Lady Enjoys a Nice Splash

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.


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    Pam says

    Lovely Lady! So wonderful to see her enjoying herself. Thank you, ESB, for all that you do to provide the setting and space for these gorgeous beings to thrive.

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    Beji says

    My favorite muddy buddy!

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    Kayle says

    Pure happiness!

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    Eileen L. says

    Lady’s my girl. So glad to see her happy and thriving!

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    Patricia says

    Oh, Lady, you are such a lovely mud girl! 🌸 It’s heartening to know P & G will be developing proper elephant muscles. I am so grateful they are at ESB. 💗💗💗

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    Kelejan says

    P and G are overweight, so they need muscle instead of fat. I am sure that they will both improve in no time at all. What shape are their feet in?

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      Sara says

      Their feet will need some attention, but are not in terrible shape. The more they walk on natural surfaces, the better they will get on their own.

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    Katie Howard says

    I love all the backstory you provide on these posts! Lady has a special place in my heart and because she’s not as involved with the others (to-date), she isn’t videoed quite as often, naturally. It’s always a special treat to see her living the dream! ❤️🐘❤️

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      Sara says

      It can be hard to get videos of Lady at times. That’s why we love sharing them when we can!

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    Alana says

    Isn’t she adorable! I want to compliment all your great cinematographers, you all capture the perfect moments. Thank You

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      Sara says

      Thank you! It’s surprising, but most of the time it’s just Scott filming with his phone.

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    Julie says

    She’s just so precious, and little but mighty!

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    Tracy says

    Ah! Our lovely lady exfoliating. What a cute lady bug. Love seeing her so happy.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    I love it when our Lady is happy!

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    Anne says

    Fun times for Lady! Thanks for all you do for the Elephants at GSE. So happy knowing more are to come. You guys are amazing.

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