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