Light Treatment With Lady

One recent evening, the team was running a little late and Scott wasn’t able to do Lady’s foot treatments until after dinner. It’s rare for him to be down in the habitat as day turns to night, and the sun was already beginning to set. He noted that all of the parrots and songbirds were singing and saying goodnights, celebrating the last light of the day. The parrots stopped singing first, then the songbirds – and then the diurnal owls started to call back and forth. It was a beautiful transition of energy as the sun set. 

When Scott got to Lady, she was very muddy and in full play mode. She was rumbly and soft, but it took a little while to get through the silliness; she was squishing her face up against the fence and being cheeky. As things progressed, she became softer and very calm, as though she perhaps had the same day to night transition as the rest of the natural world. Lady was being gentle and putting her feet in perfect position, but there wasn’t much that Scott could do since she was extra muddy and the light was beginning to fade quickly. 

There’s no treatment in the world that is going to save Lady’s feet and legs, so if there’s a day when she wants to be silly and light, we just encourage that and decide to play with her a bit instead of worrying about treatment. We encourage all of the elephants, not just Lady, to share those moments rather than worrying too much about putting on a liniment or salve. It’s all part of being present and in the moment with them, which can make all the difference in the long run.

Photo of Lady amid a group of palm trees


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    Constance S Harris says

    This just makes me cry, it is so beautiful and heartfelt.

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    Maureen says

    Silly Lady. As much as we want her to be around forever, that’s just not possible. It’s the quality of the time spent, not the quantity, that matters most. If Lady wants to be silly and play, well then, play time it is. The fact that she wants to play is such a gift!

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Disfrutá Ladylove disfrutá la vida! Que la alegría te aleja el dolor.te queremos mucho Ladysun

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    Zoi says

    The eternal present… we all should live in this way… such a beautiful momentum in that paradise… dearest Lady is happy and that’s the most important. 💖

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    Sue says

    I agree with Constance, wholeheartedly. Always so moving to hear about these kinds of moments and pray our Lady Bug has many, many more. 🥰❤️🐘❤️

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Thank you! This is so lovely a tale that it wipes out all stress from my mind, at least for awhile.

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    Eileen L. says

    Sweet Lady! You are a lucky girl to be where you are!

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    Sheila says

    Poor sweet Lady. She was wanting Scott’s time to visit and feel special.@! His company. And treats were what she was after IF he couldn’t do A real therapy. I hope she felt better and special. Before she went to sleep. HOPING U HAD A GREAT VISIT WITH SCOTT. SWEET 💝SWEET 🐘LADY.

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    As Scott said ” all about being present in the moment”. She deserves each and every minute she wants to be silly and to forget as much as possible her problem feet. Thank you Scott. You truly understand Lady, and we love you for it.❤️🐘❤️

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    Jacinta S says

    Lady is most deserving of everything peaceful, beautiful, and full of love. Thank you for all you do for her to give her a life of happiness in Sanctuary.

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    JamesMichael says

    I Love You, Lady…stay Childlike forever

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    Terry says

    The precious present and the bond between two beautiful souls and our Great Mother Nature!!! Very beautiful.

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