Lady at the Pond

While Mara and Rana have been busy having an amazing time, Lady has been spending a lot of time by the Pond in Yard 4. We still haven’t seen her swimming yet, but we are seeing her go into the pond and having fun. She splashes around with her feet and trunk. As you can see in the video, she occasionally uses her feet to scrape up mud on the edges so she can throw it on herself. This digging behavior helps improve her feet. Judging from her face, it’s good for her soul as well.

She has been generally soft, light, and sometimes spunky out in 4. She still looks like she is moving better after her first round of footwork. She looks tired some mornings, but that is the norm around here (humans too 😉 ) And after watching this video, her sleepiness in the morning should be no surprise to anyone.

Lady also recently crossed the creek in Yard 4 for the first time. She spent about two days out there, and then headed back to the pond and has been near the pond in Yard 4 since.

For those who are new to our Sanctuary family, you can learn more about Lady on her page here.   She is very lovable but has issues with her feet, which are in poor condition from her decades in captivity. After months of hard work on the part of her caregiving team, she is finally allowing us to begin doing in-depth footwork on her feet.

May 18, 2020



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    Virpi Repo says

    It’s a lovely video. Lady is living her dream now, which is wonderful. I hope that one day she can also enjoy the friendship of her sisters, Maia, Rana and Mara.

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    Rachel says

    Thank you for this update. As much as I’m thrilled with what’s happening with Mara and Rana, I do think of Lady too and how she’s adjusting. This video was all I needed to see. ❤️

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    Barb says

    Lady seems content for now (me, myself, and I). She has her water 🙂

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    Paula says

    Ella es feliz ❤
    Le devolvieron las ganas de vivir !

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    Bertica says

    Gracias! Que bueno saber que Lady esta feliz en la laguna del patio 4, chapoteando con las patas y la trompa, rayando el lodo con sus patas para despues tirarse el lodo encima. Seguro que Mara descubrira esas lagunas pronto, y se metera a nadar. Que vida mas linda!
    Gracias, santuario, por todo el trabajo, como se sacrifican tanto por darles felicidad a todas las elefantas.

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    Wim Diepeveen says

    Wonderful video with the Lady of the Lake. She seems to enjoy her water management.
    Clear to see her feet problems are limiting her movements still she’s always super gracious in many ways. Always a beautiful LADY.

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      Jean says

      Lady of the Lake!! What a wonderful name!

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    Tracy H says

    Love seeing the smile on her face as she plays in the water by herself. Such a sweet sweet girl. Thanks for the updates on Lady. Hopefully In her own time she will meet Mara and know the love the other girls has to offer her. What a joy it is to see these lovely ladies everyday. I couldn’t love them more????. Thanks again Scott, Kat & team for the amazing job you all do for these beautiful Elephants.

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    Renee' Killian-Zeiger says

    So glad to see a video of Sweet Lady….I think of her often in all the postings of the newest cutie Mara and the amazing “meet cutes” with Rana. I do hope that one day soon, Lady will want a friend. Maybe Maia……

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    Suzanne McCoy says

    She’s like a young kid out there enjoying herself and every moment of her new life. What a sweetheart…braver by the day <3

    Thanks always for the love & support you provide to them & for allowing us to be a part of the journey.

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