Elephants are known to sometimes use hay to protect themselves from too much sun exposure. But some, like Lady, are also fond of utilizing piles of hay to create fashionable elephant wear – particularly “hay hats.” Here, Lady flaps her ears and calmly enjoys a snack while wearing a substantial amount of hay on her fuzzy head. It’s clear that some days call for more hay than others, and this must have been one of those days.
P.S.: We wanted to update you on Lady’s feet and how her new medications are affecting her. So far, we aren’t seeing the results that we’d hoped. Her swelling hasn’t gone down much and, when doing treatments on her, she seems more tentative than normal. We’re going to try a new poultice that we haven’t utilized before, in the event that it’s merely swelling causing her discomfort. We have also started her on a round of antibiotics in case there is an infectious component. As with humans, some anti-inflammatory and pain medications work for individuals while others don’t. It’s a little bit of a trial and error scenario and, since no MRI or CT machines exist in elephant size, we can’t diagnose what’s going on with certainty. All we can do is keep trying to find the right combination for Lady. If the issue is due to her osteomyelitis, our only option is to continue to try to find medications that will help reduce swelling and pain. Lady is one of the strongest elephants we have had the pleasure to know and seems to be dealing with the changes the best way she can. We’re continuing to try and spoil her. She is still receiving topical treatments, soaks, and baths and hope to see some decrease in inflammation soon.