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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