There’s a great deal of excitement around how Pocha and Guillermina are growing and developing since they’ve been at sanctuary. But the other elephants are finding little moments of excitement all on their own. This video was on one of the days that Lady came into Yard 1 to see what Pocha and Guillermina were doing. After they didn’t show any interest in her, she decided to instead take part in one of her favorite hobbies – playing in a mud wallow. She gives herself several good splashes until she’s fully soaked, and her feet get some soothing squishes as well. The bubbling you hear in the background is fresh water being piped into the wallow.
P.S.: You might notice the difference between how easily (considering her sore feet) Lady walks out of this mud wallow, compared to how Guillermina seemed to struggle a little in an earlier video. It’s a good demonstration of how, though Pocha and Guille are big and Guille is young, they have almost no muscle and need to build up strength and stamina. Walking around the sanctuary terrain will improve that fairly quickly.