Pelusa Health Update

Pelusa at La Plata ZooWe wanted to share with you that upon arrival this morning, Pelusa’s caregivers found her lying down in a somewhat awkward position. They helped her to lie down on her side and become more comfortable. Pelusa hasn’t laid down in almost two years now, so this is not normal, but we don’t know where it will go from here.

Pelusa is currently on IV fluids and being monitored closely by her vet and caregiver staff. She has several blankets, but they are also moving some propane heaters outside for her for the evening. She was quietly resting for most of the morning, but has moments of activity now. Her people will be with her throughout the night to care for her. We have been in communication with Suz and other staff throughout the day, all day.

For now, we just ask you to keep her close to your heart and send her whatever healing you believe in. Pelusa is calm and comfortable and everyone is giving her this time to take a break from standing on her aching feet and letting her decide where it goes from there. We will update you with anything significant when we can.

Oh, almost forgot, Scott has left the sanctuary to fly there to be with her. He will not arrive until tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you 


June 2, 2018

June 8: Future Of The Zoo Where Pelusa Passed

June 5: From Suz: Her Service To Pelusa

June 5:  Our Beautiful Lady Has Left Us

June 4:  Pelusa Update From Scott

June 3:  Pelusa: There are No Major Changes At This Point

June 2:  Pelusa Health Update


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    Suzanne McCoy says

    God bless you all & keep you all ????

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    Anca says

    All the BLESSINGS for Pelusa. Get well soon.May God be with you, sweet soul. Where is Pelusa now???? Not in a sanctuary???????????

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    Jean McDermott says

    Thank you for the love and care you are giving this beautiful elephant. Much love and healing thoughts to her, she is in my heart.

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    Harald Geiger says

    Good Pelusa, Bless her.

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    Susan Hunt says

    Love and positive energy flowing to her and all her caretakers. I have been thinking about her always standing. Perhaps she was feeling well enough she tried to lie down but landed clumsily? Of course you know we want to hear as much news as possible but Pelu is priority number one and I will be patient for your posts. I support Pelu to make her decision on what happens next. I am glad Scott could get to airport with the gas shortage issue. Blessings and love to all of you.

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    Magdalena Guille says

    Good morning.
    How Pelusa is doing? Might I ask. I hope she’s doing well and Scott is with her .

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    Natalia says

    How could she not lay down for two whole years? How did she sleep?

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      Kat Blais says

      Many captive elephants don’t lie down to sleep. If they are not trusting of their surroundings, the elephants they share a space with, or their humans, they don’t put themselves in that kind of vulnerable position. Elephants would come to sanctuary in TN that hadn’t laid down for decades, the sleep standing up. It doesn’t provide the relief for their body that lying down does.

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