For this week’s Sunday Smile, we thought we’d open a little window into what Lady’s days can be like. There are some times when it might seem to an outsider as though Lady is completely solitary and has no contact with the other elephants, but there’s a difference between being truly alone and wanting your own space. Of course, she’s shared a yard with both Mara and Rana on multiple occasions, but the energy of the other girls seems a bit much for her – at least when it comes to common space. Still, no matter what, she’s surrounded by other elephants who she can choose to communicate with whenever she feels the desire. She does have interactions with the other girls, so she’s never actually on her own.
Here, you can see Lady in Yard 5 with Maia – who was in Yard 4 along the fence dividing the two yards – in the background. Though Maia isn’t directly next to Lady, there’s an excellent chance that they communicated in some way while she was nearby. Both elephants seemed really calm about their closeness and eventually went about their separate afternoons, happily grazing and enjoying the sunshine.
Photo of Lady with Maia in the background