Lady’s Out-of-Order Morning


Lady usually enters the barn in the mornings and waits for breakfast. The other morning, she came into her stall, turned around, and went into the chute.

She put her feet in the empty jacuzzis and looked expectantly at her humans. She was ready to go – it was her humans that weren’t ready. She’s just charming that way. Some days, she wants things in specific ways.

It’s easy for anyone – human or elephant – to get into a routine without questioning it. We try to ask ourselves frequently, “does it matter?” Lady usually has breakfast before her foot soaks, so when she decides to go out of order, it’s so easy to think, “oh, no! Breakfast happens first!” and change what she is doing to fit a routine that doesn’t matter. During these moments, we stop and ask ourselves, “Does it matter?” Sometimes it does matter, but frequently it doesn’t. If Lady wants her foot soaks first, that’s ok. It truly doesn’t matter (no matter what our silly human brain thinks reflexively!).

Once we saw Lady standing cheekily in her empty jacuzzis, awaiting her soaks, the caregivers switched up what they are doing. She enjoyed her breakfast during foot soaks and then had treatment after.

She gives us what we ask for all the time, so it feels good to show her we appreciate her and can give her what she asks for when she asks. After her out-of-order morning, she was a total peach. She was super light and happy all day.

Photo of Lady in her new afternoon favorite place – the mud wallow

March 21, 2020



  1. REPLY
    Kelejan says

    Lady know she is in Paradise.

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    Alana says

    She’s looking so good, is she losing weight?

    • REPLY
      EleComposer says

      No, she’s not losing weight, her body is just shifting. She’s actually building muscle mass, so instead of having a sticky-outy sagging belly, she’s developing toned muscle on the underside.

      • Kelejan says

        I bet Lady is fitter now than most of us. We too could get rid of our sticky sagging bellies and look toned, just by eating the right food and continually moving and the we would look great a s well. No offence but only thinking of myself.

      • Nishant Bhajaria says

        These ports are keeping me balanced and happy during this difficult time, but the most important thing is that the elephants are happy. Thank you for all you do.

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    Barb says

    Sometimes I just pause and savor the thought of how Lady, Rana, and Maia have a joyous life in sanctuary. Loved Lady’s out of order morning!

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    Lila says

    More adorable every day 🙂

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    Heidi says

    A great lesson! It’s so easy to become set in our ways. Animals and children remind us it’s okay to do things differently. I love Lady’s big smile in her photo!

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    Lynne Russert says

    She’s keeping you on your toes with her prerogative to change her mind!!!Good girl!!???

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    Nancy Shaw says

    YEA !! : )

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    SHEILA says

    aaahh sweet lil lady?. shes amazing!! yes if lady self directed herself on this day getting footsoak first, thats excellent‼️ she feels better in her feet! and its her priority!! that so funny i guess basically “lady? dances to the beat of her own drummer”??

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    Julie says

    She looks beautiful, healthy, and happy! ?

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    Debbie Sides says

    She’s just cute as a button. So glad she enjoyd her foot soaks. I can imagine how good it feels on her tootsies.

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    Lynn says

    Isn’t it great how gun ho she is to get better?
    I love her to the moon

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    Rosie P says

    Bless her beautiful heart!

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    Jill P says

    Love you sweet Lady, just for being you. Thank you all for being the perfect carers for these elephants so they can heal in their own way ?

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    Tammy Nelson says

    Lady is simply amazing she’s so smart you go girl whatever makes your lil heart happy!

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