How is Lady’s Health?

Lady with watermelonAs you likely know, Lady has been experiencing some difficulties with inflammation in her legs and feet, due to her chronic osteomyelitis. Currently, the swelling has gone down a little in her left front leg, but her right front leg is now more swollen. This sometimes happens with her feet as well; when one foot looks a bit better, the other will have an episode. She’s definitely not back to where she was before this swelling started, and it’s very possible that this is part of a new normal for Lady. 

She definitely seems less tired lately than she did a few weeks ago. It might be that she’s decided it’s safe to lie down and get some rest, or she could be half lying down on a dirt pile or leaning up against a tree. When the swelling first occurred, she was so tired that she’d rest her head on the tops of the fences, just to ease the pressure on her legs and feet. 

Even though she might be sore, Lady is still walking around a fair bit. She currently has access to Yards 1 and 2 and the male Asian yard. She’s chosen Yard 2 as her preferred hangout, since there are different types of grass there for her to enjoy. In fact, the grass is so high that it took her caregivers almost 15 minutes to find her a few days ago from the outside of the habitat. She’s enjoying most days to the best of her ability and continues to receive her medical treatments with a remarkably spunky attitude. No matter what, Lady will always be true to herself and communicate to us what she needs in the best ways she can. 

P.S.: A new podcast dropped this morning. It begins the story of Lady’s journey from circus to zoo – and eventually to sanctuary. This week we dive into her story from the very beginning. 

Photo of Lady with a watermelon under a blue sky


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    Alli says

    Sweet Lady. My heart goes out to you all. It’s hard to see a loved one struggle with chronic health issues. I know you are giving her the very best care.

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Dearest LadyBug, we can never imagine the trauma you experienced during your life, the pain you have endured, the constant pain you now endure. I want to scream IT ISNT FAIR, 😢Lady does not deserve any more pain now or in the future. Wishing to any and all powers that be that your symptoms will stabilize , and/or subside as much as possible with your condition. Thank you GSE. Thank you. ❤️🐘

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    Eileen L. says

    She’s my girl. Wishing the best for you, dear Lady! ♥

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    Sue says

    Love you Lady! ❤️ You are such a fighter and I admire how you live your life to the fullest despite what you are enduring. You are a true inspiration. ❤️🐘❤️

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    Rachel says

    You’re enjoying life as much as you can, sweet Lady. That’s something to celebrate after all you’ve been through. My heart swells for your determination. Much love. 💕

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    Wim says

    Brightest Blessings Lady. May you keep on fighting. 🤗🐘💚

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    I’m happy to hear she still has some spunk! What spirit elephants have!! Thank you for the update and GSE’s devoted care of all the ladies.

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    Terry says

    I look forward to listening to Lady’s journey to freedom and her paradise at sanctuary!!!

    Heal on sweet Lady!!!

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