"We went on lots of walks together and got really close," the girl says in a video of Ellena's recent rescue. "We did all sorts of things together and even walked through the woods."
"She was little and I was little," she added. "And that's how we became friends."
The pair happily grew up together, but disaster struck in 2011 after Ellena had given birth to her second calf. "I got a call from my dad that I have to come see her, because we have to put her to sleep," the girl says, tearing up.