Lady’s Hay Chapeau

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.


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    Beji says

    Ooo, la-la. How chic!!

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    Pamela Hall says

    So trendy! Also what a way to pack a lunch for your journey. ❤️

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    Audrey says

    Always so perfectly in style, Lady just knows what looks good on her, also the grass tastes so good, so there is always a snack on hand or I should say on head. 😂🩷

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Oh, dear Lady Bug, sending you healing thoughts for your feet that carry you to so many wonderful places at sanctuary. You are in good hands at GSE.

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    Sue says

    So fashionable and lovely in her Hay Haute Couture ❤️👒. Though, to be honest, she is always lovely! Sending continued positive thoughts and prayers that her tootsies feel better soon and that you come upon a new mix of treatments that will help her. She continues to inspire me with her bravery and strength in dealing with her difficulties like the true Lady she is. Thank you for the updates! Love and hugs ❤️🐘❤️

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    Wim says

    Wonderful outfit dear Lady. Hopefully you’re not in too much pain. 🤗🐘🍉

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    Johnny says

    Oh Lady, you just love showing off your hay throwing skills!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Stunning, Lady! A fashion trend-setter! I’m so glad she is where she has such good care. God bless you all!

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    Mollie says

    I’ll keep Lady in my prayers as well staff and caretakers.

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    Gayle Janzen says

    The latest fashion trend of 2024! Beautiful lady! Just thought I’d ask if you guys know about Wildlife SOS in India? They treat many elephants in really bad shape and may have some ideas for you. I hope you find the right treatment for her. She is such a trooper! ❤️

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      Kat Blais says

      yep, one of our vets talks to their vets. sometimes it isn’t easy to get other organizations to share, but she does talk with them.

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    Patricia says

    Darling Lady, you look adorable and stunning! I’m always praying for you and send mountains of love. 😘😘😘

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    Lynne Russert says

    Very stylish Lady!! You look fetching!! Hope you feel better soon!!!🩷🩷🩷

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    Terry says

    I certainly hope Lady can get some relief for her lovely feet and trying the new poultice you mentioned. As care providers, with enormous hearts, I’m sure you ask for great healing for Lady as well!
    When I had a tooth abcess, where it was likely I would need to have the tooth pulled, my dentist used a laser treatment ( after a round of antibiotics failed) and he was able to save my tooth! I’m not sure if this type of treatment is viable in this case or the elephant world. It would be remiss of me not to share this experience as you so lovingly search for positive results for Lady.

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      Kat Blais says

      we do use laser therapy on lady and some of the other girls when needed. and you can always share. 💜

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    Carey says

    Thank you for Lady’s foot update, very best wishes for the new poultice and antibiotic. Your say she is an amazingly strong personality, and gets great relief from her new life

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