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Maia & Lady Enjoying Dinner Through the Fence

Lady and Maia are enjoying dinner through the fence this evening – while close enough to the barn for Scott to do a live video. He updates everyone on Lady’s reaction to Maia while he was feeding dinner this evening. Lady is doing wonderful and we are excited to be able to give you another positive update on her bravery. As always, Scott answers questions many questions, and the birds sound amazing in the background.

February 5, 2020

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    Muriel Servaege says

    Pleased to watch the video but unfortunately the elephants were too far for me to really enjoy the scene.

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    Kelejan says

    I love how you keep us in the loop with all our girls. Lady will get the in her own good time and that is what you are teaching us, not to rush anything but give every elephant time to heal.

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    Shirley Taylor says

    So lovely to watch this and hear how the girls are getting along. What beautiful bird song you have around you thank you for sharing a piece of the girls and your life with them x

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    June Ross says

    I appreciate you all so much! Thank you for the long awaited video! It is so great to see them doing as well as they are..

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      Bernadette says

      Really enjoy the commentary. One question are these ‘circus elephants ‘ born in South America. Thanks again

      • Kat Blais says

        No, they are all captured from the wild and brought to South America. Lady was supposed to be born at a facility in Florida, but there are no records that support that story.

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    June Ross says

    Can someone explain to me why the African and Asian elephants cannot be together?

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      EleComposer says

      The biggest issue with keeping African and Asian elephants together is essentially they speak a different language. Behavior that is play for an African elephant is aggression to an Asian elephant. This is generally the root of most problems between the two species. Even when an African elephant tries to be social with Asian elephants, it is often met with refusal or aggression. If the two species do have a physical altercation, the Asian elephants are at a disadvantage due to both physical stature and lack of tusks. These uneven fights can have severe consequences.

      Aside from the possibility of elephants getting hurt, it creates a tense atmosphere. The Africans move quickly, put on displays and behave in a way that is unsettling to Asians. There are two main goals of sanctuary that this goes against. The first (and easy one) is replicating a life that is as close to nature as possible. The two would never be together in the wild and allowing them a more natural life allows them to display more natural behaviors and return more to what their species is supposed to be. The other is that sanctuary is about creating a safe space where elephants feel comfortable enough, for the first time in their lives, to be vulnerable, allowing them to work through significant emotional issues they’ve had for decades and finally begin to heal. This ‘safe space’ is cultivated in many ways, but if elephants are on edge due to their companions, they would not be in a place to let their guard down and work through issues as readily. Sanctuary is supposed to be the first time in their lives that it is all about them, and this means making decisions for the most scared and most damaged elephants.

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    Sheila says

    THANKS SCOTT! IF U GET CLOSER CAN U GET BETTER RECEPTION?? UR COMMENTARY IS GOOD!! BIRDS R AMAZING!! 👏CANT SEE SWEET🐘 LADY OR CHUBBY 🐘MAIA VERY WELL!
    I WONDER WHERE 🐘RANA IS? THAT LIL MAIA I THINK KNOWS THERE MAY BE GOOD TREATS🍉 NEAR. LADY! THAT MAIA IS VERY SMART!!

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    Jim Driscoll says

    Thank you Scott and Kat for all you do for the girls and for all you teach us. I have learned so much! Thank you!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    So appreciative of updates on the girls. Your patience is wonderful in allowing each the opportunity to grow their friendship, and to trust you, their caretakers. The fence is coming alone nicely, so much work, expertise and money it takes. So happy to be a part of this growth.

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    Nancy says

    Thank you so much for the latest from the girls Scott – trust takes so long to rebuild once it’s been broken but thanks to you Kat and all the team it seems as though Lady feels in a safe place more and more

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