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Antomilso and Rana’s Relationship

Rana and Lady are known for being a little challenging for caregivers, but in different ways. Rana needs whomever is taking care of her to take a moment before starting anything and connect with her. Once that is established, she also requires them to be present in that time and space, but humans aren’t always great at slowing down and staying in the moment. Though Lady can sometimes be extra cheeky during treatments, Rana may actually be more intimidating because she makes it more clear when she’s not pleased. 

Caregiver Antomilso has been working with Rana on her treatments for a while – once upon a time in conjunction with Scott – but now mostly on his own. Scott was recently nearby when Antomilso was working with Rana, and he heard her talking and squeaking and being super soft with him; her sweetness was clearly aimed at Antomilso.

Even though it can be special to have an elephant bond to you, the reality is that it can be more rewarding at times to see an elephant get to a stable, comfortable place with another caregiver. It’s become heartening to listen to Rana and watch her interact with Antomilso, seeing him get more comfortable with her over time. He’s always been tentative with being fully vocally comfortable with her; for him it is a different way of being with a large animal you are caring for. But he’s already gotten so much better and is improving at a consistent rate, and Rana clearly appreciates the effort. It’s beyond nice to see when someone really puts in the effort to do what an elephant needs or prefers. For Scott and Kat, seeing that relationship between elephant and caregiver pay off and grow is a sweet reward.

P.S.: Today’s podcast follows Lady farther along on her journey to sanctuary. Initially labeled as aggressive, Lady showed our team that she was actually a total rockstar on the move. Listen here or on your favorite podcast platform.

Photo of Rana sniffing the air with greenery behind her

Comments(3)

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    Zoi says

    So sweet! Antonilso is totally connected and my dearest Rana knows it. 💖

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    Sheila says

    WELL ANTOMILSO. CAN TALK ALOT TO RANA.. LIKE. ASKING HER **HOW DID U SLEPP LAST NIGHT MY DEAR? DID U HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST?? WHO GAVE U BREAKFAST? WHAT UR PLANS FOR TODAY? R U GOING IN THE POND? ETC ETC. I WOULD HAVE A GREAT TIME TALKING WITH HER TELLING HER ALL KINDS OF STORIES😄😂 NICE TO HEAR. RANA HAS STANDARDS OF CARE. SHE WANTS AND NEEDS TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT PPL SHE DOESNT KNOW!!

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    Carey says

    Well done Antomilso! I hope that you continue to strengthen your relationship with Rana. Wonderful to hear of your sensitivity and Rana expressing her happiness to you.

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