Rana is growing more and more hair. We posted about it a few months ago, but her hair has continued to grow thicker and heavier.
When she arrived, she was hairless. She has always been a distinct-looking elephant with her hairless body and beautifully smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Now she is not only growing hair on her head, but her back, ears, body, and even tail. She arrived with a tail that looked like a stump, without a single hair on it, and now it has begun growing hair, which is something we’ve never known an elephant to do after decades of not having hair.
Even though it doesn’t get cold here, Rana seems to be growing some sort of winter coat. The hair on her back and sides is growing fast and furious right now. For context, the cooler temperatures we keep referring to means lows in the low 70*s F (21*C).
It’s an excellent example of sanctuary transformation. While we prioritize emotional healing and any health issues they arrive with, sanctuary improves their overall health. This is evident at a glance with increased muscle tone and general improvement of their feet over time just from walking, digging, and spending time in the ponds. Sanctuary also improves their health in less significant ways. Like with Rana, her skin improvement from access to natural exfoliants (trees and other elephants) and regular moisture (ponds, the rainy season, and mud wallows) seems to have allowed her hair follicles to heal.
Sanctuary heals in a million “tiny” ways that we don’t always see or know, but with the growth of Rana’s tail hair, that fact is both undeniable and unexpected. We’re curious to see just how hairy she will become.