Mud Parties for Rana and Lady!


Rana was a squeak machine earlier this week, super soft and affectionate. Rana always wants to be Lady’s friend, but this day she wanted to be Lady’s friend a little more than usual. Lady wasn’t particularly responsive, nor did she seem to be aware of Rana’s extra cuteness towards her for most of the day.

That afternoon, they were both near the barn (Lady was in Yard 2 & Rana was in Yard 1). Lady came over towards Shirlei for a drink and started playing in the mud the water hose was creating. Rana came up to the fence by Lady and behaved as if she wanted the hose as well. Shirlei stepped over and started spraying water in one spot on the ground to make a muddy mess for Rana.

Rana began splashing around. Lady, who was already feeling silly, came over to Rana’s mud party. Shirlei started going back and forth with the hose, spraying water in two spots so they could each have a temporary mud hole. They were maybe about three meters (10ft) apart.

Rana & Lady watched each other as they played, and they both seemed to enjoy the interaction of separate parties together. It felt very sweet and intentional.

Eventually, Lady ended the mud part by wandering off. Rana was full of rumbles and ear flaps as she watched Lady walk away.

Photo of Rana.

March 26, 2020


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    Jacquelinr Leighton says

    I love them both

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    Carol says

    Love it!!!

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    SHEILA says

    oh those dear?? ladies!!! yes sweet rana would be expecting she could get near lil lady! so they could play and touch lady but i guess ranas squeeks and rumbles thru the fence never worked out!!!!but at least theladies had a few minutes of water / mud play?

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    Patricia says

    Smoochies, you adorable girls!!!

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    Sherry says

    I love that photo with the beautiful elephant and the beautiful blue sky!

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    Carmen Lucia Souza says

    Dear Rana, you are amazing and deserves a lot of friends!!! Soon Lady will understand this. Go on, Rana!

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    Jean says

    So sweet! I’m sure Lady is experiencing having non threatening interactions with other elephants maybe for the first time in her life along with non threatening interactions with humans. Maybe she is processing all if these new experiences in her own time. This is just my humble observations from afar. You guys are so amazing. I am in awe of the work you do. So grateful there are people like you in this world. Thank you kind gentle and compassionate people❤?

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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    How absolutely fabulous to read… been out of touch with Global Sanctuary Elephants for some weeks now and I’m overwhelmed with love ? for the girls and what’s happening there. Bravo ? big time ❤️

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    Kelejan says

    Life is good for these deserving elephants.

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    Carol says

    Sweet girls! Spa day!!!????

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    carey says

    Rana is such a sweetheart

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    Rosie P says

    This is wonderful. Two girls interacting and having fun. Lady has improved so much…a long way to go for her yet but a little progress is made in subtle ways each day. I’m so proud of her.Rana is just perfect to help Lady grow. I love, love, love them!

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