As we’ve mentioned before, the state of Lady’s feet seems to ebb and flow; she has good moments, and times where her feet are not in the best shape they can be. She has been going through one of her downward periods lately. As a result, sometimes she can be more deliberate when walking and may stay closer to the barn for longer periods of time. She still spends time in Yard 5 every day, but doesn’t always go as far – though she did recently cross the creek for a day to check on the grass on that side; she came back relatively quickly, so it seems she was disappointed. Lady is also swimming almost every day in the pond, which she always seems to find joy in.
Her mood is still silly and light, for the most part. We have started doing foot trimming on her again and she may occasionally have one foot that seems a little sensitive during treatment, which we are always mindful of. Working with Lady’s feet is very methodical and more technical than footwork that’s required by the other elephants. We are always trying to find ways to take pressure off of certain areas and we take care to move as slowly as necessary.
Through it all, Lady is always a pro. She’s been nice and rumbly when Mateus has been treating her feet and her appetite is good. Perhaps one of the best things about Lady is her self awareness. She knows she can stay close to the barn if she’s not having a good day, or she can decide to head farther out into the larger yard if she’s feeling more like an explorer – or she can do anything in between. She decides where she wants to go and when, in typical and perfect Lady fashion.
Photo of Lady in a favorite spot for grazing