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Lady and Her Naps

One recent morning, Lady was lying down upon initial arrival. Mateus was the first human at the barn, and even though he has been here for months, it’s the first time he has seen Lady lying down. We know she lays down frequently, but we don’t see her do so very often.

It’s good for all elephants to lay down to sleep. With the condition of Lady’s feet, it’s vital that she lie down regularly to take the weight off and give her feet a break.

We don’t always see her at night feed, and we don’t look for her at night either. She can hear us coming (4-wheelers aren’t quiet), and we know if she wants us to find her, she knows how to be found. We don’t look for her at night because we don’t want to disturb her if she is lying down.

One recent night, when we went to drop off food for her, Kat saw some movement in the bushes. She quickly realized it was Lady and waited to lay eyes on her. As Lady approached, Kat realized she looked exhausted. Kat jokingly told her she needed a nap. Once she got close, Kat realized that one side of her body was covered in wet spots and the other side was dry. That means Lady was lying down in the damp grass and had just stood up – which explains why she looked so sleepy; she was probably still half asleep!

Having wet spots is a clue as to when they’ve been lying down, but there are other ways we know too. Sometimes, we can also see elephant-imprints in the grass, or they’ll have dirt or other debris stuck to one side of them. We suspect – and hope – she laid back down after her snack that night.

Photo of Lady.

Comments(16)

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    Debbie Sides says

    So good to know she’s laying down for her naps. Also shows she feels safe & comfortable there.

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      Kat Blais says

      She has always laid down here, we just don’t usually disturb her. But she generally forgives her humans. 😉

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    Holly OBrien says

    Such a cutie! So glad she is able to rest those feet. She must really feel safe

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    SHEILA says

    OH YES! DEAR LIL ❤️🐘LADY NEEDS TO REST HER FEET!! YES ITS GREAT SHE LIKELY IS IN HEAVEN TO LIE DOWN IN BUSH AND 🌴🌿GRASS PEACEFULLY WITH ONLY 🦜🦜BIRDS! A FEW OTHER ANIMALS BOTHERING HER! I HOPE SHE ENJOYS HER 💤💤SLEEPS AND LOVES HER LIFE IN THE WONDERFUL SANCTUARY! SHE DESERVES A BEAUTIFUL HOME WHERE I BELIEVE SHE FEELS SAFE TO LIE DOWN AND SLEEP!JUST🙏 PRAYING SHE WANTS TO BE MORE SOCIAL WITH THE OTHER SWEET🐘🐘🐘🐘 LADIES

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    Katie Howard says

    Ah, Lady! Another thing we have in common! I too love my naps, sweet girl! (At our age, we’ve earned them!) 😁❤️🐘❤️

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    Nannette Stone says

    It’s good to hear she lays down for naps so she can take her weight off her feet. Hopefully she takes many naps like this. She’s just beautiful

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    The Lady needs her beauty sleep! It just seems right that it would give her ailing feet a rest. Loving the hay hat!!

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    John says

    Lay Lady Lay, lay across my big brass bed. Lay Lady lay ……….

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    Sherry says

    She is feeling safe to lie down and nap. Thank you sanctuary!

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    Julie says

    Beautiful pic of a happy Lady in her bushes. And thank you for the lovely post. I ordered my long-sleeve Pocha and Guillermina shirt last night! Can’t wait to get it!

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    Wim says

    Oh poor adorable Lady your naps are not so secret anymore. With the years we all need more naps. 🙏🐘💤

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    CLAUDIA says

    She is so lovely. 😍

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    Carrie vornkahl says

    Tears in my eyes knowing that our dear Lady is comfortable enough to lie down. What a sweetie!!!

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    Kelejan says

    Katy Howard, I too love my naps but in my case it is involuntary. Sigh!

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    Tammy says

    Just look at that face, yes nap away sweet Lady you deserve relaxing stress free wonderful naps with no worries of harm ever again, sweet dreams pretty girl 😘💤🍉 🐘

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    Sallie says

    Precious, Sweet Lady . . . So happy to hear she listens to her needs, and takes the load off of her feet when and where the time is right! Precious Girl!

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