Lady enjoys making mud from water troughs, mud wallows and, of course, the ponds. We’ve mentioned before that the soft ground around the male Asian yard’s pond seems to ease Lady’s feet a little, so she enjoys making a splash there. The pond is also quite deep in places, so she has the ability to submerge if she’s in the mood.
Here you can see her easing her way into the pond, using her signature technique of slapping the water with her trunk to make the consistency of mud that delights her the most. It seems as though the deeper she wades in, the sillier she gets. Lady absolutely covers herself in mud, making her skin lovely and moisturized. After playing for a while, she exits the pond and heads directly to some of the green grass in the yard for a snack. Sanctuary life allows her to be as silly or as serious as she wants on any given day.
P.S.: We’ve mentioned before that it can be difficult to get photos and videos of the elephants at times because our presence interrupts their normal daily activities. At some point, Lady seems aware that she’s being recorded, which may be part of why she leaves where she does. It’s lovely to have videos, but we need to make sure we balance that with allowing them to go about their days with minimal human interference.