Celebrating Bunny

 

1156 Tributes to Bunny

April 5, 2014
God bless you, Bunny. You are in a place with no pain, sorrow or suffering. We'll see you later.

AM, Cleveland, OH
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April 1, 2014
Dear sweet Bunny,
I have been an elephant lover ever since I was born, your story inspired me, and I hope that you had a very wonderful life here at the Elephant Sanctuary. I love you Bunny, you will always be missed.
Lily Mclean, Michigan
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April 1, 2014
Bunny
There once was an elephant named Bunny,
She was much more sweet than honey,
Bunny was so lovable,
very irresistible,
She will always be our precious Bunny.

Just remember, Bunny: You will always be the Bunny we all know and love. You will always be remembered and missed. You and your spirit will never be forgotten.
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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March 4, 2014
Dear Bunny

I am sure that I saw you at Mesker Park Zoo many times as I grew up in Evansville, Indiana. You did look lonely and sad at the zoo because you were alone. I'm glad you got to spend your last years outdoors in such a wonderful place as the Elephant Sanctuary.
Helen, Evansville, Indiana
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January 27, 2014
Grateful for your story, Bunny. You will forever inspire me. Rest in paradise
SJ, TN
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January 19, 2014
I watched Bunny on the Elephant Cam as she explored her surroundings with Shirley and Jenny. She was so happy there. I know she liked everyone at Mesker Zoo and we missed her so when she left, but to see her free as she was meant to be, it was wonderful. Thank you all for taking good care of Bunny. It is nice reading all of the tributes to her.
SE, Mt. Vernon, Indiana
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January 4, 2014
Dear sweet Bunny,
You continue to be loved and remembered by so many elephants at the wonderful sanctuary you used to live in. You and I have some things in common. We both LOVE playing outside! We both love Shirley. Even though I only found out about the sanctuary months ago, I miss you very much. You are one of my favorite elephants at the sanctuary.
Rest in peace, wonderful girl.

Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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October 25, 2013
sorry you died,I mean I love elephants and I love to watch elephants here.I asked my grandma and grandpa to get me a t-shirt from this place.I hate it when elephants die.
Aleah Beth Adkins, N.C. statesville (near morsville)
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July 12, 2013
dear bunny you were a good and funny girl
bunny you were awesome
i miss you
i love you
love addie
addie, cookeville, TN
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May 15, 2013
RIP Bunny
Kaitland, Charlotte, NC
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March 14, 2013
A tribute to bunny, my teacher work at the zoo that bunny lived at. He remembered the day that bunny left the zoo, he said people were crying because she had been there for so long. He said that he can visit the sanctuary and he remembered her favorite food and that she had feet problems. He misses bunny now and will always remember "Bunny"
Sophie, Indiana
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January 6, 2013
Bunny that is my mom's name! I am so filled with joy that you were set free to live out your golden years as a golden girl in Tennessee. I want to be an elephant in my next life or maybe I already was-we never leave our herd. kiss kiss!

Barbra , Hermosa Beach
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January 5, 2013
i love elephants and i watch u alot bunny i hope youu rip ill miss u
rebecca, california
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August 27, 2012
R.I.P. Bunny, I always enjoyed visiting you.
MTW, Evansville IN
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August 2, 2012
Miss you so much Bunny,,,,Say High to my Father-in law,,,you'll remember him,, he cared for you back in the 60's at Mesker Park Zoo and passed away the year you did. Heaven has room for animals and humans, and Donna is onher way. You all take care of each other!

David Brown, Evansville, IN.
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August 1, 2012
The death of Bunny's neighbor in the pachyderm building made me revisit the Hohenwald site. Our family enjoyed visiting both Bunny and Donna at Mesker Park Zoo and we were also supportive when it came time for her to move to her new peaceful existence in TN. She was cherished both places and her final years were spent with such grace, dignity, and she could just be. Thank you for sharing the Bunny tales and letting us all know about her life and peaceful death. She was a special girl and meant so much to so many.
Chris, Centennial, CO
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August 1, 2012
donna the hippo, ur friend is coming to see you today, miss you both!
cherokee, evansville, in
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July 31, 2012
Bunny, your old friend Donna the Hippo will be with you tomorrow. She's lived a long life (61 years), but is in declining health now. I know you'll be waiting for her with her mate Hippie Kley.

Namaste, Bunny.
Bryan, Evansville, IN
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July 11, 2012
I love you Bunny and I am so happy you are in Elephant heaven.Sing with the birds and fly with the angels.God bless you and love you.
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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June 13, 2012
Bunny RIP...I remember seeing you every summer when i went to mesker zoo...I just now found out u passed away..it breaks my heart :( i will miss u dearly bunny

Love u forever
Tiffany nichols, Albion, Illinois
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June 11, 2012
I have just now heard about this website and I was like, Why are there years under some of these elephants? Then I clicked on it and it had shown that she passed away. Oh I was SO Heartbroken and i still m now!! :( RIP Bunny.
Kasey H, Indianapolis, IN
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May 14, 2012
I can see Bunny so clearly, the thing I loved watching her every time she did it. If she was near Shirley, Jenny, Tarra and caregivers approached, she went into her coquetish squiggle and wiggle. She put her trunk in the mouth of the nearest elephant. Then she wiggled in a shy, smiling way, and if she was asked if she was being silly, I felt she actually was really amused with her own ability to show her very charming, endearing personality. Bunny was a treasure and I am glad I had the chance to share a part of her life.
Fay Morris, Victoria, British Columbia
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May 14, 2012
On the day Bunny died the news was all over Evansville in minutes. Everyone was talking about her. Traffic slowed and quieted. We were happy she had been happy in the Sanctuary, and we mourned her; she was a superstar for generations of children and for the rest of us as well. Our Princess Diana.
Fredericka Schmadel, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2012
RIP Bunny.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 9, 2012
I was only a little kid when Bunny was still at Mesker Park Zoo! I was probably only in Kindergarten, but I still remember her being the most exciting part of the entire zoo! Now that I'm almost 18, I came across this site and had so many memories come back to me about going to the zoo with my family! She was such a gift for Evansville to have, but she enjoyed the rest of her life at the sanctuary! We all love and miss you, Bunny! You'll forever be apart of Evansville, Indiana! :)
Lindsay, Evansville, IN
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May 7, 2012
DEAR BUNNY WAS AN AWESOME ELEPHANT I USED TO WATCH HER ON THE WEBCAMES ALL THE TIME SHE WAS SO FUNNY MY CLASS WANTS TO HELP OUT THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BUNNY LIVED IN TO SUPPORT HER AND HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY
AMBER, CLEVELAND TN
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May 7, 2012
Bunny was an amazing elephant she was the besy my class is doing a project to help the sanctuary and were defiltly makeing donations to help out.i hope that all of the other elephants are doing very well. bunny was a very beautiful elephant.i am so sorry about bunnys pass i hope that her family and her friends peole and elephants still love her and i will always love bunny she was a great elephant.
Cathreen, Cleveland tn
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May 7, 2012
im very sorry about bunnys pass we have been learning about bunny in my class and had to do an assighment about her i want to think u for helping me do a good grade on it! u were very special to me and many others! she was very special unique and beutiful! i will not forget about her and i made donations! my whole class did! :)

schyane , clevlend
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April 25, 2012
I loved Bunny and always felt so sorry for her to be by herself. Her enclosure was so small it broke my heart. When they set her free to the Elephant Sanctuary I immediately kept tabs on her and her progress. Thanks to the Sanctuary that at least she got a few good years of happiness in her life. She was a good elephant that could of easily turned the other way considering her solitary status. I love you Bunny and miss you horribly.


Laura Moranz, Newburgh, IN
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April 13, 2012
I first met Bunny when we moved to Indiana in 1986. I love elephants and fell in love with her the minute I saw her. It broke my heart to see her all by herself all the time, so I was especially happy to see her move to the Elephant Sanctuary. I made sure and kept track of her on the sanctuary website, and was thrilled by all the pictures, and how happy she was. I was so sad she passed away but so glad she went happy and free. She was an elephant well loved and will be remembered for a long time. Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for taking such good care of her and the rest of the "girls".
Donna K, Boonville, IN
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April 7, 2012
Bunny, we miss you! We wish we could've given you a happier life at Mesker Park Zoo, but being a small zoo, we didn't have the money. I'm happy you lived your last days happily, and you will always be in mine and Evansville's hearts. <3
Caroline, Evansville, Indiana
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March 1, 2012
I am so overwhelmed by these magnificent creatures! They are truly a beautiful gift from God.

I sit here at work crying, watching the video of her life at the sanctuary. She looked happy and at peace finally back to where she is supposed to be in the open with trees and grass other elephants as a herd and a family. Captivity is not meant for these animals and it saddens me to see them at circus'.

Keep up the wonderful work you all do there!!!!!!!!! God bless you all!


Sherry Hacker, Ky
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February 23, 2012
Dear Bunny,
I used to see you at the zoo when I visited my family in Evansville. I missed you when you left, but was very happy when I heard that you got to go to the Elephant Sanctuary and live with other elephants and be outdoors where you could enjoy the trees and grass and soft earth. I'm glad you got to spend your last years with good company. I am glad you got to be happy there. I'm glad you weren't lonely any more. You were a good elephant and are greatly missed.
Kate Martin, Durango, Colorado
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February 21, 2012
let the angels take you in peace. have fun in elephant heaven. love bunny
ally, Montana
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February 13, 2012
I'm So sorry for the lost of Bunny. I wish I could have seen her, she looked so sweet. But I'm glad she got to call the elephant sanctuary home:(
Amelia Brinkman, Charles City Iowa
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February 8, 2012
A majestic & ancient soul ... you were here to teach us unconditional love & show us that all can be forgiven with ample time and healing. I know you were rescued from a lonely & solitary life Bunny, but you also rescued the souls of every human who was blessed enough to know you! Eternal freedom is finally yours ...
Nina Sanati, Denver, Colorado
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January 24, 2012
Dear wonderful Bunny. I too am so happy that you got to spend time outdoors with your Elephant friends. I love you and will truly miss you and all the elephants that passed before you. Go with God dear Bunny
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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January 22, 2012
I grew up with Bunny, she was only 6 years older than me, and we would visit several times a year at Mesker. She learned how to turn the lights off and on in the elephant house, and seemed to take delight in it every time the door was left ajar where she could reach it. I always hated that she didn't have more space to roam, so I am so glad she got to spend some quality years in the open with elephant family around her. Thanks for being Bunny.
Melanie , Elkhorn, KY
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January 22, 2012
what a beautiful story you so graciously told of Bunny's life..moved me to tears and joy.. i have adored elephants since i was small.. i love all animals and have great respect for them.. thank you from my heart for all that you do.. i hope to donate for the cause in the near future.. blessings abound each of you and the animals who reside there with you..
marlene wells, north, Georgia
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December 23, 2011
Bunny,
I remember you well! I grew up visiting you at the zoo! My mom and dad took me to the zoo. You were the first elephant I ever got to see in person. Then years later got to take my own son to see you. You will be missed more than you will ever know!
RIP lovely girl.
Joyce Edwards, Boonville, IN
Joyce Edwards, Boonville, IN
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December 18, 2011
Sweet dreams Bunny. Now you are truly free. Knowing that you were loved by your caregivers and the other Elephants that were by your side.
Drew, Hollis, ME
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December 7, 2011
dear,bunny i feel sorry for you that the people in the circus treated you wrong and ms sumner feel the same way too.a lot of people cared about you and those people in the circus really didn't mean to hurt you or treat you that way .my class cares so much about you.rest in peace.

your truly friend,
kayla
Kayla Antoine, mt.view
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December 7, 2011
rest in peace bunny bear. you look as pretty as i heard you were!!i wish you were still here at the elephant sanctuary. that was a very sad,sad story. i love and miss you bunny. i hope before you passed your foot healed from that terrible disease. those circus people should have been sent to jail for hurting a precious soul like you.i feel like if i worked at the elephant sanctuary all the elephants in my care would remain safe. Even through thick and thin. i love you bunny and i always will just whenever you need me i got your back bunny. im right here.i love you!!!
Delexus Patton, mt.view
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December 7, 2011
Bunny your story was sad and exciting we'll miss you with all of our hearts the people at elephant santuary miss you. I love you bunny RIP!
Jordan Mayes, mt view elementry antioch,tn
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December 2, 2011
Bunny......I didn`t know you had left us for your heavenly home. Maybe i just missed it since you passed not long after my husband. WE took our children to Mesker Zoo many times when they was young. You was always their favorite animal to see as well as our grandchildren. Rest in peace Sweet Girl! You was loved by many friends:)

Bonnie, Evansville, In
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November 15, 2011
There is no better life then to be with loved ones and family. I can only imagine how happy you were to be with Jenny and Tara.. and the rest of your companions.. To finally lay down after living a long life and at least the last 20 yrs with others of your kind, was so wonderful!. I cry to think of all the animals that suffer at the hands of greed.. I teach love and respect for the wild all the time to my children and hope one day to be able to show them the magic that IS an elephant's love of a free life with others.. All animals deserve to be free and not held in a cage or chained. I strive for setting the wild free and experiencing that wild in all it's glory. I hope some day to travel across the US to see all the sanctuaries where wild animals are located to help with whatever things need to be done for a day.. a week or just an hour.. I will always love Elephants and other animals so much more then humans. We do destroy so much of your world.. Namaste, sweet Bunny
Cindy McLain, Fort Bragg California
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November 13, 2011
I grew up going and visiting you every year, Bunny. I would refuse to go anywhere else until I had my Bunny time. I would talk to you and you seemed to listen to me. Even though I looked forward to our visits, it broke my heart to see you in a cage. I told you so one day and reached my hand out to you..you reached your trunk and touched my hand as if acknowledging what I was saying. My heart soared when I knew you would be going to a better place, a place to finally be with your own kind again and to be happy. My heart and prayers went with you and I still think of you often with such fond and loving memories...and remember our moment of understanding. Rest in Peace sweet giant. We all love you and miss you. <3
Amanda Stone, Henderson, Kentucky
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November 9, 2011
RIP Bunny love from the uk
Declan Holden, united kingdom
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November 8, 2011
Dear bunny,
I never really met you but my parents did you were from where i was born I am sorry for you I wish I could of met you sooooooo bad I wish you were still alive so maybe
I could meet you!!!
sincerely,
Sara
Sara Elisabeth Williams , Arlington Tn
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November 5, 2011
Dear Bunny,
You are the reason for my elephant collection and my love for elephants. i was only 6 years old when you were moved to the elephant sanctuary. every birthday i asked to send you money and i was always aloud, for my senior project i job shadowed at mesker park zoo i wish i could have met you!!!! i met your zookeeper though she missed you a lot we all do i hope you had a good rest of your life and you are finally at peace. i know i didn't know you but i love you bunny!!
peyton swonder, evansville in
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October 27, 2011
We all miss you very very very much Bunny. We all do.
Anna, Pittsburgh PA
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October 21, 2011
I love you and all your kind Bunny.......you are truly remarkable and will be missed
John C, WA
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October 12, 2011
Dear Bunny, I am so glad that you got to live your last 10 years in a beautiful habitat at the Elephant Sanctuary.
You have now gone over the Rainbow Bridge and have joined Jenny & Shirley. Now you can joyously romp in God's Garden for you.
Rest in Peace our friend.

Lynn, Palm Bay, Fl.
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October 7, 2011
you will ALWAYS be a part of me, dear little Bunny girl.
Carolyn Boner Hagedorn, Evansville, IN
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October 7, 2011
Rest in Peace sweet girl...
t, minnesota
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October 6, 2011
Precious Bunny...


at rest with the angels and "Babe" and "Louie".
Dean Wilson and Ann, heaven and Charlotte ,n.C.
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September 29, 2011
Today would be your 12th anniversary at TES if you were still here. Glad that you had the chance to have your 10 years of total freedom as the "Outdoors Girl." My thoughts are with you in your honor. Miss you, Bunny!
Liz, FL
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September 28, 2011
i miss you.i love you.my sisters teacher knew you.my sisters teacher loves you.your jungle is amazing.and you miss your daddy.and you miss your family.you miss your brothetr and sister.and you look beautiful.your daddy and mommy are amazing.and your brother and sister are handsome and pretty.i am 4. my big sisters name is cameron. i love her.
lauren kraft, antioch,tennessee
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September 28, 2011
That was so sad about what happened to you i cant take what you and your best friends have been to.Live in peace and feel better i know they all love you with all their heart,if there is one thing i want to tell you is i love you as my best friend.I wish i was alive to see you.
marina, mt.view
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September 28, 2011
Dear Bunny, I hope you reunited with your family in heaven.

You were an amazing elephant, and always was an angel(:! I hope you had a great time here in the Sanctuary, i'm sure you did! I feel very bad for you cause of your diseased feet. Three years ago, I never knew about you, but then this year, my teacher Jamie Sumner told me all about you, she went to the zoo to see you there when she was a kid! R.I.P xoxo<3(:

P.S. My teacher misses you!

Anita, Mt View
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September 28, 2011
i love u bunny. i am sorry u died.
madiso marshall, antioch,tennessee,mt.view
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September 28, 2011
i very sorry that you past away and that hurts my feelings that that happend to you.Live in peace my best friend. :)
marina mikhaeil , Mt.View Elementry school
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September 28, 2011
hi bunny i very sorry about u passing away
Fatou, Mt View
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September 28, 2011
I wish I knew you and I wish you were still alive so I could meet you im glad that you met my teacher Jamie Sumner I hope she was nice to you and you died when you were so young and I am 9 years old
Keegan Higginbotham, Nashville
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September 22, 2011
I wish I knew you Buuny. you were an awesome elephant. I will miss you badly
alli, nebraska
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September 22, 2011
It is a beautiful end to your story. We can never take back what was done to you but I am happy that you spent wonderful years at the sanctuary in the nature, sleeping under the stars, surrounded by other elephants and caregivers who truly care. And it is a gift to allow others to be at your passing and a wonderful way to transition to have those you love and who loved you with you all the way.
Sandra, Singapore
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September 21, 2011
bunny's story was happy and sad. she was a very beautiful elephant.
ashley, antioch nashville,tn
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September 21, 2011
My teacher grew up in your town.I hope you liked the santuary.My teachers name is Jamie Sumner.I heard you were the only elephant in the zoo.I am 9 years old.
cameron, nashville,tennesse
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September 21, 2011
you were amazing Bunny I loved you xoxoxoxoxoxo R.I.P :)
Tyler, Orlando,Fl
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September 21, 2011
R.I.P
you were an amazing elephant Bunny xoxoxo i love you <3
Meredith, Dallas Texas
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September 21, 2011
I am so sorry about bunny R.I.P
mark, Washington ,DC
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September 21, 2011
R.I.P
you were an amazing elephant Bunny all of us will miss you
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September 4, 2011
I took my 6 kids many times at the zoo when they were growing up. I took several of my Grandkids to see you also, Bunny, before you retired to the sanctuary. It was always a necessity that they go to see Bunny. I was very thankful that the people of this city saw fit to give you the reward of freedom and of having a family for the last years of your life. For most of your life you gave a great deal of joy not only to my family but to all who came. Who knows at 78 years myself maybe I will see you before too much longer. Rest well dear girl.
Robert Tate, Evansville, Indiana
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August 27, 2011
dear bunny too bad i never knew you :( i will miss you more than i can say
bryan, mayfield
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July 25, 2011
bunny you were so cute and you were only 57 years old when you passed. sweet dreams bunny
katie, ottawa ont
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July 23, 2011
Dear Bunny,

Here in Evansville, you made so many people happy! Everybody adored you. From children, to the elderly, and everyone in between! But the sad part is, the zoo didn't have enough space or resources to support you. So that is why they sent you to Tennessee, to give you a better life in your final years. You had great experiences there, from meeting some new friends, to being treated like a princess! But at least now, you are in a better place. Everyone in Evansville, Tennessee, and the whole country will miss you Bunny! R.I.P.
Konner , Evansville, IN
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July 7, 2011
Bunny, you were the first elephant I saw as a child. We visited the Evansville Zoo every summer when I was a kid and yours was my favorite exibit, but I remember feeling sad that you were in that enclosure. R.I.P.
Kathy, Hazelton In
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July 5, 2011
Sempre Nei Miei Ricordi, Bunnykins with whom I share a birthyear. Someday we shall meet, in the sweet bye-and-bye.
ML, Bethesda MD
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June 12, 2011
Bunny, I hope you like Elephant Heaven. You were very sweet and cute.
Payton, Saskatoon
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June 3, 2011
I remember getting so excited to see Bunny when we would go to the zoo when I was growing up in Evansville. If she wasn't outside in her "area" next to the hippos and the inside of her "area" was not open that day--- my heart would sink. The trip to the zoo on those occasions was just not the same.
I was so happy to know you were retiring to the sanctuary! You touched my heart as a child and as an adult---I will always remember you with much love and hope I see you again in heaven!
Darlene, Evansville
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May 26, 2011
I will always remember you well Bunny. I visited you at the Evansville Zoo many times growing up. I remember you throwing hay also. :o) It did my heart good when I heard that you had been sent to the sanctuary. I am sooooo glad that you were able to spend your golden years there and that you had peace in death. Thank you so much for being part of my life...
Shirley Dusinberre, Huntsville, AL (hometown Evansville, IN)
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May 14, 2011
I still remember you, Bunny.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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April 4, 2011
Bunny will be missed. But now he is is in elephant heaven a good place for elephants. I think that Bunny is the best elephant ever. You were so kind to the trainers.We will all keep you in our hearts. Sweet Bunny from all your ele.fans.
Brooke Hollaway, Collierville,Tennessee
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March 13, 2011
Sweet Bunny, I shared your video's with my 5 year old daughter the other day and she fell in love with you as we all have. We laughed and smiled as we watched you "run" around with the girls. I was saddened that she could not meet you but also happy, because if she were to meet you would have meant that you would not have gone to that wonderful place to roam free. We go to the Zoo often and I see another beautiful animal that I wish had a place to go to a sanctuary as yourself, she was (is) housed right next to where you were. So many more need to be saved. Bless you sweet girl, we love you and miss watching you in your glory days.
Amber Hoover, Evansville
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March 12, 2011
Here it is 2011. i still think of you often, Bunny. I will never forget you. My family visited the zoo often and I grew up loving you. One time you sprayed straw on my brother's head with your trunk. It was hilarious.
You are and will remain in my heart. I thought it was so cool that we were born in the same year.

Love always, precious girl.

Carolyn Boner Hagedorn, Evansville, IN
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March 9, 2011
good night precious bunny,you will always be remembered. good night, sweet dreams, farewell.
laura polcyn, millersburg, OH
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February 28, 2011
I am inspired by your grace and your amazing spirit. Thank you, sweet Bunny.
Roberta, Los Angeles, CA
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February 25, 2011
When I was a little girl 1968 I could smell we were getting close to the dark slope that took me to the dungeon of the zoo where Bunny lived. I was excited to see her but never understood why I was so sad when I left. It was horrible conditions. Dark, small, cold and she had a ring around her leg. As an adult, I now know it was abuse and cruelty at its finest. I cried the day I discovered you were free. Today I got on line to check on you, it has been a while and I cry again. Now if we can get the Shrine Circus to do the right thing and stop the madness of their production under the guise of helping children.
Laura, Louisville KY
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February 23, 2011
Dear Bunny,

I live near Evansville, but never had the pleasure to meet you. I'm very happy that you got to spend your golden years on soft soil and surrounded by your elephant friends.
Shelly, Cannelton, IN
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February 16, 2011
Rest in peace, Bunny. You certainly deserve at least that. you brought joy to so many people throughout your life. I grew up with you, here in Evansville. You are indeed missed.


Michael, Evansville, IN
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February 12, 2011
dear bunny my sweet little angel,
i hate i when an elephant dies!! my name is allison.R.Cyr and i love elephants! your the best! i am 10 years old! believe it or not i'm a young zoologist only for elephants! i am visiting the sanctuary and i was looking forward to seeing you! i will never forget you, i will prays the lord that you'll go to heaven, i will always love you, and i will honor you! i wish that someday i will see you in person! your name is also very, very, very adorable an elephant named bunny now that is very unique and i should say that everyone should know that cause it is! i have been trying to save the elephants for many years and i'm still at it! i will love you forever! you and i will meet one day and that is all that matters! 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 1, 2011
Bunny, you're my favorite elephant! Believe it or not but i'm a lot like you! And i love nature too. I hope you get lots of oranges in Elephant Heaven!

P.S. Say hi to Jenny for me!
Shawna, San Antonio, Texas
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January 30, 2011
Bunny,

I saw you in the late 1980s while I was in college in Evansville. I am so glad that you got to spend your later years off of the concrete and in a natural environment. I did not like the concrete, but you were beautiful!

God Bless You Always!
Troy, Peekskill, NY
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December 17, 2010
Dear sweet Bunny,
I was saddened by the news of your passing. My family and I would visit the zoo every year and we always enjoyed seeing you. When we found out that you were being sent to a sanctuary we where sad and happy at the same time, but we knew that you were going to be in a comfortable place. I will always love and miss you.
Deanna, Muhlenberg Ky
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December 6, 2010
i miss you bunny very very much

andrew, vincennes, iondiana
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November 24, 2010
Still miss you, Bun!
Janet, Cambridge MA
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November 12, 2010
will always miss you,bunny.
chuck, evansville,in
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November 6, 2010
I wish you were still here so I could spend my life with you! God bless you!
POOP, Virginia
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October 26, 2010
Dear Bunny,

you are so adorable and i wish you good luck and god blesses you!
D.I, Maplewood MN
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October 22, 2010
May you be the first hostess to welcome your friends from the Sanctuary when they will join you for the rest of your journey.
We love you, Bunny ~
your friend, elaine.
elaine louise, bexley, ohio
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October 14, 2010
Dear Bun, how I miss you. Here in Evansville, we grew up together, you and I. We are almost the same age. Not knowing that you should have been free to roam, I visited you many times at the zoo over the years. As an adult, I was thrilled that you'd have the chance for a new life, and while I cried the day you left, it was a joy to watch for you on the elecam, waiting to see the "girl with the straw bonnet". You were so precious, and I thank you again for helping me teach my children about a love for all animals and compassion for their lives, and conservation of their habitats. Anyway, while I have my t-shirt with your picture on it, and I tried so hard to bid high enough for a piece of your artwork, I still miss knowing that you were "right down the road" in Tennessee. Sleep well, Bunny, my friend.
Cheryl Keeping, Newburgh, Indiana
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October 6, 2010
Dear heart Bunny, Our creator put you and your elephant family here to live as the great creatures that you are. What better way to express your creation than spending time in the natural world of this beautiful and blessed blue planet, which you did so well and with so much joy and love. God bless the Elephant Sanctuary for sharing their love and life with you, allowing you to be the great, great spirit that you are to all of us always.
Sky Ann , Redwood City, CA
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October 2, 2010
How sorry I am to never have known you. How grateful I am to have known of you. How fortunate for all of us that the world could contain such a wonderful soul such as yourself.
CSF, West Monroe, La.
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October 2, 2010
Thinking of you today lovely Bunny - always with tears in my eyes. You brought so much awareness about captive elephants. I have been noticing that many ellie newborns in zoos seem to be males these days (San Diego had 3 males this year) - what should we do when they come of age? We need to have a sanctuary for them... too, asian and africans.
your friend, marie, north carolina
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October 1, 2010
I'm sure you are happy in your forever sanctuary now! Rest in Peace dear soul. And if you have time, please try to help a fellow soul - LUCY who is at the Edmonton Zoo, and who also needs companionship and freedom!
MJ, Ontario, Canada
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September 27, 2010
Bunny seemed to have been an amazing creature. You are so lucky to be able to say you knew her!
D., US
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September 24, 2010
Bunny want to wish you good luck you are a cute elephant i want to wish you good luck i will miss you even if i dont know you i just love a
animals

TO BUNNY
AB, ct
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September 24, 2010
I wish you could live with your friends and caregiver. You look like you were a very special bunny and cute


TO Bunny
Ab, ct
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September 15, 2010
Bunny....still missing you.


Betsey, Evansville, Indiana
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August 21, 2010
rest in peace sweet sweet bunny. enjoy heaven I'LL MISS YOU!
Cory hoerter, mason ohio
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August 21, 2010
I never knew you, but I'll miss you.
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August 21, 2010
how sweet are you bunny. When I saw you it made me cry
asia, huntingdon tennessee
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June 8, 2010
Bunny is the most beautiful elephant. She was at the mesker park in evansville indiana. she was my favorite animal to see when i was little. Bunny you will always be in my heart
Taylor, indiana
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May 22, 2010
i am sorry for your lost bunny when you die you took my hear apart ALWAYS MISSING YOU BUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
abigal, antioch tn
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May 17, 2010
Sweet Bunny, thinking of you today. I knew you as a child and was so happy when you found a new home at the sanctuary. Rest in peace.
Rhonda Gray, owensboro, ky
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May 15, 2010
Bunny, I thought of you all day yesterday. You were such a sweet girl. RIP.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 15, 2010
I'll never forget you, Bunny. It's been a year since your passing as of yesterday. RIP, sweet girl!
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 14, 2010
Love you Bun Bun. Miss you forever.
Allison, Wyoming
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May 14, 2010
Dearest Bunny! It cannot have been a year since you left us! I think of you every time I see or hear of Shirley. You must be so content knowing that she loves her life still and is at peace with little Sister at her side. Know that we miss you and know we were blessed to have you with us as long as we did.

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

Auntie Deb ,
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May 14, 2010
Dearest Bunny! It cannot have been a year since you left us! I think of you every time I see or hear of Shirley. You must be so content knowing that she loves her life still and is at peace with little Sister at her side. Know that we miss you and know we were blessed to have you with us as long as we did.

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
Debra Moore,
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May 14, 2010
Beautiful Bunny, I will never forget you.
Eileen, Melrose, Massachusetts
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May 14, 2010
Bunny,

I just looked at the calendar and realized that today one year ago you left us. I cannot believe it has already been that long. Even though I only got to read about you, I felt as though I knew you personally.

I am so very happy you were able to be at The Elephant Sanctuary for the last 10 years; that you were able to be with Shirley, Tarra, Sissy, Winkie, Misty & Dulary and the dogs.

I miss you Bunny, and still expect to see something funny written about you in EleNotes.

Namaste Sweet, sweet Bunny.

Juanita Eisinger, Michigan
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May 14, 2010
It is wonderful to see the amount of tributes to you here Bunny, and to feel the passion within all the comments. That so many souls were touched by your life, often without ever having met you, is overwhelming.
Reading of your life in the Zoo in Indiana, the Ted Sturgeon derivation comes to mind.

"There is in certain living souls
A quality of loneliness unspeakable,
So great it must be shared
As company is shared by lesser beings.
Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this
That in immensity
There is one lonelier than you."
("A Saucer of Loneliness" - Twilight Zone)

Poignant words to be sure, yet I feel that in your last years you were anything but solitary. For, surely you must have felt a piece of all the love that still remains for you today.

Thank you for touching my heart Bunny.

Larry, TN
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April 30, 2010
Thank you, Bunny, for my childhood wonder!! Will always love & cherish you!!! Namaste!
Stacy Milheiser, Evansville, IN
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April 27, 2010
Dear Bunny,
We loved your video. You were very beautiful.
We are happy that you are with God now.

Love,
The Pre-K class of 2010.
Mrs. James/ Mrs. Collier
Zenobia James, Mattie Akin Elementary Greenville, MS
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April 23, 2010
bye bunny we will all miss you and love you and have fun with your friends rip
Emily Geisler, Indiana
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April 19, 2010
i never saw u but i know that u were a good elephant and u loved every body that came and see u sweet dreams bunny i miss u
savannah, e.vill
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April 18, 2010
Nearly a year since you have been gone and we miss you,
forever in my heart dear Bunny Love you lots.
Lorraine, Michigan
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April 15, 2010
bunny you changed my heart.may you rest in peace.*
carley, florida
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April 11, 2010
bunny i miss you because i was so close to you i am glad you lived your last few years in a good place with tons of friends i checked on you every day and you are in a better place now so i am not worried i love you never for get that and you the best people up there with you and your best friend jenny
judy bishop, evansville
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April 10, 2010
rip
thomas, florida
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April 4, 2010
Bunny your beautiful big soul touched my heart and changed me <3
Gabby, Malibu, California
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March 27, 2010
Bunny sorry I never met you but I wish I could come see your family god speed.
Annette Carstens, Norfolk NE 68701
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March 25, 2010
Hi bunny! I never knew you but I'm sure your great! I am happy you had a happy life at the sanctuary. I wish I could have known you, but sadly I will not have that chance. You have inspired me. I love you bunny, even if I didn't know you!
Ashley, Quincy, IL
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March 19, 2010
My mother's ex-husband was a worker at mesker zoo where Bunny came from. When he would make cleaning rounds we would tag along sometimes while he worked. Bunny was always my favorite because she was so silly. She would turn the lights on and off just to hear you squeal in the dark with what I like to think of as a trumpet of laughter. She would always greet us in the same way each time we visited and was always up for a scratch or pat on the trunk. I'm glad to know that in the end she finally found the family she always yearned for. Thanks for everything you do.
shaye, evansville,in
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February 24, 2010
Hi! i love what you do with these wonderful animals! and Bunny is so cute! thank you for helping them! I wish i could help but im a little to young! but dont stop doing what your doing! THANK YOU!!
Taylor, Ohio
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February 19, 2010
i wish i could have had the chance to meet this wonderful animal. may she rest in peace. I cannot express how much i appreciate all that the staff of the elephant sanctuary are doing. you are all amazing people. the world would be a far better place with more people like you in it. I can only hope to have the opportunity to impact something as much as you all have.
Alice, Calgary, Alberta
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February 11, 2010
i love you
franny, tx
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February 6, 2010
Bunny i was happy an sad when you left evansville you had been a part of my life for 20 years i went to the zoo 9 or 10 times a year just to see you i will miss you i left evansville about 2 years after you
glenn baker, carbon IN
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February 2, 2010
Bunny, you sweet innocent girl! I am so thankful you are at home with God and will have eternal peace and happiness...as every animal should.
Kimberly, Hamburg, NY
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January 30, 2010
You made us all a better human being, Bunny. I won't and can't forget you
richard, grindelwald, switzerland
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January 29, 2010
i do not remember you that much but you have been so important to me so i hope you remain in good peace


judy bishop, evansvillie in
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January 24, 2010
Bunny your story made me cry. i love you and you will always be remembered in my heart. i will be with you someday bunny. you were always my favorite
Haylee , tennesee
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January 20, 2010
well,bunny we luvs you!!!:D
brigette, texas yall
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January 17, 2010
I love elephants and you were my favorite elephant in the sanctuary.
Maddi S., MN
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January 12, 2010
Will really miss you Bunny - you were my favorite of the elephants and we followed your progress at the Elephant Sanctuary!
Ajay Shah, San Jose, CA
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December 31, 2009
Hey Bunny,

I associate you with THE STARS.
Sarah, Washington DC
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December 25, 2009
I was born in Evansville in 1959. Visiting Bunny was at least a yearly if not more often event. I always felt bad that the animals did not have bigger, more natural habitats. Over the years, things improved for many of the animals. But when I volunteered in college, Bunny still had the same small areas much less that she was alone. I am so grateful that she had a retirement in a wonderful place. I followed her all these years from your website. God Bless you Bunny!
Kathy Elliott, Daytona Beach Shores FL
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December 25, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

On this Christmas day I believe I can hear you trumpeting in elephant heaven with your sisters.

It's a sweet thought to know you touched so many and now lie safe in the hills of Tennessee. I'll miss you forever but am so grateful to have known you.

Merry Christmas and thanks to those who loved and cared for Bunny. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your lives.
Anne, NM
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December 16, 2009
Dear,Bunny
Oh,I didn't expect for for you to go so soon.You are like the cutest thing ever. You don't deserve to die. You are so amazing.

Your Fan,
christina, cleveland,OH
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December 9, 2009
Bun-Bun....you make my heart sing....miss you girl
donna, kingsport tn
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December 7, 2009
Hey Bun-Bun

Missing you and hoping for your happiness along with that of Jenny and Barbara, Queenie and Dehli, Lota and Ned, Tina and Joanna. Shirley is returning to her old self again. Thank you for watching over her along with Jenny.

You are never far from my thoughts and meditations...

Namaste Dear One
Caite York, Milton-Freewater, OR
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November 28, 2009
we had a good time with you girl
kara , newburgh, in
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November 24, 2009
I grew up on a few streets away from you, not even 1/2 A mile...We love & miss you Bunny! I can remeber seeing you @ the zoo when I was little. I wish I knew then what I know now & I would have tried to get you (home) sooner. All the trips to the zoo when I was little & no one informed me that elephants live together & not alone. I feel sorrow for my citys ignorance to you. May you rest in peace. I hope the city of Evansville does not get any other large or needy animal in our zoo.(I would LOVE it if we had a place to keep them) I am not saying anything bad, but lil ol' Evansville has to many problems & will NOT focus on the animals! I hope the new jaguar thing will go well, but I just hope we don't give them the life we gave her! We love & miss you Bunny! & Me and my oldest son chose YOU as our topic for child of the week @ preschool! Rest in Peace! =]
Amanda, Evansville
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November 21, 2009
So, so sad for her passing, but at the same time so, so grateful that she had her friends and those who loved her around her to comfort her, and that she was able to spend 10 wonderful years at the E.S. You all are TRULY angels!
Brandy Rivers, Nashville, TN
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November 20, 2009
Dear Bunny,

Thinking about you and remembering you. Your former home, Mesker Zoo, has 2 new additions. 2 baby jaguar cubs were born and can now be seen at the Amazonian complex of the zoo or online webcams. Seeing them got me to thinking about you and how it doesn't seem possible you have passed on. You are missed!

Julie, Chandler, IN
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November 14, 2009
Dear Bunny,

i hope you have a good life and god loves you remember bunny in my soul u have a part of my heart!
Ella Cargore,
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October 30, 2009
Night, night, sleep tight sweet Bunny. God bless you and keep you. You own a piece of my heart and we will meet when God calls me home. My love to you and your "sisters".
Donna, Melbourne, FL
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October 29, 2009
Bunny,

I wish I had more money to contribute towards this wonderful sanctuary. I will do what I can to support you wonderful animals. No 'wild animal' should be placed in zoos for the so called enjoyment of humans. You are a gift from God and an absolute beautiful animal. It sounds like you were very happy with the sanctuary for the final years of your life.

To the staff .... thanks so much for your work. I will contribute what I can to support the cause.
Rick, Bothell WA
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October 11, 2009
Bunny,

I think of you and your journey often. Why is it people don't learn the lessons you and your brothers and sisters teach?

Elephants were not created for our amusement.

You graced the earth with your presence. Teacher, nature girl, friend, beloved...a legacy few of us humans achieve!

You will never be gone, Bunny, because I will always remember you.
A, Albuqueruque
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October 8, 2009
What a beautiful tribute to Bunny.

Thank you for caring for those magnificent creatures. You are truly blesses in return with their love.
Debbi, TC, Michigan
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October 4, 2009
i love elephants they are awesome but when elephants die i cry so bye bunny the cutest asian elephant
emily , flint
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October 2, 2009
I love you, Bun Bun
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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September 30, 2009
hey its me again i just love you elephant so much i love her slide shows lets be friends talk to you laer
Alyssa,
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September 30, 2009
Dear Bunny, thinking of you tonight, and so glad you got many years of freedom at TES.
Maggie, Saratoga Springs, NY
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September 30, 2009
hi its so cool to see i mean to talk to you again how is bunny doing she looks good in her pickers and also she dose look like she poses

Alyssa,
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September 30, 2009
you have a cool elephant and also bunny is a cute name also your elephant is so so cute
Alyssa,
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September 29, 2009
Thinking of you, dear sweet Bunny, on this 10th anniversary of your arrival to freedom. Thank you to all who loved and cared for her. Bunny was a queen in her beautiful domain....
Roslyn Abramovitch, West Fargo, ND
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September 28, 2009
DEAR SWEET BUNNY, YOU ARE NOW IN AN EVEN
BETTER PLACE WITH EVEN MORE EVERLASTING
LOVE
FLO, AUSTIN TX
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September 28, 2009
Beautiful Bunny... My heart is glad for all the joy that you had in your last years at The Elephant Sanctuary. I feel you look down from Heaven and smile. Rest in peace!
Deblea Meyer, Austin, Texas
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September 27, 2009
Bunny, you are the reason I found out about the Elephant Sanctuary. While visiting my dad at Solarbron Retirement Community in Evansville, IN, in 1999, I read in the newspaper about your move to the sanctuary from the zoo there. I've been a supporter of the sanctuary ever since and have followed your life and those of your sisters at the sanctuary. When I think of you, I picture you standing out under the stars, gazing at the heavens. You were truly a bodhisattva, here on Earth to teach us all about compassion and love. Blessings to you, dear sweet being.
Peggy Kornegger, Belmont, MA
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September 24, 2009
I hope my transition will be as graceful as yours Bunny, whenever my time comes, and that I too am appreciative of wherever I am at that time and blessed with those who love me there to support me.

I honour the life and death of our 4 legged ones and was blessed to be able to gift my 16 yr. old dog with hospice care before her natural, peaceful passing - and it was in turn her gift to me.
Bunny Morrow, Los Alamos, CA
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September 24, 2009
As a child I grew up with you over the years. I'm so glad that for the remaining years of your life that you were well taken care of. I want to thank everyone that took care of Bunny over the years...she was very special !
Angie Benedict, Fowlerville,MI formerly from E-ville
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September 22, 2009
I only have known about your home for a few days. I cried when I read about you. Cried when you were in the zoo, cried when you went to the big farm, and cried when you went home. All happy tears Bunny. I miss you and I never knew you.
Nana Chris, Pembroke Pines,Fl
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September 20, 2009
Dear Bunny

Miss you so much my beautiful, wonderful friend! Love you always and forever.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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September 17, 2009
God bless you dear Bunny. I'm so thankful that you were able to spend the final days of your life in such a wonderful, caring place as the Sanctuary. I only wish that all captive elephants could know this same peace, love, and freedom from restriction and/or abuse. Maybe some day, hopefully soon.

Rest in peace dear one.
Marge Lockwood, Arizona
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September 15, 2009
I have know Bunny for the majority of her life spent at the Mesker Park Zoo. I was saddened to have leave the zoo but knew it was the best thing for her. I was unable to travel to Tennessee to see her after her retirement but I checked up on her on line often and was saddened to here of her passing.
Marty, Evansville, IN
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September 15, 2009
Rozie, a zoo elephant in Albuquerque, recently gave birth to a baby girl. They have asked the public to name her and I suggested Bunny in honor of Bunny, of course, but also the wonderful people of Evansville who loved her so very much. I hope in some small way the spirit of Bunny will live on and that the new baby will have the good fortune to find the sanctuary that Bunny did.
Ann, Albuquerque NM
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September 15, 2009
Still miss you, Bunny. Still miss you.
A, NM
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September 14, 2009
To the Elephant Sanctuary:
Thank you so very much for all you do for the wonderful 'gentle giants'. You are the best!
To you Bunny - I will miss you so much! I was a docent at the zoo when you were there. I am truly happy that you were blessed with 10 years of glorious freedom to be able to roam in God's country with all of your beautiful friends. Your sweet spirit touched my heart and I will never forget you.
Teresa Keil, Evansville, IN
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September 12, 2009
Thinking of you Bunny. I know you're watching over Shirley. She is doing ok, but misses you lots (like we all do).

Just want you to know that you are truly missed.
JCE, Michigan
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September 10, 2009
p.s. happy 57th birthday..... i LOVE YOU ALOT!!!
emma, GA
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September 10, 2009
i love you soooooooo much bunny. i know you are a great elephant. i love elephants so much. Stay with me for all of my life. And thats a long time because i am 11 turning 12 in january.
emma, GA
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September 10, 2009
I felt close to your heart and your spirit, and they were a powerful, loving heart and spirit. I now feel your peace, but i weep. Please save a place for me....
Joey, Atlanta GA
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September 10, 2009
Dear Bunny,
Bunny is the name my husband calls me. I just heard of you today, but your story touched my heart in so many ways. I have always felt a deep and tremendous love for elephants, and I am so happy that you were able to spend the last years of your life in a happy, healthy place. I know how much you were loved by so many. Bless you sweet Bunny.
Bunny B., Raleigh, North Carolina
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September 9, 2009
Deep peace to you, sweet Bunny. I so much wanted to see you. Love to you always, Chris
Chris Lindley, Signal Mtn. Tn
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September 7, 2009
for all the times we talked and all the times you lifted my spirits, thank you. i cried when you left and i'll cry everytime i think about you. i even recognized you in that little picture that appeared in time magazine a few years ago. we grew up together and you truly deserved the last ten years you had on this earth. see you in heaven.
cindy, eville, in
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September 7, 2009
Bunny your so cute, may god bless you, I hope you stay okay! you rule bunny!
Kali, Canada
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September 3, 2009
Rest in peace, beautiful Bunny. I'm so glad you spent your last years at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Karin, Brooklyn, NY
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September 3, 2009
Bunny, I got the pleasure of seeing your arrival to the sanctuary as an intern there. It is still one of my most cherished memories because of the sheer joy you showed when entering the pasture running and trumpeting. All the other girls joined in and it was the most amazing sight and sounds, I wished I had recorded it. I'll never forget you and the joy that you brought to me.
Tina Rios, Danvers, IL
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August 22, 2009
Bunny, I remember you very well. Seeing such a big beautiful girl, when my parents took me to see you, when I was just a girl. Then the joy of taking my son to see you when he was a little boy. Good memories!
Glad you are at peace. You will always be remembered, loved and missed.
Joyce Edwards, Boonville, IN
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August 20, 2009
dear Bunny, bunnies are one of my favorite animals but my most favorite animal is an elephant. i draw pictures and i have some pictures of elephants. my dream is to have a room of a safari with elephants in the it. i am very obsessed with them. i am trying to do some research on you,Tarra,and Zula. i love you so much and one day i hope to have an elephant,but that will probably be a long time from now because i am only a young teenager. but again i could work with elephants too and maybe someday i will get to work with you. i will try to keep in touch with you. love your friend, zoey
zoey, richfield
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August 18, 2009
Oh Bunny I'm sad you had to leave, but I'm glad you at least got to spend your last years surrounded with love. I always thought of you as "my girl" b/c my cat's nickname is... Bunny. I hope you're still singing where ever you are.
Carrie, Chicago
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August 16, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I recently wrote letters to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, The Mayor and City Council of Edmonton about their beloved elephant Lucy. If they would read your story Bunny, they would see that magical things can happen to an elephant. When Maggie moved from Alaska to California is another example of how elephants living in zoos in cold climates can make a dramatic turn around when given a more natural environment to live in. In the letter I wrote, I said, "Lucy is never going to be healthy in her current home, all of you have already given her all the love and care you can and it has not stopped her health problems. Living in really cold weather, and standing on concrete is only going to reduce her life expectancy. If you truly love her you can't ignore these facts. If you want the best for Lucy, you must release her, so that she may roam the hills with her own kind, only then will she heal, mentally and physically. Please, if you love her you must let her go."
Bunny do you think it would help if the people in Evansville who loved you enough to let you go would write the Edmonton Zoo and tell them it is Ok to let Lucy go?

CJ, Perdido Key
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August 12, 2009
Oh sweet Bunny. I have so many great memories of visiting you at the zoo here in Evansville. Everytime we entered the pachyderm room you would come to the front of your cage and stick your trunk out for my Dad. I'll never forget the trips we had to make to the store to buy your peanuts before we could come see you. I have no doubt in my mind that you remembered my Dad for ALWAYS bringing you peanuts. I'm glad you found your way to the Sanctuary and had a peaceful passing. I miss you more than I can say. Who knows...maybe you'll be waiting for us at the rainbow bridge.
Monica Derry, Southern Indiana
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August 3, 2009
Missing you tonight, Honey Bunny. Just read the Ele-notes and am glad to hear that Shirley is doing well and especially that Tara is becoming such an awesome ele-sister to her! I asked Neddly to let you, Jenny, and Joanne know but in case he forgets, please pass on the good news to them for me. I'm missing you all tonight as I'm sure Shirley is as well.

hugs and kisses to you all,
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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August 2, 2009
We missed Bunny in Evansville, but have been overjoyed at her freedom and care that she received at the sanctuary. She was a beautiful and gentle giant.
Ida Mcconnell, Newburgh IN
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August 1, 2009
bless you sweet Bunny. How we miss you.

Watch over dear Ned and keep him straight.

Love You Always.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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July 30, 2009
Hey Bun Bun..sweet dreams baby girl!!!
Dave Ashcroft, Abbotsford,BC
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July 30, 2009
Love you, girl. Goodbye.
Cindy Collier, Church Hill, TN
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July 30, 2009
I love you, Bun Bun
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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July 26, 2009
Bunny, miss you, girl.
A, NM
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July 25, 2009
Precious Bunny,
My thoughts today are of Shirley. How beautiful and precious she is. I know you are keeping close watch over her as she mourns your loss. She definitely is a survivor and I know her strength will carry her through.
I love you Bunny. I love you Shirley. I love you all. Wouldn't it be so sweet if there were no elephants in captivity! I pray for that day to come.
Ushma, Kitchener, Canada
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July 23, 2009
So beautiful Bunny your story brings tears to my eyes. I m so glad you were able to live free and feel Gods gift to you at least for a short time... I wish they were all free
April Clark, LA
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July 20, 2009
You will be missed Bunny!
Nathan "Zookeeper" Owen, Indianapolis, IN
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July 18, 2009
Sweetheart- R . I . P .
Ginny Wilson, Woodstock Ontario Canada
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July 15, 2009
I am so sorry on behalf of the humans that treated you so poorly. Nothing could replace your life in the wild. So sorry.
Tom, Calgary
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July 14, 2009
Hi Bunny
I still miss you so much! The flowers I planted in my garden for you are getting more beautiful with each passing day. I know you can see them from Heaven. Say hi to Ned and give him a big hug from me okay. Love you so much dear Hunny Bunny.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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July 14, 2009
Missing you Bunny girl.
Love you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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July 14, 2009
You're beautiful. I know you will never be forgotten. I would have given anything to meet you.
Shannon , Philadelphia, PA
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July 13, 2009
Still thinking of you Sweet Bunny! You are missed
Mary, Evansville
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July 12, 2009
Good bye beautiful girl! It is some comfort to know you passed with the dignity and pride all of your ancestors dream of. You will be missed.
Carol Wellhausen, Escondido, Ca.
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July 11, 2009
Still think of you often, Bunny. The world is a lesser place without you.
AG, NM
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July 10, 2009
Dear little Bunny,

Your an angel. You have a halo as bright as the sun. I love you so much and wish you were here still. I enjoy looking at pictures of the beautiful girl, Bunny! You're a very sweet girl and I miss you so much! But I will always remember that heaven is a great place and that you will be happy up there!

I miss you and I love you so much!
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 10, 2009
I miss you, Bunny.
Jenna, Vancouver, BC
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July 9, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

Your Mesker Park Zoo friend, Donna the Hippo is celebrating her 58th birthday this weekend. Donna is believed to be the world's oldest known Nile Hippo, the Mesker Park Zoo staff takes very good care of Donna as her age attest to. Still it would be nice if Donna could spend her years at a sanctuary like you did. I am sure Donna also missed you when you left Evansville and that she would be happy to know that your golden years was spent in such a beautiful place with loving care givers. We all miss you.
Betsy, Evansville, Indiana
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July 9, 2009
Bunny I first met you when I had my girls and took them to mesker zoo for the first time.I have pictures of you in background with girls. They loved you and laughed at your antics. You were truly missed when you left but i am so glad you passed with much happiness. You lived a full life and made many children and adults very happy including me. Rest in peace old girl.
Cheryl Arnold, I live in Omaha Nebraska now
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July 8, 2009
This made me cry. I know the former Evansville, IN zoo superintendent, Syd Dawson, and had heard some of Bunny's story from her sister-in-law. Anita sent me your link and the story was so touching. I know that all of you at the Elephant Sanctuary will have a special place waiting for you in heaven for being to kind and good to these wonderful animals.
Susan Kosley, Colorado Springs, CO
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July 8, 2009
Bless you Bunny! I take great solace in knowing your final years were so wonderful and natural. May you rest in peace!
Mark Emery, Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
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July 3, 2009
Ah, Miss Bunny, your life still shines brightly in memory. Your light still warms your sisters hearts as they work through their loss. And, of course, your humans are also lifted in spirit with their own experiences that will never be forgotten. All is well, sweet Miss Buns! As hard as it was to lose you, we are all so grateful that you had time roaming and loving and living as you should have.

Rest, precious Bunny.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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July 3, 2009
I just read your story and I am pleased to hear that you spent your last Happy moments among loved ones...free at last...
Ron, Connecticut
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July 3, 2009
Dearest Bunny: Just looked at and cried over your snow pictures with Shirley and Jenny. They are such beautiful pictures and memories to hold onto. Please take care of Neddie and teach him what happiness is - he never knew it in life. And please watch over poor Shirley. She needs you more now than ever. My love always.
Joan, Connecticut
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July 1, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny. You've crossed over The Rainbow Bridge where all the other elephants are. You will be missed very much. Shirley will miss you the most. The Sanctuary will care for her. We all love you both.
Carlene, New York
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July 1, 2009
We shall miss you forever.
John & Cherry Stewart, Apison, Tennessee
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July 1, 2009
Bye bye dear Bunny!
Rosa, Asia
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June 30, 2009
Dear Bunny:

You're such a sweetie! I enjoyed seeing you at The Elephant Sanctuary. Namaste.

Holly Gordon
Holly Gordon, Jacksonville, FL
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June 30, 2009
I'm filled with joy and moved to tears when I read about your last years spent happily roaming the Sanctuary. So glad you got to finally live and pass in such a wonderful place.

The Heaven I believe in has our beloved animals and pets there waiting to greet us. Can't wait to give you a hug when I get there.
Kat, East Tennessee
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June 29, 2009
Bunny, the Sanctuary seems so empty without you. Don't know why I miss you so. Just do.

Thinking of the nature girl....
A, NM
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June 29, 2009
Dearest Bunny
In my grief and shock over Ned, I neglected to thank you for helping him to pass.
Namaste to you, free at last...

Meg Johnson, NW USA
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June 29, 2009
Lots of tributes here for you from women, Buns. A few from guys but I know that there are a lot more of them out there who feel a great deal about you and the plight of your sisters and brothers. Help them share those feelings openly and unashamed. Encourage them to get actively involved in the struggle. You are just the ele who can, Bunny. Your steadfast dedication to Shirley and light-hearted nature are qualities that we can all relate to no matter our gender. Even at your death, you selflessly waited for our Ned who you never met. Still, you watch over your best friend, Shirley. Thank you again for all you taught us, ele-angel.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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June 22, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I remember reading about you a few months ago when I very first heard about the Sanctuary on TV. When I went on to the site, you were the first one I looked at!! My nickname is Bunny and I was really hoping to get the opportunity to come down and see you and maybe even some of the other elephants...as I love elephants SOOO much and have loved them since I was a child. :) I had a dream about a baby elephant last night and that dream brought me back to this site...Rest peacefully and may God bless your beautiful soul. LOTS of love...XXOO
D.G. - "Bunny", Scranton, PA
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June 21, 2009
Bunny, rest in peace, and now you can spend all your time under the stars. My kids wish they could have seen you. I saw you when I was a kid. It's so awesome there is this place for elephants.
K, L, & S, Evansville, IN
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June 20, 2009
Bunny! Precious girlfriend to all, I still think of you daily and miss so much hearing of your adventures with your heart-sisters. Your Shirley is working on her broken heart and is leaning on little sissy Tarra. And Tarra is 'becoming'! She is showing how much she has learned from you and your sisters. What a perfect reflection of the gifts you have given!

I miss you, sweetie pie.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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June 16, 2009
Hi Bunny
Already a month since you left us sweet friend. Still love you so much! You were a wonderful special ele-friend. Thanks for making my life richer Hunny Bunny.
Finnola, Canada
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June 16, 2009
Bunny, you are one of God's most majestic and graceful creatures. May you roam free forever with your friends in Heaven's Sanctuary. I love you.
Denise S. Wood, Arlington, Virginia
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June 16, 2009
It's silly to be crying for an elephant but I find myself doing just that as I read her story. And it's not like I haven't heard it all before. I've followed her since she was in the zoo here, going a few times, and always stopping to see her.
I was sad but glad when she came to the sanctuary to live the life she longed. We followed her there also with the elephant cam and pictures.
Bunny was one year older than me so she's been with me all my life. Thanks be to God that I get to live longer than her. In that time, however long, I will fondly remember Bunny.
Mary, Evansville, IN
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June 14, 2009
Bunny,
A lot of tears have fallen in Evansville and across the world with everyone missing you.
We are so glad you were in our life, you gave more than you will ever know. We love you and miss you. We send another big thank you to ALL of your caregivers at the TES.
Elizabeth, Evansville, Indiana
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June 14, 2009
Can it already be a month Bunny? I hope your spirit is running in the hills of TN and helping to cheer those who miss you so, especially Shirley. They say she is getting better about your loss, so I feel you must be helping in your own way. Bless You!
Anne, Pensacola
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June 14, 2009
Precious Bunny,
Missing you so much today. Lots of love to you my sweet Bunny Angel.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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June 13, 2009
Good bye Lady.

Sabine, Germany
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June 12, 2009
I enjoyed my visits to the zoo as a younger person and I really enjoyed my visits with my children as they grew. I always will remember those special moments, but I am equally happy with the last part of your life. Your freedom. Thank you Bunny for the memories.
Gloria Payne, Owensboro KY
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June 11, 2009
Bunny I will miss you:)
Olivia, Evansville,IN
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June 11, 2009
Good Bye, Bunny. May you run freely in spirit..You're a beautiful lady..God Speed
BCP, Morganton, NC
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June 11, 2009
What a blessing to have been able to live life through to a home like the sanctuary. And such a gift to spend the rest of bunny's days where she was truly loved
emily, dallas, texas
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June 10, 2009
Oh, Miss Bunny, such good news about your Shirley! I realize that you already know that she is beginning to find her way through her grief and continuing with new adventures! And smiling, Bunny! We are missing hearing of you daily, seeing that sweet mug of yours!

Love and miss you so.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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June 9, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny. It is so wonderful that at least in the last years of your life you were able to enjoy the land and the sky and a babbling stream... Surrounded by those who loved and gently cared for you.
Nancy Warren, Jacksonville, Fl
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June 9, 2009
Hooray! Shirley smiled again, Buns. Thank you for staying in her heart and lightening her sorrow and loneliness.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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June 9, 2009
Hi Bunny
Couldn't stop thinking about you today especially when I went to water the garden. There are some special flowers I planted in memory of you Hunny Bunny. They are getting bigger and more beautiful everyday; that's because you are watching over them and making them grow! Tell precious Nedster that his flowers are thriving as well. How lucky I am to have two wonderful ele-angels looking down from above. Love you and miss you much!
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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June 9, 2009
Bunny, although we missed you terribly in Evansville, seeing how happy you were with the girls in your beautiful home made it all worthwhile. Blessed be sweet Bunny.
cheryl, evansville IN
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June 8, 2009
Still missing you, Bunny.
A, NM
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June 8, 2009
Hello I feel really sorry for Bunny death. I hope that you can get over his or her death really soon. There are a lot more elephants. But it's really sad I know. I wish that he or she lived longer. But It's was really sad and that is how people feel when their pet dies too. Hope you feel well. To all of the staff Sorry and I mean it.
- From Samantha & Brad
Samantha & brad, ontairo
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June 8, 2009
Dear Bunny,
Beautiful girl, you have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and are with you sisters who have gone before. Thank you for taking Ned with you for he deserved a wonderful companion to share his journey.
Your earthly sisters miss you and especially Shirley. It worries me that she has lost another great friend, but she is strong and with help from you and the rest of the ele-angels she will go on.
I write this message in tears, for I loose a little of myself every time one of you goes.
Namaste dear Bunny!
shirley walter, ocala, FL
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June 7, 2009
if i forget the way
the running river
if i pass it by
the quiet stream
still some day
just once
let the wind blow through me
let me breathe free.....
(anon)
Laura Daly, Boca Raton, Florida
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June 7, 2009
Dear Bunny
Please watch over sweet and gentle Shirley. I worry so much about her. May she still feel your gentleness and know you are watching over her.
Love You. Miss You.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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June 6, 2009
Precious one, we miss you so, Miss Buns! Our love and prayers for you continue as you sigh in the wind over the sanctuary. And we are watching dear Shirley, honey. Little Sis Tarra is becoming quite the dependable little heart for her.I know you are proud: you set the high bar for gentle and faithful friendship. That example continues.

Rest, sweetie, and know our memories of you keep our spirits bright.

Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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June 5, 2009
Missing you, Buns. Kisses for Nedly.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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June 5, 2009
Will miss you Bunny. YOu were the highlight of my visit to Mesker Zoo. Still seems empty when I take my family.
Sarah, Evansville, IN
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June 5, 2009
i fell in love with you Bunny, i hope you're resting in peace now...
bijan, Los Angeles,
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June 4, 2009
Rest in Peace Bunny. May the rains fall gently on your fields, may the sun shine warmly on your face and may you roam free in the Heavans until we meet again.

Love & Prayers,
Margaret
Margaret Moore, CA
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June 4, 2009
Dear Bunny
You deserve to be in Heaven where you can do anything you like! Still it hurts my heart that you are no longer with us here on earth. You truly were an amazing elephant. Thanks for taking good care of Ned as well! I miss you very much.
Finnola, Canada
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June 4, 2009
Dear Bunny,

I watched your video today and cried my eyes out. I cried for missing you; for the joy and love you gave to us all; for rejoining you sister and making new best friends; for your freedom at the Sanctuary. I cried for Tara and Shirley and all who tended you still mourning your absence, and for the beautiful and dignified way you chose to leave us. May we all remember the lessons of friendship, love and freedom you have taught us.

Namaste dearest friend.
Vicki, Evansville,IN
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June 4, 2009
I grew up in Evansville and LOVED visiting Bunny! She had a very strong impact on many people and several generations. We have enjoyed keeping up with her wonderful progress and happy life with her 'ele-family' at TES. Thanks to everyone for making her home so happy!

Bunny we love you and will miss you!
Ashley, Carmel, IN
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June 4, 2009
Bunny,

I still expect to read something about you on EleNotes. There is a void there now. Shirley is missing you a bunch, but I know you are with her in spirit.

Keep a watch over your sister, they need just a little more comfort (especially Shirley).

Juanita, Livonia, MI
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June 3, 2009
Bunny, I grew up in Evansville, and I have great memories of visiting you at Mesker Park Zoo. You were always the hi-lite of the visit. I was able to bring my children to visit you, too, which has led my daughter to a lifelong love of elephants. Although we enjoyed visiting you, we were always sad to see you were tethered in place with no other elephant friends. When you moved to the Elephant Sanctuary we continued to "visit" you via the internet. It is wonderful to know that you had ten happy years to roam free and visit with friends. We will miss you!
Lynn, Nebraska
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June 3, 2009
Love and Miss you Bunny
Lorraine , Michigan
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June 2, 2009
There has always been something that has drawn me to elephants...I love these creatures. What you do at the Sanctuary for these elephants warms my heart...thank you for giving them such a wonderful place to be.
What a sweet old girl you were Bunny...be safe on your journey and watch out for Shirley..let her know that you are OK.
Peace to you...
Stacey, Illinois
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June 2, 2009
bunny i never met you but your spirit is still watching over the other elephants
macy, in
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June 2, 2009
We loved you, sweetheart! God Bless
Lyn Clements, Evansville IN
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June 2, 2009
It absolutely breaks my heart to have Bunny gone. She was the reason I found the Sanctuary. I worry every day how Shirley is doing. Bunny was so wonderful to take such good care of Shirley after he second devastating loss of Jenny. I well up with tears every time I think of Bunny. At least she had some good years with you guys.
Carolyn Grimaldi, Salisbury, CT
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June 1, 2009
Dear Bunny: You touched the hearts of all who knew you, kept track of you, visited you...you are a special angel! You will be missed, always. Have fun in heaven...you deserve the best that God has to offer you...
Love always..
M. McDuffie, El Sobrante, CA.
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June 1, 2009
Go in peace, you wonderful creature of nature.
Nancy Pizilly, Tampa, FL.
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May 31, 2009
peace to you dear Bunny i never met you but I think elephants all the time - you were a fighter & I am thankful that you were able to be there & outside. God is love
Sue Monaghan, Muskoka Canada
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May 31, 2009
Bunny was extra special to me because we were both born the same year. She was always one of the girls and I loved reading her stories. When I saw she died a day before Ned, I knew she had gone to help him on the other side. What a beautiful soul.
Dawn Hoover, Foster City, CA
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May 31, 2009
When I worked in the education department at Mesker Park Zoo, I got to see firsthand how great an impact just being in the presence of elephant can be for visitors both young and old. Bunny was an amazing creature and made us all feel both small and special to be around her. I remember watching our daycamp children watch with amazement as she moved heavy objects and marveled at her size and grace. Along with her awesome strength, you could also watch her peel the thin skin off a peanut or peel an orange with her trunk.

When you stood next to her, it reminded you of how special other living things are and her personality was something you never would forget. I love to tell stories about her to my friends at the nature center where I work. Everything from her turning on/off lights with her trunk, playing with her huge white ball (that a visitor once asked if it was her egg and when would it hatch...) and how she would put her trunk over your shoes and inhale - the air would just blast through your feet!

Although I have some really special memories of her, the thing I most proud of is that she was able to transition to the Sanctuary. The day I left Mesker for another job was the day she went to Tennessee. Bunny was an example of her time and thankfully we learned what was best for her and took action. Seeing her on the webcams outside and with her "herd" is one of the most rewarding things I have seen. Have a peaceful rest!!
Randy Smith, Athens, Georgia
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May 31, 2009
Bunny, although you will be missed on earth, I know that you are in Heaven in a most beautiful place. I certainly look forward to meeting you!
Sandy, Escanaba, MI
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May 30, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny. I'm so grateful your final years were spent in such a wonderful place.
A. Collins, Evansville, Indiana
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May 30, 2009
You walk in beauty, Bunny.
AMV, New Mexico
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May 29, 2009
I first learned about the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee when I passed by an empty cage at the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville shortly after Bunny had left. A sign directed me to information about the sanctuary. Thanks to the people of Evansville for parting with dear Bunny and letting her live her last years where she was happy and free.
Gari-Anne, Hillsboro, KS
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May 28, 2009
Oh, Miss Bunny, two weeks without you. I like to imagine your spirit still wandering the paths and whispering over the pools you so dearly loved. And I am also hoping that you are near to Shirley's heart, letting her know your presence and giving her strength to stay strong and with us. Miss you, dear girl.


Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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May 28, 2009
Dear Bunny
Already been 2 weeks since you left us. Can't even express how much I miss you. What a beautiful and special elephant you were. You have touched so many lives that you will never ever be forgotten. Tell Ned I miss him too. Hope the two of you are having so much fun up in heaven.
Brooke, Canada
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May 28, 2009
Namaste Sweet Bunny, you will be greatly missed. I love you.
Pat Barnes, Bartlett TN
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May 28, 2009
My Dearest Bunny, I love you like I love all the Elephants at the Sanctuary. I will miss you! I am glad you went peacefully, of old age. I'm also very glad you were at the Elephant Sanctuary. Getting to enjoy life as an Elephant, making friends and living free. I love Elephants, and this is the best place in the world, if you ask me. I strive to do my part, helping Elephants, even if its only starting petitions and making phone calls! Those of us who care must make an effort to help these majestic animals.

Bunny, you were special in you own ways, and tears fall for you, although I know your fine and at peace now. I highly respect the Sanctuary's ways, letting you die peacefully, in your own spot, and in your own time. That is a wonderful thing to be cherished. Bless the T. N. Elephant Sancturary, and Bless its wonderful care givers.

Bunny, you will be greeted at the rainbow bridge by the other wonderful queens who have gone before you. I know you will greet Ned as well. Next time I look into the sky, and see a twinkling star, it may just be you, and if I'm lucky, I will see several twinkling stars. Rest in peace beauty, you will never be forgotten.
Darci Beckelhimer, Kansas
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May 28, 2009
Precious Bunny,
Already two weeks since you left. Missing you and Ned. Lots of love to you my sweet ele-angel.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 28, 2009
Bunny - Thank you for enriching so many lives of those around you. You were a beauty, you have a long and lustrous life with your friends and may you continue your journey with your girlfriends in elephant heaven. Namaste sweet girl. xo
Lindsay Flynn, Toronto, Ontario
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May 28, 2009

Brian Narelle,
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May 28, 2009
Bunny I am so happy that you spent your final years in such a beautiful place. You were constantly surrounded by people who loved and cared for you. You had the chance to explore and discover many new things. It must have been a wonderful experience the first time you slept under the stars. You had a great love for the outdoors. I guess that is why you chose to spend your final days in one of your favorite places. I will miss you. You will have only peace and joy in your next journey.
Carol Sanders, Evansville, Indiana
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May 27, 2009
God Bless you Bunny and all your loving caregivers. Thank you Bunny.
Kathy G, Evansville,In.
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May 27, 2009
Sweet Dreams little Bunny ... we will always love you. The Blu'AbbeyCat Family
Dolores McDaniel, Pittsburgh, Pa
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May 26, 2009
Oh, my dear Buns, how my heart ached to learn you were leaving so soon and I'd no longer watch the Ele-Cam anxiously all summer, hoping for a glimpse of my nature girl. As an independent nature girl myself, I can only rejoice with you in the blessing of your sanctuary days and your choice to leave in your own sweet special way. We will miss you, dear girl, but smile thinking of you taking Ned alongside and joining beautiful Joanna and the other girls who went before you. Thank you for allowing us to be a distant part of your world. Love and peace to you always.
Julie, Key Largo, Florida USA
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May 26, 2009
To walk the pastures, rolling hills and muddy ponds of The Elephant Sanctuary for as long as you did was a great blessing not only to yourself but to all those who interacted with you. Gone were the days of being confined to one place to live a life of solitude. Your many years on this great earth have imparted much wisdom on all who have come to know you. God looked down upon you on May 14, 2009 and determined that your work was done. He gave you your wings and called you home. Our hearts are broken, our tears fall, but we find comfort in knowing that our journey as friends has not ended. We find comfort in knowing that you will once again impart your wisdom on us in the pastures of heaven. Your life here on earth was a blessing...watch over us and protect us. We will see you on the other side.
AnnaMarie, Baltimore, Maryland
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May 26, 2009
Bless you Dear Sweet Bunny. Look after Neddie on your journey. What a beautiful girl you were. What a gentle lady. I still cry for you. I just worry now for Shirley. I hope she is strong enough to go on.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 26, 2009
Whenever I am reminded of Bunny, I smile. What a heartwarming story of Bunny's move to Tennessee and all the friends she made there. Bless all of you at the sanctuary who take on all the obstacles life throws at you keeping all these wonderful creatures safe and happy.
Jen, Evansville, Indiana
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May 26, 2009
Ah, the elusive Bunny, explorer of fields and meadows, avoider of cameras and too much fuss... I am so glad she was able to die peacefully, surrounded by beloved beings, in the natural world she loved so much. Gratitude to all her caregivers, elephant, human and canine.
Mary W., Gabriola Island, BC
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May 26, 2009
Bunny, I remember you being transferred to the other resort, and you will forever live in the hearts of many.
tiffany, evansville
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May 26, 2009
It was so amazing for you, that you could spend your last few years at the Sanctuary and enjoy life just where you needed to be. You were such a beautiful soul. Namaste dear Bunny!
Wendy , Menomonee Falls
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May 25, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
I have always loved your name------your stories of the outdoor world brought me much delight. Happy trumpeting in ele-heaven. Thank you for helping our little boy Ned.....
I love you.

sherry crowder, shelby, north carolina
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May 25, 2009
Bunny: I just got the news you went on ahead. I will see you down the road.

You will be missed.
jarussi, minneapolis, mn
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May 25, 2009
My thoughts are with sweet Shirley. So much loss for one to deal with.


A, NM
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May 25, 2009
dear bunny you are such a sweet-heart i cried my eyes out when you passed on. i have been working on saving you and your ele-buds love, bz
bz and jelly, united states
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May 25, 2009
I heard about you in 2008, but elephants are my favorite animal. My family is sad about your death, but I love you, and i would like to work at the sanctuary one day. I will miss you, but i will always love you.
Alex Frailley, Newburgh,IN
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May 25, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I am shocked to learn of your passing. This is another time I have got the shock of my life when I logged into TES and found you had passed, and with you Ned. I wish you continued peace wherever you are. I hope you meet Delhi, Queenie, Lota, and all those wonderful eles who went before you! And I wish the same peace to all those who looked after you in sanctuary.
All the best! xx
Audrey, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland
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May 25, 2009
Dear Bunny........I plan to write the Valley Zoo in Edmonton Canada about freeing Lucy, just like you Bunny, she is loved by many, but they don't want to let her go, even though it would be in her best interest mentally and physically. Perhaps if the people who knew you from your days in Evansville will write the Valley Zoo about how all of you loved Bunny enough to let her go, and how she thrived beyond everyone's wildest dreams.
CJ, Perdido Key
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May 25, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny!
Namaste
Andrea und Walti, Switzerland
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May 25, 2009
I am so very happy that you went to TN. You truly blossomed there! I checked in on you almost every week via e-mail to see how you were doing and was truly amazed. One could tell just by looking at you that you were happy and that you enjoyed your friends and the outdoors. Namaste, Bunny I hope you forgave the people of E'ville for their ignorance.

Marion Miller, Evansville,IN
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May 25, 2009
Bunny,
I will never forget taking my kids to your birthday party at the zoo. I still have it all captured on film and it will be a treasured memory. I am so happy that you got the freedom you deserved.
Becky, Kaatie, Emy, Mark & Natalie
Becky, Newburgh, In
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May 25, 2009
Bunny
Thanks for making the world a better place. You were an amazing elephant. I am grateful for your stay at TES. God bless all your caretakers for their outstanding care. Hard to believe that you are no longer here. Miss you so much Hunny Bunny!
Brooke, Canada
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May 25, 2009
Peace and love to you, Bunny. You and Ned take care of each other. Hopefully someday we'll get to meet, and run and play together. You were a blessing to all here on earth. Sweet Bunny. You will be missed.
Debb, Alaska
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May 25, 2009
Bless your sweet, precious heart dear lady. You will be greatly missed; however, you will enjoy many wonderful, loving friends at Rainbow Bridge where you will live an everlasting life filled with love, peace, happiness, and no physical ailments ever! Kisses and hugs to you sweet lady.
Janice Giampaoli, Minnetonka, MN
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May 24, 2009
Bunny Angel-

Thank you for being with and watching over our Shirley. Your presence will help her continue to enjoy her sanctuary. Watch over her while she sleeps in the grove. What an amazing elephant she is! What an amazing friend you are!
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 24, 2009
Dear Bunny, I love you so much..what an honor to have "known" you.
Jody, CA
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May 24, 2009
You GO girl!!!!!!!!!! Heaven CAN'T wait to receive your grand presence! Now you belong to God. And, thanks to ALL at the sanctuary for your kind and loving care to all your elephants!

THANKS!
BEVERLY BEITLER, MICHIGAN
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May 24, 2009
Bunny-girl, blessings and love to you where ever you are now grazing the lands........

Thanks for enriching our lives and opening the hearts of countless people. You will be missed.
Elke Riesterer, Santa Cruz, California
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May 24, 2009
Bunny, I took my children to Mesker Park Zoo yesterday, and I was overjoyed to see your old room filled to the ceiling with bales of hay. I met you there more than 20 years ago, and though I loved visiting you, I was so happy to hear they moved you to The Elephant Sanctuary. Now, if only we could get them to move Donna the Hippo somewhere just as pleasant. You'll be missed.
Chayla, Evansville, Indiana
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May 24, 2009
Good Bye Dear Sweet Bunny. You are in heaven now dear sweet girl. As I write tears flow down my cheeks. I wish you could reach your trunk out to help me wipe them away <3 Big elephant hugs and kisses to you!! xoxoxo Thank you TES you are guardian angels to all creatures great and small!!!!
Lisa Koehl, Brooklyn, CT
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May 24, 2009
Bunny,
So sad by your leaving but, glad you lived the rest of your days in heaven on earth! Thank you for walking Ned to the other side.
M. Bogart, Wyandotte, MI
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May 23, 2009
I know that if one listens for the elephants mystical place one can hear the trumpeting of all the others that have passed before sweet Bunny. They are welcoming her home.

These magnificent animals will never leave a place that they felt so much love. So if you see lumbering misty grey shadows, and hear trumpeting in the distance, know that they are still there, in that wonderful place called, "The Elephant Sanctuary."
Betty Jo, Florida
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May 23, 2009
I am at least happy to say that you passed away at such a beautiful place. I am truly sorry that all circus elephants do not experience such beauty from birth until death. I am hoping that someday, all elephants will be banned from circuses. Peace.
Jeanette, Mattydale, NY
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May 23, 2009
You will be missed very much! good bye Bunny!
Pam, Townsend, MA. USA
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May 23, 2009
Bunny you brought me joy when you lived in Evansville & I would visit you with my parents. I was young then and fascinated by the grace you had for being such a large animal. I'm sorry that you developed feet problems from the way you were treated at the zoo. I'm glad that you were sent to live at the Elephant Sanctuary to enjoy the rest of your wonderful life with friends in nature. We'll miss you sweet Bunny!! :( RIP
Karen Schoettlin-Hable, Clinton, Illinois
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May 23, 2009
Bunny, you dear out-door girl,raise your trunk and trumpet,you can now accompany your friends who have gone before you. You may stay out in the heavenly pastures for ever! We will not forget you. Bless you sweetheart,Liz
Liz Roesler, Wisconsin
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May 23, 2009
Bunny,

This is Memorial Day weekend. You will be remembered along with the rest of your elephant family as we people remember all of our love ones that has passed before us. I know as a fact that my sister is over joyed that you have joined her. Lee was sooooooo
happy that you got your taste of Heaven here on earth at the TES. Now you are in Heaven with the love of God. You are missed sweet Bunny. Thanks for being you.
Betsy, Evansville, Indiana
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May 23, 2009
Bunny -

Although I never did get to meet you in person, you were "my" elephant at the Sanctuary. I know that you had the best of care and enjoyed your days. Namaste, dear friend.
Toni, Baldwin, NY
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May 23, 2009
you will be missed Bunny
meloni, mt carmel illinois
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May 23, 2009
Bunny,

You truly were the centerpiece of Mesker Zoo, and ever since your retirement to Tennessee, my siblings and I have missed you. My fervent love of animals and push for widespread conservation is in part due to your gentle nature and beauty, and I am so glad that you were able to spend your final years in peace and with friends.

Samantha , Princeton, IN
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May 23, 2009
Goodbye sweet Bunny, I'm glad your days could end peacefully surrounded by people that truly loved you.God bless you TESS for having the strength to help theses creatures and let them live as normal a life as possible in this unforgiving world. Sweet Dreams Bunny.
lisa white, S. Yarmouth, Ma.United States
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May 23, 2009
Sweet Bunny, how you enriched our lives and lives of our children. Your time here in Evansville was long, and all the times our family visited, I feel so bad that we didn't realize sooner how you needed to be free. I'm so sorry that we waited so long to let you go. Since 1999 I've watched your life at Hohenwald, and been so happy for you, and so proud that you were part of our lives. Rest in peace, Miss Bunny, with your "bonnet", so sweet to see on your head. Our condolences to your family at Hohenwald. We love you.
The Keeping Family, Newburgh, Indiana
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May 23, 2009
Dear Bunny, my cat ran away without saying goodbye but then i ask myself would a different creature do that to me? All i am saying to you is just make sure you never left anyone without saying goodbye to the ones you have loved or the ones you have known, or even the ones you don't. By reading your profile i can see that you loved every other elephant. I love you also Bunny.
Love Bailey
Bailey Jarrett, Nashville Tennessee
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May 23, 2009
I first saw you, Bunny, when my parents took me to the zoo. I was about 10 years old. I never went back to see you. I was unhappy about seeing such a magnificent animal chained and able to move very little in a drab concrete room/cell. I was so pleased to hear the news that you'd been taken to the Sanctuary about 10 years ago. It made me happy to know you trumpeted your joy about your new home, new friends and room to explore. Your sweet spirit was/is treasured by those who loved you; I am one of many.
Carole Shull, Evansville, IN
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May 23, 2009
Nameste Bunny. It has been a joy watching you enjoy life at the elephant sanctuary and I am greatly saddened by your departure. Walk in peace my friend. Blessings always.
anna, nevada
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May 22, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny...I'm so very sad to read of your passing..but so happy that you had a long life and to enjoy the last many years at the Sanctuary with the most loving of caregivers. The many pictures of you and descriptions of your antics always gave me a good laugh. I hope, one day, in heaven that I will get to meet you and all of the other wonderful elephants that have gone before. God bless and with much love. You, too, I will not forget.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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May 22, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I didn't know you but feel that I did by reading your biography. I'm so glad that your last years were truly happy ones. You will be missed by all of us.
g. simpson, north carolina
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May 22, 2009
There is a sane place in the world. A place where where all of life is respected and loved. A magical place where dogs can be friends with elephants. A place where the two leggeds are kind and fun to be with. A place to live a life that is free, full and good. A place to die at your own dying speed in loving support. A place that will remember your name. You were lucky, dear Bunny. Many never find this place. Thank you for being that place TES. You heal more than elephants with the work that you do.
Tone Butler, Shelton, Wa
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May 22, 2009
So long, sweet girl and godspeed. You were only a year older than I am now and I can not ever remember you not being at Mesker until you retired to TN.
God bless all of you at the sanctuary for your wonderful, selfless work. I hope your hearts heal quickly.
Bunny, yours is a story that should be told and I, for one, will continue telling it.
Not many dry eyes in Evansville, right now.
Jeff, Evansville, Indiana
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May 22, 2009
Your passing has made my heart heavy, but grief is made easier by knowing that you spent your golden years in comfort, and with love.
May your legacy be that many other "girls" can come to the Sanctuary and know the happiness that was yours.
Namaste dear Bunny.
Rosemary, Ontario, Canada
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May 22, 2009
Many bless for you, Bunny. Would you please keep a look out for my black lab, Daniel? I had to put him to sleep unexpectedly this morning and he could use a friend. I don't want him to be afraid. He was my best friend and I could tell he would want to be yours too. I cry for both of you. Rest in peace ~
Jane , Virginia
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May 22, 2009
NAMASTE DEAR SWEET BUNNY, THANK YOU FOR HELPING NED IN THE TRANSITION - NOW HE HAS YOU TO BE WITH - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CARING STAFF AT THE SANCTUARY TO GIVE HIM LOVE AND CARE THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF HIS SHORT LIFE - GOD BLESS,
MYRIAM,
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May 22, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about Bunny's passing, but I am also so glad that she was able to spend the rest of her life surrounded by the people and other companions who loved her & cared for her. It's one thing to succumb to old age and by choice - that's empowering - but so terribly painful and saddening when it comes - as it did to Ned - due to the cumulative effects of years of irresponsible & unfeeling hands. At least, in his final months, Ned had the opportunity to experience love & kindness through the ministering angels of TES.
Debra, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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May 22, 2009
Dear Bunny,

You had such a wonderful life at the sanctuary and all of the people who cared for you. I know you have a special place in elephant heaven because you were such a special girl.
J,
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May 22, 2009
Bunny, we'll miss you so much! I'm glad we got to see your joy of life and I'll think of you and smile the next time I eat an orange.
Nanette,
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May 22, 2009
Bye Bunny, we love you...
Rachel, Sarasota, Fl
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May 22, 2009
Sweet Bunny
While you are no longer physically here, your gentleness and loving spirit remain in all those whose lives you touched. How blessed we were to experience you.
Have fun playing with your brothers and sisters, who I'm sure were ecstatic to see you. And how wonderful that you were there to welcome Ned 'home'
shelley, Cincinnati, Ohio
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May 22, 2009
Bunny, I have recently found you and your caregivers. I am in awe of your beauty and the beauty of your caregivers and all of us that care for the sanctuary. Rest in peace beautiful friend. Thank you for gracing our earth.
Donna Kohlhafer, Severn, Maryland
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May 22, 2009
Bunny, you came to our zoo as just a baby. i was 5 or 6 when I saw you on your first public appearance. You picked up hay and kept putting it on your back. You made me laugh! My aunt took me again and again to see you as you grew up. You were always a fine lady, my favorite at the zoo! Now you are in elephant heaven---trumpeting loudly for joy, I am sure. Rest in peace, sweet Bunny!
Judy C., Evansville, IN
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May 22, 2009
Good Night, Bunny...you are a beautiful girl :-) RIP
Nancy, Uxbridge, MA
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May 22, 2009
Am eternally grateful that Bunny spent her last ten years happy and free, surrounded by the outdoors and best friends. So many of us remember you from childhood and am proud we loved you enough to let you go where you could find joy. RIP - you are loved & missed.
tracy, evansville, indiana
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May 22, 2009
Our Dear Bunny, by now you are in the largest Orange Grove, enjoying your family and friends that you have so dearly missed.Be At Peace Our Girl. We will truly miss you...
Donna, Coombs ,BC.Canada
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May 22, 2009
Bunny,I love your name because I keep bunny rabbits with me at home. See you in my dreams.
Paula, Hallandale.Fla.
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May 22, 2009
Bunny, You have given and left the the most valuable thing we could ever want - love and light. Thank you. Enjoy the peace you deserve.
G T, NY
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May 22, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

As a longtime Evansville resident, I've met you personally several times, but I was beyond thrilled when the decision was made to take you away from us to the sanctuary. It was hard to enjoy seeing you in such a lonely and unnatural environment. I have followed your journey and exploration and friendships and that has been a gift to me. You embraced your new life with such joy, and I hope with some measure of forgiveness for us. Blessings, dear Bunny, to you and your friends and thank you for being in the circle of Life.
Candice Cook, Evansville IN
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May 22, 2009
Bunny, I have followed your life for many years and I am happy that, having crossed the Rainbow Bridge, you will live out your time there in the same environment you loved at the Elephant Sanctuary, with many new friends.
Blessings, Bunny,
Sybil
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May 22, 2009
Dear sweet precious Bunny.... may you rest in peace beautiful one. You made Mesker a place of wonder during your time here w/us in Evansville. Though you were sorely missed by everyone, I'm so delighted that you were able to live the past years w/the freedom and loving care you deserved.
You will always have a special place in my heart.
Reneda Baer, Evansville, Indiana
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May 22, 2009
I know that God has a special place for you and Ned. May you and Ned wander heaven in eternal comfort and peace with the rest of God's creatures! For I am positive that no life is insignificant in his eyes. Your trumpets will be heard like an angel choir in joyous celebration!
Nancy Richard, Bristol, RI
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May 22, 2009
Oh, sweet Bunny! The world is missing your indescribable presence - but the heavens are your playground now. Watching you in the video, I felt your joy and contentment in the great outdoors - your real home. I am so glad we got to know you!

Godspeed to you, dear one!
Julia Karr, Bloomington, IN
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May 22, 2009
The video tribute showed the freedom of life that flowed within Bunny. May she continue to roam the fields at leisure and lay beside babbling streams. May she rest in the peace and tranquility of the nature she loved!
Barbara, Burnaby, British Columbia
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May 22, 2009
Godspeed to you, Bunny. You were a good friend to your fellow elephants, and an ambassador to the human world. I am so happy that you ended your days with grass and natural soil under you, and with humans and elephants who truly loved you.
Greg Garduno, Aurora, CO
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May 22, 2009
God Bless you Bunny.
The tribute video showed what a sweet elephant you were. Thank goodness you were able to spend time outdoors at the sanctuary, a place where you seemed at peace.
Denise, Illinois
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May 22, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny, I've missed you so much over the years but found solace knowing you were happy and being cared for by loving humans and elephants. Sleep in peace my Bunny. You touched my heart. I will never forget you.
Elizabeth, Evansville, Indiana
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May 22, 2009
Bunny
You sweet beautiful girl. You shall be sorely
missed. Roam the green green grass of home
young and full of life again
Love You & Shall Miss You

Jeannie, St. Paul Mn
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May 22, 2009
Dear Bunny,
From all I have read in the week since you and Ned departed the Sanctuary together, I do believe you waited for Ned. It has brought my heart much peace to imagine your joy in introducing Ned to all of your beloved sisters, and especially to Joanna who had to laugh at your bringing a bull elephant along with you-funny girl!
They wrote you were covered with yellow flowers and I hope this will become a field of yellow under your pine tree one day, in memory of your time here on earth.
Love to all of you.
Anne, Pensacola
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May 22, 2009
Oh, Miss Bunny, you are still such a presence! Your tribute shines with your light that continues to warm our broken hearts. Your joyful and sweet face with your treasured sisters! My goodness, I miss you so.

We will all watch over Shirley. And Tarra, and all at TES who continue to struggle with such a loss as you. Give Neddie a nice, soft stroke of the trunk, will you?
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 22, 2009
It's great to read you died in peace with all the love from fiends around you... Bunny take your place in the group of heaven-elephants and R.I.P.
Janneke, Holland
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May 22, 2009
Bunny I hope you are all better now love ya
Dawn, Evansville ,IN
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May 22, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny: What a beautiful video tribute to you. I feel like I'll never stop crying for you and Ned, and with worry over how Shirley is going to stand yet another loss a great love. Please take care of my Neddie. He had so little love, comfort, and peace in his short, tragic life, except for the last months at the sanctuary. And please watch over Shirley. Her poor heart must be broken over losing you. She needs your help to learn to live without you and Jenny.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 22, 2009
Sweet, sweet Bunny, watching you thrive in freedom at the Sanctuary brought me so much happiness. You touched my heart in a very special way. You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace.
Debbie, Madison, WI
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May 22, 2009
Oh sweetest Bunny-

Your joy is so evident in the video; what beautiful sights and sounds. I'm so glad you had so many happy years with your adopted family at TES. Gratefully, you suffered only a little arthritis at the end of your time here and that your passing was from natural old age and so peaceful surrounded by the loving members of your family. You certainly are a success story, Ele-bunny.

I volunteer at a primate sanctuary and am in awe of the loving trust demonstrated by so many of the residents who have found sanctuary there. Many don't remember being torn from their mother's breast, nor do they realize that they should have lived their life in the wild with an extended family. It is so hard to see some of their irreparable scars: amputated fingers (to keep them from picking locks), pulled teeth (to keep them from biting), and some of the horrors that were done to them in laboratories. Yet they all respond, to some degree, to consistent kindness, respect, and the opportunity to live as normal a life as possible in captivity. I hope all the girls left at TES, as well as those yet to come, will live in happiness and peace passing only from old age.

Namaste, Dearest One
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 21, 2009
Bunny's memorial video up on You Tube is simply wonderful. I have the impression watching it, that Bunny marveled at her new life every minute she was there. I imagine, like all the elephants, she couldn't believe her luck. From frame one to the last, she is smiling.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 21, 2009
Dear Bunny,

I was so sorry to hear of your passing. I grew up visiting you as often as I could here in Evansville. I am so glad you got to be at the sanctuary, and were so happy there. You are a dear girl, and you deserve the freedom you got and have now.

We love you Bunny!
Sarah, Evansville, IN
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May 21, 2009
Love the video tribute to Bunny! These videos always bring tears to my eyes.

It is amazing how many people Bunny has touched over the years. I feel privileged just to know her from afar.

Bunny is a girl that will be cherished forever.
Juanita, Livonia,MI
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May 21, 2009
bunny was the funniest elephant. i feel happy for bunny she got to see trees for the first time and make new friends
hailey age 9 , Hatfield, Indiana
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May 21, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny!
Namaste
Pauline and Ian, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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May 21, 2009
The video of Bunny's time at TES on the Home page and at her memorial page is beautiful, and gives a wonderful picture of her joy at Sanctuary. It's sad to see the 3 friends so close, and now only Shirley remains.
I am heartbroken at the loss of Bunny and Ned. Thank you for giving us the preliminary autopsy findings for both of these dear departed eles. And of course for your wonderful care of Bunny and Ned and all the rescued animals.
Lee, Anchorage, Alaska
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May 21, 2009
Bunny, May you rest in piece. I am glad you were able to live the rest of your beautiful life free with all of your friends.

Donna Young, Cumberland RI
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May 21, 2009
Bunny,
I had the privilege of being one of your last keepers at Mesker Park Zoo. The Zoo was going through so much turmoil at that time and you were always a relief to be with. You had more personality than any animal I have ever worked with and you taught me so much.

I remember trying to liven up your concrete walls and bars with banana leaves and frozen watermelons, new tires, bales of straw, tree branches and anything we could think of to break the monotony of your sterile "home".

Carol had been trying for years to get the city of Evansville to let you go to her new sanctuary and finally they reluctantly gave their permission. I WAS SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! It was my job and 2 other keepers to train you to get in the trailer for your journey but you proved to be a very stubborn girl. No amount of persuasion or delectable treats would get you to go in there! But we got you in there on the day you were to leave.

You were so scared when we chained you in the trailer that you reached for me and held me tight up against you until I finally had to get into the car to follow you, (they wouldn't let me travel back there with you as much as I wanted to).

Your transition to the Elephant Sanctuary and the rest of the resident elephants went very smoothly. Eric and I stayed with you for the first few days to make the transition easier and then you didn't need us any more.

That was the happiest/saddest goodbye I have ever been through.

So, now I sit at my desk everyday and look at a newspaper picture of you and me and think of you often. I kept up with news of you and your new life on the website and couldn't be more satisfied. I am so sad at your passing but glad you were where you needed to be.

You were one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my life.

I will miss you.


Karen Elling Krahling, Carmi, IL
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May 21, 2009
It breaks my heart that Bunny passed away. I'm glad she had a few good years with Shirley at the Sanctuary though. She was a special angel here on earth. My heart goes out to Shirley, her buddy.
Carolyn Grimaldi, Salisbury, CT
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May 21, 2009
My father use to take care of Bunny at the zoo in the 70's He would take my brothers and sisters and me there every weekend. He passed away in 2006. Now they can be together again.Bunny was very sweet and loving. I will miss watching her on the webcam.
Theresa Brown ( McFarland ), Evansville IN
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May 21, 2009
I can't help but cry when hearing of your passing. I feel like I have gotten to know you through your website. Your stories have been humorous and touching. I am SO glad that you got to live out your last few years at the sanctuary-free of pain and captivity. I am so glad you passed surrounded by people that knew you and loved you. We'll miss you.
Vanessa D., Henry, Tennessee
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May 21, 2009
I love you, Bunny. With tears ever flowing....
Danielle, Vancouver
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May 21, 2009
You are missed, beautiful girl. Though saddened by your passing, I am richer for having known you through the Sanctuary. Farewell, sweet girl.
Donna Lenhart, Poughkeepsie NY
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May 20, 2009
"Namaste dear, sweet Bunny, and our gratitude for your wisdom in taking Ned with you.. "

This post from the Ele Diary says it all. Blessings to you little Bunny! Thank you for looking out for Ned and enjoy your peace. You will be remembered.
Jill, Seattle
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May 20, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny. You were such a lovely elephant, and we were all lucky to have you in our lives (however distantly!). I am so glad you had ten (?) good years at the sanctuary. But I have a big lump in my throat for both Bunny and Ned. I can only imagine how painful it must be for those who were close to you. Rest in peace, sweet Bunny. Rest in peace, dear Ned! I love you both.
Amy, Detroit
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May 20, 2009
Dear Bunny, so many years ago as a child I was lucky enough to see you on many occasions on trips to Meskar Park. You gave so many the opportunity to actually see a real elephant. I'm sorry that your life at Meskar's wasn't as beautiful a life as it was in your later years. I'm so glad you got to go to the Sanctuary in Tn, the pictures of you with your friends were awesome. I'm sorry my children and grandchildren didn't get to meet you. What an honor! What a beautiful place to spend your remaining years and to be with "your friends"! You will be missed! Thanks everyone that took part in Bunny's care. God Bless Each of you for what you are doing at the Santuary.
Linda Klausen, Hastings, Mn
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May 20, 2009
After reading the tributes left to you especially from all the ele fans that grew up with you in Indiana, I realized that the number of people who love you, number in the thousands and thousands, most of us could only wish we had that many people love us and wish us well, in our life time.
One of my greatest challenges, is to be able to accept what life gives and what life takes away, right now it seems like a impossible challenge, I want you back exploring Your Sanctuary, and hanging out with Shirley and Tara. I want to be rid of the sorrow and pain that is consuming me right now, my heart doesn't have time enough to heal between the departures of You and your Brother and Sisters. My concerns for Shirley and how she will deal with your departure weigh on me. Let's hope that in time, this veil of sorrow will lift for all of us who love you.

CJ, Perdido Key
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May 20, 2009
a big rumble for you girl
Jenifer, Madison, WI
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May 20, 2009
At first I was concerned about our girl, Shirl but I see that Tarra has stepped in. How sweet.

It's heartwarming to hear that you waited for Neddy. What a kind and loving thing to do for him. I hope it's not getting too crowded at the Rainbow Bridge. Give my best to Barbara, Delhi, Jenny, Lota, Queenie, Sue, Tina, Zula, and Joanna

Namaste dearest Bunny
Anita, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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May 20, 2009
You will be missed dear Bunny,your happy sounds will always be remembered. Bunny being there for Shirley in her loss of Jenny will be the love story that I will remember most. I am sure that God has a special place for animals as well.

Keep watching people look at what we can learn from the ladies.

Bunny, you are and always be missed by all.


c woodward, california
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May 20, 2009
Bunny, I'm leaving a message for you and Ned here. You both meant the world to me. RIP Bunny and Ned. I love you both. I hope Shirley is alright. She has lost 2 friends.
Sparklingcolors, Charlotte, NC
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May 20, 2009
I'm not sure if anyone remembers, but at one time, you could purchase "Bunnydoo" from the E'ville zoo. I brought home two 50 lb. bags, and that summer grew the biggest cabbages anyone had seen.

Thank you Bunny!

A special thanks to the Elephant Sanctuary for your loving care.
Rhonda Smith, Ridgway, Illinois
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May 20, 2009
Just a note, sending comfort and peace to Bunny's gals Shirley and Tarra, and to all who gave her a most wondrous retirement. Sleep well, sweetie.
DM , Sac, cA
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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
Thank you for your time with us. You will always be loved in Evansville.
Tina Christensen, Evansville,IN
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May 19, 2009
Thank you Elephant Sanctuary folks for giving Bunny loving care for the last 10 years and sharing with us from afar. Bunny, we love you and will miss you.
Ruby, Portland, Oregon
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May 19, 2009
I will always remember the joy you brought to me every time I visited you at the zoo as a child. I have kept up on you at your new home in Tenn. I am glad you were able to enjoy your last years in what sounds like such a wonderful place. Rest in Peace.

Much Love from everyone in Evansville
Dedra, Evansville, IN
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May 19, 2009
Beautiful Bunny....you are now at the Rainbow Bridge...I know that your last days were wonderful with Carol here at the Sanctuary. Run freely beside the beautiful stream there....look for my babies there...you will love them too.
Jane Tatum, Hohenwald, TN
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May 19, 2009
we love you, Bunny!
Makayla, Evansville, Indiana
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May 19, 2009
We will miss you. But you had a good restful end to your life at that beautiful place in Hohenwald.
Denise, Nashville
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May 19, 2009
I am so glad Bunny got to enjoy 10 years of truly living like an elephant. Evansville did good in giving her that gift. I took my grandson to see her just weeks before she left. I was always amazed by her and always felt sorry for her (and circus elephants, and other elephants in captivity). Elephants are beautiful creatures and I am lucky to have known her. Rest in peace dear friend.
Lennie McDaniel, Newburgh, IN 47630
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May 19, 2009
Bunny, over the years I have visited Mesker Park Zoo with girlfriends that turned in to wives and then there were children that came to see you and you were always there, and that was good. Then you got the chance to be in Tennessee and to experience something that you didn't for so many years, FREEDOM, from concrete and compacted dirt. I'm so glad that for the last ten years that you could do what you wanted to do when you wanted to to it. I want to thank all of the people at the Elephant Sanctuary for giving Bunny the chance to know that there are people who cared about her well being and that she won't be forgotten. Bunny lead Ned, he needs you to help him in the afterlife.
FRED BOBERG, EVANSVILLE, IN
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May 19, 2009
I love you, Bunny.
bg, virginia
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May 19, 2009
A dio, cara Bunny! Siete una bella anima.
Massimo, Italy
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May 19, 2009
Bunny Girl, thank you for your life---lived in captivity, but safe from harm from poachers and other dangers in the wild. And thank you, down there in Tennessee, for giving our Bunny the last 10 years of freedom that she enjoyed sooo very much. You will not be forgotten---
Rose Kuhn, Evansville IN
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May 19, 2009
Rest in peace sweet honey Bunny.
Donna Kellner, Clearwater, FL
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May 19, 2009
Thank you for taking such good care of Bunny. Knowing that she was loved and cared for in such a gentle why is very comforting. May God bless you in your work in taking care of these beautiful gentle giants.
Bunny we love and miss you and will keep your memory and spirit close to your hearts.

Emily, Mt Vernon Indiana
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May 19, 2009
Bunny, you precious girl. You were always one of my favorites. My heart tore in two when I read of your passing, but it seems you were ready. I am so glad that you were surrounded by those you love and decided to let go outside, where you loved to be. Bunny, I will never forget your trumpet, your voice. It will always stay with me. Everyone who knew you or knew of you was blessed to share in your spirit. I will always cherish and love you Bunny. I know you and Ned are trumpeting with your other ele friends who have went before. xoxo
Kelly Spencer, Middlesex, NJ
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May 19, 2009
When I first started visiting the sanctuary website years ago , my computer screensaver was of Bunny and Jenny. I love reading the stories about their life and then to see how happy they are to finally enjoy their captive freedom, Bunnies stories were some of the best, what fun she would have been to work with! I check the sanctuary news once a week and was saddened last week to read about Bunny, my heart goes out to everyone at the sanctuary. Now I am reading about Ned, I watched him come into the sanctuary and had the best hope for him. I cant imagine how you all must feel during these last few weeks, my heart is breaking many miles away. Your commitment and devotion is greatly admired working with these beautiful and amazing creatures.
JoAnn , Des Moines IA
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May 19, 2009
Bunny, I loved to watch you on the camera's and reading about you in my news letters. I will always love you. You are by far my favorite girl...
Karen Hammond, Howell, Michigan
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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.
Roz Abramovitch, West Fargo, North Dakota
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May 19, 2009
first elephant i ever saw.
hate to hear of your passing
steve williams, fort braden,fl
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May 19, 2009
bunny may you live forever in green pastures love ya big girl
Jason, Evansville,In
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May 19, 2009
My first memory of Bunny was when she sprayed water all over my cousin Melanie, my grandpa and myself. We were under the age of five.

My mother has shown this cite to my son and he has grown to love Bunny just as I have.

There will only be one Bunny!
Melanie, Petersburg, Indiana
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May 19, 2009
Bunny,
What joy you brought to many but thankful you were set free to enjoy your life as an elephant should.
I loved seeing you when I was a child growing up in Evansville, Indiana and will always love and miss you.

Sharon Strader, Evansville, IN
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May 19, 2009
Here is what PAWS posted about Ned the other day:

IN MEMORIAM NED

"Today we learned that Ned, a castrated bull elephant seized by federal agencies earlier this year, died peacefully at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

Ned's sad life as a captive born bull elephant performing in a circus, is a poignant reminder of the grim life and early death that is the legacy of most captive bull elephants.

We are all grateful to The Elephant Sanctuary for the dedicated care which Ned received during his brief time of peace and freedom.

Please join us in Ned's name to end the use of elephants in circuses and traveling shows."

I am heartbroken about Ned. I have had his diary as my entry to the TES web pages and have followed him since his arrival. It is so sad he did not have more time to gain strength and health at your wonderful sanctuary. It would have been so wonderful to see him well enough to join Nicholas at the new bull habitat in Ca. I am trying to stop my tears by imagining him pain free, strong, and reunited with his old circus mother-elephant, Anna Mae.

Thank you TES for your excellent, loving care, and my deepest sympathies for your loss of both Ned and Bunny. I hope everyone who logs on will donate what they can to assist you with your labor of love for these amazing animals.



Lee , Anchorage, Alaska
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May 19, 2009
Bunny was an extraordinary elephant that my children and I enjoyed and loved for 40 years at Mesker Park Zoo. I'm happy she had 10 years of freedom, but I will miss hearing about her. Thanks for the Memories.
Kay Henry, Evansville, Indiana
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May 19, 2009
WE LOVE YOU BUNNY!!!!

You made our lives happier by your courage and your lovely name.

R.I.P. bunny. oxoxox
Charlotte and Vanessa, Aurora, Ontario
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May 19, 2009
What a beautiful lady you are! Life gave you many years in which you showed your zest and your personality. You left with a peaceful sense of understanding to all of those who loved and cared for you over the years at TES. Peace to you forever.
Lori, Michigan
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May 19, 2009
when elephants fly...
Smooth transitions sweet Bunny, as you make your return to source. Knowing that you knew love and tenderness and had ROOM to ROAM gives me great joy, but today I cry as I read of your passing. Much love and peace, and liberation from the body that grew old to you. May you be forever out side and free. You will never be forgotten.

FLY sweet Bunny, and be free once again!
Stephanie Dawkins & Paige Pearson, Texas
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May 19, 2009
thank you, Bunny.
I'll never forget what your presence taught me...namaste, dear friend.
shaci, US
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May 19, 2009
Sweet Bunny,

It's always difficult to say farewell to a friend, but especially to one who had such a large and loving heart. Your kind soul helped to heal the hole left in Shirley's heart when she lost Jenny, for the second time. And for that you will always be remembered. Becoming acquainted with you and learning of your adventures through the years was such a pleasure. Every day, a beautiful picture of you and Shirley greets me and my day begins and will continue to do so, with wishing you a "Good Morning".

Extend your new wings, soar with joy, always knowing that for both my husband and myself, you will forever be our special Easter Bunny.
Rich Hendele & Barbara Bayley, Mercer Island, Washington
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May 18, 2009
I was blessed to see Bunny for many years at Mesker Park Zoo. She was a magnificent animal. I was sad to see her leave, but to know how happy and free she was in her new home was wonderful. I'm glad she could live her life in freedom surrounded by so much love by her elephant and human friends.
medena boyd,
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May 18, 2009
Dear Bunny:

I am so glad you so enjoyed yourself at the Sanctuary. You deserved every single moment and more.

Love to you and Ned.
Susannah , Silver Spring, MD
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May 18, 2009
Farewell Bunny - on to the Great Outdoors beyond. I am so thankful your passing was so peaceful. You will be missed by all your friends.
RIT, MN
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May 18, 2009
I am a native of Evansville, Indiana; I remember Bunny very much from the Evansville Zoo. Though she spent far too long in confined zoo space, I am proud of my home community for releasing her to natural habitat to live out the rest of her days. There was always something soft and kind about Bunny that everyone noticed, and took your heart away to love her - so many of us. Thank you so much for caring for this magnificent girl of our hearts and memories. Best wishes in heaven, Miss Bunny.
Patty Rech, Atlanta, Georgia
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May 18, 2009
Goodbye dear Bunny - you will be missed as much as you are loved.

MK family, Evansville, Indiana
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May 18, 2009
I felt happy for bunny's last days she got to be free with other like her just like it should be. when you get old, you should be close to friends that love you and appreciate you. To me that is another family member that will be missed. I truely love elephants.
Ella Gambrell, greenville, s.c.
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May 18, 2009
Finally free forever, sweet Bunny. You graced this world for 57 years and now your spirit will live on forever. Watch over that sweet boy, Ned. I love you both...

Sanctuary folks - you are the best!
Ann Rappel, NJ
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May 18, 2009
From Wyoming to New York, from Indiana to Tennessee, my children are all sad to hear about Bunny's passing. They lived quite a few years in Evansville and remember her well. She and the monkey ship were their favorite things at Mesker Park Zoo. I've followed Bunny's time at the Sanctuary through this website and am so glad she had such a happy retirement. She was loved by so many in our part of the country, and obviously she found many more friends--both human and otherwise--in Tennessee who loved her, too. Rest in peace, Bunny.
Mag Birge, Owensboro, KY
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May 18, 2009
Good Bye for now beautiful Miss Bunny. I loved to see you as a little girl and have missed you since you have been gone to the beautiful out doors you so deserved. I am so glad you were happy and transitioned
some where you loved. Thanks to you all for loving our Bunny!
Stacey H, Evansville, IN
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May 18, 2009
Bunny you touched my soul i am so thankful to all who have cared for you and loved you and let you have your golden years filled with love.
Brent E White, Niagara Falls NY 14304
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May 18, 2009
REST IN PEACE BUNNY. I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU SPENT YOUR FINAL YEARS IN FREEDOM. I REMEMBER GOING TO THE ZOO AS A CHILD AND FEELING SORRY FOR YOU WITH THE CHAINS ON YOUR LEGS. I WILL MISS LOOKING FOR YOU ON THE SANCTUARY WEB BUT HAVE BECOME ATTACHED TO SOME OF THE OTHERS. YOU HAVE BEEN A JOY IN MY LIFE
CATHY CARTER, EVANSVILLE INDIANA
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May 18, 2009
Sweet Bunny,
Take Ned's dear trunk in yours and pass over the Rainbow Bridge together. This was God's plan and He will watch over you guys now. So many friends will miss you, but you both will always have a place in our hearts.
Thanx to all the caregivers that have been so brave in this past week, caring for these two souls.....praying for you with love. And Carol & Scott, thank you for this wonderful Sanctuary, where the elephants retire. You, too, are in my heart & prayers. I stand with you, in happiness & sorrow, with love.....
ByeBye Bunny & Ned...... :-(
Diane Sterling, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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May 18, 2009
Dear Bunny, there is another star in the sky for us to gaze upon and I am sure you are shining brightly upon us. I will never view the night sky again without remembering your awe of that amazing sight. Rest well, sweet girl.
Lisa McDowell, New Market, AL
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May 18, 2009
Dear Bunny, thank you for being you. Thank you for being good friends with Shirley. I will miss you. Thank you to the staff at TES for all the hard work and love you give the elephants. Love, Liz XOXOXO
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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May 18, 2009
Bunny,

I will always remember you as part of my childhood in Evansville. Every trip to the zoo culminated in a visit to Bunny, who would sometimes perform her trick of turning a light in the closet adjacent to her cage on and off with her trunk. I'm so glad that Bunny was able to enjoy the final years of her life in the open. Thanks go all of those in the Elephant Sanctuary who made this possible.

Rest in peace, gal. You are missed.
Lillie, Houston, TX
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May 18, 2009
May your passing teach many people about elephants and their physical and emotional needs. You were one of the lucky few to leave the confines of a zoo and spend your remaining years in the lap of luxury, just being and doing what Nature intended. You will be missed.
Patti, Rosharon, Texas
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May 18, 2009
Dear sweet gentle Bunny,
May your journey be what you deserve, by a babbling brook covered in beautiful scented flowers, with the sun shining down on you, with all your family by your side,, I know you came for Ned as that's the kind of girl you are, you are a blessed gift to all your have touched,, thank you for the joy and wisdom you have given, may the light surround you,, peace and happiness for always sweet Bunny,, Namaste.
Chrissy Beahan, Worcestershire, England
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May 18, 2009
Be free forever
Amy, Evansville, Indiana
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May 18, 2009
Goodbye, sweet Bunny. You'll be missed greatly, but I'm so glad your last years were such happy ones!
Diane Douglas, Evansville, IN
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May 18, 2009
Thanks for allowing us to know you Bunny. You were a wonderful creature. We will miss you here on earth but are glad that you are in a better place. Your caregivers at the sanctuary are wonderful people and I am thankful to them for their outstanding care of you and all the other elephants. Watch over Ned for us too okay Bunny. We love you!
Brooke, Canada
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I shall watch for your star in the heavens each night when I look for the stars of your sisters. A native American prayer says it best:

I give you this
One thought to keep--
I am with you still,
I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken
In the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars
That shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone--
I am with you still
In each new dawn.
Kathy Hertzel, Webster, NY
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May 18, 2009
RIP sweet Bunny...
lisa glahn, evansville, IN
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May 18, 2009
You was a great elephant, loved by all, will be missed by everyone
Daphne, Australia
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

We will miss your sweet little face. The picture on your celebration page here makes me smile through my tears. Say hello to Ned for us, as we will miss you both so greatly.

Happy trails.... xoxo
Jennifer Mueller, Las Vegas, NV
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May 18, 2009
Bunny was a beautiful elephant and she will be missed by everyone who knew her.
My heart is with her care takers at The Elephant Sanctuary. Thank you for taking good care of Bunny.

Love,

Seiko
Seiko Davis, Chula Vista, CA
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May 18, 2009
Many blessings on those that showered you in love and chose to let you retire to paradise.Also for those that cared for you these past 10 years and honoured your choice to continue your journey. Bunny ,walk slow so Ned can keep up. Thankyou for the joy you brought being you !!!
Laura, Vancouver Canada
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May 18, 2009
Bunny, I love you and will miss you!
Daniel, Malachi, and Amber, Evansville, IN
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May 17, 2009
Bunny, we are so sad to see you go, but so happy that you were able to live at the Sanctuary for ten years. You were a wonderful girl and will be missed. God speed, Bunny.
Carol, Newburgh, IN
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May 17, 2009
Bunny was such a precious treasure to everyone who knew her - even from thousands of miles away. She's left a huge footprint on our lives. I just hope Shirley and Tarra will be okay along with the rest of the girls. I can only imagine the gaping hole in their hearts.

My profound sympathy to everyone at the Sanctuary.


Lyn Dillies, Westport, MA
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May 17, 2009
funniest memory -- Bunny spraying a first grade teacher; saddest memory -- Bunny loading up to leave Evansville; happiest memory -- watching video of Bunny at the Sanctuary!
Mary, Indiana
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May 17, 2009
Bunny,
Some of my earliest memories involve going to the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville to see Bunny. It always made me sad that such a sweet-natured giant was shackled in that concrete-floored cage. I was so glad when the residents of my hometown saw fit to allow her to move to the sanctuary, where she could enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and companionship with others of her kind. She will always be remembered fondly. May she rest in peace.

Debbie, Memphis
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May 17, 2009
Blessings on you Bunny! May God now take care of your elephant family and caregivers!
Mike and Mary, Indiana
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May 17, 2009
Thank you to all the wonderful people at the Sanctuary who cared for Bunny for ten wonderful years. Your hearts must be broken, as is mine.
Mary
Monroe, Washington
Mary, Monroe, Washington
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May 17, 2009
Love to you and am glad you passed easily with all your friends. I only wished I could have been there with you. I know you are squeeking, trumpeting and ears are flapping with happiness in your new home. Goodbye.
Syd , Ft. Myers Fl.
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May 17, 2009
Bunny,

You were so loved by the Evansville, IN. citizens. I am so grateful to Ron Young and his staff for being strong enough to let that sweet bunny go to the Sanctuary. You were so funny when they were training you to go into the trailer. You put your feet on the wheel wells and there you were up there all sprattled out. I thank the Sanctuary for taking great care of you. I loved seeing you play with your ball that you brought with you from Evansville. The best part was when you left the barn for the first time trumpeting,trumpeting over and over. You were so happy to be free and I was so happy for you. Bunny you will be sorely missed by us and the Zoo staff. Go in peace and be forever happy.
Martha Kuntzman, Evansville, IN.
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May 17, 2009
What a way to go Bunny. Old age! Go in peace and continue your work.
Marcia, Austin
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May 17, 2009
Bunny you were truly loved and gave much to us.
Patty Gillies, Evansville, in
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May 17, 2009
Good-bye sweet Bunny
David, Hollywood Ca
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May 17, 2009
Sorry to hear bunny has passed but she is now in a better place my dad would have been so pleased to hear she had got the chance to be free with other elephants and was not alone anymore she had friends. My dad passed in feb 1999 and never knew she had been free from the zoo he worked there for 30 yrs.He would have been so happy knowing she had 10 wonderful years there wished she could have been there longer.
Donna, Chandler
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May 17, 2009
How lovely that Bunny was able to spend her twilight years in the company of her own kind at the sanctuary. Able to roam freely and enjoy her life at last, she must have thought she had already reached heaven.
Though it is not much comfort, the knowledge that her passing was made easier by the care she received and the fact she had her friends around her at a spot of her own choosing makes this sad news easier to contend with.
Sleep peacefully gentle giant with your friends and family who have gone before you.
L Smith, England
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May 17, 2009
Bunny, sweet girl, you went out on your own terms. Peace to you and the others that have went before you.
Christine, VA
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May 17, 2009
Dear Bunny, farewell sweet girl. Thanks for being such a good friend to Shirley. I love and miss you. Did you wait for Ned so you could cross the Rainbow Bridge together? I'm so glad you got to spend ten wonderful years in sanctuary.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 17, 2009
My heart is broken.
Rest in peace dear Bunny.
Charlotte Moore, Windsor, CA
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May 17, 2009
Nameste sweet Bunny you will be missed greatly
Debra Taylor, Alabama
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May 17, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I remember the time when I was a little girl and I got the chance to touch you. You wrapped your trunk around my hand. I had mixed emotions when you left Evansville. I was sad that I wouldn't see you again, but also happy that you would have more ground to walk on. Love you and miss you always. Namaste dearest angel Bunny.
Allison Cornelius, Evansville, Indiana
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May 17, 2009
I LOVE YOU BUNNY
Rob, Evansville ,IN
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May 17, 2009
Bunny, I am so glad that you were a part of my life. I enjoyed your presence at Mesker Park Zoo for many years. I am even more glad that you got to retire to a beautiful and restful place. God bless everyone who helped in getting you to TES. I love and miss you Bunny!!!
Amanda H., Evansville,IN
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May 17, 2009
Bunny, You were beautiful in life and you gave of yourself for everyone's enjoyment at just looking at you. You have earned a place where you will be forever young and happy. May God keep you in his love forever....
Judi, Garden City, Michigan
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May 17, 2009
WE LOVE YOU BUNNY!!!!! KEEPING WATCH OVER US NOW. YOU WERE SPECIAL TO EVANSVILLE AND LOTS OF PEOPLE AND YOUR FRIENDS IN TENNESSEE!!!!! WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER!!!!!!
CAROLYN, EVANSVILLE
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May 17, 2009
Sleep well Bunny. As a child I loved coming to see you. I am overjoyed that you were so happy the past 10 years.
Joni Veneman, Washington State
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May 17, 2009
Thank you to all at the Sanctuary for caring and loving our Bunny...Your skilled hands guided her into her next journey. Your love and care made her last years a wonderful life.
Tamara, Evansville,IN
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May 17, 2009
Bunny has truly gone from heaven in Tennessee
to heaven above!
May you look down and guide all elephants peace and happiness with joy
Ginny, woodstock ontario
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May 17, 2009
We visited Mesker Zoo the day after your passing. While we have great memories of you being our favorite at the zoo, it was always sad. We've been thrilled the past ten years that you were granted freedom and the outdoors. With fondest memories, we miss you.
Becky, IN
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May 16, 2009
I watched the news coverage of you leaving the Zoo and heading to your new freedom of the sanctuary. It was so sad to be losing you but I knew you were heading to a much better life in retirement. You were such a wonderful childhood memory for me I wish my granddaughter would have had the opportunity to know you. Thanks to everyone who took such good care of you and I'm so happy that you had 10 carefree years to live the life you were meant to have. With both tears and smiles, I say God loves you and I Love You Bunny. I will miss you and I will never forget you.
Linda, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
We will miss you Bunny. Gentle thoughts and hugs for the team. May we celebrate Bunnys life and all you did for her to make her last years so joyful and peaceful. I'm sure she would send you eletrunk thanks for your love and compassion. May time heal any broken hearts. She was loved and died in her favorite place. Bless you Bunny. My thoughts & prayers are with you & to all the sanctuary family.
Judy Sato, Vancouver, BCCanada
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May 16, 2009
Wow! I'm a 38 year old male sitting on my couch with tears running down my face over Bunny. I grew up around Evansville and I can remember going into the the building wear Bunny was kept while indoors. I'd get in, rush through the birds, pass the big snake behind the glass and rush down the ramp trying to catch a look through the openings in the cement wall. Finally at the bottom and there she was every time. She was amazing!
Greg Koch, Memphis, TN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny, you were so much loved and will be issed terribly. Many prayers for your ele-family + human family you leave behind. You will be welcomed by your angel family, please say hi for us. You are an ele-angel now. Please care and watch over a bald eagle baby that died in BC Canada last week. His name was Echo. I am thinking of you today. You were loved, now you can be at peace dear Bunny. Love JAS.
Judy A Sato,
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May 16, 2009
we love and will miss you very much,we know you are not hurting any more you will forever be loved and missed in our hearts. we love you bunny.
ana, ashley,brittney mathis, evansville, indiana
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May 16, 2009
Bunny,

You will be missed but I am so glad that you got to spend your last 10 years with your new elephant family.

Rest In Peace.
Amanda, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Darling Big Girl Bunny, May angels guide you to the sweet, peaceful elephant afterlife which is surely filled with green pastures, warm muddy ponds, deep woods, delightful delicious treats, and many friends who have gone before you. Thank you for involuntarily entertaining generations in Indiana, and hopefully many of them have evolved from the days they visited you at the zoo to a place where they now know that zoos are not a place for elephants. Thank you again, darling Bunny, and sleep in heavenly peace.
Dr. Liz Troester, Minnesota
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May 16, 2009
God Bless Bunny & Ned,just found out about them by reading google news...RIP to you both :-)
Julian, UK
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May 16, 2009
bunny, i will forever remember you, you were the reason i went to zoo, but i always felt so sorry for you too. I new you missed being with the elephants and then one day your wishes were granted and you went to tennessee, there you found new friends and the freedom to run free. bless you bunny.
judy hancock, evansville, in
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May 16, 2009
How wonderful Bunny spent so much time at the Elephant Sanctuary. She was as cute as her name.
Melanie, Carmel, IN
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May 16, 2009
I'll always remember the race inside the zoo gates to the Kley Building at Mesker, sometimes pausing to look at the birds, but heading to the ramp downstairs to see Bunny and Donna. If they were not there, we went out the door and around the building to see them outside. It was the best part of the zoo. Ten years ago we went again to see Bunny and say goodbye. Her life in Evansville was not wasted. She was happier to be at the sanctuary, but it was hard to see her leave. It was the right decision to send her away. Thanks to everyone who supports the sanctuary.
Charlie & Mary, Evansville
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May 16, 2009
Dear Bunny, I remember when you were just a baby. I loved to go to the Mesker zoo to see you. I was too young at the time to realize how you had been taken away from your homeland. I am sorry for that. I am glad that you got to spend your last years in a better place with other elephants and room to move. Rest in peace. I love you.
Brenda A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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May 16, 2009
Dearest Bunny and Ned, You closed your eyes in one world and opened them in another and although our hearts are breaking, there is comfort in knowing you are now truly free.
phil, ohio
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May 16, 2009
Sweet Bunny looked down and saw Ned in pain and she asked him if he wanted to come with her to Heaven and he said, "Only if you hold my trunk and stay close to me." So Bunny said, "My darling little boy, it's been hard for you, just come along with me and everything will be fine. Look, Donaldson is here and he's only one year old, he needs us to all hold trunks to go into the light." So they all walked across the bridge together and saw Jenny's big smile and her happy trumpeting. All will be well caregivers, don't be sad, but it's okay to cry. With love, from Erica L.
Erica, North Carolina
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May 16, 2009
We will miss you!!!! You were our favorite at the zoo!!!
Pam (Taylor) Schocke, Jasper, IN
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May 16, 2009
God bless the wonderful caregivers at TES. I am so happy that our dear precious Bunny had 10 happy years after all those sad and discouraging years in the zoo. Bunny, the angels in heaven get to love on you now.

Let's all make an effort to support TES....they do such good things for elephants who should never be locked in zoos or circuses.

God speed, sweet Bunny.
Sharon Marsch
Evansville IN
sharon Marsch, Evansville IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny Fun Bun, I love you.
AK, USA
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May 16, 2009
I came to visit you Bunny, from a baby thru my teenage years. When I think back of visiting Mesker Zoo....you are the animal I most loved to see. I followed your story down to Tennessee. I'm so happy you lived almost 10 full years, roaming with grass under your feet.
Vickie, Evansville
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May 16, 2009
Bunny,

Even though it was wrong for you to be taken from your family and separated from other ele's for so long; you were a wonderful blessing for our city and generations of children.
Your gentle nature allowed us to learn so much about elephants.
Your playful spirit captured our hearts and taught us just how intelligent you were.
Your failing health at the zoo brought to light just how miserable you were and I thank God our community's love for you won out over selfishness. Your happiness at TES was proof that our choice was the right one. Your recovery was inspirational and a delight to watch and, hopefully, will serve to convince others to retire all captive elephants.
You were a rare gift and now we return you to the one who bestowed you on us. I thank Him for allowing you into our lives, for all you have taught us, and for your short-lived freedom.
Rest in peace, sweet Bunny...
your work is finally done.


Katherine Santiago, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Goodbye Bunny we will miss you
Jerry, Evansville
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May 16, 2009
Sweetest Bunny, I am forever grateful to you for helping Neddie to cross. I remain heartbroken that you are gone and will continue to pray for your caregivers, for Carol and Scott, and for your dearest of dear sisters Shirley and Tarra. They are much more wise than I in this difficult acceptance of your decision to leave us. You were just the cutest plumpkin! Dear friend to all, you taught so many so much. Condolences also to your legions of friends who knew and loved you before you came to Sanctuary. Peace to your eternal soul.
Debra Moore, sac, CA
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May 16, 2009
bunny, you touched so many people. and changed many lives. i remember coming to see you when i was a little girl.
Brianna Burns, Evansville, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
I grew up visiting Bunny at the zoo. Always did enjoy seeing her.Really did miss her after she left. Just visited the zoo in April and it was sad to see her cage empty. It did bring back a lot of memories. I have visited this website many times to see her progress since she left Evansville. She looked so much better.
GGod speed dear Bunny.
Angi and Greg, Evansville IN
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May 16, 2009
RIP Bunny we will miss you so much.My friend is really sad that you passed away.
Amanda Boren, Evansville,IN
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May 16, 2009
After I read that Bunny was in her final days on this earth I was saddened.Going to the Evansville zoo as a child Bunny was always one of my favorite animals to visit. And when she left to go to your sanctuary I was saddened but happy that she would get to live the rest of her life in the open spaces of your land. Thanks to all that watched over her in her final years.What you do there is a great thing. God bless you all.
Brad Miller, Newburgh,In.
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May 16, 2009
Bunny:

You were there at Mesker park zoo when I first saw you . Well you were the best thing that happened to me . Well now I just have to say rest in peace. I well always miss you no matter what no one can ever replace you in my heart.
Judith Bishop, Evansville,Indiana
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May 16, 2009
I am to touched by all the tributes left by Bunny's fans from Evansville. I didn't know Bunny when she lived there, but because Bunny was loved by her Evansville family, the rest of us were able to get to know Bunny and fall in love with her too. We all find peace in knowing that Bunny had 10 wonderful years, "our elusive Bunny" that we were able to catch glimpses of as she headed out of the barn in the morning for her adventure. Most of us will have to admit we looked forward to the cooler weather, knowing that Bunny would eventually have to come back to the barn so that we could see her on the elecam!!!
Bunny we love you!! You will be missed.
Donna, Maryland
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May 16, 2009
Dear MIss Bunny,
You will always live on in the hearts of those in Evansville. We will honor you by telling future generations of the precious pachyderm we loved enough to set free. Until we see you again in Heaven.
Sandy & Mark Appler, Evansville, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Thanks for taking good care of our Bunny!

, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny,
Thank you for bringing so much happiness to Mesker. I missed you when you left, but I'm so glad you got to live the rest of your life in a place you loved and that was so good to you. Your amazing life was special to so many, and I'm glad it ended peacefully. I love you, Bunny, and I miss you. We will meet again someday! Rest in peace, angel.
Jessica M., Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

You again have made the headline on the front page of the Evansville newspaper, this time with the sad news of your death, not the happy news that you were moving to the TES. You will be miss by all that knew you.

How we wish that we could be with you and your beloved caregivers for your spiritual journey today. We will be with you in spirit. Go Bunny with Ned to meet our maker.

God Bless all who loves Bunny.
Sharon, Evansville, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Bunny you will be missed by everyone.
Steve Burns, Evansville,In
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May 16, 2009
As a child, I remember seeing the emptiness in Bunny's eyes as she paced in her enclosure. Looking at all the photos, I can tell her life at TES was full and happy.

Bunny, there are thousands of tri-staters that will look forward to seeing you at the end of the bridge.
Riann, Evansville, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Bunny, you will be remembered. I saw you at Mesker Park. I'm glad you had those 10 years of freedom at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Karen, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
you was evansville inspiration im only nine but my mom would always come and see you before i was born i have always heard alot of story's about you and i hate that i never got to meet you

R.I.P
love,lexi
alexia flener, evansville
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May 16, 2009
Bunny,
You served us well, so glad you had the years of freedom and companionship at the Sanctuary. God bless, and carry you to your Valhalla.
Mary Ellen, Evansville/Owensville,IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny was always a wonderful sight to see here in Evansville, but I was very happy when she got to go to the Elephant Sanctuary and live outdoors where she should have been all along with the other elephants. I'm glad she has spent the last 10 years where she was loved and where she loved to be. We'll miss you Bunny, but I know you died happy and that makes me happy, too!
Mary, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny you will be missed.
You brought so much happiness in this world. You touched so many peoples lives that you will never know. My son and my late husband loved you so much. Thank you for all the love that you gave them. p.s Godspeed you to heaven.
Penny Palmer, Evansville In
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May 16, 2009
I saw you several times in the Evansville zoo Bunny and though I thought you were content then, I realized later you were only half living when you were here. I was happy when you got to move to the sanctuary and filled with sorrow when I heard you were dying. Goodbye Bunny, may you rest in peace, forever in your favorite place. You were/are greatly loved.
Donna Nelson, Evansville IN
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May 16, 2009
Namaste, Bunny. Growing up in Evansville I enjoyed you and your spirit and your new found freedom in the Sanctuary. May you rest in peace for you will always live on in our hearts.
Alex, Evansville, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
DEAREST BUNNY,I AS SO MANY WERE SADDENED WITH THE NEWS OF YOUR PASSING. I THINK YOU ALREADY GOT A TASTE OF HEAVEN RIGHT HERE ON EARTH, LIVING AT THE SANCTUARY IN THE LATER PART OF YOUR LIFE. THERE YOU WERE ADORED FOR YOUR LOVING NATURE AND CHERISHED FOR ALL YOU WERE ABLE TO GIVE THE OTHER ELEPHANTS AND US HUMANS. MAY GOD KEEP YOU YOU SAFE AND PASS ON YOUR LOVING SPIRIT TO ALL THERE BEFORE YOU.
KARAN H., FLORIDA
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May 16, 2009
I wish Bunny was able to get to your sanctuary sooner than she did. Thankful that she had ten years there. You are forever free Bunny, God Bless.
Heather, Indiana
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May 16, 2009
Bunny Love, You are the epitome of success for TES. You are what TES is all about. You came to the sanctuary full of loving wishes from Indiana, and won hearts over worldwide. Now you are watching over all of us, after almost 10 years of peace and sanctuary. I know the girls who have passed before are waiting for you. Tell them we all say hello and we love them still. Introduce Ned to all of them, and take care of Ned for us, too. We know you will.
God's love to all at TES.

Cynthia Branham, Summertown, Tennessee
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May 16, 2009
Bunny

Go with God with all the beauty and dignity you have always possessed.
Irene, Evansville
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May 16, 2009
i know that you have passed but I am from Evansville and knew you when you were here. You are greatly missed and glad that you spent the last ten years happy and free there. my ten year old daughter followed you on the internet because she saw you when she was a baby and was amazed at your size and beauty. We love you Bunny
Janice & Judy Bishop, Evansville IN
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May 16, 2009
RIP BUNNY WE WILL MISS YOU SO!!!!!WITH LOVE MARIO !!!
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May 16, 2009
BUNNY,
YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED. WE SO GLAD THAT YOU GOT LIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE @ THE SANCTUARY. I JUST WANT TO THANK THE SANCTUARY FOR TAKING GREAT CARE OF EVANSVILLE'S BEAUTIFUL BUNNY. MAY GOD BLESS THE SANCTUARY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
THE HUNT FAMILY, EVANSVILLE, IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny -

You were my love. The one I adopted and checked on. I'm so glad you were able to go on your own terms.

I hope you were waiting at the end of the Rainbow Bridge for Ned and for my friend from Chicago - Affie.
Judith Warren, Chicago IL
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May 16, 2009
Bunny You will always live on in our hearts.
Caarolyn, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny, You brought me so much joy. Thank you.
Bunny Pfau, Lyons, Colorado (formerly of Evansville)
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May 16, 2009
My dear Bunny,
You were always one of my "favorites" at the Zoo in Evansville. When you went to Tennessee I was soooo happy for you. What a wonderful place to spend your golden years. After seeing so many of my pets pass I can't imagine that heaven doesn't have a special place for all all of you. It is so hard seeing all of you leave, but someday we will all be together again. Thanks Tennessee for giving Bunny such a "special" place in her last few years
Sandy, Dale, In.
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May 16, 2009
Bunny, you dear old soul, take young Ned with you on your travels and show him how to live! Blessings always!
Suzanne, Kalamazoo, MI
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May 16, 2009
Bunny
I am sorry you suffered here on earth but you are now free in heaven with the Lord and at peace. I prayed for you to stay with us but it was your time to leave. The world is empty without you Bunny but knowing that you are in a better place gives me comfort. I will miss you so much. I love you.
Manjula, Ontario, Canada
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May 16, 2009
Dear Bunny
Thank you for allowing me to know you. Today my heart is broken not only for you but also for sweet Ned. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel. Elephants make the world a better place; we can learn a lot from you beautiful creatures. You are now in heaven roaming free. Take good care of Ned okay. You have brought such joy to many. I will miss you deeply. You will always be loved and never forgotten.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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May 16, 2009
I grew up in Evansville with Bunny as part of my life. To this day, I still remember her well each time I would visit the zoo. My daughter also grew up with Bunny and has wonderful memories of her also. She was missed when she left Evansville for the beautiful place she spent her final years and she will be missed now. God Bless the sanctuary and God Bless Bunny.
Joyce Wortz, Evansville, IN.
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May 16, 2009
RIP Bunny. You will see Ned. I love you both.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 16, 2009
Rest in peace, Bunny, sweet girl. You will always have the honor of being the first elephant I ever saw at the zoo in Evansville, IN. I'm so glad that you really enjoyed your move to the sanctuary and that you had a great time with your friends there. You touched many lives and you will be greatly missed.
Amy, Henderson, KY
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May 16, 2009
This has been a hard week for all of us. Losing two beautiful elephants is larger than life. Also, this week I lost a cat who had been my solid companion for 20 years. She has been receiving hospice care for a couple of months now and it was an honor to be her caregiver. When I came home from work on Thursday....she had waited for me...but was in distress. I held her and prayed for a painless release. Within 30 minutes, she passed. Heartbreaking week...
I knew Ned was frail but wasn't expecting news of his passing quite so soon.
All I can say is bless the sanctuary for providing such wonderful, heartfelt care and honoring those massive teachers we call "eles".
Lynn (TheSafariGirl), Pensacola, fl
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May 16, 2009
We here in Evansville enjoyed Bunny for years.. thank you to her for her spirit! We could learn much from the Elephants.. Rest Easy, Outdoor Girl!
Belinda Grannan, Evansville, IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny, sweetpea....rest in peace. I'm so glad your last years were at TES, where you were loved unconditionally and treated with the dignity & respect. You will be greatly missed. Thank you, everyone at TES, for giving Bunny a wonderful place to live out her life as it should always have been. Please be gentle with yourselves as you deal with such devastating losses, and remember you do not grieve alone.
Kelli, Oregon
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May 16, 2009
We are all sad to hear of the passing of Bunny. Rather than cry, I would like to think about how wonderful her last 10 years were at the Sanctuary with the other elephants. Thank you so much to everyone involved with the sanctuary for giving these great animals the chance to live as they should. Bunny was a great showpiece at the Mesker Park Zoo and I am glad the city gave her back her freedom. Goodbye Bunny, you have impacted more lives than you will ever know.
Heath Gross, Evansville Indiana
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May 16, 2009
You arrived in Evansville the year of my birth and brought so many wonderful memories. I was thrilled to share the joy of you with my child, her school friends and scout troops. The day you left for TES we shed tears of sadness, having come to know how difficult your life had been while bringing so much joy to all who met you and tears of joy for the journey you were embarking on. God Bless TES and God Speed Bunny.
Vickie, Evansville IN
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May 16, 2009
Bunny, I will go to the woods as soon as I can in honor of your memory. Knock down a tree in heaven for Shirley, the poor girl has now lost you and Jenny. When I can I will donate to Shirley to honor you. Ned must have gone figuring if anyone knew the way and should be followed it would be the wanderlust Bunny.
Jacob, Evansville In
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May 16, 2009
Dear Bunny hold trunks with Ned and lead him, cause he doesn't know all the girls waiting. Let him know that you will always be with him and the others. Tell him about Joanna so he won't be afraid of her. Let him know that she is the care giver now. Be the big sister to him and the sweet heart you have been here with us.
Dana , Defuniak Springs Florida
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May 16, 2009
It is so sad that Bunny is gone, but what a wonderful picture of her emerges from these tributes. From her gentle patience and kindness at the zoo despite her isolation, her befriending the hippo, her tricks and sense of humor, and the love of the people of Evansville, to her thriving at the Sanctuary, becoming an Outdoor girl, and her loyalty to Shirley, she was an incredible animal. Thank you at TES for your care and for making her so happy in her last decade. We will miss you, sweet wonderful Bunny.
Lee, Anchorage, Alaska
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May 15, 2009
How is Shirley holding up? She has lost a daughter and now a sister, her closest companions. This must be hard for her. Who'd have thought Jenny and Bunny would go first? I guess it is meant to be. It will be interesting to hear how the other founding herd members respond to this change.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny, You are now in heaven with the angels and Ned and all your other friends. I am so glad you had 10 wonderful years at the sanctuary, your heaven on earth. We were so sad when you left Evansville, but we knew you were going to a better place. We love you and will always miss you. REST IN PEACE OUR ANGEL
Tonya, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
I'm in tears just learning that both Bunny & Ned are not with us anymore.. They are now watching over all of us.. ..
Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for taking good care of them and doing what you are doing..
Jo, Mississippi
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May 15, 2009
Bunny,
My heart is broken. Words cannot really express how I feel today. These past few days I have been crying for you. I was shocked and completely devastated to read this morning that Ned is gone. I have been overwhelmed with tears all day. I told my family before that if Ned doesn't make it I won't be able to bear it. The loss of Ned was made a little more bearable because I was already mourning for you Bunny and for this I am grateful. I will miss you both dearly. You are my ele-angels and I am sure you are both watching over your entire ele-family on earth. My hope is that one day I will meet you in that place where there is no suffering but pure joy. Precious Bunny and Precious Ned I will always love you and will never forget you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 15, 2009
I've known you all of my life. I was very happy when you were sent to the sanctuary. To finally have freedom and companionship of other elephants. You will live in our hearts forever. You will be missed.
Carolyn, Newburgh
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May 15, 2009
Bunny and I are the same age. Whenever we went to the zoo we HAD to visit Bunny. I took my son to see bunny several times and we even went the last day she spent in Evansville. We missed her greatly but knew she was in a much better place to spend the rest of her life. She brought so much joy to all of us and as hard as it was to give her up we she earned this better life. Thank you all for taking such good care of her and making the last 10 years of her life happy ones.
Tonya Beasley, United States
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May 15, 2009
Godspeed dearest Ned. Know you were loved in your final hours on this earth and be free in Nirvana, happy and healthy with your friend Bunny.
Loki's Mom, North Carolina
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May 15, 2009
I know that you are now gone but I did want to say goodbye old girl. You were one of the most wonderful animals at the Evansville Zoo when I was a child. I am now 48 and I feel guilty that you were kept there for as long as you were. May god bless you and keep your wonderful soul close to him. Goodbye!
Darryl Woolsey, Mt. Vernon, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Your spirit will soar and bless so many for eternity. May all at TES know that they have nurtured two precious beings (Ned too) these past few weeks and enabled them to pass on with such undying love. What a couple of days it has been for you all. Peace be with you.


Mickey, Victoria, BC , Canada
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May 15, 2009
We all will miss you! God bless you now and forever. You have brought joy to everyone who knew you. Many,Many memories.You are with the angels. Love You Forever!
Kristie Gross, Evansville,Indana
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May 15, 2009
A beautiful girl who will remain forever in my heart. Godspeed to you dear Bunny.

The last time I went to the zoo here in Evansville was the day that Bunny celebrated her last birthday with us. I can remember the huge amounts of fruit that had been brought out and the pleasure all of the children got as she stomped on watermelon or shoved whole pieces of fruit into her mouth. She was in heaven that day.

When Bunny left town I never returned to the zoo. I have a thing for elephants, they are so majestic..yet peaceful, and the one creature who drew me there had retired to paradise. I'm glad that Bunny had those years at the sanctuary. Thanks to the crew for taking care of our Bunny. It was hard to let her go but it was also the best thing for her. Love ya Bunny!
Kathy, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny--be happy with your sisters and remember to take Ned under your wings
Karen, MN
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May 15, 2009
Farewell dear sweet Bunny. You have joined your sisters in Eleheaven and will introduce them to dear Ned.
I will miss you.
Maureen G, Delta, B.C.
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May 15, 2009
You are at your new home in the sky.
you will be missed.. Thank you Bunny for touching our lives..

Becky, Ky
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May 15, 2009
Rest in peace, Bunny! You are missed, but we are so happy that you had 10 wonderful years at the sanctuary with your friends!
Susan Bincsik and Family, Mt. Vernon, IN
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May 15, 2009
Ned--you have no idea how many people you touched because we read of your story here on this site. I was rooting for you all the way; you did have some good times with TES after all. I am so ashamed of my species and what we do to others. We are not all like that though, there are many of us with big tears tonight, for both you and Bunny. Both of you will be in my thoughts tonight, I know you and Bunny are in a wonderful place, all warm and sunshiney. Your story made a difference. Love Love Love.
kemilia, Illinois
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May 15, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny. Farewell. Your family of humans and sister elephants will miss you each and every day from now on.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 15, 2009
have a good life in heaven.
roberto torres, brooklyn new york
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May 15, 2009
So sad to hear of Bunny and Ned's passing..I know heaven's a joyful place tonight with two new elephants to play with. Joanna will really be busy..Thanks to the Sanctuary staff for all you do. You are all definitely earning jewels for your crowns taking care of this most wonderful of God's creatures. Will pray for you all especially with this double loss. glad Shirley has Tarra and Bella to help her through this..What about Gracie?? Maybe she'll join their clan.
Ginger, West Monroe, LA
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May 15, 2009
Bunny,

You are finally reunited with your waiting family in those great grassy plains in the sky. Thank you for blessing this planet with your presence. It is with the bitter-sweetness of this sorrow, that i wish you God speed.

Namaste, beautiful Bunny

Robina, Melbourne, Australia
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May 15, 2009
Bunny

It is a great sadness that we say goodbye to you, you will be missed. It is also great joy knowing that you are now in the hands of God.

Your spirit, with its wise and beautiful soul will be a continual blessings to all.

Thank you for all of the memories in Evansville and the best memories are seeing you free at the Elephant Sanctuary.

Prayers for Shirley and all of your elephant sisters. More prayers for ALL of your wonderful caregivers. May all that love you will continue to support TES, so other elephants can retire in peace.

Reading the many tributes to you dear, Bunny, has restored my faith in humankind. So many of us know that your crossing is a blessing for you and you will be with all of your love ones, elephants and people.

Everyone in Evansville Loves Bunny, now thanks to the Elephant Sanctuary Bunny is loved worldwide.

May God bless you Bunny and dear Ned.

With love,
Diane, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Your friends in New Mexico, NM
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May 15, 2009
Well, Miss Sweet Bunns, aren't you going to be the life of the party when you show up at Joanna's Sanctuary with the Girl's new Boy-Toy, Ned. Thank you for taking him along with you, for we all know that Mr. Ned was just beginning to learn the fine art of navigation since his arrival at TES. I sure am going to miss both of you as I know your Ele Pals and caregivers will, also. I know that you have left us by choice at the time that was right for you and for Mr. Ned, which is a blessing that not many elephants in captivity will ever get to experience. Knowing this takes a bit of the sting out of my tears and begins mending the great big rip in my heart. I wish you great travels in your new sanctuary and a beautiful reunion with your sisters and our beloved Joanna. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life for all of the years and for being the best friend anyone could ever be to our dear Shirley as she struggled to move forward after her daughter Jenny's passing. You are a wonderful soul and my heartfelt thanks go out to the people of Indiana who loved you enough to send you to TES and to all of those who have taken such wonderful care of you for all of your 57 amazing years. Namaste, Bunny-Girl! I love you forever.
Sherry Heim, Albuquerque, New mexico
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May 15, 2009
Bunny -

God Bless you now and forever.

Best Wishes!
Stephanie, Virginia Beach
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny. I'm so glad you had ten years of freedom and peace. Thanks to all at TES.
You are one of the sweetest elephants I've ever known. As much as you will be missed you will always be loved.
Namaste dear Bunny
Bev Saul, Wise, VA
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May 15, 2009
Beautiful Bunny sleeps with the angels.
Sweet Ned, it is now time for you to pass over the Rainbow Bridge where all the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again. You won't be alone anymore. Bunny is waiting for you. You will never be forgotten.
May you both be at peace.
Eileen, Melrose, Massachusetts
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May 15, 2009
Farewell Bunny you brought so much joy to children and adults.
Doug, Evansville
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May 15, 2009
Bunny you were always my favorite animal to see at the zoo, but you left when I was nine. I'm 18 now and I still miss you. I hope you had a good life and I will always remember you.
Stormy Kennedy, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, her crooked tail now straight, stopped and looked back
He caught up with her, his legs now strong
His body massive and his muscles bulging
"Come with me, my little one.
They are waiting for us.
We will teach you to run and trumpet and twirl with joy
And, if there are any cameras there,
I will show you how to elude them.
Come with me, my little one.
Our new Sanctuary awaits."

Namaste Bunny
Namaste Ned
Judy K, Chicago, Illinois
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny, go with Neddy to the Heavenly hills and meadows. You both were blessed to find sanctuary before you left this Earth. May your sanctuary family (Shirley, Tarra, Carol, Scott and all the loving caregivers) be comforted this week. It's so hard to say farewell to those we love. Trumpets, spins, chirps and rumbles to all of you.
Nancy F, Edmonds, WA
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny,

We are sorry to hear about your passing. We love and miss you.
Britt and Brooke, Aurora, CO
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May 15, 2009
I will miss you.
Lisa, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Sweet Bunny,
Thank you for sharing your beauty with us. You have touched so many and you will always be remembered.
Peace, sweet girl.
I love you.

Charity Siebert, Lake Forest, California
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May 15, 2009
Bunny was the only elephant I had the pleasure to know growing up in Evansville, just a few years different in age, me 2 years older. when i read the article a few weeks ago about her starting her passing, I thought of her often. Thursday she was heavy on my mind, now I know why. Thank GOD for the sanctuary that she was able to live a better 10 years than her previous. selfish that we are wanting them in our zoos, but I would have never known her. rest in peace
kathy from evansville living out my life in Jacksonville, fl.
kathy, jacksonville fl
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May 15, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny, how we will miss you. Your departure is our loss, but we know that you lived a good and happy earthly life for your last ten years at the Elephant Sanctuary. So run free, dear girl, with the knowledge that we are thinking of you every day and loving your memory.
Ginny Banks, WA State
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May 15, 2009
You will be loved Bunny!
Alicia , evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Gods speed Bunny, may you and Ned be in eternal peace.
Andi, Florida
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, You will always be loved by many even though you have passed. I will always love you no matter what the outcomes are. Bunny I have recently heard that you passed away on May 15th, 2009.
I LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU, FOREVER & ALWAYS, BUNNY
A. Stephens, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Goodbye sweet girl

We will miss you
Lorraine Moe, Wilmington NC
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, you were treasured by so many. Your last few years were the best years of your life, and you deserved every bit of attention and care. I don't know much about you, but what I read about you, and the pictures of you that I saw showed me your gentleness and compassion for all, human and elephant. You can rest now in the presence of those who have gone before you
Mindy, Nebraska
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May 15, 2009
Bunny,
I will always remember you in my heart and you will always be a part of mesker park zoo. I remember seeing you at the zoo. Now you are at peace and living in a better sanctuary.
Kris Johnson, Evansville Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny

So sad to be losing you, even though we've never met. You're such a beautiful elephant, inside and out.

Go to sleep peacefully knowing you are loved, and wake up in the New Creation where we can be friends and splash together in the river of life.
Ruth, Portland, OR
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May 15, 2009
We loved to see Bunny when she was at Mesker. when she left we felt sad, and happy that her life would greatly improve in freedom. She is a wonderful elephant who deserved to have retired in a more natural environment.
Good-bye Bunny
Becker's, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Darling Bunny-how kind of you to pass first and be there for Ned when he left us. What a sad pair of messages today. How comforting to know these elephants were in a place of love and comfort, and freedom, when their lives ended. God Bless you all at TES.
Shirley Green, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
Bunny,
I love you so much. You were the first elephant I ever learned about. My parents have always joked that you are my "real mom". You're one of the reasons I chose to pursue a career working with elephants. I'm dedicated to spending the rest of my life caring for and helping beautiful souls like you. I'm so sad that you're gone from this earth, but I know that you're in a Heaven now looking down on all of your friends and running and playing. You will be missed by so many and you will always be in my heart. I promise to make you proud by doing whatever I can to help elephants for the rest of my life. I love you and I'll miss you. Rest peacefully my sweet, I know you'll be with me and you'll never be far from my mind and will always be in my heart. I love you.
Ashley, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny angel,......thank you for taking Ned with you. He needed an ele-guide and you were right there beckoning. Bless you both and bless TES.
Carole, Marina del Rey, California
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May 15, 2009
What a majestic animal; what a joy it was to share this planet with you. Bunny, your light will shine forever in all of us who loved you.
Beverly, Simpsonville, South Carolina
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I am greatly saddened at your leaving this world but feel joy that your last years on this earth were honored the with way an elephant should be - with freedom to roam and friends to share it with. Be at peace and thank you for allowing us to share your life.
Jody Rundle, Santa Barbara, CA
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May 15, 2009
Namaste, beautiful Bunny.
Florence, Canada
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May 15, 2009
God bless you sweet girl. Have a safe journey to heaven, where I'm sure to be looking down on us from behind a shining star. Remember you are loved.
Bernadette Balcombe , Toledo, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
Namaste Bunny ........ Joanna has you in her arms and the ele-angels trumpeted your arrival. Ned followed you and now they all know about "our" special Guy!!!

Namaste to Bunny and Ned

Terry, Vancouver Island BC Canada
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May 15, 2009
hello bunny i am new to knowing about your elephant sanctuary. I find it interesting about this whole program. I am an 11 year old girl named hannah and elephants are my FAVORITE thing i hope you live your last moments to the fullest for I am hurt to hear of any eley death...
to eleys always
Hannah
hannah, Rochester, NY
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May 15, 2009
Thank you for all that you gave to this world. Your spirit is a continual blessing to us. We will miss you greatly.

Love and prayers to all at the sanctuary.
Kristin, Kentucky
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, i remember when in our zoo here in evansville when i first got to meet you I was still in my stroller! It was the best day ever!
When I heard you had to leave our zoo to go to the sanctuary i was sad.
Bunny I hope you feel safe and happy being there.
And now as you lay down in the final stage of you life i want to say that you were the best elephant..I LOVE YOU BUNNY!!

Clarice Rode, Evansville Indiana
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May 15, 2009
God speed sweet girl. May you have a wonderful reunion with all your dear ele. friends who have been patiently waiting for you. My heart is so heavy today losing two sweet souls is almost unbearable. Give Ned. a big trunk hug when you meet.
Chriss, BC Canada.
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May 15, 2009
I had to wait to say good-bye until I knew you were gone. I think before that, my denial was too strong. Bless you for the love you had for Shirley and the others. Prayers for the humans who loved you most and the sisters who were your family.
Angie, Los Angeles, California
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May 15, 2009
Fare thee well, sweet Bunny. Rest in eternal peace.
Binaca, Florida
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May 15, 2009
We will miss you Bunny!You will always be in our hearts. Until we meet again We love you!
Yvonne Dominique Sierra Daizy and Jobe, Evansville
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May 15, 2009
I love you.
Marsha, Nashville
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, I know you and Ned are with all the other ele angels now in Heaven. I'm glad your passing was a peaceful one in the company of people and eles who love you, and in such a wonderful place as the Elephant Sanctuary. We'll never forget you Bunny, we love you!
Stacie W., Colorado
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May 15, 2009
I not only grew up seeing Bunny at the zoo, I got to see her behind the the scenes when I worked there running the front gate for several years. Bunny has always had a special place in my heart. I am thankful that the sanctuary is there and that Bunny got to spend so much time there. I've checked on her on the website periodically and am glad to know how happy she has been. We miss you, Bunny!
JaNae, Las Vegas Nevada
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May 15, 2009
Love ya, Bunny.
A, NM
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I can remember seeing you at Mesker when I was young. What a grand Lady you were. I know you've passed on now but if I listen close, sometimes I can still her your trumpeting. God's speed on your journey, I'll see you another day Bunny. Thank you for all you gave.
Pam Hanes, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Bunny will be missed by all but she will always be with those that remember her. She will always be watching over her friends and family from above.
Chad Hayden, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Its hard for me to believe that I am actually leaving a message for an animal.

I believe that God put animals on earth for more that a food supply, but for companionship and pleasure.

Growing up in Evansville, IN, our family made many trips to Mesker Zoo and I was always happy to see Bunny. Although, living alone most of the time in a hot concrete floored exhibit isn't my idea of living..more like existing.

Rest in Peace God's creature. You brought joy and smiles to a lot of Hoosiers, including this one.
Charlie Sininger, Jacksonviile, Florida
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May 15, 2009
i am so totally bummed. first bunny and now ned. bunny was indescribably cute. one of my favorites. i am worried about shirley. i wonder if tarra and bella will stay close to her now. i feel like i know these wonderful beings. i will walk to my ridge tonite and say a prayer for all. thank you sanctuary for sharing and caring.
julie guedon, newport, oregon
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny, your light shines bright in heaven now.
Pat Griffiths, Pleasant View, TN
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May 15, 2009
As a little girl I remember going to mesker zoo to see you. Not realizing how sad that life was. You allowed Thousands and thousands of children to meet you and love you. The lives you have touched will live on in bedtime stories for generations. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten!
We Love You Bunny.
Kelli Avery, Evansville Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, I always felt so sorry for you when we visited the zoo. I often told my son how sad your pen was with no trees and no grass. I am so pleased to hear how the past 10 years you have been so happy in the outdoors. I am so glad you are able to pass with dignity and in a place that you loved. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye.
Lisa Napiwocki and Family, Valparaiso, IN
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny,

We will always have a warm spot in our hearts for you. We loved you in Evansville, and came to see you in Tennessee. You looked so happy when we saw you in the web cams. God's speed in your next life. Go in Peace pretty one. We have a framed picture of you on our wall. Love you Bunny.
Jean & Bud, Princeton, IN (Evansville)
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May 15, 2009
Thanks for the memories at Mesker Park Zoo Bunny ! You will be missed greatly.
Debbie, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
I am sorry to hear of Bunny's passing but glad she went so peacefully with her caregivers and elephant friends around her. My prayers are with all who knew Bunny. God bless the people of Evansville who gave Bunny to the Sanctuary.
Lisa N., Lansing, MI
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May 15, 2009
You can now rest in peace Bunny. Know that so many love you and care deeply for you. You and Ned can now play in deep green pastures together. I am so happy that you were at TES for I am sure those were the best years of your life.
Diane, Loxahatchee, FL
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May 15, 2009
Rest In Peace Bunny, You have already been missed by our community.
Jamie Allen, Evansville In.
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny,
In the past week I have wondered if maybe you stayed between here and heaven to make sure that Shirley and Tarra lean on each other when you pass. You girls are always taking care of each other, down to your last breath. And now you have left us, so the time must have been right. I love you, sweet Bunny
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 15, 2009
rest in peace bunny... and go play with all your sisters that we are welcoming you... xoxo love cat
cat garber, connecticut
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May 15, 2009
You will be missed
Pam, Madisonville, KY
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May 15, 2009
In your heaven I'm sure you're at the sanctuary with all your friends. God Bless you Bunny.
Leah, Black Creek BC Canada
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May 15, 2009
Bunny was a wonderful part of my childhood and she will be greatly missed. We love you Bunny.
Jacky Petitjean, Haubstadt, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
I'm glad you got to spend your last 10 years at the Sanctuary. You will be missed.
Stephanie, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
God speed lovely Bunny,if love can carry you to heaven then you should fly so swiftly to your sisters and Joanna, wander free gentle one, Namaste dear sweet Bunny.
Sheila Wheldon, England
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May 15, 2009
God Speed Bunny... you will be missed. I am so happy that you left this earth among friends and with grass under your feet.
Amber Hoover , Evansville/St. Phillips IN
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May 15, 2009
The light, though not bright, shown through to her soul. She stopped, mid snore, and knew she could no longer remain. It was time. Time to leave and join her other family. Family that she had not seen in what seemed a lifetime.

She opened her eyes and in the distance she saw a little pine tree, topped with a heart and scattered with stars. The tip of one branch glowed with a tiny new star - a beacon to guide her way. She moved towards it - stopped and turned - raised her trunk in farewell, but they did not see her as they sat silent vigil over a shadow on the ground.
Blessed eternity with family and dearest friends lay ahead.

Join me friend, we can walk together

Merilee, Tollhouse, California
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May 15, 2009
Romp free, dear girl. The earth will be a lesser place without you.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunnyy,
My heart is so very sad and heavy today, not only that you left us, but Ned decided to follow you. You have no idea how much you touched my life! Thank you, I will love you always!
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
I first remember seeing Bunny at Mesker Park Zoo when I was a child. Later, as a member of the Friends of Mesker Park Zoo board, I had the wonderful opportunity to say good-bye to Bunny the night before she left the zoo for the Sanctuary. I was able to pet her trunk and feed her a few apple slices. She seemed so sad standing behind those bars. To later see photos of her running through the Sanctuary grounds was such an awesome thing. Thank you for the memories, RIP sweet Bunny...we are so glad you spent your last decade free.
Dolli Neikirk, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, My love for you is as big as you are. I have you tattoo'd on my leg and will always treasure this tattoo. I will always love you and you'll continue to be my favorite elephant. Love you 4ever.
Karen Hammond, Michigan
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May 15, 2009
Bunny although I have known for almost a week now that you were going to be leaving us, I'm still crying for you now that you are gone.
Namaste Bunny
Juanita, Livonia, MI
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May 15, 2009
Bunny...thanks for the memories. I'm so happy that you were able to be free during your last years.
Jackie Bryant, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
She is still missed here in Evansville, but allowing her freedom to be with her own kind was the very best and unselfish decision. My children grew up with her, and still talk about her. I remember Kay the previous Evansville Zoo elephant. How sad to jail such beautiful creatures when they are so social. Thank you for your loving care.

Suezette Reshanov, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Dear, sweet Bunny, as I read about your passing and Ned's passing within hours of one another, I cried tears of sorrow even though I knew the two of you were crossing the rainbow bridge together...two souls who had never known one another in life but who crossed the bridge together as one. We TES supporters celebrate the lives of each and every one of you, and we mourn together with your caregivers and sisters in your passing. We love you, Bunny. Rest in peace.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 15, 2009
i am so happy you lived the rest of your life there. i grew up with bunny and have missed her
cherokee johnson, evansville, indiana
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May 15, 2009
Memories of you when I was a little girl, and again when my boys were little . . . SO happy that you were set free to be yourself for your last 10 years.
Lori (Smith) (Dale) Simpson, Louisville, Kentucky (formerly of Evansville)
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny,
As saddened as I am at your passing, I can't help but be full of happiness for the time you were given at The Elephant Sanctuary. Until recently I was unfamiliar with The Elephant Sanctuary and its mission. I simply knew that you went to Tennessee, and to a better place. After hearing that you were preparing to pass, I have explored the website over the last couple of weeks. I have been truly moved by everything about The Elephant Sanctuary. The love they show each and every one of these majestic creatures, and the bonds that the elephants themselves form is truly amazing. God bless you Bunny, and God bless The Elephant Sanctuary and all of those that do it's work. I am so glad you had the last decade to live as you were intended to, free and with friends. We will miss you!
Joe D and family, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
thank you to all who take care of these animals. this sounds like a great place for them to be. may god bless bunny and her friends that she has left behind. she will be missed. and to her caretakers who i am sure are broken hearted, yet happy in the same time that she lived a long happy life. i am sure her years there were the best.
Lindsey, Evansville,IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny,
I remember you when I went to the zoo as a child. I am glad you were able to be taken someone to live out the remainder of your life in peace. I just wish other animals could be as fortunate as you were. We will miss you but we know you won't suffer anymore.
Phylis, Henderson, Kentucky
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May 15, 2009
I just saw on the news were Bunny has passed. I live in Ky and every summer my family would always take us to the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville IN. I always remembered every time we saw her she always looked so sad being confined to one area with no other elephants. I always felt sorry for her (that was back in 1986). My family has photos of us kids looking at her through the boxed area she was kept at next to the hippos. Last summer my husband and I took our kids to that zoo and my kids were so disappointed because there was no elephant. But I was glad to know that she had moved on. I just hope that if Evansville zoo plans on getting another elephant in the near future that they make it a better environment for the next elephant. Bunny will be missed. She always brought joy to all the kids that visited the zoo even though of how she was conditioned. I'm sad to hear she has passed but will be missed. I'm just glad she was able to pass here at The Elephant Sanctuary were she got the love she deserved.
Melody V. , Madisonville KY
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May 15, 2009
Rest in Peace dear girl. You have brought many people alot of joy over the years and you will be sadly missed.
Mike Philipps, Evansville,Indiana
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May 15, 2009
I just found out that Bunny has passed away. It saddens me because she was such a sweet, gentle and beautiful creature. It truly is like losing an old friend. She has been loved since the day she arrived here at Mesker Park Zoo and even though it was sad to see her leave, everyone knew it was in her best interest. Bunny had 10 wonderful years with her new family in Tennessee...that makes for a happy ending to the story. She will be missed but will always be in the hearts of so many who knew and loved her. Peace sweet girl.


Bob Ankrom, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Goodbye to a wonderful friend. I was 12 when we met. Our school from Southern Illinois came to Evansville Zoo for a class trip. I made it a point to take my sons, nieces and nephews when I got older and eventually moved to Evansville. Thank you for the wonderful memories. I thank the good LORD for the Elephant Sanctuary and your ability to live the last years of your life with your true family. A big Thank you to your caregivers. My sympathy to your caregivers may they find comfort in their loss of Bunny & Ned.
Tanya, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
bunny we will always remember you hear in evansville i hope you passing is peaceful we will miss you and love you from evansvile indiana
monique eckiss, evansville indiana
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May 15, 2009
I live on Mesker Park right by the Zoo. Bunny was missed from the visitors at the Zoo and she will always be remembered. It is a good feeling to know that she passed in a restful place.
Emily, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny was such an important part of my childhood, here in Evansville! I feel as one of my childhood friends is passing!!! What a life you have had, sweet Bunny. I will always remember the excitement I felt as I walked down the ramp to your cage!!! I know you will feel the same excitement as you walk this ramp to your next journey. Rest in peace. You are loved in Evansville!!!!
Carmen Embrey, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Thanks, Bunny, for all the memories of when I was a kid going to the zoo.
I watched your journey to Tennessee.
I'm thankful you were very well cared for in the last 10 years and had a peaceful passing.
Nanc C., Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny was a big part of my childhood. She was always my first & last visit at every trip I made to Mesker Zoo. She is the reason I love elephants. I'm so sad that she's gone, but am happy she was sent to your sanctuary to live out her life.
Kristi Yeargin, Haubstadt, IN
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May 15, 2009
Dearest Bunny, rest in peace precious girl.
We will never EVER forget you and the impact you have had on so many lives. What a treasure we all found in you!

It's just like you, Bunny, to pave the way for Ned and be his guide. You are a gentle leader and precious Ned needed someone to lean on. Bless you both on your journeys, now and always.

My heartfelt sympathy to those who have been closest to you the past years...Carol, Scott, the other caregivers.....we share in your grief. Love you All!
CW, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
I'm so sad that you have died, but glad that you spent your retirement years in "heaven on earth." Rest in peace.
Stephanie, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, you were always the first one we wanted to see and the last one we visited before we left the zoo when I was young. I was so sad to see you leave Evansville, but so happy to see how well you did. You made new friends and loved roaming the sanctuary. You were very sweet and special and I will always remember you. So happy you had ten wonderful years at the sanctuary and so sad to see it end. Wherever you go, you will be the "Queen". I will miss you.
Barbara, Newburgh
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May 15, 2009
You will be missed
Jeff, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
My kids will never know you, but you'll forever be alive in our hearts and memories we share of you and of days at the zoo. It's still not the same without you there.
Leslie, Evansville
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May 15, 2009
Bunny was a very loving and fantastic elephant. I have known her since she first came to Evansville. My grandchildren who are 21, 25 and 27 alway liked to come and see Bunny. She was like one of the family. Missed her after being gone and will miss her more as I watched on the elephant cams all the time.
Mary K. Miller, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Sweet Bunny, I'm glad you found love and compassion at the Sanctuary. You will be missed by many that you have left behind. You will be missed.
Donna, Dallas, TX
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May 15, 2009
R.I.P. Bunny. Mesker Park Zoo hasn't been the same with you gone. We are glad you got more freedom and seems like you loved it there. God Bless The Elephant Sanctuary!
the Moore family, Madisonville KY
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May 15, 2009
Bunny and Ned...sleep well by friends. I am devastated. Their passing hurts me beyond belief and I can only imagine how the caregivers at TES must feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
Karen, Maryland
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, it is with great sadness that I learned of your passing today. We here in Evansville will never forget you. RIP Princess...
Jeff, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
I was a little girl when I got my first glimpse of Bunny. I loved to go to the zoo to see her even when I was an adult. I was so happy to see her enjoy her life in the woods. Bless you Bunny for all the wonderful years you brought happiness to all and most of all those who loved you and gave you the happiness you so deserved.
Rebecca Cook, Evansville, Indiana
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May 15, 2009
Namaste dear Bunny
Diana, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
Dearest One-

I am sad that you are gone and didn't have the opportunity to experience a natural elephant's life from your birth. I rejoice that you got to experience ten years of consolation at TES. All of your tributes from your fans in Evansville and what I've read about you on the TES website paint a picture of a patient, kind, and empathetic elephant. You certainly were all of that for your sisters at TES, especially Shirley. Surely, that part of your heart you left in hers will continue to comfort and love her until you are reunited once again.

I am crying because our poor Ned, so young, is also gone. He seemed always to be struggling to overcome his discomfort and pain in order to fully enjoy sanctuary. His rescue has been so bittersweet. I rejoice because he didn't have to perform while in pain anymore yet mourn because he wasn't rescued soon enough to enjoy more time in Tennessee.

I know you chose your time carefully, sweet girl, in order to find the way so that you could guide our precious Ned across. I imagine you both traveling without cares, fears, or pains, only curiosity and anticipation as you seek your friends, families and ancestors. I feel certain that Jenny will be the first to greet both of you, perhaps even leaping while trumpeting with joy.

This is a comforting vision for me. Just know that you have left a great deal of your enormous heart behind as a comfort for all of us who you touched in some way. You have also helped to educate the human inhabitants of this beautiful emerald and sapphire planet about the catastrophic effects of our choices on other species. Other species who have as much right to exist and flourish as we do.

We have the consciousness, creativity and ability to drastically change the course we are on. Because we do have those gifts, we are also charged with the responsibility to do so. If we don't, I rest assured and am serene in my knowledge that nature, in her wisdom and love for all her children, will change it for us. Until that happens, we have the free will to choose change and the ability to enact it.

In other words, we can either do this the easy way or the hard. First, it starts in my home where every choice I make about how to live my life is a conscious one in that I am aware how it affects all of nature. From there I adjusted my choices to move toward harmony with nature, just like you, Bunny, and all of your kind. Then I shared by example with my family, friends, and larger community. I became politically active, writing my political representatives. Finally, I contribute what I can to carefully researched charities dedicated to causes dear to my heart.

You and everyone at TES have become very dear to my heart. And so while I mourn the passing of you and Ned, I find solace in the fact that you have touched and changed so many hearts including my own. I also pray that your life and passing have inspired others to contribute to TES so that their work can continue enabling other old, sick, and needy elephants to find sanctuary.

Namaste, Dearest Heart, Ele-Bunny, a part of my and many other hearts goes with you.

Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 15, 2009
I love you, Bunny, and I will miss you. Blessed be. xoxo
Maureen, MI
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May 15, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny. I'll always remember you.
Melissa, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny

Farewell my dear sweet Bunny. I am sorry to hear that you have left us but I know that you are in a better place. Thank you for everything you taught us humans. You were a wonderful ele-friend and I will miss you so much. Love you always and forever Bunny.
Avni, Kitchener, Canada
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bun,
You will be missed. God Bless.
MRT, Colorado Springs, CO
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May 15, 2009
RIP, you sweet beautiful outdoor girl. You were a treasure to sister-eles and humans alike. Kisses on your sweet face.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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May 15, 2009
Our best to you dear sweet Bunny as you cross over the Rainbow Bridge. We enjoyed you so much at Mesker Zoo when we were growing up and miss you even now. But we knew you had been so happy in the lush environment with friends and wonderful caregivers.

The many tributes to our Bunny are so touching. It would be great if everyone here made a contribution or sponsored an elephant to help TES with expenses in caring for our girls. That would truly honor Bunny. Bless you TES for all you have done and are willing to do.

Many tears are falling here in Evansville for our dear sweet girl. Peace be with you Bunny.
Namaste
Pat and Janet Duncan, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, so dear, so considerate, so kind,
A more loving elephant, might be difficult to find,
Ever vigilant of her sisters
Yet, never one to interfere,
When her support was desperately needed,
To Bunny, it was clear,
A delightful sense of humor,
So girlish and so sweet,
Beautiful member of the Elephant Nation,
Your glorious earth being
Is now complete.
Fay Morris, Victoria, B.C.
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May 15, 2009
Namaste, dear Bunny.
Fly with the angels.
Ginny, Evansville, IN
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May 15, 2009
My dearest Bunny....you are missed already but I know all your friends are waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. Look after young Ned in your journey sweet baby

Namaste
Susan C, Port Coquitlam, B. C., Canada
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May 15, 2009
Oh, my Sweet Bunny--I'll see you in Heaven. I've loved you so much for so long.
Julie Bomar, Hixson TN
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May 15, 2009
My poor Bunny. My poor Neddie. There are not enough tears in the world for me to cry on this day, my birthday. The angels took them together to heaven. Ned and I will be forever joined together on May 15. Thank you to all the caregivers who gave so much to help Bunny and Ned.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 15, 2009
God Bless you sweet girl.
Jocelyn, Ohio
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May 15, 2009
Rest in peace and comfort dear Bunny. So glad you had some good years with these wonderful people at the sanctuary to let you be free and do what elephants are supposed to do. Take care of Ned in Heaven.
Barbara, Kearny, NJ
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May 15, 2009
Dear Bunny, Watching you become healthy and enjoy your golden years with good girlfriends has made those of us who have never even met you fall in love with you. You became quite the avid outdoor-ele and you deserved every second of happiness. I'm sure the wonderful people at TES will take good care of Shirley for you. I hope you are running and playing with your friend Jenny in beautiful green fields where you loved to be. Rest in peace, sweet girl. You'll be missed.
Brenda Brown, Dallas, TX
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, you have such sweet eyes and loving soul. I hope your passing is sweet and I know it will be because all your family will be there with you to help you with your journey to lasting peace. We will all miss you. Thank you for all that you have taught us about true unconditional love.
Sue Taylor, Seven Lakes, NC
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May 15, 2009
You are an inspiration to us all, Dear Bunny, and loved beyond measure. Thank you for sharing your story and your life with us all around the globe. We will miss you, as will your family, however, we will always be with you as life goes on forever. May you always feel the joy of the love that you gave, the love that you receive.
Jaclynn, Huber Heights
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May 15, 2009
As the others that have gone before you gather to await your arrival know they have much to tell you and much to share. Go with our blessings and love.
Alyce Koehler, Daytona Beach, Florida
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May 15, 2009
To reach old age and die with such love and compassion is all we can ever ask... Thank you for caring.
Karen, Henry, TN
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May 15, 2009
Bunny, your arrival at the sanctuary on a postcard-blue day 10 years ago was one of the most poignant moments I've ever experienced as a newspaper reporter. I'm glad I got to write about you over the years. You impacted a lot of lives, and not all of them four-legged with trunks. Happy journey!

Rich Davis, Evansville Courier & Press
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May 15, 2009
Sweet Bunny: You, Shirley, Tarra, and your caregivers are my first thoughts as I awake each morning and my last prayers each night. I think of you in your final earthly home by the brook, under the stars, and pray you are at peace. My love always, Bunny, and my promise to forever do everything I can to help elephants in your name and for Shirley, Tarra, and all your sisters, here and in heaven, and for dearest Ned.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 15, 2009
Feel the love, Bunny.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 15, 2009
I remember visiting you at Mesker Park Zoo when I was a child.
I was so happy when you went to the Elephant Sanctuary...I knew it was the best place for you to be.
Thank you for the fun memories I have from Mesker Park Zoo and I'll miss you.
Lesley, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Thank you for letting us share in your life Bunny. You have been a treasure that we will remember forever.
Linda, B.C. - Canada
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May 14, 2009
Bunny, You are a dear sweet elephant. I miss seeing you in person but I know how happy you were the past 10 years at the Sanctuary and that gives me comfort for dealing with my own grief. I will miss the updates on your life at the Sanctuary. You must be feeling pretty special from all the love and tributes you have had from all around the world. You have touched so many people by your thoughtfulness to all your sisters and caregivers. You are a real hero. When in Evansville you were like a mother hen to Donna the Hippo. You guys were great friends sharing your yard sometimes with her.

Below is a verse from a song Heaven was needing a HERO by Jo Dee Messina

Just Asking Why
i've Always Been Told
you Won't Be Called Home
until It's Your Time.
I Guess Heaven Was Needing A Hero
somebody Just Like You
brave Enough To Stand Up
for What You Believe
and Follow It Through
when I Try To Make It Make Sense In My Mind
the Only Conclusion I Come To
is Heaven Was Needing A Hero
like You. God bless you Bunny and rest in peace.

Mary Jo, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
I like all Elephants. you look so pretty

saraclaytom, sugerland tx77498
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May 14, 2009
I have always remembered the first time I saw you. I was a little girl standing there watching you, thinking little girl thoughts. You turned your head then and I still believe you looked me in the eye and acknowledged me. It was a wonderful connection that lasted more than a few seconds. Many years later as a young woman I came to visit you again. Once again, you looked me in the eye and I fancied you recognized me after all those years. You left your impression upon me when I was five years old and I have never stopped loving you. I have an afgan with your picture on it that was knitted for a fundraising event at the zoo. I will treasure it always. It keeps me as warm as my memories of you are. Be at peace Bunny. I will miss you.
Deb Galloway, Near Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Dear Bunny
I wish you all the best and the finest sleep.
Helle, Denmark
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May 14, 2009
Bunny: I remember when we were both youngsters, although I didn't know at the time we are the same age. You have been my silent friend. I thank you. Rest well, my friend, rest well.
Vickie Kane, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Thanks for all the wonderful memories, I am so glad that you have lived the last part of your life at The Elephant Sanctuary. We love you.
Patches, Newburgh,Indiana
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May 14, 2009
When we saw you at Mesker zoo as children, you made us happy. Now, as adults, we were finally able to see your happiness at the sanctuary surrounded by your new friends.
Thank you for introducing us to TES, her caring staff, and all the other beautiful elephants. We are proud to be able to support their efforts for years to come.
Although, we are saddened to hear you are leaving us once again, we believe this is just the beginning of yet another new adventure for you.
We wish you love and a very peaceful journey. You will live in our hearts forever.
Good-bye sweet Bunny.
Andrea and Dan, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Sweet baby: I hope that the gifts of the outdoors of the past few years are the memories you re-live now. How generous of you to let go of past deprivations, and display the joy of a freer life, so that we can see and remember you as a happy girl.
Carla, Houston
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May 14, 2009
Bunny, I know you have lived your life well and have been loved and cared for all your days. It has been a pleasure to know the last 10 years of your life you were able to live among your friends, free to roam the land naturally yet safely. I saw you as a child in Evansville,IN where I grew up and have followed your story here in TN. I know you leave this world the same way you lived in it, with grace. Rest well, pretty girl.
Elaine Swain, Memphis, TN
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May 14, 2009
Dear Bunny: I'm so happy that you had some peace, enjoyment fun and freedom during the last few years of your life. I wish all of the years of your life were that way. I'm sorry that many humans do not appreciate your beauty and the beauty of other animals. I love you without ever having met you. I hope more elephants can find peace at the Sanctuary in the years ahead.
Elizabeth, Erie, Colorado
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May 14, 2009
God speed, Bunny. I know your soul will find another happy place when you leave your earthly body.
Valerie Taylor, Alachua, FL
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May 14, 2009
Like many others here, I never truly met you, only having seen you from a distance as a child at Mesker, but your spirit has gained new wings within me, as well as the many other lives you've touched. I will forever think of you as my #1 elephant role model. Because of you, I will continue to support the Elephant Sanctuary's mission to bring health and stability to elephants who most need it. Peace and love be with you.

Todd, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Peace be with you, Bunny. You are loved by many and will be missed by all.
freimont, Texas
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May 14, 2009
Being the magnificent creature you are you are so deserving of your recent life and wonderful surroundings at the Elephant Sanctuary - so fortunate for the sweet companionship of your animal and people family. I wish all captive females would escape and run to the Sanctuary. Sweet thoughts and prayers for you........
Maureen Stockwell, Connecticut
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May 14, 2009
"Everyone loves Bunny" is written at the top of Bunny's History page, and it is entirely true. Whenever I watch "All Our Girls, so far" I call her by a little nickname - Honey Buns - such a very sweet individual. I'm always enchanted when I hear about her taking her new brand new sisters for a swim that very first day at the sanctuary. It helps to know she had 10 years with a loving family and not alone. I will miss you Honey Buns...love you bunches.
Paige Huff, Atlanta, GA
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May 14, 2009
I am so happy that you are where you are.

With love,
Torri ,
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May 14, 2009
St. Francis will have a precious queen to deal with ... how lucky they both are.
Don, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Bunny--
You are a magnificent creature, and I am so happy for you that you are in such a wonderful place. It hurts my heart that any elephant had to endure what you did from early life. I will help support this sanctuary to ensure a place for others like you that deserve freedom and care. My wish is that no other elephant is suffering anywhere.
Kathryn Mariani, Tampa, Florida
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May 14, 2009
Wherever you're going I hope you will be a happy girl. You will be missed here. I am so happy that you were able to be at the sanctuary for these past years. Let's hope that more will be rescued.
Ellen, Southern California
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May 14, 2009
Bunny,

You always made me smile. Funny Bunny.
I will miss you.
Barb, Pensacola, Florida
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May 14, 2009
Bunny our sweet girl. I just wanted to tell you how much I Love You. I will miss you more then you will ever know. You have had a special place in my heart for 44 years. Thank you for being the sweet girl you have always been. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug and kiss, and tell you how much I Love You and will miss you.
Thank you to you all at the elephant sanctuary for giving Bunny so much love and giving her and chance to be an elephant for the past 9 1/2 years. Thanks to you she got to sleep under the stars.
I Love you Bunny, God speed my sweet and beautiful girl.

Shawn, Newburgh, In. (Evansville)
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May 14, 2009
Was so sad to see you leave Evansville but I have watched how you have enjoyed you life for the past 10 years. And I'm glad you are happy and I'm going to miss you when you leave us! But we will never forget you!
Love you,
Desiree, Evansville, IN
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May 14, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
I'll never forget going to Mesker zoo as a small child and seeing you; you were the first elephant I had ever seen. At first I was amazed by your size and beauty, but when I looked into your eyes I saw your wise soul. You are the reason I fell in love with elephants. My love and respect for your species has grown so much as I've learned more about elephant intelligence and behaviour. I was so happy and proud of my hometown when Evansville decided to send you to the sanctuary. You deserved to live in the great outdoors your entire life. I feel some peace knowing you at least spent the last decade of your life with your elephant sisters at this amazing sanctuary. Bunny, you have taught so many people valuable lessons about elephants. I will continue to support the humane treatment of elephants for the rest of my life. I love you so much, and I want to say thank you. Namaste, Bunny.
Cori Beth Edwards, Evansville, IN/Louisville, KY
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May 14, 2009
Precious Bunny,
I never had the privilege of meeting you but I love and honor you deeply. You are a very special elephant with an amazing spirit Bunny. I have been thinking about you so much. My prayers are with you precious one, and with Shirley, Tarra, and the loving humans by your side. God bless you all. Peace to you Bunny. I love you so much.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 14, 2009
Sail on my dearest, sail on when you are ready. I have never met you in person, but we are one in spirit. I dearly love you, Bunny.

Namaste
Jutatip, Dallas, TX
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May 14, 2009
I love you, Bunny. I am sending you a big, fat kiss and a BIG hug
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 14, 2009
Bunny, I love you. What a beautiful and wonderful girl you are. We will all miss you.
I am so very sad to see you pass on, but happy you are at peace in your process of leaving this earth.

Melissa Rogers, Tucson, AZ
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May 14, 2009
My thanks to the people of Evansville for letting Bunny go to the Elephant Sanctuary for the remainder of her life. I am also thankful that several have admitted they did not want her to go, but have seen how well she adapted and that it was the right thing to do for Bunny.
The tributes and the memories you have recounted about Bunny are wonderful to read.
When Bunny passes, in her own time, my thoughts will also be with the people of Evansville who showed her so much love that they let her go.
With love to Bunny, Evansville and Bunny's sisters and caregivers at The Sanctuary, and the Sanctuary supporters from all over the world.
Janice, British Columbia, Canada
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May 14, 2009
Every time one of "the girls" has to leave this earth, it breaks my heart to lose a friend. This time, however...it fills my heart with gratitude that Bunny is able to transition under her own power. What an example of grace and balance! I am planning to spend a huge part of my day today in silence in order to be with Bunny and everyone else at the Sanctuary in spirit. Namaste...Lynn
Lynn (TheSafariGirl), Pensacola, Fl
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May 14, 2009
Precious Bunny, my tears for you will not stop. And for our poor Shirley who's heart must break again. I pray that Tarra and her human caregivers will be able to give her the strength to bear yet another loss of a great love. May the angels be with you to give you peace and guide you to heaven.
JS, Connecticut
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May 14, 2009
Bunny, working in Hospice I know that it is the dying soul that chooses the moment of departure. The fact that you still remain speaks volumes for the love you have for your friends and your surroundings. Thank you TES for providing Bunny with a home she so obviously treasures. May that love comfort you in your sorrow.
Karen, Maryland
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May 13, 2009
Thank you Bunny for so many memories for myself and thousands of others. I pray your final days are peaceful.
Tori, Evansville, IN
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May 13, 2009
Bunny you have always been the center of attention. I am 27 years old now, but I can still remember going to see you during my childhood. I fed you many times and as large as you are you never made me feel afraid. I volunteered several years at the zoo, and spent alot of time with you, you would eat right out of my hand, and would always give me a hug if I brought you food. You will always be in my heart.
Mike B., Evansville, IN
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May 13, 2009
Be at peace our dear Bunny. You will never be forgotten, our beautiful "Outdoor Girl". You will always be in our hearts.
NK, CA
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May 13, 2009
Bunny, I love you so much. Thank you for bringing joy to me. I am so happy that you were able to spend ten years in the company of other elephants and caring people. Your story has been an inspiration for elephant awareness. My greatest gift to you would be to continue to support the Sanctuary so other elephants my find peace and freedom the way you did.I love you.
Mary
Monroe, Washington
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May 13, 2009
Namaste Bunny....sweet one. Go in peace and meet your sisters on the other side. Know you have been loved here on earth. Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for being her last wonderful stop on this earth.
Love to you.

Dana, Texas
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May 13, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
You have given another magnificent gift to us even in your final goodbye..............the gift of all of us sharing our tears and tributes together. I have found such great comfort and spiritual healing from reading all your lovely messages from so many of your human family both old and new. What beauty you have given as your final gift.
Thank you my dear one....we will all see you again.

Carole,
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May 13, 2009
You are still with us, dear Bunny, but drifting ever closer toward the other side, floating, soaring, drifting ever onwards. Beckoned by heavenly voices, trumpets, chirps and rumbles. Spirits floating near then far, then near again. Indistinct shapes that are not really shapes and yet you recognize.....Jenny......Barbara....Tina.... Lota....Delhi.....Joanna.....Queenie....Zula All smiling and beckoning. "Hello, Bunny. Welcome home. Welcome home, sister."
Nancy F, Edmonds, WA
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May 13, 2009
Don't be afraid to let go....

Zula is waiting for you.

I love you Bunny.
Elizabeth Taylor, Sacramento, CA
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May 13, 2009
Precious Bunny ~
When I first discovered The Elephant Sanctuary about 4+ years ago, I fell in love especially with you, Shirley, Sissy, & Jenny.
Each time one of your sisters has passed, it breaks my heart. How blessed you have been to have found Sanctuary in your last years. As much as you are loved and adored there, many others love you too. I pray for your peaceful passing and for those you leave behind. Good-bye for now sweet ele-girl. I love you.
Suzanne McKee, Winston-Salem, NC
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May 13, 2009
Rest well, Bunny! You are beloved and one of God's creatures. May you continue to roam with your kind in the pastures of Heaven.
Catherine, Tell City, IN
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May 13, 2009
Give Bunny my best wishes. I hope she will always be comfortable.

I Thank God that she got to live free, under the sky and the stars and breathe the fresh free air.

Namaste Bunny.
Michel, New York
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May 13, 2009
Namaste, dear Bunny - You have ele-sisters waiting for you on the other side.
Gail, Las Cruces, NM
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May 13, 2009
Bunny, as you enter your next journey - I hope you feel the love that surrounds you each day while you are still with us.

The people at your side each day have shown you the love and respect you have always deserved.

You are in our prayers and in our hearts forever.
KIZZYKAT - Elefan Herd Chatgroup, Langley, B.C., Canada
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May 13, 2009
I hope her passing is quiet and peaceful.
Our hearts are heavy, may her beautiful spirit and soul live on in memories of everybody she touched, forever.

Bless her precious heart.

We love you Bunny.
Tracie harding, Woodland Ca
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May 13, 2009
Sweet Bunny, your life has brought joy to so many. Watching you and reading about your activities has brought joy to me and my family. Your life has been full of purpose. I'm so glad you had time at the sanctuary. Peace to you sweetness.
Donna Borden, Norridge, IL
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May 13, 2009
Be at peace, Bunny - we love you.
Goodbye and God speed.

Betty Annan, Fairhope, AL
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May 13, 2009
In reading Carol's most recent post regarding Bunny's passing "...this is Bunny's passing which will be done in her time, in her way..."

It brings to mind words I had written just too short a time ago for our darling Delhi.

"In Her Time

The light grew stronger, but the sleeping beauty was not yet ready to open her eyes and see the glory the light brought with it. She could feel the warmth provided by the light and the love of those who surrounded her. Neither energy pulling, merely there, allowing her to chose her path. She could sense the souls of those gone ahead and those souls caring for her now all telling her that she could chose her own time.

Rise or fly -- One would sadly let go, and the other would gladly receive --.

In due time ... In her time"

Fly sweet girl
Merilee, Tollhouse, California
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May 13, 2009
It is amazing the life lessons that can be learned from the things you least expect. The life of Bunny has not only taught me about how cruel life can be at times, but at the same time, how sweet and rewarding it can be if you just don't give up. Bunny's story should be an inspiration to us all. She is truly magnificent and beautiful and I will miss the stories and pictures. Rest in peace knowing stories of you will get passed down - you will live forever in our memories and our hearts!!!
Melissa, Evansville, IN
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May 13, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I hope you are comfortable and feel the love from your sisters and incredible care givers.
It was an honor to follow your story and to see how much you loved being at TES.
May your passing in some way show the rest of the world that elephants need to be free, and in knowing you can not return to the wild, then please send these zoo elephants to sanctuary.
For you to come from such a lonely life, and with severely painful feet, to blossom into the healthier, happier and loving elephant you became makes you proof that sanctuary does indeed work. Hopefully one by one this can be accomplished. May you rest in peace Bunny. I am comforted by the fact you had a wonderful 10 years with people and elephants who loved you. Namaste dear Bunny
Jan, Maine
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May 13, 2009
I remember you Bunny from my childhood. As a child you don't realize what an animal is going through. When you left I was excited to see you go and be able to enjoy your remaining years. Thanks for the memories! Sending my love!
Rachel, Evansville, IN
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May 13, 2009
Just checking in today, Bunny. Dream: fearless and surrounded by your dearest Shirley, Tarra, Bella and your human army of kindness.

Rest, honey.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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May 13, 2009
Bunny, I am sure your sisters who have passed before you are at your side along with your sisters here on earth. Your journey is one of peace, filled with love and support. Greener pastures await you and all of our love will stay with you. Namaste beautiful girl.
Mary Ann, Reisterstown, MD
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May 13, 2009
Beautiful Bunny may you find peace & happiness in your after life & be reunited with your sisters that went before you. You will be missed by all. Love & prayers to you & the staff. xo

Glenda Burris, OKC, OK
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May 13, 2009
BUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YOU AMAZING!!!!!!
Kassie, Missiour
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May 13, 2009
When I was a child, you so gently touched my cheek with your trunk at a visit to Mesker in Evansville. It was you who really got me interested in Elephants. I was so proud when my hometown set you free, and am happy that you got so many years of freedom you so deserved. Peace & Light
Shannon, Madison, WI
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May 13, 2009
Namaste sweet Bunny-We will miss you and keep you in our hearts forever.
Peace and Rest for you.
Debbie, Texas
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May 13, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
I hope your passing is peaceful. You are such a gracious lady. You will be missed; I will cherish my memories with you always. I love you Bunny.
Vicki K,
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May 13, 2009
Bunny, peace and happiness awaits for you. The Sanctuary has been your heaven on earth,and soon you will be in God's heaven. There is love all around you. Let this comfort you. I give you many hugs and kisses sweetie, God Bless,Liz
Liz Roesler, Brookfield, WI
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May 13, 2009
Namaste beautiful girl. Your angels await you. May your journey be peaceful. Thank you for the time you gave me.
Love and may you find true peace now.
Laurie, New Hampshire
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May 13, 2009
Peace to you, Bunny; you have earned your rest. We'll never forget you.
Bernadette, Boston, Massachusetts
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May 13, 2009
Dearest Bunny, my thoughts, my heart and my love are with you as you journey to Rainbow Bridge where your sisters wait for you. Run free, feel the sun and the wind and touch the stars.
Carol DiFiori, Glen Allen, Virginia
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May 13, 2009
Dear, sweet Bunny,
Just checked into the Sanctuary website and I am in tears. Such a magnificent creature. I wish you could stay forever but God, Joanna & the Ele-Angels need you. I thank God for your life & the wonderful caregivers at the Sanctuary who will help you cross over the Rainbow Bridge into fields of clover. Namaste darling. Be at peace.....
Diane Sterling, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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May 13, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

I'm sending my prayers with you as you return to heaven. I love you and will always miss you. I pray that Shirley, Tarra and everyone else who loves you will be comforted.

Gayle, Chicago
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May 13, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
many blessings to you on your way to the hopefully lush and green pastures on the other side.
So glad you had such a beautiful home all this years. May your spirit grace the sanctuary forever......

With Love and Peace - Elke

Elke Riesterer, California
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May 13, 2009
It's reassuring to know you are snoring. This suggests you are at peace and feel safe and comfortable.

Love you Bunnykins.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 13, 2009
Bunny, may you continue on your wonderful journey in peace and love.
Jane, North Vancouver, BC
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May 13, 2009
I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE THINKING AS YOU HOVER BETWEEN THE WORLD YOU KNOW AND THE ONE YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER. ARE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS CALLING YOU? ONLY YOU WILL KNOW WHEN TO JOIN THEM EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE STILL SO LOVED BY YOUR EARTHLY FAMILY.
NAMASTE, MY DEAR OLD SOUL,

CAROLE, CALIFORNIA
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May 12, 2009
Love and prayer energy to Bunny and all of you going through this right now. I am so happy that Tarra is there for Shirley and growing in the process.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 12, 2009
Bunny,
May you peacefully pass to a place where you'll never want for anything. You will never be forgotten.
Betsy Forrest, Denver, Colorado
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May 12, 2009
I Love you, Bunny.
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May 12, 2009
I am so happy you were able to live free once again, surrounded by your friends, as you were when you were young. Sleep in peace sweet angel. Your old friends are waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. I will never forget you, Bunny. You will be missed.
Eileen, Melrose, Massachusetts
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May 12, 2009
Namaste, Bunny. You are a blessing and all our hearts are with you.
xoxoxo
Jenna Czaplewski, Greenfield, WI
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May 12, 2009
I saw you as a child at the Mesker Zoo in Evansville. I didn't understand what you needed at that time since I was so happy to see an elephant but I'm so glad you got to pass some wonderful years in Tennessee. May angels come to greet you when it's your time to go, blessed creature.
Tom, Indianapolis
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May 12, 2009
Dear Bunny...I send you much love on your final journey.
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May 12, 2009
As I sit here in tears, I know you will be alright as you pass, you will be with your Sisters, Jenny-Queenie-Zula-Barbara-Lota-Tina and Delhi, and Joanna will be there also to greet you in the afterlife. May you find much happiness, as you had in this life. I can still hear Carol on the DVD "All Of Our Girls, So Far" Bunny and her ball. =) I will be watching that tonight when I go home. Peace be with you on your journey....
Monica Affleck, Philadelphia, PA
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May 12, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I'm 8 years old and even though I didn't
get to see you at our zoo, I have cared for
you and have followed your life at the
sanctuary. I only wish I could have seen
you in person.

Love
your Evansville Friend
Hayley
Hayley Laidlaw, Evansville,IN
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May 12, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I have heard that God has a beautiful place in a special place called heaven where all the ellies go. The special angels wait there to hear the trumpeting when a new ellie appears. When you hear this, you will know you have arrived. Have a safe trip Bunny & think of all the people here on earth that loved you & will miss you. Godspeed beautiful one!
Tina Hurley, Rancho Nacido Libre, Grass Valley, CA USA
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May 12, 2009
God bless you Bunny! You have always been one of my very favorite memories of visiting the zoo when I was a child! You are such a kind, gentle animal and you will always be in the hearts of those of us who knew you!
Kara, Indiana
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May 12, 2009
Dear Bunny, I know our Creator loves you, and I truly believe He will welcome you into His kingdom when it is your time. You have been much loved here in your beloved Sanctuary, but you will be that much more deeply loved with Him. Go in peace, dear Bunny.
Karen Stickler, Johnstown, PA
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May 12, 2009
Go well, sweet Bunny. May your story continue to inspire people to courage. Go well...
Kris H., Topeka, KS, USA
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May 12, 2009
I grew up going to see Bunny. I am 52. I took our five kids to see Bunny. I wish she had been sent to this wonderful place sooner, though we enjoyed seeing her, everyone agrees that we wish she had enjoyed this heaven on earth earlier in her life. Thankful to hear she has good friends standing near her. Thanks for the wonderful memories Bunny !!
Jennifer Feigel, Evansville, IN
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, you were the highlight of my visits as a young boy to Mesker's. I had no idea.
I am so sorry. Please forgive us. I can only hope that someday people will be as wise and caring as you and your elephant family. I think that you were finally happy in your final years. Your passing makes me sad, but I can be uplifted and reassured in knowing that all elephants got to heaven.
Lots of people love you Bunny. Go in peace.
Jeff, Evansville, IN
Jeff Hartman, Evansville, Indiana
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, I am sending peace and sweetness to you in your journey. I never had the privilege of touching you or looking into your eyes as so many of your loving friends from Evansville have, but be assured I love you none the less.

Thank you to those who attend you and have cared so well for you in your life. You are a great, great spirit as witness by all who post here for you.
Anne,
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May 12, 2009
I would like to beg everyone who loves Bunny and the other Girls to take the opportunity, in her honor, to either 1) donate to TES so the remaining Girls can be cared for, or 2) officially write to a zoo or circus with a lone elephant (e.g., Lucy in Canada) about giving that elephant the chance to live the wonderful life that Bunny has led for the last 10 years. Better yet, Bunny wants you to do both.

Bunny, I've loved you since I first met you in 1974, and will miss you forever.
Kara, Ohio
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May 12, 2009
Bunny Bunny Bunny--you are covered in my invisible kisses and visible tears. You are going to a great place, I know that for sure. Your friends are waiting for you to make your journey back to them safely. My thoughts are with you and your families who will miss you very much. Much love to you, Bunny.
kemilia, Illinois
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May 12, 2009
Saddened by your leaving us, yet glad for the time you got to spend at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Thank you Bunny for everything that you are.
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May 12, 2009
Dear beautiful sweet Bunny. Our ever elusive Bunny who gave up her wandering ways to stay by Shirley's side after Jenny's passing. My heart is breaking. Namaste beautiful girl.
Pat, Salt Lake City
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May 12, 2009
I love you Bunny !!! I remember you when I was a child visiting you at the Evansville zoo. I remember feeling sorry for you because you were all along and needing company. Plus you didn't have any room to move around and you looked so sad. I'm so glad that our zoo director decided to move you to the sanctuary where you became a happy girl again. I'm just sorry that you didn't get a chance to move down there when you were younger and you could of enjoyed your life being "semi" free and happy. But at least you got a taste of what life should of been and you are going to meet your maker in peace and love and comfort. I miss you already.
Laura Moranz, Newburgh, IN
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May 12, 2009
Even though we have never met, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. One day I hope other elephants find the love and respect that you have found in you late years. Namaste dear Bunny!
Chanda, Maryland
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, thank you for teaching all of us the unconditional love of an elephant. You have touched my life in a way only the creator of heaven and earth can know. My tears will flow for a while, but I have peace in my heart knowing you passed among friends and loved ones and were cared for in the most special way. TTFN
Lynne Ray, Herndon Va
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May 12, 2009
It is so painful when we lose one of the elephant family in Tennessee. How I hope you had a happy life. I hope the caregivers take comfort in the wonderful things they always do for captive elephants.
Claire S. Moen, Grand Forks, ND
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May 12, 2009
Dear Bunny, how I wish you were well...there aren't words to describe the way we TES supporters feel when one of our lovely ladies passes away. You had such a lonely life prior to sanctuary, but I am happy that you have had ten wonderful years of freedom and friendships. You are such a sweet and beautiful elephant and brought so much friendship and comfort to Shirley. I'm sure that Shirley knows you will not be with her much longer, and I feel so sorry for her. I am confident that someone will befriend Shirley, but that Shirley will always remember your special friendship. That seems to be your greatest gift to one another - nobody suffers alone and everybody has a Best Friend! Rest in peace, dear Bunny. We love you more than you know.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 12, 2009
Namaste dear Bunny may your journey be a peaceful one you will be greatly missed by all of us but we know all the arms that will welcome you back home.
Debra Taylor, Alabama
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, You are such a beautiful girl. Now as you softly and slowly leave us, my heart aches but you will go to a wonderful place. Joanna and the other ele angels await you.
Edna Bowman, Tennessee
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May 12, 2009
I feel such great sorrow.
Julia, Evansville
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May 12, 2009
May you have a peaceful journey. We will
miss you. Godspeed.
Dolores, Massachusetts
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May 12, 2009
Dear Bunny,

I am crushed to know that you are leaving us but as might be expected you are doing it with characteristic style. I am always touched by how incredibly affectionate you are in spite of the past. My fondest memory will always be of you giving Carol a trunk hug. Enjoy the green valley, the brook, and the big blue sky, sweet girl. It does my heart good to know that all the love you had to give was at last returned by your caregivers at TES. We will always miss you and hold you close in our hearts. You are an amazing lady and you brought such joy to those that know you.
Sue, Texas
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, we are so happy that you have had so many wonderful years being a "real" elephant. You deserved this life and the friendships that you have made. We'll all see you on the Rainbow Bridge, along with you special friends. You are loved.
Pat and Steve Cato, Evansville, Indiana
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May 12, 2009
Love you, girl! You will forever be a part of your beloved fields ...
Barbara, Massachusetts
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May 12, 2009
Dearest sweet Lady Bunny, you brought light, joy, happiness, love and peace to all your sisters at Hohenwald, I know you are surrounded by the same now,,

May your journey be full of light when you meet up again with your family,
God Bless Carol, Scott and all the caregivers for their tender loveing care,
Chrissy Beahan, Kidderminster,Worcestershire,England
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May 12, 2009
I loved coming to see you at Mesker's. You were the most important part of the zoo. Little did I know how much suffering you were going thru as a child. I am so thankful that you got to enjoy your "Golden Years" at the sanctuary. It was so good to be able to keep up with you and know how you were doing. A big thank you to all who have been by her side the last 10 years taking such good care of her. She deserves it. She should have been there years ago.
Joanne, Newburgh, Indiana
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May 12, 2009
Dear Bunny: Your spirit will always live on and in the hearts of the humans who love you. God Bless you dear girl, and thank you to all at the Elephant Sanctuary for taking care of Bunny. I can't believe how much my heart hurts today.
Sallie Bennett, Colorado Springs
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May 12, 2009
Dearest Bunny, sleep well. xoxo
Maureen, MI
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May 12, 2009
Fare thee well sweet Bunny, you will always be in our hearts.

We grieve for Shirley in another huge loss
Jane Armstrong, Vanncouver; Canada
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May 12, 2009
Namaste, dear Bunny. Thank you for sharing your life journey with us, God speed on your next travel. Have a happy meeting with your dear sisters who passed before you and are awaiting your arrival. We love you, Bunny!

Marie, Salt Lake City
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May 12, 2009
Go in peace sweet Bunny.
pam o'toole, south euclid OH
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May 12, 2009
i miss bunny alot
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May 12, 2009
How can I put into words the love in my heart for you, dear, sweet Bunny? God brought you to the sanctuary and God is with you now and ever. You have touched my heart with your story and your journey. Now, on over the Rainbow Bridge to join your friends who have passed before... but, oh, how much we will miss you here!
Julia, Bloomington, IN
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, I am so happy you got to spend ten
wonderful years of freedom with your sisters.
You will be truly missed. You are a beautiful, courageous girl. Godspeed!
Deleta, Attleboro, MA
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May 12, 2009
I wish I could plant a big, fat kiss on your forehead. I love you, Bunny
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 12, 2009
I love you Bunny. Rest in peace!
Karen K., Pinellas Park, Florida
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May 12, 2009
I am new to the site but Bunny you rocked! May you be happy in the elephant heaven in the sky. God Speed Bunny!
Michaelle, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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May 12, 2009
Sweet Dreams beautiful girl!
Fisher Family, Brampton Canada
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May 12, 2009
My heart, thoughts, and prayers continue to be "by the babbling brook" in the outdoor world that you love so much, Bunny. May God be with you and take you peacefully and with love to be joined with him and your beloved sisters who are waiting for you. My love always.
Joan, Connecticut
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May 12, 2009
Bunny, you have made me laugh and cry more than anything else in years, all in the last week. I am glad to have met you long ago and read about you here, however I am sorry you where ever taken from your home and family in the wild. May the hereafter bring you the joy you deserve
JJ, Evansville In
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May 12, 2009
bunny - may you be at peace surrounded by love!!!
beckie, PA
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May 12, 2009
Thank you to the people of Evansville and Mesker Park Zoo for seeing past the desires of "self" and acting on what you recognized and knew to be in the best interest of another. If only others in the same position were capable of the selflessness you have shown our dear Bunny, other captive elephants could receive the gift of freedom to do everything, or nothing at all; to know the joys of a new life that God has now made possible, through the sacrifices and love of the few who have made a difference. My heart breaks and aches at the thought of losing yet another member of our beloved Founding Herd. Thank you ALL.
((Bunny)) ((Shirley))
XOXO, PA
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May 12, 2009
My thoughts are still with Bunny. May your final days be peaceful.
Judy Stock, Haubstadt, IN
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May 12, 2009
Thank you all for caring for Bunny -- and Bunny, thank you for the many gifts you have given all of us. May we all learn compassion from you, and may all elephants in captivity enjoy the freedom and sanctuary that you found.
Mary W., Gabriola Island, BC, Canada
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May 11, 2009
You are a very special part of my childhood memories growing up in the 1950's and visiting you at Mesker Park Zoo. Later years I brought my own son and then my Grandson to "meet" you. I had mixed feelings 10 years ago when you moved from Evansville to the Sanctuary but I now know these years of being able to run free and living with "The Girls" have been the BEST for YOU. Peaceful Journey to Elephant Heaven Sweet Bunny.
Shari , Newburgh Indiana
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May 11, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
At the end of your final journey your loved ones that have passed on will be there to greet you. God bless you, precious girl.

Christine, Victoria, BC Canada
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May 11, 2009
Blessings upon Bunny as you transitions from this life to the next. I'm glad that you're outside and enjoying the changes of Spring into Summer.

Blessings upon those (human and elephant) who are with you and ensuring that all of you: body, mind and spirit are comfortable, free of pain and at ease with this next journey.

Blessings upon the people in Indiana who cared so much about you that they let you travel to the Elephant Sanctuary to spend almost ten (10) years with your sister elephants, especially being able to spend time with Shirley, another wise elder in this family. I believe that this time at the Elephant Sanctuary is just a preview of what awaits you when you will be able to meet, touch and sound off with the great gathering of elephants.




Retha S, Ellicott City, MD
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny,
it's because of you that I found elephants so endearing. We are more alike then different. We learned so much from you.
Your pal always,
Barbara
Barbara, Henderson, KY
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I spent many summers visiting you at the zoo and wishing that you were my elephant. Trips to the zoo were not the same when you left and I even cried when you moved to the sanctuary, But I know that you were much happier there and got to enjoy being in a place with other elephants and having a sense of freedom. I wish you a peaceful passing from this life and you will be missed and never forgotten.
Beth, Providence, KY
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May 11, 2009
Thank you so much Elephant Sanctuary for all you do for these amazing creatures and for Bunny as she leaves us. Knowing that she has had 10 years of peace and happiness with other elephants fills this Evansville native with joy.
Melissa Jones, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Beautiful Bunny, you brought me to the wonderful world of elephants. Thank you for your humor, your love of life and showing selfless friendship. Peace and love. You will be missed and forever in our hearts.
Janet, Bohemia, NY
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May 11, 2009
Rest easy Bunny. You will soon be able to graze and explore all the time
Brendan, Philadelphia
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May 11, 2009
Edna in chat had posted a rare picture of Bunny...and stated that this was Bun showing her cam pose. Your lovely plump butt that we so enjoyed seeing whenever you decided to share it with us.

Thank you Bunny, for giving us those rare glimpses..it was your choice. We cherish those moments.

Namaste Our Bunny
Merilee, Tollhouse, California
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May 11, 2009
Bunny,
You are a great elephant! I hope that you have a very peaceful rest of your life. I will keep you in my prayers and keep thinking of you!
Abby , Indiana
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May 11, 2009
Bunny,
You are a great elephant. You are an amazing animal.
~Alexis~, IN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny my sweet Bunny..I remember the day we met all my life. You were always there for me to talk to when I had a bad day..you remember don't you girl. I LOVE YOU BUNNY forever and always. Go to Jesus hunny he is waiting on you and I'll met you in heaven 1 day my dearest Bunny girl. I LOVE YOU MY HUNNY BUNNY!
Karen Wagnon, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Wanted to thank you for all the years you gave so unselfishly of yourself. You epitomize all the best qualities of your specie. Remember when you taught me how I should behave when you extended your trunk to me? Part of you will live in my heart forever. I love you.
Corliss Waitman, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
I love you Bunny....Bless you.
Jody,
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May 11, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
God created you with His own hands,
and for you he had a plan;
To rest at the sanctuary until such a time,
He could scoop you up in His Hands.
To rest eternally with your own kind,
grazing Heavenly on God's heavenly land;
Your time here in earth is nearly done,
thank you for your love, patience and understanding, forgiving all who have hurt you.
Love to you Bunny and hugs, I'll will see you someday, wait at the Rainbow Bridge for me. I think some of my furry friends will be waiting with you.

Karen Wilson, Upper Lake CA
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May 11, 2009
I love you, Bunny.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 11, 2009
You're beautiful...
Andrew & Sandra, Hot Springs
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May 11, 2009
Growing up an animal lover in Evansville, you were always in my animal consciousness, Bunny.

We bought "Bunny doo" to help fertilize our garden, and at zoo camp, I remember learning about your long memory and your amazing capabilities. It wasn't until years later that I "saw the light" and decided to withdraw my support from profit-making establishments like zoos who treat beautiful elephants like attractions instead of the amazing social creatures that you all are. And I'm so glad to hear that you've gotten the chance to live out the rest of your life in a beautiful sanctuary with friends.

I am now a full-time animal advocate, and I will never stop working until all captive animals are freed or able to live out their lives in sanctuaries. Thank you for your kind spirit and your inspiration.

You will not be forgotten!
Marisa Miller Wolfson, New York, NY
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, may you find perfect peace across the Rainbow Bridge with all your waiting sisters. May your caregivers also experience your joy at being reunited with them. May it be a constant comfort knowing how wonderfully well they have cared for you and know how much you loved them. Peace.
Rose , Kentucky
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May 11, 2009
Love and prayers to sweet Bunny, her elephant family and her caregivers. God Bless you Bunny, for all you have taught us.
Heidi, Washington state
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May 11, 2009
Sweet, brave Bunny. I've admired you from afar. I will never forget you. Godspeed.
Anne, Albuquerque
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I have known you as my favorite elephant ever since I found out about that it exists. Your calm yet playful personality is one of the many good attributes about you. As a faithful friend to all and a dutiful herd member, you are an important part of the whole family. I remember the many funny things you did during the past years, and the many times you would go off and adventurously explore new places. Your personality inspires me, and though I never actually saw you at the Zoo or at the Sanctuary, I do feel as if I know you. You really do have a place in the Sanctuary's family, Bunny. You are both a gift and a blessing to all who have known you, and those who know you now. Because you had been a good friend to Shirley and looked after her in her time of need, you have family members who you can count on. You are really a loved and famous elephant. You will always be remembered, not only at the Sanctuary, but also around the whole country. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten, and though you may be gone from the Sanctuary, your spirit will always live among your loved ones at the Sanctuary. We will always remember you with smiles on our faces. Remember this, Bunny, and remember those who loved you. We will miss you, Bunny.
Joshua , Pennsylvania
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May 11, 2009
I had just bought a t-shirt with you on the front when I found out you were passing. I am 46 years old and from Evansville, IN, so I have known you all of my life , so I'll miss you with all my heart. I am glad that you got to roam free for the last 10 years of your life and made so many new friends. I'm sure God loves elephants, so Godspeed
Jane ,
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May 11, 2009
I was an eighteen year old teenager when Bunny came to my city. Having seen her many times, I felt we were doing her a great disservice to keep her barred and chained, she was after all a wild animal and at one time free to roam and I am so thankful that she had the latter part of her life to do just that, to be free.
Carolwas, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Godspeed, Bunny, Godspeed. Rest well.
Joanna, Jacksonville, f
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May 11, 2009
God Speed Bunny..We all love you girls
Sandi Fisher, Buffalo NY
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May 11, 2009
BUNNY, MAY YOU HAVE A PEACEFUL AND BLESSED JOURNEY TO THE OTHER SIDE - MAY THE ANGELS BE WITH YOU - LOVE
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May 11, 2009
Dear sweet girl, my favorite photo is of you and Joanna, her arms around your trunk. May your journey be peaceful and all your sisters who have passed be waiting for you with trunks raised.
Whitney L Jones, So. ELgin,Il
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May 11, 2009
For Bunny and all her care givers. I am so thankful she is there to die as she should die as close to freedom and with love. I just wish she had been many years earlier. My family quit visiting the place she was before because I felt it like many traveling shows treat the creatures of God badly. We refuses to take our kids to places that did not provide a life of dignity for animals.May her spirit for ever travel green rich green pastures. God bless you all
sandra, Perry co IN
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May 11, 2009
We saw Bunny many times at the Mesker Zoo in Evansville. She was our favorite attraction.
We love her but was one of the happy ones when she got to come to live with you. She was so much bett off. We are so happy that she got to spend almost ten years roaming free. I'm sure you saw her little area at the zoo. I would have loved to have seen her when she got her taste of freedom.
Bunny, we love you
We have from the start
Bunny, we love you
You captured our heart.
As I'm typing this, I can't see the keyboard for the tears.
Goodbye sweet lovable Bunny
Phylli & Jack Koerner, Boonville, In.
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May 11, 2009
Dearest Bunny!
You have always been one of my faves.
I have watched you for so many years now and it is sad to see you go.
But all your Ele sisters are waiting for you in the next life.
You thought Tennessee was Heaven...Just wait until you get to the real Heaven!
God Bless You And Keep You From Pain Dear Bunny
You will be sadly missed but Forever in my heart
Namaste sweet Bunny Namaste

Thank You to Carol, Scott and all the Caregivers for giving us, the viewing public, a chance to think we know these amazing creatures...you are all in my prayers and thoughts...Please give Bunny a kiss for me


Dayna, Edmonton Alberta Canada
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May 11, 2009
I'm saddened to hear another of your 'lovely ladies' is passing from her friends. I have only been aware of this web-site for a few months and regularly tune-in to see the latest news on the TES inhabitants. I hope and pray that Bunny passes easily and peacefully to be with her friends who have gone before. I'm sure she will move from this wonderful sanctuary to another where her freedom and happiness will continue.
I also pray for all her friends and caregivers that they cope with her passing with the knowledge they have given her all that was possible to enjoy her golden years. Good night gentle giant. x
Lillian, England
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May 11, 2009
Blessed are those who know you, love you and learn from you. Sleep easy sweet Bunny...the girls are waiting for you across the Rainbow Bridge.

Namaste
Alisha J., Nanaimo, BC, Canada
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May 11, 2009
This photo of Bunny with Joanna Burke says it all.



I hope you and Joanna get to hug each other again. In the meantime, I trust the soft earth beneath you continues to comfort you. Hugs, dearest.
Love Lesley, Vancouver, BC
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May 11, 2009
Bunny. I am so glad you had the ten wonderful years at the Sanctuary and basked in the love and attention you so much deserved.

I send strength to your care givers and all those standing vigil as well as your dear friends with the trunks.
Barbara Ives, Nashua, New Hampshire
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May 11, 2009
Peace and love Bunny. I hope your journey is comfortable and I know it will be rewarding. Also peace to my favorite Shirley...loosing yet another best friend..
Jackie Hale, Dickson TN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny,
Even though you have not left us yet, I truly miss you. Quite often I saw your zoo captivity and held a heavy heart for you. You were cared for as best as possible, but the gift of the Elephant Sanctuary was truly a blessing. Your past 10 yrs. gave you the chance to live the life an elephant should live and I know you lived every moment to the fullest. Bless you Bunny. You have taught us a valuable lesson of caring for animals that should be in a more natural habit.
Susan, Evansville, Indiana
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny,

You helped us smile.
You gave us warmth.
You lived the Sanctuary well.
We will all stand taller because
we rejoiced with you.

Thank You with Love


Donna Capriotti, Reading , PA
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I'll always remember your kindness to Shirley when Jenny passed. And I feel assured that those around you are providing you with everything that you need to make a peaceful transition. You don't know me. I don't know you (in person). I wasn't able to blow into your trunk, or to rub my hand across your wrinkled skin, or give you an orange, but I have thought of you and loved you. Even if I could have been close to you, I probably wouldn't have, because I liked it that you were not bothered by me or anyone else after all of those years in the zoo. I was happy to know that you were outdoors roaming as an elephant was meant to do. I wear my Bunny t-shirt with pride, and I always will! I'll never forget you.
Cynde Schauper, Chicago, IL
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May 11, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny-I wish you peace as you make this final journey. You will be missed.
Trisha Miller, The Colony, Texas
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May 11, 2009
Bunny God bless you and God Bless the Elephant Sanctuary for all the care that they have given you for these 10 years. I still remember the first time I saw you in your enclosure at the Mesker Park Zoo. You where so big and pretty and you looked right at me and made a big trumpeting noise. Like to say Hi I am Bunny. Peace be with in last days this here earth.

Kim Duvall, Sturgis KY
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May 11, 2009
Getting to "know" Bunny, her sisters and brother through TES has enriched my life. To read the tributes from those who worked with Bunny and visited her during her years at Evansville give testimony to the deep patience she had with her surroundings and those who helped her make the most of captivity.

I salute those of you Hoosiers who had the kind vision to let her go to the sanctuary. May you be blessed in the knowledge that the decision, while difficult, allowed Bunny to live out her years as healthy and whole as one could out of the wild.

I can't help but believe in the energy of spirit that resides in all of us who have loved and cared for an animal long after that animal is gone. The energy that is Bunny will continue to guide our journey to the understanding of our world and its creatures.
Shannon, Bismarck, ND
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May 11, 2009
My heart goes out to Shirley. Bunny has been with her since Jenny's passing, a constant friend that helped her through that sad time. Another trial for Shirley, and the caregivers. Go in Peace Bunny
Barbara, Seattle
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May 11, 2009
Our hearts go out to Bunny, and her extended family. We would like to thank you folks out there in Tenn. for sharing her with us and giving her the life she deserves. All our love, Zella, Jeff and Tommy D.
Late Arrival, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny, you are a beautiful and amazing elephant! I have selected the elephants to be the animal that I am learning about in my 2nd grade class.

I am glad you are enjoying your days on the sanctuary. You will always be remembered.
Caleb Himes, Northern Virginia
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May 11, 2009
I don't really know you but knowing that you may go soon just breaks my heart. I hope you have had a great and happy life. I hope you will always be in memory of those who loved you.
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May 11, 2009
It is gratifying to know there are places like the sanctuary and that Bunny and other elephants can live life as an elephant and not in an enclosed space. She will be missed- thank you caregivers for treating her with respect and love.
She brought much joy to Evansville, however,it is fitting for her to be able to be among her own- even if just for a few years.

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May 11, 2009
Oh, Bunny....We, who you will leave behind, will be so sad without you. But, I know you have been blessed with a perfect old age among many who loved you. May you passing be easy as you move to the "second road".

Love,
Patricia
Patricia Clements, Goodlettsville, TN
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May 11, 2009
Dear Beautiful Sweet Bunny,
Please know that you are in God's loving
hands and when it is time, He will take you
lovingly and gently take you to your wonderful Elephant home in heaven to join your Sisters. Thank you for all of the love
and laughter and wonderful memories you have
given us. God truly blessed you when he sent
you to your home at the Elephant Sanctuary.
I shall miss you.
Dottie & Ron Oslin, Chattanooga, Tn.
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May 11, 2009
When I was a kid, I spent ever summer that I possibly could at zoo camp at Mesker Park Zoo. We always did something a little special during the week with or for Bunny. I'll never forget the first time I got to feed her an apple. I was so frightened by the size of her that I didn't know if I could do something so simple as hold an apple out on my hand for her to get. Then I looked into her eyes and I knew it was ok. I walked away with a slimy hand but I kept with me all these years something else. The look in her eyes. Her warm, gentle eyes. I will never, ever forget them. Thank you Bunny, for the memories and for helping me with my confidence.
Sydney Long, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, you were much loved here in Evansville. I'm glad you have good care in Tennessee. And have had a good, though somewhat short lifetime with other elephants. Peace be with you.
Karen Kunz, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
God bless you Bunny, and God bless the Elephant Sanctuary for providing a place for you to life a wonderful 10 years.
Bryan, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I love you and your story I hope your next stage of life will be just as wonderful as these last few years.
Ellie, Wisconsin
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May 11, 2009
Oh Bunny! I can't believe this. Last year at the same time that Delhi was passing, I was watching over my oldest cat who was very ill and passed away a week after Delhi. Then another young adult cat of mine died suddenly the same week that Queenie left us. Now, I've just made arrangements for another sick cat to leave this world tomorrow. Cats and elephants on the same blessed journey.

I pray that Shirley has the strength to deal with another great loss. Namaste sweet Bunny and Shirley.
Christine, Takoma Park, MD
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May 11, 2009
Ah beautiful Bunny. I've just read that you are making your way from this world and am saddened to know that but at least you are surrounded by friends.
Linda, Toronto, Canada
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I am saddened to hear that you are spending your last days with us however I am overjoyed to know that you have been able to spend the last ten years with the amazing people at the Elephant Sanctuary. You could not be in a better place with all the love and support you have been receiving. Your sisters will miss you as will all of us. We will celebrate your life. You are well loved all around the world. We will miss you!!
Erika Simmons, Ontario, Canada
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May 11, 2009
My thoughts are with you girl and I pray those caring for you make your transition as easy as possible for you. You have found some real angels here on earth to care for you. I am so glad you developed bonds with the other elephants in your senior years. You will be missed by all.
Beth , Dayton, OH
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May 11, 2009
We have enjoyed learning about you in school.
You are our teacher's age! She remembers you from when she was a little girl. You were our hometown girl. Our thoughts are with you and your elephant buds.
Mrs. McDonald and the gang, West Elementary, Mt. Vernon, IN
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May 11, 2009
Precious Bunny,
As you make your transition to the wonderful world you're about to experience, I wish you to pass to there in peaceful bliss. You are truly a special, grand lady, who will be sorely missed by your earth sisters, but welcomed home by those sisters who passed before you. God watch over you always sweetheart. Much love and prayers from me to you.
Lynne Russert, Jacksonville, FL
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I am glad that the Angels at the Sanctuary gave you the wonderful opportunity to roam free for 10 years of your life. You will be missed but know that your passing will hopefully make room for another fortunate elephant waiting to run through your fields in Tennessee - go in peace and love.
Debra Blankenship, Hornsby, TN
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May 11, 2009
Hi Bunny,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you spend your last days with us here on this beautiful planet. May you go in peace and please know that you are loved...

Light & Love,
Sherry
Sherry, Florida
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May 11, 2009
Precious Bunny,
Thinking about you these past few days makes me sad. I so wish you could stay a little longer but if it is your time to leave then go peacefully and freely my friend. So many people love you as I read you have touched so many lives. This is your legacy Bunny and you should be so proud. Thank-you for your life. Know that you are a special gift to this world and your presence has made it a better place. I hope that you can feel all this love as it embraces and envelops you in a huge circle of comfort where you are. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bunny, your best friend Shirley, all your ele-sisters, your ele-brother Ned and all of your loving caregivers. Much love and peace to you Bunny.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 11, 2009
I LOVE YOU BUNNY!!!
Lauren, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
My son, steve worked with you at the zoo and loved you. I am sure we will all miss you but you are going to a better place. Steve now lives in Florida but thought about you often. Peace and love to you as you pass. Ruth Greenwell fron Evansville











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May 11, 2009
Namaste dearest Bunny. Peace to you and our love.

Thank you TES for taking such good care of her and giving her time at the sanctuary to be free once again.
Diana Kitchen, Orwell, Ohio
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May 11, 2009
Bunny is very special to everyone. When I was a child at Evansville Zoo she was always where I wanted to go first. She would trumpet to me, or at least I thought it was to me. The African elephant they had at the time wasn't very social. I'm so very glad she was happy and able to have friends and do things she hadn't had the chance to do before. I remember reading about her knocking over a tree, it's so wonderful that she is able to just be an elephant. I've talked about Bunny so much to my girls that they feel like I do about her. Thank you all at the Elephant Sanctuary for doing the things you do for these amazing elephants!! Bunny will be missed greatly!!! My daughters and I want to say that we love you Bunny!
Jennie, Jaleigh and Jillian LaBrec, Vincennes In
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May 11, 2009
Hi Bunny, I am so happy that you got to spend your last golden years at this fabulous sanctuary, which I contribute to. I hope you go to elephant heaven peacefully. I will be thinking of you all the way.
Suzanne Rosenzweig,
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May 11, 2009
I hope and pray you enjoy your new home as you cross over. I know God will be proud to see one of his greatest creations come home!
Toni Ezell, Laurel, MS
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May 11, 2009
God Bless you, Bunny. Your time at here is too short. I'm glad you got to experience kindness, peace, being an elephant, and best of all love while your stay at the Sanctuary. I find great sadness for your caregivers, sisters and brother, Ned. They treated you with the respect you deserved. Say Hello to all your past sisters for us. Take care, Bunny. We love you and will miss you.
Colorado Purcells, Denver, CO
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May 11, 2009
God speed, sweet happy Bunny. Take our love with you and share it with your sisters: Barbara,Jenny,Tina Delhi Lota,Queenie and Zula who have passed and will be waiting for you once your journey is complete.
Jacie Yonkees, Cheyenne WY
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May 11, 2009
My prayers go out to dear Bunny and all the caregivers watching over her! xx
K.Kerr,
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May 11, 2009
You'll be truly missed,You were my favorite when growing up and visiting the Mesker Zoo. I am glad you got to spend the last years of your life free of bars. May you go peacefully.
Gail, Evansville
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May 11, 2009
I enjoyed meeting you as a child and seeing you from time to time as I've grown older. Thank you Bunny. Rest well gentle beast.
Chris, Jeffersonville, IN
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May 11, 2009
I never understood the word Namaste until I became a fan of this site - and elephants!
May you pass in peace, surrounded by those who love you. Namaste! dear, dear Bunny
Beverly , Monroe, NC
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May 11, 2009
Bunny = peace, kindness, grace. I feel so sad that she is leaving us, but so glad that she had TES. She truly KNEW freedom, respect, safety, security, friendships and love. My heart is very heavy for her human as well as her animal family there at TES. You will miss her physical presence. I am so sorry for your pain but so warmed by the pride you surely have knowing how WELL you treat ALL of your animal friends. Thank you for what you do, may time be swift in healing your pain and Bunny~ Namaste beautiful, joyful girl.
Tess Maxwell, Rochester, NY
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, the fundraising flyer that said now that you're at the Sanctuary, you can see the stars is how I found out about you and The Girls. Knowing you has changed my life and your being at The Sanctuary for ten precious years certainly changed yours. I'm with you for these, your last days. You'll always be in my heart.
Marcia Duvall, Cambridge, MA
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May 11, 2009
I LOVE YOU BUN BUN ...AN ANGEL GOING HOME
DONNA, KINGSPORT TN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, Thanks so much for the years of joy you gave us in Evansville. I have lots of fond memories and pictures of you. I will miss watching your glorious days at TES. You so deserved that happiness. May you pass peacefully. Til we meet again.....We love you!
Angie, Mount Vernon, IN
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May 11, 2009
Dearest Girl,
Thank you for the grace you have displayed. You will continue to have peace and comfort. Thank you, dear caregivers for making sure that happens and for your concern and love to Bunny, her sisters, Neddie and the doggies. You are wonderful. Bless you, Bunny. We love you.
Claudia and Brodie, Pleasanton, CA
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May 11, 2009
Since discovering this website several months ago I have visited almost daily to keep up with these gracious animals. I cried when I read the stories of what we people did to them, but I was also grateful to learn more about TES and the incredible life they give to these beautiful elephants.
I feel I have got to know the girls (and Ned) over the last months and I am so very sad to visit today and read about your dear Bunny.
To all the caregivers I pray that you have the strength and wisdom to do what is right for Bunny and that she passes peacefully surrounded by those that have loved and cared for her so well.
Namaste dear Bunny - and know you have touched hearts around the world.
Patricia , Australia
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny:
We are moved by your story. Sending much love to you and your family.
Suzanne Traylor, Levi, Goldie and Moses, Springfield, Illinois
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May 11, 2009
Bunny,
How wonderful to read about your "specialness" even as you prepare to leave us again. I first met you as a child at Mesker Park Zoo. How sweet to read about you antics with the caregivers' bedding and clothing. How wonderful that these folks took the time to erect a canopy to protect you during the storms the other night. They love you and we love you!
I loved introducing you to my own children when they were young and then watching my grandchildren getting to see you and love you too.
At first when the idea was broached about moving you out of the zoo I was selfish and angry. We wanted to keep you for ourselves. (How cruel we humans can be.) Then I got on-line and looked up The Elephant Sanctuary. After reading about them I grew to know it was the right thing to do.
Our family was there the day you left Evansville and while we were never able to come see you again, we kept close tabs on you through this web site. In fact, as an senior citizen myself it took quite a while to learn about these goofy machines called computers, but because of them we not only were able to watch you. This site was the second site I put on my "favorites" list.
We grieved when you left Evansville and while we grieve with many, many tears now, we know you have been free and happy these last ten years so with heavy hearts we lovingly give you into the care of God, with joy for you.
Susan (Small) Allen, Evansville, Indiana
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May 11, 2009
Bunny,
May you go as you lived for the last ten years. Free, happy, and trumpeting to the mighty Elephant Sanctuary in the sky. We will miss you horribly. May peace be with you.
Velma, Tell City Indiana
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I grew up going to the Evansville Zoo and visiting you. Even when I was a young child, I knew that was not the place for you. I was so glad when you moved to The Elephant Sanctuary. I am so happy that you got to spend the final years of your life among the trees and under the big blue sky and the stars. I appreciate everything the TES staff do for you as I consider Bunny a part of my family. I just lost my best friend of 14 years, my dog Comet, but I know that he is in a better place with no pain. I know Bunny will be in that place also. Namaste sweet Bunny.
Rhonda Gray, Owensboro, KY
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May 11, 2009
Dearest Bunny:

I love you and I pray your transition will be unencumbered and peaceful. The light is surrounding you and it is your guide to the world beyond.

Namaste, Bunny.

Jutatip
Jutatip , Texas
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May 11, 2009
Peace and love, Bunny.
Maril Doster, Raleigh, NC
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May 11, 2009
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"
Gone where?
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull, and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” – There are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”
And that is dying.

Because of you, Bunny, and all your sisters and brother Ned, I have learned the wonder, the loyalty, the love shared by elephants. And I promise you, Bunny, I will forever do whatever I can to help elephants in your name and for your sisters and your brother.
I love you, Bunny.



Joan, Connecticut
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I have very fond memories of you here in Evansville from when I was a child. At that time I didn't understand how cruel it was to keep you caged up. But I am glad my daughter got to see you before you left. I am very happy that you got to spend the last 10 years of your life outdoors as you should have done all your life. I will cherish the pictures that I have of you and the memories. RIP sweet Bunny
Polly Hile, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, may your final days be filled with peace and love. I'm also sending prayers to your dear friend Shirley...you were such a good friend to her after Jenny passed away.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 11, 2009
Rest in peace Bunny. We enjoyed you for many years.
Carolyn, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Dear Bunny, you have touched so many hearts. The love and support from the Evansville community is amazing and wonderful! I am reading all of their tributes! Go in peace sweet girl.
Karen, Maryland
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May 11, 2009
You are one of the kind
you are special
Shelly Butler, mt Carmel ill
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May 11, 2009
Dear, dear Bunny, I knew you well in the days of my childhood. It never dawned on me that you were alone. I am so very grateful that you have had 10 years of freedom, friendship and love. I will miss you so much. Peace, my friend.
Andrea, Evansville, IN
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May 11, 2009
Bunny, I am so glad that you are having a pleasant transition to the otherside. I know the feeling of being half there and half here. You will be so missed here and so welcome there. I know that Joanna is close with you and that you are catching glimpses of her and that you are hearing the purrs from the Spirit Herd as well but best of all your Mommy is there to greet you on the otherside.
Good by Darling.
Sylvia Stewart, Brisbane, Calif.
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May 11, 2009
Just sending all our love and wishes for sweet dreams and a beautiful start to your new journey. Wish we could just touch you one time before you leave us.

Carole & Jon Sipos, Marina del Rey, California
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May 11, 2009
We all love you Bunny and may God be with you and keep you in his grace. And may he also help you through your journey back to him. God bless you Bunny.
Angela Williams, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
Thank you so much TES for all that you have done for our dear sweet Bunny. I would also like to thank all the people from around the world for loving our sweet Bunny. She gave a multitude of people on Evansville like myself and my family a lifetime of memories that can never be replaced. Bunny taught us the true meaning of beauty and grace. I know everyone who has grown up with Bunny has their own personal memories of her. My personal favorite is introducing my children to her and telling them, how I remembered her when I was a litlle girl. And I would especially like to hope Bunny knew what she meant to my oldest daughter and the comfort she brought to her on our notorious "June 8th" storm when her class was in the Elephant House (for 4 hours) to wait out the storm and all she could talk about was "Bunny made them laugh" while trees were crashing and the storm was raging outside. Evansville repaired the storm damage but Bunny kept my little girl feeling safe and happy. Love you Bunny and we all will miss you very much.
Cindy S., Evansville, IN
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May 10, 2009
Go to sleep softly, Bunny, and enjoy your new-found freedom when you get to the wild where you were always meant to roam, in your natural terrain!
Dotti, Galway NY
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May 10, 2009
BUNNY, I AM SO GLAD YOU HAD TEN YEARS OF FREEDOM AND FUN WITH OTHER ELEPHANTS. THE ZOO SHOULD HAVE LET YOU GO SOONER. REST IN PEACE BIG GIRL AND PLEASE FORGIVE US.
LINDA, EVANSVILLE, IN
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May 10, 2009
so many beautiful tributes! Bunny, you have been such an incredible ambassador between our species! I had no idea how many lives you touched before and since coming to TES. I only pray our consciousness has been raised enough to help all surviving elephants. Thank you so much, dear one, for your limitless kindness and patience. I hope you are enjoying another night in Tennessee calm and pain free basking in the beauty and love that surrounds you.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 10, 2009
Bunny, I remember coming to see you as a little girl. Elephants have always been my favorite animal and seeing you was part of that love. I hope your next days are peaceful and calm. You will be greatly missed.
Melea Ramin, Dixon, KY
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May 10, 2009
I remember you from my childhood....what a beautiful animal, what a long and wonderful life you had. Rest in peace, Bunny.
Donna, Evansville
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May 10, 2009
Rest peacefully sweet girl. You are beautiful. May your journey be pain free. We will miss you but know you will be watching over your sisters and your brother. God bless them all and your wonderful caregivers. Until we all meet again sweet Bunny - we love you.
Chloe, Nashville
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny, I was behind your leaving Evansville for open air and all the ground you could cover. I knew the move to the Sanctuary was the right thing, as well as the best thing, that could ever be given to you. I have only one regret and that is never getting to truly see and hear you in person again.

It also saddened me that your memory was never truly kept alive here by the local newspapers, case in point...the Philadelphia papers actually have an area in their Sunday funnies devoted to elephant info and the Sanctuary updates for the kids.

I do not know how many Evansville people actually helped to contribute to your "fund" but I feel that there were not enough. You were a "special lady" here and truly a "special lady" there.
Enjoy your meeting with your elephant family and friends in heaven and remember that we will always treasure having you here with us both in Evansville and in the Sanctuary, for the elecam kept up connected to you while allowing you to be free to explore all the "world" have to give you.
Cecelia Gerteisen-Coan, Evansville, IN
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny,

Checking in again. Today I saw a photograph of a wild elephant towering over a car on a road somewhere in Africa. It had its trunk draped over the roof and the passenger side window. I was reminded of the amusing photo of you towering over the 4-wheeler with the caption "I wonder if Carol will let me play with this."

I hope your evening is going well and that you are warm and cozy.

Love...
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 10, 2009
I love you, Bunny!!! I hope your passing is peaceful and gentle and I will pray for you.
Jan, Denver, Colorado
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May 10, 2009
Growing up in Evansville, I remember Bunny, being Mesker Park Zoo. Bunny and the monkey ship, were the attractions to see. I was so happy when she was allowed to go to the sanctuary. And from everything that I have read and seen, the last 9 years of her life was filled with complete happiness and love for the outdoors that she cherished. Thank you for making Bunny's dreams come true.
Donna DeWeese, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
Bunny,
The many years I spent caring for you taught me more about animals than anyone could ever believe. The intelligent and premeditated games you use to play continue to bewilder me as I think about them even today. I witnessed remarkable acts that proved to me you were a sentient creature with the capacity to show and feel emotion. I watched you cry and show sorrow at the passing of Hippo Kley. You exhibited compassion and kindness when you shared your favorite treats with Donna, which you would NEVER do, as though you knew she was grieving over the loss of her mate. Then, in the months to come, for you to become such good friend with Donna that you would play, feed and bath with her was remarkable in the animal kingdom.

Syd gave tribute to many of the things you liked to do that we all remember so well; and those of us who knew you well will never forget your tire. I will never forget how happy you were when I set about giving you things to do in your exhibit yard. We brought in a variety of enrichment items but the giant heavy equipment tire was the best. The first time I let you out in the yard and you saw this giant tire, 8 feet in diameter, you squealed, grabbed your tire (we called it your baby) and went running down to investigate. You were so careful to protect your "baby" from this new visitor to your yard. You turned and took your tire to the top of the yard and put it in a protected spot on the wall, up high off the ground. You spent half the day smelling, touching and trying to move the tire. When you were absolutely sure the tire was safe, you brought your tire down and introduced it.

After years of work you finally gave up your baby for the companionship of digger. This was the beginning of you learning to be an elephant, instead of the lonely creature you had been for so many years.

I know that you enjoyed the times we spent bonding and was truly happy to know that you were able to spend your last years as an elephant should. I wasn't sure at first how you would make the change after so many years in isolation. But in following your new friendships made at the sanctuary, it was obvious this is what YOU wanted.

Bunny, you have always been and continue to be, the best friend I have ever had. It broke my heart when I had to leave you. I hold dear to me the memories we shared. You were always eager to share your gentle and special nature with the visitors of Mesker Zoo and touched the lives of so many. I will passionately revere our talks, squeaks, and exchanges of slobber as you loved to have your tongue rubbed and then reciprocated by blowing goo into my hair. These fond smells and memories will always be with me.

I am thankful that you are in a place that affords you the opportunity to pass with dignity and the manner and tradition of your ancestors. I can only hope that as you lie down to finally meet your quietus, an eternal sleep, that you spend these last days remembering your life's best moments and hope that the many years we spent together gave you as many wonderful experiences as they did me.
Pam

Pam, Evansville then, Mooresville now
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May 10, 2009
You touched so many lives at The Elephant Sanctuary, thanks to the caring people of Indiana who let you go to a better place. It's sad you were forced to live in captivity at all, being taken from your family in Burma as a baby, but at least you had the best life in captivity for your last ten years. Peace be with you.
Marianne Bessey, Philadelphia PA
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May 10, 2009
Rest in peace sweet girl...
Nancy, Richmond, VA
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May 10, 2009
Bunny, I'm so glad that your best years were at the Sanctuary - even though in my memory it was seeing you at Mesker Park Zoo. Little did we know how miserable you must have been.
Sheryl, Evansville, IN
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May 10, 2009
I hope you are resting peacefully, sweet girl, surrounded by love and comfort. Just a few months ago, I shared several days with my brother as his life came to an end. He had spent a month every year in Thailand, where he cared deeply about protecting your brothers and sisters. He had a big, gentle heart - I will forever think of elephants when I think of him. Namaste.
Melinda, North Carolina
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May 10, 2009
Be at peace, dear one, and know
that you are loved.

Namaste
Helene Becker, Winchester VA
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May 10, 2009
Having been born in the 50's, I grew up with Bunny, seeing her on special visits to the Mesker Zoo. I'm a native of White County, IL and took my children to see her in the early 80's. Twenty years ago we relocated to the Middle Tennessee area, residing just west of Nashville, in Dickson. It's comforting to think that Bunny doesn't live very far from us. I'm also very glad to know that her feet heeled, after so many years of pain from standing on the concrete floors. (I can still picture her standing within the confines of her concrete domicile.)
It saddens me to hear that she is nearing the end of her life, but it's comforting to know that she lived out her last 10 years in
the comforts of the outdoor sanctuary in Lewis County.
God bless Bunny and God bless her devoted caregivers in the Hohenwald sanctuary.

Teresa York, Dickson, TN
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May 10, 2009
I remember you as the last lady to come in from spending the nights in the trees. May you have plenty of beautiful trees in eternity. I will come and visit you there, with any luck at all.
Pattie Reber, Milton, Georgia
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May 10, 2009
May God bless you Bunny and keep you from pain in your last hours on this earth. I am thankful that your last years on this earth were with your friends and not in a concrete prison. You brought joy to so many I hope you have found joy in the Elephant Sanctuary.
A. H. Ainsworth, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
Bunny I have missed you at mesker park it was a big loss for us, but it was for a better life for you. Oh how I loved to watch you on your easter hunt.You will always be loved by all children and adults. Peace be with you.
DAL, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
We miss you but we are glad you have been happy at the sanctuary. May you pass peacefully . You will be remembered fondly by many.
The DeTalente family, Evansville In
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May 10, 2009
Bunny, the caregivers and those around you have truly been blessed with your presence there, as you have had the very best last years being at the Sanctuary. You will be sorely missed, dear lady, but all of your old friends will be waiting there at the Bridge for you, and I'm sure Joanna will have some treats ready for you. God bless you and speed you to that eternally green Valley, sweet girl. Namaste.
David and Judy Keen, Winchester, VA
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May 10, 2009
Oh, Bun. You sweet, beautiful girl. You've been in a wonderful place and you will leave with dignity knowing that your last 10 years were the best! Kisses on your sweet face.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny, Soon you will join all the other animals in a great pasture in Heaven. Love ya& God Bless JJ
Janice, Evansville
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny -- Safe journey over the Rainbow Bridge, beautiful girl..you will be missed.
Angela, BC Canada
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May 10, 2009
I remember going to the zoo and seeing Bunny. That was my favorite part of the zoo. I think it was the best decision to send you to the Sanctuary. I really hope you enjoyed your final years. Rest in peace Bunny.
Lisa Moutray, New Harmony IN
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May 10, 2009
Namaste
Christy, Southern California
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May 10, 2009
To the care takers of Bunny - I am so sorry for your pending loss. With so many passings over the lifetime of the sanctuary, you would think it would become easier. It doesn't and there is nothing positive about death except to make it more comfortable for the dying. All of you can take pride in your commitment to these wonderful animals and the great pleasure they had being allowed to go back to nature. Bless you and Bunny.
CINDY HALL, West Virginia
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny, You have been missed here in Evansville and I really miss but truly cherish the times we spent together over a Coke at Mesker Park Zoo.
You were a plus to the zoo family while I worked there many a years ago and I am so happy that you had the opportunity to live out the rest of your life in the wild as God intended.
I pray for a peaceful passing for you and all of God's creatures and hope you enjoy eternity amoung those that you love and love you. Take care my friend and I hope you get all the Coca Cola that you can stand in heaven. Peace be with you.
Whitney Kissel, Evansville, IN
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May 10, 2009
I wish you a great and lasting peace, dear Bunny. You are so deserving, you great beautiful girl. I love you.
Ginny, Port Townsend, WA
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May 10, 2009
May God bless you Bunny, You will be forever missed. I feel sad at the thought of you leaving us all, but I know you are going to a much better place. And I also know that we will meet again. Love forever.Thank you and God bless the staff and to everyone who has ever helped you. Good Bye for now Dear Bunny.
Dee Hall, Boonville Indiana
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May 10, 2009
Bunny - such a huge heart of gold. I will never forget you. I worked with and around you from 1977 through 1999. I worked hard to get you to TESH and am very proud to have been a part that many people played in that endeavor. I am so glad you were able to live out your life in Hohenwald. What a place. That being said - I can't forget all the wonderful times I had around you. Standing quietly with your trunk hanging straight down to the ground while my arms were around your trunk communing with you;or the scratches behind the ears; or on your birthday when the keepers made you a birthday cake of fruit/vegies in blocks of ice and held the layers together with peanut butter; or when you were with Donna the hippo in your yard and you would herd her around so that we wouldn't take her away at the end of the day; or guarding your tire or ball; or playing tail - you would back up to one of us and present your tail for us to hold while you dragged us around your enclosure; or the walks we took around the park in the mornings before the public came in; or reaching over the top wall or around the front of it to reach the tapir that was in the next enclosure to talk to them; or when we gave you big limbs of trees to strip (that is something I know you continued at TESH - one time I was there I saw all the downed trees and was told that that was your handywork); how you liked to walk the rim of the moat like a tightwire walker; and how when you were unsure of something you would back up to the back of the enclosure; and when you wanted someone to pay attention you would shake the door which sounded like you were breaking out; or the time when we finally decided it was silly to keep you chained all night and took the chains off (we had round the clock observations to be sure you didn't get hurt or get freaked out - to the contrary you didn't go to sleep at all the first night you were so shocked at not having the chains on any longer and you only dozed on the second night still not believing you were chain free but by the third night you were sso tired you finally laid down and went to sleep - that is when we stopped watching and figured you were ok; or once we got the ok to send you to TESH and they brought a trailer down and we built an earthen mound to the entrance and since you hadn't seen one of these or been inside one as long ago as I could remember - you wouldn't go near it at first - we put all your favorite foods in there and all your hay close to the door and had keepers standing there coaxing you in - it didn't take long til you finally made the leap and went in; or the trip to TESH - what a glorious day that was. I knew I would miss you terribly but that it was best for you; or my visits to TESH to visit you (Carol would make me work if I wanted a chance to see you up close- such a task master - Carol love you and Scott and all you did and are doing for Bunny still). No, I will NEVER forget you Bunny. Please talk to Shirley and get her set for your passing. I worry more about her now. I was at church Friday and I asked my priest if it would be appropriate for him to pray with me for you Bunny and he took my hand and we went into the church and starting praying together. Love you forever. Go in peace if you must but with as little pain as possible. Say hi to Jenny and tell her I miss her as well.
Syd, Evansville then, Ft. Myers, Fl now
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May 10, 2009
After your soul frees itself of weight and you pass through the tunnel into the pure white light and float on celestial music, I hope the very first soul you see in Heaven is your long lost mother. As you go running and trumpeting toward her, I know she will be so glad to have her little Bunny-baby back with her for eternity. It will truly be her Happy Mother's Day.


Tory, St. Simons Island, GA
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May 10, 2009
Bunny I never met you but your story has made it into many Hearts at St. Judes' Episcopal church members of Orange City. Your life helps many of us for we have an elder population and many are facing the dying years. Your story is making it easier for lots of us to face it with grace and peace. Thank-you for sharing it-it has made a great difference in our lives. Our Love.
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May 10, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

I write this with silly tears in my eyes because I should be happy for the life you have led. I loved you the first moment I saw your picture. I think you are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen.

I admire your private ways and your tenacity. You just seem to have an all-knowing look in your eye. I guess it's true because you have chosen the time and the place to leave.

I am so incredibly grateful that you have been given the chance to live with your sisters in the beautiful surroundings of the sanctuary. The world will be lesser place without you. Thank you, dear Bunny, for sharing it with me.

Fair winds and following seas.
Anne, Albuquerque New Mexico
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny, I wish you could stay with us a little longer. Blessings on you--and on the people of the Sanctuary and the people of Evansville for giving you a decade of what you were born to do, be an elephant. I have no more words, only tears of happiness for the peace you have found and of sorrow for those you leave behind.
Margaret, Langhorne, PA
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May 10, 2009
All things must pass...
I am grateful that you are able to pass with the dignity of old age. Still, it brings tears to my eyes to think that you will be gone. You have given our old Shirley your loyalty and love for many years now. Run free, my friend...
Nancy Lewis, Seattle WA
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May 10, 2009
Miss Bunny! Your tributes are astounding and show such depth of feeling from your extended family in Evansville! What a triumphant legacy you leave. So many you have touched.

Peace to you today, precious one.
Auntie Deb, Sac
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May 10, 2009
Sweet elusive Bunny, child of the wild places, lover of stars and sky, holder of our hearts. May you gently leave this life knowing you are bathed in our love, warmed by our thoughts and prayers, held close in our own hearts. You can never be alone when so many care so much. Loving thoughts also to Carol and Scott, Dr. Scott, Shirley and Tarra....to all in that very special place.
Ruth Pullen, Flint, MI
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May 10, 2009
God Speed Beautiful Lady..Jesus will wrap his arms around you and you will be forever free.
I Love You, Bunny Dear
Debbie Lore, Pevely Missouri
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May 10, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

One of my first memories of you is in a vid where you are taking your ball for a walk. I always think of you as one of the cheerleaders for enjoying nature, being a bit silly and just loving everything and everyone around you.

I don't want you to go.

But I know it's your choice, and you will join Jenny, Joanna, Delhi, and meet your mother and many other loving elephants and spiritual presences.

God bless you, Bunny,

Barrie Jaeger, California
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May 10, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I will watch the heavens for your star to shine through knowing that you are no longer amongst your sisters here on earth but rather with those who are in heaven. Knowing that Shirley and Tarra are with you in these final days must bring much peace to your soul.
Kathy Hertzel, Webster, NY
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May 10, 2009
It has been my privilege to grow up with Bunny and come to know her well. She came to Mesker Park Zoo about the same time I began discovering the world around me as a child on the west side of Evansville Indiana. In the 1980's I became a docent at the zoo and my friendship with Bunny deepened. I saw her at least weekly. We shared a mutual and enthusiastic greeting each time I passed her enclosure. That bond continued to grow as I became a greater part of the zoo community as a board member of the not for profit zoo support group and later an appointed member of the Evansville Parks Board. As I learned more about elephant society and Bunny, I realized that the love and care we gave her were not enough. Although she was a gentle and forgiving soul, she needed other elephants. She needed a family of her own species. She needed space to roam and explore, for both her psychological and physical health. It was my privilege to preside over the Parks Board when we made the decision to send Bunny to The Elephant Sanctuary. It is the most meaningful thing I have ever done for a fellow creature. I am so proud that Bunny's gentle life is ending as nature intended: in the gentle embrace of woods and meadow by a brook, surrounded by other elephants. Peace my friend.


Steve Bohleber, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
I lived 50 miles from the Mesker Zoo but
went as often as recreation allowed to see
Bunny & her neighbors. I was never happy
about her enclosure and thrilled when she
went to live in nature. Every year for my
birthday my children's gift was for me to
feed Bunny for the day. It has made me very
happy to think of her as the 'outdoor girl'.
I hope her last days are as gentle and loving
as she is. I am trying not to cry for her.
Deborah C. Allen, Madisonville, Kentucky
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May 10, 2009
I remember going to the zoo and being the only one down there. I would sit on the small concrete medium and just watch and talk to you. It was so special. They always talk about elephants memories. Well I don't know if you remember me, but I surely remember you! I always thought you were so lonely. But not anymore! You have the closeness of your fellow friends at your side. I've cried and cried. Its like my family pet leaving me. Peace is yours!
Ronni , Evansville In
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May 10, 2009
You will be so greatly missed. I enjoyed seeing you every time I went to the Evansville zoo. Your last years in a nice place with many friends. Rest in peace Bunny. We will all miss you
Michele, Booneville, MS
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May 10, 2009
Bunny,
You have always been my favorite resident at the Sanctuary since I had discovered it, and you have blessed both people and elephants alike. You really deserve a peaceful passing, because you touched our hearts. We believe God sent you here for a reason, and you are a very special animal with a purpose on Earth. We will miss you, but also celebrate what a wonderful life you have had and what courage and faithfulness you have given us.
Sincerely,
Joshua Eng
Joshua , Wallingford, PA
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May 10, 2009
Bunny,
I have missed you. I hope you have been happy there. I have fond memories of you when I was a child and the last time I saw you (before they took you) you waved a me with your trunk (It made me happy and sad...)
I was against them taking you from the home you knew for soooo long but there was nothing I could do...hope you have been happy and loved there as you were here. Rest in peace little Bunny. I love you
Vicki Kell, Evansville, IN
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny, It is with a happy heart to know you were able to spend your last years being free and being happy as you were meant to be. May you find sanctuary in your next life as you have in this life.

Hugs & Kisses
MRT, Colorado Springs, CO
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May 10, 2009
I have had a love for animals ever since I could remember. Bunny has held a special place in my heart since the first time I saw her at the zoo. I followed her on a regular basis since she has been a member of the sanctuary. The diaries of her first days at the sanctuary were astounding. She could not go back to her original home. She was loved and well cared for in her final years. She was where she should have been in the first place. The last thing she will see is the clear blue sky or the stars at night before she closes her eyes. Bunny may you rest in peace.
Carol Sanders, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
rainbow heaven God's animal sanctuary that will be the place you go to be with all kinds animals and be able to play with all
Ada P, Evansville, Indiana
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny, Bless you on your way to the Rainbow Bridge. Your last years have been such happy ones thanks to the angels at TLC and your elephant friends. You have more friends waiting for you, more trunk rubs to look forward to. Goodbye.
Shirley Green, United States
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May 10, 2009
Bunny, may you be able to pass on with peace and ease. May you meet with the others and the ancients. Your spirit will continue to nurture all those hearts you have touched. Thank you to all those at TES who are blessed to be able to provide you with your needs as you fade. They love you so.
Thank you for gracing my life via TES.

Mickey, Victoria, BC , Canada
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May 10, 2009
Dear Bunny,

I am so glad to have known you in this life. You have always been a strong girl and I'm sure you have meant a lot to your caregivers and the friends you have made there with the other "girls".

They will miss you as we will, but you have shown what grace in old age is all about.

Please know that thoughts and prayers are coming to you from all over Evansville,not just me.

We will continue to support your friends in future years, I know this will be hard for Shirley.

Please don't ever forget us and how we loved you.

Your friend always,

Vicki Witherspoon

Vicki Witherspoon, Evansville, Indiana 47720-7861
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May 10, 2009
Rest peacefully, gentle Bunny, in your final hours with us. You have the finest care possible, you are loved and cherished, and you are truly blessed.
Michael and Sheila Medlar, Norfolk, United Kingdom
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May 10, 2009
I am so grateful that the people of Evansville loved you enough to let you go to a place where you could live like an elephant and being outside in the woods as much as you wanted. I pray that your transition will be easy. Your sisters on the other side await you, and your sisters on this side will miss you.
Janet Locke, California
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May 10, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny,I feel blessed to have grown up seeing you-and knowing as I got older that we were not the giving you the best place to live,I cried tears of joy,when they took you to your new HOME.I love you,sleep under the wings of angels and the watchful eyes of friends.
Rainbow Believer, Evansville,IN
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May 10, 2009
All my love to you, Bunny. I hope you find peace.
Jennifer, La Valle, WI
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May 10, 2009
Bunny,

I remember when you came to Mesker Zoo. I remember one of your birthday's (it was the same as my first wife, Dec 7) I took her to meet you and you were gracious enough to allow her in your cage. We got to officially meet you after so many years. We pet your trunk and your tongue. I got to see your beautiful eyes close up. You are a beautiful creature inside and out. We were glad your last years were happy ones. We hated to see you go but we knew you were not happy being alone and in such a small area. You were taken to a beautiful place where you made friends and became family. Soon you will pass and I know you will go to a wonderful elephant heaven where you will meet your first family and you will be happy once again...forever. Bunny, we have missed you and we will always will have a spot in our hearts for the sweet Bunny who was part of my life growing up and now we have grown old together. Thanks for the memories and thanks for being the beautiful girl you are. Peace Bunny. We love you!

Bob
Robert & Mary Ankrom, Mesker Zoo Members, Evansville, IN
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May 10, 2009
rest in peace and happiness bunny xx
maria harper, england
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May 10, 2009
Just checking in on the Bunster and hope she's doing well. Kisses Bunny dear.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 10, 2009
I HAVE ENJOYED AND LOVED VISITING BUNNY SINCE I WAS A CHILD. I HAVE SHARED THIS EXPERIENCE WITH MY CHILDREN,WE LOVE HER AND WE MISSED HER TERRIBLY WHEN SHE LEFT OUR HOME IN EVANSVILLE.WE WILL MISS HER WHEN SHE LEAVES US FOR GOOD.WE SEND HER OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS,WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BUNNY,LOVE THE MATHIS FAMILY.WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.
ANA,ASHLEY,AND BRITTNEY, EVANSVILLE, INDIANA
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May 10, 2009
My heart is with you Bunny, may you go peacefully to the big Elephant Sanctuary in the sky. Much Love!
Crysti , Long Beach
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May 9, 2009
Many blessings on this next part of your journey Bunny . Your life has touched so many hearts and your love sustained your dear family in their losses.Your free spirit and gentle ways will never be forgotten by your sisters and the 2 leggeds that stand in awe knowing you .
Laura Linklater, Vancouver Canada
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May 9, 2009
My heart is heavy thinking about your life. Forgive us for what we did not understand. Bless the Sanctuary for giving you ten wonderful years. You have touched the hearts of so many people. Run free and strong, trumpeting loudly across Rainbow Bridge.
Sharon, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, I grew up loving you as a little girl in Evansville and though we never 'officially' met I spent many an afternoon watch you from afar. I pray that the last few years of your life have made up for the years you stood on the concrete at Mesker Zoo. I am glad you are surrounded by your elephant sisters as your time grows near. You are loved.
Lynbob, Evansville
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May 9, 2009
Bunny,
My heart is truly heavy to have to say good bye. You were a huge part of my life. I fell in love with you the first time I saw you as a small child. Growing up with you has left me with many happy memories! You were such a joker and I laughed many times at your antics. Your personality won over many hearts. I will always remember you and love you. May your afterlife be as joyous as all of the joy you have given to me. May
God let you go peacefully and without suffering. A part of me will go with you. Bless you.
Debra M., Evansville, In
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May 9, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny,
You will be so missed, but we are so thankful for your time at the sanctuary with your friends. Everyone there as well as in Evansville will always remember you and the joy you brought to each of us. Rest peacefully and trumpet loud. You will be thought of often with smiles, but for now we only have tears.
Donna, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
I remember my parents buying "Bunny Doo" every spring from the zoo to fertilize our garden. We all loved her here in Evansville, and I for one have been uplifted by how much she has been able to enjoy our freedom, after sacrificing so much of our life for our "entertainment" at Mesker Park Zoo. I am grateful to the Sanctuary to giving her a fitting retirement, as a free elephant at last. We love you Bunny, and will hold you in our hearts.
Shannon M.,
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May 9, 2009
i grew up with you at the zoo, and was glad we let you go to a place like the sanctuary. I've kept up with you on this site in my adult life. Goodbye Bunny
Jim, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
I am happy that you got to spend your last years being free. I love you Bunny.
Beth M., Newburgh, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
I cried as a child when I first saw you at Mesker..cried for your loneliness and isolation....then I cried for joy when you moved to Tennessee..you were free at last. My heart aches with sadness as you make your final move into eternal rest. May the angels lift you gently into the beautiful pastures beyond so you can once again frolic with your sisters and trumpet forever. With love I say goodbye dearest sweet Bunny. Jeannie
Jeannie Pendley, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
Love you dearly Bunny and will miss you. You are truly a beautiful soul. See you there one day.
Jean, Gabriola BC
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May 9, 2009
We love you and miss you, Bunny. My only regret is that we self-centered humans didn't give you this freedom five years earlier when first approached about it.
Rest in peace, lovely lady.

Bryan Hayden, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
God Speed Bunny~~ I remember when I was honored to make your special shoes for you at Anchor Ind while you were still at the zoo.
May you be in peace my dear Bunny~
Debi Miller, Boonville, In
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May 9, 2009
Eyes welling each time I log in and read updates. Comforted that Bunny is surrounded by loved ones and loving thoughts.
Katrina, Jaffrey, NH
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May 9, 2009
I am just meeting Bunny now...what a gift...rest in peace darling Bunny...
Noella Ashley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, Thank you for being a part of wonderful memories I have visiting Mesker Zoo growing up. I always loved seeing you but was always sad because you were not free and had very limited space. I thank the folks at the sanctuary for providing the care you needed from your foot soaks to just giving you the space you so desired and deserved. Bunny, Thank you again for all the wonderful memories you are and always will me in my heart. Peaceful travel my friend.....
Alicia Hill, Okinawa, Japan
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May 9, 2009
Dear Bunny,you will be sorely missed by all who love you.

Namaste Bunny, peace be with you.
VS, BC Canada
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May 9, 2009
We love you Bunny. Hope your last days are peaceful and comfortable. You will be deeply missed.
McDaniel family, Newburgh, IN
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May 9, 2009
To our "Outdoor Girl" - I hoped you'd have more years at the wonderful Sanctuary, but am so thankful for the time you did have. I love you Bunny, and will miss you so much!
Lynn, Evansville
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May 9, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny

So many love you
So many will miss you

Thinking of you Sweet Bunny
Sending my love your way
Lorraine, Wilmington NC
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May 9, 2009
Hope you feel all the love that is with you on your final trip from this earth-you will be missed so much but never forgotten. Many other elephants will benefit from what you have taught your caregivers and the world of elephant lovers. Go peacefully and know our love and prayers are with you always.
Jackie Blake, Tampa FL
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May 9, 2009
Dear Bunny, You are like a dear old friend, I remember visiting you at the zoo as a kid. I'm so glad you were able to experience the outdoors on your own terms. I too remember you always having hay on your back. I remember feeding you a treat or two and stroking your trunk.Most of all the mixed feelings of sheer joy to see you and sadness to see you all alone. Walk the path of the ancients Bunny, they will lead you home. Thank you to all of the staff and people who make this sanctuary a reality.
jennifer, northport,al
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May 9, 2009
Gorgeous Girl, I am so sorry you did not get to live your whole life outdoors, but am happy that you were part of my life and my learning to love and cherish life in all its forms. Always together Bunny.
Lorena, San Antonio, TX now, Evansville, IN then
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May 9, 2009
Dear precious Bunny,
You have been part of our family for many years as we followed your life at the sanctuary. We will know you are still with us as you find your way to the other sanctuary and find your great family waiting for you. God bless you...Keep twinkling so we can find you wherever you roam.

Carole & Jon, Marina del Rey, California
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May 9, 2009
Dear Bunny, our hearts are heavy because we, your zoo family, are losing you again. First when you left Mesker Zoo and now as you leave this earth. We grew up together and I have missed your gentle presence at the zoo - it isn't the same without you.

To the TES caregivers, I send a heartfelt thank you for all you did for our Bunny. It was hard to let her go 9 1/2 years ago, but we knew in our hearts that a better life awaited her. I have read her progress reports and know you all love her too. (I had totally forgotten how she loved to play with her ball!)

I am touched by the tributes sent from around the world. Not all of you were as fortunate as her Zoo family to have known her in 'person', but I can feel your love for her. Some of you might not know, but while at Mesker Zoo Bunny was happy and WELL-CARED FOR AND DEARLY LOVED, never abused or neglected. She wasn't really a 'rescued' elephant like some of the others, I think her move was more like a promotion in life!
Julie, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
Bunny
So sad to hear you will be leaving us soon, but so happy you were able to live at the Sanctuary for the last years of your life. Thankful that you have been there for Shirley through the years. Goodbye Sweet Bunny.
Marilyn U, Monroe, LA
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May 9, 2009
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you. Dr Wayne Dyer

I am so glad enough people were willing to not insist you continue to satisfy them and gave you Sanctuary.

You are a beautiful gal...
Sarah, Washington DC
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May 9, 2009
Hi Sweet Girl-
So glad you're still here enjoying sanctuary at TES. I've been reading the tributes and am so touched by how many fans you have from the your days at the zoo. So many of your species are nameless circus acts that are dispensable -like our dear Jenny was - because no one followed their progress or lack thereof. I am so glad that so many met and loved you.

Keep on enjoying every last minute of Sanctuary, every last breath of that fresh Tennessee mountain air. You will know when both you and Shirley are ready. I love you sweet girl, our camera-shy, Ele-Bunny. A piece of my heart goes with you and a huge piece goes out to all of you keeping vigil. Thank you for your endless hours doing what is good and right.

namaste
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 9, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny,
It is so sad to learn that you are preparing to make your transition from this world. Being the elusive Bun Bun, it was always such a thrill to see a glimpse of you on the elecam. You are much loved and will always be missed.
I am so grateful knowing that you had a wonderful life at The Sanctuary and thank Carol, Scott and all caregivers for allowing you to enjoy your last few years.

Namaste, Sweet Bunny, have a peaceful journey.
Sunny, BC, Canada
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, all of us who loved you and visited you at Mesker Zoo miss you since you left our zoo, but you were thought of often. Even though we have not seen you in 'person' for 9 1/ years, we still love you as much as ever. The zoo just isn't the same without you. I am thankful you were so much happier at the Sanctuary. Everyone worldwide has gotten to know and love you as much as your Zoo family did.

To the Sanctuary caregivers, I send a heartfelt 'thank you' for taking care of our Bunny. Knowing she was leaving us for a better life made the separation bearable. It was hard for us who knew her our entire lives and grew up visiting her to let her go, but we knew her quality of life definitely was better at the Sanctuary.

I want everyone to know that Bunny was happy, WELL CARED-FOR, and LOVED VERY MUCH at Mesker, never abused or neglected. I don't consider Bunny as having been rescued the same way as other elephants were rescued from a life of pain, abuse and suffering, but more like Bunny got a promotion to a better life.
Shutterbug,
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May 9, 2009
Dear Bunny, though we will miss your sweet spirit, it is magnificent that you are being honored and respected in your last days on this earth. Next...who knows? Elephants like you deserve exactly the life you have had at the Sanctuary. We love you, dear girl. We know that you will be watching over all your sisters and the amazing caregivers.
Ginny, WA State
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May 9, 2009
I remember our grade school, Centennial collect coat hangers to help purchase Bunny for our zoo.
She was the first one our brownie troop wanted to visit. We loved to watch her put her truck through the bars and turn the light off.
Bunny is the first elephant I remember seeing and elephants are still one of my favorites.
Enjoyed taking our daughters with nieces and nephews to visit the zoo to see bunny.
Janet H, Leesburg, FL
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May 9, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny

The last 9 1/2 years of your life were the best years .... you were rescued and were brought to The Elephant Sanctuary where you experienced freedom for the first time. As an elephant you became whole again. You no longer wore chains, had loving caregivers, had access to many acres of land to browse and roam, and most of all, had an loving elephant family with which you bonded making the circle complete. Soon you will be joining the others in the next world that have gone before you but you will leave a hole in our hearts. We will never forget you Bunny, our Outdoor Girl.
Michael, New Jersey
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May 9, 2009
Bunny,
You brought such joy to us when you were here but I was happy you got to go to a wonderful place with plenty of company.
I hate to see you leave this world and you are loved by many.
Connie K, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
I have been praying to Saint Frances to intervene on your behalf. I prayed that you could recover and be the "Outdoor Girl" for just a little longer. But if you could not have the quality of life that you so deserved and so enjoyed could he help you on your journey to the other side. I prayed that he would walk with you, comfort you, and all those with you.
Know that you are cherished, today and forever. Know your gentle spirit is an inspiration to us – a lesson we will remember and take with us as we continue our journey through life.
Thank you for making this world a better place - for so many - for so many reasons - for me. I won't say goodbye Dearest Bunny - it's till we meet again. Your journey takes you where we cannot follow and is so bitter sweet to those you leave behind.
To all of you at the Sanctuary, be it elephant or human - thank you for what you have given over the seasons to Bunny. For the love, acceptance, and support you provide so freely. Thank you for the kindness and respect you display to so many creatures.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

Cat, Atl, Ga
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, I love you so much, my tears are flowing for your going, I will cherish the picture of me reaching out to you and you to me. I have thought of you often and will continue to do so. God Bless You Bunny!!From Sandy, age 62, Newburgh,In.
Sandy Mazzotti, Newburgh,In.
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May 9, 2009
Dearest Bunny, we are sad for you to leave this world because we want to continue seeing you and hearing you; being comforted by your calm, devoted presence. Besides, we just plain hate "good-byes". But we know that this is your time to transition to the next, spiritual world where you will be greeted by Jenny, Queenie, Zula, Delhi, Joanna, Lota, Tina, Barbara and all the others who have gone before you. While you are still here, don't worry about anything. Your heffalump sisters and loving caregivers will surround you with love. Know that there are countless others out here who send you all our love and prayers as well. Rest comfortably, our precious little Bunny.
Nancy F, Edmonds, WA
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May 9, 2009
I had the honor of being present the day Bunny joined her family at the sanctuary. It was amazing to see her instantly bond with her own kind, and to listen to the rumble as she spoke to her own kind after so many years. I will never forget when she placed her trunk in the mouth of another elephant to say, "I'm one of you and I trust you with my life." Those who didn't want her to go should have seen this moment. Hope she goes peacefully. Sorry she only got ten years in this beautiful place.
An Old Friend, Evansville
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May 9, 2009
I love you, bun bun
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 9, 2009
To the sanctuary: Thank you for allowing Bunny to live out her days in freedom and comfort. To Bunny: Your friends who visited Mesker Zoo will remember and love you always. May your passing be peaceful. Namaste, Bunny

TR, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Our beloved Bunny; sweet, gentle and so full of fun. You are loved and remembered by so many. I cared for you at the Evansville zoo for a time, long ago and you changed my life forever with your patience, gentleness and wisdom. I celebrated your move to Tennessee and have followed your progress there, sharing your delight in freedom and friends. I am so glad you had those years of peace and joy at the sanctuary. Much love to you always, dearest Bunny...
Sarah Bridger, Portland, Oregon
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May 9, 2009
I hope you're happy, Bunny.

Say hi to Barbara, Tina, Lota, Jenny, Delhi, Queenie, and Zula for me!

Please watch over Shirley and keep her happy, too.
Jean Dobson, Madison, Wisconsin.
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May 9, 2009
Bunny - Outdoor Girl: I am saddened to hear that you will leave The Sanctuary very soon... but I'm very sure your spirit will be present and felt everyday at TES as you watch over the girls.

May you be surrounded by elephants and humans that love you when you decide to go. You will be missed... but never forgotten.
DJ , St L MO
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May 9, 2009
i will watch for the new star in the sky, that twinkles a little brighter than the rest. i am comforted to know that you got a little heaven here on earth, saddened that it wasn't longer.
warm fuzzies to you all at TES.
kc, michigan
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May 9, 2009
I remember the first words you spoke to Carol when she first came see you at Mesker: "Are you still here?"

We are sad beyond words that you are joining Jenny; and or but happy that, in your new journey, you are surrounded by people who love and treasure you and who understand that you will never leave us.

Namaste
Starling, California
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May 9, 2009
With heartfelt Blessings to Dear Sweet Bunny on your final journey home. Forever free .....never forgotten....
Dusty Washburn, Jacksonville, FL
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May 9, 2009
Bunny,
I have loved you since I was a small child. I am so glad that the past several years you have lived the kind of life you have so deserved. Our love and prayers are with you. Heaven will be better place with you there one day. Know you are so loved and cared about dear friend!
Love Kay
Kay Kiesel, Fort Branch, IN
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May 9, 2009
May you walk the eternal sanctuary of elephant heaven with your sisters who have gone before you and of coarse lovingly watched over and cared for by Joanna, God's speed Bunny you will be missed but always remembered with love and joy. Let your spirit roam free sweet Bunny.
Sheila Wheldon, England
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May 9, 2009
Precious, precious Bunny. It is so hard to say good-bye. Your memory will live on forever in the hearts of everyone that loves you. I have read some of the tributes to you and you have made a lasting impression on so many people. Thank-you Bunny for teaching us humans so much. I am very,very sorry that you had to spend your life in captivity but I am also grateful that you spent the past ten years at the Sanctuary and you were free to roam and sleep under the stars. It is hard to let you go but I know that as you pass from this earth you are going to a better place. I love you Bunny and wish you peace as you leave your earthly home and transcend to your heavenly home. God bless you my sweet and beautiful friend.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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May 9, 2009
Bunny you will be missed so much. I'm glad you finally got to be someplace for the last ten years that was more comfortable for you.
You gave me great joy as a kid when I could go see you at Mesker Park Zoo.
I want to thank everyone at the Sanctuary for making her as comfortable as possible in her final days.
I love you Bunny, You have meant so much to so many people in Evansville, you should be one proud elephant.
Kristi Small, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, may your journey be peaceful. Go knowing that you will be missed and you will always be remembered with love.
rica, Eugene, OR
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, may angelic love surround you as pass over to the next world! I am writing with tears in my eyes, but joy in my heart that you were able to experience the heaven on earth that The Elephant Sanctuary must have seemed to you after years of enclosure. I will keep you forever in my heart as the beautiful, wise, gentle creature you are.
Sue Richardson, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, when this life here on earth ends, a new journey just begins. May your journey to Heaven be a peaceful one sweet girl. We love you!
Stacie W, Colorado
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May 9, 2009
Your passing is very very sad to all of us, but at least we know that you have had a wonderful life since arriving at the Sanctuary. You will be dearly missed by everyone.
Brenda Clarke, Powell River, B.C. Canada
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, I am so glad you were able to live out your days at the sanctuary with peace and tranquility. As a child I visited you at Mesker Zoo and was thrilled when you made your journey to Tennessee. You will be greatly missed by all. You are a most wonderful beautiful individual.
The Jones Family, Henderson, KY
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May 9, 2009
May you roam freely in the Heavens Bunny.
Our youngest son just had his first grade field trip to the Evansville Zoo and we once again were telling the kids about our Bunny and how she was now in Tennessee in a beautiful place.
Our kids are 7 and 10 so they never actually met Bunny but we have shared the memories.
Thanks for this wonderful place for Bunny and the others.
God bless.
The Miller Family
Johna, John, Logan & Connor
Robards Kentucky
Johna Miller, Robards Ky.
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May 9, 2009
Dear Bunny I will always remember running down the ramps at the zoo to see you, you always had a bale of hay on your back, just in case you got hungry. Sweet sweet dreams, we will miss you, but know you are being taken care of by Shirley and Tarra and the loving staff at TES. We love you!
Liz S., Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Dear Bunny
You are a very special elephant. I am very thankful that you are able to finish your life in a peaceful place. I will miss you here on earth but you are going to elephant heaven. Thank you for allowing us to know you my dear friend. May you go peacefully as you pass from the earth. I will always love you.
Avni, Ontario, Canada
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May 9, 2009
may you rest in god's hands. may he take away your pain .a thank you to carol and her staff who are true heroes ,saving these cretures. its a very sad time but bunny will meet her family, over the bridge. god bless you.
Rhonda woods, tomah, Wisconsin
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May 9, 2009
Thank you for the memories at Mesker. I am so glad you have enjoyed your retirement and I wish you a peaceful journey to your next life. You are a beautiful and precious girl. Rest in Peace, Bunny.
Tonya Fredrick, Henderson, KY
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May 9, 2009
Goodbye sweet Bunny, you will be truly missed.. I love you,,
Elizabeth Pease, Evansville, Ind
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May 9, 2009
Olivia loves u always sweet bunny
olivia hodges, evansville in
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May 9, 2009
Good bye sweet Bunny,you are such a sweet loving girl who will be missed .
Jack Harris, Shasta Lake,ca.
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May 9, 2009
Dearest Bunny, sweet Bunny...I am so happy that you have been able to finish your life in such a wonderful place, with wonderful, caring people (and critters) surrounding you. I am so happy that, now that your time on this plane is nearing an end, you are able to go on your own terms, with those same people and critters caring for you every step of the way. You will be missed, and always loved.
Bird Girl, Arizona
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May 9, 2009
Bunny is a very special elephant. Sadly to say I was one of those who wanted to keep her at Mesker zoo. I am so glad she did move to Tennessee now. We will always love our Bunny.
Shari Mcneely, evansville
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May 9, 2009
Dear sweet, elusive and comical Bunny. We will miss your earthly presence, but know that your star will forever shine brightly now for all of us, your loving friends, here below. I am so thankful that you have been able to spend the last years of your life with the wonderful caregivers and other resident friends at The Elephant Sanctuary. They and we have been lucky to know you.
Go softly beautiful girl.
Jane Stanley, Toronto, Canada
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May 9, 2009
Bunny was always my favorite part of our zoo. I didn't want her to leave, but it was so sad seeing her all by herself. I'm so glad she got to experience what life was like not living in a zoo and that she's had friends. I love you Bunny!!
Deb, Evansville
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May 9, 2009
may you find peace and happiness in elephant heaven. tell all the others girls they are loved and missed by all. you have taught all of us about love and freedom. you will be missed.
wanda lott, vicksburg, ms
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May 9, 2009
I remember going to Mesker Zoo after Bunny was taken away. Her cage was so empty. But I knew in my heart she was going to go to a much better place. Now knowing her end is near I know again is she going to go to a much, much. much better place. My love goes with her. I can still hear her trumpeting as she was leaving her home. She has been missed and she will be missed.
Judi Moore, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
Bunny I remember meeting you when I first moved to Evansville, In. in 1979. You loved to have your photo taken posing every time.My fondest memory is when your keeper would go in the room beside yours, when he turned on the light you would reach between the bars with your trunk, around the door frame and switch the light off on him. That always gave me such a laugh. Thunderous Trumpets to you Bunny
Dennis Moore, Evansville In.
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May 9, 2009
God bless you and keep you Bunny. May you have peace and grace. Love to you and all of your ele-sisters.
Ann, Arcadia,La
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May 9, 2009
You made so many smile just by being you. Many special trips were made to the zoo just to see you. A wish of comfort for your friends as you pass.
Jenny, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Go in peace Bunny. Know that you have been a comfort and a friend to many.
May your passage be calm and easy for you.

Marion B.
Marion Broverman, Edmonton( Alberta, Canada)
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May 9, 2009
Hi,Bunny

you are very cute ( even my mom says so). I like eatting orenges TOO! I am glad you could get better caring at ELEPHANT SANCTUARY.
Cassandra Libby, Grand Isle VT
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, i was born the year you came to evansville. we both kinda grew up together. i always loved going to see you. you were always special and will never be forgotten. we in evansville are so happy that you have had a wonderful 10 years at the sanctuary. go with God as tears fall.
jenny, evansville
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May 9, 2009
I'll always cherish the memories of you and your bonnet of hay, your beloved ball, and your trumpet of happiness. My heart is breaking. I love you sweet Bunny.
Marcia, San Diego, Ca.
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May 9, 2009
We grew up together. I to was touched many times by your trunk. Your many friends in eville will miss you.
Glenn, Evansville
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, I'll write more later but your passing is everything good and everything bad. Sleep well young rabbit. tjp
tjp, evansville
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May 9, 2009
Bunny, I pray for your peaceful and honorable passing from this Earthly life. I know you're going to a wonderful, much kinder and gentler place with new hills and new grasses on which to roam, still among the stars and clear blue sky. I am grateful to TES for your decade of compassionate care and freedom and only wish your special life had been spent more as elephants should forever be: free to roam among the trees with others of your kind. God bless you, Bunny, and may your story somehow touch the hearts of anyone keeping elephants around the globe. You'll forever remain in my heart.
Kristen Toone, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
Our love for you made us selfish. Please forgive me and my family for wanting to have you forever. Carrla Rasco and Family
Carrla Rasco, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
I was so sad to hear this news, but we have to remember how wonderful your years of Sanctuary have been.

Bless you Bunny - we love you.
Namaste.
Kelly, San Francisco
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May 9, 2009
I will miss you Bunny - rest high upon that mountain. You gave me a lifetime of joy, I hope you have had joy these last few years!
Dena, Evansville
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May 9, 2009
I love you dearly and there will always be a place in my heart reserved just for you . . . forever! I grew up with you and wasn't smart enough to realize the disservice I was doing to you. Please forgive me and my family for being so selfish. I'm so sorry that we (in Evansville) tried to do the best for you, but failed. We all loved you dearly and didn't want to let you go. God, please take care of our wonderful Bunny. Please bless her and protect her and all of her friends in the sanctuary. Bunny, you will be loved, remembered and missed forever. Please forgive all of us who thought we were doing our best for you, as we knew no better at the time. Your legend will live on forever. You have made me a better person. Please forgive me for being so selfish. Sincerely and with much love, Carrla Rasco and Family.
Carrla Brantley Rasco Bickel, Evansville, Indiana
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May 9, 2009
My mother can not bring herself to write-
Bunny we are praying for you.
Shirley stay strong.
May God watch over you both.


Amity for Linda Dineen, New Jersey
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May 9, 2009
Bunny:

When your time comes
and your spirit remains,
Know that we loved you
and will always feel the pain;
When you left Mesker Zoo
we felt we lost a friend,
but we realize we were selfish
and you needed freedom in the end;
So when you leave us
for heaven above,
You were Evansville's baby
and will always be loved!

Bunny will always be in our hearts and will be truly missed. Evansville really feels like we will be losing a big part of our family.
I am hoping that someone will find it in their hearts to read this to Bunny if there is time and she has not passed when you receive this.
Grew up with Bunny and cried so hard when she left, even cried when I found her on the website and was reading and watching her progress at your facility.

Give her our love, hugs and kisses.
A. Coleman, Evansville, IN
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May 9, 2009
Bunny:

When your time is through
and your spirit lives on;
Those you leave behind
will miss you a ton;
I remember when you left us
from Mesker zoo,
some of us were selfish
and wanted you here too;
We now see the freedom
you have had and the
friends you have made;
were truly what you needed
we were overjoyed and glad;
When you leave this earth
and bound for heaven above;
You were Evansville's baby
and were always loved!


Bunny will never be forgotten and we will miss her so much. I hope that this can be read for her and that she truly knows that she was our baby and freedom was what she needed the most. Long live Bunny in our hearts and memories. Rest well and in peace.
A. Coleman, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,

All of Evansville will miss you, we are glad
that you spent your retirement at TES. Now it seems everyone everywhere loves Bunny.
You will always be remembered by Evansville.
God Bless you, your elephant sisters and your TES caregivers.
Diane, Evansville, Indiana
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May 8, 2009
Sweet Bunny, I wish you could have lived your whole life in freedom but I am so grateful for the time you had at this wonderful sanctuary. You are a special soul and you are loved. You are in my heart.

Once again, I am in awe of the wonderful folks at the Sanctuary. Thank you, everyone, for all you do for the elephants, dogs, cats, etc.
Ann Rappel, NJ
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May 8, 2009
Bunny you are a very courageous elephant. Your story has really touched me. May your strength be as your days and may the memory of your special life give hope to the elephants that are being persecuted today. God bless this sanctuary that you call home.
Michael Tollison, Memphis
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May 8, 2009
Dearest Bunny,
So many people have been touched by your life. You have been so sweet and gracious to both people and your ele-friends - how kind and gentle you are, and yet, what a brave and daring spirit - to sleep under the stars, explore Sanctuary with all your dear friends, and on cold winter nights, announce your presence in the barn with a "grand trumpet"!

I pray for your peaceful passage to a kinder, gentler world - and I know that your caregivers are doing all they can to make every last minute you have here on earth the very best it can be. Thank you, Carol and Scott - and thanks to all of Bunny's caregivers.
Carolyn, Brentwood, TN
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May 8, 2009
Hey, beautiful girl,

I pray you're enjoying another night under Tennessee skies, next to the brook, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and beings you love. You've had a good run in those sacred hills, old girl. You and Shirley have explored every inch of that sanctuary and could probably let the TES in on many of its secrets could they speak elephant fluently.

Our hearts feel as though they are breaking but it is only because you are tearing out a piece to take with you and leaving a piece of yours in its place. No matter how far you roam, sweet Angel, you take us with you and no matter where our journey takes us, we will take you. That is both the sorrow and the joy of having lived and loved.

Pass on light-hearted and sure-footed my dear. Know that your dear friend Shirley is a survivor and will be well cared for. She won't be far behind as she lives her final chapter without you. Give Jenny a big trunk hug for us all and tell her Shirley is coming soon.

We'll try to be brave and rejoice for our girls. We love you so and would not have missed knowing you even though our sorrow is so great. A veil keeps us from seeing the joy in your heart as you follow the trumpeting we cannot hear yet.

Namaste, sweet Bunny
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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May 8, 2009
I was very sad when I read the news about Bunny preparing to pass but then I went to her diary and smiled as I read about her first days at Sanctuary. Such an amazing elephant! I smiled even more when I looked at all her photos but then I cried as I read all the loving tributes. I wish for Bunny a peaceful passing in her favorite spot with all her loved ones nearby. I'll miss her as I have missed the other beautiful girls who have gone before her.

Safe journey Bunny. Much love.
June Olson, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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May 8, 2009
Oh, my sweet sweet Bunny--I have loved you for so many years, from Evansville and our childhood some 50+ years ago, to the Sanctuary where you have spent so many beautiful years. Please know how much you have meant to me all my life. I was convinced when you came to the Evansville Zoo that they had brought you there just for me because we were almost the same age. Oh, sweet Bunny, I love you so much. Thank you Carol, Scott and all the others who have taken such good care of my dear friend Bunny. My heart is breaking.
Julie Bomar, Hixson TN
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May 8, 2009
Bunny will always be in my mind.
She was the first elephant that I seen when I was 5. I'll always remember Bunny. I used to enjoy watching her at the Evansville Zoo. She has touched so many people and don't even know it. She will be missed but her memory will live on forever.
Thank you Bunny! for touching our lives.
Rebecca Baker, Western Ky.
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May 8, 2009
I am so sad to know the end is almost here but so grateful that Bunny got to live her final years in her wonderful home at the sanctuary. Thank you for the wonderful memories Bunny!
Beth, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
We love you Bunny. We've watched you from afar, but have learned all your funny ways. Namaste, dear friend.
STH, NY
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May 8, 2009
May your last hours be pain free and surrounded by your loved ones (both the two legged and four legged kind)and may the wings you have earned help you soar high above the sanctuary to watch over all!

Be at peace dear, sweet Bunny.
Carol Sullivan, Montreal, Quebec Canada
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May 8, 2009
With great sadness I read your story and please know that I will be with you in spirit as you take your last breath.
Janet, Newburgh, Indiana
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May 8, 2009
I adored having Bunny at the zoo, but was happy to see her go to a better place where she could roam free. I visit this site quite a bit to get updates on her. I am saddened to see her go, and hope her passing is easy and painless. I am glad she got to spend her last 10 years playing with other elephants and enjoying her time to be free, and not in an enclosure.
Rachel Cartwright, Evansville, Indiana
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May 8, 2009
Sweet Bunny, your courage, spirit for life, and loving kindness have been a gift and inspiration. May you be comforted by those you love, and who love you most, as you transcend this life.

Thank you to everyone at TES for all that you do. Many warm thoughts are with you.
Kristin, KY
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May 8, 2009
I am very sadden by the news of Bunny. Because of the sanctuary, she got to be around her own kind, make friends and have a taste of freedom. I know from reading all the news letters that she was as happy as any elephant could be in captivity . Thank you so much for giving her a great 10 years. I am very sorry for your loss.
Julie Workman, Newburgh, In (Evansville)
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May 8, 2009
We love you Bunny ! We missed you so much when you left e-ville.You will always be in our hearts .You are the most wonderful and beautiful elephant in the world.
Love You Always and Forever
Hugs and Kisses
Kirstie Gross,
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May 8, 2009
We will all miss her. those good times at the zoo. we love her
chris , Indiana
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May 8, 2009
Bunny, we will miss you. I used to visit you at Mesker Zoo in Evansville.

It makes me sad that you are going to Elephant heaven, but I am glad you had 10 years of freedom under the stars.
Mary Ann and Mickey Ball, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Bunny, I will never forget the first time I saw you, I was 7 years old. You were so beautiful, yet you looked so lonesome. I wished I could set you free to find a loving caring home( I wanted to take you home with me, I even argued that our backyard was fenced, ha ha) When I heard the news that finally you were going to have the freedom you needed in Tennessee, I was so excited for you, yet sad that I would never see you again. Thank you Bunny, I will never forget you. You are so very special. I pray that God will see you safely through your final hours. A special "Thank You" to all the people there that made the past 10 years happy ones for you. God Bless all of you.
Sherri Arnold, Rumsey KY
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,

I'm so happy that those who loved you so much released you to the sanctuary and you had the opportunity to learn about the nature girl inside of you these past 10 years.

Have a safe journey to those what are waiting and I will miss hearing about your beautiful presence.

TES thank you for showering her with so much love all these years.
andrea, florida
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May 8, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny, You will very missed by your friends, your human friends, and all of us who have shared your life. You will now see your friends who have gone before you--what a celebration you girls will have!! Thank you for sharing your time with us.
Karen, MN
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May 8, 2009
bunny i am 41 year old when i was just a kid i love to go to the zoo just to see you and it hurts my heart to hear it time for you to go.i will always have a place in my heart for you.
brigham young, evansville ind
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May 8, 2009
You will be missed.
Vicki, Evansville
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May 8, 2009
Dear Sweet Bunny,
While it's difficult to let you go, we know that you are passing in your own time, your own way, and surrounded by all who love you.
God Bless you dear girl.
, Delta, B.C.
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May 8, 2009
God speed, beautiful girl.
Robina, Melbourne, Australia
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May 8, 2009
Bunny, I love you. Wishing you all the peace and love in ele-heaven that you so richly deserve. With a tear in my eye and with much love from Lesley,
Lesley, Vancouver, Canada
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,
I'm from Vancouver, BC and remember Tina from years ago when I was a child. Say a special "hi" to her when you see her. Rest well.
Gail, Vancouver, BC
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May 8, 2009
What a wonderful gift it is to have known you... I remember as a child going behind the bar against zoo rules just to meet you... I remember looking into your eyes and as i said "hi" you extended your trunk to me as if to say "hi" back. I knew I had just made a friend. I remember that "friendshake" and knew when the debate came up on if you should stay or go i knew i had to voice my opinion. I knew it was selfish of us to keep you there in pain and in such a confined area.. I remember the day you left and how excited i was to hear of your arrival there. You truly have led a beautiful life and when you do pass on.. I know I wont be the only one sheading tears of sorrow to have lost such a beautiful gift. You mean more to alot of people than you'll ever know. Thank you for the "friendshake" and I look forward to it again in the stars....
Rebecca, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
We were one of the fortunate families to share in Bunny's life while she was at the Evansville zoo. She was one of the main attractions and you always had to stop by and see what Bunny was up to. It broke my mother's heart when Bunny left town it was a city wide affair the process was televised so everyone who loved and shared in her life became part of the process. I have shared with mom on many occasions your wonderful elecam and she was able to see for herself how happy Bunny was. Thank you for all of the love and care that you have given our old girl you allowed her the freedom to roam the hills of Tennessee free and happy the way God intended. Thank you for your humane care in her passing, she will be missed.
Kathy Folz, Evansville, IN 47712
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May 8, 2009
Wow, girl, I remember you when I was a child. Sorry to hear of your passing, but I know you have been very happy for the last 10 years. Love to you, and God bless/
Marc Schiele, Evansville, IN.
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May 8, 2009
For as long as can remember, Bunny was a part of my life growing up. She was the first animal I had to see when I came to the zoo. I use to go and talk to her and when I was in the explorers group I would sit down there with her and talk to her. I used to take my son to see her when he was young, and like me when we got to the zoo she was the first animal he wanted to see. When she went to the elephant sanctuary I was sad at first. But I knew in my heart it was the best thing for her. I'm really glad she got to spend her last days at the elephant sanctuary. Getting the chance to be an elephant. Bunny I love you and will miss you. You will always have a special place in my heart.
Ms. Shawn L. Miller, Newburgh, In.
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May 8, 2009
I grew up loving you and celebrated the day you arrived at the sanctuary. Today I cry endless tears for you as you begin your journey across the rainbow bridge. I will never forget you Bunny.
Stacey Lyon, Evansville
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May 8, 2009
Sweet Bunny,

Pass in peace - calm, without fear and know you were loved.
The Rush Family, Rancho Cordova California
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May 8, 2009
I love you Bunny and I am so proud of the zoo for allowing you to live so freely, the way an elephant should be allowed to live. We are saddened at the thought of loosing you but at the same time we are overjoyed by your testimony of what life can be like now for your sisters in captivity. It is truly a beautiful legacy you are leaving behind. We will mourn you and miss you and my prayers go out to Shirley and all your wonderful loving friends at the sanctuary and around the world. Bye my beautiful Bunny. LOVE, Brenda.
Brenda Hardin,
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May 8, 2009
Hugs and kisses to Bunny.
Lisa, French Lick, In.
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May 8, 2009
Bunny was apart of my childhood, a well-loved friend. She will forever be a part of my heart. Rest well, Bunny.

Anna Bentley
Anna Bentley, Evansville IN
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May 8, 2009
Bless your sweet heart! My heart breaks, but I know you have been loved and cared for the way it should be. Heaven waits another angel.
Susan, Nashville
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,you will always be in my heart and in my prayers. I am so glad you had 10 years of Sanctuary. You were there for Shirley when Jenny passed. I know you and Jenny will be looking over Shirley until she joins you. What a reunion that will be.

Namaste Sweet Bunny
Tania, Haymarket, Virginia
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May 8, 2009
I am praying that Bunny will have a peaceful passing. God bless all who care for her. I am grateful she has lived a long and happy life and enjoyed the last 10 years at TES.
Lisa N., Lansing, MI
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May 8, 2009
Dearest Bunny,

That you are in one of your favourite spots, being nurtured by Mother Earth under the sun, the moon and the stars, with two of your closest large friends and all the human friends you've come to call family standing with you, makes me a whole lot less sad about what's happening than I otherwise would be.

I don't want you to go, of course. If I had my way, elephants would live forever. But I also understand that it happens to be your time and the only reason I can accept that is because you're comfortable, loved, and content; and because you've enjoyed a decade of fabulous living, Bunny style.

Sweet quirky girl, you are in my thoughts and will always have a special place in my heart. I love you to pieces. I know Jenny is right beside you.
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 8, 2009
Precious Bunny,

Years ago I gave all of the elephants at the Sanctuary my own descriptive nicknames. You are Thunder in the Mountains. I know you are a small but mighty elephant, a dynamic individual so much a part of your natural world. I love you now, I love you always!
Judy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
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May 8, 2009
Peace dear sweet one!
We wish you peace
Jenna and Michael, Richmond VA
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May 8, 2009
Get well Soon
Tiffany Cowan, Morganfield Kentucky
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May 8, 2009
Namaste and Reiki light and love to you, your sisters, and your caregivers during this time.

Please give Delhi and Lota hugs for me :o)

Shine on Bunny!
Lynne Crowton, Michigan
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny...I am sad to hear that you are at the end of your journey on this earth but it sounds like you are being taken care of and are very loved. What more is there to life than that?? May your next journey in heaven be even better than the one here on earth! May God Bless you and Keep you! Don't be scared, your guardian angels are watching over you.
Shar , Pagosa Springs CO
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May 8, 2009
Namaste Bunny - you had 10 wonderful years of Sanctuary with loving caregivers and all your ele-sisters. The loving care will continue as Joanna is there waiting for you with open and loving arms.... ALL the ele-angels are there too, trumpet their welcome for you...Dear sweet Bunny Bunny "Bond") ... Namaste my dear.....

Terry N, Vancouver Island BC Canada
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May 8, 2009
We love you Bunny
, USA
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,God bless you and may you find peace.
you will be greatly missed. There are no words I can find to express how much I can thank the staff and the endless love and effort they provide and give to all of their elephants. may your journey be peaceful.
God bless all of the staff.
Rhonda woods, tomah, Wisconsin
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May 8, 2009
Beloved Bunny, close to the earth, under a sky full of stars, please know that we love you. Although we are sad for ourselves as we realize you are ready to go, we are also filled with joy from knowing that you had a bountiful life surrounded by a loving family in your Tennessee Sanctuary. May you move on with happiness and lightness to an even more wonderful place.

Namaste, funny Bunny.
Ele-aunt, US
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny,

I have visited you and your sisters (and Ned, too) on the pages of your sanctuary's website and custom elecam. We just sponsored to feed you for a day for my friend's 30th birthday on 5/05/09. Htay also hails from Burma and eagerly received the pages we printed out from the web page about your story, arrival, a decade of freedom, and now sadly your passing. You could not be in a better place for your transition with your caregivers, especially Carol and Scott, and of course your loving "ele-sisters" by your side. We wish you well. We love and miss you already!
Debra L. Hogan ( Brandon, Tara, and "Mandee", too), Binghamton, NY
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May 8, 2009
May your passing be as peaceful and gentle as you deserve.I am so glad your final resting place is to the the sanctuary surrounded by so many loving friends.
Goodbye sweet Bunny
Ellen OConnor, UK
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May 8, 2009
Dear sweet Bunny....how you will be missed. You will live in our hearts forever.....Thank God you found Sanctuary to spend your final years surrounded by love and friends....
Brenda, Bartlesville, OK
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May 8, 2009
Safe journey, sweet one, going home at last. Our hearts go with you...
Meg Johnson, USA
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May 8, 2009
Like many others Bunny was a huge part of my and my children's childhood. So glad you got to have peace in your final years. You will always be loved and we will miss you.
Cindy, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Sweet Bunny, how I rejoiced when I learned that you would be going to the Sanctuary. It was paradise for you, and an opportunity for me to learn about the Sanctuary and its website. How much I enjoyed the special times the elusive Bunny was on the elecam. I will miss you so very much, precious Bunny.
Sandy, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Go in peace sweet Bunny. You deserve a smooth journey. Thank you TES for given Bunny sanctuary. Many blessings sweet girl.
Karen, Maryland
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May 8, 2009
Thank you Bunny for everything you have done for the critters called humans. For more than 50 years you taught our children what patience is all about. When the place called "The Elephant Sanctuary" came to take you away from Evansville, you taught our children compassion. We cried, but we were happy. Our children never looked at elephants in zoos and circus the same as most children after that lesson. They realize now how cruel it was that a mighty creature such as yourself should be allowed to sit and go crazy like that! You taught ALL of us lessons we will never forget! I love you Bunny and will never forget you. Your trek to The Elephant Sanctuary truly changed my life, and make me and my children, and many others see Elephants in zoos in a whole different light! As I sit here and cry, I am soooo happy that you had this short time at the elephant sanctuary, there would have only been one better place, and hopefully someday humans will have learned and there will never be a need for a place called The elephant Sanctuary. I pray someday I will see you again over on the other side of the rainbow bridge my friend!
Mary, Evansville, In
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May 8, 2009
May you find peace in your own time and your own way, surrounded by those with whom you've shared life and love.

Namaste, Bunny, for your huge and gentle spirit and for a life fully lived with dignity and grace.
Sue, Maine
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May 8, 2009
Namaste, dear Bunny. I am so glad you had 10 years of freedom.
Barbara E., SC
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny, Nini shared you with us and we are all so glad she did. You are a beautiful girl. I wish you a wonderful journey...
krazymeerkats, Virginia
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May 8, 2009
Go softly , sweet Bunny. We will all miss you so. I swear you were always smiling...no wonder when you found refuge in such a wonderful place with loving ellie sisters and caretakers. What a great 10 years you have had! Jenny, Delhi, Queenie and the others are waiting to welcome you home. We love you. NAMASTE
Mary, San Antonio, TX
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May 8, 2009
Oh, Bunny Love, my heart is breaking, but my heart is also rejoicing at the almost 10 years of sanctuary you have had here in Tennessee. Go in peace, Bunny Love, and prepare the way for the rest of us.

There are not enough words in the world to thank all of you at the Sanctuary for what you do. God grant all of you (both the humans and the elephants) peace and help to heal your hurting hearts.
Cynthia Branham, Summertown, Tennessee
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May 8, 2009
Bunny
Thank you for your care and friendship for Tina when she came to the Sanctuary. I always had a chuckle when you were the last to enter the barn and sounded with "here I am" trumpet!! We all standby to comfort and encourage you and your caregivers..ele's & humans, waiting for when you are ready to give your final trumpet.
Lenore, Richmond, BC, Canada
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May 8, 2009
You are the reason I love elephants. My heart is very heavy and I feel like I'm losing a precious treasure. I love you so much my precious Bunny.
Julie, Anaconda, Montana
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May 8, 2009
Living in Evansville, In. I am grateful for the sanctuary that took her in after being here at Mesker Park zoo all those years. Even though it is sad going to our zoo and not seeing her, I know she is in much better environment and receiving better care. I am saddened about her ailing health, but am relieved to know she lived much longer due to being at the Sanctuary and in some concrete cage in the zoo.
Yolanda Tillotson, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
dear bunny,
i am so glad you found sanctuary the last 10 years.. and know you will sanctuary again. lots of love, cat
cat, burlington ct
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May 8, 2009
The adorable trio, bobbing in the pond! Miss Bunny, you and your sisters Jen and Shirley have always held a big chunk of my heart. What a trio! You gave me many laughs! You welcomed Shirley and stayed beside her after Jenny left us. And now your body can no longer hold the enormous spirit that is you. I wish you a peaceful journey and a joyous reunion with Jenny and your other departed sisters.

I am so very sad and I will miss you so. Love goes with you now.
Auntie Deb, Sac, Ca
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny,
Knowing you have been in elephant paradise here on earth has made me able to bear your absence when I go to Mesker Park Zoo. Funny Bunny, thanks for the memories. Thank you, Elephant Sanctuary!
Janet, Evansville IN
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May 8, 2009
Bunny, you were right.
In the night sky, just over the ridge.
The cluster of moving stars.
I bet you saw them come close, and then scatter away.
You know who it is, the sister's laughing, playing and tempting you.
We don't want you to leave us. but know you deserve to be with them too.
Love you sweet dear.
Ann A, TN
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May 8, 2009
Sweet Bunny,
I am so happy you had 10 years at the best place in the US for elephants. You are a lucky girl to have known Carol, Scott and all the "crew." Your sisters here will miss you and the staff plus all of the people who have helped to support the sanctuary over the past decade but you will be greeted by many sisters on the other side. What a meeting that will be! Blessings and peace.
Maureen, Pineville NC
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny, you were the highlight of my childhood zoo visits. A most vivid memory was walking down the ramp to your room and peeking through the tall skinny windows for a glimpse of you. My children loved to see you. Unlike the sad stories of your sisters at the Elephant Sanctuary, your life at Mesker was a good one with wonderful care given to you. We all love you!
Julie, Chandler, IN
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,
I grew up with you in Evansville. We were born the same year. I am so happy you were able to spend the last ten years of your life in the great outdoors with your friends. I remember meeting your trailer as you headed out of town. That was a happy sight to see. Sweet dreams precious Bunny as you cross that rainbow bridge. I will miss you.
Debby Clark, Henderson, KY
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May 8, 2009
Oh my sweet Bunny-Girl, I hate that you will be leaving us and leaving your best friends Shirley and Tarra. I respect your right to choose your time to leave and I am grateful that you are in a place that respects this also. I am sad...I love reading all about you and your love of being outside...about how you were always the last one to come to the barn in winter, not letting a little cold weather come between you and the star-studded Tennessee sky. Blessings upon you, sweet girl, I will keep you and your buddies Shirley and Tarra in my prayers.
Namaste my beautiful Bunny-Girl,
Love,
Sherry Heim, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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May 8, 2009
I've always loved Bunny's irrepressible spirit. I have fond memories of the way Bunny adapted to her new-found freedom so quickly. I understand that her passing is part of the natural order of things, but is it wrong for me to pray for a miracle? Namaste Bunny.
Cindy Christen, Fort Collins, CO
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May 8, 2009
Safe journey when you are ready, sweet Bunny. Joanna and all the others that have gone before you are waiting to greet you on the other side.
GB, Vancouver Island, BC
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May 8, 2009
I'm so glad that you spent the last ten years of your life in paradise Bunny. You got to know what love, friendship and true caring is all about. Know that there are many souls out here thinking of you and sending out their love. There are many elephant friends patiently waiting for you over the rainbow. Have a good journey.
Chriss, BC Canada.
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May 8, 2009
Thank you my dear girl for your special presence and for being yourself...a very special, sweet girl. I am so thankful that you have had the best 10 years of your life, in the company of your elephant sisters and your special humans. Of course I wish for you to stay with us, perhaps that is selfish, but I know your next journey will take you to the loving company of those who have gone before you

Namaste, my sweet Bunny
Susan C., B.C. Canada
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May 8, 2009
I am saddened that Bunny's time is near but I know she excepts what lays ahead when she crosses over the Rainbow Bridge to join the others that are waiting for her. My heart goes out to all the caregivers as well.
Rhonda , Zanesville, OH
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May 8, 2009
Over the Rainbow Bridge you're going. We've enjoyed your company here. You were my joy as a child. Maybe I'll see you again one day over the Rainbow bridge. I'll listen for your trumpet!
Karen , Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
May your journey be peaceful sweet Bunny.
Namaste, Bunny
Bev Saul, Wise, VA
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May 8, 2009
I was so happy when she was taken to the sanctuary, even tho it was sad to see where she used to be at our zoo. I always feel sad for the captured animals..I'm glad you were free for almost 10 years!! I will remember you always.
candy cartwright, royal office products
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May 8, 2009
My dear sweet Bunny:

I will miss you terribly when you pass. I have loved watching you from time to time on the ele-cam. It feel truly like a member of my family is passing. Bunny, I cannot tell you how happy I am that you got to spend the last 10 years of your life in heaven with your sisters, roaming over the acreage in the Sanctuary. I thank Carol for bringing you to the Sanctuary. Know that we will miss you, but know that we understand what you must do. My prayers go out to you and to dear Shirley. I know she will miss you a lot. You are leaving a huge legacy! Rest in tranquil peace. Namaste dear Bunny.
Linda, Suggs Creek, Tn
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May 8, 2009
Dearest Bunny, I am so glad you were able to spend 10 wonderful years of sanctuary. I think it's wonderful you get to spend your last days exactly where you want to be. With much love to take to the next plane of existence....
Janet Slates, Toledo, Ohio
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May 8, 2009
Awesome girl, you have so richly deserved your freedom and joy at The Sanctuary! My heart is glad you have had 10 wonderful years there. You will be remembered!!
G. Barnett, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Sweet beautiful girl. Your sisters are awaiting you across the bridge. What a wonderful trumpet filled reunion it will be. Know that you are loved by so many you have never met. Take our love to keep you safe on your journey home. You will not be forgotten princess Bunny!
melissa vandervort, Scottsdale,AZ
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May 8, 2009
May we all be as brave as you have been Bunny when our time is near. I'm so thankful you were able to live your 'Golden Years' at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Charlie, Pennsylvania
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May 8, 2009
God Bless you Bunny...sleep well as angels take you home...
Teri (Deneke) Conley, Jasper, Indiana
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May 8, 2009
Oh Bunny, it is hard not to be sad by your final days left at The Sanctuary, but I know you are surrounded by Shirley, Tarra and your caregivers that love you so much.

I just re-read your bio and arrival at The Sanctuary and you sure did adapt to your freedom quickly :) You deserved it sooo much!

Like all the elephants at The Sanctuary we have learned from you.

Bunny I'm so glad that your final days are being at your home called The Sanctuary where you were able to live like an elephant--free and by your choices and not at some zoo alone.

You will never be forgotten, and you will be cherished in my heart forever. You have more friends waiting for you in ele heaven.

Trunk touches, trumpets & squeaks to you all.

Juanita Eisinger, Livonia, MI
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May 8, 2009
You were my favorite when I was taken to Mesker Park Zoo so many years ago. I wish you peace as you pass from this world into the next. Rest in peace knowing you brought so much joy to so many. You will be forever loved and remembered.
CS, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
When I was a little girl I would visit the zoo at least once a month when it was warm and I always looked forward to seeing you and Donna the hippo you were my favorites. Then many years later I was able to share you with my own children. I was so very happy when the chance came for you to move and live out the rest of your years with your sisters and that you would know freedom again.
You will be loved and remembered forever.
Michelle, Evansville, Indiana
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May 8, 2009
To a dwarf child who was always tinier than her peers, you were truly larger than life. I cheered with gusto when it was announced you would be set free and the chains and shackles would be taken from your feet....just like the line from the song "I'll Fly Away". I pray your passing will be as painless and natural as possible. You'll rest in the arms of the angels soon and one day you and I will walk together in a place I've always dreamed possible. Namaste my beautiful Bunny.
Angie Wallace-Skaggs, Henderson County KY
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May 8, 2009
May your soul feel the love that all of us out here are sending so that you may cross the bridge gently and unafraid. Bye Bye Bunny.
Miranda, Sacramento, CA
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May 8, 2009
We will miss you, Bunny!
Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA
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May 8, 2009
Bunny I love you even though I never met you, and I feel like the world will be a little smaller and darker without you. You have been a shining example of friendship, devotion, and simply being able to experience joy each day. Thank you for sharing that with us.
Jackie B., Arlington VA
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May 8, 2009
Sweet and pretty Bun Bun. We wish we could lie down beside you and stroke your pretty face and feed you and tell you how much we love you. You were so happy at the sanctuary and that's all we could ask for. Sweet dreams for a sweet girl.
Erica and Auntie Marie, NC
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May 8, 2009
I will never forget you, precious Bunny. You are a part of my childhood memories and I was so happy when you were given a new home at The Elephant Sanctuary. Namaste, dearest Bunny.
CW, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Bunny,
I remember feeding you at the Evansville Zoo when I was a little girl. I know that it is your time to leave us. Just know that you touched so many of us including me. Go in peace. I will miss you.
C. Shelton, Henderson, Ky
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May 8, 2009
As a child in Evansville, I knew you. I believe I am 12 years older than you, Bunny. As an adult I have viewed your days at the Elephant Sanctuary on the web cam often and have been thankful for those who cared for you and those in Indiana who cared enough to let you go. Peace to a magnificent member of God's animal kingdom.
Becky K, Indiana
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May 8, 2009
Be at peace good friend and dearest companion
Merilee, Tollhouse, California
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May 8, 2009
Goodby beautifil girl....rest in peace.
DB, Atlanta
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny, we are so glad you are with your friends at the sanctuary and have gotten to enjoy your golden years as a elephant for the first time in your life. We will miss you but you can trumpet and sing in elephant heaven.
slinky, Newburgh, IN
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May 8, 2009
My Dear Precious Bunny. How I will miss you sweet girl. My one consolation is that you have been able to have 10 years at TES. Bless you Bunny. We will love you and miss you forever. Please hear our prayers as you pass. How I wish I could comfort you in these final days. Just a human who wants you to know peace and who is ashamed of all your mistreatment through your life by other humans who only thought of their needs and not yours.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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May 8, 2009
We know how happy you have been these last ten years, it has given you the chance to show your individual personality. I adore you Bunny. and I describe you as a Dear Coquettish Charmer.
Fay, Victoria, B.C.
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May 8, 2009
Dear Bunny,
I have watched you for several years now on the Elecam and will remember the best about you. You are a beautiful girl who will forever be remembered by TES staff and elephant devotees. Bless you Bunny for being there for Shirley, Jenny and Tara - three of my favorite characters from TES world!!!!

Take care and keep little Jenny close - we will miss both of you but fond memories will help overcome our sorrow.....
Lyn Hall , Sacramento, CA
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May 8, 2009
I wish you could have had more time to enjoy your life at the Sanctuary, but thank God you had those precious ten years. You've been part of our lives and our history for so many years...we'll never forget you, dear Bunny.
AW, Evansville, IN
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May 8, 2009
Dearest Bunny, may you rest peacefully in heaven with all the other elephants that went before you. You will be remembered by your ele-sisters and ele-brother. Good-bye, sweet Bunny. Love, Liz
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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May 8, 2009
Dearest elusive girl, you hid from us for years, but the diaries and pictures made us fall in love with you. Bunny, the jumper, I still chuckle at that. You will always be in my heart.
Lynn, Nashville
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May 8, 2009
May the angels watch over you and give you peace until your journey to heaven.
Annette and Mike, Waterbury, Ct
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May 8, 2009
"In a beautiful valley beside a babbling brook with a huge blue sky overhead"

Bunny, You have always been an outside girl and enjoyed almost a decade of the wide open places of Sanctuary. I'm glad that you were able to choose the place of your transition. If you must go, go peacefully into that good night and know that we all love you.
Judy K, Chicago, IL
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May 8, 2009
You are one of the very special girls there at the Sanctuary. I am so glad you had 10 years of pure heaven. You have been an inspiration to watch as you became an elephant again.

Thanks for being such a fun and dear elephant to know.

We will miss you and your escapades.
Carol Hassen, Avondale Estates
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May 8, 2009
Bunny, you were my first ele. I have a screen name...I call myself Bunnysmom. I am terribly sad right now, but so grateful that you were able to spend your life here. Goodbye, sweet Bunny.
MU, Seattle, WA
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May 8, 2009
I am glad you were given the opportunity to call The Elephant Sanctuary home. You will be remembered! Namaste, Bunny.
JMK, Seattle
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May 8, 2009
Time to rest dear girl, time to rest.
Tracey, Saugus, Ma
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May 8, 2009
Wish I could go with you...good bye....sweet Bunny.
CM, Florida
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May 8, 2009
Sweet dreams and fly on the wings of angels Bunny.
SR, Vancouver, BC
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