Lady is known for being an elephant of taste when it comes to grass and seeks out the youngest and greenest pastures. We’re in the middle of the rainy season, so there is plenty of untouched tall, green grass in the male Asian habitat and, since it will be empty for this season, we didn’t want that perfect grazing area to go to waste.
Because the grass was cut at an ideal time last year, the first yard of the habitat is young and very tall. In fact, when Lady walks into it you can only see the top of her head sticking out. Scott made some trails with the 4-wheeler through the tall grass to make a path for Lady to walk, doing his best to ensure it would be easier on her sensitive feet. So far, she is eating with much enthusiasm, so much so that in most of the photos of her there is a giant wad of grass sticking out of her mouth, or she is in mid chew. There is a cement water trough and a pond in the yard, so she has access to more than one source of water.
Because the yard has never had any elephant residents, there are many palms throughout the habitat, along with a few beautiful and substantial shade trees. After giving her a bath, so she knew where the trough was, we took her for a short walk along the fence to one of the shady areas and left her to contentedly graze.
Though Lady has plenty of green areas to explore in Yards 1, 2, 3, and 5, this spot is different and is good for mental stimulation. This was a nice opportunity to give Lady time in an area that’s totally new to her, which she appears to love having. When Lady is happy, we’re happy – and we love to see a sense of joy on her face and hear her many contented rumbles.