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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