Rana Is Progressing Nicely with Her Training

Rana with Scott and Karissa

Rana is progressing at a very nice pace with the training needed to provide her with the proper care. Decades of circus life takes a toll on the body, and we need to be able to address any physical issues.

Scott and Karissa are now working together with filing Rana’s feet. Rana is incredibly respectful with her trunk, which makes using this part of the fence possible. Karissa is holding her nose and using her other hand like a target pole. As a side note, we don’t physically hold their nose, they offer it into our hands, and we allow it to rest in our palms. When the girls are initially taught behaviors, the target pole is used, as they become more confident and comfortable, we transition to using hands instead. After she positions Rana and she is ready, Scott comes in and begins to work on her feet.

Each session is different, as well as every time she places her foot within the session. With Rana, you can generally read if she is only going to stay for a short moment, or if she’s really settled in and good for longer. Rana has displayed immense amounts of patience and trust with the treatments that needed to be done starting upon her arrival. She is quite spectacular, and we are very grateful.

July 19, 2019


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    Maghue says

    Rana Bug you are such a good girl. Presenting your feet like this. ????

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    Julia Eden says

    That’s brilliant news to hear. Thanks so much for the update. ❤️?❤️

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    alana says

    Would you look at that contented face! She knows she is surrounded with nothing but good. Tell Rana Bug & Maia I Love um & think of them every day & I’m hoping to hear more squeaks.
    P.S. I look forward to these updates, & the education. Thank You.

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    So tender 🙂

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    Vicki Bowen says

    I Love this Elephant, Rana Bug! She is just amazing. Her personality — so adorable! i Love her squeaks … ♥️♥️♥️???❤️❤️❤️??????
    Many Thanks to all who take care of Rana

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    Debbie Sides says

    She is such a sweetheart. Love her personality. Reminds me of Tarra a bit. Love you Rana bug!♡

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    Lila Nieto says

    Ranaaaaa! You always amaze me, every news from you is better than the previous. What a lady!!!

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    Carey says

    so good to hear, thank you.

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    Sherry says

    She is trusting of you now. She has been at sanctuary long enough to know that you will care for her! She is one smart lady!

    Love that Rana Bug!

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