After Lady’s breakfast in the back of Yard 5, Scott and Shirlei met Lady at the training wall to do some footwork. Shirlei has been building a bond with Lady for a while now and Scott thought it would be a nice afternoon to join the two and see how Lady was progressing in their relationship. It was a picture-perfect afternoon: birds were all around and everything was warm, comfortable, and green.
Lady was being extra rumbly with Shirlei, who was reciprocating that energy back to Lady. The whole interaction was completely unforced and natural between the two of them. In a situation where there are complex, nuanced approaches to care, and one where caregivers have to be hypersensitive to Lady’s potential for physical discomfort, it was nice to see things clicking between the two so genuinely. Nothing was forced and both parties seemed comfortable with one another.
All things considered, Lady’s feet are in relatively good shape (for her). She allowed Scott to check out a few spots we’ve been watching and was patient throughout. It was truly an afternoon that reflected the ideal way that caregivers should work to connect with elephants at sanctuary.
Photo of Lady