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Jan 31, 2006

Lottie and Minnie's Arrival at TES - EleCam Grabs 4:44 PM
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2.jpg Misty is there in the quarantine area waiting for the truck

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4.jpg The truck just past - u can see the top of it above the trees on the right.


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Back 'er up - precious cargo inside!

Misty looks on - she knows those girls!

Easy now.....
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Try again..

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Third Time's a Charm

Put the kick stand down...

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Unlocking the door------make sure the digital camera is working...

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The door is open!!!!..... And emerging is a trunk, if you look close

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Reaching out to Carol as she takes pics...Checkin out new digs

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The gate is open! And here she comes! First steps to FREEDOM!!

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Down the ramp! Cheking the new barn that the other girls had lived in for so long!

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Come on, Girlfriend! You gotta check this out!

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9 (or is it 12) stalls, all open doors - like a big maze!

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Toys, Treats all on the floor

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A Grand view - then toggle back to the hand held cam..

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Fun toys everywhere... now how does this runner tire jobby work?

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Its fun to be FREE!

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Big Beauties

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Toys... with TREATS inside.. yummy

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Look close, the tire is hanging on her back and she is reaching back to it

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this thing is just too friggin cool~ IT slides along the stall!! yee haw

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Too cool! She stops and watches it for a prolonged moment

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Comforting Touches

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Toggle to regular fixed barn cam...... hay back pack

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Eating lots of snacks .....................Look at all the Press People~!

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The Press Hall!!!!...................... Carol is getting us a drink! So THIRSTY!!!

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(I have a lot more of the drinking scene, but I didnt get them uploaded before I maxed out my pics for the month )

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Lets go OUTSIDE! Its a Beautiful Day! 5:35 PM

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The smell of other elephants, probably... check out the trees, the fence foundation....

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Lets go have an adventure! This place is HUGE!

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Me... and my .... Shadow..!

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Lets follow Scott.. he is Nice and has TREATS !

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WOW! Look at the POND!!! I cant wait to take a dip in there!

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Long Pause at the Pond

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Ok, Scott really wants to show us around...

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Im diggin this tree...

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I like it A LOT!

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Hey! Is that Misty over there?   --- Its so big.. press people following..

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Big, Beautiful Sillhouettes... Press people follow

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We have waited our whole lives for this..... DAMMIT MAN - Doncha hate when that happens!

DONT Miss our next parties at these times with these girls:

Queenie and LizThursday, February 2, at approximately 12:00 noon, CST - Hawthorn Arrival PARTY - 2- QUEENIE & LIZ

Debbie and RonnieTuesday, February 7, at approximately 12:00 noon, CST    
Homecoming Party for Debbie & Ronnie
Ronnie-&-Debbie-Day Grabs

Billie and FriedaThursday, February 9, at approximately 12:00 noon, CST - Final Arrival Party - Billie & Freida

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For these parties! Relive our party today here:
Hawthorn Arrival PARTY - 1- LOTTIE and MINNIE

Watch this video about the Hawthorn elephants from HSUS

Live EleCam!!
Tons more photos from the EleCam here:
Ele-Cam screen captures from a viewer's website
Including the homecoming of Lota and Misty.

Check back on this share - I will add more info soon!

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan 31 (Reuters) - Two elephants explored their new
sanctuary free of chains on Tuesday, the first of four pairs to arrive
as part of the most ambitious relocation effort ever mounted for abused
pachyderms, organizers said.
Minnie and Lottie were the first of eight female Asian and African
elephants to make the 12-hour trip from northern Illinois inside a
custom-built truck trailer to their rural refuge, the Elephant
Sanctuary 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Nashville. The elephants
came to the sanctuary from circus supplier Hawthorn Corp., which
settled U.S. charges it mistreated a dozen elephants by agreeing to
send them away. Hawthorn has denied mistreating any animals. The
elephants were chained at Hawthorn and at various circuses when they
weren't performing. Some of the sanctuary newcomers will have to
be quarantined for up to a year because of exposure to tuberculosis,
sanctuary founder Carol Buckley said. All were deemed healthy enough to
travel, though one elephant died last month. One of the freshly
unloaded elephants, which has spent much of its life chained or
confined, was startled when a sapling it grabbed with its trunk snapped
back. The eight newcomers will eventually join 11 other rescued
elephants -- including two originally from Hawthorn -- who live on the
sanctuary's secluded 2,700 acres (1,000 hectares) near the town of
Hohenwald. Buckley, who founded the preserve a decade ago after
adopting a baby elephant torn from its mother, said the relocated
elephants will enjoy "a glorious reunion ... as a family to live out
their lives in freedom." "We had to build a new barn and new
fencing and be ready to house and feed guests who eat an awful lot and
are coming to stay," Buckley said. The sanctuary raised $3
million for a new barn for the elephants and estimates it needs $2
million a year to look after the eight.

It takes quite a bit of supplies to care for these girls and their medical needs. PLEASE, PLEASE visit the Caravan to Freedom Emergency Wish List to see how YOU CAN HELP!

These Girls made CNN Too!

Check this out!!! All the new girls made CNN's Paula Zahn show with a wonderful, heartfelt segment!
And thanks to Wolfbaby, you can watch it online now!

More from Yesterday:
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Headed back into the barn for dinner.......

The Next Day:

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Making a Bed on the Bank

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Barrels of FUN!

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She picks it up..... . .... And tosses it over and gets some thing
out of it... TREATS perhaps...

Wow, It ROCKS to be FREE!

To help circus animals like the Hawthorn elephants, please join us at:

Boycott Animal Circuses

(the photo above is Tyke - one of the most tragic Hawthorn elephant stories.)

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Posted: Tuesday January 31, 2006, 5:42 pm
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Heather H. (286)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 5:53 pm

Betty G. (629)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:22 pm
Great job, Eles! Thank you for capturing these beautiful memories of this wonderful day!

Tara M. (171)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:24 pm

These are GREAT!!!

thanks Tara

Camilla E. (237)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:27 pm
Oh, that's so beautiful! Thank You Eles - what a wonderful day!*joytears*

Tony M. (155)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:32 pm
Thank you for putting up this share, Eles. I did watch the arrival live today at the Ele-cam, but I really enjoyed watching the stills again and re-live it over again. It puts a smile on my face every time. I know you spent a lot of time taking those grabs/stills, loading them and putting them up....but it was so worth it!! Wonderful!! I can't wait for the next "load"!! LOL

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:34 pm
Unfortunately Im MAXED out on my pics for care2 albums.. someone else will have to do the next set on Thursday...sorry!

Arthur Copeland (115)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:37 pm
my, my, my

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:37 pm
Beautiful, simply beautiful.I remember everyone of these grab shots on the elecam as it was happenning....Beautiful! Thanks ELES

Spooky Cat (413)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 6:38 pm
Totally Awesome!

Denise B. (345)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 7:26 pm
How wonderful,beautiful..touching!!!! My heart is smiling!!! Thanks Eles..your such a gem!!!!

Narty ManoNonkey (188)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 7:32 pm
Most excellent ELES. Those elephants look like they've got it going. *wink*

Patty R. (8)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 8:06 pm
Very sweet ;-)

DancingDove Sings (92)
Tuesday January 31, 2006, 8:59 pm
Best news I've heard/seen in a while. Thanks for making my day and making life better for these lovely creatures. WOW!

Lori V. (19)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 12:23 am
Oh my gosh, I am so happy, Thank You so much for getting all those grabs. I was so bummed that I had to work, and it was a bad day at work too, and I couldn't get to my pc, I'll probably miss all the girls coming in, so this means a lot to me. Thank You so much!

ABC De (78)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 4:50 am
Yippeee!!! No MORE CHAINS!! *ele-trumpets*
Of course we're all so happy that these 2 ladies made it -- we can't wait for the others. *smile*

Lottie and Minnie -- WELCOME HOME!

ABC De (78)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 4:55 am
"You cannot currently send a star to ELES X because you have done so within the last week."


I know this hard work but it's so beautiful - you did a wonderful job on these pictures ....


ABC De (78)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 5:01 am

It's very exciting to know that these 2 ladies made it -- I'm so excited about the next delivery.

WELCOME HOME-- Lottie and Minnie-- WELCOME to TES

Adriana G. (288)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 7:36 am
Thank you Eles, I watched them yesterday for a long time.. Im so hapopy for these elephants!!

Cheryl B. (205)
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 1:52 pm
WOW... this truly is reliving those beautiful and exciting moments! Thank you for all the hard work getting the grabs and putting this all together.
*lots of hugs*

Susan D. (64)
Thursday February 2, 2006, 4:44 am
Thank you so much, Eles! I'm very glad you were able to watch all of this. I have been reading about TES for some time, but seeing these photos definitely makes me want to GO there to see the girls in their newfound happiness!

Dian T. (603)
Thursday February 2, 2006, 6:44 am
Crying tears of happiness. I actually saw this on CCN.............
Kisses and hugs Eles........

Laura Olsen (134)
Friday February 3, 2006, 11:28 am

Yurasuka N. (10)
Wednesday February 8, 2006, 3:47 pm
I am so happy for them. Bring on the rest of the girls!

Perri L. (83)
Wednesday April 19, 2006, 3:26 pm
Alright, as most of you already know, I'm a big baby and CRIED MY EYES OUT WHEN I OPENED THIS TODAY. As silly as this sounds, I cannot express how much joy I felt and how much my heart felt like it was going to burst, when I saw these pictures and read the comments with them. I was laughing and crying all at the same time. I pray for the day...the day that all elephants and animals can be so free and happy!! Thank-you so much for this wonderful post and for all of you, again, who are working so hard for these beautiful creatures. Much love, Perri

Pinke A. (40)
Thursday May 6, 2010, 7:01 pm
This is just so heartwarming! It makes me really belive we together CAN make the differens! yippiiiiiiii



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