A flat tire and a lunch break means you get a live update on Rana. The flat happened as they were pulling into the gas station, which ended up being incredibly convenient. It didn’t cause any issues and was a quick fix. While that was being done the rest of the team went and had lunch.
During this stop some staff from the Brasilia Zoo also came to say hello. They were one of the ’emergency stops’ on our travel plan. Part of determining our route is thinking about possible emergencies along the way and what we would need to do. We’ve talked about the recessed straps in the crate, but the container is also designed so the roof can come off. So if an elephant were to have a dire emergency, we would already have straps in place, could remove the roof and lift them out of the container.
Although we don’t ask anything of our emergency stops, except to give us somewhere to take out an elephant and assist with supplies if needed, the Brasilia Zoo was actually great with preparing an area for her if needed. Thankfully it’s not needed, but it was good to be able to talk to them and thank them for their true willingness to help.
They are already back on the road and moving along. We will try to update you on an estimated arrival later on, but the hope is tomorrow. It will not be early tomorrow for sure, and that’s about all we know.
Power is still out at the sanctuary but we will try to stay connected. And yes, we’re in contact with the power company trying to get it restored for Rana’s arrival.
December 20, 2018