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Lady’s Cooling Bath

This video of Lady was filmed a few days ago, when the weather was unseasonably warm here. The temperatures have taken a turn for the better and things are lovely these days. On the hotter days, Lady was more quiet and insulated. On these days, we do watch her more closely – but then she bounces back a little bit. She’s still not her old self, but you see moments when she’s truly enjoying herself, particularly when she’s up to her eyes in grass, grazing away. That’s to be expected for Lady. 

Currently, Lady is spending time in the two completed male Asian yards. She’s excellent at communicating when she wants to go there and we accommodate her whenever possible. We also check on her consistently to see if she’s managing her pain okay both physically and emotionally. Elephants have such a high pain tolerance that they often manifest pain on an emotional level, so you have to be on the lookout for emotive signs that something is off. 

Lady still has swelling in her right front leg and limited range of motion in her wrists and elbows. Now that she’s in the male yards, she seems to be moving more and her speed is okay. The high grass makes it more challenging for her to move around but she so enjoys grazing that we follow her lead and allow her to decide where she wants to be located throughout the day. We continue to discuss her status and try new treatments or adjustments to things used in the past to bring her additional comfort. We had a new anti-inflammatory spray compounded for her feet that we just started using and we had a new topical gel made for the swelling in her legs that should be here this week. With adjustments to her pain medications, we are hoping that she finds some more relief. 

You can see in the video that we do a very basic form of hydrotherapy, similar to what’s done for horses. The cool water can help decrease the temperature in her leg, which potentially helps the inflammation and swelling. Most of the time, we can just spray her legs with cool water and she’s happy to stay there; it clearly feels good. All in all, Lady is doing her best to hold her own now. As things develop, we evaluate her status and look for signs of even the slightest improvement.

Comments(11)

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    Melinda says

    It’s wonderful to see darling Lady having a great day!

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    Johnny says

    It’s wonderful how God rained just on our lovely Lady! 🐘 🌦

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    Carol says

    Continuing prayers for Lovely Lady. Sending healing thoughts and positive vibes for decreased inflammation. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💐💐💐

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    Wim says

    Awesome treatment for Lady. Hopefully she makes the right decisions.

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    Carey says

    Poor Lady, she is in the best possible hands now, at least. What her previous owners did to her is a terrible shame. She definitely enjoyed the cooling water though.

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    Sue says

    So glad that you are able to offer her choices that allow her to make decisions on things she enjoys. I appreciate your continuing efforts to help her with pain management. It is so hard hearing she experiences any kind of discomfort and I can’t even imagine how hard it is for all of you that care for her so deeply. Thankful she is in the best hands she could be and is with those she has come to trust have only the best in mind for her. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to all of you and to our very much loved Lady Bug. ❤️🐘❤️

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    Terry says

    You guys take such great care of her!!!
    Oh how I want to take that right leg pain away from her and have her healed. I know we all do. Hopefully a new treatment will change the course in a really great way. She really seemed to be in heaven with her special cleansing!

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    Sheila says

    I feel so😭 sad for MZ LADY. I WANTED HER TO GET CLOSER TO THE OTHER LADIES. I DONT SEE THAT HAPPENING NOW. LADYS PAIN IS VERY HIGH IM CERTAIN.
    ** SCOTT=== LIDOCANE, DICLOFENAC AND GABAPENTIN CREAME. VERY AWESOME. FOR HUMANS. I SURE HOPE LADY CAN IMPROVE.. IM NOT CERTAIN IT SEEMS VERY GLUM IN FUTURE. PRAYING FOR MZ LIL 💝🙏🏻🐘LADY!!

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    Lynne Russert says

    Poor Lady. That leg looks so stiff & painful. 🥺. Hope she’s feeling better very soon.🩷

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    Audrey says

    I love that Lady can have a cooling bath, plus a snack on the side.
    Awesome footage.
    Thank you for showing this. 🩷

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Dearest Lady – as with everyone else in these comments, I wish you more than anything, comfort. It is wonderful you have choices, and have the experise of caretakers at GSE to provide you with everything you need. You are so loved, I hope you can feel the love sent to you across the globe.❤️🐘❤️

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