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Rana Is Growing More and More Hair!

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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.

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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.

Comments(28)

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    Nancy Shaw says

    You Go Girl !! : )

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    Nannette Stone says

    Oh Rana, you are getting like a woolly mammoth, but totally beautiful ❤️

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    Nicole says

    That is wonderful! Sanctuary is definitely creating healing!

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    Kenneth Newman says

    Could Rana’s hair growth also be attributed to her most likely better? diet………..Obviously, if these elephants are in a MUCH happier mood, and doing MUCH MORE walking, bathing, and in general having a MORE natural life, then maybe their true selves will come to the surface, whether its their bodies, their general health, and their minds……I would bet that in another year or two, these elephants will have changed even more, and NOT for the worse, but much better…….

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    Nicole says

    I don’t like aging….the older we get the more hair we get in places.

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    Kelejan says

    Perhaps she is descended from hairy Mammoths?

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    Andrew Pearson says

    Is the growing of new hair in different places what normally happens to Elephants as they grow older. Is this a sign of Rana becoming content and loving her new home more and more.

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    Pam says

    Maybe there is a woolly mammoth dormant gene coming to life 😃

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Wow! Wondering if it has to do with a hormone imbalance. Sometimes this happens in humans with a tumor or thyroid problems. 🐘♥️

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    Debbie Sides says

    I think it’s wonderful! I love the fuzzy hair. She is soooooo cute! Love Ranabug!

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    Anella Stewart says

    Wow, our beautiful Rana Bug going from a completely hairless, smooth, wrinkle-free skin to growing lots of hair. Would this have a genetic connection to her woolly mammoth ancestors? How much hair is natural for elephants?

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    Carey says

    I think this is stunning, simple !

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    Pam says

    Maybe there is a woolly mammoth dormant gene coming to life 😃

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    Pam Knaggs says

    Bless her! She is no longer stressed.

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    FRANCINE FORD says

    Bless her fuzzy little head…and back & ears & butt. Don’t y’all know us ladies tend to start sprouting hair everywhere? 😉 Maybe she’s decided that now she’ll be a wooly mammoth. Adorable Ms Ran a lam a ding dong! I love you!
    ❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘

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      Kat Blais says

      Generally, older elephants grow hair from their ears and chin, Rana has decided all of her body needs hair. 🙂

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    Sallie says

    WOW! Amazing how Mother Nature accommodates the needs of her critters . . . This hair is a protector for Miss Rana, will stay in place until climate and perhaps, food shifts cause it to ease out, when it is safe to expose her skin. This will be a very interesting lesson in how healing works for individual elephants and any wildlife . . . LOVE you Miss Rana, and hope all of this change helps you adjust to a New and Beautiful world – and a Happy and comfortable skin to live in!

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    Alana says

    “Ms Ran a lam a ding dong” perfect name! Love her to pieces.

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    Beji says

    Rana is growing hair. My husband is losing his. He wants to know her secret!! Ha… also, just received my GSE t-shirt. I got the red, v-neck and it is way cute!

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    Victoria B says

    🎶 🎵 Hair 🎶 🎵

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    Gayle Janzen says

    WGT Rana! If you could bottle your secret to new hair growth, you could make millions selling it to people who are follically challenged. You make us all smile whenever your nice humans tell us how well you and your new friends are doing. ❤️

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    Bo says

    It’s Happy Love Hair!

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    SHEILA says

    OH WOW!!! HOW WONDERFUL SHE IS GROWING HAIR ON HER TAIL👍I REAL FEEL BAD FOR THE LADIES WHO HAVE HAD THE HAIRS PULLED OUT I& TAIL BY THE ABUSIVE CIRCUS TAIL HOLDING IN RING👎 OR STRESS THEYVE LIVED WITH SO LONG!! RANA 🐘HAD BEEN SO EMOTIONALLY CALM AND LOVING SINCE DAY 1 WHEN SCOTT OPENED DOOR TO THE BARN CORRAL👍 IM SURE HER HORMONES HAVE READJUSTED AND THE HAPPY HORMONE HAS HELPED HER! PLUS 4 OTHER 🐘LADIES SHE LOVES! SHE IS ULTRA ❤️HAPPIER‼️ALSO VITAMINS AND DIET-MAJOR IMPROVEMENT TO HER BODY!! PERHAPS SHE WAS A NORTHERN ASIAN BORN. ELEPHANT WHERE CLIMATE WAS COLDER AND SHE HAD HAIR ! BUT THINK HAIR ON RANA IS GREAT👍 IF SHE TURNS INTO A WHOLLY MAMMOTH ELEPHANT THAT WILL BE EXTRA SPECIAL👍
    PLEASE PROVIDE A PIC WHEN SHES HAD SHOWER AT THE BARN WITHOUT DIRT ON HER SO WE CAN SEE HER FUR😀

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    Rosie P says

    I know that elephants get some hair when they become elderly but this is thick and even on her tail! I see a few of the posts have already beaten me to the “hairy mammoth” likeness. We are obviously of the same mind! LOL!
    Beautiful Rana, we love you even if you grow horns!

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    Cindy Norman says

    I truly believe this is evidence of pure contentment and no stress. Stress can do so much to our bodies and the lack of it allows the body to preform the way God meant for it to. It also shows that you guys are doing a wonderful job. I just can’t wait for some other lucky ele’s to benefit from sanctuary. Let’s also remember in our praying, all the chained up elephants in Thailand and Cambodia. I know there’s nothing GES can do physically, but let’s not forget. Thank you GES for what all you do for these wonderful creatures.

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    Jillyp says

    Aw hairy Rana – so cute. Perhaps it stopped growing before due to stress. Now she’s happy….. 🌺🌟
    I can’t wait to see how hairy she gets 😍 How fascinating and adorable xx 🐘🌸

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    Katie Howard says

    Sweet, sweet Rana! She just doesn’t know any better! 🙂 Most of us LOSE our hair as we get older!

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    Sherry says

    Beautiful hair for Rana.♥️

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