Frozen Treats All Around!


When the weather is hot, most elephants enjoy frozen treats. We dilute Gatorade with water, add cut-up fruit, and then freeze them in blocks for the girls.

When it was just Maia and Guida, Maia enjoyed them, but Guida hated them. Guida would throw or kick them away from her, and then Maia would have a treat while she didn’t. After that happened a few times, we stopped giving them popsicles and switched to just plain frozen fruit that they both enjoyed. As our herd expanded, we re-introduced frozen popsicle treats. This year is the first dry season for Lady, Mara, and Bambi, so it has been their first taste of frozen sanctuary treats.

Maia must be channeling her inner Guida because she has been smashing her frozen treats immediately. After she smashes it, she will pick up the little pieces of fruit out of her hay to eat, but she didn’t seem very pleased about it.

It is Rana’s second year with them, so she knows exactly what to do… She shoves them in her mouth as quickly as possible to make sure nobody else gets her popsicle.

Lady seems to enjoy them. She will hold them in her mouth for a while, sucking on it. She also touches them with her trunk frequently while they are in her mouth.

The first time we gave Mara one, she walked right past it. Then she backed up and picked it up with big eyes. We don’t think she expected it to be cold to the touch. She quickly put it in her mouth, but her trunk was very busy. She touched all over her face and mouth in a captivated way. Mara was apparently very pleased with it because after she ate it, she spent time looking around the area to see if there was anything that she missed.

When we gave Bambi her first, she picked it up in her trunk and immediately dropped it. Now she seems okay with certain combinations, but not all of them. Frozen bananas seem to be her least favorite.

Mara tends to be our pickiest eater, so it’s amusing how much she loves them while Bambi (who generally loves food) is more selective about eating them.

Photo of Lady, enjoying a treat.

October 9, 2020


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    Nancy Shaw says

    Loved this to bits !!

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    leslie sodaro says

    LOVE the frozen treats and those wonderful girls (and of the fine folks who take good care of them).

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    maria villa says

    Yayyy!!! Lady-Bug, so glad you enjoyed a yummy popsicle! Praying for you.

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Oh if Bambi could talk to us she would say………Last year at this time, frozen treats in sanctuary would NEVER have been believed, or dreamed about. Bless these fortunate girls, and bless you for caring and loving them.

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      FRANCINE FORD says

      Yay! Popsicle Party!!! Love these posts! Love these girls!


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    arie says

    Thank you, Rana, your funny greed made us laugh here today ?❤️

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    Tammy says

    I love that the girls enjoying frozen popsicle treats in various flavors how fun watching them cooling off with treats while getting their vitamins too it’s a yummy win win, thanks for sharing guys and you all stay cool as well ? ??

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    Wim says

    Just wandering how many popsicles does it take for the girls to get a brain freeze. Must be enjoyable with the hot weather to cool down a bit. Stay safe and sheltered.???

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    Carol says

    Such a great idea. They are such individuals. Big, wrinkly, salient lovely individuals. ????

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    Donna Ingalls says

    I am new to your beautiful sanctuary, and I love reading and learning about the girls, and everything that happens at Global.
    I read about the ice trests today and saw the name Guida which is the first time I heard that name. Wondering what happened to her…did she die? If so I am heart sick.
    Thank you so much for everything you do. God bless you all

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      EleComposer says

      We are so glad you found us, Donna, welcome! Yes, it is sadly true that our beautiful Guida passed away. We have a special tribute page to her that you can find here →

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    Paula says

    Que chicas tan adorables!?
    Cada una es un universo distinto, encantador!
    Me alegro que estén en Brasil para poder disfrutar la gran variedad de frutas, son todos suertudos!?

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    Sunny says

    Is it me or that extremely lovely Lady gets cuter every day? ?

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    Sallie says

    I loved the reactions of those adorable girls with their tutty fruity ice cubes! But Guida might not have liked the taste of Gatorade . . . I get that. Not a fan myself . . .

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    Rosie P says

    This was fun to read and made me smile, each having their own opinion on their popsicles………such beautiful characters. Thank you so much for the care and love you bestow on these girls.

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    Sherry says

    Just like us! I love frozen grapes for a cool treat.??

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