Back to one of our other lovely ladies, Rana. Rana also arrived with foot issues that had remained untreated for years before her arrival to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. First, we needed to train her through positive reinforcement training to present her feet and allow us to file and work on them. Once we were able to trim, it allowed us to see more of her issues.
We are starting foot soaks with Rana, and as with pretty much everything, she is stellar. This is only the second time she has put her foot in a bucket, but this time we filled it up and had her stay for 20 minutes. As you can see, the front of the chute is open, so if she wanted to, she could walk into the habitat, away from all of us and her bucket.
Her foot soaks will be medicated, and we will use different methods to try to get the medicines/herbs/soaks to penetrate deeper within her foot. Like Ramba, her feet will never heal 100%, but they will improve, and then we can maintain them at a healthy level. Nature helps with that, the exploring, varied substrates, water and mud, using their feet to cut grass roots and dig, will create natural wear that will play a significant role in improving their overall condition. They will still need human intervention, but the longer they are the sanctuary, the less medical care their feet generally need. And now Ramba will have a foot soak buddy.
October 28, 2019