Sleepy Rana at the Barn

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


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    Melinda says

    Adorable Rana, you deserve to nap wherever and whenever you choose!

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    Pamela Hall says

    Be very, very quiet….

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    Tammy says

    Sweet Sweet Rana bug 😘 🐘

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    Shelley says

    What a lovely image!! 😊

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    Wim says

    She must have been utterly relaxed and tired.
    Wonderful to have so much safety.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    This gives me a chuckle! I’ve been known to have a nap-attack, too! Is Rana the oldest? I’ve lost track of their ages. She seems kind of elderly looking in this photo.

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      Kat Blais says

      yes, she is anywhere between 64 and 74, depending which paperwork you believe. 💜

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    Julie says

    Rama is so beautiful and sleep ❤️😊

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    Tracy H says

    I love this sweet girl 🐘. Beautiful Pic

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Thank you, Kat!

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    Patricia says

    That is so adorable! Rana, you are a beautiful sleepy girl. There are so many ways in which sanctuary life is wonderful, and being able to nap at will is one! xoxoxo

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    Beji says

    I’ve actually dozed off during a pedicure…also, I’m between 64 and 74 depending on the paperwork!! Ha

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      Sara says


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    Charlotte Hansen says

    So am I, Beji!

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