The lovely Ramba continues to do wonderfully. Her relationships with Maia and Rana are going well. Although Rana has always been an explorer, she’s had to up her game and speed a bit to hang out with her new friend. We even saw a little bit of a punk side with Ramba’s foot soaks the other day, which we found quite endearing. When an elephant shows up acting insecure, we love to see that spunk come back, even if not in an ideal way.
This post is about making sure those new to Ramba and even those who already know her, are aware of her pre-existing physical issues. With sanctuary, we have always felt that even if an elephant only has a few days here, it’s still worth the rescue. You have all seen how life-changing it was for Ramba and how different she was immediately after her rescue. For us, that would be enough, although we always wish they had more time at sanctuary.
When we relocated Ramba from the circus 7 years ago, blood work was done shortly after her rescue and showed chronic liver and kidney compromise. Water issues were suspected in the death of her companion from Argentina, and we saw inappropriate feeding when we removed her from the circus grounds. After sharing her results, it was suggested there wasn’t much hope for her, to keep her hydrated and comfortable and see how she did. That, of course, isn’t an acceptable answer, so we talked to numerous vets, did a fair bit of research, and put her on supportive herbal supplements, veterinary grade essential oils, and a restricted/adjusted diet. And although seven years later she is still going, her values have been very slowly climbing, and we know at some point it will most likely be the cause of her passing.
Clearly, Ramba is a strong elephant. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be with us today. We have continued with all of her treatments while looking into some new possibilities. Just so you know, nothing is going on with her, nothing new, nothing wrong, she’s incredible. We just don’t want anyone to be surprised if an issue comes up later on. We strive to be honest and transparent with everything we do, and this is no different.
Along with her liver and kidney issues, she also arrived from the circus with front left foot issues that have bothered her on and off over the years. She had a ‘blowout’ about a year ago, with painful abscessing over the nail, but it resolved with treatment and loving care. Like Lady, this problem lies deep within the foot and will never be fully resolved. It is why she also receives foot soaks and extra thorough foot care. She also usually suffers from minor bouts of colic about 4 times a year and displays signs of arthritis.
But you wouldn’t know any of this watching her embracing her new life and racing around the sanctuary. And no, truly there is nothing going on, but so often you only hear about celebrating every day when those days are gone. So we are informing people of her conditions, but also asking you to be a little elephant- to live in the now, to put her physical issues off to the side, and rejoice in how phenomenal she is, her beautiful journey, what she brings to the existing herd, and what she will bring to those who have yet to arrive. Ramba is nothing short of amazing, and it’s our job to make sure people see everything she has made it through, how strong she really is, and how lucky we are to have her here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. We adore her and hope you do too.
November 8, 2019