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Lady in Yard 4

Lady spent a few days exploring Yard 4. She never crossed the creek, but she explored everything else. She really is turning into our little explorer girl. While Lady doesn’t quite have the confidence to meet Maia or Rana yet, she has the confidence needed to explore other unknowns. The video is from us going out to feed her in Yard 4 (the footage of Lady starts about 40 seconds into the video, if you want to skip past the (beautiful) scenery). Every time we checked on her, she had a giant mouth of grass and a big cheesy grin.

We hope that, by exploring the unknowns of our habitat and learning that there are always wonderful things around the bend, she can apply that concept to other elephants; because Maia and Rana are also two other unknowns to her that will turn out to be quite wonderful once she gives them a chance.

We made sure Lady had access to the barn the entire time she was in the new-to-her area, and she didn’t come back at all the first night, but the second night she came back on her own, went inside the stall that was open to her and left again. She’s been staying closer to the barn since, choosing to hang out in Yards 1, 2, & 3, but is still just super smiley and light; she seems so very happy.

This morning, she stayed near the barn after her treatment/training session; her treatment is progressing nicely.  While her feet will be a life-long issue for her, we hope to stabilize and improve her condition through various treatments.  Her face abscess is greatly improving but still needs regular care.  We are still getting her used to the various ways we could need to touch her for any medical reason over her life.  We like to make sure they are comfortable being touched everywhere before any problem arises so if they need any medical care, we can begin treatment quickly regardless of where it is located on their body.

Rana came to the barn for her treatment when Lady was still nearby, and, just like before, Lady backed away from the fence line, and then slowly came closer again. Lady still isn’t touching or fully approaching the others, but she is getting braver and braver.  Perhaps she is beginning to realize that not only are the other girls not scary but they just may be worth getting to know a little.

January 7, 2020

 

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Comments(10)

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    Barb Wilson says

    Have I told you how marvelous you are at sharing the daily lives of the girls up close and personal? Thank you beyond adequate expression. I really mean it! Nothing compares!

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      Kelejan says

      Barb, this is what make this lovely Sanctuary so good as it explains what to them must be simple questions and for me also it makes it all so wonderful.

      I have a question: I know that elephants have six sets of teeth in their lifetimes and once they are used up, that’s it, no more teeth. Can you tell with these eles how many sets of teeth they have gone through as that means they must be looked after even carefully in later years.

      • EleComposer says

        No, there’s no way to tell which set of teeth they are on at this point. Capitvity immensely impacts the normalcy of what is supposed to be them shedding approximately every 10 years. So, no we can’t tell and the process isn’t normal in captive elephants due to a lack of grazing 24-hours/day, and instead eating small concentrated meals which don’t provide the same amount of chewing or even the same type of chewing that a natural diet does.

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    Sheila says

    AAAHH! THAT LIL 🐘LADY IS GETTING TO BE A CHUBBY LADY❤️🐘. SHE LOOKS VERY HAPPY! SHE WANTS TO BE CLOSE TO THAT FOOD TRUCK! WELL SHES GOING TO GET LONELY ONE DAY! SHE JUST HAS. BUSINESS IN HER MIND OF BEING IN HEAVEN IN THE JUNGLE THINK. MAYBE SHES IN AWE OF THE FOODS SHE REALLY FAVORS AND IS LOOKING FOR MANGOS LIKE MAIA SCOTT/KAT ??? ARE THERE SNAKES IN THE JUNGLE THAT COULD BITE AND CAUSE DEATH TO THE LADIES? 🐘 ⁉️ I SURE HOPE NOT! THEY SLEEP OUT THERE AND WALK ALOT AND LOVE THE WATER SO IM JUST WONDERING IF THERE R BAD SNAKES! IVE BEEN VERY CONCERNED! PLEASE PLEASE REPLY! Thanks

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      EleComposer says

      Just like the sanctuary in TN, we do have poisonous snakes. But the skin on elephants’ feet is very thick so even if a snake decided to not avoid the vibrations coming in their direction (which is instinctual to do) the fangs of the common poisonous snake here are not long enough to penetrate through the skin on the elephant’s feet.

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    Maggie says

    Pretty smiley Little Lady. You are so lovely, I think you’re very very happy in your new home. I haven’t seen you wearing a hat or cloak recently. 💜💜💜

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    Gillian says

    Thank you for the video.She is so beautiful.Give her lots of sweet words and tell her her mom in England sends loads of lovexxx

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    Barb Campbell says

    Thanks for the update on Lady she is the cutest love her so much ❤️❤️❤️

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    Barb Wilson says

    I’m pretty sure that Lady waved at us with her very expressive trunk 😊❤️🐘. It is so wonderful to see her adventuring through the beautiful Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.

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    Muriel Servaege says

    Lady is so beautiful! I’m just looking forward to her meeting the other elephants and getting acquaimted with them. By the way, do you know why she never crosses the creek? Elephants are intelligent so she must have a good reason for (not) doing so.

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