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By: ANNA KATHERINE CLEMMONS
From: Blue Ridge Outdoors

THE ELEPHANTS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE

How did a farm south of Nashville become the country’s largest elephant sanctuary?

Just before 8 a.m. on a Monday, Shirley stands in the middle of a field, using her trunk to sift through the brush on the ground. Her right hind leg bends out at an awkward, almost 45-degree angle, the lingering result of bone reconstruction after an altercation with another circus elephant over two decades ago. At 70 years old, Shirley walks slowly from a grassy patch to dry ground, swinging her trunk as she surveys the land. She stops at a sand pile, scooping chunks with her trunk and spraying them onto her back, cooling herself on an already-warm May morning.

Read more: https://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/environment/the-elephants-of-middle-tennessee/

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