Lady’s Party of One

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.


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    Cintia Abney says

    Wow what a good surprise to see Lady in silky mode ❤️ I wonder what was in that spot that specifically she enjoyed to stir, kick snd shake do much 🥰

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      Sara says

      I don’t know if it was the spot as much as her cheeky mood.

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Lady es tan admirable.como se conoce y respeta sus tiempos y la verdad que sola se entretiene.Lady tiene mucha personalidad y un gran mundo interior😍🐘😘

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    Nancy says

    I forget who it was but reminds me of when that bush took a beating. Lol.

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      Sara says

      I believe that was Lady, too. Sometimes she gets feisty.

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    Pam says

    A true “party of one” …!

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    John says

    This is great! I’m sure a lot of your regular followers wonder about Lady and her solitary life. It’s wonderful to see her thoroughly enjoying that life.

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    Patricia Richardson says

    So amazing! She has moments of joy and bliss!!! So good that you all respect her privacy. It may be possible that she one day may want to fill the void, in her own way and time, that Pocha has left. Just hoping, really!

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    Kitty Galore says

    You might have posted it previously, but when Pocha died, was she brought into contact with the body so that she could relate her own goodbyes and give her some understanding of the death?

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      Sara says

      She was given access to the area but didn’t go over to the grave that we saw. However, she was there all night, so we can’t say if she did or not.

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    Wim says

    Wonderful to see Lady in full throttle. She looks completely at ease. Lovely footage.

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    Barb says

    Lady makes her own kind of music 🥰. Am I recalling correctly that she likes bushes, trees, branches, etc.? How adorable to see her at play.

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      Sara says

      When she’s having her parties, she likes to play with brush. But she loves to wander in the denser parts of Yard 5.

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    Andy says

    Lady is quite lovely. 💞🐘

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Our precious Lady is dancing!! Oh how I love this! Thank you, Mateus! Is she scratching herself with that plant, or eating it? Or both?

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      Sara says

      Probably a little of both. 😂

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    Polly Weber says

    Lady was really strutting her stuff! Lovely to see.

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    Mollie Mangerich says

    This is delightful to watch Lady have a party w/herself!! Thank you Mateus for capturing this footage 🙂

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    Gayle says

    Silly Lady is adorable! I guess the spirit moved her to dance like nobody was watching. We love you Lady! ❤️

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    Linda says

    Wonderful to see, thank you to Mateus for catching that show! While Lady doesn’t choose to socialize closely with the other elephants, I like to think she still takes comfort in knowing she is not alone and there are others of her kind nearby, and the atmosphere is happy, safe and relaxed.

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    yanettramos says

    Es increible verla disfrutar de esa manera , ustedes siempre son afortunados de vivir el dia a dia de las chicas

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    Charise D Harvey says

    Lady was the first elephant I watched the caravan bring to Sanctuary. So good to see her this happy. I’m one of those who worries she doesn’t have any “friends” but you’re right she’s fine. Party of one. Blessed to be there.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    I’m one of those, too, Charise! I’m always worrying about Lady all by herself. This post really addresses that so well! Thank you so, so much Mateus and Sara!

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    Carey says

    A very happy day for Lady, thank you Mattaus. It seemed as if she was waiting in between trumpeting , wonder what for?

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      Sara says

      It’s impossible to know. Lady will keep her secrets!

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