Rana in the Lead

For those of you that follow us on Instagram, this is a repeat, but we needed to share with everyone. It’s a short clip but says a lot. As you have seen, Ramba leads most of the time, but now and again, Rana decides she would like to be first. She doesn’t slow Ramba down; instead, she walks super fast.

Rana has an injury, reportedly from when she was five years old, which caused her elbow to fuse, meaning she can’t bend it. When she is walking slowly, she flexes her wrist, when she needs speed, she swings the whole leg. She doesn’t seem to think twice about her leg; she just goes.

Often people will look at elephants with injuries like hers and dismiss their abilities or feel bad for them. Some facilities would consider euthanizing an elephant like Rana because of her injuries and how she walks. But Rana shows that just because some people look at her and see a leg that doesn’t work properly and her odd gait, it doesn’t remotely define her. She can zoom, climb, swim, all with a cheesy grin on her face.

November 19, 2019





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    Barb Wilson says

    Good for Rana! I have an ankle injury that has hampered my movements somewhat for years. Doesn’t keep me down so you go, Rana girl!

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    Kelejan says

    Thank goodness there are people like you in this world.

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    Lila says

    Words can’t express how munchy, cheesy, happy and tender I feel about Rana, and about her and Ramba becoming friends so fast. I know Maia will come around at her pace, and I am sorry that she is not there many times, but I understand that she is still mnourning and also that her personality is just different, less social perhaps. Anyway, Rana is soooo cool with her swinging leg, and Ramba is soooo cool with her old face and fast pace. I just adore them so much!!!

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    Carey says

    Rana – bless her! she does do well, and very happy that she and Ramba continue to bond

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