This is Opal (left) and Rosie (right), the elephants of Hope, Maine.
They were adopted in October 2012 by Dr. Jim Laurita, their former elephant handler, and taken to Maine to get the specific care they needed.
When Rosie first saw Laurita for the first time in years, she ran to him and put his hand in her mouth, a sign of affection among elephants.
Now, Rosie turns to Opal for comfort and vice versa.
The two have very distinct and complementary personalities: Opal is more impish and Rosie is a sweetheart to the core.
They are like sisters: They may annoy each other from time to time, but they undeniably love and comfort each other.
Opal and Rosie do tons of physical therapy to help with shoulder injuries and nerve damage. This is just as important as socializing.
The exercises, combined with cutting-edge treatments such as acupuncture, short-wave diathermy, hydrotherapy, and nutritional supplements, have helped both girls improve their range of motion and decrease the pain to their joints.
Rosie has had the most dramatic improvement: She's "gained muscle mass through our exercise and nutritional programs, she even became a little chubby and is now slowly losing weight to her ideal size." A huge part of her success is that her trunk function is improving: She used to only be able to swing her trunk to her left and now she can swing it to her right and has developed her own system of feeding herself where she sways and throws it up in her mouth. While she may not get her full trunk function in her lifetime, the improvements have given her the confidence she was sorely lacking throughout her life.