Rainy Season and “Mud Days”

Muddy Mara

It’s the rainy season, so there is lots of mud everywhere all of the time. There’s been more rain than usual the past few days, and the elephants designated one day as “mud day” (or at least it seemed that way).

Bambi and Rana were in the same yard, with Mara in the neighboring yard. In the corner between Yards 2 & 3, there is a dust pile on one side. On the other side, over the years, the elephants have made a decent-sized hole. All three girls converged in that corner and started bathing, squishing, and rubbing. They all seemed super happy and light to be so muddy. They were ridiculously messy looking, with inches of mud piled thick all over their entire bodies. They were having a big party, with lots of touching each other and silliness.

They seemed to all have a wonderful time, and there is nothing better than happy and dirty elephants.

Photo of a very muddy Mara.


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    margareta Kjellström says

    So glad to hear that they enjoy themselves! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021!

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    Joy Taylor says

    We should have a video of that. So glad they enjoyed it!

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    Sue says

    Such a happy story to share!! I am absolutely blown away at how a captive elephant can go so long without maybe trees or grass, and yet in Sanctuary their instincts and/or memories come back to them and allow them to enjoy these wonderful things!!! I can’t get enough of seeing all the Girls when they are light and happy!!!! Thank you for the story!!! Love and hugs to all! ❤️?❤️

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    Lori Hoover says

    Aww that sounds like the perfect way for those three ladies to spend their day.

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    Mara says

    I love this so much!

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    Debbie Sides says

    Must feel good mudding themselves. A spa day is always a good thing!

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    elaine richard says

    How lovely to be covered in mud! I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and the best of years in 2021, especially after this most difficult one. Thank you again for all you do for those amazing animals and, through them, for us!

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    Beji says

    Sounds like a spa day for the gals! Happiest of holidays to all creatures, great and small. Cheers!

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    I see this in my mind’s eye & it makes my heart sing. Thank you for taking us there. Party on GGs
    (Golden Girls)!

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    Sunny says

    The meninas deserves all the mud they can have ?

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    Kenneth Newman says

    Its so nice to read that those in sanctuary are having fun, being the kids they want to be, and NOT having a care in the world…..I am so looking forward to NEW members of this wonderful group of pacaderms? , when Pocha and Gullermina make their home at GSE, as well as all those who are in the pipeline to come…May the year of 2021 be a GREAT year of sanctuary for many more elephants !!!!!!

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    Rosie P says

    Wonderful to know how happy that mud made them! Oh, Bambi, how life has changed for the better for you in such a short time.
    Happy Christmas everyone and may 2021 be a good one. Much love XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    John says

    bathing, squishing, and rubbing …….. hmmm sounds like elephant heaven.

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    Kelejan says

    John is IS elephant heaven. And may many more elephants reach this heaven.

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