Rana Crosses the Creek


Although Rana has been here for months and loves to explore, she had yet to cross over the creek. This isn’t something we were pushing. Aside from allowing elephants to figure out their new world at their own pace, we also hoped she would build up some muscle before crossing. There are places to cross that are fairly easy, but also difficult paths. Our hope was that she would be in better physical condition by the time she was confident emotionally to give it a try. Elephants are usually very good at knowing the balance.

Maia has always enjoyed the North side of the habitat, and this means crossing the creek. It seems like everything had come together for Rana to give it a try and she did very well. Rana was completely comfortable on the other side, but caregivers kept an eye on her throughout the day to make sure everything went well and that she wasn’t stressed.

The next day, caregivers brought Rana closer to one of the easier crossings, just to familiarize her with where some of the less physical paths were. In the morning Maia was back at the barn, so we went to ask Rana to come back over, allowing for a more thorough treatment of her eye. Rana was a champ, followed over, and didn’t have any issues with any of the trails.

Often elephants in captivity are dismissed because of physical limitations. People tend to view them with their own eyes, thinking of the pain they must be in or how difficult certain tasks must be. But over and over again, elephants have proven that they are much stronger than that and they don’t allow much to get in their way. Rana is not only a loving and caring elephant, but she is tough and embodies what sanctuary means to elephants. ❤️

July 22, 2019


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    Debbie Sides says

    Yay Rana! Good job sweet pea! Love love love Rana bug!

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    Susan says

    Are you able to tell if she is stronger than when she arrived? She must be but can you see signs that she is? She seems to be such a very sweet girl and from what you tell us, it seems that it is a positive trait she possesses. Is she one of the sweetest you guys have know? Love to get a peek into their lives (your lives too). Sanguinary is healing for all of us!

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      EleComposer says

      Hi Susan. You can visibly see the increase in muscle mass and tone since she has arrived. She carries herself better and is more agile. Not sure about her being one of the ‘sweetest’, one of the things that stands out the most is that of all of the elephants Scott and myself have worked with, she trusted the quickest and accepted and cooperated with an incredible amount of help at the beginning of our relationship with her. 🙂 Kat

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    Susan says

    Way to go RanaBug! You inspire me with your calm & strength. Hugs! ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️?????

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    Lila Nieto says

    What a lovely entry, I loved it. I love to watch the process of Rana from when she came. Every step is so interesting, and so moving. Thank you for sharing. Love from Mexico!

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    Carolyn McNeil says

    This gave me great happiness. Rana is doing great. I will watch this video relentlessly!

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    Sherry says

    Rana has grown much in her security! She feels better everyday and her bravery shows everyday now. She will be ready to
    help the next lucky elephant who makes it to Global Sanctuary!
    It is so good to see Rana grow with confidence.

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    Carey says

    What a major break through, in itself must have given her confidence, well done Carers.

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