Not all elephants enjoy getting bathed with a hose. Likely, that is because they have been sprayed with water in the past when they didn’t want to be. For that reason, we have an “elephant shower” in Yard 1, near the barn. If you want to give an elephant time and space to see if they want to get clean or cool off, you can just turn on the shower and walk away for a few minutes. That gives the individual the option to walk under the water as their choice.
Up until this week, Pocha has not used the elephant shower, but finally decided that she wanted to give it a try. She stood under the water for about 5 minutes, just relaxing and splashing a little. The afternoon was warm and Pocha seemed a little sleepy, so she may have seen the shower as an easy way to cool off without putting in too much effort. As you can see, she seems very relaxed in her personal bath.