Lady continues to explore Yards 1 and 5 and has become much more comfortable going into the barn for foot soaks than she was during the early days after Pocha and Guillermina’s arrival. When all of the other elephants are in Yard 4, out of the smaller yards, Lady will enter the barn for foot treatments. Though she can smell the two of them, she will watchfully come in. Once she’s certain that no one else is around, she relaxes and does well.
She can be seen some mornings in the yard neighboring Guille and Pocha, in relatively close proximity, for Lady. She seems curious about the two, but hasn’t tried to touch either of them again. Rather, she appears to be engaging with them in her way, which is always at a distance. Lady’s communications could be audible, but we can’t hear them; she does seem to be talking to them, however. When she does come near, her energy is very soft and light.
Many of you recently asked about Lady’s feet and, at the moment, they feet are on a down swing. They tend to get better, then worse, in a cyclical pattern. It is difficult to predict what will happen next, but we do our best to treat her in every way possible, including using traditional and herbal anti-inflammatory medicines to decrease her discomfort along with topical applications. The goal has always been to slow the progression of her degenerative condition and ensure she is as comfortable as possible, since her osteomyelitis cannot be cured. Up to this point, any soreness she’s experiencing has not lessened her desire to explore, or her inquisitive nature. No matter what, she’s our unique and special Lady who deserves the best that sanctuary has to offer.
Photo of the always charming Lady