Lady Enjoys the Male Asian Pond

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.


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    Sue says

    What a joy watching our lovely Lady. Thank you for sharing!!! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Carol says

    Im so glad our Lady gets a bvit of relief from her ongoing foot discomfort!

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    Johnny says

    I love the longer video! It’s very inspring to watch her – thinking about the difference between life prior to sanctuary and now. Very uplifting to see the work the sanctuary does.

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    Gretchen says

    “Lady, party of one!” I love her, the joyous pleasure she so clearly enjoys, makes my heart sing on her behalf.

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    Linda says

    Happy ear flaps!!! Will she miss that pond when there is a male elephant in it?

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      Sara says

      There are nice sized ponds in the bigger yards, so she’ll have access to those.

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    Merry says

    Tears of joy over here! I love when she just lobs globs of mud straight over her head onto her back.

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    Tracy H says

    Cuteness overload Ladybug. Could watch this all day 🐘😘

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    Diane Kastel says

    Awesome and, most, enjoyable video. does she keep her mouth open because she is happy, or, to catch droplets of water, etc.? Also, do you have, any, Asian elephant whom you are considering bringing to the Sanctuary?

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      Sara says

      When elephants are playing with their trunks, they generally keep their mouths open. And we cannot accept another female Asian elephant at this time because we need to expand the habitat first. We would want to make sure there’s enough space to allow all of the residents the area they deserve.

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    Maureen says

    Lady is just so adorable!!!

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