Elephants have ways of teaching us lessons, both small and large. Even the most seasoned of elephant caregivers get reminders that you must be on top of your game with every interaction, unless you want to be outsmarted. Lady gave us a small refresher on this a few days ago.
Lady has been increasingly receptive and is learning to embrace treatments from Mateus and Trish more willingly. This is a welcome sight, since Lady hasn’t always been quite so open to new people. Before a recent treatment, we let Lady into the barn through a different patio than normal. From that angle, Lady has a bit more access to where her foot soak treat buckets are. As we looked over, we noticed that Lady hadn’t come into the stall yet – we soon discovered that the delay was caused by Lady stretching as far as she could to reach one of the buckets. So, Lady helped herself to an entire bucket of produce before heading into the barn (and, really, wouldn’t you?). It’s a simple lesson in remembering that when you think something is out of reach of an elephant, it’s good to move it even further back. Something that Lady was happy to remind us of.
Photo of Lady, the sneaky elephant