Lady’s Choice

The Sanctuary may be in a standard time zone (AMT), but we are actually on Elephant Time. Our followers frequently ask us if the elephants always come over for treatment, and what we do if they don’t come to us for medical treatments.

We try to oblige them and cater to their desires as often as possible. They’ve had so much taken from them in their lives, so we are happy to revolve around them. We dislike having to regiment their days at all, but they are also older elephants and frequently need medical care.

Lady sometimes needs daily foot soaks. We don’t ask her to come over for foot soaks. She knows they happen after breakfast and include at least two buckets of fresh fruit snacks – sometimes more. Most mornings, she finishes her breakfast and walks directly over to the jacuzzi chute. She is frequently ready for her foot soaks before we finish preparing for her to come in.

Some days, she doesn’t come over to the barn or treatment area. If she doesn’t, we assume it is a conscious choice. Lately, as we’ve had chilly nights and warm days, she’s taken a couple of mornings off – she spends that morning time grazing in the sun with a smile on her face.

Lady’s treatments are comprehensive – we soak, we scrub, we clean, we apply sprays and ointments—so taking a day off truly isn’t that big of a deal. It’s part of looking at the big picture – she spent decades not being able to graze in the morning sun, so, if that is what she wants to do at that moment, she should. We are more than happy to revolve around her schedule.

On the mornings that she skips treatment, she usually gives us another opportunity in the afternoon. She usually comes for a drink (there are numerous water sources in other places) and goes to the barn door to come in. If she didn’t, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Training walls are built throughout the habitat, to allow for treatment to be performed away from the barn. Although we can’t do foot soaks out there, we can do her cleaning, scrubbing, spraying, and medicating.

If, during a time of active issues, Lady were to not walk over on her own for a couple of days, we would try to lead her back to the barn. When we would like an elephant to follow, we drive slightly ahead and toss fruit a distance in front of them each time or stand on the outside of the fence and do the same. They walk from treat to treat and slowly meander to the destination.

Video is of Lady enjoying a meal. While the lighting isn’t perfect, the video captures the serenity of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. If you watch until the end (or skip ahead), you can see her rubbing her eye with her trunk – it’s cute.

June 8, 2020


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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    How truly magical is this darling precious soul of an elephant ?❤️?? You’re such a charmer Lady and so independent now. SO many people around the world adore ? you ❤️?

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      Alejandra Enquin(,Sandy) says

      .Son tan amorosamente humanos ,el Santuario es un lugar soñado ,Lady ,Maia,Rana y mi amada Mara corazon de melon dulce,son respetadas,cuidadas,sostenidas,comprendidas,amadas,no solo sus almas les agradecen sino las de millones de personas que miramos maravilladas lo que acontece dia a dia en el paraiso en la Tierra.?????

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    Barb says

    Pretty as a picture in an art museum. Yep, Lady rubbing her eye . . . sweet

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    Carol says

    That scratching her eye at the end is precious! That trunk is an amazing apparatus! LOVE HER WITHT THAT SWEET SMILE OF CONTENTMENT…

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Bless her heart. She is enjoying life at its fullest at her own pace.

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    Patricia says

    Such a blessing! All of you! What a doll you are, Lady! I’m one of the zillions of people who love you. As usual, smoochies to infinity and beyond!

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    Julie says

    She did get a good eye rub in. So cute, you’re right. Lady looks so healthy and strong. Just beautiful and full of life! Thank you! ❤️

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    Sherry says

    Thank you for giving the elephants choices! It is FREEDOM too!!!!!??

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    Lori Hoover says

    That trunk of hers is something. Even while she is eating, it is so busy, LOL She looks absolutely beautiful here, as does the Sanctuary.

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    Lila says

    Lovely miss Lady. She deserves the world. Thank you for your attentive care and love.

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    Paula says

    Oh mi dios!
    Lady está muy feliz?
    Lo dice todo su lenguaje corporal, está muy contenta!!!
    Me derrite de amor como se rasca el ojo con su trompa?
    Los elefantes hacen todo tan bello y cómico!
    Gracias ESB por devolverle la alegría a su vida?

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    Heidi says

    She looks like she stuffs too much in her mouth and then has to chew with her mouth wide open! Take your time Lady, the food isn’t going anywhere! So cute

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    Rosie P says

    I really enjoy learning more and more each day about the individual character of the girls. It is very rewarding to see Lady casually enjoying her dinner in the Brazilian evening sun. No stress, just doing as she wishes in her own time. It kind of reminds me of that song, “busy going nowhere, isn’t that just a crime! I’d like to be unhappy but I really don’t have the time!” LOL! No time for unappiness now, sweet Lady!

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    Ele Footprints says

    This is so heartwarming! Thank you for all the treatment and care that you provide to Lady and all the other elephants. While reading the blog, I was very moved when you said “It’s part of looking at the big picture – she spent decades not being able to graze in the morning sun, so, if that is what she wants to do at that moment, she should. We are more than happy to revolve around her schedule.” That statement is so powerful because it reminds us where Lady came from and how captive elephants miss the simple things in life that would make them happy. This is why your work is so rewarding, to put a smile on an elephant’s face in a natural way is so precious ?????

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