Lady enjoys spending time in Yard 4, sharing space with Mara and Rana. After a few days of sharing space, she generally looked tired and would head back to the barn for her alone time. A few days later, looking rested, Lady would go back out into the larger yards and repeat the cycle. She has followed this pattern for months.
This habit changed when Mara and Rana started spending most of their time close to the barn. With this shift, Lady has headed out into Yard 4 and stayed. Even now that Mara and Rana are going into Yard 4 some days and nights, Lady is still very content out there and, like Maia, has shown no interest in returning to the barn.
Out of all of our elephants, Lady is the one who appreciates grass the most. She searches out the youngest, most perfect grass she can find. Many of you know the story of when she escaped her enclosure at the zoo – they found her about 10 yards away, grazing. It seems grass has always been her preference. All of our elephants love hay (it’s like candy, apparently), but Lady will toss her hay aside to eat the grass underneath it. She just really loves grass.
The fire burned across the creek in both Yard 4 & Yard 5. Like Maia, Lady has discovered the fresh grass that has regrown in the burned area across the creek. She doesn’t spend all of her time across the creek; she is still regularly near the pond as well. Still, she is seemingly quite enamored with the young grass right now.
We are at the point in the rainy season when the grass is quite nice everywhere, and this means Lady is also at the point in the rainy season when she is wearing quite a few hay hats.