We recently talked about the dry season coming to an end and, since then, have been lucky enough to experience several soaking rains at the sanctuary. The elephants delight in this weather, perhaps because it feels good on their skin or because it gets into all the “nooks and crannies” that a dip in the pond or a bath from the hose do not.
The girls do their share of scratching and rubbing themselves on the trees all year round, particularly after swimming or dust baths, but these first rains seem to bring about a more celebratory response. The elephants appear to enjoy satisfying tree scratches on their itchy spots more than usual. At this point, everyone is ready for the rain to commence in earnest, since it brings a sense of relief and joy to all. Maia demonstrates that perfectly in this video.
P.S.: Because the video was taken from one of our observation cameras, there is no sound. But stick around until the end because Maia saves her best scratches for last.
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Cintia Abney saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 2:26 pm
Lol Nice squats, Maia 😂 Not an inch of skin escaped the scratches ❤️❤️
Carol saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 2:27 pm
A little dermabrasion session…love it! And free of charge. I could use some exfoliating!!!🤣🤣🤣💖
Pam saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 2:27 pm
So entertaining … No doubt there’s a jazzy dance music sound track that would be perfect for this video!
Susan Flewelling saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 3:11 pm
She is definitely missing her true calling – pole dancer!! 🤭🤭🤭
Sara saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Beth saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 3:59 pm
She’s a Ballerina! Love the plies!
Wim saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 5:10 pm
Mastery of the tree scratch art. Without a doubt flawless Miss Maia.
Julie saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 5:24 pm
Hahaha! That’s some yummy scratching!
John saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 6:04 pm
I bet this is what elephant dreams are made of!
Viviana Gallo saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 6:24 pm
¡¡¡Ja,ja,la!! Se rascó todito el cuerpo. Qué divertido verla tan dedicada en su cuidado personal. Me hizo reír y me provocó mucha ternura!!
Viviana Gallo saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 6:28 pm
¡¡Que buen video!! Exquisito, me causó mucha ternura y me hizo reír.
Benita Auge saysSeptember 29, 2022 at 7:25 pm
Who wouldn’t feel good about getting a refreshing shower?
Pauline saysSeptember 30, 2022 at 3:52 pm
Ha, ha! Sooooo adorable. It seems she was enjoying it thoroughly!
John saysOctober 6, 2022 at 10:46 am
I watched this to Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig In the Sky”, and started the song at about the 1:00 minute mark. Incredibly wonderful and humorous at the same time.
Sara saysOctober 6, 2022 at 10:51 am
Great technique – adding your own soundtrack!
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