We’ve talked about the elephants getting extra sleepy in the mornings, often after breakfast. However, the desire to nap can hit at any point. Many times, they’ll find a shady spot to rest or end up at the mud wallow to take a standing nap.
One recent morning, Rana was at the treatment barn getting her usual checkup and, when she was finished, she walked about ⅔ of the way out of the chute. Scott stopped to look and see if anything was wrong and he assumed that she just wanted to take a minute to head out, since we allow them to do whatever they need on their own time. Scott realized that it seemed to be taking longer than expected for Rana to leave, so he walked up to her and found her snoozing: eyes closed, deep breathing, full-on napping. He ended up closing the gate in front of her so that none of the other girls would walk up on her sleeping and startle her. Rana ended up taking about a 15-minute nap in the treatment chute and then woke up and was ready to leave. It was both a funny and charming moment to see her taking a break from a leisurely (but clearly taxing 😊) meal.
Photo of Rana