Lady recently had a very social day – well, social by her standards!
Lady has continued to spend time by the barn, mostly in Yard 3. When we arrived at the barn that morning, we planned on doing Lady’s foot soaks early. Instead, we found Rana in Yard 2 by herself and Lady in the back of Yard 3.
Rana seemed to be in a good mood, so we decided to see if Rana wanted to enter the barn for some foot care. She did. As Scott worked with Rana, Kat headed out to feed the others. Maia is still in Yard 5, alternating between grazing and pond blobbing. Mara and Bambi were near the pond in Yard 4, looking cute and chatty for breakfast delivery.
By the time Kat made it back, Rana was done in the barn. We wanted to give Lady access to Yards 1, 2, & 3, so Kat invited Rana to return to Yard 4. Rana happily followed. A little bit later, we saw Lady and Rana near the 4A water trough, which is shared by Yards 3 & 4. Lady was bathing in the water in Yard 3. When we went by later, Rana was drinking from the same trough from the Yard 4 side. The two spent some time together near each other.
Around lunchtime, one of our newer caregivers, Kairo, let Kat & Scott know Lady was heading toward the barn. In the five minutes it took Kat and Scott to get to the barn to do her soaks, Lady had passed the barn and was having a great time in the mud wallow in Yard 1. When we looked later, Maia had left the pond and was near the fence between Yards 1 & 5. Lady and Maia ended up spending some time near each other, socializing through the fence as well. Not only has it been a while that we have seen Lady with Maia, but Maia hasn’t been seeking out company the past few weeks, so it was nice to see the two hanging out near each other.
When Lady wandered off from spending time near Maia, she went to the back of Yard 2 and started grazing in an area with nice grass. She seemed content engaging in her surroundings after a day of spending time with other elephants.
She never got her foot soaks that day, but part of the balance of sanctuary is about honoring to the importance of emotional and mental healing and well-being, along with caring for their physical being.
Photo of Lady