Tributes to Delhi


“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals
everything, and love is all there is.”
Gary Zukav

February 7, 2014
What a wonderful girl you were Delhi, It is so wonderful you and many others have had and will continue to have long lives.Live and enjoy life with the carers that love you and people like myself who look at you as part of the family like all the other elephants. Being a elephant is a God sent miracle to us on Earth. God bless you Delhi you were one of a kind.
Kerry Russell Camden New south Wales AUSTRALIA
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January 4, 2014
Dear beautiful Delhi, You are greatly missed by Misty, Dulary, and lot's of others. I'm from India, just like you. The sanctuary was so lucky to have such a wise elephant like you. You are one of my favorite elephants at the wonderful sanctuary you used to live in. Even though I only found out about the sanctuary only a few months ago, I miss you very much.You are remembered and loved by many.
Sree Namboothiri Lexington, KY
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March 29, 2012
Delhi, you are missed.
Kaitland California
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July 23, 2011
delhi, after years of searching for you i finally found you. you were a good girl. i only wish i could have found you sooner. for years i have wondered what happened to you. we had some great days together. you are sadly missed.
fred hess leetsdale pa
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March 15, 2011
Luv you, Delhi! RIP
Catherine Charlotte, NC
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March 12, 2011
Delhi, Three years have passed since you left and I still think about you and still missing you.
JE Michigan
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March 13, 2010
Oh Dehli- I forgot to write you a tribute yesterday and I know you forgive me. Your final months are still a wonder to me and I remember them vividly as I shared them with my middle school science students. We were all amazed by the hospice care you were given and received with such grace. They learned a lot about elephants that year and I trust that it will bear fruit in many of them. You were our teacher wise one, dear one. Namaste, angel. Give ele-kisses to Jelly Bean, Queenie, Ned, Zula, Ned, Lota, Barbara, Tina, and Joanne. You are forever in our hearts.
Caite York Milton-Freewater, Oregon
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March 11, 2010
Sweet Delhi, Today, March 11th, marks two years since you took your last breath on this Earth. I wish I knew the day of Your Birth so that I could give Thanks on that Day for You, for such a beautiful Being coming into the World. I don't even know where you were born and under what circumstances, except for the fact that you were wild born, free somewhere in Asia, if indeed your Mom was not a captive elephant. But that and the event of your capture remain a mystery, at least to me. The truth is that the little bit I know about You having learnt if from the video posted on the Sanctuary's website is all I need to Love You Forever. Sweet Darling. People are aware of the reason behind your coming to The Sanctuary. To say how sorry I am about what happened to You in Your Life, doesn't even begin to describe the devastating pain I feel in my heart. I am sorry your feet got hurt. And although the last five years at The Sanctuary cannot erase the previous fifty six in the circus, do know that you were, still are and always will be well-loved. Your benefactors did everything to help you regain your strength and experience happiness and joy. The soothing foot soaks of apple cider vinegar mixture and petals of sweet marigold... Oh, that must have felt good. You were showered with attention and enjoyed the company of your ele-sisters. Beloved Delhi, you deserve every drop of goodness because You are Goodness Yourself. Your Spirit shines through that video. How sweet You are sleeping in the grass...and leaning against the tree, then resting on the mound. Towards the end of the video, Scott kisses your trunk. Who could resist! Precious, precious girl. We all miss the Majesty of You. We all miss the Miracle of You, the Elephant. We all miss You, Beloved Delhi. Rest peacefully my Love upon the Hill, Where Nature will cradle You forever in her Still.
B., New York
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August 20, 2009
I love you, Delhi
Sabine Zell Simsbury, CT
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July 10, 2009
Dear Delhi, I always think about how much I love elephants and that I love this sanctuary. But that is not the only thing I love. I love you so much! I miss you so much. I wish you were still here! I want you to know that I love you and so does everybody else! I love you so much and I miss you so much
Hailey Ottawa, ON
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March 11, 2009
Dear Delhi, I can't believe how fast time passes, and that its already been a year. There's not a day that goes by, that I don't think of what an amazing, beautiful girl you are. I know you are up in Heaven running free forever with all the other ele Angels and that everytime you trumpet it brings a smile to God's face. I love you, Delhi.
Stacie Fort Collins, Colorado
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March 11, 2009
Delhi, It has been one year since you left. I think of you often. I think about the strength you had everyday of your life, the love you gave your sisters (especially Misty) and about what you taught me. It was your passing that taught me to live everyday to its fullest, because sometimes I think we forget to do that. Sweet, sweet Delhi. Miss you lots.
JE Michigan
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March 10, 2009
It was your prayer that helped me, and probably many others as well, bear your transition to the next plane. I am reading the "Life and Lore of the Elephant" and am happy that you had a few years of loving care from loving humans. Please let the others who have passed before you, who never experienced goodness from humans, who died violent, tragic, and needless deaths at their hands know that we may finally be evolving into higher-level beings like you and your kind. I miss the twinkle in your eye and the playful mischief of your sweetheart. Delhi’s Prayer Delhi, I pray for your safe journey; unencumbered, light-footed and protected. I pray for your safe journey to where your spirit needs to go. Namaste our dearest Delhi. 1946 - March 11, 2008
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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March 10, 2009
Wednesday March 11 2009 marks one year since we all lost one of the sweetest girls ever. We all miss her terribly, but she is resting in God's hands, pain free. We miss you Delhi.
Rebecca McCoy Fort Worth, Texas
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March 9, 2009
Dearest Delhi- Hard to believe a year has passed since you passed from this plane over to the next. I read your diary everyday last year and am rereading it in order to remind myself of the miracle of you. You truly proved the healing power of love. Your smile demonstrated how the love of your caregivers had healed your many internal and external injuries. Your love and smiles for them healed the sorrow so many of us felt over the abuse you suffered at the hands of humans. I will never forget you, sweet Delhi, joyous being, full of and healed by love. You helped me teach my 6th and 7th grade science students about the plight of endangered species as well as about the power of love. They came to know and love you as I do. Saludos a Queenie y Zula y a todos los otros. Namaste sweet angels.
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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January 19, 2009
Delhi, you are a remarkable elephant that has gone through years of suffering, and at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, you have truly been able to blossom. You are a special, loved, and cherished part of the herd. Delhi, you will always have a place in the herd no matter what! Thanks, Josh To Carol and Scott: Thank you for taking in such a wonderful elephant. You saved her life, and she was able to let go of all worries and just be an elephant! Thank you Carol, and thank you Scott! Keep up the good work taking care of and saving abused elephants. Your efforts do not go unseen!
Josh Wallingford
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December 27, 2008
God Bless You Delhi!You will always have a special place in my heart.
Diane Fairmont Charlotte, NC
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December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas, Delhi! Please watch over and guide us in this new year with your granny wisdom and childlike delight. Your eyes sparkled right up to the end with love and appreciative recognition for the many kindnesses shown to you by your caretakers there at TES. I know that you waited so long so that you could go to the foot of the rainb ow bridge and greet your sister, Queenie and cross over together with her. And while losing you both so close together, it is now clearer that the gift you gave us of allowing us the time and giving us the opportunity to say goodbye to you in our own ways, made losing Queenie more bearable. Trumpet to stars for us here on Terra. Help us to become a world in which peace is the norm and war an aberration. Help us spread the unconditional love that was given to you and received by you to all of our human and animal family. Let this beautiful planet finally be transformed into the garden it is destined to become. Namaste, angel. Kiss all of your sisters for me.
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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December 24, 2008
Hey sweet girl, Merry Christmas to you and all of your "sisters." You are one special lady.
Maureen Pineville NC
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December 10, 2008
Dearest Delhi, Merry Christmas, dear girl. I know that you are keeping an ever watchful eye over Ned and was there to comfort him if he became fearful in those first days & nights until he became settled in.
Kathy Webster, NY
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December 8, 2008
Dearest Delhi, I know that you are watching over Ned and teaching him to live the life that was meant for him. Guide him in his new life and watch over him from heaven.
Kathy Webster, NY
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November 22, 2008
Dear sweet Delhi , we watched the truck bring another wounded one to paradise. Ned is living in the space you called home for so long.Whisper to him it's ok to play ,to live and to love.He looked so sad and lost ,like part of him gave up and went on. Tell him about the joy of soccer( and letting Scott win a few games)and how you made your great escape.Whisper to him how many hearts he's touched and his real life begins now.I miss you and think about the twinkle in your eyes always.
Laura Canada
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November 10, 2008
Delhi, one of your brothers, Ned, was finally seized by the USDA as you were. I couldn't help but think of you when I read his bio. Hopefully the USDA will take further actions against other circuses and many more elephants can be saved. Thanks to the efforts to save you and the ever-increasing public outcry against animal abuse, Ned and hopefully many more (all) will live a better life. Rest in peace, dear Delhi. We will never forget you!
Maggie Baldwin Saratoga Springs, NY
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September 11, 2008
To my precious Delhi "ele angel". I prayed for you and it brought such joy to my heart knowing how much you loved TES, your sisters, and human family.You just wanted to be with them awhile longer to reciprocate their warm bright love which poured into you and illuminated your heart, body, and soul everyday. What a beautiful testament to TES. Thank you everyone at TES. Keep playing my beautiful girl......
Sherry Crowder Shelby, North Carolina
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September 1, 2008
Delhi, I still think about you everyday and I try not to cry. But I know that you are in a safe place with your sisters and Joanna. You taught me so much with your passing--live everyday to the fullest and never look back!
JE Michigan
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July 26, 2008
What a beautiful girl and a beautiful soul. Delhi could teach us all a lesson on grace and acceptance. May her soul meet with her friends on the other side, and I hope that Misty and her other friends, human and elephant, will find peace.
Laura Dove Nashville
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July 17, 2008
To all the beautiful girls who have gone ahead know that you are deeply missed hugely loved. If I can love half as much as you I will be happy. See you in heaven
julia calif
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June 20, 2008
Delhi, my sweet majestic girl. You have forever placed footprints on my heart. I'm so blessed to have known about you. God bless you and keep you and your friends and family (elephant and human). We will all be together when God calls us home. Sleep tight my sweet girl.
Donna Steinleitner Melbourne, Florida
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June 12, 2008
To all that have graduated into heaven's sanctuary, we were blessed to have known you here on earth. Sorry for any pain we may have caused you and ask for your forgiveness and tell you how much you were loved.I find comfort in knowing that when my time comes to leave this earth, I will be greeted by loving arms,trunks, paws and trumpets. But oh how we miss you and love you still. We shall journey on.
Judy Sato Richmond, BC Canada
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May 8, 2008
Thank you for showing us how to pass to the next life with dignity and grace. I like to think of you at the rainbow bridge with those who have passed and you are all celebrating together. You touched a place deep down in all of us with your strength.Be well dear girl and know we will all miss you.
jkrogh Vista,CA.
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April 29, 2008
Delhi, sweet girl, I think about you often. You were the grande dame of the founding group for me. You had the smoothest face of all and you were kindness and sweetness incarnate. I miss you. And I know you had a wonderful life at TES.
Janet Cambridge MA
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April 16, 2008
You are so beautiful... Looking at those kind eyes, all those years humans were so cruel to you and you still had room for love for our species. I will always be grateful for the gift you are teaching me: forgiveness. I hope I see you and Queenie one day.
Alyssa Burbank, CA
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April 13, 2008
"L'amour ne disparaît jamais...la mort n'est rien. Je suis seulement passée dans la pièce d'à côté. La vie signifie tout ce qu'elle a toujours signifié. Elle est ce qu'elle a toujours été. Le fil n'est pas coupé. Pourquoi serais-je hors de votre pensée, simplement parce que je suis hors de votre vue? Je vous attends, je ne suis pas loin, juste de l'autre côté du chemin. Vous voyez, tout est bien." Henry Scott Holland voilà ce que tu nous aurais dit si tu avais pu parler. Je t'aime Delhi
marysette france
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April 7, 2008
Sweet Delhi - I know you are in a beautiful place, your eyes before your transition showed that you were one with the Spirit World in the blinding, loving Light. I remember reading how Hawthorn Hell had hurt your poor feet - I had to help rescue you and your other Hawthorn sisters. I recall you stepping over the fence at the old Q-barn because you wanted to be with the other elephants so bad! How you immersed yourself in the habitat once you were out of quarantine, and especially how you still smiled, laughed and enjoyed life while having a painful disease. You helped me bear my own pain - I would think 'If she can still love life and be in the moment, then so can I, and with a smile!" Thank you for your many gifts, and I will send sweet Misty healing energy. How wise of you to wait for your reunion with Misty and then for Misty to find Dulary to love. You are truly a Saintly Being, as are all your Hawthorn sisters. We all love you, and we miss you.
Catherine Ormsby Haddon Heights, NJ
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April 3, 2008
I am late, and I'm sorry, Delhi, I love you and always will. You had a hold of part of my utter soul, and always will be a part of me. I do what I do because of you, I am so glad you had time at the Sanctuary. I wrote a poem for you on your "Friends" page and I had to change the words a little. Rest in peace, sweet lady.
Kim MM-SE USA
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April 1, 2008
Thank you for your presence, your courage and your graceful ways. I love you!
Moneen Bay Village OH
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March 31, 2008
Delhi dear one, we now know that Queenie, bless her heart, has suddenly passed on and so we hope that you will receive her on your next journey. We miss you both and are blessed to have been able to see you at TES. You gentle beings have moved and inspired us
mickey victoria bc
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March 31, 2008
Delhi and I know you won't mind my adding Queenie on your page. Each of you so precious, what beautiful beings! May you be together in the mystery that transcends life. My hope for your beloved humans from the sanctuary,is to be reunited with you someday again, over the rainbow bridge.
Susie Montana
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March 31, 2008
Dear Delhi...as you cross the Rainbow Bridge and join those who have gone before you, please know that you were a true inspiration to many and you will never be forgotten. Your strength, your determination, and your sweet, playful personality were the traits that made you so special. Please walk beside Queenie as you both enter your resting place and know that all of us left behind will be forever grateful to you for teaching us some very valuable lessons in life. Your legacy will live forever!
CG Nashville, TN
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March 31, 2008
Delhi who knew that Queenie would join you so quickly, our tears haven't yet stopped over your passing, and we lose another gentle giant in the blink of an eye.
CJ Perdido Key, Florida
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March 31, 2008
Dear Delhi, Thanks for warming our hearts and enlarging our souls by your wonderful spirit and concern for your fellow elephant sisters and theirs' for you. We have been blessed!! Dear Caregivers, You are such precious caregivers of your "charges". Many People could learn much from you as they care for their "human charges" as far as compasion and giving the freedom of making choices. "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" Psm 51:10
Cathi Welch Nashville, TN
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March 31, 2008
Sweet Delhi, May you find comfort and solace in the great beyond. You are an inspiration to many. Rest in peace baby girl.
Colleen Lynn Knoxville, TN
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March 30, 2008
Dear Delhi, You were such a delight to watch and an inspiration to all of us, demonstrating how to make the most of every single minute of every day, no matter what. You will be greatly missed, but always remembered with joy.
LP Surrey, B.C.
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March 30, 2008
Delhi, Your sister Queenie is joining you and the others in the spirit ele-herd. May she rest in peace.
Janet Cambridge MA
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March 30, 2008
Delhi, I remember the day you arrived and the life you had lived prior to being sent to TES. You showed them Dehli, running up the hill so many times and living as long as you did thanks to the caregivers and the love of your elephant family.
Nancy Ojai
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March 30, 2008
Delhi, so beautiful, so wonderful in spirit. May we all learn from her life...and death. Rest in peace, my friend.
Nancy Tocci Needham, Ma
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March 29, 2008
Dear Elephant care takers,
Thanks you so much for being there for Delhi and providing her a life she deserved!
tracy bygate duxubry ma
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March 29, 2008
Worry not about me.
I will be well you see,
when I get to There.
My feet will no longer pain me,
no more will they be sore.
It will be like wading
on a warm and distant shore.
Grateful for the time
I was given to reflect, and show respect,
bestowing love and restful peace...
Tenderly adoring fellow persons
who care for me.
Fellow Sisters have
learned my history.
Family stories have been told.
I have passed them on...
I know have the capacity
to leave - and go beyond.
(farewill by butterfly)

Carole Moffett Delano, California
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March 29, 2008
I am so grateful to all of the caregivers at the santuary for the love, kindness and care they showered upon beautiful Delhi. I thank God for her final years of happiness and peace. It breaks my heart everyday to know that there are still elephants and other animals suffering at the hands of humans. I hope and pray that I see the day when we can watch animals from afar and understand that they do not belong in circuses, but grazing in beautiful pastures as God intended. All of my prayers for Delhi in her new home in Elephant heaven.
Ally New York, New York
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March 29, 2008
Having witnessed the Hawthorne barn first hand, I can only imagine the wonder you felt upon arriving at the Sanctuary--fragrant pines, moths fluttering in starlight, soft breezes laden with Gulf humidity, and, best of all, the tender friendship of your new old friend, Misty. May we share with you a wonder, a conviction "in the ultimate rightness of things." Love from Lisa, Larry, Calvin and Bunny
Lisa Kane Boulder, CO
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March 29, 2008
Delhi, rest in peace always. You had a terrible life before the sanctuary but your last years on earth were obviously happy. None of your friends will ever forget you - elephant and human alike.
Maggie Saratoga Springs, NY
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March 29, 2008
Delhi, I know you have crossed over the `Rainbow Bridge` and grazing in the meadows there with all your animal friends. I am so happy you enjoyed your last years on earth and surrounded by much love. Hope to meet you someday over there.
Dorris N.O. La. Area
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March 29, 2008
Many people loved you, Delhi. I hope, in your honor, we will use our grief and energy to support organizations that work to put an end to live animal circuses in America. We must lobby, write letters and influence people to put an end to this barbaric, exploitive, murderous, and totally unethical business enterprise. In memory of you and to honor you, dear Delhi.
Liz Minneapolis
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March 29, 2008
In our arrogance, we claim to be the pinnacle of God's creation. We think we can control Nature, we think we can live outside its eternal rhythms. We even think we can create Life. We are instead, the inflictors of untold misery and suffering, the designers of implements of unimaginable destruction. Our knowledge and greed as a species will inevitably lead to our own extinction. Nature will demand its tribute, and we will have to pay. Our greatest crime is that the harm we cause is not just to ourselves, but to every living entity on this Planet Earth. Some of our leaders tell us not to worry...when it is unbearable to live here anymore, we will have conquered Space and Time Travel; we will go to our next Paradise and make it better. In all that darkness, however, I see a glimmer of hope. It is the unconditional love that is demonstrated everyday at places such as the Sanctuary. It is the ability to forgive, to be patient and tolerant. The Buddha said that the only way to conquer Hate is with Love, and that is indeed the Universal Truth. I have learned so much from these creatures, sentient beings who have been imprisoned and abused most of their lives, for our enjoyment. They forgive us, accept us, and teach us how to live. Jenny was the first transition I became aware of after starting to visit this glorious site. I was so worried for our dear Shirley then, but, I should have remembered how well you all care for each other. Delhi, I am honored to have been made aware of your transition by your loving caretakers. You knew the time was approaching for your next Journey, and you embraced the moment. You did not flinch or fight, or lash out in anger at those sorrounding you, and I am sure that if we could have read your thoughts, you were not constantly complaining at the injustice of being deprived of your life, or asking, as we humans do, "why me". You were teaching us that if we live, we have to die. It is as Natural a process as being born. You let us all know what it is to die unafraid and with dignity. You are a Pure Soul, a being without malice. I have such a long way to go before I am able to rise to your level, but having known you and all the others, I think I will get closer and closer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Angel Denver, Colorado.
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March 29, 2008
Thank you so very much for including all of us in the life of the girls and especially in Delhi. I am a nurse who takes care of dying patients all of the time. I look up to and call all of the people at the sanctuary true heroes!! I wish someday when i retire that i could come down and care for the elephants. Words cant express how grateful i am and all i can do is send money to help. I also want to thank you for the ele-cam. It makes me feel part of it all. God bless all of you and esp. to Delhi and her wonderful spirit which will live on forever. As cruel as man is and has been to these beautiful animals, now they look so happy. This is all we can ask for.
Marylee Humphrey Seekonk, Ma.
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March 29, 2008
What a magical tribute video befitting a most magnificent lady. God bless each and every one of you at the E.S. for what you do. We only wish that Delhi could have enjoyed more earthly time with you in elly paradise. May her spirit bless her favorite home and friends through eternity.
Kris & Eric Banks New Jersey
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March 29, 2008
About 2 years ago after seeing a report of the TES on the news I have visited the site daily to catch a glimpse of the girls, my granddaughter who will turn 5 in July stays with me quite often and when we awake in the morning her words are "MeMaw can we see if the elephants are up?" So off to the website we go. I discussed Delhi's condition and we kept up with the news and pictures on the site. The weekend after Dehli passed I explained this to Ani and she said " Its Ok Memaw she is in Heaven now". I have such gratitude to the team at TES for taking such great care of these unique marvels of the animal kingdom. My heart breaks hearing about all the mistreatment but I am sure God has a special spot for you all in heaven for being such wonderful caregivers. Just think Delhi and Johanna are reunited! You must know that they both are having a glorious reunion! Peace to you Delhi you have passed to a place where there is no hurt or pain!
Juanita McIntosh and Ani D'Albini Ottawa Ks
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March 29, 2008
I love all elephants having grown up in Africa and frequently watch elecam. I mourn most deeply the loss of beloved Delhi.
Jackie Siddons nashville, TN
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March 28, 2008
Thinking of you tonight, and wishing you were still here with us. It is hard to let go
USA
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March 28, 2008
I am relatively new to the Elephant Sanctuary Site but I just LOVE what you are doing for those beautiful, amazing creatures. I watched the video of Delhi and she looks like she was so happy - she even looks like she is skipping and smiling when she walks. If they say that Elephants never forget, you must all be doing the most amazing job there because with all the sadness and abuse that I am sure these elephants had - they all seemed to have forgotten it once they are there at the sanctuary. Bless you all for what you do for these wonderful, sweet animals and you should feel so proud of your work. Bless Delhi too:) I am sure she is smiling down on all of you and her fellow elephants at the sanctuary....
Laurie San Diego
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March 28, 2008
Sleep in peace dear Delhi. You died knowing that you were surrounded by love - and that is a wonderful thing to know. Thank you for the years of happiness you gave us all.
Leila Capell Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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March 28, 2008
Dear Delhi, I will miss seeing your beautiful face and playful being. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the TES staff, you are angels here one earth for these precious elephants. I love to turn the volume up on my computer to hear the melodic trumpeting of the girls. My family knows this is such a soothing sound for me. I long for the day I can retire and move closer to the sanctuary just to hear your trumpeting melodies, and breathe the same air that you all breathe. May you rest in peace my beautiful girl, you are so greatly missed.
Melissa Pirtle Springfield, TN
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March 28, 2008
Beautiful girl! Though your life on earth was full of pain and fear because of human cruelty, I hope your death will bring the peace and happiness you should have had on earth. You are an inspiration, as all animals are. You are strong, never complain, or whine like lowly humans. Namaste, Delhi!
Lexi Fl
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March 28, 2008
Everyone that helped care for Delhi deserves a huge thank you. You not only inspire many people and made sure that Delhi's passing was a peaceful one. Delhi - enjoy life on the other side. You will be missed.
Jennie St. Louis, MO
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March 28, 2008
Thank you all for caring for Delhi with such love and devotion, staying by her side and never flinching away. We all deserve such care; you make the world a better place by providing it to Delhi and her family. Gassho
Mary Wilson Gabriola Island BC
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March 26, 2008
One more huge thank you to all of the caregivers at the Sanctuary. Reading all of the tributes, we are all brought together through our love for elephants, and we all wish we could be the caregivers for "the girls", I know I do, however the chosen ones, who we all live vicariously through, I cannot help but say thank you over and over. The girls and all of us are blessed and I wish that they could all live forever, even if they always will in our hearts, sometimes it would be great to just give them one more "trunk hug", one more time, I bet. Please know that we are all thinking about you, and Delhi, and Jenny, and Joanna, all of them and their pain is our pain. God Bless all of you and all of the girls. Even if I might never meet one of these girls in this life, I hope to one day........
Jocelyn Ohio
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March 26, 2008
Just a note regarding the question about euthanasia. When my grandmother was dying, about two weeks before her death she stated "I don't need anymore pain medication. I have already started to pass on" and she didn't need any pain medication after that. For the next two weeks, she appeared to be somewhere else and then was back with us. I believe Delhi experienced the same gradual process that my grandmother did. All her life, Delhi had people controlling her life but once she found sanctuary, she could control her own life supported by people who loved her. I think it was appropriate for her to control her own passing, in her own way, the last beautiful gift her caregivers could give to her. Bless all of you, kind sanctuary angels.
Nancy F Washington
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March 25, 2008
Delhi-Your spirit and grace reached out to me over the miles and indelibly touched my soul. I fell in love with you the first time I saw you and I truly felt lucky to be able to witness those first months and years of your freedom up close and “personal”. You have inspired me and I will always remember you. I wish you peace. Namaste my dear Delhi, I love you.
NK Studio City, CA
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March 25, 2008
Humorous, Graceful, a Teacher, Forgiver, Gentle Body, Gentle Soul, Determined, Brave, Loving, Zest for Life. These are the words that come to mind when I think of Delhi. What a world it would be if mankind possessed all of these traits. Thankyou TES for your loving kindness to Delhi. Rest in Peace Delhi.
chriss Vancouver Island, Canada.
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March 25, 2008
Darling creature of life, soul of past, light of present, You have gone home now. Back to a place where there is no pain, no sadness, no cruelty, no hardship, no sickness. Yet you will stand as an ambassador to all that you leave behind. Dearest dear, I think of how much pain you endured throughout your life, and the despair that you must have felt, but you held out and hope which became faith in the reality of your heaven on earth on the roaming hills on Tennessee. Your journey to the light is representation of your spirit smooth and calm, gentle and tender. May you rest in peace with all those who have preceded you. Live in light, walk in tranquility, rest in serenity.
Emily Martinez-Vogt Rochester, NY
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March 24, 2008
I hope dear sweet Delhi is in a Better place now.
Maggie Coulter Phionex,Arizona
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March 24, 2008
A poem for a lovely lady who will be greatly missed.

For Delhi
In Memoriam

A radiant light guiding me home
Joyous trumpets declaring welcome
Guardian angels beckoning me to come forth
My precious sisters standing guard
With one voice, my ethereal family calls
Taking one step forward, one step backwards
A journey of love, a journey of sacrifice
Understanding from those I leave
Forgiveness for those who know no better
A gentle touch, a gentle whisper,
Rumbles of acceptance urging me onward
Never look back, never forget
Forever bonded, forever thankful
Rejoice in your heart, rejoice in spirit
Rejoice for my life, rejoice for my happiness eternal
My transition complete, my blessings to all

Barbara Borchardt El Paso, TX
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March 23, 2008
Dearest Delhi - Now your next great adventure has begun. You are in an infinitely huge place where only animals dwell and you are the matriarch of your family herd. Leading them proudly and with fleet of foot, trumpeting to the sisters who have been waiting for your arrival. There is only peace and endless happiness here. I'm sure you will meet our little Buckley Rose there too. She has been waiting to greet you. I was drawn to you because you were somewhat like me: close in age, bad feet, and a little pot belly. How sad it was when I heard you were leaving - but you will be held in my heart and mind forever. Your caregivers and sisters were amazing and I have the utmost respect for them all. It is a sad, yet happy time for everyone.
Alyssa Waukesha, Wisconsin
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March 22, 2008
Delhi, I fed you for a day for my birthday on the 4th, not knowing that only several days later you would be gone. I feel so blessed and honored to have been able to help feed you for just one day in your long life. You were such a great old girl, and even though I never got to meet you, you touched my heart with your kind spirt, your will to live even though your early life was hard, and how happy you were when you were able to come to the sanctuary with your loving caretakers and "sisters." I wish I could have met you here, but I know we will meet in Heaven.
Stacie Wankel Northport, Florida
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March 21, 2008
Oh Delhi, baby dolly, I feel so sad for our loss. I feel so sad for the others, of the pain that you and so many creatures, big and small, suffer everyday. I especially weep in anguish for the babies. I weep for the destruction of our beautiful emerald and sapphire planet knowing that it could be transformed into a beautiful, lush garden, which would sustain us all. I have always wondered, like so many, why does it have to be like this? Why do humans have to water the earth mother with so much blood and tears. Why are we so callous to the tears and terror and agony of all the others?

And just when the devastation and brutality seem to be the only reality possible and tears the only release, along comes a small but brilliant light in the eyes of a huge and remarkable animal. This animal possesses a huge and open heart filled with love. And you are once again blessed with a powerful reminder of the true reality and “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”Gary Zukav

Thank you so much all of you fellow travelers at the Sanctuary and all of you Sanctuary supporters. It is comforting to have your company and support as we walk along this ofttimes dark and foggy and treacherous path. Because of you, and these wonderful creatures that bind us in purpose, we can remind each other that this path we share, though it appears so dark and terminal so much of the time, actually leads upwards and outwards into the brilliant, golden light-filled garden where there are no more tears of sorrow and pain only those of joy and peace, where there are many more smiles and trumpets and laughter and barking and song and joyous noise of every kind. Sweet angel, guardian guide, you've gone on ahead with so many others waiting in joyous anticipation for the moment when you see the looks on our faces, just as we saw yours, when we come to the realization that there really is a permanent Sanctuary where we can all celebrate our joyous everlasting reunion and eternal freedom, living always and forever in the now just as you have always done. My dream is to come to this earthly sanctuary in Tennessee to live out my life in service to your earthly sisters recovering from their horrendous injustices and injuries. Until then, I will live to educate my students about you all. I will do my best to instill a love and respect for this planet and all of its inhabitants. Finally, dear friends, Carol, Scott and all the nameless but vital rest, thank you for your dedication and diligence in not only taking the most unbelievably compassionate, and state of the art care of our Delhi, but also in allowing all of us to share in this holy and sacred event. I can't tell you how grateful I am personally to have shared this with you all. The photo of Delhi receiving acupuncture while she and her caregiver gaze lovingly into each other's eyes, each with a tender smile on their faces, filled my heart with love and hope and connectedness. Thank you. Namaste to all of you, Delhi, all the Sanctuary workers and supporters and to all of the rest of "Our Girls" who are certain to teach us so many more lessons and show us so many more miracles. That Delhi loved you all so much was proved by how long she stayed to comfort all of us. Everyone knows that elephants can't live more than a few days on the ground without breathing and circulatory problems. Thank you, gracias and thank you so much again for allowing me to be a part of this joyously sad event. What a teacher! What an elephant! What a miracle!
Caite York Gainesville, FL
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March 21, 2008
Rest in Peace Dear Heart. I shall miss your soul upon this earth ... but you are now with the Angels and reunited with 'my' Tina and your other sisters that have gone before you. Hold close to one another and Trumpet the heavens with music of Joy.. My Love Alwyas
Heather Pearson British Columbia
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March 21, 2008
Delhi, I loved you from afar. I have always gravitated to the downtrodden and elderly entities, and you were certainly both of these. When you arrived I was thrilled but then the announcement that you were in hospice care. It seemed so cruel, just like with Lota. You lived in that hellish Hawthorn barn for years and I feared you would die quickly, as Lota did. It seemed so monstrously cruel to live in chains and bondage for 55+ years and then be delivered to paradise and then have life itself snuffed out. But you surprised everyone by embracing your freedom and having several years of love and care. I learned so much from you, Delhi. The way you faced your end only confirmed what we already knew: you were an amazingly beautiful and knowing soul. Goodbye, dear Granny.
Dawn Ojai, CA
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March 21, 2008
Sweet Delhi, I have prayed every day for you to be at peace. All of us and your beloved sisters and caregivers will miss you and never forget you! I feel blessed to have known you even from a distance.
Gail E. Fuller Maryville, Tennessee
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March 21, 2008
Beautiful Delhi, sweet girl - you did not deserve the life you led before you found the care of those at the Sanctuary. I'm so happy you lived your final years there, with friends who loved you. Yours was a magnificent, wise old soul. Peace.
Donna L. Poughkeepsie, NY
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March 21, 2008
Sweet Dehli, you were a special, grand lady who lived your hard life with strength and grace. Thankfully you were blessed to spend your last years as you should have all your life. You will be greatly missed. Sweet dreams Dehli and God Bless you Always.
Lynne Jacksonville, FL
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March 21, 2008
((((Delhi sweetheart)))) You sparkled like a star, and now you shine brightly over the Sanctuary. The freest of spirits, with a joyful heart. Thank you TES for allowing her to soar while her feet were firmly planted on Tennessee soil.
Allison Laramie, Wyoming
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March 20, 2008
An afterthought for the person who asked about euthanasia. When my mother was dying of a very painful cancer - and her palliative period lasted at least four months - there were many days I wondered if euthanasia would be the humane thing because her pain levels were constantly changing and the breakthroughs weren't always manageable. I found I could cope with pretty much everything but the suffering. My mother wanted fiercely to live. So deeply and desperately did she want to live that she was in denial about her cancer - and lied to the doctors about her pain to avoid going into hospice care. She was terrified of death. Thankfully, the palliative care team we found for her came with a pain specialist who knew her stuff and mom was able to exit gradually free of pain. I could go on for days on all of the aspects but here's the point I want to make. Four days before mom died (and she'd been in a deep coma for about a week), she suddenly opened her eyes and connected with all of us for a few brief moments. Her body was completely shut down and her limbs were already turning. The doctors - specialists in palliative - told me this was one of those miracles they can't explain but often see in the dying. In the few moments she returned to consciousness her eyes were lit like a Christmas tree. I can tell you, her body was lifeless, gone! The physicians told us that the part of her left operational was pretty much her brain stem (keeping her lungs and heart going). And yet her spirit was as alive as a young woman's. She gazed at each of us and her face held nothing but joy. Lips in a wide grin, eyes lit up, happy to see us all. She could not speak. I swear that woman was already somewhere else. I was dumbstruck by this. When I saw the photo of Delhi two days before she passed, she had that same expression of happiness. Eyes alight, happy smile, a heavenly glow emanating from her. Bedsores are not a terminal illness and dying is not a sickness. Like the Sanctuary says, it's a process and to be a part of someone's process is an immense gift. It comes with gut-wrenching pain and heartache because moral decisions come with it, none of them easy. When I look back at the suffering my mother and I experienced together, I realize it was a gift. Would I have traded places to ease her pain? In a heartbeat. But what I learned is that there seems to be more to this life than meets the eye and that events related to suffering and life and death are not black and white. Delhi's lived in a virtual death before she arrived at the Sanctuary. She died in a place that gave her life. I'm pretty sure she knew it. I hope this makes sense. Have faith my friend. She truly was in good hands.
Lesley Vancouver
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March 20, 2008
farewell delhi...i'm so happy you had the time to savor freedom and unconditional love. i chose to support your endowment because you were closest to my age and i empathized with your life. i celebrate your grace and spirit. my regards to your human caretakers for all you do for the elephants, thank you.
andrea san diego
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March 19, 2008
To Carol, Scott, all the caregivers and Delhi's sisters at the sanctuary, Thank you for sharing your lives, love and kindness that knows no boundaries. Delhi was given these gifts along with the ultimate gift of freedom. Our hearts are heavy but overjoyed that she lived her last years in peace and in the company of all those who adored her.
Roslyn Abramovitch West Fargo, ND
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March 19, 2008
Delhi, I found a place to leave my tribute to you and the wonderful people who provided you with such a peaceful existance. Remember the lessons of Delhi, Forgive and be Grateful.
Jan Jones Cheyenne, Wyoming
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March 19, 2008
Dear Sweet Delhi, I have been acquainted with TES since the arrival of Dulary. In these few short months, I have seen the love and respect the elephants have for each other. Thank you, Delhi, for being gracious and showing us what real dignity is. May God bless you, the other elephants, and the caregivers.
Liz Oshkosh, WI
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March 18, 2008
Thank you Lesley from Vancouver - true words from the heart that express how so many of us feel about the caregivers at the Sanctuary. May you have a beautiful rebirth sweet Delhi.
Laurie White Rock
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March 18, 2008
Dearest Delhi and Tes staff, what a wonderous thing it is to die in the light of love. what a deep and sacred relationship tes staff has caused to come to pass. i am in awe of all of you and deeply grateful for the sharing. have a good and safe journey dear dehli. Namaste
Anatoinette Butler Shelton WA
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March 18, 2008
Dear Delhi, I echo the sentiments of everyone else to say we will truly miss you. But I am glad that Dulary was able to make her journey to freedom to befriend Misty so that after losing her second dear companion, she is not left to live life without a close friend. Delhi, you will always be in our memories and our hearts.
Barbara R. New Jersey
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March 18, 2008
I have a world of respect for The Elephant Sanctuary and much love for its residents. I have a hard time understanding, however, why a clearly dying elephant with bedsores is not euthanized to end her suffering. I would love to hear from the experts at TES about this question. My heart is with you all.
Angie, Huntsville, Alabama

In response to this comment, The Elephant Sanctuary has responded as follows:

I can understand how a person might think that bedsores automatically equal suffering, but that was just not the case with Delhi. Throughout the time that Delhi was down and in hospice care, she received pain relievers and homeopathic remedies to insure that she did not suffer. There were times when she would act uncomfortable, which was our indication to give her a dose of pain reliever. As we became more intoned to Delhi’s transition, we were better able to anticipate the onset of any discomfort that she might experience and give her pain meds before the discomfort accelerated into pain. As result, she was virtually pain free during her transition. Even our vet was amazed that Delhi did not require stronger pain medication. Indeed, her attitude, playfulness, attentiveness, appetite and ease demonstrated that the drugs and remedies were working. But that is the goal, isn’t it; support these dear animals in their life and death by protecting them from abuse and pain. Our society does not euthanize a bedridden person when they develop bedsores; instead, the patient is given the care, medication and attention they need, similar to that which Delhi received. If Delhi had exhibited any signs of unrelieved pain, her caregivers and veterinarians would have discussed the option of taking her life but, luckily for all of us, we never had to face that decision. Instead, we were given the honor and privilege of providing for Delhi’s every need, especially her physical comfort, until she died.
The Elephant Sanctuary Hohenwald, TN
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March 18, 2008
I wish to echo the sentiments from Lesley, Vancouver to all those at the Sanctuary who are also in my heart.
Mickey victoria bc
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March 18, 2008
Dearest Delhi, I fell in love with your sweet face at first sight. It expressed every bit of your amazing soul. Your patience, your mischievous ways, and your love of life, are examples the rest of us will have difficulty living up to. I will miss you.
Laura New Jersey
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March 17, 2008
Dear Delhi, you will be sorely missed, sweet dear heart. I wrote this story for you.

Delhi’s Story
by M. Lommel

The sweet eyes, so soulful and knowing, scrutinized those around her as she stepped hesitantly down the ramp. Dare she allow another flicker of hope to tease her spirit? Then, from somewhere in the dark, hope began to escape and warm her like a beautiful rosy dawn.

Delhi arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary, tattered and torn, brutalized and bruised, feet dripping with formaldehyde.

“It burns, mom!” (She awakens – startled - looking toward the voice, but mom had not really been there. “Be brave little one!”) Darkness closed in again as she tried to heal.

New people had appeared, gentle people, unbidden. Were they angels? Then later, a transport truck pulled up with them and she was taken to a new home in Tennessee. Hope was dim (she had lived too long to believe otherwise) yet it was truly all around in the new place, brightening more and more with each new day. Even the birds sounded different, somehow blissful. The dogs were excited, carefree and cheeky. Someone trumpeted. Someone trumpeted back. Delhi, like so many of her kind, knew loneliness, anxiety and fear. So many sweet little babes - sacrificial lambs like Lota – taken from their moms to train in the circus, or left alone at night in the zoo, tortured in the heat and the cold, and ending up in a cruel Illinois barn belonging to one Mr. Cuneo.

“Do devils walk the earth?” (The brave beauty glances toward Sue and they know the answer, but dare not speak. They sway as the corrugated door clangs shut.)

Taught that she did not count, all she ever wanted was a quiet night, her companions, a full belly and a warm, safe place to lie down without fear. Fear of the bullhook, the bat, the tractor, the chains… losing her friends to illness and injury. Warily she watches. She knows there are all types of humans - some kind, but most not. Dare she allow herself to hope?

“Be brave little one.” The darkness closed in for days. Then, was it yesterday or a lifetime of yesterdays? Artificial lights, people screaming, loud trains, cold tents, hot transport trucks, drunken trainers - and fear.

But now, what is this place? This serene, quiet place - this sanctuary? She turned her head toward a tender voice and leaned into soft embraces and gentle, kind hands. A man whispered, and kissed her on her smooth trunk and promised, “No one will ever hurt you again.”

Delhi began to heal. Her eyes, so dim, began to brighten. With sweet little sister Misty and wise friend Dulary, she would learn to trust again.

For four years Delhi walked the sacred grounds of her beloved home in Tennessee, allowing her spirit to permeate everything she loved. She smiled, laughed, played, trumpeted, and threw dirt high into the sky, emulating her healing spirit. She slept outside, explored her habitat, ate oranges and carrots, potatoes and corn, and dreamt of her family, old and new, human, canine, feline, and pachyderm. She allowed herself to trust again. And when it was her time to leave the earth, her spirit soared again to heights unreached and unimaginable, yet remained ever so firmly planted on this sacred ground, to safeguard her beloved family in the holy places she called home and that which she loved the most.
Mari L. North Carolina
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March 17, 2008
I am so envious of those who knew Delhi personally with her wise eyes and kind expression. Delhi didn't know me but I will always remember her and her wonderful caregivers who gave her happiness and peace. Fair winds, Delhi.
A. G. New Mexico
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March 17, 2008
Delhi, you are finally home. You've come a long way; from India to the circus to The Elephant Sanctuary. You've met some loving people and elephants every step of the way. But now, you beautiful girl, you are finally free. GOD BLESS DELHI.
Justin P. Philadelphia
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March 17, 2008
After stopping by to wish Delhi well and to say goodbye, I feel the need to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers who sat by Delhi's side, slept near her, plumped her pillows, renewed her hay bed, hand fed her meals, delivered acupuncture and other remedies, bathed her (with green tea no less!), tended to her pressure wounds, meditated, breathed with her, lit her candles, placed flowers in her stall, cuddled her, wept for her, gave her space, and endured the heartbreak of this once in a lifetime friendship. You are my heroes. If these elephants have forgiven humans it's because of you. You who softly greet them when you meet them for the first time in places they've only known cruelty, you transport them home in a big cozy truck, you who've helped them disembark upon arrival in a place they can't know is good yet. Your gentleness persuades them. I can only imagine what your kindness must mean to an animal that has only known pain. If these elephants are loving toward humans it's because you support them day in and day out. Thank you. I can't imagine how hard these days must be even with our shared spiritual belief that life does not end. She is gone we know not where. Thank you for making her life here not only pleasant but spectacular. You've not only helped her and countless others, you've helped us cope too.
Lesley Vancouver
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March 17, 2008
For Delhi:

"Her Angels trumpeted her arrival and basked her in warmth and love;
as she slipped her earthly bonds to reach the heavenly fields above;
Her footprints blaze the path as she turns to her sisters waiting;
Now, trunks touching gently they are gone, happy tails waving!

Lisa M. Johnson Riverside Ohio
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March 17, 2008
Dear Delhi, I will miss seeing new your beautiful face. Peace... with lots of love,
Sabine Zell Simsbury, Connecticut
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March 17, 2008
Thank you so much for placing the video on Delhi's page. What a wonderful way to honor and keep alive our time with her. Beautiful lady, forever friend, intuitive teacher, and... unabashed slapstick comedian. Dearest Dehli, love at first sight, forever in my heart.
Pat Salt Lake City
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March 17, 2008
For Delhi

Elephant time isn’t measured
in years , weeks or days……..
it’s measured by sunrises and seasons,
raindrops on a sister while she plays.

It’s measured in nature’s rhythym,
windstorms and the changing moon,
a time to be born and one to move on,
we know dear one that time is soon.

Thank you for your many teachings Delhi,
how to hope and when to play.
To treasure each family member,
not worry about the minutes in the day.

Your time now measured in caresses,
trunk touches and rumbles fill the air,
warm sawdust makes you rest a little longer,
cradled in your loving family’s care.

Laura Linklater Vancouver B.C. Canada
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March 17, 2008
Dear Delhi I always loved your pretty pink nose and ears. You were so courageous and loving. Will miss you dearly.
Sue Texas
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March 17, 2008
Dearest Delhi - Your beautiful spirit will live forever in our hearts. I love you and will miss you. Namaste, my friend.
Cindy TN
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March 17, 2008
Delhi, you will always be remembered as a Grand Lady as that is how I saw you. Thank you for all you've given us, now, Rest in Peace Dear Delhi... Rest in Peace...
Lori VanEssen Green Bay, WI
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March 17, 2008
Dearest Delhi, Beautiful lady, May you rest in the peace that you so richly deserve. You are an inspiration to many. Soar on the wings of the angel that you truly are now.
Cynthia Branham Summertown, Tennessee
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March 17, 2008
Dearest Delhi, you have a truly beautiful soul and spirit that will forever be with those who loved you. You taught us all to forgive and live life to the fullest in the present. You are a precious angel and although you will be greatly missed, it is comforting to know you will be playing pain-free in beautiful pastures forever with dear friends. Rest in peace, dear one. We know you are keeping a special watch over your sisters and wonderful caregivers at TES. God bless you all.
Brenda Brown Texas
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March 16, 2008
Dear Delhi, Your story and your subsequent rescue and life at TES touched me deeply. Knowing you let those closet to you, care for you, was such a remarkable testament to your healing at TES. You are loved dear one. You have helped open my heart some more as well. I will cherish your memory and look for your soaring spirit.
Mickey Victoria, BC
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March 16, 2008
Delhi: Beautiful elephant. I will always think of you in that beautiful picture of you napping with your feet facing the camera. Sweetly sleeping. Love and blessings to all who fought for your rescue and to TES and the wonderful people who cared for you for the last four years of your life, and throughout your journey home. We'll miss you.
Merrilee Vancouver, Canada
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March 16, 2008
Delhi, thank you for being such a special loving elephant, especially after all that you went through. May you be pain free and enjoy yourself with your other elephant friends that have gone on before you. Watch over your friends at the Sanctuary, elephants and humans, especially keep and eye on Shirley and your special friend Misty. Good Bye Special Delhi.
Marilyn Louisiana
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March 16, 2008
Deli, Thoughts and prayers to your families. Thank you TES for caring and loving her.
Lisa Indiana
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March 16, 2008
Dear Delhi… I only hope that when it comes my time to pass, that I can demonstrate half the grace and dignity that you displayed. You were indeed an amazing ambassador for your species. I will think of you daily....
Deanna Kansas
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March 16, 2008
Dear Delhi, You have had such an amazing impact on my life. From the very first time I saw you on elecam, I felt such a deep love for you. You showed me how to love, how to heal, how to let the past go..mostly, how to live in the moment. I love you my dear swwet cherished friend, thank-you for blessing my life with your love. This song has been playing in my head for the last few days..it sums it up perfectly.

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall

Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Beatles
Sylvie Toronto
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March 16, 2008
Dearest Delhi: You found true sanctuary and your last years were full of love, kindness and companionship. You deserved all this and more. You are free and watching over this magical place that is the Elephant Sanctuary. Your sisters and caregivers miss you tremendously. I find inspiration and joy in knowing about you. Thank You for your presence on this Earth!
Beatriz Contreras Wisconsin
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March 16, 2008
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view) consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. Rest in peace, Dehli. Author of above, unknown to me.
Doreen K. Shiavi Media, Pa
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March 16, 2008
Dearest Delhi You were such an amazing girl. How you forgave your past and embraced life at TES. Your 4 years there were full of love, caring and friendship. I'm so grateful you had time at TES. Now you are pain free and with your sisters who went before you. Rest in peace and watch over Misty and the rest of the girls. You will be missed.
Bev Saul Livingston, NJ
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March 16, 2008
My dearest Delhi, I love you beautiful lady. Thank you for all you brought to everyone. You will be missed greatly. What a precious, sweet, magnificent soul.
Melissa R. Arizona
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March 16, 2008
Dear Delhi; I too, weep for you today, knowing that the tears are my feeling sorry for myself for you are with your sisters above and looking down with love on those who gave you so much care and love in these past few weeks. You have taught everyone so much. We will all miss you so VERY much.
shirley walter Ocala, FL
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March 16, 2008
Dear Delhi...I am sad at your passing, but so grateful your final days were filled with such care, loving, and peace. Thank you for gracing us with your life.
RT MN
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March 16, 2008
I weep tears for you this evening. They are tears of joy and of sadness. Joy that you were cherished and adored through to your passing. Sadness simply because you are no longer gracing my computer each day. I miss you. I will miss you. My heart hurts for you today. Be at peace.
Erin Schulte North Delta, BC Canada
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March 15, 2008
Dearest Delhi, it was such an honour to be acquainted with you even at this distance. I am so glad that you were rescued and found a love equivalent to that which is inside of you. Everything you've ever touched will hold and cherish the memory of you. Bless you, darling, and God speed. {{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}
Lesley Vancouver
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March 15, 2008
What a grand lady you have been to all that have experienced your presence. Your loss is immeasurable to those whose hearts you have touched. Thank you to all the caregivers and staff who gave their all to help Delhi through her transition. God Bless you all.
Lori Hawkins Michigan
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March 15, 2008
Dehli, I am so happy that you spent your last years at TES. Watching you on the "our girls" dvd gave me goosebumps and put a smile on my face. You have touched my heart and soul. Your life will be celebrated. I hope your spirit soars over every hill and floats on every breeze as you watch over your ele sisters with peace.
Kelly Spencer NJ
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March 15, 2008
Oh,dear,precious Dehli, You have taught us so much. I hope and pray we have been good students.Thank God for TES and the love and care they gave you. I cherish your memory and I'll never forget.
Cecile Newport Beach, California
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March 15, 2008
Oh Delhi, you taught us all so much. I really felt as if you were a part of me. Whenever I felt down or in pain, I reflected on your life and how much you suffered before being rescued. You had no loving companionship at all, stolen from your family, made to do degrading tricks and on the road so very long. You suffered and endured. You were a remarkable and brave entity. I am happy at least that in your waning months, you were shown an amazing depth of love from your caregivers. You were pampered and petted and loved. You deserved this, Delhi. You were my favorite elephant along with Sissy. You will never be replaced in my heart, but I confess to feeling a deep bond and love for dear Billie as well. Goodbye, Delhi.
Ava London, England
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March 15, 2008
Precious Delhi: Mai tumse Pyar karta hoon -- I love you
Bev South Carolina
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March 15, 2008
I never got to meet you in person, but it would have been magnificent. You richly deserved the final years of life being so full of life, pleasure and love. Your family, both elephant and human, will always remember wonderful you!
Cindy Norton California
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March 15, 2008
SHE BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY TO EVERYONE THAT KNEW HER. WHAT A SPECIAL GIRL SHE WAS TO ALL OF US. SHE IS NOW WITH GOD AND THERE IS NO MORE PAIN AND SUFFERING, AND SHE IS HAPPY AS SHE CAN BE. DELHI WILL BE WITH US FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED. MAY GOD BLESS HER.
REBECCA MCCOY DENTON, TEXAS
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March 15, 2008
My dear Delhi You have a special place in my heart, you are an angel to us all. The strength you have to have endured all you did. I am so thankful you were able to LIVE your greatest 4 years at the Elephant Sanctuary with your wonderful and loving family. Thank you for being such a special part of my life.
Karen Adams MN
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March 15, 2008
Thank you for giving Delhi peace and love during her time at the Sanctuary and in her last days.
Leslie Caspersen Florida
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March 15, 2008
May you now rest in peace beautiful lady God Speed, I love you, Delhi
Deborah Lore Pevely Missouri
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March 15, 2008
Dearest, sweetest Delhi!!! What a magnificent girl!! May you be at rest now. Be free with the girls that left before you and may Joanna take you under her wings as well.
susan nashville
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March 15, 2008
Delhi...you have so many special qualities about you and I love them all. You captured my heart and I am so happy that you found true love and acceptance at TES. I love you and miss you. Run wild and free, sweet girl.
Barbara Virginia
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March 15, 2008
Namaste, dear Delhi.
Ele-aunt of the EleFanHerd United States
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March 15, 2008
sweet delhi, i prayed and prayed for you and you left us peacefully. thanku to your care givers. i am so grateful that you were able to enjoy your life at the sanctuary, you showed us there is always hope. thanku for blessing us with your presensce, you will be dearly missed but never forgotten.see you in heaven baby girl.
lisa white cape cod, ma.
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, thanks for bringing me and others so much joy and happiness. Your granny dash will be with me forever! What a fine example of getting on with life and shedding past grievances you have set for us. (I can still see you playing soccer with Scott and tossing lumps of dirt sky-high!). Thank you for showing so many of us the right way to live and die. May you now rest in peace.
Nancy Belleville, ON, Canada
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March 14, 2008
Dearest Delhi, Thank you for being you. You have given us so many examples just by the way you lived your life. Such dignity,courage,strength and love. Thank you for giving our world so much. You are going to be so missed.
Beth Arnold Murfreesboro TN
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March 14, 2008
Delhi~ An inspiration to live with a positive attitude and a playful nature despite your past...May you trumpet loudly in heaven forever!
Kimberly Cushing, MN
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March 14, 2008
Dear sweet Delhi, I shall always remember you - amazing lady. I am glad you were so loved and well cared for during your time at the Sanctuary--your Golden Years -- I only wish you had been able to know that same love and respect throughout your lifetime. I am so grateful to the folks at the Sanctuary who cared for you -- foot soaks, special treats, and all the goodies ele-girls love! They too received a special gift, the privilege to have known you. With your grace, dignity and zest for life you showed all of us the true meaning of love. Rest in peace dear Delhi, forever in paradise!
Ann Rappel NJ
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March 14, 2008
Thank you for loving these animals and for dedicating your lives to them.
SH Toronto
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, I think the way you faced the end of your life was meant to teach humans a lesson. As we all know, in zoos and circuses, whenever an elephant suffers from osteomylitis, they are simply disposed of. They are immediately put down and that was that (except eles like poor Clara, who suffered horribly with her feet for years before they ended her life). Yet you, brave girl, lived with this condition for many years. You were in hospice care but lived another four wonderful years! And then the patient, calm way you faced your end. I hope the way TES treated you in the end will force zoos to learn compassion, dignity and respect for these loving giants. You were given baths, pillows and endless love. After all you went through, you deserved it. You were always my favorite elephant, along with the Tender Trio who also suffer from a variety of scars. Bless you, Delhi, for teaching people how to love, to let go of the past and to face the end with a beautiful dignity. I truly and deeply love you, my angel.
Danielle Austin, TX
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March 14, 2008
rest now in the Love of your Creator . Forever you will be in the shelter of his eternal presence and love, to roam, enjoy , and be at peace in His Peaceful kingdom. I love you and rejoice that no man can hurt or abuse you ever again.
Carol Kyer Ohio, USA
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March 14, 2008
Dear Delhi: I hope you are with your other ele-sisters now, running pain free. Your entire transition has been such an inspiration to me. The love that came through from your caregivers' photos and diary entries was palpable. Although I shudder to think of what your life was like before the Elephant Sanctuary, and shudder as my local tv station is showing ads of the upcoming RB Barnum and Bailey circus coming to town (complete with a quick shot of elephants standing on their heads), it fills my heart with joy every time I check out The Elephant Sanctuary's website. Even though I have an office job in a totally unrelated field, my office is filled with posters and books from The Elephant Sanctuary and whenever anyone asks, I tell them about it and the horrible plight of captive elephants. I've also alerted readers of my blog. Your strength and grace keep me committed in helping in whatever small way I can. Please send healing thoughts to your caregivers and Misty as I know you are already greatly missed.
Christine Takoma Park, Maryland
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March 14, 2008
Farewell, old friend, may your final journey be peaceful, with God's loving embrace to greet you. If our tears alone could bring you back to us...But God has a plan for each of us. You will always be with us...and we will never forget you, may you rest in peace. And may you feel our love.
Theresa Siskind St Petersburg FL
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March 14, 2008
Blessings and love to you Delhi... you brought so many of us together...thanks to my friend Dayna.. who brought you to my heart, which in turn brought you to the hearts of coven members... We were all with you, my special friend, night and day, in spirit, and we know you knew, because we felt you... Know that my love remains with you always... Love and blessings, Dale Gentle Deer Lion Tamer
Dale Houston, Texas
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March 14, 2008
sweet girl, now you can roam free. and play with lota,jenny, tina . you taught me alot about who elephants are. the sanctary staff need full attention for what they do and how they save lives. you will be missed greatly. misty will be fine,we all will take care of her.
Rhonda Woods wisconsin
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March 14, 2008
Thank you all for loving her so much....
Kat High Point, NC
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March 14, 2008
Dear darling delightful Delhi you will be missed more than words can say. You literally changed my life. You were the girl that brought the Sanctuary into my life. Because of you I've met wonderful people and made life long friends. Because of you I have my mouthy loveable 5th kitty Scully and her 5 beautiful babies have good loving homes. Because of you I know more about elephants and all animals in general. I'm just sorry you suffered for all those years and were hurt. I'm thankful the Sanctuary was there when you needed help and that you had four wonderful years there and got reacquainted with old friends and made new ones. I know Joanna, Barbara, Tina, Lota and Jenny were all waiting for you and that you will watch over all at the Sanctuary. I love you, Granny. Rest in peace.
Lisa McDowell Huntsville (New Market), Alabama
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March 14, 2008
Dear Delhi, Thank you for sharing your life at the sanctuary with us. You taught me a lot about elephants from how an elephant lives with osteomyelitis to how an elephant can blossom in a healthy habitat. Even though I never met you, sweetheart, I feel like I have lost a family member. May you bask in the love and friendship of your sisters that have made the journey before you, including Joanna. Namaste Delhi
Anita (canuck) Canada
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, beautiful Delhi, You grabbed my heart when I first heard your story and saw your photographs. You had no finer way to live out your last years than at TES. You finally got the respect and love and CARE you deserved. I will miss you terribly, but I know you had a good time and that your spirit will remain evermore protecting TES and all its inhabitants. There's now a full-fledged herd of spirit-eles watching over the sanctuary. You are with your sisters, again. I kiss your sweet face, beautiful girl.
Janet Cambridge MA
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March 14, 2008
I am glad that Delhi did get to experience freedom of choice, freedom from abuse and the abundance of love and respect from caregivers and fellow eles at TES. We must keep working towards respect, love, and freedom for the rest held in bondage!
Michelle Rice Olmsted Twp., Ohio
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March 14, 2008
Dear Delhi, you are one of the first elephants I go to "know" at the Sanctuary and I am so grateful for that. I remember reading that your feet had been soaked in 100% formaldehyde, causing terrible burns. As bad as that was for you, it was the final straw for the mostly-useless USDA to finally act and help you, and ultimately your sisters. Thank you for your inspiration.
Marianne Bessey Philadelphia
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March 14, 2008
Dear Delhi, I knew you only a short time, these last few months since Dulary left Philadelphia to come to your herd. If I'd been paying attention I would have known sooner about that little bit of heaven in Tennessee. I weep for my loss, for not knowing you longer. But for you I feel joy: that you knew freedom these last years of your life, that you knew kindness and love, and that you were able to live at last in dignity and accorded respect for all the gifts you had to give to the world. Please tell Lota and Tina and Barbara and Jenny--and, especially, Sue--that there are a lot of people working very hard to make Carol's dream of a hundred elephant-herd come true. None of you have suffered in vain, I promise you.
Margaret Sanborn Bucks County, PA
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March 14, 2008
Dear Sweet Delhi we are all so sad that we will not see you anymore but so happy that we have such wonderful memories of you. You gave us so many hours of pure joy watching you kicking your ball or eating your favorite fruits and that wonderful smile of yours. I am so thankful that your last years were in such a happy place with caring loving people and wonderful 4 legged friends such as Misty and the others. You are finally home now with your family, free, happy, safe running through fields of grass and flowers with loads of trees to get a good scratch and hills for you to climb and explore. Rest sweetly my gentle giant and thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your life. Say Hi to Bonnie for me sweetie. We love you!!!
Lee Arami Wittmann, Arizona
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March 14, 2008
Beautiful Girl, may God Bless You and Welcome Your Sweet Spirit into The Kingdom of Love and Light! With All Love...
Debby Dobbins Charlotte NC
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March 14, 2008
Dear Delhi: I followed your progress from the minute you were finally taken away from your prior life. You suffered so long and very severely. I wish you could have had more than 4 years in Tennessee, but I believe that time healed your wounds, both psychologically and physically. I will never forget how you escaped from your quarantine yard! I watched that on the Elecam! I will also never forget when Carol opened the gate and you just brushed by Tarra and went into the habitat to experience so much new stuff. I loved you so much. You will stay in my thoughts for as long as I live. And after your passing, my favorite TES girl is Billie. She needs all our love because of her past demons, but she too is recovering. Goodbye, my sweet Granny Delhi.
CB Flagstaff, AZ
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March 14, 2008
Dear sweet Lady, now you can soak your feet just because it feels good! Don't worry about Misty, she's in good hands and carries a piece of your loving spirit with her always. {{Big Hug}}
Nancy Orland Park, IL
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March 14, 2008
Dehli personified dignity, love and forgiveness to me. She allowed her love to encompass her beautiful sisters and her Sanctuary angels that gave her the chance in her lifetime to be Dehli. I will never forget you Dehli and you visibly displaying your enjoyment and celebration of your life and endearing others to you. It was so visible that your mind, love and spirit were free. You have no idea how you touched the life of so many that loved you and their will be a big void in my heart for you. I will never forget. Namaste, dear Dehli. Delhi, I pray for your safe journey; unencumbered, light-footed and protected. I pray for your safe journey to where your spirit needs to go to.
Maggie B Victoria, BC Canada
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, you were a sweet wonderful creature and I am so sorry you have passed! There will be such a gaping hole at TES now that you have gone! God bless!
Audrey Mealiff Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Republic of Ireland
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March 14, 2008
Special thanks for the video capturing the best of times... What a perfect last lingering look at Delhi, all joy and trumpet blast while tossing that snatch of hay to the heavens...
Kay Hayward, CA
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March 14, 2008
Rest in peace sweet Delhi. You have taught me much.
Val Penticton, B.C.
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March 14, 2008
Fly, sweet Delhi, fly...you are free now. Namaste,
Ginny Indiana
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, lovely lady, did I ever watch you on the elecam? I like to think I did. Blessed journey, Beautiful Girl, and thank you for bringing much happiness to all whether they be near or far.
Kathy Webster, NY
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March 14, 2008
RIP delhi you will be missed.
doro ireland
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March 14, 2008
Farewell, our beloved and wise granny heffalump Walking softly to Heaven Your way is lit with the love and prayers of all who love you
Nancy F Washington
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March 14, 2008
Miss Delhi, you will be missed so much. Your spirit lives on and will never be forgotten. Thank you for showing the world how wonderfully graceful and compassionate elephants are.
Marcy M. West Hills, CA
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, I hope and pray that you are strolling through lush green pastures with no pain. Please look over your sisters until you are all together again. God's speed, you are an amazing gentle giant.
Traci Atlanta, GA
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March 14, 2008
Delhi you truly were an amazing elephant with a great soul. You have gone home forever! What wonderful memeories we have in exchange. My heart aches for all who loved you. Namaste dear Delhi!
Wendy Menomonee Falls
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, may happy flutes follow you forever. Farewell sweet lady. Love, B
Franklin, TN
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March 14, 2008
Delhi - I just had to watch you again on the "All Of Our Girls So Far" dvd last night. From the day you arrived you were so playful and full of life, despite your ailments. Your famous "granny dash" and your beautiful vocalizing is forever in my memory and immortalized on this dvd. I only wish you had a chance to reunite with Liz again, as she was one of your travel companions along with Tess on the circus route. Rest in Peace Dear One ... you will be missed.
Michael New Jersey
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March 14, 2008
Bless you dear sweet one!
Jenna and Michael Virginia
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, you are now free to roam with youth in your heat and no pain at all. You will be missed.
Pam Townsend, Ma.
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March 14, 2008
Sweet Deli, your travels through this weary world were heavy at times, but thankfully you came to know true love of friends and family. Although I have only been privileged to your grace and beauty from afar, you have taught me so much. I wish you peace as you join your mother, sisters and brothers who have gone this way before you. Forever in my heart, teacher, child, wonder of life.
Annie PA
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March 14, 2008
How precious she was! I am comfort to know she is with the other TES Angels! I vol. to help paint the barn. Deli was in her yard. While I was painting she came up to watch. Knowing I am not suppose to talk to her I smiled at her and I kept painting. Than I started to hear little rocks hitting the floor, one at my feet. When I relized it was Delhi, I laughed so hard I just wanted to go Hug her. I could not resist, "Hi sweety welcome to TN." after that she threw no more little rocks. She was so Beautiful to watch her discover she was free. Amongest sisters and humans that really care for her, we all watched her be the elephant she really was at heart. So thankful that she got to TES to spend her last years. Going to miss you Delhi! Love You!
Vickie Myers West Wind Farm Ashland City
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March 14, 2008
What a beautiful girl, amazing, her forgiving nature. I hope she is up there playing to her hearts content with Jenny, and still watching over Misty and her caregivers that will miss her greatly. God Bless her, may there be an end to all elephant suffering one day. Delhi, you will always shine in our hearts, we all feel your spirit, thank you to the Sanctuary. Your smile will live on forever and ever....xoxo
Jocelyn Ohio
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March 14, 2008
Sweet sweet Delhi, I'll miss your beautiful smile!Be at peace dear one. For your road was long and filled with many tears until you came to rest in the loving arms of Carol, Scott and all who loved and cared for you!
Rose Kennedy PHILA. PA.
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March 14, 2008
Her Journey's Just Begun Don't think of her as gone away- her journey has just begun life holds many facets the Earth is only one Just think of her as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away And think of her as living In the hearts of those she touched For nothing loved is ever lost- And she was loved so much. Author Unknown Rest east sweet Dehli...I am so glad that you experienced some years of freedom from the chains of hell that held you for so long. It was not okay for you to be treated the way you were before you came to the sanctuary....not even for a second. Your spirit is free now...sent off with love from your Sanctuary family. Thinking of you and honouring your spirit.
Alisha J Nanaimo, BC, Canada
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March 14, 2008
You were a miracle, a joy, a gift and you will be dearly missed. Go with love and peace dear one.
Sue Duncan, B.C.
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March 14, 2008
Delhi, you came along and changed everything. I will always love you.
CP Toronto
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March 14, 2008
I remember the night we watched the elecam well into the night. You walked into the main barn from the quarentine barn, inspected your new area, played with the toys, had a snack and then...walked out the side door and up the hill past Tina's toy. You found the right spot among some trees and took a sweet nap. I couldn't stop watching you sleep although it was late. So very sweet and contented. You got all you could out of your last years at the Sanctuary, you ARE the poster girl for what sanctuary life is all about. Bless you, bless your sisters here on earth and in heaven, bless your caregivers for all they did. we will miss you.
Pat Phoenix, AZ
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March 13, 2008
Delhi taught me play can be wise and wisdom can be playful. May you run fleetly among the stars.
Peg Kelley Boston, MA
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March 13, 2008
Dearest Delhi: I first heard about the Hawthorn Corporation in 1990. I'm a native of Milwaukee and I used to visit your spiritual sister, Lota at the city zoo. She was not treated well there, though I only saw a tiny sliver of what went on behind the scenes. But I will not forget the day when the Milwaukee Zoo sold Lota for the princely sum of one dollar to these people. I broke down an wept. I knew she would be further broken, further humiliated and that her emotional needs would continue to go unmet. But I tried to follow what went on in that Illinois barn which housed Lota, and it turns out... housed you as well. You came to TES before Lota and I felt as if she was like your sister. It's my fervent hope that you and Lota, as well as Sue, Tyke, Tumai and countless other souls who were mistreated by brutal people can finally find eternal peace. Delhi, I learned as much from you in the past 2 months as I have from any person. You taught me to face death with calmness and not apprehension. You taught me to let go of past grievances and savor the moment. I cry as I type this. You, Frieda, Billie and Lizzie are my cherished, favorites elephants. I will never forget you, your spirit or the pain you endured prior to arriving in TN. Farewell, darling Delhi.
Christina Hailey, Idaho
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March 13, 2008
Oh Delhi, I loved you from afar, so very much. Along with Billie (another girl who was tortured so cruelly), you were my favorite TES girl. My granny, the elephant that I always wanted updates on. When the USDA finally rescued you, I confess I thought it was too late. I remember how terrible you looked when you arrived in Hohenwald. You were so bedraggled and dirty and sickly looking. But then you got those wonderful foot soaks and baths and pampering and you blossomed! Then came the dreadful news that your foot disease was terminal. I cried bitter tears thinking that your rescue would precede your passing only by a few months. But our sweet, loving Granny had a trick up here sleeve. She was going to live, by golly. She was in paradise and she was going to grab life by its throat and live whatever time she had left to its fullest. Delhi, I hope that when you reached elephant heaven, you met Lota and that when you saw Lota, she was restored to health, not in pain, no longer so skinny and that Lota was youthful in spirit and body, just as you are now. I will carry your spirit in my heart forever.
Marley Maine, USA
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March 13, 2008
Delhi, After all the challenges life gave you, when you saw freedom you embraced it. I love how you took up your new world, shedding the past, joyous in the 'now'. We are about the same age , Delhi. You are my mentor.
Jane North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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March 13, 2008
The Message Christmas Eve, 2007, we were privileged to see the magnificent cross, shining brightly in the dark sky over The Sanctuary. Was this a message ? Was there to be an extraordinary event ? Shortly after Christmas, Delhi made some choices, to select the place and manner for her wondrous journey home. She first tested outside and inside, finally deciding on the barn. A decision with purpose. Her beloved caregivers would not have to brave the elements over the following weeks and months, as she guided them through new experiences. Delhi, beautiful lady of the Elephant Nation, we will follow your lead, and embrace that blessed message.
Fay Morris Victoria, B.C.
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March 13, 2008
A Message From Delhi
Weep not for me I leave of my own free will
To be with my sisters who once lived on this hill
I’ve had four years of freedom, the best times of my life
I leave with dignity and grace, free from worldly strife
I had some tough years this lifetime, as each of you know
In putting them behind me I have been able to grow
I learned elephant strength from my sisters and friends
And unconditional love, that truly knows of no ends
It is with wisdom and grace I know it’s now time to leave
I ask you to celebrate life and not my passing to grieve
These years have been blessings beyond all of my dreams
In a place where freedom means even more than it seems
Now as I rest and relax in my world filled with love
I hear the elephant angels beckon me from above
I leave soft footprints here, upon hearts and the earth
As I move on toward the light, understanding my worth
Submitted by:
Sherry Gail Heim
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Delhi Heaven's Sanctuary
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March 13, 2008
Go in peace my dear sweet friend and take with you your dreams and the love of all who have known you. You became a Poster Child for those oppressed and your life has been instrumental in making so many aware of the plight of your sisters and brothers all over the world. From you we have learned determination and how love and the desire to enjoy life can extend our time here on earth; from you we have also learned that there is great wisdom in knowing when the time is right to pass on to the next plateau. Thank you for allowing us to love you and for letting us see the true bond that elephants forge with their sisters. You have given us a lesson in compassion and reminded us that we should strive to live our lives in the here and now, embrace each moment of freedom we are granted and share it all with those we love. You, dear Delhi, have taught us how to celebrate the light that is life. Namaste, my sweet friend; in loving respect I bid you joyful passage.
Sherry Heim Albuquerque, New Mexico
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March 13, 2008
Dear beautiful Delhi, your presence and majesty on that first day opened for me new doors of awareness and purpose. Your dignity, joyous playfulness and ever brave spirit will forever in our hearts dwell with great honor, appreciation and love.
Ann, Alyse & Thomas TN
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March 13, 2008
Darling Delicate Delhi, You were the girl that captured my heart when I found TES. I watched you on the cam until you went to the new barn and I have savored each update of you in the eledairy. I loved your sweet delicate walk and watching you nap on cam. I am so glad you had sanctuary for over 4 years with Scott and Carol. All the caregivers were so lucky to have you in their daily lives. Namaste Sweet Lady.
Edna Bowman Baxter, Tennessee
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March 13, 2008
Be free my friend. You will truly be missed here on earth, but you're surely enjoying heaven. Roam wide and free up there. Roam wide and free.
Susen Atlanta, GA
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March 13, 2008
Sweet Delhi You tip-toed into our hearts With the impish grin of a trickster. You gave us laughter With your playful curiosity. You wrapped us up in your majesty With the tenderness of an angel. You taught us how to love and to forgive With the wisdom of an elderly Grandma. You showed us how to live the life we have With the joy and wonder of a child. You will stay in our hearts forever As a shining star in our Heavens.
JS Toronto
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March 13, 2008
You will be missed by your sisters, by the sanctuary staff and caregivers, and by all the fans and supporters of the sanctuary. I am so happy you were able to live the last part of your life at the sanctuary surrounding by kindness and love. Namaste, Delhi.
Jill Washington
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March 13, 2008
You can run and trumpet to your heart's content without a hint of pain my dear sweet Delhi. My own Grandma is living her last few days on this earth at the age of 98. Even though I'm losing two "Grandmas" at the same time, I will carry with me the beautiful memories that both of you have blessed me with.
Marcia Stephens San Diego, Ca.
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March 13, 2008
Delhi, you are proof that in so may ways, elephants are superior to human beings. You spent 58 years in horrible bondage. You were beaten, treated cruelly, chained and suffered with diseased feet. Yet miraculously, you forgave the past injustices and once you came to TES, you lived each day to its fullest. You weren't neurotic or fearful, even though you had a million reasons to be suspicious and hateful towards humans. Your enormous heart and beautiful spirit allowed you to live in the present and enjoy every moment of the freedom granted you. I will never forget your confiscation, your arrival at TES, the soccer games with Scott, the green paint on your trunk, or the moment you were let out of quarantine. There are so many other memories that made me think I really knew you personally: your sweet granny dash, the special shelter built for you when you didn't want to come back to the barn, the friendship you forged with Jenny, Misty and finally, Dulary. Even though we knew you were slowly fading away, I still cried when I read that you had left us. It's a solace that you were shown such infinite love and caring for the past 4 years from your human caregivers and your ele-friends. Misty was there to stroke your face in your last 6 weeks and show her devotion. Maybe these last 4 beautiful years can't make up for the previous 58 years of bondage, but I like to think that you thought so. Now you are free to be reunited with your own elephant family and many friends who preceded you. I hope when you saw Lota on the other side you intertwined your trunk with hers and lavished her with stories about your shared past. Goodbye, dear Granny. I loved you so much.
Candace Lake Arrowhead, CA
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March 13, 2008
Delhi, there is so much to say. From the moment you went out to play on that cold November day, you let us in your life. You taught us. Thank you, Sanctuary. Thank you, Delhi. I can't tell you how much I will miss you.
Lynn Nashville
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March 13, 2008
Delhi, How patient and how kind you chose to live your life. May we humans live with as much dignity and in the end pass away with as much love surrounding us as you have had.
B. Crites Fort Atkinson, WI
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March 13, 2008
"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 choose her path. She could sense the souls of those gone ahead and those souls caring for her now all telling her that she could choose her own time. Rise or fly….One would sadly let go, and the other would gladly receive…. In due time ... In her time" Those were my words for Dehli, and I am glad that she did choose her own time. She knew that in Sanctuary she could do what she wanted to do....and she did, until the very end. Namaste dearest Delhi, I will shed no tears....these are liquid smiles falling from my eyes
Merilee Newman Tollhouse, California
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March 13, 2008
There is no photo I love more than the one with you sleeping next to your toys. Wise, sweet Granny Delhi, I am so glad you found peace and truly loving humans for your last few years with us. You will be missed but so fondly remembered.
Angie California
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March 13, 2008
Thank you Del,you were the first and you transferred that energy, play to your heart's content, and enjoy all the fruits of the universe. I got the message...
Kate Hohenwald
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March 13, 2008
Dearest Delhi, thank you for sharing your special charm and sense of humor with us. We will miss you....Forever Young
Susan Port Coquitlam, B. C.
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March 13, 2008
Delhi, you truly touched my heart with your beautiful spirit!
Judy Grand Prairie TX
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March 13, 2008
Your injuries were numerous, but your fight to survive even greater; And survive you did! The fighter you are, you amazed everyone when you refused to let your ailments slow you down Your robust personality was inspiring to all those at the sanctuary and in cyberspace too. You waited so patiently for your quarantine to be over; Only to meet your sisters who were just as anxious to meet you. Then you were reunited with your good friend Misty, oh what a joy that was; inseparable pair, best friends forever. Delhi you are an AMAZING angel and your smile will be cherished forever. Forever I will remember the Grand Dame that you are! May you rejoice in your new place with your sisters who went before you; I know they were there to meet you and help you with your transition. Goodbye, sweet, sweet Delhi.
Juanita Eisinger Livonia, MI
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March 13, 2008
Dear Delhi, run free now. I'm sure Lota was waiting for you.
PS Milwaukee
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March 13, 2008
Dear Delhi, I am glad you had peace and happiness in the last 3 years of your life. Even though I never met you, I feel love for you and hope for all of your sisters at the sanctuary.
Maggie Baldwin Saratoga Springs, NY
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March 13, 2008
Such a gentle soul, you taught us so much You will be missed!!! Forever in our hearts
Donna Maryland
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March 12, 2008
Ever sweet, ever Delhi...
SR Vancouver
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