Happy 4th Re-Birthday Rana!

Today marks Rana’s 4th re-birthday here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Scott took a moment this morning to mark the occasion with her, as she, Mara, and Bambi were returning from what appeared to be a fantastic sunrise mud bath.

Rana has come a long way from her days at the hotel zoo, where she spent all of her time alone. Now she’s almost constantly surrounded by friends and has become a dependable member of the herd, often focusing her energy on the needs of those around her. She’s universally beloved by her elephant sisters and her human caregivers alike. Rana is an absolute joy to be with each day. She has enriched all of our lives in indescribable ways. Happy anniversary, Rana. May there be many more. 

P.S.: For those of you who haven’t noticed before, Rana walks with her left leg straight because she has a fused elbow from an injury when she was a calf. It doesn’t seem to bother her, but we do monitor it to make sure.


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    Melinda says

    Happy Re-Birthday sweet Rana!

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    Alana says

    Happy re-birthday sweet Rana, you are the BEST.

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    Pam says

    Happy Re-Birthday to Rana! Hugs from Washington state.

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    Debbie Sides says

    Happy 4th Anniversary Rana! Enjoy your extra special day sweetheart!

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    Carey says

    An indispensable member of the group, a rock solid sweetheart and full of fun, it’s wonderful what 4 years have done for her and for us and for her sister friends. I want to be learning from her for many more years to come!

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    Carey says

    PS the sanctuary looking particularly lovely this morning, gorgeous light, sounds, peace, heaven for them

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    Carey says

    I’m having techy trouble submitting comments today for some reason! What I keep saying LOL is that she is an indispensable part of the herd, I can’t imagine the place without her, and thank goodness this strongly social side of her has been allowed to blossom at last late in her life. I hope she carries on teaching us for many more years to come

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      Sara says

      They have to be approved before they post. Sometimes that takes us a little while to do. I don’t think it’s anything on your end.

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    Wim says

    Happy Re-Birthday Miss Rana. Wonderful to see you in the spotlights. May there be many more in safety and care.

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    Sue says

    Happy 4th re-Birthday sweet Rana. You are more inspiring than many of my human companions and I am so thankful for you! Love you! Love and hugs and Happy Holidays to all at Sanctuary and all the supporters! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Rachel says

    Had to take a minute to stop all the Christmas busyness (but happy ones!) to wish the matriarch a happy, happy re-birthday and a wish for her to have many more years at the sanctuary surrounded by friends and the GSE family. Love you sweetheart!! 🎉💝

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    Tracy H says

    Happy 4th Re-Birthday sweet Ranabug. I have watched your progress since the day you stepped into Sanctuary paradise. I love all the girls but Rana is special to me and always has been. I love you sweet girl. Hope your day was filled with many parties with all your friends, mud baths and joyful trumpets 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    JamesMichael says

    Happy 4th Re-Birthday, pretty Rana-girl. You are truly loved by so many, and may you have many more wonderful years @ Sanctuary. Will love you always .

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    Zoi Flores says

    Happy 4th rescueversary my beloved Rana Bug. Enjoy the present I sent to you earlier! 💖💖

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    Terry says

    Rana is simply a beacon of Light and Love. Love you so Rana bug!!! That nickname is so cute!!!

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    Patricia Richardson says

    Happy birthday, Miss Rana! You are such a strength to your sisters! May your days be blessed with the companionship and love of all those in your life! You bring joy to so many of us! Thanks to Scott and the Marvelous Team! Merry Christmas!!!🎄💜🎄

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Wishing you Sweet Rana Girl lots of rainbow kisses and all kinds of sweet treats for your 4th
    Re-birthday at GSE sanctuary. You are loved by so many.❤️❤️❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    Bonnie says

    Happy Birthday young lady 🥳

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    Janine Proctor says

    How lovely to see Rana was smiling on her birthday. Happy birthday to Rana and merry Christmas to the amazing team🎄🎄❤️

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    John says

    I’ve watched the video many times of Rana arriving at the sanctuary. You could tell right away she was going to be a pistol – shooing the roosters away and trumpeting at them. What a girl!

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    Lori Hoover says

    Happy ReBirthday to Rana. It is so nice to see her surrounded by loved ones, elephant and human. I really do think she may be the sweetest soul in the world. She never fails to remind me of that.

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    Lori Hoover says

    Rana does look extra beautiful in this video, too. She’s positively glowing. The green grasses of the Sanctuary look great, too.

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    Fátima Filomena Romeiro says

    Ehhhh o aniversário de nossa linda Rana chegou.
    Que essa garota tenha muitos momentos deliciosos. Saúde e amor não faltarão para nossa menina 💕🎂🐘☀️🌻

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    Sandi says

    HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY RANA GIRL! May your day be filled with lots and lots of love, happiness and TREATS!

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