We have posted a memorial page for Pelusa. It felt strange to have her be such a large part of everything yet simply disappear from the website.
At the bottom of the page is a place for people to leave comments, wishes, feelings, whatever they want to share. Many have already made touching statements on Facebook, but we would love for people who search our site two years from now to see just how much she touched the lives of those around her. We want her spirit to live on through the words of those who grew to love her. So please take a moment to go to her page, scroll down and help ensure that those who didn’t have the pleasure of getting to know Pelu still understand how extraordinary she was and that she is never forgotten.
We also wanted to let you know we have planted two trees at the sanctuary for Pelusa. One is a pata-de-elefantes, elephant’s foot, named so because the base resembles one. We wanted her to come home to sanctuary, but this is a symbolic way that she is able to step onto grounds. This tree is planted up by the elephant garden. The other is a jambo tree. Pears can’t grow in this part of Brazil, so this was the closest we could get- they look like pink pears and are delicious. This tree is planted just outside of the first elephant yard. It is out of reach right now, but as it grows and begins to bear fruit, the elephants will be able to touch its branches and enjoy a tasty snack from Pelusa.
Thank you to everyone who helped fight to get her to sanctuary and honor her in death.
The photo is from Fondation Franz Weber, without whom Pelusa never would have had the opportunity to come to sanctuary or known the outpouring of love the entire world showered upon her.