As most of you know, elephants arrive at sanctuary with numerous physical and emotional compromises. Their beauty and miraculous healing sometimes makes people forget the trauma experienced in captivity.
Bambi is now our puppy-like girl, but she had a fear of other elephants before she arrived. Now she has two wonderful friends, but getting there wasn’t a smooth journey for her. When we first met her years ago, before she moved to her most recent zoo, she was plump. On arrival at sanctuary years later, she was underweight and had lost muscle mass; she’d also become blind in one eye.
Since her arrival, Bambi has put on several hundred pounds and is in a much healthier place. One of the most obvious problems Bambi had been coping with was the condition of her skin. She had years of built up dead skin. At sanctuary, she learned that trees could help scratch her itches and bring her skin back to a healthier and more natural condition. Once Bambi learned to trust us, she allowed us to hose her off, which removed more of those layers of skin until she looked much more like the girl we first met. Today, Bambi has only one dime-sized spot of crusty skin on her forehead. As you can see in these pictures, sanctuary has allowed her to become a healthier individual who continues to learn more each day.