Lady Walks Near the Three Girls

Bambi, Rana, and Mara have been near the barn for a couple of days, which is not the norm lately. They stayed in Yard 1 all day, though they had access to Yard 5 (which is adjacent), but seemed happy to stay where they were. Their energy was calm and light, and there was a bit of playfulness in the afternoon. 

Shirlei led the three of them to the fence that joins Yards 5 and 4, so she could put some hay down for them to snack on. Meanwhile, Scott and Ingo found Lady in Yard 4, not far from the opposite side of the same fence. They didn’t plan to lead Lady to the side of the fence that faced Bambi, Mara, and Rana; it just happened that way. 

Before Lady even finished her meal, she started walking toward where the other three elephants were positioned. She slowly continued their way and stopped when she got near; Lady had her trunk out and was smelling, her ears were out, and was making soft rumbles. She gently walked a bit closer, and then all the way to the fence separating her from the other girls. 

When Lady came out of the woods to face them, she looked down the fence line and saw all three of the others. She turned the corner and started to walk down the fence in their direction, eventually stopping and walking back into the bushes. There, she stopped again, smelled in the direction of Bambi, Mara, and Rana, and slowly made her way into the trees, eyes bright and ears flapping. This is a wonderful example of how Lady does interact with the other elephants at the sanctuary – on her terms. 

In this video, you can see Lady walking in Yard 4, then coming out of the bushes to look at Rana, Mara, and Bambi (who is out of frame). 


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    Wim says

    Exciting adventure dear Lady. Getting closer all the time. 👏🐘💖

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    Angie Gibson says

    Sweet, shy Lady really closed in on her “Lady-Distance” and got quite close to Rana, Mara and Bambi! She’s showing her brave side again—(that curious, cheeky trunk peeking out from behind the branches is too much cuteness 🥰). I just love her bond with Kat and the fact that she has many friends now who just love her the way she is and let her be her own true self. What a beautiful family sanctuary provides ❤️ Thank you for the lovely post and for taking great care of them all🙏

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    Susan says

    I am so amazed at Lady’s bravery! Such an amazing Girl. To think how incredibly scary it must be for her to have to worry about being able to move away quickly if she felt she had to, and at the same time continue to work on building her relationships with the other Girl’s. I have so much respect for her and how she carries on after going through what was no doubt a traumatic earlier life. Unbelievably strong and brave, I just lover her! ( and all at Sanctuary)!!

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    Julie says

    Zenfully beautiful video!

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    Carol Ray from B.C., Canada says

    It is so wonderful to see Lady coming closer to the Power Puff Girls! That said, I’m so glad she has the choice of whether to venture nearer to this zesty bunch of ladies or not. I don’t blame sweet Lady for being cautious – sore feet are not to be trifled with. Lovely, lovely Lady – thank you ESB for sharing this with us. Lots of love, and empathy, from British Columbia, Canada.

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    Carey says

    That’s just great

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