On this particular morning, five elephants lined up against the fence in Yard 5 for their early meal. Scott starts off talking to Guille as she enjoys her fresh hay, grain, and produce. Bambi had scooted over near Guille’s pile of food, hoping to share, but ended up stopping and staying with her own serving. Scott walks down the fence line to meet up with Rana, Mara, and Maia, explaining that Mara gets a little extra food to make sure her stomach stays well fed and happy after past GI issues.
Everyone is very calm and seems to be enjoying themselves in a relaxed way. Scott talks a little bit about how though those who don’t seem to believe in sanctuary may not understand the ways we care for elephants, it’s still very manageable to make sure that each elephant gets the attention and medical care needed – all while maintaining their natural lives as much as possible.
P.S.: Listen at the end for Guillermina’s cute vocal attempt to convince Bambi to let her have some hay.
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CAROL saysMarch 13, 2023 at 2:15 pm
Our precious pumpkins…such beauties…
Melinda saysMarch 13, 2023 at 2:15 pm
That was an adorable video! So awesome watching happy, healthy elephants just being themselves!
But, why on earth would anyone object to sanctuary???
Sara saysMarch 13, 2023 at 2:21 pm
There are people who don’t understand the concept, that believe elephants are better off in the “homes” they’ve had for decades, with keepers they’re familiar with – and lots of other things. Seeing elephants who have transformed over time at sanctuary has changed many minds, though.
Nancy saysMarch 13, 2023 at 2:32 pm
Thank You Scott! Love your narratives.
Melinda saysMarch 13, 2023 at 3:11 pm
Ugh, sorry but I call that total ignorance. Their true homes were in the wild with their birth families, from which they were stolen. But I’m happy you are changing hearts and minds for these wonderful beings!
Sara saysMarch 13, 2023 at 4:02 pm
Education is the key to greater acceptance. That’s part of our goal here and each day we prove that sanctuary is the best possible option for captive elephants. The more we work, hopefully the bigger difference we can make.
Luanne L Schick saysMarch 13, 2023 at 3:26 pm
Thank you Scott. You are Angels 😇 without visible wings 😇. God bless 🙌 🙏 all your Amazing Hearts. Love ❤️ Love Santuary.
Ban all ZOO’S! aquariums! Santuary is a freedom for elephants 🐘. Love ❤️ Huzs from Alberta Canada ❤️ 🇨🇦.
Charlotte Hansen saysMarch 13, 2023 at 3:56 pm
What a fun video! thank you, Sara and Scott, for the explanations. I can’t BELIEVE some people don’t appreciate the benefits of sanctuary for the elephants or for any animal that has been held captive in zoos or circuses! It’s mind-boggling!
Johnny saysMarch 13, 2023 at 6:06 pm
Loved hearing the explanation by Scott why and how they do the morning feeding. What lovely girls!
Wim saysMarch 13, 2023 at 6:07 pm
Beautiful together in this peaceful breakfast club.
Susan Flewelling saysMarch 13, 2023 at 6:24 pm
How do you work Lady into the mix to ensure she gets in on the action? Do you have to take food and meds to her or does she eventually make her way to you?
Sara saysMarch 13, 2023 at 6:44 pm
We take food, medicine, and footwork supplies to her, wherever she is at the moment. Sometimes she might come to the barn, but often she’s out exploring.
Benita Auge saysMarch 13, 2023 at 9:21 pm
After having been treated so cruelly in the past, do these elephants occasionally express their repressed anger toward the current caretakers? Can you trust them 100% of the time?
Sara saysMarch 13, 2023 at 9:33 pm
One of the reasons that we use protected contact, other than for the elephants’ comfort, is that we hope for the best and plan for the worst. We have learned a lot from elephants and encourage them to understand that we are listening to them. Anger is a valid expression after years of abuse and neglect.
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