Lady’s Hiatus in Yard 4



Lady is getting a bit of a break from her daily footwork. This hiatus will allow her pads to harden and give her time away from being asked to do anything. We are taking advantage of this time to provide Lady with a chance to wander around Yard 4 for a few days.

Her gait and the fluidity of her movement continue to be improved, so when we opened up, she followed very quickly into Yard 4. Lady followed the 4wheeler down the path we call “Middle Road.” She stopped every 2-3 steps, took a moment, to smell and investigate her surroundings with her trunk.
Scott planned to lead her towards the pond to explore on her own. Around 1/3 of the way to the pond, Lady started wandering off the middle path, clearly interested in venturing into the trees on either side. Seeing this, Scott headed out of the habitat, leaving a trail of hay and fruit chunks behind.

When we checked in on her later that day, she was past the pond and heading towards the water trough, looking quite content. The extra exercise that comes with exploring Yard 4 will be good for her feet, and likely good for her soul as well. Sometimes, whether we realize it or not, we all could use a break. ❤️

Photo of Lady heading into Yard 4.

May 2, 2020


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    SHEILA says

    Sincere ??thankyou for lady foot treatments‼️ im sure shes feeling her feet much different! Its so wonderful lady gets a few days off her foot treatments, god bless u folks. For all ur hard work and patience with this lil ?lady. May her feet carry her around very well in yard 4 , healing totally well?

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    Barb says

    Lady looks like a bronze goddess (well maybe that’s a little exaggerated). Bronze beauty on a mission! Bless her heart and her feet ❤️?

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    Julie says

    Happiness looks good on Lady! ❤️

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    Grams says

    Wow Lady looks great you are doing a fabulous job with her! She looks happy content and her skin amazing ? any news on Maras arrival time yet? Thanks everyone you all rock big time!

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      EleComposer says

      No news on Mara’s relocation – everything is up in the air at the moment due to border closures. We will share when we can. You can always check out our Current Progress page for additional information.

      • Wim says

        Wonderful image and story. Ladies find their own way through the woods. Thank you for caring and sharing Stay safe and loved from a distance. ??????????

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    Muriel Servaege says

    A big thank you for Lady’s treatment. Her foot is obviously fine now..

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      EleComposer says

      Unfortunately this is a life-long problem for Lady. Her right front foot still causes her obvious discomfort. We have a lot of work to do on her feet. Her nails have a long way to go, but her pads have to heal a little bit first – and we have months of trimming before those nails and pads can even come close to looking normal, and that doesn’t include actually being normal. We wish Lady’s feet were that easy to fix, but sadly not even close.

      • Fred says

        She spent a life time on a stone surface. That destroys their feet.

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    Gillian Gandy says

    Thank you so much for all you do for Lady and for all the updates

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    Elke Riesterer says

    Your heart of patience and love for Lady has been paying off and I am sure will continue. What a precious gift you have given her to be at this special sanctuary!
    I have kept turning in to your reports and my heart energy travelsevery time to you in Brazil.
    Thank you Scott, Kat and staff !!! And also a big thank you to the elephants and what they teach us humans.
    TRUMPETS ❣️?? ~ Elke

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    carey says

    she seems very comfortable with exploring now which is great, fingers very much crossed for her feet and that ongoing work will give some more relief to her

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    CyrAnn says

    Lady looks so at peace and you can see the contentment in her eyes.
    Always love getting the updates! In these trying times it lifts my spirits greatly. Thank you for that:)

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    Wanda V Trotta says

    I guess Lady knew just which way she wanted to go. Independent Lady

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    Sherry says

    Look what she can do with that trunk; that is a beautiful sight.

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    Sallie Robbins-Druian says

    Lady is feeling confident and is following her own path of Discovery. Congrats, Beautiful Girl!

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    Rosie P says

    A beautiful picture of Lady enjoying her Yard 4 exploration. Always good to get new stimulation and a break from routine. She has done so well so a little “holiday” is deserved. Bless her beautiful heart!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Wonderful to know Lady is able to enjoy total freedom to roam and forage as she pleases from time to time away from treatments, etc. I agree, we all need a break at times. It is good for the Lady’s body and mind.

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    Carrie vornkahl says

    Is this her first time in yard 4?

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      EleComposer says

      No, it isn’t. Here’s a post sharing another time spent in Yard 4.

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