I wish you could have had more time in freedom, but that was not to be. I am very thankful for every precious moment of freedom, love, joy and compassion that you received from your special caregivers. Special hugs to Barbara as I know she loved you with all that she is. Namaste sweet boy
Susan C, Port Coquitlam, B. C., Canada
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May 15, 2009
May you now rest in peace Ned x
, uk
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May 15, 2009
May God Bless you Ned and wrap his arms around you, Joanna too. I know she is up there with you taking care of you!
Jocelyn, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
Ned, sweet boy, I never knew you but grew to love you over the past several weeks. Rest in Peace, sweet Ned.
Julie Bomar, Hixson TN
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May 15, 2009
Sweet Ned!! Bless you sweet boy!! You can now be with all the beautiful souls that will be there to greet you. I sent you love everyday and will still send you my love. Namaste.


Lynn C, Edgewood, NM
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May 15, 2009
Dear, Sweet Ned,
Your life served to raise awareness for so many. You lived your short and difficult life with such grace and dignity. I ache for the heartbreak you have suffered. Thank you for your inspiration and strength.

Thank you to all of the amazing staff at The Elephant Sanctuary for allowing this magnificent creature the chance to know love, dignity, and freedom in his final months. What an inspiration all of you are, as well. I am so sorry for your great losses. You are a beacon of hope for the hundreds of elephants remaining in zoos and circuses. A million thank you's for all that you do.
Kristin, KY
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May 15, 2009
I was so shocked to hear of your passing today - so sorry you didn't get to enjoy this world for long without pain - so sorry for all of us who lost you so soon - so sorry Ned. Go in peace, go with love...
Meg Johnson, USA
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May 15, 2009
Dear Ned,
The struggle is over. You are at peace and without pain. You were so brave and an inspiration to all who knew of you. Thank you for the privilege of having you here with us. Some of us are better humans because of you. Your struggle was not in vain. We will always love you Ned.
Thank you all the wonderful people at TES for never giving up on Ned and treating him with the love and dignity he so deserved.
Thank you to all who supported and cared for Ned from the distance.
God bless Ned.



Wanda Guy, Palm Harbor, FL
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May 15, 2009
Dear sweet Ned,
Now your earthly cares are behind you and while I'm crying writing this, it's for the loss I feel, not sadness that you are at peace and with your family once again. I hope to meet you all someday. I'm grateful that your last days were in the care of people that loved you.
Jacie Yonkees, Cheyenne WY
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May 15, 2009
Thin, Lost Boy

Goodbye to our sweet Ned
Who wore a hat of hay
Who learned to feel again
Then on the ground did lay

Thin and tall, your body could not use the food you ate
Thinner and thinner
Captivity had used you up
You were truly one of the "lost boys."

Go with Bunny
She will be your friend and companion to the Heavenly meadows and hills
Climb ever higher, dear Ned
You are no longer one of the "lost boys."
Nancy F, Edmonds, WA
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May 15, 2009
Ned,
Why did you you leave us. I am heartbroken beyond words. There aren't enough tears that I can even shed for you. Ned, I can't comprehend that you are gone. It doesn't seem real. It hurts too much. I am completely devastated by your loss. It will be hard for me to accept this. I wanted you to be well my precious friend and enjoy your freedom. I will never ever forget you. I love you so much Ned. I am so sorry for what you had to endure. That part really hurts me. My heart hurts so much Ned. You are my special ele-angel now along with Bunny. I will miss you so much my sweet and amazing friend. I write this with so many tears for you.

Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 15, 2009
Oh Ned my darling boy! I thought you were doing better - you reached up for a tasty tree branch. Run free in the Rainbow Bridge pastures, my dear, and eat and play to your heart's content. I am so glad you had a few short months of freedom and good food and love. Thank you, caregivers, for all you did for him.
Barbara Edis, SC
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May 15, 2009
May you be at peace now Dear Ned in your new world.
MRT, Colorado Springs, CO
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May 15, 2009
I am so sorry for the sanctuary's loss of two such cherished souls. The real victory for Ned is that he left us - free. And, he was not alone.

Beverly, Monroe, NC
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May 15, 2009
Ah, Ned. I am heartbroken at your passing. Be at peace, sweetie. I'm sure you met up with Bunny who is helping you on your way. I ache for all those at TES grieving this double loss.

Emma, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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May 15, 2009
Farewell my friend Ned

I am so sorry that you have left us but I am comforted to know that you are no longer in pain and that you are really and truly free. I will miss you terribly and will think of you everyday. You were a very special elephant and I was glad to have known you even for a very short time. Love you always and forever Nedster!
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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May 15, 2009
I am shocked and saddened in reading that Ned has passed and so shortly after Bunny. While Ned was at the sanctuary for a short time only, he experienced kindness of the sort he had never had. For this all of the humans at the sanctuary should be proud. And I am sorry to hear that Bunny has also passed. She too experienced many happy days. Both will be missed.
Linda, Toronto Canada
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May 15, 2009
Words fail me - my heart is broken into a million pieces right now. I just heard the news.

Dearest Ned and Bunny....may you go on your new journey together, unencumbered by any illness to hold you back from acquiring true bliss.

You will both be in our hearts forever. The elephants over the rainbow bridge must be trumpeting your arrival....

Peace be with you all and God bless the Sanctuary people who give SO much of themselves to help you poor, abused elephants to know what true love really means.
KIZZYKAT, Canada
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May 15, 2009
Ned, Oh lad
Not just a picky eater
We felt it was something bad,
Such heroic efforts to find the cause,
Yet, the timing of your passing
Must give us all, a moments pause,
Was it a mightier hand?
Knowing you were just a boy
Wanting you to leave with Bunny
Two hearts together
Full of joy.
Fay Morris, Victoria, B.C.
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May 15, 2009
Ned, I'm so glad you had some days in Elephant Paradise on Earth and are now reunited with all your pals who have already passed through to the other side.

Thanks for teaching me to appreciate every single day, one day at a time.
Marcia Duvall, Cambridge, MA
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May 15, 2009
I must send your final message for now, Ned, my most precious boy.

Can't say much today, I just can't think, or stop the flood in my eyes. You gave me such joy. Your struggles were mine.

Who will I write to now, honey? Oh, my heart is shattered. Thank you TES for all that you did for my Neddie.
Always Your Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 15, 2009
RIP dear Ned
cheryl, dayton,ohio
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May 15, 2009
Namaste dear Ned. Enjoy your freedom now with all your ele-friends on the other side. Bunny will show you the way.
Gail, Las Cruces, NM
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May 15, 2009
I'm so sorry about the suffering my species caused you, Ned. I love you and will miss you very much. xoxo
Maureen , MI
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Sweet Boy Ned! I was so so sad to read about you. I checked every day and there was a glimmer of hope you would come through all of this. I guess you lived a very tough life that took its toll. Thank you TES for giving all of us a glimmer of hope and we all hope Dear Ned you are in a place where you can roam free without sadness or pain. We love you!
Jeannette and Family, NJ
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May 15, 2009
Namaste dear sweet Ned
Diana, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
Peace be with you Ned.
Love & hugs to all the staff at TES God bless you all xoxo
Glenda B, Oklahoma
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May 15, 2009
I just read the news.. it hurts, but you crossed over in the loving arms of the Sanctuary. I'm gonna miss you. Wanted to meet you real bad here in California. I guess I'm gonna have to see you later.
Forever NedHead , in California
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May 15, 2009
Ned

Your time at the Sanctuary was to short, but so glad you were able to have a sense of freedom if only for a little while. Thank you for letting us get to know you. Goodbye and roam free.
Marilyn U, Louisiana
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May 15, 2009
Dear Ned, your time was short lived at the sanctuary. I'm so glad you got to experience such love and compassion before you passed. You can now roam pain free and enjoy all the food you want. Rest In Peace Ned.
Donna, Dallas, TX
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May 15, 2009
I am devastated that Ned has passed away after only 6 months of freedom. Thank you TES for filling his last months with love.
Linda, Baltimore
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May 15, 2009
Ned, I am in total shock. I was just on here yesterday, checking up on you and bunny. Now this morning is the terrible news that both of you have passed away within 12 hours of one another. You never met Bunny in life, yet both of you must have been on the rainbow bridge together. Namaste, Ned...I am crying for you and Bunny this morning. How I wish elephants like you could be rescued well before you were beyond long-term recovery. Oh, Ned, sweet handsome boy...I will miss you. All of us will miss you and Bunny. My thoughts and prayers go out to your caretakers.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 15, 2009
I will miss you sweet boy. I have been following your progress daily. Thank you TES for giving Ned peace and freedom. Now he is truly free.
Karen, Maryland
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May 15, 2009
Precious Ned, you knew better than anyone when it was time to go home. I'm sure Bunny was waiting on the trail for you and together, the two of you trumpeted your arrival and were surrounded by the ele-angels welcoming you home. Your stay at TES was short, but you captured all of our hearts. Rest well, sweet boy.
CW, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Oh, my sweet boy in heaven. I am so devastated, so crushed. I never expected this. I love you and pray for your dear spirit. Love you always!
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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May 15, 2009
Peace be with you our dearest Ned! Finally you are at rest. Im so sorry your time here on this earth was so short. May you live much longer and happier in the next!
karan houghton, Naples,Fl
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May 15, 2009
Poor Ned. I hope you're out of pain now.
Rachel, London
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May 15, 2009
Rest In peace Buddy.....
Karen Wilson, Upper Lake CA
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May 15, 2009
I'm so sorry that Ned is gone. He was just starting to realize what a real elephant should have.
Will remember you always. Love K.xxoo's
K. Kerr, Ontario
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May 15, 2009
Oh Ned....
I'm sitting here crying tears for you, both sadness and joy!
Pam, Jacksonville, FL
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May 15, 2009
Sweetest, Ned-

I'm happy that you are finally free of your failing body. I am so sorry for the pain and discomfort you experienced at the hands of ignorant humans in your brief life. I pray that you saw and felt the difference at TES and didn't give up on us completely. While it doesn't always seem the case, I hold out great hope that the goodness in us as a whole is growing and will finally dominate all of human intention and action.

Bunny is waiting to walk with you to the other side. The imagery of a rainbow bridge is a comforting one. Jenny is leaping and trumpeting with joy on the other side. Go, dear one, worry and pain free. You will be missed terribly but just as all the wonderful people in Evansville let Bunny go almost 10 years ago, we release you out of our deep love and respect for you.

Namaste, Angel
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 15, 2009
Dear sweet Ned, you had special care since your arrival at TES. You just could not get better but you did have kind words spoken to you and love from your caregivers. Farewell tall boy you were loved by many from afar. God bless all of the TES staff and Scott and Carol for giving you sanctuary.
Edna , Tennessee
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May 15, 2009
rest, sweet Ned....
dru, newburgh, in
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May 15, 2009
Big Boy Ned,

I can't believe what I am reading..you have left us. I am SO SORRY you had to endure so much cruelty your entire short life, that is until you came to TES.
I am very sad that you could not get better and live free for a longer time.
Know that elephants and caregivers and all of us who watched you love and will miss you tremendously.
Please know that I fight everyday for you and others like you to be free.
Glad you were able to pass in a loving environment with good people around you.
I am crying for you Ned. I know Bunny waited for you and introduced you to all the eles that have passed that were once where you have been.
Trumpets and trunk touches Ned!

Namaste
Juanita, Livonia, MI
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May 15, 2009
Oh my sweet sweet boy. I cannot believe you are gone. My heart is broken. I have loved you since day one. Now you are well and happy in the hereafter. I am so happy that you had the time at the sanctuary. God bless your caregivers. I know their hearts are broken too. Rest in peace my precious one. I will always love you.
Emily, Nashville
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May 15, 2009
My heart is very heavy this morning on reading the passing of Ned. How I wished he could of made a recovery after being placed at the Sanctuary but it was apparent from the start that he was in very poor health. Bless you Ned. and be happy with the other eles. that are waiting for you over the rainbow. Give a big trunk hug to Bunny when you meet.
Chriss, BC Canada
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May 15, 2009
Be at peace dear boy. You were so loved for the last 6 months of your life.
pam o'toole, cleveland
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May 15, 2009
So shocked and so saddened. At least you had a few happy months of freedom. Namaste sweet long-legged Ned.
Christine, Takoma Park, MD
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May 15, 2009
Ned, I am so sorry you lost your fight for life. You touched my heart in so many ways in the short time I've known you. I know God has a special heaven for elephants...I'll love you always!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
I am just crushed to hear about Ned's passing. I have absolutely no doubt how hard Ned tried to get well....trying each new food. He was so brave! His body was just too broken to cooperate with his will to survive. I do not regret for one minute the opportunity to help Ned. I know he appreciated all the love and care he received at TES and how hard you all tried to help him heal. I take great solace in this and that he got to enjoy a beautiful spring in Tennessee. Ned has taken with him a huge piece of my heart! I will never forget you, sweetheart. Namaste, dear Neddy.
Sue, Texas
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May 15, 2009
Thoughts and prayers for all the elephants and caregivers at the Sanctuary during this incredibly difficult and sad time. Bunny and Ned will be in our hearts forever. To the caregivers: Stay strong. Your work is magical.
Merrilee, Vancouver
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May 15, 2009
Dearest sweet Ned, the gentle giant, enjoy ele heaven where the struggles are just a distant memory and you have beautiful green grass and gentle streams to play in. I have an image of you and Bunnykins walking off into eternity, trunks entwined and your sisters and Joanna there to greet you. Namaste Ned we love you.
Sheila Wheldon, England
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May 15, 2009
Oh Ned, I am so sorry you didn't make it, but relieved your suffering is over. Until you arrived at the elephant sanctuary, human beings did not treat you with respect. For this, we are all culpable and should be ashamed. Too many elephants and other animals get a raw deal.

It was a privilege getting to know you. If there is any justice in this universe, you will be roaming free without fear, in the company of elephants you know and love. Love you, buddy.


Lesley, Vancouver
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May 15, 2009
All eles go to heaven. We'll see you there, Ned.
sheryl, Manassas, VA
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May 15, 2009
Ned...I am speechless..My heart is breaking to find that you're gone. Wherever spirits go I know that you will be in the closest thing to heaven that there is, for the suffering that you have endured on this planet..I am just so thankful that you had the experience of TES and know that not all humans are so evil
donna, kingsport tn
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May 15, 2009
I am so sorry Ned. We all loved you so. You were a good, sweet boy and you will be deeply missed. Your caregivers are wonderful, selfless people to have to endure such incredible losses, and yet still continue on in rescuing and caring for these magnificent elephants every day. Bless them. Good bye precious Ned.
Megan, Stewartstown, Pennsyvania
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May 15, 2009
Wow, I am stunned. The last diary post in April indicated Ned was doing well. So glad he had the best of care and lots of love before he left us, thanks to TES and all the wonderful caregivers. Bless you and may you all be comforted in this most difficult time of losing both Bunny and Ned so close together.
Denise, Florida
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May 15, 2009
Ned we would have loved to have seen you roaming the hills of California. But we know now you are at peace and what ever ailed you before is no long. Rest in Peace beautiful boy
Snow White, Lodi, CA
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May 15, 2009
Dear Ned,
I am so sorry to hear that you passed away. I hope you find peace and happiness and I will always remember you and your story. Thank you to the sanctuary for taking care of Ned so well and loving him with all your hearts, I'm sure these months at the sanctuary were some of the best memories for him.
Candice Knoblock, Joliet, IL
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May 15, 2009
dearest ned,

as selfish as this sounds, i was not prepared for this. i am so deeply saddened by your departure. i have tremendous love for all the elephants, but for you, there was a special place in my heart. even though your time in general was too short, as well as your time at the Sanctuary, i hope you did find some peace there. i believe you did. who wouldn't with all the love and care that is given. i hope you are at peace. xoxoxox love-cat
cat garber, connecticut
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May 15, 2009
Oh, Ned. I can barely type. I just read that you passed. I should be happy that you were brought to the Sanctuary for the 6 months of your life and that you are no longer uncomfortable, my heart is hurting incredibly. When I volunteered last November, you were inside your barn but I was standing right outside your fenced yard, where you walked, petting Eleanor. And now you are gone. And I miss you. And I LOVE YOU, Ned.
Sabine Zell, Simsbury
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May 15, 2009
Ned I hope you enjoyed your months of freedom, and now you are pain free, happy and healthy. God Bless you sweet boy.
Leah, Black Creek BC Canada
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May 15, 2009
I cannot begin to express the sadness I am feeling right now. I take comfort in the fact that Ned's last days were happy ones. Thank goodness for the Elephant Sanctuary and all of it's caregivers. I will miss you beautiful boy.
Janine, Edmonton, Canada
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May 15, 2009
Ned,
I am so glad you were able to enjoy freedom for your last months on this earth and know that not all humans are abusers. You were constantly in our thoughts and now you will know true peace on the other side. Namaste Sweet Ned.
Kristy Allison, Fargo, ND
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May 15, 2009
Dear Ned,

We will miss you
far longer than
we had time
to LOVE you.
Donna Capriotti, Reading , PA
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May 15, 2009
Such a beautiful day in Heaven this will be with Bunny and Ned arrive together. What a difficult day for TES and the other elephants. May there be peace knowing that these incredible individuals, Ned and Bunny, were able to find peace and light and 'just be elephants' at TES. Namaste.
Paige Huff, Atlanta
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May 15, 2009
My heart is broken to hear of your passing. God be with you sweet boy. I am happy that you got to spend your last days on earth in a place that took such good care of you and with so many people that loved you.
Diane, Loxahatchee, FL
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May 15, 2009
Rest Ned; your last few months at least were a better time
juli, B.C.
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May 15, 2009
Dear Sweet Ned, you are no longer in pain, no longer lonely, and no longer suffering. I am so glad you could spend your last few days on this earth surrounded by so much love and attention. You were such a special gift to everyone that was able to be touched by your story. Bunny needed company I am sure of it. Rest in peace you sweet dear elephant, I will miss you!
Lynne Ray, Herndon, VA
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May 15, 2009
There are tears in my eyes. I had no idea Ned was so bad off. I had hoped he would recover. God bless the people at TES for taking such good care of him, and may He comfort you in your loss. I am sorry to hear that you've lost two elephants in the past 12 hours.
Lisa N., Lansing, MI
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May 15, 2009
Hi Ned,

We are heartbroken and going to miss you. Have fun with your human and elephant friends as you are free of all pain and cruelty.

Take care.
Jinny & Shalini, Phoenix, AZ
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May 15, 2009
Bury him with kings.
Mary, Cypress, Texas
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May 15, 2009
Poor Ned. It's like you never even had a chance. Thank goodness you got to live out the remainder of your short life at a wonderful place where the people loved and cared for you and the other elephants supported you - even if from afar.
Barb R., New Jersey
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May 15, 2009
Dear Ned...you truly touched my heart and I am so sorry that you were unable to experience robust good health before you left us. However I am deeply grateful that you had a wonderful last few months surrounded by such extraordinary caregivers. Thank you Ned for being the inspiration you were to thousands of us .
Vivien Butler, Maryland
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May 15, 2009
Ned,
You have touched my heart. you where loved by so many people.. May your big mighty sprit roam the heavenly fields above along with Bunny and the rest of your Elephant family..
You will be missed..
Becky B., Ky
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May 15, 2009
Rest in peace, Ned.
Bonnie & Trevor, Nashville, TN
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May 15, 2009
You are finally free Ned, and I am so sorry that you were treated so horribly by people whose only regard for you was for their profit, greed and entertainment. You had a brief time at the sanctuary where you were truly loved and allowed to be who you are, in all your glory. So young to die like this ... I don't know how to stop the insanity and cruelty.
Noella , Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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May 15, 2009
Ned, you stole my heart when you arrived at TES. Thin, serious and careful to do everything you thought others would want you to do. But buried inside this serious and sensitive soul, was an impish spirit waiting to come out. In time, you learned it was OK to have your own ideas of what was fun. You were praised and encouraged to think and act for yourself. And as you did so, we were delighted by your incredibly gentle and funny spirit.

Too soon, your body wore out, and you are now with angels and stars, soaring into a new adventure with Joanna (who has a VERY good sense of humor and will urge you to more fun).

I lost my heart to you, sweet boy. And my heart is breaking. I'll miss you.

God speed to eternal joy and love.
Barrie, Paradise, CA
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May 15, 2009
Ned you were such a young guy. I wish you had had more time to enjoy TES. Thanks to all at TES for taking such great care of you.
Rest in peace young man,
Namaste Ned
Bev Saul, Wise, VA
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May 14, 2009
Hi Ned!

I have a very cool uncle in CA with the same name: Ned. I hope you like your new home. I've been there - so I know you will love the care and freedom. Wow - you get to be with all those girls, too! Play nice.
Curtis Linder, LaGrange IL
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May 14, 2009
Ned Ned
Hay on his head

Loves to smell the air so sweet
Loves to eat his meal of beet

Squirts his caregiver with water
Ned, we love you, there is no other.


Aunties J&D, CT & NJ
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May 14, 2009
Morning, long, tall and so handsome. Nedley, you must feel all of the energy flowing around TES these days. Powerful feelings are being offered up, my boy.

Looks to be a bit drizzly in your kingdom today, nice way to keep the ground soft and giving for your expeditions. Reach high today, Ned, and grab the best branches. The blooming of your life is such a comfort, such a joy to share! Sling that mud and dress yourself in that cool earth. So much love to you, your sissies and the humans working with such grace and strength. Scritches to the pups!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 14, 2009
Dear Ned, I hope you are starting to feel better. Keep eating the good food and keep learning how to play! Our dear, lovable Bunny is not doing well, but as we mourn her inevitable passing, we celebrate the freedom, love and peace of the remaining eles, including you!! I hope you continue on your journey to wellness.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 14, 2009
Is this the same Ned that was mentioned in "The Cowboy and his Elephant?" It's such an unusual name, I just couldn't help wondering. He even likes playing with a tire! If so, that's amazing that he'll be reunited with Amy in AK. I'm really glad to see him putting on weight and having fun. That main pic with the spine of his scapula visible made me cry like a crazy woman.
Sharon Rose, Paoli, PA
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May 14, 2009
Dear Ned,
I wish you all the very best.
Helle, Denmark
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May 14, 2009
I've just finished the 'Cowboy and his Elephant' and was googling to see if I could find where "Amy" was. I'm thrilled to see she's doing well and is a mom at Riddle's Sanctuary in Arkansas! I then found you, Ned!! I'm so glad you are finally getting good care.. has anyone given you a tire to play with?? I know it was your favorite! Wouldn't it be great if Amy and you were reunited!?!
Michelle, PA
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May 13, 2009
Hello, handsome boy. I recently heard of a brother elephant named Bucky and tried to watch his story. I simply could not see it all, honey. I am reminded, again, of the gifts that TES brings to you and your sisters: love, freedom, companionship, joy, and peaceful passings. That is LIFE, sweetie, and a formidable tribute to those who have suffered and still suffer.

Have a bright day full of grins and silliness, Ned my boy. Find something new that amazes you!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 13, 2009
Hey Mister Hay Hat Nedster! How about an update? You know you are loved beyond words! Lots of excellent energy flowing your way coast to coast and beyond! We want to know how you are. More photos, too!!! Big elephant HUGS!!!!
Paula, Wyoming
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May 12, 2009
So have you gotten good and filthy yet, Neddie? I so hope that the muck around you has given you new adventures in pachyderm pleasures! How I would love to see you all dressed in trunk-to-tail MUD. Keep reaching for the highest branches, honey. You are a wonder and bring much-needed joy and comfort.

Blessings to the TES family today. Prayers for Bunny, her attendants and all who love her so.


Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 12, 2009
Looking good, Ned!
Maureen, MI
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May 12, 2009
Dear Ned,
Wonderful to see you with a smorgasbord of good eats on your head....lightheartedness is a blessing from you these days and keep eating your beets and flax seed.....always good for a sharp ele such as yourself!!!
L.H., Sacramento
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May 12, 2009
I would have loved to see you grab onto that hose, Ned. Have a wonderful Spring, golden boy.
Claire S . Moen, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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May 12, 2009
OK, Neddie. Time for a big ol' mudbath (you must listen to your Auntie Deb)and a serenade for Bunny--sing it! I haven't heard anything about you vocalizing-- You might like it! The point is, let the good times roll, big guy. (Was there ever a group of elephants who had more loving aunts and moms and grammas?)
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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May 11, 2009
Hear you are getting some trunk extension exercises in, sweetie pie. Good stuff up in the trees to eat; another addition to your outdoor salads bar! New flavors are everywhere and what you are learning is a joy for us to hear! Have you done any body painting with all that mud around? Bet it feels good to lay yourself in it. Give it a go and continue in your brave explorations. Love you, sugar!

Strength and peace of heart to all at TES and to Miss Bunny.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 11, 2009
Such sadness and pain now, Neddie, and so many tears - it seems that even Nature is crying for Bunny. Making rivers, waterfalls, and ponds where there were none. It was so wonderful to read of your joyful experience in plucking the new leaves from the trees, perhaps for the first time in your memory. I send my prayers and love to Bunny's caregivers (human, Shirley, and Tarra), who love Bunny so much and are giving her such tender care.
JS, Connecticut
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May 11, 2009
Oh my gosh...I see you are doing some serious expanding of your horizons! Never in your whole circus existence could you have imagined such simple pleasures as plucking leaves out of trees and mud puddles...and no more silly performance tricks, not ever again. Please accept my "virtual hug," dear Neddie!
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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May 11, 2009
Keep getting stronger Ned. So glad that you love beet pulp and flaxseed! I love you and will continue to pray for you my dear ele-friend. Sending you lots of love and many hugs.
avery, ontario, canada
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May 10, 2009
Along came Ned to TES one day,
He seemed so lost, his life so gray.
And oh, the questions in his eyes
We saw his anger, not disguised.
What place is this, why am I here?
New tricks to learn? more pain and fear?


And then the magic, slow but sure
That makes this sadness just a blur.
Bad memories begin to fade,
And life takes over, clean and pure.
And as we weep for those who leave us,
Ned and sisters, still here, heal us.

Peace and strength to all this sweet day.

Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 10, 2009
I am glad that TES has decided to have a Facebook page as "Bella E. Sanctuary." Now there's a place for faithful NedHeads like Auntie Deb, NedHead Ginny, Anne AND ALL to communicate our love for you and all elephants with each other.

Keep eatin' Big Boy
Tory, St. Simons Island, GA
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May 10, 2009
Ned, another beautiful moon if your TN weather has cleared enough to see it. I hope so with so many at the sanctuary spending the night outside. I think you are probably spending more of your day outside than ever before. You have months of great weather ahead and the freedom to enjoy it. Have a great week and be happy!
Anne, Pensacola
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May 9, 2009
Hey, there, Neddie! So what have you been up to lately? Are you getting plenty of sun? And just what have you been munching? I do hope that you are showing some smoother edges and that your be-hind is starting to fill out with a new plumpness. Nothing cuter than the backside of your kind, honey. Get silly today, Ned, and feel all of that love swirling about. Strength and blessings to all beings at TES today. The candles are glowing brightly for a day of serenity.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 9, 2009
Hi Ned,

Please tell us you are feeling better and gaining a little weight? Have you given the scale a try yet?

Love you,


Tory, St. Simons
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May 9, 2009
Dearest Ned, I'm so very glad you are in a place where the caregivers honor all beings, such as you, and such as dear Bunny. We love all you dear pachyderms so much; it's sad to see any of you go. Live your life now, dear Neddie, live it and love it. We know you are getting better every day and we send you and your sisters the very best vibes. Maybe you could trumpet one big elephant song for Bunny...
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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May 8, 2009
Dearest Ned: All of us who love you are now shedding tears for your sister Bunny, who is bidding farewell to this world and will soon be joining her beloved sisters over the rainbow. We send our prayers and love to Bunny's family, especially to Shirley, who will now have lost her two greatest loves, Jenny and Bunny. My prayers, love, and tears are with you all.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 8, 2009
Hello, my sweetest boy, Neddie. I am hoping today that your life will shine with the brightness of your sisters. That you will achieve deep and precious friendships, share adventures and your heart with brothers and sisters, remain kind and considerate, remember the lessons of love that you have received. Get out there today and LIVE, Neddie. We love you so. I very much like what Lesley said: that we can send our strength, tears, and love through you. So bless dear Bunny. Cover Shirley and Tarra and your humans with the comfort we all send today.

I'm so proud of you, big boy!


Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 7, 2009
Morning greetings, my dear boy. The air there is heavy today: I am certain that you can feel it. Maybe you will be a bit slower today, a bit more contemplative. Do get outside and soak up the wonder that has blessed you and your sisters for so many years. Have some fun if that is how you feel! It is a miraculous place to live, Neddie, and the sweetest setting to say goodbyes.

Blessings and prayers to your humans as they continue their efforts for Bunny and her precious sisters.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 7, 2009
Hello Neddie Boy!
We hope you are having the best day ever-the weather is definitely getting warmer. Take extra time outs when you need them and experience the love we send you from afar! Highest Regards to your caregivers and extra love to your sisters and the canine critters!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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May 7, 2009
Ned, a little ways off from you a beloved veteran and member of the founding herd is on her way to the next best sanctuary in the world for elephants.

Through you - just beginning your journey of freedom - I send all my love to beloved Bunny - one of my favourite elephants of all time - and the staff who've lovingly cared for her over the past decade.

I'm sad she's going, really sad, but at the same time, I'm happy she is in the best elephant hospice in the world.

Joy and sadness both, today. I'm grateful, truly grateful.

My thoughts are also with Shirley who has lost one and now is losing another. XXOO.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 7, 2009
Ned the second grade class at Yankeetown School has put you on our Power of one, this is a way for us to learn how to write letters your on our number one list, we also have put in money, Ms Joyce has taken our pennys, nickles and dimes to the bank and we have sent 5 letters with $5.00 in each letter we hope to make more.
Eat all you vegetables and get better we love you.
Second Grade, Yankeetown, Fl
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May 7, 2009
Dear Ned, With the moon 99% full tonight, I hope you at least had a peek before you headed to your barn. I'm certain you sense sadness in your caregivers and they have told you what is happening with Bunny. Be their with your sweet attitude, for they will look to all of you for comfort. Wonderful people doing everything they know to give you the best in life while knowing it cannot be forever. There is a special blessing on the Sanctuary this week as they care for Bunny and she bids them farewell. All who write to you Ned love each of the elephants at the Sanctuary and each loss causes us to gather closer in spirit.
Anne, Pensacola
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May 6, 2009
Ned, the big jokester! What a guy you are becoming. I read about your spirit soaring with your new found happiness and my own heart sings with you! I am so thrilled to share this journey with all of your pals everywhere. Continued blessings and LOVE to you and the TES folks who can see the wonder of their efforts. Love to your sisters and the playful pups! Just have the best day ever!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 5, 2009
Neddie, you are so helpful during bath time, I hear. I'm sure that is appreciated by your terrific bather! Got a look at Nic at PAWS, Neddie. He looks to be a jolly fellow, quite the plumpkin, so keep eating and continue your workouts. Meantime, keep us smiling with your gorgeous mug and silliness. Loves to all at TES today, and trunkfulls of thanks for all that your humans do for you. Amazing.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 5, 2009
Hey Ned, Your caregiver is the luckiest person on earth. Sounds like you are making her laugh all of the time now. I'm sure you are easy to care for with your easy going personality. You must be very thankful for her. Hope you continue your days of happiness and keep up the entertainment for those who care so much for you.
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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May 4, 2009
Neddie, I do believe that TES is one of the most gorgeous places I have sever seen. Maybe your hat is to help you to 'blend in' with your surroundings. Nicely done. So, get to prancing and playing today. I do hope that your storms today won't be too bad: you have your cozy digs. Please tell your sissies to be careful. Blessings and warm thoughts for you and yours this day.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 4, 2009
Thanks to Lesley from Vancouver for the video update on Nicholas at PAWS where Mr. Ned will be going. I've admired their work with elephants for awhile and I know that when you are ready, Ned, that you will love your new home. We all just love knowing what a great network of caregivers that you have at your disposal. Love you!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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May 4, 2009
Dear Ned, I hope you can forget everything bad that you have suffered before arriving at The Sanctuary. I know it will be difficult. I am sorry for what happened to you, but remember humans are not all bad with animals, many people love and care about them. Stay healthy,eat and live peacefully your new life. I wish my best to you and the others.
Cinzia , California
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May 3, 2009
Morning, sweetie pie! Hope today you find something new to discover! Always good for the mind to be challenged. I am praying that your weight is up a bit, but no hurry. You take your time feeling better and enjoying yourself. Your strides forward should be slow and certain. We love you, honey. Hugs to your humans, your spectacular sisters and the TES canine crew.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 2, 2009
Hallooooo, tall and handsome! Spring hiding today? Get on out there anyway and watch the clouds marching. Anything else need cleaning? Stay on top of that, honey. Wander, mosey, sashay and strut. You are the big boy on campus. Love you big time as always; and the sissies, and the pups, and your human assistants.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 2, 2009
Update on the habitat Ned will eventually go to. Nicholas' first day in the new place is on video here - it looks very nice and Nicky's joy is unmistakeable (also his cuteness...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCGDEhc4XN8
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 1, 2009
Flinging water,
Hay on head,
Kicking tires,
Must be NED!

Have another rollicking day, sugar pie! Love and spring blessings to all in TES land.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 1, 2009
Glad to know your appetite is much improved. Your future friend Nicolas is in the new habitat at Paws and when he gets out of his 1st musth (Ronnie would be so proud!), he will want your friendship! He seems very happy with the new environment, especially the pond, and I am sure you will be too! Eat up my man and get healthy because your new digs await you!


Marcia, Austin
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May 1, 2009
Happy Mayday, Ned! Just think, this is your first Spring away from the circus...and you'll never have to go back there ever again. I hope you are having a wonderful, happy day.
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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May 1, 2009
Dearest Neddie Boy,
We LOVED the wonderful picture of you!! We are so glad you are eating additional things while not forgetting your oatmeal! How wonderful on this first day of May that you are with us --looking so healthy and so very handsome! We keep you in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. Hope Gracie is doing well. Highest regards to your sisters, the pups and your wonderful caregivers. Happy Times!!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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April 30, 2009
Faith and begorra, Ned me boyo! Sure and ye must be Irish, for you're a wearing the green! May the road always rise to meet thee!
Katherine Keetch, St. Louis, MO
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April 30, 2009
Almost May Day, Neddie! Hats and strolling are a must! Be full of joy and your chef's creations. Have fun with the bath and your other favorite pastimes. We all love you, honey.

Best to TES folks, all of the gorgeous sissies and the yappers!
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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April 30, 2009
Hi Ned

Is great to see you and all the green around you to enjoy. Keep getting strong!!
karen, MN
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April 29, 2009
So, Ned my boy, what is on your princely mind this morning? I wish that you could remember nothing except your perfect life today at TES. Happiness does help the bad memories fade. Go forth and be aimlessly silly...you seem to be really getting the hang of that! I will sip from my Ned mug and send along dreamy nap wishes. Love to all in TES land: trekking/napping/sloshy sissies and pups. Your humans get a separate and most heartfelt nod of thanks for their hard work every day.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 29, 2009
Dear, Magnificent Mr. Ned,
I read in the Ele-Notes that you have been having fun (FUN! What a concept!) with water. Although your nice caregiver probably didn't need a shower, you had your own ideas about that. Good on ya! I have a feeling the caregiver probably didn't mind too much. This is a whole new world for you, my friend, so I hope you enjoy every minute. Love you.
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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April 28, 2009
Hi Ned

You look so Ele-gant! Keep on eating so you can feel better. I will continue to pray for you. Much love and happiness my friend.
monica, waterloo, canada
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April 28, 2009
Neddie, that hat was swell. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. And so nice to assist your caregiver in cleaning your room! Even nicer to share the shower with a friend! Saving water IS important. Wishing you good eats, silliness, maybe a song or two and a soothing nap. Sending deep appreciation for the TES human army, the stomping sissies and those sweet doggers.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 27, 2009
Dear Ned: Please thank your caregivers for giving all of us who love you the beautiful picture of you with your new hat! My love and prayers for your continued improvement, good health, and peace are always with you, dearest Neddie.
JS, Connecticut
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April 27, 2009
Hi Ned, I was so happy to see a new photo of you! I am enjoying my coffee in my new Ned Mug. Glad you're finally enjoying your beets!
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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April 27, 2009
Morning, sweet boy. Take time to enjoy your nap time today. Let your eyes close and feel the sun like a blanket. You are at Sanctuary, where no past pains can disturb. Munch and toss your hay for another new fashion creation! So happy that you are enjoying your new food offerings: not sure I could! Good day to your humans, the mud-soaked sissies and 'soft' scritches to Miss Bella and her kin.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 27, 2009
you're cute
Emily 0lsen, panama City Fl
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April 27, 2009
Dear Neddie!!
What an adorable picture with your new hat. I'd love to have that on a mouse pad. Then I could get a chuckle everyday when I come to work. It even looks like you are smiling at your antics. What a life big guy. Lucky You!!! You just look happy. It brings tears to my eyes to see you so carefree.
Love You Bunches and Bunches.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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April 27, 2009
Great Sombrero Ned!! You're the Man! It is so nice to know you feel comfortable using hay to play with. I'll bet you saw the girls in their Easter bonnets a few weeks ago. You are too cute. You're new picture melted my heart. Be happy and keep smiling.
Anne, Pensacola
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April 27, 2009
Oh, Mr. Ned! Such a becoming hat. I am so happy to see this photo of you being ele-silly, just as you should be. From this angle I can't really tell if you have packed on any pounds (why is it so easy for me to do that? I'd gladly give you some of mine...) Take care and have fun.
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 27, 2009
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. ENJOYED YOUR PICTURE AND GOOD NEWS.
PAMELA ROGERS, WOODBRIDGE VA
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April 27, 2009
ned i saw an elephant and his name is ned and he was skinny. on top and on his back he was SKINNE. I could count neds ribs. I saw and i couldn't count neds ribs anymore, ned looks happy. he eats hay and i love ned. keep getting better ned
Pixie Sapphire Zorro 4 yrs old, Cape Coral, FL
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April 27, 2009
Looking good Ned! You are doing so well.

I have printed photos of you and Gracie to put up on my office wall.
Stacey, Australia
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April 27, 2009
A message from my kindergarten class..."Eat over your plate, share your toys with the dogs, have fun playing outside, and get better soon."

Mrs. Minear's Kindergarten Class, Miami, Fl
Melissa , Miami, Fl
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April 26, 2009
Ned, dear boy, enjoy your soft, sweet Sunday. I am still smiling at the latest portrait. Have the best of days today: eating, napping and playing. Silly is good for you, so do find something amusing in your travels. Sending special scritches to the Bella pup, tell her we are so glad she is ok.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 26, 2009
Hi Ned! Nice hat!
Lots of love,
Ele-aunt
Ele-aunt, USA
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April 26, 2009
Hey Nedster,
Glad to see you have been up to some fun-love your latest photo!
Try to eat as much as you can so you can gain some weight. I love you and will continue to pray for your health and happiness.
Lots of Love always.


Avni, Ontario, Canada
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April 25, 2009
My dear sweet Ned, I hope you have gained some weight and look better now than when you first came to the Sanctuary. Please ask your caretakers to take some new pictures of you for all of your concerned fans to see. Ned, please be sure to try to eat everything they bring you in Hohenwald. We love you and I know, God willing, with the care they are giving you at the Sanctuary, you are in the best place you could be to fully recover.
Linda, Tennessee
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April 25, 2009
NEDDIE!!! LOVE the new pic! And I see that you have some mighty fancy new headwear! Oh, so dapper, and your precious face has slapped a smile on me that will last for days. I am so thankful for your progress; most importantly, your soul has started to sing! Gobs of thanks to your TES peeps for the photo and their miraculous work. Much love to both of your prankster African sisters (hilarious) and the delicious Asian harem. Scritches, pups!
Grinning Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 25, 2009
It's lovely to read a Ned update, and isn't he a character with that clump of hay on his head. Ned appears much less gaunt than when he first arrived and is as adorable as ever.

P.S. Glad to hear Bella's safe and sound, and my heart goes out to her loyal and dedicated friend, Tarra.

Lesley, Vancouver
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April 25, 2009
Ned,
Good to see you enjoying freedom. You deserve it!
Keep it big boy. Grow stronger and more confident every day.
Love ya.
Juanita, Livonia, MI
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April 25, 2009
Neddie,

It's not about gaining weight or making us happy, it's about you being the best and happiest elephant you can be.

Enjoy the food and the weather and the company. Sta bene, Ned.

Max and Val the rescued Brittanys
Max and Val, NM
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April 25, 2009
Hello friend. I will pray for your body to thrive, your mind to be free of bad memories and your heart to feel nothing but unconditional love. You will be the mighty giant that were meant to be. You are loved in Arizona.
Shannon Martinez, Mesa, AZ
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April 25, 2009
Ned,
My special, inspirational elephant friend, I have been thinking about you these past few days and wondering what you have been up to and what did I find-an adorable picture of you! I love the hay on that very handsome head of yours! So you're liking beet pulp and flaxseed-awesome! Keep eating and enjoying the warmer weather to your heart's content. How can mere words express how much peace and happiness I wish for you precious Ned. Stay strong.
You will always be in my prayers. I wish I could give you a million hugs but instead I send you so much love.

Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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April 25, 2009
Hi Neddy!

I'm so glad you now have a liking for beet pulp. It's good for ya, keep it up. You are looking very handsome and happy and I hope you stay well. I will continue to 'check in' on you every day.

PS I love your new 'hat'
Robina, Melbourne, Australia
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April 25, 2009
LOVE the hay hat
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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April 24, 2009
Have a perfect day, Neddie. Would love to see you taking a nap! Eat and play well today, honey. Love you so very much.

And I must say, there is nothing quite as cute as an elephant backside! Your sissies are glamor queens!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 24, 2009
Hey Ned, glad to hear you are doing good, and so glad your allowing two little guys to hang out around you!
I hope you are blessed with peaceful and happy days.

I'll be keeping an eye on you!!
Donna Borden, Norridge, IL
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April 24, 2009
Hi Neddie,
As we head into the weekend, I wish you happy days ahead, with lots of sunshine and warmth to soothe your big self and make you feel happy and free! A swim in the pond might be interesting (have you ever done that? It's fun!) Love you lots.
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 23, 2009
Mr Neddie-man! Your kingdom is so glorious! So what's on the agenda this perfect day for you? I think of what you are doing, imagine you napping in blissful slumber, and visualize your eyes soaking up the splendor around you. Do hope for more pics soon....please rumble a hint. Meantime, continued blessings to the TES folk, those lucky doggies and the ever-amusing females in your family.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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April 23, 2009
Get well, Ned! xoxoxo
Maureen, Ann Arbor, MI
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April 23, 2009
Hay, Hay, Hay ! Keep eating and you'll be in California someday! Your NedHead followers can't wait to see you. Thoughts about you are daily. HANG TOUGH BIG GUY!

Much Love,


ET in CA , XOXOXOXO
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April 23, 2009
Just dropped in to say "Hi" to you Ned. Glad to hear you are getting beet pulp. Horses like it too. They are taking good care of you, and you are sounding like you are happy and relaxed. Have a good week!
Bianca, Florida
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April 22, 2009
Loving greetings to you today, dear sweet Neddie! Enjoy your spring birdsong serenade today. Such a perfect background for fun or relaxation. Have you had a wallow yet, sugar-pie? Would love to see a photo of you good and dirty! Are you talking, maybe a satisfied rumble or squeak? Give it a go, honey. Blessings to your TES humans, your slurpy sissies and prancing puppers.
Aunntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 22, 2009
Hay Hay Hay Mr. Ned! Can't wait for your arrival ! How's your little friend Gracie doing? Hopefully you will be bringing her along with you. Get well soon! I think about you everyday. Take care big guy! xoxoxo
NedHead, in California
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April 21, 2009
Ned the grass-smorgy king! Good stuff, that sweet new chewy offering! And you seem to be taking your appearance very seriously: dressing with layers is always a good idea in uncertain weather. And your snack rides with you, very smart. Pleasing to know that the puppers consider themselves welcome to come and go: being considerate is a good thing for a large boy like you. Enjoy your bird-chorus, honey. Many thanks to the TES army for the update, scritches to the pups and the snoring sisters.
Auntie Deb, SAC, CA
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April 21, 2009
Hi Neddie.
What good news for all your devoted fans. We only wish you the absolute best. Enjoy all that life is giving you now at TES. Just everyone loves you, you lucky guy!!. Hugs and Kisses sweet boy.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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April 21, 2009
Hi Mr. Nedly,
I am starting to see signs of recovery for you. That makes me sooooo happy. I read good things in the latest Ele-Notes, which the wonderful Sanctuary caregivers are so kind to provide us. We all love you, Ned!
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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April 20, 2009
Oh, Neddie! Don't let the clouds dampen your sunny heart. Clouds can also be beautiful, fun to watch: and you can chase them as they roam across your yard! How are your leg and tire games coming along? Very good for the manly muscles. Stay bright in spirit, precious, and remember how much you are thought of and loved, every day. I send along warmest regards to your humans, those ear-flapping sisters and your special pups!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 20, 2009
Sleeping outdoors in the sun Ned?
I am sooooo jealous! I haven't had time to do that in years. Don't you need some sunscreen? Do you roll in the dust first? I am so happy you are happy now. Keep the grass cut where you can.
Anne, Pensacola
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April 19, 2009
Bit of a drizzle today, Neddie. Very good for the skin! I am checking every day to see if you make a guest appearance on the ele-cam, no luck yet. Your valley is gorgeous, bathed in mist. My thoughts are with you, as always, and sending along peaceful vibes for your Sunday. Much love to your humans, your sashay sisters and loping canines.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 19, 2009
Ned,I do hope that you are feeling better. Everybody wants you to be able to enjoy the green grass and the warmth of the sunshine. You have suffered so much. Welcome home.
Mary
Washington state
mary, monroe, washington
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April 19, 2009
Hello, Ned. I am so happy for you that you are finally being cared for so lovingly. I hope your permanent home is as nice as your current home. Eat, Eat, Eat, Ned! Eat! Love,Valerie
Valerie Mangion, Boaz, WI
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April 19, 2009
Ned,

How's the tire?
Tory, St. Simons Island
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April 18, 2009
Spring has sprung, the sisters prowl,
And Neddie-boy, has lost his scowl!
He wanders off to munch some grass,
Naps and FUN helps make time pass!

Have a perfect day, sweetie. Love to all at TES.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 18, 2009
Neddie Boy,
Today, in CA, is a glorious, sunny, warm day. We (my doggie and I) have just returned from a quiet, long walk and thought of you and the girls. Checking the Ele-Cam is always so enjoyable! We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you, including Gracie and other doggies, and your wonderful caregivers. We trust you are still progressing and getting healthier each day! We love you soooo much, Neddie!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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April 18, 2009
Hi Neddie...are you enjoying the nice warm weather? I hope it's feelin' good to you. Did you read Auntie Deb's sweet poem? I envision you with your own computer, reading your letters every day (as it should be, for such a princely fellow). Whatever you do today, I think you will find pleasure, as with every day of your wonderful new life. Bye for now, cutie.
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 17, 2009
Keep laying in the sun Ned, Get that tummy warm to help your digestion. TES will hit on the right foods for you to keep eating. Rest, Sun, Eat, Sun, Rest. Good formula.
Tory, St. Simons Island, GA
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April 17, 2009
Looks like the sun is gracing your kingdom again today, dear Neddie. Nothing like those warm rays to bathe your spirit in well-being. Soak it up, nap under it, kick a tire! And do try a good soak, honey. Your sisters bobbing like corks are a soothing sight to behold. Love to your TES folks, the skippy sissies and those precious pups.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 17, 2009
Hey Ned! Looks like you are having a nice, warm day in Elephant Heaven. Looking forward to some pictures of you; we just love to see your georgeousness. Love you lots!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 17, 2009
Oh Ned, I hope you realize you are among friends now. I love you.
Laurie Holman, Madison, Wi
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April 16, 2009
Looks like Spring just can't settle in, honey boy! Still, the wait is worth it. Now don't get chilled, Ned. Head for that warm barn on these cloudy and cool days. Any luck on the scale lately? It would be lovely to know a few pounds have started to appear. Know that every day you are thought of and sent strength and joy. Warmest regards to your peeps, your skippy sisters and the dashing doggies.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 16, 2009
Ned, Hope you are as busy enjoying springtime as your sisters!! You must be smiling each day as you enjoy a different and very fresh diet from all the plants coming up. I think of you each day as I watch gardens springing to life. Plants are a great gift and you deserve the very best of them.
Anne, Pensacola
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April 15, 2009
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.

More Irish leaking out today, Neddie, my precious boy. Have yourself a perfect day whatever you choose to do. Find the sunshine and soak it up! Eat, play and rest. Continued strength and blessings to your mighty humans, those rambling sissies and the pupper assistants.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 15, 2009
Dear Ned,
Smoochies and snuggles and kisses to you. Huggles and many many squishes to you and the peppy pups! xoxoxo Love you!
Aunt J&J, NJ & CT
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April 15, 2009
Dearest Neddie Boy!

What great news about you on the April 11 diary entry!!!! Keep up the good work as we get deeper into our Spring and Summer. I am so happy to hear this! I hope you and Gracie are still having fun. We all love you and your caregivers sooo much! Have a special wonderful time today,Dearest Neddie!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton,CA
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April 14, 2009
What great news Ned! You are feeling better and enjoying basking in the sun. I hope your health continues to improve and you are soon in tip-top shape. Love you, big guy. Say Hi to your sisters and TES caregivers.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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April 14, 2009
Neddie Baby,

I think it's time to start group prayer. All you NedHeads need to pray at the same time. Around the world...On the hour (no matter what the time zone) That way the strength of the prayer will be stronger. Everyone will be reminded on the hour. Let's give a try. That way there will be more than one person praying at the same time no matter what the hour. We luv you, Neddy, and really want you to get better.















Elly, Florida, USA
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April 14, 2009
Well, sugar, might be another cool one today in Neddie-land. I always enjoy the power nap on cloudy days. So invigorating and peaceful. Don't want you to get chilled, so do be careful. I just know that you are improving steadily, so joyful to hear! Cannot wait to see some new pics and/or video of your sweet self! Will patiently await that! Love to all at TES today, such a tremendous family of superhumans, silly sisters and assorted precious foundlings. I rejoice that your new life is at such a wondrous place.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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April 14, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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April 14, 2009
OK, Nedly, time to chow down on some beet pulp (YUM!)and then maybe a stroll around your kingly compound, and back to your private quarters for a nice warm nap. I hope by now it's starting to sink in that YOU can be in charge of how you spend your time--you, not a circus trainer. No more silly tricks, just good, natural elephant living. Your happiness and peace is the key to your health, I'm convinced of it. Love you lots,
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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April 14, 2009
Ned, I'm sorry for what the bad people did to you.I hope you EAT ALOT so you will get well soon.I am 11 years old and I WILL NEVER EVER GO TO A CIRCUS.FEEL BETTER!!
your friend,, Allie
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April 13, 2009
Hi Ned,
It took awhile for my horses to enjoy beet pulp but is well worth the effort! Keep enjoying the sun and your freedom. Good health will soon follow!


Karen, Maryland
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April 13, 2009
Dearest Ned: What wonderful news in your diary! So many years of abuse and neglect that you went through certainly must have had some kind of effect on your body, but all the love and prayers of so many of us not just in America but all over the world and the care and love of your sanctuary family hopefully have started to reverse what was done to you in your past life. Please know how much you are loved, Neddie.
JS, Connecticut
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April 13, 2009
I watch all the girls but Ned being the only male makes me more concerned about him.I would like to see pictures of him now,video showing his improvement since he has been with you.
Pam Medley, Pittsburgh
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April 13, 2009
Dear Ned, you and I have something in common - neither of us particularly likes beets! But they are good for you and have lots of nutrients, so keep trying and maybe some day you'll discover they're not so bad after all! I'm so happy you're digestive system is starting to stabilize and that you're feeling confident enough to nap in your yard. How's Gracie? Hope to see more pics of you soon, big boy!
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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April 13, 2009
How long will it be before we can enjoy Ned on the Ele-Cam? We sure would like to see him... and often!

A Ned-Head from the Midwest
bigfanx, St L MO
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April 13, 2009
Hello There Sweet Neddie.
So happy to hear that you are doing better. What a joy to hear!! Thank you so much to the TES team. How extra special and wonderful you all are in your devotion to all of the elephants at TES. But you must know that Mr. Neddie is near and dear to our hearts. Take care sweet boy. Hugs and Kisses Big Guy.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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April 13, 2009
Dearest Ned-boy. I seem to be losing my brainpower. So if I already wrote this morning, excuse the duplicate. A fair and lovely day it looks to be in your kingdom! Now, beet pulp is not something I have personal knowledge of, but I am sure you need it if your caregivers are offering. So do give it a go. Have a relaxing and fun-filled afternoon, sweets. Much love to you, your humans, your rambling sisters and lucky pups.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 13, 2009
Dearest Sweet Ned,
I lit a candle for you at Easter services yesterday and the whole congregation prayed for you. Know that you are loved! How is Gracie? Keep working on the beet pulp. I hope all is well at TES after the storms. Say hello to everyone. Thanks to the caregivers. Ele-hugs and ele-kisses to you and your ele-sisters. Love, Liz XXXOOO
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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April 13, 2009
Ned,
The boys and girls in Mrs. Sheloske's class and Ms. Phillips class in Florida are so happy you are doing better. Look for letters and checks coming your way to help pay for your expenses.
A 2nd and 3rd grade class, Rotonda West, FL
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April 13, 2009
oh Ned, I'm so glad to see some more updates! I think about you often and send you well wishes across the miles. There is nothing you deserve more than a healthy belly and a walk in the woods on a warm spring day.
Shannon, Sherwood Park, Canada
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April 12, 2009
Glad to hear you enjoyed basking in the sun and getting your tummy warm during your nap outside. We Nedheads continue to pray you will keep getting better.
Tory, St. Simons Island, GA
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April 12, 2009
Good for you Ned! Such a wonderful surprise to read about you first thing this morning. The schedule has become - cat gets fed, read about Ned, then my day can begin.
Today will be very blessed and beautiful in TN. Beets are good Ned. Everything you receive at the sanctuary is good for you. Sounds like you are starting to "Believe" in miracles.
Anne, Pensacola
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April 12, 2009
Hang in there, Ned! There are people from 'across the pond' that send you love and healing thoughts every day.
Robina, Melbourne, Australia
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April 12, 2009
Happy Easter, Neddie! I am thrilled to read the latest news that your napping skills are improving along with your appetite and, shall we say, your daily 'gifts'! Today looks to be sunny as your sisters fan out on the ele-cam (some big bugs out there, Neddie). Have a peaceful, relaxing, playful, joyful and hungry day, honey. Hope the pounds follow these improvements in your life. Blessings to the TES humans, swishy sissies and precious pups.
Easter Bunny Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 12, 2009
I love you.
ann, ga
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April 12, 2009
Precious Ned, you are such an inspiration to me. Your spirit is amazing. What good news from your dedicated caregivers! Keep basking in that wonderful sun and enjoy your naps. Keep eating and trying the beet pulp. I wish you an abundance of peace and happiness as you continue in your healing journey. I love you so much Ned. Keep that trunk up and stay strong my friend. You are always in my prayers.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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April 12, 2009
That is wonderful, reassuring news about Ned. Thank you for posting it and sharing his progress with us.

Keep it up, Ned! You're a special, inspiring fellow, and you are loved so much from all corners of the globe.

Eat your beets!

xoxo
Claudia , New York City
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April 12, 2009
ned is so very thin in the pictures when he arrived at the
sanctuary. How has he done since
nov 08?
when he is stronger will he be
moved to another facility?
bonnie, altamont ny
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April 12, 2009
Oh my dear Mr. Ned! What a joy to read this latest report in your diary. To see that you seem to be relaxing and eating hay and everything so well...what happiness that gives your global family out here. And having a nap in the warm sunshine--now that just shows good sense. Darling boy, we even like to get details about your poop! That must prove how much we love you. Love, love, love you!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 11, 2009
Well, double dang, Neddie, looks to be a bit on the chilly side today. By now you have plenty to do whatever the weather, yes? Hopefully the clouds will part and give a few kisses of sun a bit later. Meantime, stay warm and practice ball-squishing or towel-toss. Sending warmest thank-you's to the TES human warriors, prancing puppers and your ever-entrancing sisters.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 11, 2009
Hey Ned, Bet you understand after yesterdays storm why you need to weigh more;so you don't blow away buddy! Wish I could have seen you heading to the barn! I'll bet you were calmly fluffing your hay while the winds howled outside. Hope all is well at the sanctuary today and that the sun is back.
Anne, Pensacola
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April 10, 2009
So how is the long-tall-and-handsome sugar pie today? Today is all yours, Ned. Just like every day at TES! Hope you are making progress with your pond and have discovered the luxury of the mud bath! Unlike the hay, it stays put, so getting dressed will be so much easier. Your admirers (like Ginny and I) continue to send healing and loving vibes your way constantly. I believe we are seeing the positive results of that offering. Peace to your humans, your bi-continental sissies, and the galloping canines!
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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April 9, 2009
Just a quick note from your Auntie Deb this morning to let you know I am smiling thinking about the adventures you have planned for today. Maybe a pickup ball game? Mud-slinging? Or a quiet day working on your hay attire. Love you so much, dearie. Rumble some thanks to your humans, wake up those sissies and be gentle with the doggies.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 9, 2009
Hi Neddie, You know, it's pretty amazing to see the loyalty of all your ele-fans out here...you've got a huge family, like your dear Auntie Deb, for instance, who writes you every day, and me (I don't write as often as AD, but I sure love you) and countless others who check in with you all the time and monitor your progress as lovingly as any family member. We all admire you and the Divas so much, and of course the caregivers are a huge part of the whole big family. You are a lucky guy, and we are so fortunate to have you be part of our lives. Thank you all.
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 8, 2009
Good thoughts to you Ned! You really have quite a following! Wishing you well everyday. Pack that trunk and get out here!
Elizabeth Taylor, Somewhere in California
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April 8, 2009
Big Ned, the ball hog! Good job, honey, grab it but please don't eat it! Looks like a gorgeous day again at TES: enjoy yourself, try out that pond....boys are supposed to get dirty! Enjoy your a fresco salads and fruit snacks.

Love to the TES superhumans, your colorful sisters and busy pups!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 8, 2009
Hi Neddie,
I envy your nice, warm weather there in Tennessee; I saw a couple of your sisters napping in the sunny meadow and there was evidence of some pond-swimming, though I missed it on the EleCam. So it looks like you are surrounded by fun and guess what? The summer is coming! You'll love it, my nice big boy.
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 8, 2009
Ned, I am so happy that you are in a safe place. You are just so cute.

your friend in NY,
Iveta
Iveta Vitola, NY
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April 7, 2009
Ned, I was so happy to read that you are enjoying your yard and the fresh grass, and that you were checking out the mud by your pond. I hope some day you feel confident enough to go swimming - you'll love it! How are things with your gal-pal Gracie?
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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April 7, 2009
Celebrate Neddie! I am so proud of you, sweetie. Your life force is so strong and you are showing more and more how your precious personality is beginning to shine! I see no news of illness so I will assume you are better. Oh, to see you in your yard...jump in that pond, honey! It is supreme pachy-pleasure! Thank you to your TES staff humans for the powerful update and continued work for you. WOO HOO to the sissies and puppers.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 7, 2009
Don't you wish the weather would make up its mind, Ned? I do, warm a few days, cold next. Well if it's cold lie down on the heated floor and keep your tummy warm. If it's nice go out and play.

We Nedheads keep thinking of you,

Tory, Georgia
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April 6, 2009
Sweet Ned
I saw a shooting star tonight ... falling through the sky. I squeezed my eyes tight, and made my ::wish:: I asked that it be given to someone that can use every gathered wishing star fallen from the night.

my ::wish:: was for you.

Use it any way you feel best. Love you.
xxoo zUzU
zUzU, at the bottom of a northern california garden
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April 6, 2009
Ned, the big boy! More adventures today? Heartfelt thoughts for your tummy to be silent today...and your world to sing with peace and health! Special rumbles to the African sisters' friendship, your colorful Asian gals, the tireless human guardians and the dashing doggies!

So much love for you, honey. Can you feel it?
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 6, 2009
Dearest Ned: What wonderful news we received about you in today's Ele-Notes. Thank you, thank you to all your caregivers for giving you your life back. Miracles happen. Prayers get answered.
JS, Connecticut
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April 6, 2009
Ned my big boy, I'm reading very hopeful things about you in Ele-News! Maybe Spring has brought you some strength and energy. It makes me laugh to think of you tasting the ball and then discarding it when actual food is offered to you...not that I blame you. I'd prefer watermelon to a rubber ball too! Bless your great big elephant heart.
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 5, 2009
Dear Ned, I am so happy that you are at TES where you will get all the love and care that was denied you for so long. I'm sending loving thoughts to you, and I'm seeing you healthy and joyful strolling in the warm sun, living many, many more blissful years. You are so loved at last.
Eden Courtney, Albuquerque, NM
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April 5, 2009
Neddie, my sweets! Another good day today for you? Sunday being the official day of rest (except for your TES humans, bless them) you are hereby given notice that your activities today should be calm and serene. But! If you feel the need the whack a tree tire, give it a go. Feel the love streaming your way, honey. Continued strength and appreciation to your TES human army, the camping sissies and of course, the canine caregivers.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 5, 2009
Ned, it doesn't matter what's wrong with you. The trick is to enjoy the days when you feel great!

You're in a wonderful place so kick back and play and relax. Enjoy the taste of new foods and the sound of the birds and the kindness of the people and dogs around you. That's all any of us can ask for.

We think about you often and offer up our best wishes and love, big guy!

Max and Val, the rescued Brittanies.
Max & Val, NM
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April 5, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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April 4, 2009
Halloooooo, Ned the handsome ele-dude. Keep the trunk up and savor these lovely days. You simply have to be mellowing what with all of the peaceful vibes at TES. Sending lots of love to all at TES-land today: patient human guardians, the trekking sissies and galloping pups.

Happy Spring!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 4, 2009
Nedster,
I'm here, thinking about you and wishing you well (and of course all your sisters too). Spring is here, warmer weather is on the way! Bask, eat, play: those are your watchwords. Love you, big guy!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 3, 2009
King Neddie! Greetings from only one of your gazillion loyal subjects. Looks like another sublime day in TES pachyderm paradise. I am hoping that your medical chute training is moving forward and that you are not frightened. No reason to fear these folks, sweetie. Get on out there and survey your kingdom. Give your sisters-in-waiting a thrill and trumpet a greeting! That should wake them up! Stay calm, munch a bunch, play and snooze. We love you, Ned.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 3, 2009
I'm sending warm California hugs your way. We're all rooting for you!
Teagan, Hollywood
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April 2, 2009
Hi Sweet Neddie!!
Wishing you warm weather to enjoy and lots of yummy food to make you feel better. Lots of Love, Hugs and Kisses from Virginia.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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April 2, 2009
Greetings, delicious Neddie! A quick note to say that here's hoping today is yet another good one for you. A day full of sun, birdsong, ele-song, hay-tossing, tire-kicking, ball throwing, grass-munching fun! Warm regards to your humans, your friend Gracie and company, and of course the galloping girl sisters.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 2, 2009
Dear Ned,
I am rooting for you and have told all my relatives about you and they now read your diary and are rooting for you too! I hope you stay in TN forever, you shouldn't ever have to move again, no doubt that would be a terrifying experience if they put you in a trailer and it started down the road, you would probably think you were going back to the circus. We all love you so!
Laura Y. Brown, Duck, NC
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April 1, 2009
Good day to you, sugar-pie! Looks like you will have some more sun peeking around your green carpet outside. So get on out there and munch. Practice your leg exercises with that tire, the ladies love the hunks! Keep that enormous heart full of hope and peace today. Your sisters are accomplished snoozers: a good nap is a precious thing to master. Continued warm regards to your TES guardians and the canine/kitty pack.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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April 1, 2009
Ned, Eat and sun your body so you can recover. We love you Tall Boy.
Edna , Tennessee
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April 1, 2009
Good morning Ned (and sisters),
I noticed that your temperatures are getting nice and warm there in Tennessee. I saw a couple of your sisters hanging out by the pond earlier; the sun looked inviting and I hope that you will venture out and let the rays warm your great big self (vitamin D is good for you!). The weather will keep getting nicer and nicer, and that just might help you get better. Love you!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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April 1, 2009
Dear Ned,

It's been a while since I checked up on you and I sincerely hope your are positively progressing. We all wish you the best.It is concerning that you have not kept the weight on, but I'm sure TES will do all in their power to pack on the pounds. Get well dear Neddy - hope to see you in California soon!!!!!!
lhall , Sacramento, CA
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March 31, 2009
Dearest Ned: From your latest diary entry, the love and prayers of so many of us and the greatest caregivers all seem to be working "a miracle for Ned!" With love, hugs, and prayers--
JS, Connecticut
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March 31, 2009
I watched your arrival video again today, sweetie. As Scott and Carol stepped back and welcomed you, your eyes were so full of uncertainty and sadness: "What now?" you seemed to be wondering. And then you discovered this place was different. You have been literally brought back to where hope begins to flourish. Toys, loving words, private chefs, no expectations other than doing whatever you want every day. I am so fortunate to see your life transformed. Hope remains.

Have another perfect day Neddie. Blessings to TES folk, slumbering sisters and adorable furballs.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 31, 2009
Welcome, beautiful boy! May you have a happy, healthy life here
Kara, Ohio
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March 31, 2009
Yeah, Ned. I hope and pray that you continue to get better. You are a truly awesome little guy. You are my elephant hero. Love you.
Brenda, Spokane,WA
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March 31, 2009
Tomorrow is April Ned. Such a beautiful month with warmer weather you will love. My hope is with each new month you understand more about how certain you can be of your freedom. You know your people there love you.
Anne, Pensacola
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March 31, 2009
Dearest Ned,

Ginger treats are coming soon your way. Sending you, one of the bravest ellies, all the best wishes and prayers.

Sophie
Sophie, California
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March 30, 2009
Hi Ned, sorry I have written to you for awhile, but you haven't been forgotten. I keep praying for you and hope you can enjoy your freedom at TES. As always, TES thank you for your good of all the animal friends. I'm glad you keep getting better...keep it up big boy!
Jeannette, New Jersey
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March 30, 2009
Dear Ned: This is a loving, get well message from Barb, Luci, Abby and Charlie, in Maryland. Keep eating, and gain weight- then, enjoy your life!
Love always!
Barb, Luci, Abby and Charlie, Harford County, Maryland
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March 30, 2009
Oh, dear boy Ned, so happy to hear that you are having better days. Makes me very hopeful and optimistic about your golden future. Here's hoping that today makes two in a row. Many thanks to your fantastic human caregivers at TES for the small but uplifting news. Rumbles to the snoozy sisters and all of those pups I see running around on the Ele-Cam.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 30, 2009
Everyone is praying as hard for You, Ned, as we do for all of our loved ones. I know it is in the Lords' time, not ours that you will be healthy and happy. You have me rescuing the bugs in the puddles, etc. My neighbor has taken in some baby squirrels.
You are saving many creatures just for being you.
Anne, Pensacola
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March 30, 2009
Dearest Ned. I am wondering if long ago you were fed something for a long time that over time irritated your stomach or perhaps did you swallow something that is stuck in your intestine? Not sure if can be done but maybe an x-ray of your stomach. I thought by now with such good care you would be up and raring to go. Get better soon.
Cherie Teague, Loudon TN
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March 30, 2009
Dearest Ned, I am glad that you are having better days. Thank you to all the caregivers. Greetings to you and all your ele-sisters, dogs and cats!
Love, Liz
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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March 30, 2009
Hey Ned,
I just read some great news! New York City Council is close to passing a City ban on Elephants and other wild animals. Do you realize that would mean, that Circuses will not be allowed to perform in Madison Square Garden. Let's hope this bill passes, your New York ele-friends should note this.

CJ, Perdido Key
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March 30, 2009
Dear Mr. Ned,

Good to hear that you are possibly heading toward a more healthy, happy time of your life...you deserve it so much! So many good wishes coming your way from all over the place. We sure love you!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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March 30, 2009
Dearest Ned, I love the picture of you holding your tire. You are just soooooo handsome. I hope you are feeling better and I so do wish that your caregivers could figure out what is wrong with you. Hang in there, big boy. Big elephant hugs to you from me and my kitties
Linda, Lakewood, NY and Port St Lucie, FL
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March 30, 2009
Hi Ned
So glad to hear that your good days are coming more often. Keep up the good work!!!

There is a lot of love coming your way from all us "Ned Heads"
And, of course, we send much love to all the girls and sanctuary persons, who all mean so much.
shirley walter, Ocala, FL
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March 30, 2009
LOVE YOU NED! I was so happy to read that you stepped out into the sun even though it was cold.
Hopefully getting some sun will heal you faster. Where I live it has been cold too. In fact when I woke up this morning there was snow everywhere. Yuck! Try and get as much sun as you can dear Ned. Wow, I did not realize how tall you are. You are a truly amazing and magnificent creature. I am so glad that you are having more good days. So precious Ned, keep your trunk up and stay strong. You are in my prayers always.
Ushma, Ontario,
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March 29, 2009
Thinking of you today, as always, Neddie. Contemplating again how lucky that you have been found and brought to safety. As someone else has said here: TES is a place that you can be at peace to leave the earth if that is your path. I have learned much from the humans at TES about honoring that journey. But I must say that I am hoping that you can stay and thrive. I anxiously and with hope await news of progress, however small, that you are feeling stronger with fewer 'bad' days and that today is one of those good ones. Peace, Neddie, to your humans, the sweet sissies and pups and kitties.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 29, 2009
Ned, get better soon. Many people are pulling for you. We want to see you up and happy. I know your caregivers are doing all they can. Get well, big guy! We love you.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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March 29, 2009
Neddie boy,
I am hoping this finds you better today and that you are eating all of the goodies that your wonderful care givers are offering you. You are one of the lucky elephants being at the Sanctuary. I saw that a baby boy elephant was born in the Ohio Zoo today...I am hopeful that he will be allowed to stay with his mum a while. Again you are a sweet boy, stay well. A huge thank you to all of your wonderful care givers. Love and hugs to you big boy.
Dana , Texas
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March 29, 2009
hi ned

i love you and hope you feel better soon.
i am glad you do not have to work at a circus ever again.

your friend

mitchell hoffsteader
mitchell hoffsteader, bronx ny
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March 28, 2009
May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

A bit of the Irish today, Neddie. Thought that this wish was a darn good one for springtime. Continued ease on the uphill climbs and celebrations at the top! Blessings to your humans, rumbles to the sashay sissies and of course, rubs to the puppy and kitty-kids.
Auntie Deb, Sac, C
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March 28, 2009
Ned I was reading about elephant care in Thailand (you're Indian right? - they're the tallest) and a manual said that if there were stomach problems, put heat/warmth on the stomach. Is that why you were laying down on the warm floor and didn't want to get up? I hope TES will find out what intestinal helpers you need, be they the bacterial or nutritional kind. I know they are sure trying.

Thinking of you always,

Tory, St. Simons Island, GA
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March 27, 2009
Dearest NeddieBoy,
Please continue concentrating on getting through to the place where you and Gracie and your sisters can run and play. We hope you will put some weight back on. I pray for your wonderful caregivers who care beyond description. All of us who write you love you and your sisters and the doggies. Please, please get better. We will say a special prayer for you tonight, NeddieBoy!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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March 27, 2009
This day will be a good one for you, Neddie. This day you will be free of pains and serene of spirit. On this day you will energize and exercise outside in your very own kingdom. Sweet guy, love your new life today and fight for the future. If we were all able to hug you as one there would be no Ned peeking through! Strength and gratitude to the TES human army and warm night wishes for the camping sissies. Scritches galore for the pups and kitties.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 27, 2009
Hi Neddie. Hope you are having a good day and enjoying your freedom. Heaven knows you deserve it and POO on those who caused these problems for you. How can they sleep at night knowing what they have done to you. Bless you Sweetie. We all love you. Hugs and BIG kisses.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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March 27, 2009
Dear Ned,

I was sorry to read that you are not showing signs of recovery.
Maybe you are lonely?
With all those girls running around together, maybe you need a friend to hang with too.
Be well, be well...........
Sending smiles, love and prayers your way.
Melanie, Maine
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March 26, 2009
Hey Ned,
Hope each day is making you smile as TN greens and warms up. I imagine your caretakers will have a time watching what you carefully choose as a natural diet all by yourself! Blessings to everyone involved. I'll be sending happy thoughts your way every day.
Anne, Pensacola
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March 26, 2009
Sending positive and hopeful energy today, precious Ned. Soak in the spring light and warmth, munch the bounty around you and kick that tire or smush your other tire! How is the straw Ned-wear coming along? Have you managed a hat yet? Enjoy the sisters' spring songs and the happy barks around you. Life is good, honey. All the best to your caregivers, always.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 26, 2009
Ned,

Big guy, I have strong hopes that your helpful caregivers will find something that will help you overcome all of this. We love you and want to see you thrive! We know you're loving your new toys and that makes us smile.

With love,

Jennifer , Las Vegas, NV
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March 26, 2009
Hi again, Ned.
We are all hoping that it has been a good day for you.
We know that all of your caregivers and the other staff are working so hard to help you feel better.
Just wish it will happen soon so you can enjoy being an elephant boy!


Love and prayers,

Scotlady, Fairhope, AL
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March 26, 2009
We hope you feel our love, deep love for you, Ned. If Love can put you back on your feet, then may it be!
Christine , Florida
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March 25, 2009
Good morning, Ned-boy. So the lovely new spring grasses are tasting pretty darn good! Nothing like a freshly picked salad, and sounds as though there is much to choose from. Big love to you today, sweet guy. It would be terrific to see you kicking your tire! My gratitude to your human heroes for the additional steps to be taken on your behalf. We will remain positive and keep HOPE alive.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 25, 2009
Thank you for keeping us informed. Even if it's not the good news we always want to hear, at least we are in the loop with what is going on with our little Ned, that we all love so much. At least Ned is free and loved and I know he can feel this from his care takers. Big hugs and kisses from Texas
SHARI, SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS
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March 25, 2009
Ned, be strong we are all pulling for you. Every positive event in you life brings hope you get well and gain some much needed weight. When I hear you aren't quite up to snuff on a given day or week it makes me sad. Hang in there!
Lisa Mags, VT
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March 24, 2009
Love you Ned. I am praying for you more than ever now. Your story and that of all the other elephants in captivity breaks my heart over and over again. Why have selfish humans caused you so much unnecessary pain when you should have been left free to roam the earth. Dear sweet Ned I pray that you will heal quickly from everything that ails you. Many thanks to the people who are now taking care of you and treating you with the kindness and respect you deserve. What a privilege it must be to look after you and all the others. I wish you so much love and peace in your healing journey dear Ned. Stay strong.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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March 24, 2009
Hang in there Ned!!! Keep eating!!!
GOD BLESS ALL THOSE THAT CARE FOR YOU EVERY DAY!
love, Laura, Morrison, TN
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March 24, 2009
Hi Big Guy,

I am sorry you just aren't up to scratch. I love the suggestion about eating some Ginsing, Ned. It's natural and has wonderful healing powers. Plus it tastes pretty good! I think you should try some - it sure can't hurt. Be strong and keep your spirits up. I love you!
Connie, Renton, WA
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March 24, 2009
Ned, you are such a good boy, learning your chute etiquette. Now there are many more ways to help you. I am so pleased and hopeful today. And I do also think that perhaps you are finally comfortable enough to take a nap or two, something you probably have never enjoyed! What bliss, to lay down and RELAX. Immeasurable gratitude to your human army of caregivers, doctors and supporters. Mucky love to the sisters, tummy rubs for other 4-legged assistants. Stay with us, dear boy.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 24, 2009
Hi Ned,
Everyone who writes to you has ideas on how to make you better--some of them really good, some we as lay people don't really know about. The main thing is, we all want to help in some way. Just those vibes alone are feeding you with more healing. I like it when I hear about you wandering freely through your habitat, and I wish you more of it! Love you lots.1
NedHead Ginny, Somewhere in WA State
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March 24, 2009
Ned, you are surrounded by love, by friends, by concerned caretakers. Your life, health, and contentment matter just as much to us as they do to you. Let go of your troubled past, and live free and strong . . . like the majestic, dignified, and sensitive being that you are. We LOVE you, Ned. Hang in there, friend.
Claudia , New York City
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March 23, 2009
Ned, I'm so sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. I hope the warm Tennessee weather will help you feel better, and that your caretakers can find out what is going on with you. Is Gracie still hanging around to keep you company? There's nothing like a good friend to cheer you up! And there's a whole bunch of us who love you a lot and think about you and send healing thoughts your way every day!
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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March 23, 2009
I'm praying for you every day, dearest Ned.
Joan, Connecticut
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March 23, 2009
So how is the spring smorgy sampling, Ned? Still finding sweet and delicious morsels on your walks? You have a perfect day today, sweet boy. The word of the day is HOPE. It carries big, big power. So squish and toss your toys and eat your new menu items. You now have a private chef to assist! Heartfelt thanks as always to the TES humans, rumbles to the sisters of the traveling trunks and scritches to the pups and kitties.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 23, 2009
Dear Ned: In your latest diary entry, it said you went from being well and calm to being stressed, irritable, and unwell. I was wondering if you are possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. There was a mention of that in a segment on TV last year, and I was wondering if that could be contributing to how you are feeling. You've suffered so much cruelty and neglect in your life, maybe now that you are coming out of that dark place you may have retreated to in order to survive, perhaps the memories of the cruelty are also coming back to you? If so, Ned, I can only pray that you are given the peace you so very much deserve, free from all fear of any more cruelty.
Joan, Connecticut
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March 23, 2009
It concerns me greatly that the best people in the world to help you haven't been able to lick your eating problem. I hope it does not stem from the neglect you suffered from your former owner. It would be an unbearable event if you were to die, now that you're free. May the Great Spirit take you under his protection.
Ron M., Syracuse, NY
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March 23, 2009
Gypsy, Nick's surrogate mom and former Hawthorn prisoner, turns out to be an old friend of Wanda.
http://tiny.cc/mkjZ7

Proving once again, that elephants don't forget and their friendships mean a great deal. PAWS and TES bring old friends together.
Lesley, Vancouver
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March 22, 2009
Oh my goodness Ned, I just watched the video of your arrival at TES. Such sad eyes, it broke my heart.

Ned, you are now in a place where it is safe to die, but it is also a place where it is safe to live.

Please choose to live. Give your new home a chance. I know it is late in your illness, you needed rescuing several years ago, but please hang in there, the humans around you now are only interested in what is best for you and what will make you happy. Please give them a chance.

Much love and light to you dear Ned, I will be watching for a sparkle in your eyes.
Susie, Minnesota
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March 22, 2009
Good morning, Neddie! Hope today you are having a 'good' day and that your eyes are sparkling with wit and energy. All of your passionate humans are tenacious in the continued fight for your health. I think you can feel that, honey. Fight on, you sweet guy. And don't forget to have some fun. Hear your sisters chatting up their happiness and draw strength. Continued support to your caregivers; they are my heroes. Love you, Neddie.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 21, 2009
I am so worried about Ned.Do we know at what age Ned was castrated and how long he has had this weight problem? I have read that there are only about 8 castrated males in captivity, do we know if any of them has a condition like Ned. I thought the two may somehow be connected.
Hopefully the warm weather & spring grass will help. Thank you for all you do TES.
Carol, Widham, NH
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March 21, 2009
Well, Neddie, sounds like you have some new recipes coming your way. Now, Ned, you must try to eat what is prepared. There are mighty humans behind you and they will not stop in their endeavors on your behalf. Meanwhile, your outdoor smorgasbord is always available for snacking. You just relax and play. Heard you took a nap and scared your people: let them know you are just resting the bones. Know that the hope and strength candles are lit and glowing with good wishes.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 21, 2009
I am very thankful that there was finally full disclosure from TES about Ned's lack of progress since November, instead of leaving it to the imaginations of his supporters.

As a physician assistant, I have always thought there were intestinal difficulties that were beyond his former handler and vet's capabilities, that it was not a matter of just feeding, or not feeding, Ned. ... And the fact that no animal starves itself to death when there is food to consume.

I believe it goes back to his infancy in being pulled away from his mother too early and not getting the immunoglobulins from his mother, including whatever intestinal necessities are missing. Isn't this why PAWs 71 died early, from colic? I believe the only way to diagnose this would be to do a gastric and small intestine analysis. Is Ned is too debilitated to survive anesthesia?

Whether TES can pull him through for a long life, is one thing. Giving him a happy life is another. And we all know that TES will do that to the utmost.

To me it is sad to see Ned clinging to a tire for company. I hope that whether he lives a long life or short one that he will get the company of other elephants across the fence.

In all spirit of support, Ned. I pray your caretakers find what ails your GI track.
Tory, St. Simons Island
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March 21, 2009
Ned, I'm sorry to hear you are still not feeling well. I had thought you were getting better. Your caregivers are working hard to help you. I hope they can find out what is ailing you soon. When I saw your picture I thought you still looked very thin. Get well, big guy. I'm thinking of you often.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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March 21, 2009
Happy Saturday, dear boy. I hope you can go out and have a nice stroll and munch some greenery--whatever makes you happy makes all of us happy. Love you lots, and all your sisters too.

NedHead Ginny, WA State
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March 21, 2009
Hope you start on the upswing buddy. Thoughts and prayers always.
Angie Kline, Pa.
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March 21, 2009
Ned, sounds like you had a some struggles the last few days, be strong like we know you are. You are at the best place ever. There is so much love and hope for you Ned!!
Karen, MN
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March 21, 2009
Since Ned is castrated, he may be suffering from a testosterone deficiency. Human males do, after male menopause. Why don't you try testosterone replacement therapy?
Lauren A. Colby, Frederick, MD
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March 21, 2009
Sweet Ned - I think this might help. All day I kept thinking about my time living in the woods in Hampshire,TN. On the acres I had there were numerous Ginseng plants. Many people asked for some because the plant was a "wonder drug" curing many illnesses including colic. aiding digestion, dysentary, exhaustion, etc. I've listed those I believe apply to you personally. Have your helpful humans lead you to this plant and I know you will be feeling better soon. This plant is all over the woods in TN. Look in the darkest part of your woods. We have to try everything Ned.
Anne, Pensacola
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March 20, 2009
Neddie Boy! Playing with your tire has got to be so much fun! With the weather getting nicer, you will have lots of sunshine and warmth to play with Gracie and your squishy toys! We love you so much and are thrilled to see the latest picture of you!
Happy Spring to you and Gracie, Neddie! Thank you, caregivers, for saving these precious souls. God bless each one of you!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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March 20, 2009
Dearest Neddie, so many are praying for you. I am saddened to know that your problems persist. But I know, also, that you are in the company of the finest humans who continue to seek the answers to your recovery. I am furious about the neglect of your past, but will strive to redirect that energy toward your future health. My deepest thank you's today to all who work tirelessly on your behalf. Now: get outside and enjoy your day. Get dressed: put on your hay. Have fun: squish and sling your toys. We love you so.

Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 20, 2009
Hi Neddie,

I just read you latest diary entry; I see now why sometimes these entries are few and far between--your caregivers are struggling to know how to best cure your condition, whatever it is. We all appreciate how difficult it is to see you wanting so much to be healthy and happy, and yet not finding the right combination of foods and other factors. It's obvious that you want to thrive and--just so you know--we all want that too, Neddie. We love you and think of you every day! I think you trust your wonderful caregivers, and that's a good thing. They will use every bit of knowledge and love that it takes to make you well. Keep on truckin', big guy!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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March 20, 2009
Dear Neddie.
I hope and pray that your devoted caregivers can help you to be well. It is so hard to imagine you other than a big strapping boy elephant. We all want you to have a wonderful remainder of your life and this means that everyone is pulling for you. Never give up Big Boy. We all love you so much. Hugs and Kisses from Virginia.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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March 20, 2009
Dear Ned, My hope is that you will continue to pick out the natural plants that you feel you need. Your caregivers are doing their very best to help you gain weight. I have a skinny sister who can only gain weight from peanuts and bananas. Doesn't that sound just like an elephant diet? I believe you will get better as you come to understand what freedom means. Years of mistreatment are over and I am trusting each day will bring you happiness, then weight. We will continue to pray for your recovery.
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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March 20, 2009
Dearest Ned: It was upsetting (and a little frightening) to read in your diary that you were not well last week. But it was hopeful to also hear that you are well enough in body and spirit to forage in the woods and enjoy the new spring greens. Please know that there are so many of us who love you and are praying for you to get well. Your caregivers are doing all they can to get you better - and all of us who love you will do what we can to help them make you healthy and strong.

JS, Connecticut
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March 20, 2009
Ned, Please get better everyday.
Hope they can find out just what is wrong.

Praying for you.

Carol Wiclh, Albany, GA
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March 20, 2009
Dearest Ned,

I am so sorry that you are not as well as we would like for you to be.
Please know that everyone is concerned and sending loving thoughts and prayers your way.
We love you, Ned.


Scotlady, Fairhope, AL
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March 20, 2009
Dear Ned, I am sorry to hear you are not doing well. I hope you get to feeling better soon. God bless you and your caregivers.
Lisa Nofzinger, Lansing, MI area
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March 20, 2009
So sorry, Sanctuary, that despite all your best efforts so far, Ned's condition remains. To all who may think Ned being at the Sanctuary makes no difference, I'd like to say, IT VERY MUCH DOES! Even though Ned, like beloved Barbara, has an illness that is not easily treated or discernable, he is MUCH BETTER OFF at TES than any circus or zoo. I mean, if I found out I had a terminal illness tomorrow and I could choose between a luxurious resort/spa/health centre filled with loving caring people, and some crummy place that made me slave away while I was sick, I'd choose the former every time.

Know you have our support and know that we know you are doing everything you can for Ned. Whatever happens, we're behind you 100%.
Lesley, Vancouver
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March 20, 2009
Hello Ned, Please keep your trunk up! I am saddened to hear that you are not feeling so well. I think about you everyday and wonder what you are up to. I will continue to pray for you. I am happy to know that your will to survive is still very strong. Just know that you are very important to many people and that we all want you to be well. I am so sorry for all the terrible things you have endured in your life. Just know that you are a beautiful elephant and that you are in good hands now. Stay strong my dear friend and keep eating. I love you very much Ned.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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March 20, 2009
Could Ned be lonely and slightly depressed for an elephant friend - female or male. He is near all the girls but, can't be with them. Could this be depressing to him and make him lose interest in food? Is it at all possible for Ned to be closer or with one or more of the girls without causing other problems? Maybe he just needs a friend or two? Very concerned about Ned.
Dana Brown, Turks & Caicos Islands
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March 20, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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March 19, 2009
Dear Ned:

Your story has touched me in ways I will not be able to adequately describe. I was lucky enough to recently go to South Africa and Botswana and view elephants completely in the wild. It was an amazing experience and I learned a great deal. On several occasions, we were lucky enough to see small herds of young bulls, playing and teaching themselves how to fight. They were so happy, so relaxed and living the way nature intended them to live. One day, when we were returning from a morning drive, a lone, enormous, older adult bull wandered onto our path. Our driver immediately backed up and pulled out of his way and allowed him to pass, showing him the respect he so richly deserved. You could feel the testerone coming from him as he made his journey. He stopped for a brief moment of curiousity to look at us and show off a bit by breaking some branches from a nearby tree before marching on. His head and trunk held high, he was well assured. This was a bull that had an experienced life and now in his older days, is content to simply wander the African plains-it was an amazing sight to behold. Ned, I wish that you could have had the life this bull has led. Humans prevented this and it brings me comfort that humans are now taking steps to correct it. Although I know you will never get to experience your home land, I hope that your time at the sanctuary will be a good substitute. I hope that you will come to understand how to be a true bull and walk with confidence, like you are on a mission that no one but you can determine. I hope one day to read in your diary that you are wandering, with no direction anyone but you can define.
Lucie, Leesburg, GA
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March 19, 2009
Woo Hoo, big boy! I hear you're getting quite creative with your straw-slinging! Try a hat next, honey. Would love to see you out and about these gorgeous days. King Neddie, big man of the TES family. Much love to you and your humans. Hope the Afri-sisters have plenty of mud and the other ladies are enjoying their campouts!
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 19, 2009
Ned, you are an absolute wonder! You're learning to be a real elephant and it sounds like you are beginning to play and explore. My whole family is pulling for you and we want to see that weight of yours go up! So keep eating - your new "family" has worked hard to get your diet right.
Ricki Hart, Wylie, TX
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March 18, 2009
I'm glad you are playing, Ned. Have fun with your tire and other toys. Eat all that yummy food up. Lots of people care about you.
Catherine, Charlotte NC
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March 18, 2009
So, what's on the Ned docket today, hmmm? I hear you are quite the gadabout these days: traipsing around your kingdom with a new sparkle. Warms our hearts, honey, to know that your shell is breaking away and that the love given you has begun to help you forget the past. I wonder, are you talking? Have you given a good trumpet yet? Rattle the rooftops, Ned-boy. Love to all at TES today: comfort to those missing that sweet-faced Eleanor and remembering remarkable Delhi. Haven't heard a lot from Africa, hope Tange and Flora are doing well.

Peace.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 18, 2009
Hello Big Guy - it's been a while since I've said "hello" but I think about you and your ele-sisters every single day. I love you and I am soooo proud of you! You are playing now and starting to enjoy life and I can't wipe the grin off my face when I think about you. Be good and eat LOTS and maybe ask for some raisins and peanut butter in your oatmeal. Yummy!

Connie, Renton, WA
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March 17, 2009
Well, Neddie, I can see the green carpet growing on your TES playgrounds. I would like to imagine you today out and about, slinging and squishing your toys as you gaze at paradise. Eternal gratitude, always, to the TES caregivers. Rumbles to the sisters, pups and kitty kids. I am thrilled to pieces you are where you are.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 17, 2009
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. - St. Francis of Assisi
God Bless You Ned
debbie lore, pevely mo
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March 16, 2009
Dear sweet Ned,

I was so happy to hear that you are playing and it is so wonderful to see that haunted look gone from your eyes. I wish I could give you my appetite and we'd both be better off---LOL.
Jacie, Cheyenne, WY
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March 16, 2009
Good morning, Neddie. Today comes a piece of a verse from St Theresa:

May today there be peace within.
May today you be confident that you are a child of God; let this presence settle in your bones, and allow your soul to sing, dance, praise and love.

Always remember the power of your play, Ned. This is a huge step for your healing heart and body. Of course, oatmeal and smorgasbords of ele-treats are also important. Humble thanks to your humans, always. Much love to your sashay-sisters and puppy and kitty kids.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 16, 2009
Hi Ned,

It's been a while since I wrote you but, I think of you and all your sisters and elecare givers all the time. It's good to see and hear that you are getting to be more elephantish (?), that is playing and exploring more.

Keep up the good progress and eat,eat, eat! Love to all.
shirley walter, ocala, fl
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March 16, 2009
Hey Big Boy,
Happy to see you looking sooo good,and happy!!!!!!!!!!!!
Relax,have fun in the sunshine.
Love You,
Debbie Lore, Pevely Missouri
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March 16, 2009
Love you Ned. I am so happy that you are finally free. I wish you so much peace and happiness as you recover. You are a beautiful creature. And a message from my sister-keep your trunk up! Love Gracie too. I pray and wish that one day there will be no elephants in captivity. Be well. You will be in our prayers.
Ushma, Kitchener,Ontario. Canada
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March 15, 2009
Ned, my sweet. A quick note to tell you how much I am holding you in my heart today. Stay warm and full, honey. Blessings to your priceless humans, they are just remarkable folk. Rumbles to the gorgeous ele-gal sisters, scritches to Bella, Gracie, and their gang.
Auntie Deb, Sax, CA
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March 15, 2009
About that squishy toy Ned, I think it is a great idea because it won't use up a bunch of calories carting it around. You are a very smart boy! Read about the meaning of your name today and it means "Guardian". That explains your keeping your tire close by.
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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March 14, 2009
I've read alot of stories about elephants, but yours really got to me. My heart goes out to you for all you've been through, but I'm so happy for you because of where you are now. The rest of your life will be a happy one, in good, caring hands:-)
Sue, New York
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March 14, 2009
Hey, most sweet boy. It is amazing just how many people think of you and love you every day. From your picture I can see that worry lines are relaxing. The soul readies the body for healing, as it should be. So I believe that you are going to show everyone how strong you actually are. All are praying and keeping the faith in your caregivers' strength and love. Salutations to the silly sissies and pups and kitties.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 14, 2009
Ned,

Good to see a picture of you. I'm glad you have a toy you like. Keep those caregivers busy reinflating it, that's what they're there for! Maybe Gracie would like to play with it too.
Gloria, Philadelphia, PA
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March 14, 2009
Hello Ned! I had my morning coffee today in a mug with your beautiful face on it. I am so happy to see a new picture of you. Maybe you can pose for a few more for your caregiver? We are all eager to see how you look. Have fun with your tire today.


Jackie B, Arlington, VA
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March 14, 2009
You still look pretty "skinny" Ned, dear. Please eat more! We love you and want you to look your best!
Helen, Fayetteville AR
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March 14, 2009
Hey Ned,

Just checking on you. The warm weather is on its way, probably won't start being consistently warm in TN until May 1. You and Gracie will get to spend lots of time outside playing. I bet the red buds and dogwoods will be coming out soon. They are here aleady.

I am glad your stay has been extended. I hope everyone will step up the donations a bit. I notice the large categories need help and of course, your expenses for your caregiver. I sent you a donation today.

Ned, know I love you sweetheart. Tell them to put some good sweet things in your oatmeal. Change it up a little. We don't want you getting bored with it.

Love to you and Gracie,
Sue
Sue, Texas
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March 14, 2009
Ned,
I am so sorry that you have had so much sadness and pain in your life, and I rejoice that you are now Home.

I worry what will happen to you next, and wish you could stay at the Sanctuary forever.
Bea, Matthews, NC
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March 13, 2009
Ned, I hope you find the peace that you deserve.
mary, washington state
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March 13, 2009
Dearest Ned: What a wonderful picture of you and your tire! I have placed it on my desk at work, along with your other photos. They continue to remind me of your tremendous heart and will to survive. I sometimes look back at your circus photos and the condition that you were in and yet still forced to perform. I continue to pray for your good health, happiness, peace, and a long, long life.
JS, Connecticut
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March 13, 2009
Dear Ned,

You look happier in your most recent picture with your tire. It reminds me of Bunny's attachment to her ball when she first got to TES. Wish you could have an ele friend or two. Have you decided to get on the scale yet? Well maybe you can convince your caretaker to take a side picture of you. Your NedHead fans will know if you've gained a pound or two since you were a sack of bones when you arrived in November. BTW how big of a "plate" of oatmeal do you get? That would be a picture!
Tory, St. Simons
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March 13, 2009
Ned the handsome dude! Love your new pic, sweetie. I detect a sparkle in your eyes that I did not see before! And a swell toy, dear. I am so happy to see you looking so relaxed. Many thanks to your humans for the picture. AND, I anxiously await my mug featuring your mug! Slurp and squish, Neddie. Loves to the all-weather sisters and the pups and kitties.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 13, 2009
Hi Neddie,

Wow, you look great in your latest picture! It's hard to tell from the front, but I do believe your face looks more filled out...and what a lovely tire you have! We love you, big guy!
Ned Head Ginny, WA State
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March 13, 2009
Hey Ned, this is Allen and his Aunt Penny. We want to say we hope you gain a lot of weight, and live fat and healthy for many years. I'm glad you like your new K9 friend. Could dog be elephants best friend as well as mans? Good luck, and we'll be watching
Allen and Penny , Murfreesboro TN
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March 13, 2009
Hey Ned!!
I see your tire. How wonderful for you. You two just look adorable together. Have fun sweet boy.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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March 13, 2009
Ned, I'm so glad that you are doing better. I hope they get you fixed up soon! Happy to see you're playing and have Gracie.
Delphia (Bird Girl), Arizona
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March 13, 2009
Oh Oh Oh My Goodness! It is sooo great to see you, Ned! You look good.. I'm glad you are playing with some toys.. good for you.. wish I could hug you.. smile...
BCP, Morganton, NC
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March 13, 2009
Neddie boy! It's great to see your latest picture, and I'm glad to read that you're feeling more playful. Be nice to Gracie and your caregiver~
Love,

Ele-aunt of the EleFanHerd, US
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March 12, 2009
Good Morning Sweet Neddie!!
I think about you every day and check the web site for any bits of news about you. What a special boy you are to be at the Sanctuary with all the GIRLS. What a special place to be where so many people love you and worry about you. Take care.
Sherry, Williamsburg, Va
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March 12, 2009
Well, durn, Neddie. Looks to be a drizzly and cool day there in TES land. Good day for an extra helping of oatmeal; grab your tire or toss a few towels Gracie's way. Or waltz on over and put a foot or two on the scale! Keep your spirits up, dear, the sun will be back. Warmest of wishes to all at TES this drizzly day.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 12, 2009
Spent the day taking care of humans here and thought I'd better check on you Ned before anything else. It shocked me to see your face, which looks much better than your old photos and those eyes looked great too. I used to have a toy like yours, used it in the lake for years and loved it, so thanks for the memory. So wonderful to see you tonight, you are too sweet!
Anne, Pensacola
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March 11, 2009
Hey, Nedley! Another chilly day, looks like. Stay warm and play with Gracie. Thinking about you today, sweetie-pie, as always. Tried the scale lately? OOh, it would be so fine to know the poundage is packing on a bit. Love and blessings to the TES humans, the slurpy sissies and all of the puppers today.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA`
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March 11, 2009
Haven't checked on you in a while. Glad to hear you are getting better and found a new playmate! Way to go Ned!! Hope you and Gracie have a happy week!
Terri, Florida
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March 10, 2009
I love you, Ned
Sabine Zell, Simsbury CT
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March 10, 2009
Morning, big happy boy. Time to eat, time to play. Get on out there and suck up some sunshine. Listen to the gorgeous sounds and drink in the GREEN popping out everywhere. Love to you and your springy-sisters, your pal Gracie and associates, and the humans working all day to keep you all content and full!
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 9, 2009
Dearest Ned: It was so good to read that you are now playing with your tire and ball. Hopefully, good health and happiness are now in your heart and soul and will heal you from all the cruelty and starvation you have suffered. My love and prayers are always with you, Ned.
JS, Connecticut
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March 9, 2009
Spring's the time
For Ned to say:
'I think I'll grab
My tire and play!

But wait! Is that my ball out there?
How hard to kick?
And watch it fly!'

Or maybe, now, sweet Ned will say:
'I'll close my eyes, and catch a ray.
I hear my sisters, over there...
With joyous songs to start their day.
I'll soon be strong, I feel the peace.
My pain is fading, all released.'

Have a perfect day, my sweet Ned.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 9, 2009
Dear sweet Neddie,

The latest entry into your diary was a beautiful thing...the fact that you are playing is fantastic (I'll bet you didn't play for years before you came to TES)! So happy for you! Keep the news coming; we all love hearing about you--and your sisters.
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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March 9, 2009
Hope you had an extra special day Ned. You must realize by now how nice humans can be and feel all of the blessed thoughts coming your way each day. May you grow strong and healthy,the way you were meant to be long ago.
Anne , Pensacola
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March 8, 2009
Good morning, Neddie! Feeling good today? Chilly mornings help the oatmeal go down, nice and warm. Get on out and party today in your private outdoor suite. Spring birdsong is wonderful background music for outside activities. You are truly free, honey. I can almost see you playing. Practice makes perfect, so see how far you can kick that ball today. Again, I send thank-you's to your caregivers. What they do is much appreciated by all of us cheering for you and your chirpy sisters. Scritches to the 4-leggeds.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 8, 2009
Dearest Ned,

I sense you are truly healing from the updates I've been reading...play is an antidote to sorrow and it is a very healing activity. Play on, Neddie especially with your four-legged pal, Gracie...say, I just adopted a dog named Gracey and she reminds me of your friend!How lucky we are to have grace in our life!! Most importantly dearest one, don't forget to eat your wheaties keeping you stong and young at heart. I love you Ned, along with loving and appreciating the caregivers-- animals included--too.

Kit McGlynn, Santa Fe, NM
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March 8, 2009
Hi Neddie Boy!

March 6 was a WONDERFUL entry about you and your games! A tire in your mouth! Yay, Neddie!
Have all the fun in the world while those who love you watch and read about it! Special loves to Gracie and all doggies. Most Special love to you, Neddie Boy. We love those who take care of all of you! You, Neddie, are soooo special!!!
Bask in the warming sun and have a safe week! We love you ALL!!!!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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March 7, 2009
I am a human but I know how you feel. I wept as I watched your arrival, knowing you will be safe now. I pray for you. Thank God for this sanctuary.
Schell, Eugene, Or
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March 7, 2009
Woo Hoo, Neddie the happy boy! So thrilled that you are venturing out and playing soccer and tasting your hanging tire, honey. More adventures await you as the season warms up and lures your interest to new and exciting Ned-games. Thinking of you today, and hope that sweet Gracie is around to watch and maybe join in the fun. Love to the terrific humans, your sun-soaked sisters and, of course, Bella and the other canine/felines in your world.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 7, 2009
Today we know you are learning to live with the freedom TES has provided for you. You must be watching your sisters!! It should be beautiful weather except for a few cold nights from here till spring. Breakfast will be a little early in the morning, humans do some strange things like mess with clocks. Smile Ned.
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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March 6, 2009
Dear Neddie Boy,
Updates on you (and Gracie) are encouraging. You are loved beyond measure as is Gracie and all of your sisters. The wonderful doggies have their place, too. Most especially thriving Gracie Girl-she loves her towel toss, doesn't she, Neddie? Glad you can toss the towel her way occasionally! Keep eating Dear Neddie. We love you so much. God bless the caretakers-we love them, too. They have precious souls in their care, for sure!
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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March 6, 2009
Hey, there, big sweetie-pie. Have a perfect day eating, resting, playing, strolling, and eating some more. Still watching the Ele-cam for a peep of your gorgeous mug. And still thinking of you and sending BIG wishes for health and happiness. Love and peace to all at TES today.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 6, 2009
Hey, sweetie! I've been trying to lose weight to metaphysically send you what I lose. In fact, the theme for the diet club here at work for the year is "send a ton to Ned". The problem is, we keep thinking of you gaining weight, and in my case at least the weight keeps bouncing back. I hope you're getting some of it! Have you seen Dr. Scott lately? Has he yet upgraded you from that sad, sad 2 he had to rate your physical condition when you first arrived at the Sanctuary? Love you much!
Katherine, St. Louis, MO
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March 5, 2009
Get Well soon,Ned!
D.V. Nelson, Syracuse.N.Y.
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March 5, 2009
Ned,
We were wondering if you and all your friends at the sanctuary received our Valentines? We hope you are well and are glad that you have made of friend.We would love to hear how you are doing.
Love,
Ms. Phillip's 3rd Grade Class
Vineland Elementary
Rotonda West, Fl

To Ms. Phillip's 3rd Grade Class from Vineland Elementary:

Thank you for the beautiful valentines you made for Ned and the Girls.
The valentines will be distributed to all the barns and the love that went into their creation is felt by all. Thank you for thinking of the Sanctuary on this special day (Valentines Day aka Tarras Birthday!)

Ms. Phillips 3rd Grade, Vineland Elementary, Rotonda West, Fl
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March 5, 2009
So I hear that the sun is back at TES land, Nedley. Get on out there and do some exploring with your loyal tire and pupper Gracie. Are there any mud holes handy, honey? Mud is such a great gift to pachyderms. Mush it, smear it and throw it on your back. Most of all keep on eating and enjoying your new life. Much love today to all at TES: sisters, humans and four-leggeds.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 5, 2009
Aaarghh! This is torture! It's been almost a month since your last diary entry, Ned! I'm sure that no news is good news, but still... And you're coming up on your rescue anniversary. Are you going to have a new weight to report to us? And pictures, we want pictures! Love ya' lots, Ned.
Katherine, St. Louis, MO
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March 5, 2009
ned i hope you get better so start eating good food. =) =) hope you feel better!
Ryan S., Wastington
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March 5, 2009
Ohhh... it's killin' me to know what's going on with you Ned! I click on my favorites and....... bummer.. nothing new! :(

Whenever I step on the scale, I think of you.. wondering if you're happy and putting on the pounds too! :) I would really like to hear from you.. we need to get you your own trunktop computer so you can let us know how you're doing. Have Gracie do some dictation! ha ha ..

No pictures, no news.. you know what they say about NO NEWS! So, it must be good. See you in sunny, broke, California soon.. xoxoxo
Elizabeth Taylor, California NedHead
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March 5, 2009
PLEASE let us see a picture of you. No news and we so hope you are gaining weight.
Tory, St. Simons Island, GA
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March 5, 2009
Hi Ned,

I just read the new Ele-Notes, but no news from you! And no new entry in your diary Since Feb. 8. Not to complain, but your fans are feeling neglected, dear boy. Everyone cares a LOT about you! We'll continue to think good. positive thoughts your way, never fear.
NedHead Ginny, WA State
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March 5, 2009
Hey Ned,
Looks like your fan club has been busy lately. Spring should fascinate you now that you can roam those beautiful fields of TN anytime you choose. Hope you are happy and have that sparkle in your eyes every day.
Anne, Pensacola
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March 4, 2009
We miss hearing from you, Ned. Are you eating and gaining weight? How about getting on that scale for us? Are you playing more? Are you playing with Gracie and getting out more? Let us know how you are, you big guy!
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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March 4, 2009
Morning, my big dear! And a slowly rising temperature may just indicate some warmer days for you soon. So, Neddie, have you tried the scale lately? Not so scary, honey, and so important. Just think about it. Do have lots of good eats today, share some with sweet Gracie and toss that towel for some grins. Continuing to send 'fattening' visuals your way. Huge love to your gorgeous sisters, your amazing humans and all of the canine/feline residents.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 3, 2009
OOOOh, Ned! Looks as though some good mud wallows will be yours for the mucking after this snow melts. Nothing like flinging mud, dear. Staying warm and slurping well? Hope Gracie is enjoying your warm barn too. Sweet Neddie, wish I could give you a hug. You are never far from my thoughts. Love to the humans, sticky sisters and Bella and the gang. Where has spring gotten off to?
Auntie Deb, Soaked Sac, CA
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March 3, 2009
We haven't heard anything about you in a while Ned, we are praying you are doing wonderful and will be posting your pictures and diary updates soon. Take care!
Sherry, Valrico, FL
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March 3, 2009
Hi Ned!
Hope you're feeling better and that your new diet helps round out some of your lean lines.

Spring is coming, with the soft sweet scent of flowers, trees, and new grasses. Enjoy!

Lots of love to you and your caregivers and dog(s).
Ele-aunt, United States
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March 2, 2009
I can't wait to read the latest on Ned...trying not to get impatient. We have all fallen in love with you, sweet boy!
Dee, Tampa, FL
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March 2, 2009
Hi Ned!
u r soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuute! I want an elephant like u!
Mackenzie, PA
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March 2, 2009
That old Jack Frost is STILL doing some trunk-nipping, I see. Nothing quite like warm floors, warm oatmeal and warm hearts to get you going, honey. Hope that you ventured a bit and saw the white stuff. Tires drag much better on the snow, it would seem. Love to the slalom-sisters and all of the four-legged assistants today. Continued blessings and heartfelt appreciation to the stupendous humans who make this piece of heaven work so well.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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March 2, 2009
Hiya Neddie,

Gosh it's been a long time since we heard anything about you, and we'd LOVE to see a picture or two. We miss you!! I work during the day so I can't keep as good an eye on the Ele-Cam as I'd like, and maybe you've been on there. And Gracie...how is she doing? Anyhow, I think about you every day and hope all is well. Love you big guy!
Nedhead Ginny, WA State
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March 2, 2009
Been thinking Ned. You have your 4 month anniversary coming up next Sunday, jump in front of a camera this week and we might get to see you then. I hope.
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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March 1, 2009
Good Morning Dear Neddie.
Is that snow this Sunday morning!! I would love to see you in the snow. Have you ever seen snow, been able to play in it?? Well, take care sweet boy. We all, your devoted fans, would love to see a picture of you and your tire. It would be so sweet.
Love, Hugs and Kisses!!!!!
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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March 1, 2009
Oh, my Neddie, looks like a late winter wonderland there today. Do be careful if venturing outside. And wear your blanket and/or ele-muffs. Maybe staying warm inside is the way to go. But do take a look, sweetie. It is so beautiful. Slurp lots today, dear, and toss a towel to your lovely pup. Gratitude to the TES humans, much love to the snow-slider sisters and the rest of the TES kingdom.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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March 1, 2009
Oh Ned, The cameras will be everywhere in your sanctuary today getting great photos and video of your ladies in the snow. I know you are very careful, but my heart hopes you will go out and enjoy a few of the flakes yourself. Just have some oatmeal to keep you warm inside and have a great day!
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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March 1, 2009
Hi Ned,

It has been 3 weeks since we have received an update on you. I assume that is good news, but I would love to hear from you!

Ann
ann, san diego, ca
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March 1, 2009
Dear Ned,
My heart aches for You, and the way you were treated by the circus industry, that you even managed to escape with a wounded spirit and your life was against big odds. I have been reading the circus trial transcript I found at the Endangered Species and Wetland Report web site, the wave of shock that hit my body about what really goes on behind the circus curtains, sent me reeling. I am more committed then ever to do my part to stop this abuse and hold accountable those Government Departments whose responsibilities it is to protect animals from this kind of mistreatment.
I am thrilled to hear about the developing friendship between You and Gracie, dog's have a way of bringing a sparkle of happiness back to our lives, whether your a Human or Pachyderms.
CJ, Perdido Key
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March 1, 2009
Dear Ned!!!!!! I am praying for you and hoping you become the big healthy strapping boy you were meant to be!! Massive hugs , i wish my arms were big enough to wrap around you!!
Laurel Ostrom, Edmonton Alberta Canada
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February 28, 2009
luckyly Ned, you got a pittie! Graece looks like a pittie, a loyal and caring breed of dog. Love the blog and look forward to more of Grace! She's probably a pistol, but with good training she will be a great ambassador for the breed and remain a great friend for Ned. Ned looks great and I hope his future is secure in the good woek you are doing at the sanctuary. So many bull elephants are out there in our own country, who need our help.thanks for taking him in, we still have so much to learn from this great creature.
mlepine
mierna lepine, san diego
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February 28, 2009
How are things in Pachy-Paradise, honey? Oh, Ned, I am dreaming of a plump ele-boy coming soon to our ele-cam. I am praying that the tummy is beginning to settle and that nutrition is soaking in and filling you out. And if love has anything to do with the process you have it made. Relish your life today, dear. So many are sending you healing thoughts. Warmest regards to the amazing TES humans, sippy sisters and all of the blessed foundlings sharing your piece of heaven.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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February 28, 2009
Dear Ned,

Sending doggie wishes your way. hope you have ample treats, lots of fresh air, things to chase, squirrels to bark at, and wonderful tummy rubs.

Your friends,

Max and Val the Brittanys
Max and Val, Albuquerque, NM
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February 28, 2009
Hey Ned,

Just checking back in on you. Happy to hear you are still doing well I wish you many more happy fun filled days!
Krista Williamson, Brooksville, FL
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February 28, 2009
Hey, Ned!!! I am watching your recovery and hope you feel a little better every day. Ask your caregivers to mix a bit of your molasses with your oatmeal..it helps thin horses put on weight and it might help you, too. Peace be with you, big guy!!
Kathryn Miller, Pace, FLorida
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February 28, 2009
All best wishes and so much love to you, Ned. May you heal fully in body, mind, and spirit. May we humans learn to treat all species with respect. You are an inspiration, Ned. Many thanks to your caregivers at the sanctuary. Wishing you great happiness,
EKO, Puget Sound, WA, USA
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February 27, 2009
Dear Ned,

You still have lots of fans waiting to hear from you. Give a nudge of your trunk to your caretaker to give us a holler.

Have you named your tire yet? I hope it's being a good "friend" to you. One day you will learn there are other elephants who will want to play with you too.

So oatmeal has become your favorite food when you weren't sure if you liked it at first. Hope it settles in you big tummy and helps put on the weight.

Like the oatmeal, try the scale, you might like it too.
Tory, St. Simons
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February 27, 2009
Hi ned! My name is Arayvia im 10 years old. Elephents have been my favorist animal. when I was a new born my first toy was a elephent. I love you ned!
arayvia, colorado
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February 27, 2009
Gracious, Nedley! Your fan base just grows and grows! No wonder, you are such an amazing survivor. Any good towel tosses with the Gracie-girl lately? She would probably be a lovely companion on your walks. Give the girl a chance, sweet boy. And don't forget your tire. Good exercise dragging that around with you. Love your mug so much, Neddie. Continued blessings to TES humans, the ample sisters and of course, the other canine/feline companions.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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February 27, 2009
Could have sworn that was you on the elecam yesterday Ned. But I am still new to this and went back and looked at pictures of all the ladies around you to see if any trunk matched. Still think it was you or maybe I just enjoy thinking it was. If so, you are looking good. If not, find out who that was and ask her what she is eating 'cause she looked good. The weather should be much nicer now and little green ferns will be rolling out along the creeks any day. Lots of snacks.
Anne, Pensacola, FL
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February 26, 2009
Hi Ned,
We haven't heard much about your weight lately. Step on the scale. I'm sure you've put on the pounds with all the healthy food you've been eating.
Linda, toronto
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February 26, 2009
Good morning to you, Neddie. Is it a good day in TES land for you? I so much admire your spirit and strength of heart. You are a marvelous example of the power of love and how it can alter the spirit. I am so proud of your accomplishments toward the life you should have always had. And I remain ever thankful to TES for all that they do for all of the residents. Blessings to the humans, elephant sisters and other four-legged companions.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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February 26, 2009
I just read a book called The Cowboy and His Elephant. At the end, the African elephant named Amy goes to the same place Ned lived in his early years, after he was sold from Busch Gardens.

Ned was with an older Asian female, Anna May, who mothered him; he had a tire and liked to smash soft drink cans with his foot. Amy would tease Ned by stealing his tire. It was good to read he had a mother figure after being separated from his own at such a young age.

Ned was with Buckles Woodcock in Florida and traveling with the Big Apple Circus; he was in an act with Anna May and Amy.
That circus ended its elephant acts in 2000, and Buckles sold Ned to Ramos--the man who starved him. So he was with that guy around 8 years. Thank goodness for TES!!
Lee, Alaska
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February 26, 2009
ARE YA FAT YET? Waiting your arrival here in California.. even though we are a broke state.. we've got a lot of love for a big guy like you!

P.S.: BRING GRACIE WITH YOU!
California NedHead, We've got a lot of love here just for YOU!
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February 26, 2009
Hey Mister Nedster.... sure would be nice to know if you would gain some weight! A puppy-induced sparkle in the eye is such a good thing to read about. Since I can't hug you right now like I want to, here's a request for a caregiver to do so on my behalf. And belly scritches to your new soon-to-be best pal Gracie! Sweet puppy hope your foot is better now. You take care of Ned, okay?
Paula, Wyoming
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February 25, 2009
Hi Ned,

I'm glad you have Gracie for a friend. You can never have enough furry friends.

Hope you're doing well.

Janice L. Mackey, Cary, NC
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February 25, 2009
Ned, I'm thrilled you have started playing ... and have a gorgeous new lady friend, Gracie! She looks so happy to be safe at the sanctuary with all of you. Continued best wishes to you, Gracie an