Lady’s Adorable “Sleepy Kitty Cat” Day


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.

May 30, 2020


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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    Simply adorable you Sleepy Kitty Cat Lady ❤️??

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    Barb says

    I understand completely, Lady. Today we had 60 degrees in Ohio and I sought out the sunny patches. Love you, your sisters, and all those at ESB.

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      Wim Diepeveen says

      With the sun in adoration above her this looks like one beautiful Golden Lady.
      Eat. Enjoy. Nap. ???

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    Shirley Taylor says

    Is Lady getting more people friendly now she has been with you a little while? I love this girl she is looking so much calmer and happier then when she was in her concrete pit. Who doesnt love the warmth from the sun now I am getting older I am like Lady as soon as I find a nice cosy spot that the sun is shining on thats my place for a while.Thank you once again for the lovely update on ladyand the other girls love hearing how they are doing. xx

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      Kat Blais says

      She is getting much more comfortable with having different people around her, but we limit who comes into her orbit because of her trust issues. She’s still more reserved with men than women, although there are exceptions to both. She is very good with Scott and Kat and hasn’t lashed out in some time. 🙂

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    Paula says

    Todo se ve tan agradable para las damas?
    Por suerte Mara no sufrirá más el frío invierno de Buenos Aires.
    Será el primer invierno más cálido de su vida, cierto?
    Sigan disfrutando de las siestas al cobijo del cálido sol otoñal?

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    Rosie P says

    In the UK 15c-20c is OK and above 20c we all go crazy. LOL! We are experiencing some great weather here right now with temps up to 28c recorded……so we are actually warmer than Chapada Dos Guimaraes????? Oh, my! There is just about enough space in my garden for Lady to stand in the sunshine, so she can come and visit for a day…..and I have a pond!!! LOL! My neighbours are used to me feeding the wildlife! ( I will send warm wishes to Lady instead)
    Love to all!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Good for Lady!!! She deserves all the zen minutes and hours she can find. Thank you GSE for being so thoughtful and mindful of Lady not to disturb her zen with photo taking. ?♥️

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    Carey says

    How she trusts you all now, so lovely

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