The day our recent cold snap ended, the sun came out early during treatment time. It was like a switch flipped, and all four elephants became sun zombies. It seemed as if the sun and warmth made their brain cells melt. Although the temperature only went down to 60*F (16*C), the morning warmth felt amazing.
Lady’s treatment was in the barn that day, and it went very smoothly. As soon as she went outside and felt the sun, she stopped. When we left the area to treat the others, she was standing in the sun by the water trough with her eyes closed, trunk loosely resting on the ground. When we came back later, she was still standing there napping.
After Lady, we tried to do treatment with Rana. Usually, Rana is our treatment rock-star. That day, Scott would have her get in position, and she would, but every time he walked away to get supplies, she would go back to standing perpendicular to the fence. He would then have to ask her to go back into the “lean in” position again. It wouldn’t take her long, but it just isn’t something we generally have to do during treatment. She was sweet and gentle, but it seemed that her brain was feeling a little slow that morning.
While Rana was having her eye treated, it was Mara’s turn for training, it didn’t go much smoother. We’ve been working on getting Mara more comfortable with a slightly different style of training, which incorporates holding her trunk. We are at the point where she quickly puts her foot on the bar, and we touch it as if we were doing footwork while she touches her nose to our hand. This day, it took almost the entire session for her to rest her foot upon the bar fully. Once she did it the first time, it was easier to repeat, but it wasn’t typical for her either. Maia didn’t have any treatment that day, but, if she had, it probably would have gone similarly.
From a human perspective, the sun felt fantastic and turned our brains a little melty as well, so the elephants were not alone!
Photo of Maia, enjoying a snack in the sun.
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Julie saysAugust 30, 2020 at 2:39 pm
Sweet fuzzy-headed Mara, literally and figuratively ?, with the water hose Kool-aid smile. I love it.
SHEILA saysAugust 30, 2020 at 5:11 pm
IM SO HAPPY FOR THE LADIES???? THEY GOT THEIR SUN ? BACK! THEY CERTAINLY WERE LESS THAN IMPRESSED WITH THE COOLER TEMPS! VERY TRUE THEY HAVE SORE MUSCLES AND BONES FROM THE YEARS OF CIRCUS AND ZOO ABUSE PLUS THEY ARE MIDDLE AGE LADIES ALSO? HOPE THEY R ❤️LOVING AND ABSORBING ALL THE “RAYS” THEY CAN?❤️ BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE LADY, RANA AND MARA WERE TRYING TI “CANCEL”? TREATMENT DAY FOR THE SUN?
Debbie Sides saysAugust 30, 2020 at 5:11 pm
I love the fuzzy hair on top of their heads. They’re all just so cute.
Barb saysAugust 30, 2020 at 6:34 pm
I must admit that I am a sun zombie when the temp is around 75 degrees instead of 95 degrees. Sunset is earlier each day now as we head toward Fall here in Ohio. Love to hear about the ele sun zombies of ESB. ? ?
Paula saysAugust 30, 2020 at 8:02 pm
Que los cálidos rayos del sol sigan acariciando esos majestuosos y amados cuerpos de Maia, Rana, Lady y Mara!
Disfruten las bellas mañanas, chicas!??????
Irene saysAugust 30, 2020 at 8:59 pm
Lovely ladies! Sun worshipers! Awesome update! So funny how their attention is all mostly the same! Sweethearts!????♥️♥️♥️♥️
arie saysAugust 30, 2020 at 11:30 pm
Sunny? lazy ? siesta day ?
arie saysAugust 31, 2020 at 12:37 am
A sunny ? lazy ? siesta day ?
Wim saysAugust 31, 2020 at 3:08 am
Sunny side up is sometimes a heavy cup. It’s not easy being an Elephant. Always a huge target of the powerful sun. They must feel like living solar panels. Interesting story once more. Stay safe and loving all of you.
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