It’s been very cool here recently – the temperatures are considered cold by our region’s standards. It’s been dipping down to the 60*s (F) at night (15*-20* C). This is still a suitable temperature for elephants, but they are noticing the colder weather. We find them standing in the sun instead of the shade, and we don’t see them swimming (not even Maia!). At the same time, they don’t seem to mind it very much. (The humans, of course, do mind). It’s the type of weather that makes standing in the sun in the morning feel like the best thing in the world. All of our residents – humans, elephants, chickens, dogs, and cats—can be seen taking a moment in the sun with a sleepy smile at least once every morning.
The barn (Elephant Care Center) doesn’t have walls, but it does have a roof, so parts are shaded throughout the day. Lady enters the barn every morning for her foot soaks (due to the condition of her feet). Because of the shady roof, the barn stays chilly until mid-morning or so – this is usually a great thing.
In the mornings, once Lady’s treatment is complete, she heads out into the yard. Yesterday morning, she stepped out, and the moment her entire body was in the sun, she just stopped. She just stood there and basked in the sun, looking blissed out…and fell asleep. She stood there, napping, with her backside in the gate, and her front half in the yard. She napped for about an hour. Scott and Kat referred to her as “Sleepy Kitty Cat” for the rest of the day. It was the cutest thing. We didn’t want to risk disturbing her zen moment by taking photos, so there aren’t any.
This morning after treatment, again, she paused in the sun to soak it up but realized it was better if she went a little further. She took a few steps past the patio, just far enough to find the first sunny spot to graze before alternating between grazing and napping for the rest of the morning.
Photo of Lady enjoying the sun on a different day.