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Lady’s First Dry Season

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It’s the middle of the dry season now. As the pastures and grasses begin to dry out, where the elephants graze shifts. It’s the time of year where the grass becomes a mix of green and brown. The girls are usually happy to eat the mixed-grass by the trunkful. Sometimes they choose to be selective and will pick out the grass they want a couple of pieces at a time, so they only are eating the green grass. Luckily, one of the benefits of this property is that green grass remains year-round. This is Lady’s first dry season in Brazil, so she is still learning how she likes to graze this time of year.

Lady has two areas of grass that she adores right now. One area is in Yard 2, near the barn. This area of grass is near the water trough, so it gets watered regularly as a byproduct of cleaning the trough. This regular water keeps it staying lush and green throughout the year, which also means everyone else likes it too. The elephants keep it short, so it’s only about 3” long (7 cm). Despite its short length, Lady will meticulously and patiently graze there.

The other area that Lady seems to love is in the back of Yard 3. In this area, the grass is about a foot tall (30 cm), but because of the dense shade, it seems to be all green. The other morning, after treatment, she bee-lined over to that area in such a way that we thought she was heading to Yard 4 to swim. It turned out she was on a different mission – the mission to keep eating! The grass in that area seems to make her very happy. Even when elephants stay in the same area throughout the day, they tend to move around still – but when Lady is in this area, she stays put. Unless she is on her way to or from the water trough, she is steadily grazing. It’s pretty endearing to see her when she’s “on a mission” in that way.

July 21, 2020

 

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Comments(11)

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    Nancy Shaw says

    I love her — she is so spunky !!

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      Lolita Patton says

      Hi My Dearest Lady, I Just Love You!, And You Remind Me Of Me – Being You…!

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    Wim says

    Lady on her green green grass mission. Must be very important for Elephants. Maybe she’s doing quality investigations on green matters.
    How wonderful to be a guest to all of Lady’s daily little miracles. 🙏🐘🙏

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    Sherry says

    Watch out for Lady, there she goes! She is on the move to yard 4! I wish I could see that.

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    Jillyp says

    Lovely Lady, she knows what she likes and she’s sticking to it ❤️🌾🌾🐘
    Like me with those Bistro salad leaves – can’t get enough of them! 🌱
    I love that ele’s are herbivores.

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    Paula says

    Lady debe sentirse muy feliz de poder explorar la naturaleza, el aroma de la hierba fresca para ellas debe ser algo mágico! 💚
    Dulce Lady, disfruta de esta vida tan merecida que tienes hoy!

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    Shirley Taylor says

    What a clever girl she is I bet all the time she is wandering round the different places she knows where to get the best food to graze on. No wonder she likes to keep on her own so the others dont find the goodie places. Once again loved the update on her thankyou. xx

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    Terry says

    She is just so dang cute!!!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Lady clearly understands that she can now make her own choices, go where she wants to go when she wants to. What wonderful progress. Love her and her independent way!

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    Bertica Valdes Suarez says

    Everytime I see the map of the areas it’s like I’m seeing it for the first time. I admire your smarts, both of you guys, how you planned it all to make the best sense for your girls. I think of them as your “ninas”, the way you find their behavior endearing, and how clear it is that you love to be with them.

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    Sheila says

    Sweet ❤️lil lady🐘‼️ shes so smart. She chooses only the rich green 🌿grass and sure doesnt want any other ladies beating her to the long grass! She knows daily near the barn watered grass will keep growing! Shes just so smart she knows how to keep herself a happy grazer! Its great for her to get good nutrition! Excellent lady👍❤️

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