Bambi had access to the yards this morning (Sunday) but was being cautious about going onto the patios and walking all of the way through. We wanted to make sure she understood there was no pressure, it was on her own time, so we went up to the office for lunch, one caregiver stayed down doing other things, and we watched from the camera at the house. We let Bambi be, so when she went out, it was purely because she wanted to.
She went out shortly after everyone left, and then went in and out numerous times after that. This live is from later on, when she seemed to start enjoying being outside, and realized there were no strings attached- this was hers when she wanted it.
Although she is doing very well, she is still more fearful than most elephants we’ve worked with, and will probably take some time to begin to let some of that go- and that’s ok. She will have the support she needs, and the ability to decide when she is ready. That is sanctuary.