Tributes to Lota


My life is my example.
Mahatma Ghandi

372 Messages & Tributes to Lota

September 3, 2009
My dear sweet Lota: I know your precious time at the Sanctuary was so brief but I hope and pray that as you look down on us now you realize that the people who abused you were a minority and that most of us humans would have treated you with loving kindness. When you came to the Sanctuary, I prayed that you could feel how much the caregivers love you. I thank the caregivers for showing you that not all people are bad. There are so many people who truly love you that have only watched you through the Sanctuary. You have touched more lives than you know. I am so glad you had "friends" of your own kind too. I am also thankful that Misty has Dulary now that you are gone to a better place. You will always have a special place in my heart as well as in the hearts of ALL the folks who truly love you! I thank God for letting you feel His sunshine on your back and the soft grass under your precious feet as you walked on the grounds of the Sanctuary. All my love,
Linda, Suggs Creek, Tennessee ( just a stone's throw from the Sanctuary
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August 23, 2009
Lota, I'm sorry you had only 2 months and 23 days at the sanctuary. But, I know you were surrounded by love during this time. RIP
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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July 28, 2009
Lota,
i love you and miss seeing your face.
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July 12, 2009
Dear Lota,

I miss you so much! You are a sweet heart and an awesome elephant! You were such a great friend to Misty and you still are! She loves you very much and really really misses you. I look at her picture after you died and she just looked depressed. I would be very depressed too! I love you Lota so much and I miss you lots! Please be happy. I look at photos of you all the time and I see how skinny you are. You were very skinny when you arrived and improved very very very very much as time went by! These people took care of you lots and love you so much, Lota my sweet girl. I love you and I miss you lots!

Take care! xoxoxoxoxo
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 10, 2009
Dear Lota,

I love you so much Lota! You were an awesome friend to Misty. Thank you for being here for this time. There are no words that can describe how much I love you! You need to know that you are a very special elephant! I will always have you in my heart! I love you and I miss you so much!
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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May 5, 2009
Sweet precious Lota,
I write this with so many tears in my eyes. I am sorry for what you had to endure here on earth but I know that you are finally free and nothing can harm you. Peace and love to you.
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May 3, 2009
Dear sweet Lota,
I write this with so many tears in my eyes after reading about you. I am so sorry for all that you had to endure on this earth but I know you are finally free and nothing can harm you. You must be keeping watch over your ele- family and I will always be praying for them. Peace and love to you.
Ushma, Ontario, Canada
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March 30, 2009
there is not a day that goes by ,that i do not think of you. your braveness paved a path for all others to follow. you endured such great pain,but you are and always will be a hero. God is taking care of you as well as your sisters. why animals suffer at the hands of man is beyond me. thank you for your lesson. you are free of pain and chains .free to wonder forever in the sun and endless grass and fruit. thank God for the sanctuary and it's staff and the goodness in everyone's heart to help out all the elephants. we will continue to fight in lota's name. God bless.
Rhonda , Wisconsin
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January 12, 2009
In reading your story, I must trust that 2 months and 23 days of heaven were all that you needed to heal your heart and take flight. Or was it that the happiness was just too much for your tired and battered body? I will remember you, Lota. I did not know your story as it happened, but I know it now.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas, Lota. Your being is the living witness to the quote on this page:

"The willow knows what the storm does not:
that the power to endure harm outlives
the power to inflict it."

Herald in the New Year with all of your sisters, sweet girl. It will be a year of hope and growing peace. The atrocities of humankind are forgotten by your sisters at the top of the golden stairs across the rainbow bridge. One day soon they will be a shadow of a memory to all of us here. They will be remembered only so that we never allow them to happen again.

Namaste, angel. We will keep your memory alive always.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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December 22, 2008
Merry Christmas dear Lota to you and all the girls that are with you in the Light. I miss seeing you on the cam but you all remain in my heart. Blessings and peace dear girl and the same to your friends.
Maureen, Pineville NC
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November 30, 2008
Precious Lota,

My heart still aches for the loss of you and for all you endured in your life because of people. I'm so thankful, though, that you experienced kindness and real love before you left this world. Love you always, dear girl.

Linda, Chandler, AZ
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November 17, 2008
Lota, it will be four years ago that you arrived. I will never forget the feeling of seeing you come out of the trailer, so frail and unsure. I am so happy you had Sanctuary even if for a short time. You for once knew kindness.

Thank you again, for your mission of bringing the rest of your family home. They are all thriving.
Always in our hearts.
Donna, Maryland
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November 6, 2008
Lota,

For the third year I protested at the Ringling Brothers Circus in Boston carrying your picture. You are always in my thoughts at these rallies. Fewer and fewer people show up for the performances; fewer stupid remarks are made. I feel hope that someday all your sisters and brothers will be released to freedom from cruel circuses before they die. I kiss your beautiful face.
Janet, Cambridge Massachusetts
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October 11, 2008
Miss you very much dear Lota. Followed your story since the beginning. Wrote many letters to the Hawthorne Corporation for your release. I'm so very sorry that you didn't have more time to enjoy the other elephants and your freedom at the sanctuary. Hope you are resting in peace my love. You will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. We will continue to fight forever for the release of all elephants to freedom in your memory.
Susan Fanning, Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey
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October 11, 2008
I have followed your story from the beginning Dear Lota. Not a day went by where I didn't pray for your freedom. I wrote many letters to the Hawthorne Corporation begging for them to let you go the Sanctuary. I just wish you would of had more time at the Elephant Sanctuary to be able to enjoy being with the other elephants and to once again roam free. I hope where you are now you are at peace and will never again suffer from the brutality that you had to endure unnecessarily for so many years. I miss you very much and always will. You will never be forgotten. We will continue to fight for freedom for all elephants in your memory. Rest in peace my love.
Susan Fanning, Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey
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September 15, 2008
Dearest Lota,
Tomorrow September 16th, we in Milwaukee WI, where you were imprisoned for 36 years then sold for $1.00 to a circus, will be holding a protest and leafletting in your honor. IDA will be there to address the AZA and I will be carrying a poster of you telling as many as possible of your life in captivity and your death in peace at the sanctuary where for 2 and a half months you knew love, kindness and most of all freedom.
Always in my heart Dear Lota;
Tricia, Milwaukee
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July 8, 2008
My God My God, what has happened to this world that we have to harbour innocent animals. We take them from all they've ever known so humans can benefit from their beauty. It's a travisty that this happens in the world today.
Rest in peace all of you that have gone on to the greener pastures.
My tears flow for you all.
Cheryl Hanet, Langley, BC Canada
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June 10, 2008
I love you dear beautiful friend, Lota.
Hopefully people will learn how to better take care of
animals so they do not contract terrible diseases like the one that put you through so much suffering...
A windowless concrete barn...where there was no fresh air...so happy you were taken out of there.
I hope that where ever you are now, is fresh and clean and airy and that you will find peace and rest there.
Thank you for paving the way for other eles....
No more suffering....
Say hello to all the other beloved ele friends for us in the sanctuary in the sky...
LOVE TO YOU, LOTA....
Cynthia, San Francisco
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April 30, 2008
Lota it was your fight for freedom that awakened my love for Elephants and a day dosn't go by that I don't say Thank You. I wish I was rich and could do more.
Joyce, Yankeetown, Fl
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April 27, 2008
Always in our hearts
Miss you dear Lota
Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ
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April 22, 2008
I had not known Lota but I feel her pain. In fact I'm reading a story, Saving Lilly anyone who feels to read this amazing story about the way Circuses abuse animals and especially this one elephant Lilly search for it, please.
With care,
Haley
Kelly Sexton, Ocala FL
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March 20, 2008
Lota -- I know you are so happy now -- you and Delhi are once again reunited -- this time forever!!! Trunk hugs!!!
Michael, New Jersey
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March 15, 2008
My darling Lota, Delhi passed to the other side this week. I hope and pray you were there to welcome her. Both of you now are pain-free, your feet feel fine and no more TB.
Ann, Shreveport
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February 15, 2008
We still miss you Lota . . .
Michael, New Jersey
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February 12, 2008
Dearest Lota,
Another year since your passing from this life on earth. It is with sadness that I write this because I can no longer see your physical body on the elecam playing with Misty; however, I am happy for you dear one that you are free of pain and with many, many sisters in a special place. LOL

Maureen, Pineville, NC
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February 10, 2008
Three years ago yesterday the 9th of February you left TES after only 2 and a half months of freedom. At least before you died you knew love, gentle care and freedom. Although you are not here in your physical form, you are still with us and in my heart daily. Your life of suffering and your forgiving spirit has helped many of your sisters to attain freedom. Your dear sisters Delhi and Misty love each other very much and Misty will need your strength and support when the time comes for Delhi to join you. Love you dear Lota and always in my heart.
Tricia, Milwaukee, WI
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February 9, 2008
Lota, thinking of you today. Three years ago today we lost you. We miss you.


Donna, Maryland
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February 8, 2008
Lota today is 3 years since you left us. I'll always remember this date because your tragic story touched something deep in my heart. You continue to be my inspiration to donate to TES and to help other elephants as much as I can. I miss you sweet girl.


Linda, Ohio
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February 6, 2008
I think of you daily. You made all of this happen, the awareness of cruetly in zoos & circuses.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGETTEN !!! YOU ARE A HERO. !!!
RHONDA, WISCONSIN
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February 4, 2008
You are always here in my heart, always remembered, always loved.

Namaste
Sylvie, Toronto
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February 3, 2008
You made me love elephants. Thank God for the kindness you experienced in your last days with the Sancutary. You have taught us all. May you be remembered forever for your strength, your heart your soul.
Tasha Piontek, Lisbon, WI
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December 20, 2007
At this special time of year, we remember friends and family and if they are far away, we wish we could be with them. I am thinking of you Lota, dear friend, and wishing you were still at the sanctuary. Other plans were designed for you and you are in a special place with Tina, Barbara, and Jenny to name a few. Happy days in the Light to you dear, dear Lota.
Maureen, Pineville
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December 15, 2007
sweet innocent heart
ann, atlanta
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November 25, 2007
Lota,
Although I never saw you in this life, except in pictures...I look forward to meeting you in Heaven...where I have No doubt that you are now.
Right before you went on, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of you really strong.
When I first found out about you, I prayed for you a lot and for you to be set free to the Sanctuary or any place where you would be happy. I am glad you got to feel freedom and love here on this earth before you went on.
I feel bad to think that you or any of the elephants (or any animals for that matter), were ever treated so horrible.....it makes me really sad., However,....you won in the end!!! Now the heartless bad people that were so bad to you can never hurt you ever again! For you are pain free and happy...I can picture you running and playing with your eyes sparkling bright with no more worries or fears.
I look forward to meeting you some day.
from someone who cares.
Kara, Illinois
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November 25, 2007
I came across your site by accident and I just can't stop crying.
The cruelties of man is sometimes more than I can bear.

Thank you so much for your love and kindness of the animals you give dignity and care to with respect and honor due them.

I pray to my God, that the others are released and no elephant has to live the life of those at the Hawthorne corporation.
God Bless you all for what you are doing.
Thank you Lord for the hearts of those that care about Your creation.
Shelley, Waukegan, IL
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November 21, 2007
Sweet Lota,

This is a happy week to remember you. It was finally the time of your freedom from cruel and uncaring treatment at the hands of venal people. You brought that sweet Misty girl with you. But better than anything else, you brought awareness of the plight of captive circus elephants. You paid a very high price, but no one will ever forget your story. Your life has brought sanctuary to many other ele-sisters. Happy Thanksgiving, beauty girl.
Janet, Cambridge Massachusetts
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November 20, 2007
Lota
Well Nov 17th was the third anniverary of your arrival at TES. It is sad that you had such a small taste of freedom, the freedom that all elephants should have.
But you're life has set an example for humans to learn from. And you have helped so many other of your sisters. You should she Misty & the friends she has made.
I think of you often and hope you're Happy in Elephant heaven.
Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ
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November 17, 2007
Lota, remembering you today. You are dearly missed.

Your family is thriving. Thank you, dear Lota

Peace
Donna, Maryland
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October 26, 2007
Still thinking of you beautiful Lota.
Michael, New Jersey
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October 24, 2007
Lota,
I am so sorry for the pain that you had to endure. It breaks my heart to see innocent souls totured and destroyed. Please know that there will always be people fighting for you! Grace and Peace!
Kate Nichols, Texas
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October 23, 2007
Lota, I'm so glad you were able to have a short time of freedom at TES. I just wish it could have been longer. The pain you endured, should never have been. I cry for you and your sisters who are still trapped in the circus and zoos and people thinking this is ok. I'm sure you, Tina, Barbara & Jenny are all singing and looking down at all your sisters.
Juanita, Livonia, MI
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October 14, 2007
Lota, sweet sister,

I protested the Ringling Circus in Boston today for you. I was holding your picture up high and telling everyone the terrible life of the circus elephant. I think we're making a difference. It may be slow, but I think the momentum is there. So, for you, my sweet girl, I will protest again and again. I kiss your sweet face.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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October 8, 2007
You Go Girl
Dottie Robey,
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October 7, 2007
You have been on my mind so much, thought I would send you a little hello.

Your mission has been completed, rest in peace, sweet girl
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September 19, 2007
Lota, beauty girl,

I was thinking about you just the other day. Your sister, Misty, is doing so well, but we all knew she would. She's a crazy girl. I'm sorry you couldn't stay longer, but you left in the company of love and affection from all, near and far. Tschuss, bis morgen.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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September 18, 2007
Dear Sweet Lota,
Once again my heart is aching for the suffering you endured for most of your life, but after you arrived at TES you definitely had a twinkle in your eyes letting Misty know you were both home. It gives me some solace to know you experienced love and peace before you died, though it was way too short. Always in my heart our precious Lota.
Tricia, Milwaukee
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July 26, 2007
Today I have just read your life story and I could not stop the tears as I read..I never knew about what cruelty was happening to you and other elephants before joining the Elephant Sanctuary a few years ago..I am so so sorry that your whole life was one of pain and misery and that it took so long for you to finally get your freedom to the Elephant Sanctuary.I am so thankful that you did make it and had a chance to experience what life should of been for you and I know you were surrounded by people who loved you and tried every second to make you well for your short time there...I'm sorry for all the cruelty that you had to endure on this earth..
shar, san diego
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July 25, 2007
Beautiful girl,

Just wanted to let you know that everytime I check in
to see your sisters at the sanctuary, I think of YOU
and your impact on their lives and the lives of all elephants either in a zoo or a circus. Your life DID mean something and more and more people are becoming aware of the injustices done to your species. Thank you Lota and thanks for being there for Tina, Barbara and Jenny.


Maureen, Pineville, N.C.
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July 20, 2007
Lota ... Dulary has been at the Sanctuary for 2 1/2 months already and your beloved Misty has been a friend and companion to both her and your dearest friend Delhi. I know you are watching over them as I speak. You are missed so very much and are not forgotten. I love you.
Michael, New Jersey
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July 11, 2007
Lota,
I've been thinking about you and what a great girl you are.
I image you are up there watching that new little girl Dulray. You played a role in getting her to TES. I hope you realize how much you've done for other elephants. You certainly have educated mankind. Hopefully as years go by more and more people will realize the errors of our ways. You have set the example for us to learn from. May you have the complete peace and happiness in heaven, that you so richly deserve.
Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ
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July 8, 2007
Lota, I just learned of your plight on the internet and I am so sorry that you had to endure such misery for such a long time before being rescued. I wished I had known earlier but don't know what I could have done but surely I could have done something. I now know about the awful treatment of your majestic breed and will do what I can to help preserve the lives of others so they can live in freedom with people that care and love you. You no longer have to suffer and am so sorry you did. Rest in peace.
Gilda, Reston, VA
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May 13, 2007
Oh sweet Lota - at least you knew love and compassion before you died. You are are peace now and please know that even though you have left this world, your spirit is still with us.
Gayle, Seattle, WA
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May 1, 2007
Lota, I don't know where you are but another elephant is on her way, another life that soon will flower in the garden of you.

I'm sure if Misty could, she'd be blowing up balloons for the newcomer. She's such a happy girl. Such a beautiful girl. Like you, Lota. XX00
Lesley, Vancouver
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April 28, 2007
Lota, sweet Lota,

Dulary is getting ready for her journey to TES. She will walk in your footsteps.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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April 19, 2007
Lota, you can rest easy now, girl. All of your tribe are now free. The gals are thriving at TES in every way, shape and form, and Nic and Gypsy are now at PAWS cavorting like honest to goodness elephants. They are not wasting any time on the past.


Lesley, Vancouver
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April 5, 2007
Dearest Lota, yesterday Nic and Gypsy made it to PAWS. They are finally, finally free. They have a new home with no more chains, windowless, drafty barn or hurtful treatment. They will be loved for the rest of their lives.
Tom, California
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April 3, 2007
Lota -- it has finally come to pass .... Nic and Gypsy are free from their horrible existence. They arrived yesterday, April 2, at the PAWS sanctuary in Galt, CA. and are enjoying their new found freedom. Their chains have been removed forever. It's all uphill for them now. Bless you Lota.
Michael, New Jersey
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February 28, 2007
Lota

I have wonderful news. Nicholas and Gypsy are finally going to be free within weeks, from that windowless barn in Illinois -- they are going to the PAWS Sanctuary in San Andreas, CA -- and Gypsy will eventually be sharing a habitat with your old friend Annie from the Milwaukee Zoo. This was all made possible because of you Lota -- we will never forget you. You are always in our hearts.
Michael, New Jersey
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February 19, 2007
Lota, thinking of you today. The Diva's are thriving and Misty has found Delhi again.

Thank you
Anonymous,
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February 19, 2007
Dear Friend,
If only more people knew, we might have been able to save you. It makes me sad to be a part of the human race and what our kind has done to you and to others like you.
Forgive us.
Patti, Meriden, Ct
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February 16, 2007
Sweetest Lota-

Wanted to add a hello to your diary and let you know that you continue to fuel my passion and motivation to work towards a meaningful job in this world where I am able to be blessed through natural healing techniques, to work with and heal animals.

As soon as spring hits, I am off to our local zoo to send Reiki to the elephants, and to as many animals who might be open to it.

Thank you for continuing to touch all of us and drive us towards action to help imporove the lives of captive elephants

Your friend

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February 9, 2007
Lota,

Today is 2 years since you passed away. I miss you sweet girl.
Linda, Ohio,
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February 7, 2007
Lota, it will soon be two years that you left us, all too soon.
You are not forgotten, hearing of Mity's adventure's and seeing the Diva's, is how your memory lives on.

What a wonderful gift you gave to them and all that knew you.


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February 7, 2007
Beautiful Lota,

Another year without visual knowledge of you but I know in my heart you are smiling and without pain. That is the good news. Joyous greetings to you and to all of your sisters at your side.
Maureen, Lumberton, New Jersey
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January 30, 2007
Dear Sweet Lota,
Just took a few minutes to look at you and Misty together, and am filled with joy at your arrival to TES and saddness that it was so short lived. It will be 2 years this Feb. 9th that you left us and even now just looking at you takes my breath away and I sob to think of the suffering you endured most of your life. When you were at our zoo in Milwaukee, I wish I had understood how you were meant to live. I love you dearly and you are always in my heart.
Tricia, Milwaukee, WI
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January 12, 2007
Lota, beautiful girl, Happy New Year. The girls are doing so well, in part, thanks to you. I sense good changes coming to our attitudes about elephants in captivity. You paid a huge price for this change, but it was not in vain. No one will ever, ever forget Lota the Elephant.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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December 20, 2006
LOTA IN THE SKY...I WAS GIVEN A STATUE OF AN ELEPHANT WITH A BROKEN TUSK, EVERYONE SAID TO REPAIR IT, BUT WHEN I SAW IT I KNEW IT WOULD REPRESENT YOUR LIFE...YOUR BODY WAS NOT YOUR OWN, BUT YOUR SPIRIT HAS ALWAYS BEEN FREE...WHEN YOU CLOSED YOUR EYES, YOUR DREAMED OF YOUR FAMILY...OF OPEN SPACES AND MOONLIT SKYS...SO IN YOUR HONOR, YOUR STATUE WILL SIT UPON THE HIGHEST SHELF, SO THAT ALL CAN SEE WHAT YOUR LIFE MEANS TO ME...
CHERYLE, TEXAS
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December 20, 2006
Dearest Lota. It took much too long for you to live in peace with nature and good people. I was a child when I saw you at the Milwaukee County Zoo with no knowledge of the pain and suffering you endured. You made the news when you were sold for $1.00. What a terrible fate. Hearing that you were to finally go the sanctuary is what truly opened my eyes to what you would be looking forward to. I felt I had to do something to help which is when I began to donate to the elephants.com. You made a difference in my life just knowing what you had gone through and those that still live in pain and misery and those that still have to endure. Walk free in God's country forever in peace and without pain.
Candace, Milwaukee, WI
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November 17, 2006
Lota,

Today is your anniversary, your first day of freedom was 17 November 2004.

Misty is doing wonderful!! The Diva's are enjoying freedom, and the fight continues for Nic and Gypsy.

I can only imagine how beautiful you look, plump and healthy, I am sure the other girls are helping you celebrate today.

We miss you
Donna, Maryland
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October 19, 2006
Lota, I protested again, holding your picture, at the Ringling Circus in Boston last Sunday. There were 30 of us there. You couldn't miss us. Changes are coming about, but there is still so much ignorance.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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October 19, 2006
Lota,
Dear Jenny has joined you. Take good care of her.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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October 19, 2006

lota, my love ,today you welcome your frined ,jenny into heaven with you. please take care of her.
Rhonda Woods, tomah, wisconsin
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October 16, 2006
Lota your story makes me Love Elephants all the more; and feel every emotion a human can feel. I am glad you had some happiness here on earth. I am so happy you are finally free, but you will be missed by everyone who loves you.
Stacey, Albion, Michigan
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October 10, 2006
Your memory, braveness and spirit will live in so so many hearts forever, mine included. At least, if only for a short time, you left this world knowing so many people loved and cared about you so very much.
Valerie, Philadelphia
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October 6, 2006
Lota,

I read the web site today and realized the sanctuary will be getting yet another elephant. her name is Dulary.
You are the reason for all that happens at the sanctuary. You opened the gates to freedom for everyone of your family and now I know it is us humans that are realizing that elephants need to be free. your effortless work was so powerful. no words could express my love and thanks.I miss you all the time ,and every time I hear of another elephant coming the sanctuary,I believe you are the ambassador ,the messenger.
god bless you.
I love you .....












Rhonda Woods, tomah, wisconsin
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September 22, 2006
Still thinking of you Lota, and remembering...
LVE, Green Bay, WI
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September 11, 2006
To my precious Lota,
I am missing you so much today and just want you to know that you are always in my heart. All my love sweet girl.
Tricia, Milwaukee
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September 10, 2006
Lota was obviously a very loved elaphant who has had a tough life all we can hope is that she is in a better place she was a beautiful elephant who everyone will miss terribly
Teagan, australia
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September 4, 2006
i think the elephant is the most precious of all Gods animal creations. i feel somehow a strong connection to them. they were also in bondage just like the slaves were brought here from africa so were they. may God bless you lota. i know God has a special place for you and your other, family members. i love you so much.
audrey freeman, richton park ill
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August 24, 2006
Oh Lota you would be so proud of Misty. She is just starting to taste her freedom. She has been free for 5 days now. She is with the rest of the family. I'm sure you are right there with her every step she takes. I never knew you Lota but, you will always be an inspiration for anyone who reads about the last days of a great lady’s life. You left Misty, Carol and the rest of us with great dignity. You will never die because every time someone says or thinks "Lota" even for just that second you will have lived again. I’m only sad when I think it’s too bad you can’t be here today to share everyone’s joy for Misty and her freedom. Take care girl....You are truly loved by many.
Thomas Clyde, Chicago, IL
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August 21, 2006
Dear Lota
Well thanks to you and all you've done, your sister Misty is now with her sisters.
I'm sure that the girls are having a party and I'm sure there is a party with you and your friends at the rainbow bridge.
We love you


Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ 07039
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August 20, 2006
Lota, your sweet sister, Misty, is free and with your other sisters. There's going to be a party in the barn tonight!!
Janet, Cambridge MA
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August 19, 2006
Dear Lota,
It is with tears in my eyes that I watch Misty enjoying her new found freedom. Finally she is with Delhi, but my heart breaks that you are not with them. I waited for the day Misty could dive into the creek knowing how much she loved her puddle. I will miss you forever dear girl. Love to you always.
Tricia, Milwaukee
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August 18, 2006
I hope you are happy "across the rainbow bridge" dear Lota. You truly deserve that big girl. Miss you
Give Tina a hug for me.

Donna Powell, Tustin
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August 18, 2006
Thinking of you today, Lota. And missing you.
Kelly, Tennessee
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August 18, 2006
LOTA< YOU DID IT,, MISTY IS TRULY FREE!!! WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH

The only thing to make this victory even sweeter is if you had been standing by her side when she reaches the new property.
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August 14, 2006
a poem to all.

after so many years of fustration,anguish and pain,

who knew freedom would feel this way.

so many roads i have traveled, yet, you paved a new path for me.

a breath of fresh air, so long overdue.

and the warm sun, upon my face each morning.

and my old and new friends at my side, before i fall to sleep each night.

among the doubtful times, you washed away my tears.

looking i saw you holding in your hands, my heart.

promising me all of tommorrow, endless miles of rolling hills,

where i can run and play,from here on into eternity.

this very place is where i want to stay.



a poem for the sanctuary, its caregivers but most of all, the elephants. who know so many stories of pain and happiness.
god bless you lota, and your family herd.
Rhonda Woods, tomah, wisconsin
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August 7, 2006
Precious Lota,
Tomorrow 8/8 your dear little Misty will know complete freedom to roam and will be reaquainted with her sisters. Please watch over her along with Winkie and the other girls. Love to you.
Forever in my heart
Tricia, Milwaukee
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July 31, 2006
For all who have suffered the injustice of being taken from their natural habitations and thrust into the arenas of man's endless pursuit of entertainment, you have my heartfelt tribute of sympathy and tears. The Elephant Sanctuary is a wonderful answer for those who have suffered these injustices in life, with an offer of at least a few final years of peace and rest away from all the stresses they have endured for so many years. - My first handmade workbook at school was about elephants and how they marched in the circus parade, holding hands by holding tails. I've learned since then that the scenario in our workbooks might just not have been so much fun for the elephants. - One of the saddest Tennessee stories about an elephant happened in Erwin, Tennessee; the story of an elephant who was probably so hot and tired from the hard circus life, struggling to get to the watermelons that had been cut and displayed for sale on the parade route and the injustice that was done to the animal by people who didn't understand - I am crying as I write this - I am so sorry for your suffering right now and hope the burdens you carry for those you have lost will be lightened with comfort.
Wanda King, Columbia, TN
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July 30, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the living who are enduring this crisis, as well as the blessed ones who've passed.


Joanna and Winkie, know we love you.


Sanctuary, know we love you. Nothing can shake that.


Lota, Tina, Barbara, and Joanna, if there's a heaven, I know you're in it together. Blessed pachyderms, take care of our Joanna as she took such good care of you.
Lesley, Vancouver
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July 27, 2006
My precious Lota,

Please watch over Winkie and all of the other girls who have suffered so in their pasts. I see Joanna holding your trunk now with her beautiful expression of peace. She died doing what she loved most in life and she has joined you now.
Love to my beautiful girl and dear Joanna.
Tricia, Milwaukee
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July 25, 2006
Lota, Barbie, Tina: Your beloved Joanna is joining you. Her spirit will hover over the Sanctuary forever watching and forever caring for her girls. Not many of us get to have a job we love and do so much good at the same time. Joanna's job will never be done; she will simply carry it on from another plane. Sweet dreams and RIP.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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July 24, 2006
Sweet Lota, please send everyone your strength at the Sanctuary.
Kelly, Nashville
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July 23, 2006
Lota, dear one, I'm thinking of you tonight.
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July 14, 2006
Lota girl :o) Love u always.

, Louisville, KY
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July 8, 2006
Thinking of you with love.
I miss you.
BG, Virginia
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July 2, 2006
I must say I am sorry for the life you were forced to live...I wish there were more people on this earth to help the beatiful beings like you.I am so happy that you got to leave this world and get what you should have had all your life...FREEDOM. You will be so missed not just by me but by many many others...Rest In Peace.
Carrera, Now In Mexico
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June 29, 2006
Beautiful Lota, Sister Misty will be out of quarantine soon. I can't wait to read the tales of her adventures in the big fields and woods with her other sisters. She is one bundle of energy and sweetness. You left your cause in excellent "feet" with her. Your other sisters are doing so well; it's an incredible joy to see them enjoy freedom and affection, respect and appreciation.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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June 28, 2006
Sleep Soft Sweet Lota. Your gentle soul is at peace now. Miss you terribly.
Heather, Victoria BC
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June 25, 2006
A moment of silence for a true hero.








we love you.
Rhonda Woods, tomah, wisconsin
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June 20, 2006
Dear Lota,
At the Milwaukee zoo where you spend most of your life and 18 hours a day in chains, a sister Lucy now suffers. I am reminded of your suffering again and your short lived freedom and am inconsolable. The zoo has stated that Lucy will be on DISPLAY again soon. When will humans realize you precious beings are not spectacles to be viewed and used for entertainment. I hold you so dear to my heart and pray your sisters will all know freedom one day. Misty has less than 2 months now of her TB treatment. How I wish you were here with her to enjoy all the gifts that await her. All my love.
Tricia, Milwaukee, WI
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June 20, 2006
Always in our hearts. Still miss you so.
, maryland
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June 15, 2006
Dear Lota, you are missed so very very much big girl. Hope you are enjoying your new life "across the rainbow bridge". Looking forward to seeing you someday.
Donna Powell, Tustin, CA
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June 10, 2006
When they're free we'll watch them roam, in the peaceful valley their beautiful home

Sunshine, trees and grass everywhere, life is a blessing for all to share

No more pain and sorrow, just a beautiful tomorrow

To share with friends from the circus and zoo, in the peaceful valley we've come home to you



This is my hope for all of Lota's sisters and brothers in captivity, that very soon we will realize we cannot keep these magnificent animals in cement prisons. They deserve so much more. What we have done to them is criminal and disgusting.When will we learn compassion for those we share the earth with and learn not to harm but to love.
Rose Kennedy, phila pa
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June 9, 2006
Every day I see your friends on the cam and I wish you could be with them, Lota And then I realize you are and always will be.
Lesley, Vancouver
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June 6, 2006
dear lota my eyes water as i write this heart felt tribute
i have never forgotten how you brought me in like your family and how you loved everyone you told them you cared
without saying a word you would hold them without coming near them i could talk to you and even though you couldn't talk back I knew you were listening no matter how hard i try i can't get you out of my mind i love you lota nothing will make that change. when you got sick we told you to keep going and you did you were strong and brave my dear lota you may be gone but when i look to the stars i know you staring back at me your caring and hopeful eyes and mind embrace me with warmth no matter were you are. my heart will be empty but also be full as you might not be in the sancuary you will be in my heart forever and always. i love you lota! but now i must look to the stars to see your face and i must look back to hold you and i must sing a song of love to you so that i will always remeber you but if i can still see you then i must love you. when i went to the sancuary i saw you play i saw you laugh and i saw you cry and no matter what you did i cared for you we brought you in as a little baby soon to become a loved animal and why did this happen to you i will never know but whatever the world brings i'll be ready because you told me to keep going no matter what life brings keep going you will hug my soul in the stars and as i look down at your grave i will see your face shining with light from the sun as the world will pick you up and sit you on the sun where you can shine with pride and love i wonder why you didn't stay with us but you needed to go you wanted and needed to be in a better place forever and for always and when i join you i will fly to the sun and see your face with sunbeams and i will touch your face with love and kiss you with the moon and you will smile. Smile with love and admiration that can warm a rock's heart with love and pride and i love you lota. once more i wished to touch your face once more i wanted to kiss you with caring lips and a beating heart and as yours no longer beats mine does and it will stop once that is when i'll hug and love you forever and for always, Lota my little miss lota dear
Sadie Steele, Torrington,CT
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May 24, 2006
My precious Lota, Misty will be joining your sisters soon and I can hardly wait to see her swim. I remember when you both arrived how Misty loved the rain and the puddle she romped around in. I wish you were here with her and hope the girls will welcome her and love her as you did. You are always loved, terribly missed and forever in my heart.
Tricia Glynn, Milwaukee, WI
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May 23, 2006
I can only think what an amazing and gentle creature you are and if you had had words, you would have asked "why?". Knowing you existed fills my heart with joy but knowing how others have treated you fills that same heart with pain. You were and will always be forever loved... You are beautiful, Lota.
Teresa Renken, Omaha , NE
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May 22, 2006
Lota you were a wonderful elephant and we all miss you terribly.If only you were still here.You were very special to us all and you like a sister to us even though you were an elephant. Lota you will always be loved by me and the many others that have given you tributes. We will always remember you now and forever. Love Sadie Steel
Sadie Steel, Torrington, CT
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May 20, 2006
Lota, my dear love, where do I start. tears filled my eyes as I read misty will be able to join the herd, and I know you will be beside her as she walks through the gate to her family. and I know she will feel your presence. not a day goes by, that I do not think of you. I remember seeing you in the Milwaukee Zoo when I was a little girl. what I know now, would of changed how I felt then. You are a hero. no one deserves to be beaten, chained, mentally and physically, abused. your heart was so strong, your body just gave out from the evil hand of man. I want to take a moment of silence to honor you ...................................................................................................................amen
god bless the sanctuary staff for their kind hearts and hard work. "one elephant at a time "

amen.

Rhonda, wisconsin
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May 19, 2006
Hi Lota miss u today...wishing we could see u with Misty on the elecam yet we know u are looking over her to comfort her while she is temporarily away from her sisters who are now enjoying their lake:o)


So glad to hear Misty will soon be released to join Shirley's herd. We cant wait for the day and I bet you are sooo glad.


I hope more people soon learn about the pain you endured, and embrace your legacy, and may they learn about the suffering that your sisters Tyke and Sue endured. Please give both of them trunk touches for me.


Things are improving around the world and we are out here doing what we can. Like Carol stresses....."One elephant at a time."


Please continue to look over and bless Carol, Scott, and all of their other staff.


Lastly, please also shed your love on the spiritless people who are responsible for your deteriorated condition while u were here on earth, as well as shed your light and love on all of the others who continue to exploit and inflict pain on the rest of your sisters and brothers. Please help them to find love and peace in their own hearts.


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May 10, 2006
Hey Lota,
We miss you each day along with your other sisters who left us too soon. Even though it is hard to not have you, we get to see your fellow ‘circus divas’ each day walk the earth as they were meant to be-free. With the trees full of green and the grass growing rapidly the girls looks so natural and right where they should have been all along. And the joy they have in the ponds! When I tune into the CAM and see one, two or more having a great time I know you are smiling as well.
Your gentle spirit lives on every day.

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. ~ Lao-Tzu

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April 27, 2006
After reading Lota's story, I don't care if I ever see another circus in my life. You are truely an amazing elephant, Lota. Roam and be free in your own heaven. Thanks to the Sanctuary for taking the time to make such a wonderful website and sharing with us.
Laura M., Kentucky
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April 21, 2006
You were a SPECIAL GIRL our LOTA. I pray that you and TINA are enjoying your time together "across the rainbow bridge".
Donna Powell, Tustin
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April 16, 2006
When I heard about Lota's touching life, I thought I would send in this poem by Kathryn Worth. It reminded me of Lota:


Circus Elephant


Does the Elephant remember

In the grey light before dawn

Old noises of the jungle

In the mornings long gone?



Does the Elephant remember

The cry of hungry beasts;

The Tiger and the Leopard

The Lion at his feasts?



Do his mighty eardrums listen

For the thunder of the feet

Of the Buffalo and Zebra

In the Dark and dreadful heat?



Does His Majesty remember

Does he stir himself and dream

Of the long-forgotten music

Of a long-forgotten stream?




The poem is about two elephants really, African and Asian.

Hope you can hear the music again Lota!
Amelia Wreford, Gloucestershire - England
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March 27, 2006
Oh how I wish you were here beautiful Lota to enjoy the spring with Misty. She is half way home to being with your sisters. My heart is joyful at seeing all the girls enjoying their freedom, but will be heavy forever for your short stay. When I think of you I see the sparkle in your eyes when you first arrived at TES. You knew you were home at last. Always in my heart. Love to you dear girl.
Tricia, Milwaukee
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March 23, 2006
For such a short time you experienced joy happiness and love, your story made me cry
Shirl, United Kingdom
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March 20, 2006
lota, i find myself watching the ele cam everyday as your family takes in freedom. playing in the water hole to going head first into a big pile of mud (ha ,ha ) they seem to be calming down now, when they first arrived, the cameras could not keep up with them, they were always moving, maybe scared they had to leave and go back, but i do believe now they know where they belong. they are basking in paradise. it saddens me to think they never felt the warm sun on their face, heard the birds sing, eat the green grass or even just to walk and run. thanks to your heroism, for being brave. and leading the way out .you are fearless. i hope you meet me at the gates of heaven ,so we can walk and talk. i want to sit next to you on a hillside .your family is doing well, they are happy, dont you worry about them, enjoy your friendship with, tina, barb, and sue, oh !! dont forget tina likes her grapes !!! thinking of you more than you know.
Rhonda Woods, Wisconsin
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March 7, 2006
Dearest Lota; Heard your name many times, but did not know how desperate your condition was until you arrived at the Sanctuary, and I saw your gaunt, lifeless face. You were a living miracle at the time. How could anyone on the face of this earth utter a mean word, hold a sharp hook to your skin, and look into your lifeless eyes....eyes longing for a better tomorrow. Your will kept you going. Maybe you knew before we did that there was a better future for you and your sisters, even if it meant only for a short time for you. Sweet, sweet Lota - you were another ele angel sent with Barbara, Tina, and others who were sent to us with a goal - and from each of you, a miracle occured, in that you brought more and more people into the circle of fighters against the injustice forced upon you, that otherwise may not have been. The Santcuary in which you spent such little time is a magical place, and no doubt you and your departed brothers and sisters look down from the heavens upon it every day. RIP dear Lota. You deserve it more than words can say.
Kizzy, British Columbia
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March 7, 2006
i think it is a bad thing hurt these elephants they dont deserve to be treated like that
mikeshia ross and cynthia lugo, florida
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February 28, 2006
Lota, Lota, Your sisters are all here and it's like they always have been. Watching them enjoy their freedom takes my breath away. I also laugh a lot because they are very funny. They love the water and they play in the mud. An elephant never forgets how to be an elephant. You are not forgotten, lovely girl. Your sisters are here now so that no one ever forgets.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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February 21, 2006
Dearest Lota,
Your sisters have arrived and hopefully your precious Misty will re-join them soon. We will be holding your picture this Friday at the circus in Milwaukee to show everyone attending the torture you endured. For the rest of my life I will fight the injustices done to animals in circuses, zoos, and in factory farms in your name. I love you and miss you forever. Your vegan pal.

Tricia, Milwaukee
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February 19, 2006
Lota's Song



Don't grieve for me


on this day,dear ones,


hear my joy filled song.


My family found sanctuary,


they're safely home after


oh so long





I sing to the heavenly keeper


of elephant souls,


through these happy tears.


They fall gently on the earth


washing away the memory


of my pain filled years





Listen in the distance,


the soft rumble of thunder


that you hear.


A reminder that i never


left you, i live on,


i am always near.







lauralinklater


feb/06

, vancouver canada
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February 15, 2006
At this moment, I am watching your sisters enjoying the freedom you enjoyed for too brief a time. It is peaceful to see them. I can only think of you. And thank you for leading them home. I will never forget you.
Kelly, Sevierville, TN
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February 12, 2006
Wanted to drop in and say hello again and thank you for touching my heart...and my life. We were at a circus demo today and stood solidly holding signs of you unjustly chained and emaciated in the Hawthorn barn.



Our Signs of you and Tyke reached high in the sky for all who would look and drive by-With us in amazement and hope. Your presence known. Eight miracles to celebrate! Little do these circus-go-ers know.




May your legacy continue to remind us humans of not only the utmost cruel acts we are capable of...but also the utmost compassion and selflessness.




Your Friend, Louisville, KY
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February 9, 2006
Dearest Lota,
As we mark the one year anniversary of your passing we are still sad that we do not see you on the elecam with your dear friend Misty but we are very happy that eight of your sisters have arrived safely at the sanctuary. We also are happy that you are with other sisters and that you are free of pain. Beautiful Lota, special, dear lady, know you are continually loved.
M, NJ
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February 9, 2006
Precious Lota -- Today marks one year that you left us so very saddened by your departure. We had all hoped you would have had more time on this Earth to enjoy spending your days with Misty. Today, in honor of your day, two more of your sisters arrived at the Elephant Sanctuary. I am sure they were amazed just as much as you and Misty were back in November 2004 upon your arrival to this strange new place. You are so very missed by all, especially Misty. Soon she will be joining a herd .... which one I am not sure of. Watch over and protect all of your sisters with Barbara, Tina, Sue and Tess and all the others that have gone on to another level in the afterlife.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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February 9, 2006
Dearest Lota
Its hard to believe that it is a year since you've moved on. But what a job you've done. All of your sisters are home now. The final two arriving on your anniversary. God bless you Lota for bringing them home. Watch over them and Carol, Scott and all at TES.
Miss you & think of you often.
Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ
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February 9, 2006
Lota, we think of you often, but more so today. Your family is almost home. You did it!!!!!!!!

Our hearts are sad today remembering how we felt when we heard the news, but we are also smiling today because two more of your sisters are coming home today.

WE MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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February 7, 2006
It has been one year Lota since you slipped from your life here on earth. I have learned so much from you....and so much from your sisters and brothers just like you. I will never stop fighting and educating and hoping and praying. Hope is what we have. We have begun welcoming your Hawthorn sisters to TES and it all seems so surreal. I still can't believe it is happening. I know you,Barbara, and Tina walk among all the new sisters welcoming them. As always Lota, thank you.
Jennifer Lockwood, Catlin, IL
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February 4, 2006
Again, I find myself watching the cam, reading of the new arrivals, and again I think of you Lota, with my tearfilled eyes. Rest in peace, and watch over your friends and family. You are glorious Lota. To always be remembered....
Lori VanEssen, Green Bay, WI
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February 3, 2006
My how much lottie resembles you! Please shed your light and strength upon Lottie, Minnie, Queenie and Liz....and the fortunate other four due next week.

Bless Lottie....may you keep close to her as she wanders alone in the pasture. Enjoying her freedom.

Someone who loves you very much in Louisville KY
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February 1, 2006
One year almost to the day of your passing your compadres are arriving two by two. Last summer we were all on tenterhooks wondering what would happen, and would Carson and Barnes get them? And we kept fighting for justice. I know you're there watching over them, happy they're home at last. I miss you very much Lota. Miss seeing your lovely elegant face on the cam. But I know you're up there getting a kick out of Lottie and Minnie's antics. Today they chased the two-wheeler like two pups. Kisses to all the elephants there with you. Love,
Lesley, Vancouver
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February 1, 2006
Lota

Minnie and Lottie have arrived yesterday .... They have settled in very well just as you and Misty did back in November 2004. I know that you, Sue, Tess, Tina and Barbara are watching over them. Liz and Queenie are to arrive tomorrow. Be on the lookout for them at about 12 noon. We love you Lota.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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January 30, 2006
Lota, no words could express my happiness, and what is about to happen over the next two weeks. thanks to you, my friend.your family are on their way home. you opened the door for freedom, but the pain and suffering you endured ,by the cruel hands of man,set an example and will never be forgotten.I know you will be there when they walk off the trailer into the endless acres of freedom, they will hear you trumpet, and smile. the whole world will.
Rhonda Woods, Wisconsin
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January 30, 2006
Lota, more elephants worldwide have passed the rainbow bridge and I'm sure there is a wonderous herd in your world, as it is today. My you all rejoice together that you are free from all the cruelties this world offered you. My only grace is that in your final hours, you were with people who cared more for you than you will ever know. Give back to them for how they tried to help you by wrapping your new wings around the caravan of hope, which will lead the Hawthorne's to their final heavenly journey here on earth. Peace and love to all you lovely new angels of the animal kingdom.
Kizzy, Langley, B.C., Canada
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January 30, 2006
Know what you did for Lota was the best part of her life. You allowed her to die free and with dignaty that we all deserve. God bless you for what you do.
Tamara Rogers, Triple H Horse Rescue in Mount Pleasant, TN
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January 10, 2006
may your life be free in the happy fields of heaven. with much love,
meghan
meghan page, baltimore MD
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January 6, 2006
Another angel has ascended to heaven. Tina, Barbara and Lota were waiting for Sue at the end of the path. What beautiful eyes. God granted her the taste of freedom that she had instinctively needed so badly. Her chance to love and to be loved. It was our last chance to show her that all humans are not cruel and that her time on earth really made a difference to many people. God bless all of you that were there for her in her time of needing us so badly and being there when she left. Let this motivate us to do something to change this planet and the way that we treat others and animals in it. Tell one friend to read about the Hawthorne Corp. and let the rage that fills your stomach push you to do something to make a difference. We all have the ability! God Bless You Sue and Godspeed! You are in my prayers.

Erin Schulte, North Delta, BC
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January 5, 2006
Precious Lota

Sue has now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to join you, Barbara and Tina to help watch over your sisters at the Elephant Sanctuary .... welcome her into your new world with trunk touches and love.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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January 3, 2006
Dearest Lota,

As I pour over the contents of your befitting tribute, each letter etched with love, sorrow and hope, tears stream easily. I am only comforted knowing that so many others have cried and still mourn before me. The sanctuary's tremendous efforts and recent sucess with Hawthorn are to be rejoiced. A thousands thanks for everything that you are and the possibilities that you have helped come to life. I am so happy you got to feel genuine warmth from a nap in the sun, a human hand and many human hearts, even if I wish it would have been much longer...


GG, California
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January 3, 2006
Dearest Lota
Pretty soon now your sisters will be arriving at the Sancutary that you were able to call home for a short time.
Thanks to your life and the hard work of Carol,Scott and all the workers at the Sancuary they will have a chance to know elephant life as it should be. Watch over them.
It is so sad that you had to live the life you did for humans to learn the cruelty to animals they cause.
We love you Lota and always will.

Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ
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January 2, 2006
Dear, sweet Lota,

One of your sisters, Sue, is coming to join you. May your valiant spirits help those remaining on their journey to freedom.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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December 24, 2005
Merry Christmas, Lota. I wish you were here. I have faith that you somehow know that all of your companions are being saved and no more will elephants live in the Hawthorn barns. You are the inspiration, hope, and representative for nine precious elephants. You touched us all. I will always love you. Give Barbara and Tina a kiss and a hug for me. Misty is happy because you helped her come home. Know she is loved.
Lesley, Vancouver
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December 21, 2005
Dear Lota, I will never forget how much suffering you endured in your lifetime, yet you remained gentle and gracious until the end of your stay at TES. Misty loves you and misses you, but she is doing well. Hopefully she will be with the rest of her sisters soon. I hope where ever you are you know how many of us love and miss you.
You are in my heart and thoughts forever dear Lota.
Tricia, Milwaukee
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December 13, 2005
Lota -- very soon, the first two of your sisters will start their journey to elephant paradise followed by the remaining seven ... and you will have accomplished what you set out to do.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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December 5, 2005
December 2005: Lota Rocks!
starling, caloifornia
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December 1, 2005
Lota,
the time is near, your sisters are coming home, I am sorry you can not be with them, but however your spirit wil be. you are a saint, it is because of you that they are free, I cry because knowing now, you died from the cruel hands of man, but also died to set a paved path to freedom for all others. I cried from joy after hearing that they are coming home, no more suffering. no more pain, no more going hungry, no more chains, no more bad words and whips, no more being unloved.
love it is a door to ones heart,
Love is all.
Rhonda, Wisconsin
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November 30, 2005
Well, "Thin Girl", most of your remaining sisters are coming home. It has been a long struggle and no one knows that better than you. Your suffering was not in vain and provides the inspiration for the largest elephant rescue in US history. Not a bad accomplishment for one lifetime.


Watch over them, dear Lota. You are their patron saint. St. Lota, patron saint of abused elephants. Let them hear your trumpets, chirps and roar as your sisters pass through the gate to Freedom.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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November 30, 2005
Lota, your gentle spirit, and wisdom, has guided your family home. I know you will welcome them, when they enter "sacred ground" Thank you for teaching us
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November 30, 2005
Precious Lota,


I have wonderful news! Your sisters are finally coming home .... we received the news yesterday ..... I know you will be there in spirit to watch over and protect them once they arrive .... are you enjoying the music from the chimes I sent you. We love you and miss you very much and will never forget the sacrifices you made ..... and that Misty was the first of your sisters that you freed.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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November 30, 2005
My precious Lota,
I still can barely speak your name or look at your photos that I hold close to my heart without sobbing. You paid a heavy price before your short lived freedom, but it was not in vain. I have your picture on my screen saver at work and tell everyone how you suffered from a year old until you arrived at TSE. I thank God every day that you died knowing love, kindness and green pastures on which you laid your head. I will miss you forever and now your sisters on their way to join Misty all in your honor.
Love forever
Tricia, Milwaukee
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November 17, 2005
My heart is heavy as we approach the 1 year anniversary of Misty and Lota's arrival.


How we now love Misty, that unknown girl who darted off the truck in search of her new found freedom and delectable smorgasbord of fruits and veggies and free running water. It's Lota we knew about, dreamed about, prayed about, wrote about. Poor dear Lota did not have much time. But just enough time to fill her heart with love from Carol, Scott, Barbara, Lydia and all the people in cyberland who cried when she arrived and again cried when she went into the painless light with Tina and Barbara.


Lota made sure her dear friend Misty was ok in this new wonderful place with no chains. She still see's this silly girl playing in the yard, squealing in delight with her keeper's company. Lota's pain and illness was meant to change the world for Misty and the rest of her herd. And for that we love her even more. Thank you dear Lota, for your courage and for leading the way for the rest of your sisters.


And Misty, we love you and wish you a long life of good health and happiness in the rolling hills of Tennessee paradise.



Ann August, Illinois
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November 17, 2005
Today is your 1st anniversary, wish so badly you were here with us today,, well we know you are in spirit!!!

Miss you much
, maryland
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November 11, 2005
Lota, you helped make Misty free. She is a happy girl. A real trucker. Soon nine of your sisters will be free. It's so great to know that they're on the verge of eternal bliss. Maybe you have whispered this in their ears to keep their spirits up. I love you and am in awe of you.
Lesley, Vancouver
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November 10, 2005
Today I came to visit your memory pages. I come to visit sometimes...to think of you and to say hello if you are still watching and listening from above.


I have cried so many times when I prayed for your release from the slavery you lived in for so long. I rejoiced with such happiness at your having arrived at the sanctuary in Tennessee. I knew it might be a hospice type situation, as you'd suffered so long for so many years before arriving there, but I still hoped it would be where you could live your final days in peace and happiness...and freedom...and loving care.


I wrote to request your freedom and I cried when it took so long for the process to be completed. I was so proud to be one of so many who wrote letters to request your freedom. I have such a sense of peace at knowing you were with your beloved friend Misty at your passing. Your life touched so many...and in so many ways.


I didn't know if I would still cry this time, but I did. They are good tears though...pain in them for your suffering...and relief in knowing you passed on surrounded by peace and love.
Lea, Michigan
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November 4, 2005
Lota,
It might be soon almost 9 of your sisters will be coming home, from the hawthorn corp. their freedom is near. dehli got to wear shoes, she looked so cute, bet they felt good to her feet. I just wanted you to know I think of you often.
Your friend, misty, is doing good. I miss you and love you lots. I do believe you are the reason why we all feel so strongly about providing a haven for all of your kind, you are a true hero. God bless.

Rhonda, Wisconsin
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October 18, 2005
I miss you sweet Lota.

I am sure you are aware that your sisters are soon to come home. You brought so much to the plight of captive elephants and the struggle to change this terrible condition. When they arrive there won’t be a moment that I do not think about the first time I saw you leave the trailer and into the barn. Your eyes looked back at the world with such spirit and energy it reached into many peoples’ souls, including mine.

I know that when your sisters arrive they will feel your spirit leading them and welcoming them home. Thank you.

Sara, Washington DC
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October 17, 2005
Just wanted you to know I still think of you. I see things differently than I used to-... before you.
Peace be with you Lota
You will never be forgotten-
Please say hi to Tyke for me-
(2 beautiful girls I'll never forget.)

Lori, Wisconsin
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October 17, 2005
Dear sweet Lota,

I protested yesterday outside The Garden in Boston Massachusetts where the Ringling Bros. Circus is currently "performing." I held high a placard with your picture on it--the one of you chained by two legs in the Hawthorne barns--to show the world how wrong the circus life is. There's still a lot of ignorance out there from many of the remarks I heard, but I was so honored to hold your photo and protest on your behalf. The price you paid was too high.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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October 11, 2005
lota,
just to let you know the rest of your family might be coming to tes. i miss you, and hope you are doing well, with all of your friends in heaven. misty is ok, she is doing good. lord, knows she probably misses you. but she is being such a good girl, god bless you ,my little angel.
love you,
Rhonda, wisconsin
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October 10, 2005
Keeping you in my thoughts. I wish your freedom would have come earlier in your life. It saddens me that you only got to enjoy it for a short time.

Always in our hearts.
Lisa, Atascocita, TX
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October 3, 2005
You are still a magnificent animal..I am So SORRY people did not take care of you ( before you came to TN.) and had you for their own gain. May you rest in peace and play with all your friends,in the wild,in a happy place (elephant heaven) You can rest now, gods magnificent animal.
Audrey DiBello, Arkansas
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October 1, 2005
Lota i wish that u could still be here today.
Kayla, Columbia
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September 21, 2005
My dear Lota, we just received the encouraging news that six of your sisters may be saved and sent to the sanctuary. I hope you are aware of the news. I am so distraught that four will be sent to that horrible Carson Barnes by the same people who allowed you to be abused all those years. I made a solemn promise to you that we would get all 11 home to TES and I hope you know how I have tried. For your sake, I dedicated my efforts to fight for your sisters. I have not given up, I do not intend to sacrifice 4 and someday, someway we will get them freed, even if means closing down that horrible circus. I will haunt them wherever they are performing from now on in your name.
Rest in peace sweet girl. Enjoy your green pastures and hopefully some of your sisters will enjoy greener pastures too.
Charlene, Fayetteville, AR
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September 16, 2005
lota. i miss you. i think of you everytime i view misty's diary. i hear misty is doing well let us hope she will be released with the rest of the herd. i am sorry you can not follow her. but your freedom goes on forever. i remember seeing you at the milwaukee zoo, seemed like yesterday. i just wanted you to know misty is o.k. we all are. your spirits are with all of us. i am fighting to help bring home the rest of the hawthorn herd. i hope God blesses us so.
Rhonda, Wisconsin
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September 13, 2005
Hi sweetie,,,, just thinking about you!!!!
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August 19, 2005
To know true kindness and love and gentle touch of a human hand - finally. To be able to lay down in soft grass with Misty by your side. To be able to eat and drink as much as you liked. And yes, to be able to play... I am so very glad you were able to experience these things, to know these things - instead of vile, evil humans - they will pay their ultimate price one day for the pain and suffering they caused you and still cause to all the other animals. Miss you immensely. With tears ever flowing
D, Vancouver
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August 15, 2005
Another angel has ascended to heaven. Tina and Barbara were waiting for her at the end of the path. What beautiful eyes. God granted her the taste of freedom that she had instinctively needed so badly. Her chance to love and to be loved. It was our last chance to show her that all humans are not cruel and that her time on earth really made a difference to many people. God bless all of you that were there for her in her time of needing us so badly and being there when she left. Please update us on Misty as that is truly my biggest concern now. For her and her 12 other sisters awaiting freedom. Let this motivate us to do something to change this planet and the way that we treat others and animals in it. Tell one friend to read about the Hawthorne Corp. and let the rage that fills your stomach push you to do something to make a difference. We all have the ability! God Bless You Miss Lota! You are in my prayers.
Erin, North Delta, BC CANADA
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August 11, 2005
Amazing Lota-


Free....Free....Free you are. Your story touched us so profoundly, igniting our spirits. I can remember the day you walked off of your trailer....hesitant at first-only to quickly smile, to graze, and gradually play.


We all reveled when you finally lain down on the soft grass in your yard to rest-with dear Misty at your side....That picture of you peacefully napping on the green grass with the blue sky above you, still remains on my desk-


Who would have known that only two months later, you would lie down for the last time here on this earth...with Faithful Misty, Carol, Barbara and Scott- Lovingly at your side. As you closed your eyes...to leave the glimmer of heaven that TES did provide.


Your spirit lives within- Pushing us to continue to stay strong- to continue to do our parts, large and small-


To make it a safe world- Where your sisters and brothers...will never feel pain or fear.



Lynne Crowton, Louisville, KY
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August 9, 2005
Your loving nature of your soul will fill the memories and hearts of generations to come.

You now rest in the all eternal paridise.

Miss you I shall...
Andrew Copeland, Southern Illinois
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August 9, 2005
My dear, sweet, precious Lota...how I miss you so....
I just haven't been able to write to you and "let you go" before now but today marks the sixth month since your passing into heaven. Ever since reading about you in 1990 you have remained in the depths of my soul.......that was the beginning of my mission to help captive elephants. My heart's desire was to one day see you in the far distance at TES but that was not to be. We will meet one glorious day though. Today I have sent watermelons to all your sisters at the sanctuary in your memory...I know how you loved TES and especially Misty. Your mighty strength and your life will always be an example of hope for me. It was this year. Our county fair is not bringing elephants back this year--last fall I did a presentation to the fair board. No matter how small the action I will continue to devote my life to helping all animals in need. There is greatness in ones---just look at you! You will remain in my heart forever..."ele" hugs and kisses...Godd night beautiful girl...I love you.......


***Words are simply inadequate to thank you Carol and Scott for dreaming of TES and making it a reality. Bountiful blessings to you both***
Sherry Crowder, Shelby, North Carolina
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August 5, 2005
Lota, Baby Kedar is coming to be with you. He should never have died after only four days. He needs you now. Take good care of him.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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August 3, 2005
Dear Lota, I have my favorite picture of you as my screen saver and often times clients comment on how beautiful you are. I then tell them of how you were sold for one dollar by our Milwaukee zoo and the torture you endured at Hawthorn and how short lived your stay at TSE was. I love you and miss you and pray Misty will not be alone much longer as I know how much she misses you. A day doesn't go by that I don't shed a tear for the suffering you endured your entire life except for the 2 1/2 months at the sanctuary. I will continue to fight for your sisters remaining at Hawthorn and for all animals suffering at the hands of cruel humans.

Tricia, Milwaukee, WI
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August 2, 2005
Lota, just thinking about you. Missing you!!
Forever a clear blue morning for you.


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July 27, 2005
Lota, my dear, just thinking about you. You will never be forgotten. God rest your soul as you frolic in heaven above. You are so missed. Special kisses to you. Love.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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July 19, 2005
I will miss you dear friend. I wish your time on Earth could have been longer.
Elliot greiner, Houston ,Texas
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July 19, 2005
lola is cool
gill hert, texas
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July 14, 2005
Dear Precious Lota, in less than an hour it will be my birthday. I would give anything to be able to celebrate part of it by watching you on the Elecam, free and enjoying life. I miss you so much, beautiful girl. Some of your beloved sisters have been terribly let down, yet again, by humans, when it could've been easily prevented. Many of us will continue to fight for elephants and animals everywhere that are being 'used' by humans. We'll continue to try to put the humanity back into human beings. I'm thankful that at least you are no longer in misery. I will always miss you, Lota, and I will always love you. You're so very, very precious.
Linda, Grand Forks, ND
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July 10, 2005
Our dear Lota, you are loved and missed so very much. Remember us all across that "rainbow bridge" Lota, and pray that your Hawthorne family will be able to find their sanctuary in Tennessee. I am keeping YOU, THEM, and the wonderful people at the Sanctuary in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You, Lota and Rest in Peace.
Donna Powell, Tustin, CA
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July 1, 2005
Dear, sweet Lota: It's still hard to believe that you're gone. Beautiful, mischievous Misty is carrying on your plan in your absence. I'm so glad you had a few months of freedom.


Janet, Cambridge MA
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June 26, 2005
lota,im still fighting for the rest of your family, if I have to be the only voice so be it. I promised misty .I miss you and I think of you often. you are a strong girl, your body just gave out. I love you.
Rhonda Woods, wisconsin
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June 23, 2005
Hi Lota,
I miss you and love you.
BG, Virginia
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June 10, 2005
Lota

Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Thank you for teaching us.

Thank you for letting us know you.

Thank you for your gentleness.

Thank you for your patience.

Thank you for your kindness.

Thank you God for giving Lota a Special place in heaven.

Thank you God for Carol, Scott and Crew.

Rest in Peace Dear Sweet Lota.

Bev Saul, Livingston, NJ
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June 9, 2005
All of these storys about Lota has broken my heart and Elephants are my favorite animals to and I am eleven and love these beutiful animals.so hearing that Lota died broke my heart and I cried a lot so this is in memory of Lota and also deticated to her best friend Misty and as I am writing I am trying not to cry .
so Lota you rest in peace.
Love Casey Kelson age 11
Casey Keson, Torrington,CT
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June 4, 2005
Lota-
The world will one day belong to those that inhabitated it all those years ago. We can only hope that future generations will be touched and moved as much as I have been. I could not stop thinking about you and all of the others since I first read about you yesterday. You have inspired me and moved me.

Melissa, Buffalo, NY
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May 31, 2005
Lota, we are working to free your sisters and brother still held by Evil. Please help us, Lota, pray for us that we succeed at freeing them from that Evil. Speak to the hearts of those at the USDA. Don't leave them alone until they do what is right for your friends. Your death must not be in vain. We know that you will work with us, Lota. Then you will be able to go out into the meadows of Heaven and graze in peace.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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May 31, 2005
Lota,,, you have been on my mind all morning,, just to let you know,,, you haven't been forgotten, and we are fighting for your family.


dmk, maryland
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May 17, 2005
Lota, my husband has heard all my stories about the wonderful world of TES, and has great admiration for elephants now that the truth has been told. But nothing prepared him for the story I read out loud to him about your life and death in the Trunklines Newsletter. He sobbed and sobbed like a baby, me along with him - and he cursed the people who made your life a tortured one.


The first words out of his mouth after that gut-wrenching moment was, "We have to do something to help these elephants!!!!" We are, we will, and we will continue to spread the word about the misjustice carried out on one of the most beautiful creatures on earth.


Rest in peace in your heavenly comforts, Lota. We miss you and all your kind gone before and after you.
NP, Langley, B.C.
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May 17, 2005
Dear Lota,
I was thrilled to hear that you finally arrived at the sanctuary. I am so sad that you didn't have the deserved time to enjoy your new place. You truly are finally "home". I'll think of you often.
Susan Paneccasio, Nashville, Tennessee
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May 15, 2005
Poor Lota, after being kept in a cage for too long, her chance at freedom is cut short. I was touched by her story and was thrilled to hear that she and Misty were at the Sanctuary. I hope Misty will flourish in the sanctuary and that Lota's memory will live on.
Claire, Massachusetts
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May 6, 2005
Precious Lota .... I have two sets of the same chimes I send to TES for you .... whenever either of my chimes are playing, I know yours are playing too .... it's just my way of keeping you close to me ..... I love you Lota ...
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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May 5, 2005
lota you were the coolest elephant i never met you but i checked on you a lot. i love you lotz, may you be in a better place
natalie, Rathdrum idaho
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May 3, 2005
My precious Lota, Another sister dies before her time due to the cruelty and lack of feeling by mankind for you special angels. Please welcome Wankie and hold her for me. My heart will never stop aching for you and your sisters who have suffered so at the hands of humans.
Love to all of you.

Tricia, Milwaukee
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May 2, 2005
Lota, take care of our Wankie and all others who passed before and after you.
, B.C.
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April 28, 2005
Lota, I hardly knew you before you were gone. I can only hope that others like you will be soon rescued and live in peace. I know that you are at peace as well.

I will miss you sweet gentle giant.

Susan Stelljes, Portland Oregon
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April 27, 2005
Now you can rest in peace Lota. The Earth cries when an Elephant die.
J.M.F.G., Valencia, Spain
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April 25, 2005
i love you!
pr,
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April 24, 2005
I love you lota.
Allie Foy, Boston
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April 24, 2005
lota I will miss you alot.
ert, florida
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April 24, 2005
lota you were a good elephant.I will miss you.
Elliot greiner, Houston ,Texas
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April 21, 2005
Beloved Lota ..... I have been informed that the windchimes I sent for you have been placed near where you are resting and are making beautiful music for you.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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April 12, 2005
Thanks to everyone who managed to make Lota's last days, happy and free. I bawled my eyes out when I read the newsletter. I don't think I have ever been so touched by such a heart rending story. May her spirit be soaring!
Suzanne Forward, Minneapolis
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April 9, 2005
hope you are at peace i can only imagine what mankind has put you through. hopefully oneday all animal circuses will be banned and elephants can be elephants xx
janine jordan, preston, uk
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April 9, 2005
Two months ago today, our hearts were broken, as your spirit was set free. Forever in our hearts.
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April 8, 2005
Bless your heart, sweet one.
Kimber, Baltimore, MD
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April 7, 2005
The windchimes I sent to Carol and Scott have arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary and will be hung near where you are resting so that Mother Nature will bring forth melodies for you whenever the wind blows. I love you Lota ... you are always in my heart.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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April 6, 2005
Sierra Bear loves you.

Sierra Berry, Shepherdstown, WV
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April 3, 2005
forever in my heart
jen,
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March 30, 2005
I just received a video of my father who was her first trainer. He worked at the Milwaukee Zoo. He was intent on training Lota and her roommate in a gentle manner. He had them standing on cement blocks by December. They arrived the previous May. My dad was obviously gentle with them in the little snippet from a WTMJ news reel. I was able to go in with dad and pet them. Little did any of us suspect that both of them would die at 53 after having been abused and tied to chains almost all their life. I was unaware of their plight until less than 2 years ago. I am so sorry and I know my dad would have been so upset had he known. I am more of an animal advocate now and am suspicious of any circus!!! May Lota rest in peace and the others released to the Sanctuary.
Sandra Bierwirth Crary, Wisconsin
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March 30, 2005
I remember when Lota arrived at the Sanctuary...finally.
Once she was off the trailer she wasted no time at all.
No dithering with that girl. Through the barn and out into the fresh air and into the grub.
She KNEW that she had very little time left and was determined to make the best of it. Lota, you are an inspiration to us all.
Love

Jean, Gabriola Island BC
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March 28, 2005
Dear Lota...
I hope you are finally at rest. I am sorry your life was taken from you by some greedy humans. I am glad you were released to live your last days with people that actually care.
Someday maybe your kind will be appreciated and no more elephants will be in the hands of these horrible people. I know you are no longer suffering, and I hope you are healthy now grazing through beautiful lands...We love you Lota...
Niki Ronneberg, Funkstown, MD
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March 27, 2005
Dear Lota, I was terrifically sad to learn that Tinkerbelle did not survive. I hope that she - as I do Tina and Calle and Maybelle and Barbara and so many others - is romping in a wonderful other world with you. I hope you are having fun doing whatever you want. We all miss you. P.S. Misty seems to be rallying. I'm sure you're right there with her and I'm sure you are relieved your friend is in good hands.
Lesley, Vancouver
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March 24, 2005
Miss you so much
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March 23, 2005
Lota


As you well know - I have again become inspired to write thoughts of our
girls. This time as Lota passed and then unable to view her
memorial..........



Consider the Cactus,

which somehow manages

to survive its dreary existence;

lack of nourishment,

dehydration, abusive living

conditions.........

only to spew forth

an amazingly beautiful bloom.

It graces the beholder

ever so briefly,

yet leaves a profound image!

Admired for its determination.

So LOTA sprang forth,

delivered from her desperation;

surviving so long,

giving the conditions

under which she lived.

She graced us so profoundly

with her essence,

however brief, yet exceedingly lovely.

She left us with a lasting impression,

which will spring anew

with each thought of her.

Admired for her determination.

From Here to There Lota

With exceeding love,

Carole


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Final Moment

HOLD ME UP A WHILE LONGER MISTY,

PLEASE HELP ME - PLEASE TRY!

MY SOUL NEEDS TO LEAVE ME ...

BUT "SISTER PERSON" IS CLOSE BY.

I WANT TO REMEMBER THE LOVE

IN HER EYES, AND I COULD NOT BEAR

TO HEAR HER CRIES. I DON'T WANT

TO SEE PAIN ON HER FACE, WHEN

I HAVE TO LEAVE THIS WONDERFUL PLACE.

THIS IS MY FINAL TRUE SLUMBER

AND I MUST GO WITH GRACE.

NOW MISTY LET ME DOWN,

LET ME LEAVE, BUT STAND MY GROUND.

THANK YOU FELLOW SISTER,

LIFELONG FRIEND, eternal love..........



In Memory of Lota



Carole Moffett, Porterville, California
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March 21, 2005
Dear Lota, Yesterday March 20th was the great Meatout, but because I was unable to join my friends for participation, I will be handing out brochures at lunch time and after work in your name. Love to you
Tricia, Milwaukee, WI
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March 21, 2005
Oh Precious Lota, Today is The Great Meatout and all over the world people are gathering in your name and countless other animals who are enduring immeasurable suffering. Because of your courage and grace throughout a life of torment ( endless hours chained in a windowless barn) being made to perform while suffering with T.B., and being in the care of cruel and heartless humans we will continue our fight to end animal abuse. I will always love you and remember the joy in your eyes when arriving at TSE. You knew your torture was over and you could lie down in peace. I will never stop fighting for all the oppressed animals and I know you are in heaven rooting for your sisters and brothers who are still suffering. I miss you terribly dear gentle Lota. All my love

Tricia, Milwaukee, WI
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March 20, 2005
Sweet Lota....your time at TES was cut much too short, but I rejoice in the fact that you did finally get to experience the joy, love, freedom and caring voices and touches of people who truly loved you. I carry a profound sadness in my heart for you, but at the same time I carry happiness for the awareness you have brought to thousands of people out here. You, sweet Lota will be forever in our hearts. You have changed my life and because of you, I will be eternally grateful for the knowledge I now possess. Rest in peace beautiful girl.......
Jennifer P., Rockport, Ma
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March 19, 2005
Dear Lota, For your Memorial I had logged on early, viewed that wonderful & so appropriate video of you, watched the preparation when just before the ceremony started I was bumped! When I finally got back on everyone was gone except for Virgil sitting there with you. I am happy tho that perhaps it was someone who had been more closely involved in your life to spend such a precious time with everyone saying their goodbye. The day you arrived at the Sanctuary my heart was grieved to see how thin you were & then the day I viewed your picture of the first time you laid down after coming to the sanctuary, that poor little bundle of skin & bone!, I wondered how could you possibly survive, it just grieved me to see you reduced to such a poor state of health when could have been otherwise. You made it to the tender loving care of Carol, Scott, and your caregivers, and for that my heart rejoices that you didn't leave this scene without knowing there are humans that love & care! Knowing too, that Misty was safe in their care. Now we anxiously wait for the arrival of your sisters, STILL enduring Hawthorn, WAITING for love & peace, then your struggle & mission will be complete. You will not be forgotten. Give Tina my love, I miss her so much.

Lenore Radom, Richmond, BC, Canada
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March 19, 2005
a poem in lota's memory..

after so many years of frustration,anguish and pain,

who knew freedom would feel this way.

so many roads I have traveled,yet you paved a new path for me.

a breath of fresh air,so long overdue.

and the warm sun, upon my face each morning.
and my old and new friends at my side, before I fall to sleep each night.

among all the doubtful times, you washed away my fears.

looking up, I saw you..................

holding in your hands, my heart.

promising me all of tomorrow.

endless miles of rolling hills,

where I can run and play, from here on into eternity.

this very place..

is where I want to stay..





Rhonda, wisconsin
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March 19, 2005
May God bless you, Lota.

May you forgive us, "the higher species", of our cruelty, ignorance, selfishness and apathy.

May God bless those that remain in need and the people that carry on the fight for them.

V, Michigan
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March 19, 2005
May God Bless you ~"Lota"~ in Elephant Heaven. Let's all help to save the elephant's from extinction.
http://journals.aol.com/walkelephants/thestory is here to help. "I Love Elephant's" Rachael DeLeon
Rachael DeLeon, California
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March 18, 2005
Lota, You were born a year before I was and I feel connected to you for that. I have recently lost two of my own companion animals and continue to feel your loss as though you had been one of my own. Know that there are people out there working to make sure your life is not repeated.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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March 18, 2005
I am still so angry at Milwaukee Zoo, USDA and mostly at the VILE human beings who worked you to death. I am so happy that you died free and surrounded by love. There is a special place for those who did what they did to you and they won't need a jacket when they get there.

Lota - inspiration to all. At Peace at last


Danielle, Vancouver, B.C.
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March 18, 2005
I like others did not get to view the memorial but still had thoughts of her throughout the day as on other days. I truly loved her even tho I never met her, only in pictures. I sent food to her but she still had to leave us. May this never happen to another great animal as she was. I cannot imagine anyone or anything being treated so badly. We must all help in eleminating such cruelty. Lota we all love you. May you now rest in peace, away from all evil.
Cherie, Loudon TN
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March 17, 2005
I was so disappointed when I wasn't able to watch Lota's memorial. I had missed Tina's and was so looking forward to Lota's so I could say goodbye to Lota and in my heart to Tina. But after awhile my disappointment turned to joy when I realized that Tina and dear Lota really have brought an awareness to the public on the plight of these precious animals. Just think of the difference in the number of people who watched Tina's memorial compared to those who watched Lota's. In the short time between their deaths there are countless more people around the world who are now aware of the sad and distressing plight of all the world's dear elephants. I know you all at TES will keep up the wonderful work you are doing and we, the public, must keep doing everything we can to stop the stealing and mistreatment of ALL animals from their lives in the wild. Tina and Lota, "I stand all amazed".
Pat, Salt Lake City
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March 17, 2005
Dear Lota, I am so happy your final days were with TES! May you watch us all from above and know we loved you!
Cindy, California
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March 17, 2005
your courage is an inspiration to us all, life brings joy and sorrow and if we listen to our hearts we learn from both, rest in peace dear lota
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March 17, 2005
Lovely Lota, Rest in Peace
Bron, England
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March 16, 2005
John Lennon and our dear friend Judith exclaimed, "all there is is love." Lota, thank you for shining your love light on all. Could any of us not know love and peace after visiting the TES website? Carol, et al, may all your work continue to give to so many. May we all continue to give to TES.
Lauren, Portland, Oregon
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March 16, 2005
I echo the previous commenter's message. I too wasn't able to watch the service (due to work) and am so thankful for the video tribute to her life. Poor Lota, she suffered so in the name of entertainment, ignorance and greed; but in the end she met kindness and freedom and that means everything. You could just see the relief and the joy on her face every day she lived at the Sanctuary. I am so glad she is buried at the Sanctuary and not in some anonymous place where nobody could remember and pay her the respects she is due. Thanks for looking after her, and her dear friend Misty.
Lesley, Vancouver
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March 16, 2005
Thank you for the beautiful video tribute to Lota. I wasn't able to watch the memorial service at work, so I am thankful to have been able to see the video. Lota was a beautful girl. God bless all of you at TES for all of your work.
B.G., Virginia
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March 16, 2005
i feel so close to lota, i saw her at the milwaukee zoo,not knowing a few months later she was sold to a heartless man. i wrote the zoo and demanded she be sent to tenn. but she stopped in hell, before reaching there. it tightens my stomach when i think of the remaining babies chained to the floor in a windowless barn. right now with everyones help,we can set the rest free.( ill. senator,)
palthoff@mc.net ( and the judge assigned to the case )
marc.hillson@usda.gov please e-mail them ....
i will make a promise to misty that her family and friends will be coming there ,in the memory of lota.
my sweet angel,i stood there watching you in that zoo,i had seen you needed help and now you are looking down on us
asking us to free your family. it will be done...

r.woods, wisconsin
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March 16, 2005
Lota

This hallowed ground where you do lie,
Where those who love you said goodbye;
Where fires of remembrance were lit,
And seeds of future flowers sit.

We know that you're not really here,
Just your ele-body which was so dear;
Continue your journey surrounded by Love,
And watch over this hallowed ground,
From up Above.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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March 16, 2005
Through you, we learned to love & how precious life is! We experienced tolerance & intolerance! Through you, we learned understanding & kindness. We became enlightened to patience & beauty. Through you, Carol & Scott, we learned nurturing! And we learned to spread the word & take a stand.
Most of all we learned 'love of life'...
Thank you, Lota, for being such a good teacher!
Lisa (Boo), Horn Lake, MS USA
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March 16, 2005
Good night sweetheart, it was just time for you to go...many of us humans have a hard time understanding why the good and gentle of this world leave us too soon .... but certainly to a far better place...one day we will meet there. My love and special thoughts are with you Lota as you join Tina and Barbara and the others. You won't be forgotten. God bless Carol and Scott and the marvelous group at TES....what a wonderful calling you have before you.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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March 16, 2005
Darling Lota,
The sadness of your death is as strong as the sickness I feel over what you went through during your life. I am only a tiny voice, but because of you, I will fight for all your sisters in inhumane captivity. I promise this to you.


Suzanne McKee, Winston-Salem, NC
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March 16, 2005
my heart goes out to all of you, my love gathers around misty. lota is in heaven now, endless miles of free pastures,to run forever. she will join bar, and tina.
all of your staff are so brave, to hard to write just the right things to say, having the whole world support pretty much says it all. lota has gone through so much. carol ? you and your staff have hearts of gold, irreplacable.
i believe god helped lota come to you, to live her last days in happiness. god bless misty.
rhonda woods, wisconsin
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March 16, 2005
my heart goes out to all of you, my love gathers around misty. lota is in heaven now, endless miles of free pastures,to run forever. she will join bar, and tina.
all of your staff are so brave, to hard to write just the right things to say, having the whole world support pretty much says it all. lota has gone through so much. carol ? you and your staff have hearts of gold, irreplacable.
i believe god helped lota come to you, to live her last days in happiness. god bless misty.
rhonda woods, wisconsin
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March 16, 2005
Dear Lota,
With tears in my eyes and a heavy heart, I am so glad you found peace and freedom in your last days. May you forever be free in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Amy, MA
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March 16, 2005
Today is the day! Your family and friends will gather in your name. This world has been a very tortured and cold place as of late - we need more angels like you! You are forever in my heart - Nameste My Girl! Sleep well. Be well. Guard those that are left behind.
Eden, Vancouver, BC Canada
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March 16, 2005
Dear Sweet Lota, today we "formally" pay tribute to you. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you and mourn your loss. Rest in peace, sweet angel.

Donna, Maryland
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March 15, 2005
I AM DEEPLY SADENED TO HERE OF LOTA'S DEATH. I WILL MISS READING ABOUT HER IN MY NEW LETTERS. GIVE MY BEST TO MISTY BECAUSE I KNOW SHE IS MOURNING.
C. ADRIENNE PINEDO, PHOENIX, AZ
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March 14, 2005
For such a long time so many people tried to free Lota to be at the Tennessee Sanctuary. For such a long time we all waited for that spectacular day of freedom. Lota got her freedom, not much, too late. But in those 2 months and 23 days she enjoyed freedom and love and passion and caring like nothing she had ever known. We love these magnificent animals from afar but they make an indelible imprint on our hearts like no other being. It is different from your children and grandchildren but it is deep and passionate. I wish with all my heart we could rescue every abused elephant in the universe. REST IN PEACE, Lota. Know that all of us out here are happy you are not in pain, not being abused, only loved and cared about.
Janice A. Stephens, Montgomery Village, MD
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March 14, 2005
Not another elephant has died. I had been hospitalized almost the full month of January and not been able to drive to check my favorite site. I am dreadfully sorry for the loss of Lota. How much can the staff take at TES? How many more are going to be released too late. May Lota join Barbara and Tina in forever land. I am sick to hear of another elephant passing. At least they were in the right spot when this happened but hard on the staff at TES. Please know I am saddened by Tina and now Lota.
Pat Barnett, Syracuse, NY
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March 14, 2005
To my precious, precious Lota, I'm crying so hard right now I can bearly see to write this but I must for you. We all fought so hard to get you and Misty freed. I signed every petition I could possibly sign and I fought as hard as I could for you both. I'm so very, very sorry that you enjoyed freedom for such a short time but at least now you are finally free to run and play as you should have been able to do your whole life. I am so thankful for TES that they fought so hard to have you released. I am also very thankful to them that at least they had the privilege of having you there with your own when your time came. Carol, thank you for everything that you do for these magnificent creatures. God watches over you and your wonderful friends that you take such good care of. God will take wonderful care of Lota and Tina.
Paulette J. Sanchez, Gaithersburg, MD
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March 14, 2005
We will all miss you lota and you will live in our hearts forever. I will miss the most because i love Elephants and always go on the Website. I will miss you loads!!!
Rosie Dibble, Watford
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March 14, 2005
Lota, you live in my heart now and in the deepest place in so many of us, the people whose lives you have touched. And your beloved friend Misty as well. You are an enlightened being who helped others to open their hearts wider and tap into their own vastness. You have changed us forever. I can make no sense of your tragic life, nor reconcile that this tiny taste of true life and love that you experienced at the end with TES was taken from you. But I do know that you found true peace and happiness at TES, true safety and love and that that allowed you to let go as you have needed to do for so long. You had exactly what you needed at the end of this stage of your journey and I am so grateful for that. I will always love you Lota.
Colleen Perrin, Toronto,ON
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March 13, 2005
When I first checked the ele diary and found out that Lota had passed, I was dumbstruck and grief stricken. I cried myself to sleep that night. For months I had clicked on the Save the Hawthorn 16 link to see the progress and could barely look at the picture of Lota with her legs chained. It hurt my heart to know she and all the other elephants at Hawthorn were living this way. So when she and Misty finally arrived at TES, it seemed like a miracle! I felt like a part of me could finally relax, knowing she was in such good hands and could finally experience kindness and love and fresh air and free will. How sad it seemed that she was only just beginning the adventure. The only thing that brought me comfort was knowing that she didn't die living miserably in chains in the windowless barn in Illinois.


As this month passed, I found a new thought had entered my head. I feel that on a spiritual level, Lota knew she was a poster child of sorts for the cause of captive elephants~ and once Lota and Misty's freedom had been achieved, she knew her work on this earth was done. She could finally let go of her ailing body and fly freely, forever without restraints or chains. She had raised the consciousness and awareness of the people on this earth to another level. The controversy over zoos right now has reached a fever pitch and Lota had a huge hand( trunk) in that. This knowledge has given me a peace I didn't think I would have about her passing. I am forever grateful to Lota~ amazing ambassador and sentient being. With love and light~ Namaste~


"Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." Dr. Albert Scweitzer
Heather Helard, Savannah, GA, USA
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March 11, 2005
I'm sorry Lota that you had to live your life under the human thumb...I am sorry you had such an unhappy life up until a few months ago..Not all humans are bad as you saw here. These people tried to help you but it was just too late. Like Tina, your life was cut short by a lifestyle not suited for elephants. You are free now - go play and be happy.
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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March 11, 2005
Do justice to the orphans and the needy,

That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

Psalm 10:18
Sharon,
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March 10, 2005
No Zoo is big enough to duplicate the Habitat these magnificent creatures were born to roam & graze on in the Wild.



"If we have the ability to help any animal in need, then we are morally obligated to do so."

~ Dawn Carlisle-Simons~



******* LOTA'S SONG ********

Everything with a Heartbeat has a Soul

No matter, how you were brought up,

Regardless of what you have been told



Be their voice, for they can not speak

Man robs them of life, just like a thief



Voice the truth; we must be strong

Show the World what’s really going on



For only through our own eyes, can we see

This is not the way it was intended to be



Realize that we are not supreme,

For man not dominate or intervene



Stop the brutality from continuing on and on

To right all those, that have been wronged



So they may live their lives,

In peace and tranquility



The way it was always meant to be



Peace between Man and Animal,

from this day on~



This is Lota's Song~




With Love for the Wild Ones,

Dawn Carlisle-Simons xoxox



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Dawn Carlisle-Simons, Warrenville, Illinois
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March 9, 2005
Lota, my sweet and precious 11 year old cat Zelda just passed on March 4. I wonder if she's met you yet. Oh, she will just love you and Tina too! Take care of each other and my Louis too who I lost in May. So much loss in the last 12 months...Ah, but you are all happy and healthy now, eating and playing and napping to your heart's content. I will take take comfort in that. I'll hold on to my memories and continue to love and cherish the one still with me and keep working and praying for your family still here.
Linda, Baltimore, MD
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March 8, 2005
Dear Carol, Scott and staff of the ES:


I just read about Lota's passing today and am incredibly saddened by the news. It also has taken me a long time to get over Tina's passing and I often still think about her and say a little prayer. I will now do the same for Lota and for all the other Hawthorne elephants still hopefully awaiting a restful place to live out their lives at your Sanctuary. I just can't understand how people can abuse animals like this - it is beyond ones imagination. I have learnt so much about these amazing gentle giants since following Tina's move from Vancouver (my home) to Tennessee and have the utmost admiration and respect for them. They are truly the souls of the earth. Thinking about all of you and wishing you well - you're doing wonderful work and we all appreciate it!
Pam Ratcliff, Vancouver, BC
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March 8, 2005
"As the wind blows, the living tree bends."

You did what you had to. I'm sorry you had to endure the hardships of our inhumanity. One of these days, we will get it right. Your sacrifices are not lost. Much love.
James, Idaho
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March 4, 2005
Precious Lota: It was such a happy day when you and Misty finally arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary and took your first steps to a lifetime of peace and serenity. It was wonderful for all involved with your rescue to finally to see you and Misty enjoying your long-awaited new-found freedom, and knowing that you would live out the rest of your life chain free in a peaceful environment you so well deserved. It was an extremely sad day when that freedom was so short-lived and we lost you. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and how you waited until you knew that Misty was safe would be able to carry on without you. You have made so many sacrifices in your life. You truly are an Elephant Goddess. If only humans could learn from you. Rest in Peace my lovely. Run free with Barbara and Tina now. They will show you the way. You will never be forgotten. We will fight for the rest of the Hawthorn elephants until they too, are able to savour the taste freedom.
Michael Sultana, Adelphia, NJ
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March 4, 2005
Lota, how is there courage enough for what you endured?
How can any of us who know frequent joy imagine how
you lived. Of course you were wisest, and knew what
your greater purpose was, you gave us those two months to enjoy your beauty and brilliance. See you on the hillside
beautiful one.
Kate, New York
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March 2, 2005
Thank you all for your unbelievable poems. I cannot believe the talent some people have. I can barely get through them without sobbing. It rips at my guts, but at the same time they are so special, in the same was as our dear Lota was special to all of us.



Do not stop here, help with the bringing home of the rest of the Hawthorne herd (Lota's sisters and brother). We need all the help we can muster up. This enslavement must NOT continue and with the help of dear Lota, Tina, Barbara, and all the rest gone before watching from the heavens, may they give us the extra push we need to accomplish our goal.



RIP dear sweet Lota - it is deserved beyond measure.


Kizzykat, Langley, B.C., Canada
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March 1, 2005
I have never before wished, hoped, and prayed with such desperation for the freedom and happiness of another as I did for yours, most precious Lota. I have never felt such joy as when you found them. I have never felt such shock and grief as when you passed away.



You elevated my ability to experience empathy with another to a high and spiritual plane. You will be with me forever. I love and miss you so.
Penny Linskey, Ridgefield, NJ
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February 26, 2005
Spend all your time waiting

for that second chance,

for a break that would make it okay.



There's always some reason

to feel not good enough,

and it's hard, at the end of the day.



I need some distraction,

Oh, beautiful release.

Memories seep from my veins.



Let me be empty,

Oh, and weightless,

And maybe I'll find some peace tonight.



In the arms of the angel,

fly away from here,

from this dark, cold hotel room,

and the endlessness that you feel.




You are pulled from the wreckage,

Of your silent reverie.

You're in the arms of the angel,

may you find some comfort here.



So tired of the straight line,

and everywhere you turn,

there's vultures and thieves at your back.



The storm keeps on twisting.

Keep on building the lies

that you make up for all that you lack.



Don't make no difference,

escape one last time.

It's easier to believe in this sweet madness,

Oh, this glorious sadness,

that brings me to my knees.



You're in the arms of the angel,

may you find some comfort here.



-Sarah McLachlan
Shannon, NY
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February 26, 2005
I can't even remember how I stumbled onto your website. I visited it for the first time back in December when Misty and Lota had only arrived a few weeks earlier. I found it hard to read about the elephants that still needed saving, but I did enjoy seeing the pictures of Misty and Lota arriving at the sanctuary. I have stayed away until now. When I saw the headline "We remember Lota" I could only imagine your sorrow. I know you are mourning - but it is so clear that what you have accomplished is phenomenal.
To those of you who gave this fine lady a place in the warm sun to pass her final days. God Bless You.
Kathy Erlewein, Traverse City, Michigan
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February 25, 2005
Dear sweet Lota, I think about you everyday, but it is just too heartbreaking for me to read your tributes. So I surf around this website reading news about your sisters, looking at their pictures and at least find some comfort knowing you were here, happy, probably for the first time since you were a baby in your homeland. Now you are free forever along with Barbara, Tina, and Tess. We will keep praying and fighting to free your Hawthorn Sisters.

Linda, Baltimore, MD
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February 25, 2005
******* LOTA'S SONG ********



Everything with a Heartbeat has a Soul

No matter, how you were brought up,

Regardless of what you have been told



Be their voice, for they can not speak

Man robs them of life, just like a thief



Voice the truth; we must be strong

Show the World what’s really going on



For only through our own eyes, can we see

This is not the way it was intended to be



Realize that we are not supreme,

For man not dominate or intervene



Stop the brutality from continuing on and on

To right all those, that have been wronged



So they may live their lives,

In peace and tranquility



The way it was always meant to be



Peace between man and animal,

from this day on



This is Lota's Song
Dawn Carlisle-Simons, Warrenville, Illinois
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February 25, 2005
Dear Sweet Lota,



You captured my HEART 110%!!
I want you to know that I fought for your release to Freedom, and for ALL your Sisters too. Although, right now, I feel as if I have failed you, for not getting you to your LOVING~FOREVER Home in Tennessee sooner.



Hundred's of my letters went unanswered, but I want you to know that I still work hard for EACH and EVERY one of your Heard.



Though I was never Blessed to be able to see you face to face, I Loved You, and always will. You taught me a Invaluable Life Lesson.



I would watch you and Misty on the EleCam, and you both filled my heart with PRIDE and LOVE.



As I sit here writing this to you, I am Crying, and my heart hurts something fierce.
I am crying because I won't be able to watch you stand in the Sun, or throw your hay, or slowly stroll in all your BEAUTY with Misty in your pen.



I am so grateful to God that you got your 2 months and 23 Days of sun on your face and PEACE in your Heart, knowing that you weren't going to be harmed again.



I know for a FACT Lota, that you are the ANGEL that will lead the rest of YOUR Herd to Tennessee, to roam Free.



Lota, the Matriarch, you taught me the meaning of
"The Power of One".




With All My Love~

Dawn Carlisle-Simons, Warrenville, Illinois
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February 24, 2005
Lota, I will miss you. You are a very special girl and I'm glad that you at least got to feel special for a short time. I was very excited that day last November to see your face peek around the door to the trailer as you stepped into your sanctuary. It hurt to see you so frail and to know the horrors you had experienced at the hands of mankind, but I hope your peaceful time at the end of your life made up for a little of your previous life. I wish it could have been years instead of weeks that you could have been pampered. I hope now that you are resting in peace. It won't be the same without you.
Melinda, Maryland
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February 23, 2005
My dear Lota,

It is 2 weeks today that Carol, Scott and the rest of us who loved you so lost you due to the hardships you endured your entire life at the hands of cruel humans. How I wish your stay at the sanctuary could have been longer, but you grew tired and weak and could finally let go because you knew Misty was safe and you had at last known love, kindness and security. You hung in there long enough to be free of chains and abuse. Please pray that the rest of the Hawthorn girls do not die in chains and that they will experience the peace and joy you did in your last days on earth. In two weeks the tears have not stopped and I continue to miss you terribly. Every day while at work the high point of my day was looking on the el-cam for you and Misty. My heart will be heavy forever. Love to you my precious Lota.

Tricia Glynn, Milwaukee, WI
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February 22, 2005
Darling Lota. I have prayed for your happiness for so long.
I saw you at our zoo where you were chained, and where you slipped to the ground when they were taking you away. My heart bled, and I fought for your freedom. First now did it come. I am so sorry for what humans did to you. I hope you are with those who love and cherish you.



Judy Phillips, Milwaukee, WI. USA
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February 22, 2005
LOTA



My heart aches at the loss of you,

The pain and sorrow they put you through,

It took so long to bring you here,

Your rescue now we all hold dear,

At least some comfort we can take,

In knowing that when you awake,

In peace and quiet you will be,

With Barbara,Tina,you make three,

We'll hold you close in memory,

And Thank the Lord you died chain free......



Thank You Elephant Santuary.
Tami Hanley, Long Island, NY
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February 21, 2005
Rest in Peace my Friend, you are and continue to be an Inspiration for us all. Go now and find Tina and Barbara and tell them how much we all think of them. Go now.
Ron Daoust, Victoria, British Columbia
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February 21, 2005
Lota,


How I wish you could have lived at the Sanctaury longer, but I am so grateful that you passed on with people that loved you.

Be at peace dear friend,



Karen Wilson, Upper Lake California
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February 21, 2005
Another angel has ascended to heaven. Tina and Barbara were waiting for her at the end of the path. What beautiful eyes. God granted her the taste of freedom that she had instinctively needed so badly. Her chance to love and to be loved. It was our last chance to show her that all humans are not cruel and that her time on earth really made a difference to many people. God bless all of you that were there for her in her time of needing us so badly and being there when she left. Please update us on Misty as that is truly my biggest concern now. For her and her 12 other sisters awaiting freedom. Let this motivate us to do something to change this planet and the way that we treat others and animals in it. Tell one friend to read about the Hawthorne Corp. and let the rage that fills your stomach push you to do something to make a difference. We all have the ability! God Bless You Miss Lota! You are in my prayers.

Erin, Vancouver, BC CANADA
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February 21, 2005
I LOVE and MISS YOU LOTA! I will watch your funeral on the ele-cam! I will see you in heaven.
Brittany - Age 10, Surrey, BC Canada
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February 21, 2005
My heart breaks at the reality of Lota's death.
Thanks to those of you who had a hand in making her last days the best they could possibly be. Let's work together to get the rest of the gentle giants from Hawthorne.
I wish I could imprison and treat them the same way.
Sincerely

Cheryl Bornn, Langley, B.C. Canada
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February 20, 2005
Dear, sweet Lota is at last at peace. And she did have the chance to live in sanctuary, if only briefly. Perhaps she could say good bye because she was finally safe. And she knew her dear friend Misty was safe too. Carol, Scott and staff, your work embodies true compassion and caring.

Jane, North Vancouver, BC
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February 20, 2005
So very sad to read of the loss of Lota just when she had found what she had probably been searching all her life for .............. sanctuary.

RS, Yorkshire, UK
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February 19, 2005
Carol,Scott,Barbara,Lydia and the staff at TES...I am so sorry that Lota's days at the Sanctuary were all too short. For the first time in her life she was given the best people can give...love and respect from their hearts. In return she gave back to you the best she had from her heart...love and trust. Thank you for making her final days the best she ever had.


May her spirit shine brightly down on TES and protect all who dwell there. God bless you all.
Mary-Jean, Canada
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February 19, 2005
Dear sweet Lota -



So beautiful, graceful, and dignified, yet so thin

Prayers from unknown corners of the earth

For your healing and continued life



So abused and neglected,so overworked and broken

Your spirit still lies deep within you

To hold on just one more day



Unchained and transported

Afraid for what may come at the end of this trip

A door opened and heaven beckoned



Your beloved Misty and you

Have been untethered and given the most precious of gifts

Freedom is so unfamiliar



Food, water, toys, and a yard to explore

Caring humans who taught you

That it was safe to love and trust again



The humans give the greatest of gifts

Including letting you just be an elephant

To roam and play as you please



Too soon you were taken from us

Prayers from unknown corners of the earth

Now pray that you have been released from your misery



We can still see you next to Misty

Holding her up as she grapples with your loss

She will never be alone



Godspeed to you Lota

Tell Tina and Barbara we miss them too

Watch over your sisters and those to come



Until they join you from TES,

The first stair step to heaven.
Anita, Dundalk, MD
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February 18, 2005
Our Dear Lota,

I feared you wouldn't make it to paradise in Tennessee, but you did, and passed away with the joy of love in your heart. We all hoped you would have more time with Carol, Scott & staff, and your beloved friend Misty. But you knew Tina and Barbara were there to lead you the way. God bless you sweetheart. You will never be forgotten.

Ann August, Illinois
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February 18, 2005
Im so sorry your time was so short at
Sanctuary Lota. I'm from chicago and heard on the news today your companions from Hawthorne will be coming soon.You have a new job in heaven to be Guardian angel over your friends as they make the transition.
Kathleen OConnor, Chicago Illinois
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February 18, 2005
Your death is another gift to those you leave behind: Talks have begun again to bring your friends from Illinois to Tennessee.

Will they ever know what you have done? Could you just be there to greet them?

Starling, California
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February 17, 2005
Lota I remember the first day you and Misty were taken off the transport, and I watched you as much as I could get used to the surroundings, checking every nook and cranny of the compound,while you received treatment and the hopeful release into the vast field to share your past and make new girl friends . I could just tell you wanted to be a part of the whole experience. While I believe some think you didn't you fooled them all.You are a catalyst for the advancing pakaderm army that will follow soon ,from the clutches of an evil owner. Your sisters will follow,they will bellow with joy,they will sense your presence,when they come,2 by 2 until they are all there . They will contiue your journey that was cut short,but hold your head up high you beautiful girl, and swagger to the PASTURE and be free. Your time here is not over it has a new beginning. Now give Tina and Jenny an update on the progress Carol and Steve and company have made, they will be so happy to hear whats going on. Go ahead go gracezie
Ed Hartnett, Weymouth Mass.
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February 17, 2005
Lota,


With bravery and grace your silent footsteps touched the earth.



Yet their sound thundered in our hearts, and echoes on forever.



I will always love you!




Judy Romanowski, Michigan
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February 17, 2005
Sweet, skinny, cute girl Lota, You have been released from the burdens of this earth, you are free. We love you, we will miss you.
L., Baltimore, MD
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February 17, 2005
Dear Lota,

I visited elephants.com today hoping to read about your new beginnings only to be saddened by your early departure from such a wonderful group of people and animals. You struggled so much and finally were able to be you, only to be cut short by the horrors of your past. I know you enjoyed your time with Misty and I know that she must miss you. Please do not forget those who love you, as we all do very much. I am heartbroken as we speak that you never got to share so much with the others. I only hope that your presence will serve as an example to others that beings like yourself deserve to be free, no matter what the cost. I will miss you very much, as you had a special place in my heart because you were so determined. May your spirit roam free along the countryside with Barbara and Tina. We love you!
Gina Novak, Philadelphia, PA
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February 17, 2005
Six years of bureaucratic haggling. Six years and she would be healthy and running the hills with her sisters. She is truly an example. She endured their cruelty and their disease. She bore their scars with dignity and never gave up until she was free to choose the time and the place for herself. How satisfying it is that sweet Lota had the last word.



We can also take comfort in knowing that the day of reckoning will come to all those who abuse innocent and voiceless creatures, the day they stand before their maker and TRY to justify their inhumanity and indifference. And might I just add that John Cuneo will be standing at the front of the line.



The most lasting tribute we can give to Lota is to follow her example; never give up. Write the letters, and then write them again. Peacefully protest the circus when it comes to town, boycott the local zoo and let the powers that be know you're boycotting and why. Insist that the courts and the USDA do their job. We CAN make a difference.



Namaste. We are one. One world. One voice. Let it be heard.
Pat, Salt Lake City
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February 16, 2005
Tears fall on the keyboard as I write.

Tears for Lota who's time was way too short.

Tears for the others who've sacrificed all and gone before.

Tears for the others who STILL wait to feel the warm sun, the green grasses and the cool waters of TES freedom.
Barb Crites, Spooner, WI
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February 16, 2005
Lota, you lovely girl, you were taken from this earth much too soon. My only consolation is that your final days were filled with love, respect and kindness. I feel sadness and anger that despicable humans maltreated you in the past and that you endured incarceration for so many years. Your only crime being that you are a majestic and beautiful elephant and also, unfortunately, there exists so many humans who enjoy inflicting pain on the innocent such as you were. Nonetheless, at the Sanctuary there was solace for you and loving girlfriends and you got to meet compassionate and good humans. My life continues as it has in the past, and that is, to continue to fight for the innocent creatures that so deserve our love, respect, and compassion. I do not want to live in a world without elephants; the thought is much too horrible to contemplate. But ALL elephants should live a life such as is offered at the Sanctuary!!! Heaven rejoices with your presence and St. Francis has gained another sister and friend!! To all animal advocates: please keep fighting the good fight. Ana A. Garcia teacher/vegan/animal advocate
Ana A. Garcia, Astoria, New York
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February 16, 2005

Precious Lota, your trip "home" began when you arrived at TES. We all hoped and prayed you could stay awhile and we just loved seeing you and watching you begin to enjoy the things you had been denied for so long. I felt pure joy the first time I saw you lay down in the grass under the warm sun. My heart soars now knowing you are finally and truly home. I can just imagine the celebration!!
Barb Butler, Pensacola, Florida
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February 16, 2005
There are no words to describe Lota's life and how she must've felt for years. However, I'm sure she thought she died and went to heaven when she came to The Elephant Sanctuary. The respect, compassion and love she received allowed her to pass away with dignity. Her story is one that has captured so many hearts. It is sad that her life on earth was so exploited for so many years. Like the quote on her tribute page says, "The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it." A perfect quote for a remarkable soul. God bless you, Lota.
Ann, Coquitlam, BC, Canada
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February 16, 2005
Lota: I went online to check on you and Misty and am so very sad to learn that you have passed on. How we all wished for you to spend many years in recovery at the sanctuary with Misty and the other's still chained up, awaiting their freedom. The very day that you and Misty arrived on Nov 17th, I was downtown at Lexington KY planning and zoning championing that our town no longer welcome any circuses/entertainment that uses exotic animals, most especially the almight Elephant. Your death saddens me but also I am now MORE resolved than ever to see the others freed and to force circuses to give up the elephants/exotic animals if they wish to come through our town. I loved you as I knew you, because I knew you... You hold a speical place in my heart! I love you! Good night beautiful girl...
Dana Curtis, Lexington KY
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February 15, 2005
Dear beautiful Lota..

You were a gentle giant and will be remembered always.Your in my heart..
I am sad you had such a bad life, But happy that you got to live at The Elephant sanctuary and got to make new friends, and meet all the nice people there that cared for you and loved you till the end.

At least you died with dignity Lota..

Not in some circus..on some concrete.

I am so ANGRY at all of the CIRCUS people for what they do to animals.
Thank you all at The Sanctuary for caring as you do. God Bless you all.

Every one of you.

D.S

Dee, New York
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February 15, 2005
For my beautiful Lota..

I cry everytime I think of how cruel some humans can be. What they did to you,

and to many many other elephants around the world. They are so very cruel, and I am sorry.

I only hope for peace one day..maybe we can all live in harmony.

Until then..we have The Elephant Sanctuary.

My mom has donated to The Sanctuary this month in your name and Tina's.

Although we never met, I love you Lota.I respect you and your kind for walking this earth for many years.

I respect all animals, for they are innocent..and pure. If the world was just animals..what a beautiful place it would be..

I will be visiting your home in Tennesee real soon with my mom..we are from New York, and I will look around and see your beautiful face everywhere.

Rest in peace beautiful girl.There is no more pain.

I am so happy you got to be with people who love you and care , so you could be comfortable in your last days.

You deserved a longer life, my dear animal friend.

But all the nice people did everything they could for you..and I am grateful. God bless everyone of them for helping you. many peanuts in heaven to you baby.You deserve them!!

Animals are not ours...they belong to God..and the earth.

I will miss you Lota.
See you one day in heaven I hope.

-Deanna Marie Stauber

animal lover/animal rights activist/vegan
New York USA

Deanna Stauber, New York Usa
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February 15, 2005
At least she had 2 months and 23 days of unconditional love and acceptance, now this sweet magnificant beautiful girl will join the other elephants and they will walk without pain and without fear, God Bless them and please keep the rest of the girls safe and help Misty through the loss of her friend that she will never forget. My heart breaks for you Misty and for the rest of the girls losing your precious gentle friend. Please get the rest of the elephants to safety as soon as possible and continue on, that is what Lota and the others before her would have wanted.

Traci, Georgia
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February 15, 2005
Dear, sweet Lota,

You are an inspiration to us all...humans and animals alike. You walked softly with a big heart, despite what you had to endure. You are now at peace, breathing with ease....the same ease with which you taught us much. You've left this earthly plane, which was not very kind to you until the very end, thanks to everyone that helped you get to TES and those wonderful people at TES. Take heart dear Lota and enjoy all that comes next. To quote an ancient saying about elephants in the first "person": "We are keepers of ancient secrets....for we walked the world when it was new." Lota, you and your ancestors have indeed done that...and we are all the better for you. Lota, you are now in the astral plane, and as such, will never be lost because now there is nothing "material" to interfere with you, your freedom, and with your love and those that have loved you............
Paula R, Madison Wisconsin
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February 15, 2005
It was Lota who made me aware of the world of elephant and how cruel humans can be, after reading her story and seeing her picture in a HSUS newsletter about a year ago. I have learned a great deal because of Lota. As a result, I am a "armchair activist", fighting for animal rights and welfare and I owe it to you, Lota. Thank you for teaching me so much. Also, thank you Carol, Scott and all of TES for giving her the freedom, love and care she SO deserved, even if just for a short time. I am pleased to hear that her longtime companion, Misty, is doing well. Perhaps it's because loving Lota is still watching over her, as she did when they were together on earth. Lotsa love, Lota!


Maria, Park Ridge, IL
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February 15, 2005
Hi Lota....It breaks my heart that you had such a short time at the Sanctuary. But, I am glad you were able to experience love and caring even if it was for a short time. The pictures of you at the Sanctuary say it all...that it was a very joyful and peaceful time for you.
God Bless you Lota and TES staff. Love you and miss you,Lota.
B.G., Virginia
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February 15, 2005
Lota: You will never be forgotten because you truly touched so many human hearts. Because of you, so much
education of captive elephants and their plight has been spread out to hundreds of people. You opened some human eyes. I am so happy you exprienced the oasis of TES and experienced love and kindness before you got your wings. You truly are an Angel. Your friend Misty will be well loved, healthy and wanted. The rest of her life at TES will be like heaven on earth. Bless you.
Luvpacs, Victoria, BC
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February 15, 2005
I will never forget your beautiful eyes Lota.
It is true an animals eyes speak many languages.
May you find eternal happiness with your sisters.
Sandra, Nanoose Bay. B.C.
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February 15, 2005
Dear Lota, somehow I think you knew... you knew to hang on just long enough to taste freedom in this world before passing on to the next. You stayed just long enough to help your sister adjust to her new home. And then at long last, in the most peaceful place on earth, you finally found rest.



Thank you for helping to show the world what a truly incredible place TES is. So many fought for you, so many love you. You will never be forgotten. I pray that your story will encourage citizens everywhere to force the end of elephant captivity and abuse. Blessings to Carol, Scott and the TES staff, who continue to throw themselves into this selfless and sometimes heartbreaking mission. Words can't express my gratefulness to you for this.
Janice, Richmond, BC
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February 15, 2005
Sweet Lota...

May you finally rest in peace, you will be missed more then anyone can possibly imagine. Carol, Scott and everyone else at TES-thank you. Thank you for giving her the life and love she so richly deserved. Her last couple months were spent surrounded by love and kindness.
Lisa, Sycamore IL
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February 15, 2005
I have been coming to this site since Tina arrived and have loved all the stories and pictures!
Having not been on the site for about a week I was shocked to hear about Lota's passing. I hope that it was pain free as you say. The thing that bothers me the most in all of this is the length of time it took for the authorities to release Lota to you. It was obvious for years that she needed help but it seemed they didn't enforce anything untill it was obviously too late.
Once again I can't say enough about what all of you at the Sanctuary do for these wonderful elephants.
Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou
Susan, Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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February 15, 2005
Dearest Lota, the tears have dried but the heart is still heavy. I too am thankful that you were able to experience living in freedom, with good food and fresh water, a kind and gentle touch. I am thankful too for your dedicated caregivers, who tended to your needs faithfully. May you rest in peace with Barbara and Tina.
Susan, Port Coquitlam, B. C.
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February 14, 2005
Sweet Lota,
You hung in there and would not let the man bring you down. Now you are free, and thanks to you so is Misty.
Rest in peace old girl. You'll be in our hearts forever.
Jutta, Tennessee
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February 14, 2005
Dear Lota, I wept when I first learned of you a few years ago..I wept with each letter & email I sent..I wept at the happy news that Hawthorn eles would be set free(soon I pray) & I wept while watching you arrive at the sanctuary. I weep now from deep within my soul. My darling Lota, you are finally pain free. How do I say sorry for all the wrongs done to you? How do I make sense of SIX YEARS of stalling? How do I justify a world where humans demean your graceful kind? I dont understand any of it Lota...Your pain & suffering was caused by human greed & dominance & sadly by ignorance. I thank God & all the Angels that you reached the Sanctuary where you found love & kindness. I will fight for the rest of my days for your kind Lota, you life & your memory will be my guide. To Carol & Scott, thank-you for making her last days here filled with love. To her caretakers, bless your souls..you are all Angels.

In memory of Lota, Tyke, Tumai, I promise I will fight till my last breath that no ele shall suffer at the hands of human monsters!! Dear Tina & Calle, I pledge my life to save other zoo eles.

Part of my heart will always be with you Lota
Sylvia, Toronto
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February 14, 2005
Lota, yesterday I passed Tina's old home and saw that her stall is now occupied by Mountain Goats. The teeny space is 3/4 filled with rocks, leaving little space for the goats to move. The zoo was full of cars, with loads of people hell-bent to show their kids all the beautiful animals (who are doomed to a life with no parole!!! When will they learn. Even those poor animals have it better than you did. I can not imagine how many years you endured your slavery and survived this long. They made you into a skeleton and cared little about you even then.



If it weren't for the endless hours that Carol and Scott and staff spend each and every day trying to help you and all your sisters who have similar fates, the world would be a much sadder place.



I hope you meet your sister Barbara who left before you. Barbara's body looked as frail as yours, but for different reasons. May you both be healthy and plump and romp the heavens with Tina and each and every elephant that went before you.



I know that you felt the love that was abundant at TES - how could you not. Just know that all the love and care that was given you will continue to be given to Misty, and hopefully, the rest of your Hawthorne herd. We will pray and write and speak out - for yours was a fate inflicted upon you, and you deserved much better - much much better. RIP beloved Lota.... Rest in peace!
Kizzykat, Langley, B.C., Canada
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February 14, 2005
Lota, my dear, I was just getting to know you a little bit more. My heart is very sad today, but know that you have arrived in God's hands, and also with Tina, Barbara, and so many others. My special thanks to all of TES...Lota had some peace and enjoyment for at least a little time. Valentines Day now has an extra special meaning. Good night dear one, I will carry you in my heart always.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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February 14, 2005
My heartfelt thanks to TES and all the kind, caring, loving folks there who dedicate their lives to these wonderous beings we call elephants. To us it seems that Lota's time at TES was short, but, after a lifetime of neglect and abuse, I am sure that she didn't see it that way. With sunshine on her shoulders, soft grass beneath her feet and a playful wind in her face she was free. Kindness was all around her.



My deepest sympathy to Scott, Carol and the other caregivers who tended and nurtured Lota at TES and grieve her passing. Sympathy also to the many others who, aware of her plight, befriended Lota and worked so hard to free her from Hawthorn.

Peace
M. M., Eton-Windsor, Berkshire, England
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February 14, 2005
I came to this website to get the address. I was going to start sending Lota secret penpal letters. You see I live in Wisconsin but I am moving to Hohenwald and I wanted her to know she had a friend who thought about her. Imagine my sad surprise to find she is no longer with us.
I know her kind spirit will live at your sanctuary forever.
I can only imagine what a wonderful place you have for the beautiful elephants.
K. Buckner, Wisconsin/Tennessee
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February 14, 2005
The grief of Lota's passing is overpowering - to have so little time in safety and love breaks our hearts. Lota and her life story will not be forgoten and only strengthens the resolve to help bring humane treatment to all animals.
Lota will be missed by all. Thank god for TES and all the wonderful staff - what a world of diffence you make.
The Rush family, California
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February 14, 2005
THIN GIRL



Goodbye, thin girl

Who walked with grace and pride.

Who loved but was not loved until the end

Then drifted on.



They sold you for $1.

No more valued than a pack of gum.

They locked you up in chains.

Cold barn, no windows.

And gave you TB.



You wasted away

And became tired beyond belief.

But still you walked with grace.

And pride.



Finally freed.

Allowed to move to Tennessee.

Too little, too late.

You laid down and drifted on.



We hardly knew you.

But it was plain you walked with grace.

And pride.

Goodbye, thin girl.





Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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February 14, 2005
I am so sorry for the loss of Lota but I am also glad that she could spend her final days at TES. I know she will be greatly missed and I will miss seeing her on the ele-cam.
Jennifer, North Carolina
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February 14, 2005
I just want to thank the Sanctuary and everyone who gave Lota the chance to live out her last few months in peace.
Amanda, Charleston, SC
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February 14, 2005
Dear Sweet Lady - oh how I wish the world would see the pain you and all before you have endured. I prayed you would have a happy peaceful existance at the santuary, and you did. We must do all we can to enlighten humanity to the plight of abused animals. You are now an angel forever in sunshine and fields of glory. "With Kindness And A Smile You Can Lead An Elephant By A Thread"
Heather Pearson, Victoria, BC
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February 13, 2005
It is wonderful to know that dear Lota spent her last days in freedom. Thank you to her human angels, Carol, Scott and staff of The Elephant Sanctuary.


Linda Francis, Olympia, WA
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February 13, 2005
Dear Lota,

When I first learned of your existence I immediately felt a kinship to you. We were born around the same time, shared a common name and everyday I looked so forward to hearing news about you and Misty. What a wonderful job Carol, Scott and staff were doing to make what was once a horrible existence for you turn into a learning experience that all people weren't bad. That there were lots of people that loved you and wanted only the best for you. The day I got your tee-shirt I wore it with pride and showed everyone I could and told everyone I could about you and the others at the Sanctuary. The day that I read of your passing it took my breath away and I felt such sadness that I still can't explain. I feel like I've lost a member of my family. But what Carol and Scott and the staff are doing for all of the elephants there and how they spent your last minutes with you gave me solace knowing that you were not alone in your final hours. And of course there was Misty standing right by you watching vigil with you. I know she is sad right now but I also know that Carol and Scott will take good care of Misty and will help her through this awful transition. I thank God that there are people like Carol and Scott who make homes and give such love and care for all the elephants they can who have lived such a tortured life. And Lota I will miss you so much. My heart is very heavy and will be so for some time to come. The only solace I have is knowing you are in a better place, happy and free at last. One day I will see you again. All my love, Lota....
Sue Taylor, Pinehurst, NC
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February 13, 2005
My precious Lota, It is with tears I bid you farewell and pray that when my end comes you will be there to greet me. I have loved you for many many years, and from the moment you arrived at paradise I sang all day long " Lota, got you on me knee Lota" from Eric Claptons Lola. I had dreamed of seeing you in Hohenwald and just once being able to put my arms around you and rest my head to yours and tell you how dear you were to me. I will be at every circus protest in Milwaukee in your name and will never stop thinking of the courage you have given so many in your struggle for life and with such grace and beauty you endured so much.
Tricia Glynn, Milwaukee, WI 53217
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February 13, 2005
Lota, you poor girl. The many miserable years you endured in circus life have brought me a great deal of sadness. I was relieved that you lived long enough to go to your wonderful home at The Elephant Sanctuary. I wish that you could have gone there much sooner and enjoyed freedom, comfort, and love for many more years. You deserved a good life, and I am sorry you didn't get it until last November. May you rest in peace--you are in my heart forever.
Lesley Arena Crocker, Madison, Wisconsin
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February 13, 2005
I was so sad to read of Lota's passing. I checked every day to see how the girls (Misty and Lota) were adjusting to the "Good Life". It's so sad to think Misty will be alone now without her beautiful friend, but I keep thinking how lovely it was that Lota did get to see that the human hand can be nuturing and loving. I believe in my heart that the short time she was there, she experienced a lifetime of knowing what freedom might have been like for her. Those beautiful eyes did have a brightness in them after her arrival. My sorrow will be for Misty now knowing that it will be lonely for her. But with you Carol,Scott and staff I know in my heart that Misty will be conforted with a love that I know you all know how to give to one of God's most precious creatures. Take care of Misty and all of those beautiful girls. My sympathy to you all. Positive thoughts and prayers will be sent every day for health and happiness at the most beautiful place on earth..."The Elephant Sanctuary".
Cindy Everett, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania
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February 13, 2005
Dear Lota, your death has brought so much sadness, I grieve for you. Rest in peace dear girl, you are no longer in pain.
Carol, Scott and staff, my thoughts are with you. Thank you for giving Lota the chance to be free, to feel loved, to know that she could trust you. Thank you for being there for these gentle giants.
Vi, Richmond
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February 13, 2005
Dear Dear Lota you have been so very important. Oh yes, you really counted!
The glorious place you spent the last weeks has a saying "EVERY ELEPHANT COUNTS". I wished every girl rescued would live forever. You have taught me days, weeks, months, years, length of time is not what matters most. Quality of life, free, eating,drinking, sunshine, fresh air, gentle love, however long or short, gives one and all a chance to love you. I am so thankful for that precious opportunity. I can hope for longer life , but I must not demand it.


Fay Morris, Victoria, B.C.
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February 12, 2005
You, Lota, have changed the world forever. It must have been so very confusing and sad, your life. But in the end, you fulfilled your purpose, and I hope you found joy in the freedom that was all yours, even if it was short-lived. I hope you know that you were loved by many, and that your memory will live on in all of us fighting to free others with stories much like your own.

Be free now.
Shannon Hyde, Rochester, NY
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February 12, 2005
Dear Lota

You deserved....

more time,

more joy from this world.

You deserved...

more respect,

more admiration from Mankind.

You deserved...

so much more than you were given.

I will never forget you, please kiss Tina for me.

Jennifer H, Surrey, BC
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February 12, 2005
Lota I have come to love you, I have felt your pain, Carol did all she could to get you home for many years. I'm so glade you had time to feel free and loved. Please keep an eye out for me for when I cross over I would like to be there with you for ever.

Joyce, Yankeetown, Fl
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February 12, 2005
Elephants are truly one of the most magnificent creatures on this earth and you, Lota, were no exception. Please rest in Peace and know that there are those on this earth dedicated to ending the cruelty that you and others have had and continue to endure. You have helped me to inspire so many others to wake-up and pay attention to the selfish, thoughtless and unfeeling actions of those that were charged with your "care." As awful as your life was before arriving at the sanctuary, please know you have not died in vain. Your story will live on to aide me in continuing to educate about the horrors of Corporations like Hawthorn and thankfully, the wonderful alternatives such as the sanctuary and people like Carol and Scott. Bless you Lota, for now you are truly free.
Jill, Washington
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February 12, 2005
Lota has left this world but she has not left sanctuary. She rests in peace in a place in Tennessee called The Elephant Sanctuary. She rests in peace among her friends who would have loved her as they do Miss Dell. She rests in peace with her dear friend Misty close by. She rests in peace with her new found human friends around her. She rests in peace finally knowing what love is, and showing love in return. She rests in peace with Barbara, Tina, and all of the others who have gone on before her. What a force of ele angels there are to protect Tarra, Jenny, Shirley, Bunny, Sissy, Winkie, Delhi, Misty, Tange, Zula and Flora.....and all of the eles to come. What a force indeed!!



You were here in sanctuary but for a short time, but in our hearts forever.

Rest in peace dear girl!
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, California
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February 12, 2005
Dear sweet, beautiful Lota...


Carol is so right, there is no preparing for such a loss. I have cried so many tears in sadness and in anger. Sadness and anger that you had to endure so much cruel, thoughtless treatment, that you were denied proper medical care, that you needn't have died from TB, and that your sisters are still prisoners in chains. It is simply beyond my comprehension how we can call ourselves intelligent and treat another creature so callously.



Before you came to TES I held my breath waiting for the day when you would be set free and I cried with happiness the day you were on the way to TES with Misty. I almost believed it would never happen--but it did. And that is where I can derive some joy from your death. You had your companion, Misty, with you and you were finally treated with love and dignity. You were able to lie down in the sun, eat to your heart's content, be playful and know that you were surrounded by humans who loved and cared for you.



I truly hope that your life will have created a transformation in the way we treat so many of our companions on this earth that it will put our current attitudes to shame. Your life was not in vain.


RIP sweet Lota
Janet Crystal, Cambridge MA
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February 12, 2005
Dearest Lotta
I just now read of your passing over. How many more times
will we feel this grief...before all of mankind wakes up and sees the harm being done. I hope you are happy with Barbara and Tina and all the others before you. Softest and warmest condolences to all at TES. Thank you once again for all the love and caring that you shower on these wonderful, deserving souls.
Love to Misty...be strong and stay as outrageous as you naturally are.

Jean, Gabriola Island BC
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February 12, 2005
To paraphrase a bit:

"There was a lady sweet and kind,

Was never face so pleased my mind;

I did but see her passing by,

And yet I love her till I die." B. Googe



Sweet and kind, loving, and a friend to Misty. Lota has left such a hole in all our hearts. God bless everyone at TES who made her last days so happy and safe.

Shirley, Ohio
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February 12, 2005
Dearest Lota


I have read this wisdom somewhere and I hope I have the direct quote as I believe it applies to you sweet girl.

"I shall pass this way but one time so if there be any kindness I may show, let me show it now for I may not pass this way again." This may have been written by man for man but I think it applies to an intelligent creation who possess untold compassion for her sisters. You were there to lead Misty to TES, to reassure her all is well. The two of you had some special days together with the softness of the grass under your feet and the touch of a breeze on your face. Misty mourns you as we all do sweet girl but she has those memories to help her. And now beautfiul Lota as you continue on the other side, we who are left here with the knowledge of your courage and strength to "hold on" until you accompanied Misty to freedom, wish you only joyous days with your sisters.

Maureen, Lumberton New Jersey
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February 12, 2005
Dear precious Lota, some say that you weren't pretty. Pretty doesn't describe you. You were beautiful beyond description. Don McLean wrote in Vincent (Starry Starry Night): "I could have told you Vincent this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you." Likewise, Lota, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you. You are free now, my angel. I will always love you.
Gayle, Chicago
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February 12, 2005
Mujhe tumse dil se pyar hai Lota

Mujhe tumhare fikar hai Lota

Mujhe tum bahut yaad aate ho Lota

Agar mein aawaz hun to tum mera geet ho

Fir milenge



Ishwar Aik Hai

Ganesha
Your Friends, All Around The World
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February 12, 2005
I apologize on behalf of all mankind for the cruelty you endured while on this earth. Enjoy your freedom now, precious angel.
Ann R., georgia
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February 12, 2005
Ma petite Lota You don't know how much I miss you.


Mais tous les jours, comme depuis que je te connais, nous irons, toi et moi, au sommet de la colline,là, ta trompe
sur mon épaule, nous regarderons le soleil se lever et les jours de pluie, nous admirerons l'arc-en-ciel qui
illumine tout le sanctuaire. Le seul endroit sur terre où
nul éléphant n'a peur de rêver.







marysette, france
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February 11, 2005
Lota, I think I fell in love with you the first time I read your story, many years ago. For some reason, I couldn't get you off of my mind. Now I understand...as you have been my inspiration and the inspiration of many. I am so sorry for the hellish life you have suffered at the hands of man.
And finally,I was so happy to actually SEE you depart from that trailer and onto sanctuary grounds. I believe you knew you were home.
I will miss you terribly but am also relieved you are truly free....godspeed sweet Lota
Sandy, Ohio
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February 11, 2005
Dearest Lota,

You reminded me so much of Barbara in your frailty, but also so much more. In spite of all your physical suffering - and a past too cruel to contemplate - when you arrived at the Sanctuary, you shone! Your face was lit up all the time. What an example of patience, grace, strength, endurance and courage you were. Like Barbara, you were a matriarchal figure, mothering and caring of Misty and likely many other elephants. I and many others will not rest until the Hawthorne 12 are free. And we will support Misty, your dearest friend who misses you so much, in our prayers and deeds. I am so sad that you left so soon, but as with Tina, I am grateful you were able to pass from this life to the next in the loving arms of the Sanctuary - caring people, caring animals, a loving wilderness retreat. Mother earth held you. Perhaps you were waiting for that gift to arrive and I am so glad it did. I will miss seeing you, dear one.
Lesley, Vancouver
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February 11, 2005
Rest in peace and total freedom now dear Lota. Those who caused your life of misery never took away your grace, your determination, and your dignity. You are an example for all mankind to live up to. I will never ever forget you sweetheart until we meet again.
L. Cotter, New Jersey
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February 11, 2005
As I sit here at my computer with tears running down my face and my heart is breaking for a sweet elephant that did nothing wrong but be an animal. I remember Lota when she was at the Zoo in Milwaukee and I saw the horrific scene as she was loaded onto the trailer and tripped and fell in the doorway as they were loading her. I was horrified as in slience I watched. Nothing any of us could say to change the mind of the zoo director into keeping her. We were all told that she was going to be RETIRED to a farm with other elephants to spend the rest of her life. No one at the zoo or public officials would give any information out about her. Then a story appeared in our local paper about where she and other elephants were. I have been following her story and was so very elated to have her finally be able to go HOME. This morning in our local paper the story was of Lota's death. I feel like I have lost a long time friend. She Always would trumpet when she wanted you to throw her some peanuts or apples.She was not the prettest elephant, but she sure loved her peanuts and apples. Well honey, after what you have been through I am sure God will give you as many peanuts and apples as you want. And to TES, GOD BLESS YOU for giving MY PERSONAL elephant the best three months of her life.
Karen, in Germantown Wisconsin
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February 11, 2005
Dearest Lota, you have been so special to us. We wept with joy when you arrived at the Sanctuary and we wept with sorrow to learn that you had died. We will all miss you so much. We will hold your darling Misty in our hearts and shower her with love.
Katherine, Chesapeake, VA
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February 11, 2005
I am so, so sad as I read of Lota's passing tonight. Poor, dear Lota lived most of her life in misery. Thank God she was able to enjoy her final few weeks at TES.



I will never forgive the many humans who contributed to the untimely death of this gentle giant- the entire Hawthorn Corp., the USDA for failing to enforce its regs, the Judge who is currently sitting on the case to free the remaining Hawthorn elephants, John Cuneo -.



We humans like to think of ourselves as the top of the food chain, God's greatest creation. In reality, most animals have far more dignity and display far more tenderness, compassion, and love than do many humans. For what we have done and are doing to Earth and its animals inhabitants, we should hang our collective heads in shame.



Surely no Supreme Being ever intended for man to display such cruelty and wanton disregard for life (both human and animal) that we, as a species, have done through all of the centuries of our existence.



Lota, I hope that one day you will greet Carol and the staff at the TES at the Rainbow Bridge and happily welcome them across.



Misty - Carry on, girl. You are in a good place now with people who love you. Lota would want you to be happy. Take time to grieve, but don't give up on all the wonderful things still awaiting you at TES.
Teresa, Ashburn, VA
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February 11, 2005
Lovely Lota,

I have no words for my grief and sorrow of your passing, as I know countless others feel the same as I do. I watched you and Misty when you arrived at TES and literally held my breath until you stepped on Tennessee soil. Oh the joy that I and the other EleFan Herd members felt when we got to see you walk down the ramp and off the trailer. We chatted back and forth but mostly watched to see what you would do and grabbed many pictures to post and talk about later, Misty seemed pretty sure of herself but you appeared to be very fragile. We have watched daily hoping to see you and checked in to read about your progress in the ele diary and counting the days until you and Misty could join the other girls, but that was not to be.. Just know that you were loved by many and will be missed so much and we will keep doing the same for our Misty. We will all come to terms with your passing in time because time can heal but I will never forget you. I didn't know Tina and Barbara but I know from what I have read about them you will have two great friends.
With Love,


Edna, Tennessee
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February 11, 2005
Like so many others, I grieve at the passing of Lota, yet rejoice that the last few months of her life were spent in freedom, unfettered by chains, surrounded by loving kindness.



I cannot help but think of Delhi at this time - Delhi, who triumphed over similar adversity and now roams free, exploring stream and field and hill, savoring the companionship of her kind.



In the days to come, as you watch Delhi over the Ele-cam embracing her new life, know that Lota will be present, watching over her former companion in chains, sharing in every experience and savoring every triumph.



Lota, celebrating, that she and Delhi and her beloved Misty are now free.


Cindy Christen, Fort Collins, CO
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February 11, 2005
Lota......I will really miss you. I admire your strength and your courage and I'm glad you got to spend some time at the Sanctuary. I enjoyed keeping up with your progress and I am really proud of you. You are loved by many. Take Care.
B.G., Virginia
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February 11, 2005
Lota,


You will always be in my heart never to be forgotten.
Boojie, Landenberg, Pa
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February 11, 2005
Dear Lota, my eyes have not been dry for two days. In fact, I can hardly see to type this note to you, my beloved gentle giant. The anger of what you have endured has welled up in my soul. I do thank God that you had the little time that you did to know that not all blood runs cold. There was so much more I wanted you to see and experience but they had allowed your disease to progress too far. I was counting the months and days that you would be out of quarantine and you and Misty would be reunited with Dehli. Unfortunately that reunion for you will be in another life. I loved you so deeply and will always feel the same. You were like "my girl". I now pray for Misty and hope she can overcome the loneliness that she is suffering. Thank you Carol and Scott for taking such good care of her, I am so grateful for you and what you do for these elephants who never knew freedom. May God bless you and heal your hearts too. I refer to you as "Ele-Saviors". Please give us posts on Misty as to how she is coping as we very deeply care about her welfare.
Charlene Shumate,
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February 11, 2005
There has not been a dry eye in my house for two days now.Too much suffering, too little time at the sanctuary. Each and every one of us affected by this should make it a point to educate others about the dreadful Hawthorne Corp. and the wonderful alternative of TES. Spread the word in Lota's memory!! Pray for Misty and the staff who's hearts are breaking.
Colleen Keegan, Covington, Kentucky
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February 11, 2005
Dearest Lota,

It is heartbreaking that your life has been cut short just when you finally found freedom and happiness. You should have had many happy years ahead, free of disease, free of chains, and free of human cruelty. You should have had all the food you could eat until you were completely healthy again. You should have been able to rest your foot on Misty as often as you wanted to and keep your friend company for many more years. You should have had much more time to play with your new tire and to soak up the warm Tennessee sun. You should have had the chance to get to know new your sisters at TES and to be re-united with your old sisters once they are able come to TES too. You were so very brave and deserved so much more. Thank you for being such an inspiration and for letting us share your life during your last few months on this earth. You will be missed so very much and are in our hearts always!

Lily, Surrey, B.C.
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February 11, 2005
I stumbled upon the site of this Sanctuary and was touched by how much they cared for these gentle giants. When I learned of Lota and the Hawthorn Herd, I wanted to help. I raised a little money and plant to add on to it. Today O learned of Lota's peaceful passing. I am sad to hear of it, but she no longer in pain and that makes me happy. Lota is no longer in pain, and in a place of peace. Lota will always be in my heart.
Claire Hopkins, Boxford, MA
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February 11, 2005
I am comforted by my vision of you with Barbara and Tina and with every breeze that blows across her face, I hope Misty feels the comfort of your love. She's in good hands now. You stayed long enough to be sure of that. Your time at the sanctuary was too short, but I know where you are now you aren't in pain and you aren't short of breath. Rest peacefully, dear Lota.
Lisa McDowell, New Market, AL
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February 11, 2005
Dear Lota,


It has been very hard losing you. You were such a beautiful girl and it was so heartwarming to see how much you and Misty loved each other.


I am glad you got to experience happiness before the end.


Across the Universe


Author: John Lennon; Lead vocal: John Lennon



Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,

They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,

Possessing and caressing me.

Jai guru deva om

Nothing's gonna change my world,

Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,

They call me on and on across the universe,

Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they

Tumble blindly as they make their way

Across the universe

Jai guru deva om

Nothing's gonna change my world,

Nothing's gonna change my world.



Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing

Through my open views inciting and inviting me

Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns,

it calls me on and on

Across the universe

Jai guru deva om

Nothing's gonna change my world,

Nothing's gonna change my world.



Love you Lota, forever and always.
Rachel H., Connecticut, USA
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February 11, 2005
Another angel has ascended to heaven. Tina and Barbara were waiting for her at the end of the path. What beautiful eyes. God granted her the taste of freedom that she had instinctively needed so badly. Her chance to love and to be loved. It was our last chance to show her that all humans are not cruel and that her time on earth really made a difference to many people. God bless all of you that were there for her in her time of needing us so badly and being there when she left. Please update us on Misty as that is truly my biggest concern now. For her and her 12 other sisters awaiting freedom. Let this motivate us to do something to change this planet and the way that we treat others and animals in it. Tell one friend to read about the Hawthorne Corp. and let the rage that fills your stomach push you to do something to make a difference. We all have the ability! God Bless You Miss Lota! You are in my prayers.
Erin Schulte, North Delta, British Columbia
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February 11, 2005
Once again we are all faced with the sad news of a beautiful life taken into the hand of God. The only consolation to it all, is that we know that for the last few months of her life, Lota was free to do as she pleased. No chains, no mistreatment, just lots of TLC. My heart goes out to poor Misty, her one constant friend and companion has gone from her. May she soon be free of her T.B. and be able to join the other girls to play and roam the paths and ponds of the Sanctuary.

To Carol and Scott and all of the Sanctuary staff, my most heart felt sympathies. You are Gods angels here on earth, and we know you are hurting so very much.

Let us all hope that TES can get all the Hawthorn Elephants and give them all the chance for the love and freedom that they all so richly deserve. TES is heaven on earth, and hopefully will continue to save these most magnificent of Gods creation. Barbara and Tina await your arrival Lota, and will be your guides over the Rainbow Bridge.
J. Davis, Comox, B.C. Canada
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February 11, 2005
Dear Lota, you're passing has been so devasting, it hasn't truly sunk in yet. You've been a very special part of my life for the past two years and even led me to TES. My heart is breaking at the loss of you now. I wish you could've enjoyed your new-found freedom, love, and kindness much longer than you did, but I think that your poor suffering body couldn't take it any more and that you hung in there long enough to make sure Misty would be in good hands before you left. You came to know that and could finally let go. You went through so much in your life, and you also taught so much about grace and love. You brought out the best in people who care about you. You will always be special and I'll always love you, Lota. Now be at peace, precious one.
Linda, Grand Forks, ND
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February 11, 2005
I am deeply sadden at the passing of Lota, and I pray God gives Misty the support and love she will need through this very difficult time. I also pray that God will use the passing of Lota (and Tess) to bring his perfect justice for the rest of the herd, and that by His power and might, the remaining herd will be released to the Sanctuary.



For Carol, Scott, and Staff, I offer my deepest sympathy for the great loss you now experience, The last six months have been more than you should bear. Thank you for your love and care to Gods sweet creatures. Thank you for being my hand (for me) to feed them, or give them pets and hugs, or give them needed medicine, and especially for giving them the love I feel for these beautiful, gentle giants. To me, they are just like kitties but only bigger.



I thank God daily for your wonderful efforts to help save those so badly mistreated, and for providing a home and a refuge.



All the girls and the Hawthorne herd remain in my prayers daily.


With Sadness,
Shirley, Ojai, California
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February 11, 2005
Lota,

I cannot feel sadness right now because I have so much anger. But, I am happy that you were able to feel a kind, gentle human touch so you would know that not all humans are vile. I am happy you were able to rest your weary bones on soft grass so you would know more than concrete. I am happy you died free so you would know more than chains. I am happy you died with sweet Misty by your side so you would know more than loneliness. I want you to know you were worth so much more than $1.00 - you were priceless. R.I.P. Lota. Always to be remembered.
Danielle, Vancouver, B.C.
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February 11, 2005
Lota, forever in our hearts.


Rejoice in your paradise, with Barbara and Tina guiding the way.


Donna, Maryland
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February 11, 2005
Rest in the arms of the angels, sweet Lota, with Tina and Barbara by your side.
SR, Canada
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i miss you lota i was sad to see you die so may God protect you in your afterlife.
i'm sorry you died your funeral for elephants was tearful i love you
sam, stony brook
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Dearest Lota, I think of you as a role model. You were always a good friend to Misty. I am glad you are in elephant heaven now with all the other elephants.
Love, Liz
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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My dear sweet Lota,
You will forever have a place in my heart and you will never be forgotten. I am so sorry and ashamed that my birthplace of Milwaukee was so cruel to you. I am so sorry that as a child I frequented that zoo on many occasions. I remember seeing you and the elephant exhibit and thinking what a horrific, unnatural place it was for elephants to live. As an adult, I now live near Baraboo, WI, which unfortunately prides itself in being the home of the ringling brothers circus. Elephants suffer daily in a circus there that still exists to this day. I will not keep quiet about the suffering of elephants. Namaste.
Jennifer, La Valle, WI
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Today is the anniversary of your arriving at TES. I love you, Lota. RIP
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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I wish I would have been their to see you before you passed.:( My class and I just finished a book called "Saving Lilly" today and Lilly was an Elephant. It's about a elephant that is used at a circus for tricks and if she didn't do what the owner said he would hurt her. The class was going to go to the circus but their were two kids that didn't want to go because they new that he abused them. So the whole class bought Lilly and sent her to a sanctuary!!!
Amelia Brinkman, Charles City Iowa
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Dear Lota,

You're my best friend- FOREVER AND ALWAYS (even though you passed away and I have never seen you before, you're my bestie).
Amelia Brinkman, Charles City, Iowa
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Dear Lota,
I know you are in heaven now and I hope to see you there someday. How could anyone mistreat you like they did. The USDA at least should have done more to protect you. You can at least rest in peace now and people can't hurt you anymore. Lori's poem is so perfect.
Janet Cpe, Duncan, Oklahoma
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I don't understand how some humans can be so cruel. Bless you Lota and may you be experiencing nothing but joy and love with your animal friends in heaven.
Doreen, Coquitlam, BC Canada
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Dear sweet Lota,
Thank you for making Misty happy, you will be greatly missed by her. Please look over her, will you?

I think you and I are alot alike. We both come from India, we both love broccoli, and we both love Misty. You will be remembered and loved by many.


Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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Dear sweet Lota,
You are such a beautiful girl, and will forever be in Misty's heart. Will you watch over her?
Even though I only found out about the sanctuary months ago, I miss you.
You and I have some things in common: We are both from India, we both love broccoli, and we both love Misty.

Rest in peace sweet, beautiful, Lota. You are loved and missed.
Namaste,
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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Dear sweet and beautiful Lota,
You are greatly missed by everyone who loves you so. I miss you, even though I only found out about this sanctuary about a year ago. Will you please watch over Misty? She has lost you, then Delhi, and Dulary last month. Misty will always miss you, and you will forever be remembered by her.

You and I have lots in common: We both come from India, we both love broccoli, and we both love Misty.

You are such an amazing elephant!

Namaste,
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington,KY
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Dear sweet, wonderful Lota,
Thank you for making Misty so happy in the past. She has always loved you so dearly, and she will always remember and miss you. You were a good friend of her's. The sanctuary was lucky to have an elephant like you.

You and I have some things in common, like: We both come from India, we both love broccoli, and we both love Misty.

I'm glad you got spend your last years at the sanctuary with Misty. I just wish you could have stayed longer. I only found out about the sanctuary about a year ago, and your passing was long before that. But I miss you, though. I wish I could see you.

Namaste sweet, wonderful Lota

Sree Namboothiri, Lexington,KY
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Lota
She was very best friends with Misty,
She held such grace and majesty,
It's Lota, the wonderful elephant,
Who was so very wise and intelligent,
And she touched all of our hearts with her spirit.

Namaste, sweet Lota
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington,KY
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Dear Lota,

I'm so sorry that you only stayed at the sanctuary for a short time, but in that short time you did so many wonderful things. You were best friends with Misty, and I'm glad you spent time with her. I'm sure you were such an awesome elephant. I'm so glad that your last days were spent roaming pastures in peace, and not being abused by humans. I think the sanctuary should be sad about your passing, but thankful for having known you. You and your spirit will always be loved, missed, and remembered. God bless you.

Namaste, sweet Lota.
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, Kentucky
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Dear Lota,
I just read the story if your life. I'm so sorry you suffered like you did. You weren't meant to, by God's design, but men got involved and everything went crazy.

I'm so glad you were able to get to Tennessee. You were able to lay in the warm sun and lay in the grass. People there loved you and you girlfriend Misty was there for you too.

God bless you. You are with your ancestors now. You will never be forgotten.
Annette, New York state
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I just wanted to add my condolences to the numerous ones I am sure that you have been receiving.  It has taken me along time to get over Tina’s passing and now Lota is gone.  I am sure our collective pain is but a pale comparison of your own.  To know that these magnificent ladies are making their transition in an untimely manner strikes at the heart of injustice.  I take solace in knowing that at least they made their transition surrounded by love and acceptance but god it is galling to know that if they had just been left alone in the first place or at the very least arrived at Sanctuary long before they did, they might possibly still be with us.  I know their lives had a greater purpose as did their passing, but I am selfish.  I see the greater picture but I long for them to still be here with us.

It was for precisely this grief and this frustration that has pushed me into helping organize the EAR’s rally.  I can’t sit idly by, I needed to do something.  I don’t know why it’s elephants instead of some other totem, but it is.  Their very presence strikes a chord deep in my soul and I refuse to accept that in my lifetime they may become extinct.

Any way’s I have attached some poems that I have written in the last year or so that I thought could convey my feelings more than just this poor attempt to let you know we are all grieving with you.  We do share your pain, your passion and your drive.

Be well my friends, be at peace.

Yours for the ele’s
Kathryn M. Carpenter


Tina & Lota


Circle of iron rings linked one by one
Circle of broken promises, of empty dreams

So she stood the days all through
Waiting for her moment, her moment true
She watched as the seasons moved past
Time for her never moved that fast

Circle of iron rings linked one by one
Circle of broken promises, of empty dreams

Held her tight with our misguided pride
Held her bound with our ignorance while she cried
She waited rocking quietly by
While we argued over what to try

Circle of iron rings linked one by one
Circle of broken promises, of empty dreams

So she turned inward, going a little mad
Head bobbing, catatonic state that was so bad
She never gave trouble nor any grief
That showed she was content or so was the belief

Circle of iron rings linked one by one
Circle of broken promises, of empty dreams

Never heard anything she had to say
Never heard the wisdom that deep in her heart lay
Just another dumb beast we towered above
Made it easier to justify our misplaced notion of love

Circle of iron rings linked one by one
Circle of broken promises, of empty dreams

We chained her soul, chained her feet
We chained her with our arrogance on cold hard concrete
She was a loving, shy, precious girl
Who only waited, waited for her wings to unfurl

Circle of iron rings linked one by one
Circle of broken promises, of empty dreams

October 2004
Kat

For Lota and Family

My tears flow forging tracks down my weathered cheeks
I hug my arms tightly to my body
Somehow hoping to quiet the trembles, to hold my breakdown at bay
My disbelief burns deeply, stoking the fires of rage

The fury whips me, flailing at my emotions, stripping my senses
My heart beating wildly, my hands clenched in anger
my blood pounding through my veins with manic intensity
And the flames stoke the fire of rage

Frozen in my ineptness, shattered by the deceit
Feet beating with an unbridled tempo
Wanting to run, wanting to flee
My disbelief fans the flames higher

Teeth clenched against the screams my tongue threatens to release
Nails biting in flesh, unfelt by nerves exposed raw
Tendons held taunt fighting against the storm
And the flames stoke the fire of rage

Popping sinews of flesh struggling against the rising tide
The black abyss opening before me
Threatening to pull me into the vortex of violence
My disbelief fans the flames higher and higher yet

Desperately trying to hold onto reason
To believe in the light, to believe in the right
Frantically gulping for air, for cleansing breath
And the flames stoke the fire of rage

Writing words to give reason to disbelief
Reaching out, finding the strength to take another step forward
Forging my resolve, forging my commitment
My disbelief fans the flames higher…

May 31, 2004
Kat

This is Dedicated to the Hawthorne Ele’s

Have To.....

Panic pushes me, drives with unrelenting force
Have to get you out
Panic forces my finger to move, to grasp pen
Have to get you out

Anger channels the words all jumbled in my head
Have to get you out
Anger blazes the trail, gives clarity to the goal
Have to get you out

Frustration spurs the passion of resolve
Have to get you out
Frustration provides the drive
Have to get you out

Rage at the idiocy that threatens your life
Have to get you out
Rage at the pettiness that shackles your soul
Have to get you out

Focus on the way to free you
Have to get you out
Focus on the dream of your salvation
Have to get you out.

May 31, 2004
Kat

Tina

Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
Feeling the forest calling to me
Promising to cool my brow, ease my body down
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
The grass and the soil cushion my toes
Easing the pain and lightening my load
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
My legs trembling with years of torment
Dragging me around and holding my back
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
My friends, my new family awaiting me
Promising hills to climb and lakes to swim
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
A field to quietly lay my head upon
A place to rest and to finally call my own
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Kat
June 13, 2004

These last two poems were written from the perspective of being an elephant.

For The Ones Still To Come
(We haven’t forgotten You)

I stood for many years
On a desert of good intentions
And languished in a tide of ignorance

I endured feeble attempts
To understand my wisdom of ages
To hold the ghosts that walk with me

I went stir crazy
From your indifference and pride
The ministrations you justify as nurturing me

I stood for eons
Raising my voice to the sky
touching the vast savanna spread before me

I have gone away
To otherwheres, to othertimes
Leaving my mind, the frame of my soul

I waited with patience
As my heart broke with the injustice
Giving up the hope of your reaching salvation

I stood for many years
As the dust of ages swirled past
Urging you, calling you, begging you to fight for me

I have waited for many years
As my friends, my family died
And soon the dust of my bones will be my only legacy

Kat
June 13, 2004

Captured

In seemed in a blink of an eye
She was gone
In a moment of darkest despair
Her warmth covered me not
I panicked, darted here, there
I froze in the terror
Screams surrounding me
The dust swirling endlessly
And her heart beat racing
Telling me to run, telling me to hide
Telling me to get away
She reared before me
Lunging at the devils driving us down
The lights, the noise, the smell of fear
Everywhere panic, everywhere confusion
My aunts, my friends, my sisters, my mother
Screams surrounding me
The pain as the rope tightens on my throat
The mind numbing fear
Screams surrounding me
Screams surrounding me
The terror as I am dragged away
The image seared into my soul
Her grandeur pulled down before me
I hear her call, I hear her dying cry
She was gone
The noise, the shrill voices I didn’t understand
Devils speaking words, yelling commands
The endless pain, the tearing of my heart
Pushing, prodding, grabbing, twisting
Couldn’t breathe, couldn’t cry
No touch to soothe, no touch to comfort
Where was I, where was my family
Why was it all so deadly quiet
A blink of an eye, a day, a year, a memory away

She was gone

She was gone

June 13, 2004
Kat


For Our "Lota" Who has Gone Away

We really didn't have you long, Our "Lota" who has gone away
And if things could be different I confess I'd have you stay
To be blessed with TES kindness and Carol's beautiful smile
You grew so very dear to us in such a little while.

Now we all are lonesome - Each heart has an empty space
That wants you to feel Carol's gentle touch and see her smiling face
To hear her speak so gently and just be with you each day
We miss you and we're grieving for Our "Lota" who has gone away.

But I am very thankful, there is peace within my soul
For I know you're with Jesus, I know God has made you whole
I know Misty will see you when God calls her from this earthly place
When she comes to live with Jesus, I know you will see her smiling face.

So as I write these words and I remember you dear friend
I'm glad God loaned you to us until the very end
How precious are God's thoughts to us, How wondrous are his ways
For lending us such a wonderful Elephant to bless and fill our days.

To Carol, Scott and TES staff,

With My Deepest Sympathy,
Edna Bowman


Dear Carol and Scott,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Lota. I am deeply saddened that Lota's time at the Sanctuary was so brief, but rejoice in the knowledge that her final days were filled with peace, happiness, love, and freedom. Lota, like Barbara, taught us all the true meaning of dignity, grace, and compassion. Her courage, an inspiration to all, was in itself a divine gift. The pain of Lota's passing can only be eased by the realization that she is now roaming pastures unencumbered by her former frailty while keeping a loving eye on her beloved Sanctuary and dear friends. I know in my heart that Lota is happy in her new life with the Creator of all things.

With deepest sympathy,
Barbara

Lota
In Memoriam

Take comfort in my passing,
for I have achieved my dream.
Shed no tears,
For I have known freedom.
 Dispel sad thoughts,
For I have known happiness.
Grieve not in your heart,
For I have known love.
Despair not of soul,
For I have known peace.
Rejoice as I rejoice,
For I have known beauty.
Celebrate as I celebrate,
For I have made a difference.
Lift your voices in adulation,
For I have eternal Sanctuary.

 



Lota's Passing 

My condolences go out to all of you for Lota's passing. It has taken me awhile to figure out just what to say to you all as the written word seems inadequate to explain the loss that is felt around the world by all who followed Lota's story. I had been a casual observer of the Ele-Cam until a few days before Lota and Misty's rescue by TES. When the trailer arrived, I began watching and I don't think I took a break all day!! I was hooked. I have been faithfully following Lota and Misty's progress ever since they came to TES. It has been a wonderful experience. With the Ele-cam and diary updates and the chat group, getting to know Lota and Misty was easy. It felt like she was part of the family. Lota's death has been very sorrowful. I was so looking forward to the day when she could be set free into the huge pastures of TES. Although I am extremely sad over her death I certainly think because of you all she learned what love and human compassion is. I have read her diary over and over again the past few days and it has made me feel better because the pictures and stories show that Lota was enjoying herself. I cannot imagine my life without TES and I will continue to faithfully follow Misty's life and the lives of the other girls.  

Lota and Misty have changed my life. 

TES has my heart forever.

Thank you for sharing these beautiful girls with us.

Jennifer Lockwood
Catlin, Illinois


Lota,

I cannot feel sadness right now because I have so much anger. But, I am happy that you were able to feel a kind, gentle human touch so you would know that not all humans are vile. I am happy you were able to rest your weary bones on soft grass so you would know more than concrete. I am happy you died free so you would know more than chains. I am happy you died with sweet Misty by your side so you would know more than loneliness. I want you to know you were worth more than $1.00 - you were priceless. R.I.P. Lota.  Always to be remembered.

Danielle
Vancouver, B.C.


It is truly a sad way to end the week.

When I really sit back and think about it, I honestly feel as though I have lost another family member. I am from British Columbia, about half an hour from Tina's original home. I first learned of this site as she left for the sanctuary and have followed these wonderful ladies' progress ever since. Monday to Friday 7-3:30 I have your cam on as I work and it truly brightens my day and others around me. Some joke, "Are you watching your elephants?".

I knew that something was not right on the 8th and on the day of the 9th I kept waiting to get a message that she was very ill but it was not that news that I would have like to have read. Poor Lota just looked as though life was stolen from her - a mere shell of the soul that was born so long ago.

It lightens my heart to know that there are people like you that come from such a genuine place and that you all loved her so much and were there in the end for her as humans had not for so many years. In closing, one of the most beautiful things I have ever read was in Barbara's Memorial where Carol talks about bringing her bed into the barn and spending the night with Barbara after she had passed away - do yourself a favor and read this. It really tells you about the kind of woman that Carol is and I honestly believe it represents the passion and love she has for these elephants that are her family.

Godspeed Lota and may your heavy heart be lightened with each day Carol - your girls needs you and so do we!

Erin Schulte,
North Delta, British Columbia
Canada


Lota's Journey

A few days ago, after laying down for a final nap, Lota awoke to find herself in a green meadow with the sun on her skin and a sweet-smelling breeze on her face. She stood up with a little effort. Her breath was still hard to get and she wheezed a bit then looked around.  This was not the place where she had been with Misty. This was something entirely different.

Lota heard a gurgling sound and moved towards it. Soon she saw a sparkling stream and looking up she found herself staring back at an amazing sight.  On the other side of the stream stood Barbara and Tina.  Their ears flapped and trunks lifted with a joyful trumpeting noise.

"Welcome, Lota!" they shouted in unison. "Step across the stream and join us!"

Lota stared down at the water, so clear and clean. She tentatively placed one foot in the cool water. It felt so good! A moment later she was across and slowly climbing the short bank to join Barbara and Tina. She huffed and puffed with the little exertion.

Barbara caressed Lota's head gently with her trunk. 

"It's okay, my friend. Soon you will not have that breathless feeling. We are here to help you. We've made that same trip across the stream and other elephants were here to guide us. We know where you have come from and we will be here to meet each elephant that crosses from that wonderful sanctuary."

"Dear Lota, take a deep breath and fill your lungs with this fresh air then blow out as hard as you can," Tina said.

Lota sucked in as much air as she could and blew out with all her might. From her trunk spewed forth black, ash-like particles that swirled for a few moments and then settled on the ground. A flash of light startled Lota and then the ashes turned green then sprouted and to her amazement she saw a field of her favorite food – broccoli – before her! 

"All the broccoli you can eat, my dear, and much more," Barbara laughed.

"One more breath, my friend, breathe deeply and blow out as hard as you can," Tina said, her eyes sparkling with amusement.

Lota breathed deeply again and this time she felt no pain. She breathed and breathed and breathed and her great lungs filled like they have never filled before. With a mighty rush of air she blew out again. This time brilliant sparkling lights flew from her trunk, lifted into the air and turned into beautiful butterflies.

Tina laughed and delighted in chasing the creatures with her trunk. She giggled as their soft wings tickled her skin and several settled on her head in a ring like a crown. Some settled on both Barbara and Lota giving them their own fluttering, colorful crowns.

"Lota, when I arrived, I was thin like you. I wanted to look and feel healthy. Now you have your breath and so we shall give the rest of your body the health it lacked before you arrived. Come Tina, let us work our magic on our new friend."

With gentle touches, Tina and Barbara lifted their trunks and caressed Lota's skin. From head to toe they smoothed her wrinkles and wherever they touched, her body filled out.Her once skeletal face filled in to give her a much happier appearance.Her backbone disappeared and her legs grew wider and when they got to her tail, Lota was transformed.

"Go look at yourself in the water and see!" Tina said, gleefully.

Lota turned without effort and looked down into the water.  What she saw caused her to gasp. Gone were the gauntness of her face and the paleness of her trunk. Her backbone was no longer visible and her feet were pretty.

"Thank you!  Thank you!" she exclaimed as she laughed and twirled with her ears flapping and her trunk dancing.

Then she stopped when she saw, in the distance, a familiar figure. Misty grazed quietly in a far field. She looked around as if waiting for someone to appear. Her human friends would come and give her food and whisper something to her then gently pat her body. 

"Poor Misty. She must be so lonely," Lota said and a tear trickled down her cheeks.

"It will take her some time to grieve for you. It's only natural. You were her best friend and together you took a journey to that beautiful place. You stayed there just long enough to be sure she was okay and then your time there was done," Barbara told her. Her heart went out to Lota for she knew what it was like to leave behind someone she loved.

"I wish I could say goodbye to her one more time," Lota said wistfully.

"Go ahead," urged Tina. "She'll hear you!"

Using a combination of a gentle rumbling and a slight trumpeting noise, Lota spoke to her sad friend across the stream and the field. She waited for some sort of response, watching Misty intently for a sign that she had heard Lota's message.

Suddenly Misty's head rose up and she turned to face in Lota's direction. She looked left and right then she looked straight at Lota. She flapped her ears and a moment later, Lota heard Misty's voice.

"I miss you, sweet Lota, but I am glad you are happy. Do not worry for me. I am safe now and I have you and these wonderful humans to thank. I will see you over there some day .Wait for me!"

The field on the other side of the stream became veiled in a watery mist. Lota turned back to her new friends.

"Will I see her again?"

"Of course, my dear," said Barbara, "you can blow on that mist anytime to check on any of your friends. I expect you'll have more familiar faces to watch over."

"And when it's their time to cross this stream, we'll be here with you waiting for them," Tina added.

With her transformation complete, her body free of pain, her lungs clear of disease and her feet light in step, Lota followed Barbara and Tina through the field of broccoli and out into the great meadow before them. More elephants waited. And there were other animals, too. Dogs and cats, horses and cows, monkeys, hippos, giraffes and animals of every species played together. Among them wandered humans. They all coexisted in this beautiful place. Lota felt not a bit of evil or ill will here. There would be no beatings, no chains, no concrete floors and cold barns. Heaven was not a place for those things.

"Peace at last," whispered Lota.

Rest peacefully, dear Lota. 

Lisa McDowell
New Market, AL





Lota Sleeps

As she lay her great head on the welcoming straw,
Finally able to answer the call from those who went before,
Did she give thought to all the long and lonely years of noise and pain,
Of endless hours standing on cold, hard ground while men with cold, hard hearts
Forced her to do their bidding, to spin and pose and march?
Did she remember a hot airless trailer, a parched throat or the pain of an empty stomach?
No, this great lady would not waste a moment, I think,  on those dark times.
She would think of her daughter by love, who even then stood over her in silent comfort.
She would think of warm sunshine and sheltering trees and sweet, sweet grass.
She would remember crunchy broccoli and juicy watermelon.
She would think of soft breezes and cleansing rain and the peace of a country night.
She would know of the others who were close by and yet not seen,
Knowing they would take her sweet Misty into their circle and comfort her.
And she would think of the gentle small ones who brought her food and eased her thirst,
Who caressed her skin and spoke in soft voices, made her welcome when before none had.
Perhaps she would wonder why, and perhaps she would not wonder at all but just accept.
She would know there was no danger in this place, no longer need for vigilance,
That she who shared her life was safe at last.
She would finally rest the great weight of her bones and ease the struggle of each breath,
And she would...simply go to sleep.

Ruth Pullen


Thank you for all you have given her...

My sympathy and blessings to you all...

Love,
Trish


Lota Our Angel

Called away...for you served your purpose here on earth
Mama wants her baby back to whom she'd given birth
So many years ago-so far away in another land
Ripped from family into slavery by man's evil hand.

Through the years carelessly rented, bought and sold
A deal made on a single dollar once I'm told
Ill and living with tuberculosis was extremely tough
Starved, they gave you food, but it was not enough.

Somone saw and took notice, and then spread the word
People rallied together, and made themselves heard
It was an uphill battle, and time went by slow
But eventually through you, everyone would know.

Your savior came too late, more time was needed
"God please don't let her be gone" we pleaded
But we realize now, you were merely a teacher, an aide
It was a beginning to an end of the captive elephant trade

Our eyes are now wide open, we've learned a lot
We know fairness and abuse, and we know what's not
You're an icon now, and you're time here is done
Lota, the elephant, our angel, you are a special one.

Lori

I will always remember...


I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Lota. She is at peace now. Bless everyone there for the amazing efforts to keep her healthy and happy! It was with great joy that everyday I would start my day, coffee in hand — viewing the Elecam and watching those two girls enjoying life! The world is a much kinder place with people like you in it—Thank you. Because of your Sanctuary, she knew freedom and kindness and did not pass through life in vain- she gave us all something wonderful.

I know Elephants mourn as people do, and Misty is going through much sorrow like the rest of us. I think good kind thoughts for her as well.

One of my dear friends presented me with an elephant Italian charm this weekend, because we both love the Elephants so much. I said " it's a Lota charm". We checked the web over the weekend, and enjoyed the photos and reports. We were concerned about Lota.

I know Lota is in heaven somewhere. I would like to share my photo taken in the deserts of California- It came to mind when I read of Lotas passing. Sometimes nature talks to us. I believe Lota did, and she had so much positive impact! I also have your link on my Ebay sellers page-as one of my fave links- I love to share the Elephants and the wonderful care and love they receive at your Elephant Sanctuary.

desert sky

All the Best with love,

Tina in Southern California!


Poem for Lota

The trumpet sounded early,
the animals heard a shout;

It's Lota, our sweet sister ! ! !
everyone! come about !

She's arrived in heaven early,
no time to prepare a feast;

But look! she's smiling widely,
no pain, no distress, SHE'S FREE!!!

Lota said, I'm here and quite happy,
I came from Tennessee;

A place just like this one,
on earth, with Misty;

Oh how can I tell her not to stress,
and my friends to sing with glee;

It's hard I know dear ones,
I miss you all, you see;

But time waits for no one,
and I was called to eternal rest;

So please be happy and take care,
The Sanctuary was the Best.


Rainbow Bridge

Dear Sweet Lota...

You crept into my heart
Your memory is in my soul
I know that you have left us
Because you've reached your goal.

Your body now has gone
Your soul is flying free
Forever you're at peace now
In the hills of Tennessee

We knew you such a short time
Your face was just so dear
We will save your family
Of that you'll never fear

So now my dear sweet Lota
Though your mission will never cease
Your job on earth is over
Please go and rest in peace

Pam Clifford
Aldergrove, B.C.


LOTA

You came home
   But not for long
      And grew in the hearts of many

You came home
   But not for long
      And found peace, love and tranquility

You came home
   But not for long
       And found a haven, a sanctuary

You came home
   But not for long
      And gave us all a wonderful memory

Rest in peace dear girl.

Merilee Newman
Tollhouse, California


I know that she will be terribly missed by everyone, especially poor Misty, and nobody could ever take Lota's place. I thought of the famous poem written by Mary Frye and here it is.

For Lota, rest in peace beautiful girl.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Kind regards and deepest heartfelt sympathy,

Audrey Mealiff


Lota

Sweet Eldest Sister,
your life journey
continues today.
Your stay in paradise
a rest stop on the way.
The heavenly keeper
of all elephant souls
saw your anguish and pain.
With a heavy heart he called
another of his beloved
ones home again.
Forgotten soul no longer
you knew freedom and love.
Sweet rain drops , soft grass ,
knowing Misty will be cared for
you join your keeper above.

lauralinklater feb 9/05


To Lota

I was extremely upset—when I heard the sad news
That after years of suffering—your life you did lose

I had hoped and prayed that you would soon heal
I admit—I checked the web a great deal

I watched you move freely for the first time in your life
Since humans enslaved you with a lifetime of strife

Know that you were loved during your last weeks on earth
It was sad it was the first time it happened since birth

I was happy you experienced good food and fresh air
And discovered there were actually humans who cared

Misty will miss you—as will Carol and Scott
And millions of others—we’ll miss you a lot

I promise we’ll help- other elephants in chains
So they can live at the Sanctuary without pain

Lota—I’m sorry for what you’ve had to endure
But at last you’re at peace—of that I am sure

Judith Fish
February 9, 2005


Hello dear friends,
I'm very sorry to hear about Lota's death. I praise your work and efforts to give dignity to these magnificent individuals. You gave Lota very good final days.

I enclose a photo homage to Lota. I hope it will encourage people to help with your mission.

Thank you, Maria

Bye, Dear Lota

 



Lota 
I will give you one kitty cat, one ice cream-
and to get you to your new home I will get out my sword
and get all the elephants out and take great care of all of them.

I want to give all elephants one beautiful flower
and a lot of hay and watermelon.

Love Cyrus

This message was written by Cyrus Hays (Age 4)
after viewing the picture of Lota chained in the Hawthorn Corporation barn.


Lota and Misty
 
Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and
A Happy New Year in your new home.
I'm sure this will be the Best Holiday you've had in years.
May God Bless the wonderful folks who are taking such great care of you.
Happy Holidays to everyone.
 
Bev Saul
December 22, 2004


Lota's Dream of Paradise to Misty 

I have heard of a place called paradise..
where elephants roam free...
Where tenderness & kindness awaits
In a place called Tennessee.

Where there are no more "trainers"..
No more crowds to gawk & stare.
No more chains or bullhooks..
Where we will be simply elephants..
& not entertainers.

A place where meadows glisten..
with the early morning dew.
A place where trees are abundant
& midnight feasts are brought to you.

A woman there will greet us, a human most rare.
Her hands will sooth away the years..
of emptiness & despair

I have dreamt of this place forever..
It has kept me alive each day.
If hope has a way of travelling..
My tears have paved the way.

Misty..I think we are close now..
I can feel it in the air.
This is the destination I've dreamed of..
Our prince is leading us there.

Do you hear the happy trumpets? Does your heart beat like a child?
Do you feel like dancing & crying..all at the very same time.
Freedom awaits beyond the gate...
A word we would never have dreamed.

Come my sister trunk entwined..
For I can no longer wait.
Savour this moment & remember to whisper it to the wind..

There is peace in Hohenwald..
Where elephants roam free.
There is peace in Hohenwald
There is hope in humanity.

Sylvia
November 17, 2004


The Journey Home
(to Scott from Lota and Misty)

Today we became
"precious cargo"
forgotten souls no more.
After years of pain and anguish
all we had known before.
Our hearts quicken
moved by the spirit in you!
Your gentle voice
and sweet caress.
Telling us it is all true.
A warm barn, unchained to lay,
a yard with trees, a place to play.
Footsoaks, bamboo, an open door
loving humans and so much more.
Rolling hills with room to roam,
sadness behind us now.
We are coming HOME !!!!

Laura Linklater
Nov.16, 2004


 


Brian Narelle, November 16, 2004



From Jac, November 14, 2004


Sweet Misty

Sweet Misty, Sweet, Sweet Misty
Rumors abound, yet so little do we know.
Lost in controversy, so lost is she-
Doubtful if humans are friend or foe.

Trapped in a world not of her own
It’s a merry-go-round of sorts.
Sadly a way of life some condone-
And decisions are held up in courts.

No one will listen, her voice is unheard
Tired, sore, and growing old.
Some humans think compassion absurd-
She’s unaware not all blood runs cold.

But miles away impatient hearts wait
That long to comfort, to love and to heal.
Preparing and buying time, awaiting a date-
To transfer her to sanctuary, as was the deal.

Sweet, sweet Misty gal, travel with care
Your new family awaits you indeed.
For its Home Sweet Home when you get there-
Sweet, Sweet Misty and Lota…  GODSPEED.

Lori
November 10, 2004


For Lota

Sweet eldest sister
your new life begins
in paradise.

Savor each step, unchained,
feet planted on rich soil.
Lift your trunk
and catch drops of rain; then
lie down in the soft grass.
It's time for your tired body
to heal.

Gentle humans surround you
loving words and caresses
their only ways.
No hooks or beatings in paradise
freedom and joy will fill your days.

Stand and feel the sunshine
warming you body and soul .
All the water you need near by,
you and dear Misty
have finally come home.

Laura Linklater June 26/04
 


A Thought-Provoking Letter from a Devoted Supporter

Dear Carol:

I wanted to share this with you and, hopefully, other supporters.

Not a day goes by that I don't think about the 16 remaining elephants at Hawthorne Corporation and the relatively short amount of time necessary to obtain the funds to rescue the six elephants that we can rescue. In my mind, I can't help but think of the other 10 elephants whose fates are unknown. The circuses and breeding facilities are waiting with open arms for these girls. This has struck a cord in me that does not sit well.

Where do we go from here?

In the relatively short amount of time taken to raise the goal which was initially set at $1,000,000.00 to help the six elephants we can, could we not, as supporters and friends of the Elephant Sanctuary, find a way to triple that donation to rescue the rest?

We are almost at the goal of $1,000,000.00, which was set only a very short time ago? Could we not reset this goal and aim higher? As a support group for The Elephant Sanctuary, could we not raise triple these funds within a one to two year period of time? Could not each one of us contribute a little more monthly, to allow us to find facilities to house the remaining 10 until the funds can be raised and additional support and facilities be built?

These are the questions I ask myself on a daily basis. How can we liberate six and leave 10 behind? How can we assure those 10 will get what they deserve, a happy life for their golden years? How can we as caregivers for these wonderful creatures ignore the fact that some of these may end up back on the circus line, or in facilities in an antiquated enclosure at a zoo?

I would hope that each of the wonderful people who support The Elephant Sanctuary would feel exactly the same way I do. My thought is that in life the hardest paths sometimes must be taken, and if this requires a little more from every one of us per month, the results would be everything I always imagined the Elephant Sanctuary could strive to be. I dream of the day I can connect with The Elephant Sanctuary on line to see those remaining 10 as happy as all those that live there in peace now.

Everybody out there, please help. This is not for me, or for Carol, Scott or the staff at The Elephant Sanctuary, this is for those girls remaining, which I personally feel responsible for, and would do whatever I could to secure their well being, and try not to leave them behind.

A Devoted Supporter of The Elephant Sanctuary

Richard Rubin
Encino, CA


A Poem for Lota

Lota, I have waited for, oh, so long
To correct what others have done wrong.
I saw you at the Milwaukee Zoo~
Your hardships then I never knew.

Years later I learned about your plight,
And clearly I had to do what’s right.
Prayers alone would not suffice, it was
Congressmen and Representatives I must entice.

I emailed, faxed, and snail mailed too.
I did all on account of you.
Because of you I became aware
Of animal rights and how much I care.

So much sadness and pain you endured,
Including TB, in which can’t be cured.
You shouldn’t have had to live this way
Your life will change… at TES you’ll stay.

The respect you deserved you never received.
You are royalty, and that’s what we believe.
From now on, that’s how you’ll be treated.
Never again ignored, demeaned, or defeated.

Now again Dear Lord to you I pray,
To give her time, and let her stay
Long enough to enjoy time without strife
God Bless her, for the rest of her life.

We Love You Lota.

Lori

 


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