Hanging Out Together


Mara and Rana have been having their share of “lazy days” recently. They seem not to want to take more than 30 steps at a time, and they end up staying in a smaller area for a portion of the day. It seems to be associated with being closer to Lady, which is incredibly endearing.

It commonly happens near one specific water trough in Yard 4, referred to as the 4A trough. There is decent grazing, even at the end of the dry season, and nearby trees provide plenty of shade. Of course, the trough provides water, and there are a few mud holes around too. When Lady is near and sees Mara and Rana in that area, she tends to wander over. The three end up hanging out pretty close at the fence line, even if the gate is open.

Two of the three nearby mud holes are close to each other and get such frequent use that they may turn into one giant mud wallow soon. They’re both elephant-made mud wallows, and there’s a third wallow a little further down the fence. When Lady comes over, she likes to go in the mud hole in Yard 3. Frequently Mara will go in the next mud hole, and the two will just watch each other and play separately in their two mud holes. It gives Lady social time at her pace, and it’s nice that this is a spot where all three are content spending their time.

Photo of Lady.

August 16, 2020


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    Alejandra(Sandy)Enquin says

    Ohh Son Tan adorables que quieran estar las tres juntas y tan tiernas que MR y Rana se abran a Lady en su propio ritmo mas lento,???❤tres bellezas juntas hasta que llegue Maia con sus motores 2.0 y beep beep desacelere puedan jugar las 4

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    Rachel says

    Thank you Kat. These updates on the ladies’ progress lifts my spirit. Know that I look forward to reading about their progress every time even if I don’t always respond. Smiles and hello from Colorado! ? ?

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    Barb says

    Together but separate: ???? It is a positive sign as they hang out not far from each other and observe one another.

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    Julie says

    Oh! This is very encouraging and exciting news! Dare we dream Lady will heal enough to be a loving and loved sister of this herd made from evil turned to love, with healing trunk-touching and all? Yes we dare! ❤️

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    Wim says

    Wonderful picture of her Ladyship. Interesting to read all Interactions between the girls. Makes you wonder if they can feel their painful past. ??????

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    Sheila says

    big sweet rana and chunky sweet mara. are lovely to be concerned about lady and her loneliness that she hey must be showin. dear lil ?lady that they are harmless and want her to join the herd‼️ im sure they r in talks with lady as she is getting closer and closer to the girls. which is wonderfully great‼️ i pray ladys confidence is growing and she soon will agree to closer friendship, while she like ?maia still have their private pond mudding times! i pray ?for this to come to reality very soon❗️ i hope rana tells lady not too worry about speed walking as rana cant run either?

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    Paula says

    Esto suena maravilloso!
    Ya se está produciendo el milagro que todos anhelamos tanto ❤
    Paciencia, sin ningún apuro… Solo un poco más de tiempo…

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    PaPaula says

    Acabo de observar que agregaste los abrevaderos de agua al mapa!??
    Cada vez tenemos más detalles del hábitat, esto ayuda mucho para imaginar los movimientos de las chicas!
    Kat, muchas gracias por tu generosidad ❤
    El mapa es hermoso!?

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    Elisa says

    So happy to read about the girls! thank you!

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    Sallie says

    I absolutely adore your hand-drawn map! Makes me smile, and think of the ladies sauntering on the pathways to whatever location turns them on!

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    Rosie P says

    I really loved this post. Elephants enjoying their mud wallow and time together, like a gathering at a spa! Lady’s progress is inspiring as she has come so far since she arrived in November 2019. She is trusting more and Rana and Mara have been remarkably sensitive to Lady needing her space. It does seem that Lady is beginning to feel more at ease when near them.
    Beautiful picture of Ladybug, she looks so bright and alive!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    A wonderful, descriptive post that really shows the personal growth and friendship that just keeps on evolving. Thank you so much for the illustration, it helps to visualize, and imagine where the girls are spending their time.

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