As we’ve mentioned, Rana has been enjoying having the opportunity to roam back and forth between Yards 4 and 5. Recently, she got so immersed in the vast greenery of Yard 5 that she decided to stay out of sight for the evening. While we generally like to deliver a supplemental feeding to the girls at the end of the day, we may not always be able to pinpoint them exactly if they are in an especially wild area – though we still have an idea of where they are. Rana isn’t on any medication that would make it necessary for us to find her (like it would Lady) and part of the beauty of sanctuary is that they are able to enjoy a diverse and expansive habitat that allows for them to ‘disappear’ for a while if that is what they choose.
Here, Scott takes you on a tour of several parts of the habitat so that you can get an idea of what the terrain looks like and how elephants can navigate hills and valleys much more easily than you might initially think. Scott also explains that in this instance, Rana is totally okay. As he explains, “With the elephants being all nice and calm, they are our barometer. They let us know what’s happening.” In other words, if the other elephants were showing concern about Rana, or seemed out of sorts, then finding her would be more of a necessity. Because they were all in the typical mellow evening state of mind, we followed their lead. And, not to worry, Rana did show up later – as you will see tomorrow.
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