A Memorial Page For Pelusa

Pelusa at La Plata ZooWe 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.

June 16, 2018


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    Debbie Sides says

    Pelusa, you will never be forgotten. You stayed on this earth for as long as you could then finally decided to lay down to rest. You went peacefully but will not leave our hearts. I will miss you and think of you in eternal sanctuary with friends. You have a forever herd in heaven. Be well sweet girl.

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      Veronica says

      I’ m so sad, you will always in my heart sweet Pelusa.

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    Mark Skipsey says

    I’m so happy to hear about the two trees that you’ve planted at the sanctuary in Pelusa’s honour. They will act as a focal point for the many people who will always want to remember the beautiful Pelu.

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    Mark Skipsey says

    So glad that the sanctuary now has two new trees planted in Pelusa’s honour. They’ll act as a focal point for the many who will always want to remember and cherish the memory of the beautiful Pelu.

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    Lynne McKenzie says

    Sweet beautiful Pelusa❤You are finally at rest now sweetheart,A light has gone out around the World as yet another of your beautiful species has gone to the Elephants over the Rainbow.You will be sorely missed.We promise,us who loves wildlife and all animals,that we keep petitioning,rescuing and making the World ever more aware,until we save our beautiful Wildlife from extinction. All our love to you sweet Pelusa❤❤❤❤❤❤On a personal note from me to you,my heart is broken but I know you are happy now free from pain and suffering.It makes me so so happy that you got to experience love from those outstanding people at Global Sanctuary.We miss you sweetheart,especially me.All our love, Lynne,Pete and Ellie,our 9 yr old beagle.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    Karen Roberts says

    Sweet Pelusa, your memory will help other elephants in the future that make it to the sanctuary .

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    Lisa says

    Thank you for sharing Pelusa’s story with everyone. The trees are a lovely remembrance.

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    Birge says

    Peace for you sweet Pelusa, we will never forget you.

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    Sara Dollins says

    Pelusa such a beautiful lady
    Always in my heart and thoughts .. roam free
    Sweet girl x????????????????

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    Pamela Terpin says

    oh sweet Pelusa. You are missed so. Your time on earth was a lonely life. I am sorry, we humans cant be kind. My prayers for you are that you are at peace and not alone anymore. I will never forget you. Love always

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      Mark Skipsey says

      Thank you for expressing dear Pelusa’s passing so beautifully! ????????????????????

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    Valerie says

    You are free at last Beautiful Pelusa… No more suffering… No more sadness… I wish somehow that you felt all the love we had for you…

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    Lynn says

    Dear beautiful heart Pelusa
    My heart weeps to know your presence is no longer here but it jumps for joy to know you are
    enjoying true happiness in heaven. There are many ele’s left behind who need our help and we will continue our mission to save them with you Pelusa in our hearts. I love you

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    Sandra says

    Such a sad ending. But at least you HD some special time. We will miss you darling Pelusa, but you will never be forgotten. God bless beautiful girl. RIP.

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    Lissa Espinosa says

    Pelu, it was so hard for me to find out that your presence is no longer around. I have cried over this news over and over. I hate that you never got to experience happiness with other elephants you were supposed to meet. I wish so much you were still here. I know that you are resting in elephant heaven and you have made friends there and are in peace. You will be so deeply missed and I love you so very much! We will continue our efforts in making sure other elephants are saved and brought to happiness. You will always be a part of my thoughts and heart. I love you always and forever! Elephant hugs and kisses!

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    Susana Quandt Alves Barrios Scarpelli says

    I love Pelusa, she will always have a special place in my heart. May she rest in peace, she will find a place in paradise just like this one where you all work so much with love. Others will come to find hapiness and proper care. Thanks to you all, you and the animals are angels.

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    Philippa de Sausmarez says

    Oh Pelusa, you waited as long as you could, but in the end, we let you down… But now, noble soul, you are free from pain and can walk through the long grasses in the Rainbow Sanctuary with all your loving herd. Bless…????

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    Rose says

    Our sweet Pelusa, we will always love you. I wish that for your next life, you will be back as an elephant and live a free and long life.

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    Colby Steiner says

    She was soft and gentle on the exterior
    but if you looked deep with her eyes
    you would find a fire in her soul,
    A strength few possess

    Pelusa you brought so many together in love & hope
    In return you gave us joy and smiles

    Your story will live on in hopes of helping many other captive elephants
    Your memory will live forever in our hearts

    May the soft green grass be forever under your feet
    and the warm sun always at your back

    Always and Forever ~ We will never forget you xx

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    Katie Jo Meline says

    My dear, sweet, soul. I have just now learned of you, and have added you to my prayers. I know you have found everlasting life, love, and peace; but I pray that your heart can feel the love from all of us, and the healing we desperately want your heart to have. I am so sorry for how you were treated, please know you deserved to live all your earthy days in protected freedom. Be well my sweet girl.

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    Kelley Lemons says

    I know your life was not easy, but I pray you felt love and safety at the sanctuary. Rest easy sweet one.

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    Gail Lindley says

    Rest in peace. Enjoy your new life pain free and where man will not hurt you. I am not sure when we humans will learn that God did not put animals on this earth for us to abuse or for our entertainment.
    I hope you are with a great big family that will love you and you can play and have fun.

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