Rana Swimming


Here is the video we promised yesterday. Scott had run into the habitat on the four-wheeler to collect food buckets from the night before. As he came back around on the other side, Rana was speeding out towards the far end of the habitat. Scott wanted to see if she, like Maia at times, was racing out to go for a swim. Sure enough, she was, and he was able to get some nice video and enjoy seeing how silly she became.

One of the interesting things is that she would float with both the left and right side up at different times. The hotel had stated that she has a hard time getting up if she lies down on her left side, but it seems it’s not remotely an issue when in the water. Even better than it not being a problem was that she wasn’t remotely scared to try.

Rana had a blast and was in the pond for at least 30 minutes. For those who may be concerned, at no time was she struggling, that is just the grace of some elephants in the water. She is just being silly, and it’s beautiful to see and to be able to share.


January 20, 2019


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    Linda Lalonde says

    What fun to watch. One has to wonder if she has ever experienced that joy and freedom before in her life. Thanks to everyone there for gifting her this wonderful life.

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    Susan says

    What a joy to watch! Elephants or so interesting – how much they love this mud business! I wonder what she thinks about her new life vs. her previous life? I wonder if she ever wonders if she will have to leave this place or if she will get to stay? Hopefully elephants are mindful of staying in the moment… something many of us dopey humans have a hard time doing. Blessings to you all! What a paradise you all share. Love you so much! Love everyone of your posts!

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    Kelejan says

    Elephant heaven for Rana. I would wish that every captive elephant had the chance to do what she is enjoying of her own free will.

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    Sherry says

    Rana, a bathing beauty for sure! I love my Rana!

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    Susan says

    Oh RanaBug! having so much fun and obviously loving every minute. I had a great visual of her “running” to get to the water! It makes me so happy seeing her eager to do things that give such pleasure; that give her such pleasure. I feel I learn something new and amazing from you each time you share with us. Sending thanks and hugs. ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️…

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    Carey says

    Wonderful to see this, and to consider her new found joy and autonomy. Thank you, great job! Brings to mind pictures we’ve seen of wild elephants who break in to a fast trot when they approach water.

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