A Mischievous Lady


Lady has been spending more time in Yard 5 lately. It’s another larger area for her to explore, and although she sometimes races right in, she doesn’t stay away as long as when she is in Yard 4. One recent afternoon, Scott was bringing Lady into Yard 5 for dinner, and she was following a little slower than usual.

Scott was on a four-wheeler outside of the fence, and Lady was following from her side. They were a little over halfway to the Yard 5 gate when Lady decided to stop following altogether. She stopped pointedly close to the sprinkler. Scott suspected it was intentional, and that she was hoping for a spray. Scott turned off the four-wheeler, leaving it where it was, and walked back to the sprinkler.

He turned on the water flow, and Lady played for a minute. Out of the corner of her eye, she looked down the fence at the four-wheeler, which was about 60 yards (55 meters) away, but fairly close to the fence.

Lady is as mischievous as she is slow, and once she saw the unattended four-wheeler, she started walking that way. Scott sprayed her a little more, checking if she was truly finished. She stopped for a second and then started walking again. To Scott, it felt kind of like mock play. He called her name and sprayed her more. She paused again and opened her mouth and drank some water, but kept her eyes on that four-wheeler. Eventually, Lady started walking towards the four-wheeler with intent. She’s not the fastest elephant, and Scott had no issue getting to the four-wheeler first.

Once Scott was on the four-wheeler again, he got a very cheeky sideways smile from Lady, who seemed almost pleased at making Scott rush back to the four-wheeler. She easily followed into Yard 5, wet and content.

Photo of Lady.

August 14, 2020


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    Nancy Shaw says

    Oh that Rascal ! : ) !!

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    Sheila says

    Lady, ?❤️sweet lady. U are a lil character‼️ lady seems to enjoy her mostly solitary life but im thinking she craves human interaction a fair amount moreso over other elephants? in this case I guess lady was a little warm or itchy and needed a shower! Lady certainly knows how to comminicate her wants ? im still praying lady? desires to join the herd‼️

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      Joyce Mellentine says

      In Lady’s new amazing life of freedom, I can’t help but wonder…is she thinking, can I have this water from the sprinkler if I want. Would Scott do that for me? All in Lady time the bonds of trust are forming. I know I’ve said it before, but your team is amazing for what you give to these beauties. Wonderful and Amazing!!!

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    Wim says

    How very smart and amusing. Not everybody gets tagged by a lady. Don’t forget this is a very intelligent tricky LADY. Well the end quote must be ‘Some guys have all the fun.’

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    Jillyp says

    Aw sweet Lady, just livening up the day and knowing that people here listen to her. It must be wonderful for her. She is looking amazing in the evening sun, all your amazing love and care and of course, the freedom to roam ❤️?????

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    Paula says

    Muy divertido haber visto esa carrera entre Lady & Scott por ver quién llega primero al vehículo!?
    Momento mágico entre ellos dos! Diversión, travesura, picardía y mucha inteligencia….dulce y tierna Lady❤
    Scott tienes un corazón de oro, gracias por ser tan amoroso con las chicas!??

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    Tracy H says

    Lady seems to be a sneaky little stinker. So adorable and just plain cute.

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    How cute!! I’m thinking that Lady has her Scott trained pretty well!!!?♥️ She is adorable, and no push over.?♥️

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    Debbie Sides says

    She is so cute! Little Ladybug!

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    bo says

    It always makes me wonder, esp with mammals: do they understand humour, are they able to do things to be funny on purpose, or do we humans just imagine it all because we as human beings understand humour? (ok, some people don’t, hehe, or have a different kind of humour and yes, some even have a sick sense of humour)
    And if animals, mammals esp, are able to be funny on purpose, do they do it for themselves, for the other animals (their own kind or others) or for ‘the human’ ?
    It always fascinates me…
    From own experience, I know that some dogs can understand humour and do things to be funny and enjoy it when being funny has worked and some dogs, no, you better don’t do things to them to be funny or whatever because no, they won’t understand and even worse, it will upset them.

    Just as with humans, animals, esp mammals, all have their unique character.

    Interesting story with Lady, it makes you wonder… 🙂

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    Rosie P says

    She is a canny Ladybug! So good to hear that Lady likes to play a game with Scott….can I see her halo tilting??? LOL! She knows that all she will get from this playful game is her favorite food, a cooling shower and Scott’s gentle voice telling her how cute and gorgeous she is. ….and we all think so, too!

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    Bernadette Andaloro says

    But, do elephants really smile?

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      Kat Blais says

      they raise the corners of their mouths, so yes, they smile.

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    Carol Anderson says

    How funny is she!

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    Sherry says

    That 4 wheeler is fun!!?

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