Some people often wonder if, because Lady chooses not to share space with the other elephants, she gets sad or lonely. Our sense is that this isn’t the case. We feel certain that she communicates with her herd mates in her own unique manner and she most definitely has ways to show that she’s enjoying herself.
Lady came closer to the barn earlier this week, into Yards 1, 2, and 3. On this particular morning, by the time the caregivers got to the barn with the elephants’ breakfasts, Lady was in full party mode. Plenty of dirt had been kicked up around her, so she’d clearly been having a ball for a while.
Mateus managed to record a little bit of her celebration on his phone and, though the quality isn’t perfect, it’s too good not to share. He was being cautious because if we get too close to Lady when she’s extra festive, she stops what she’s doing and goes about her calm, easygoing business. Luckily, this video caught some of her spunky side, as she kicks things around and makes all kinds of noises. Lady certainly doesn’t seem to mind that no one else is around. She’s happy with her party of one.
The day before was also the first time that Lady came into Yard 3, where Pocha is buried. We know she did go into that yard and spend some time, but no one witnessed her visiting Pocha’s grave. Of course, that doesn’t mean that she didn’t stop by, since she was in the area all night. At this point she’s still going back and forth between the yards closer to the barn and Yard 5, choosing where and when she wants to go, as it should be at sanctuary.