Sunday Smile: Memory of Lady Going Swimming

We wanted to round out our tributes to Lady this week by celebrating her love of the wild parts of sanctuary. This video was taken in some of her earliest days at sanctuary. We knew she loved water; she was constantly splashing in mud wallows and the water trough. But we hadn’t actually seen her fully enter the pond, although we knew she was going in. 

While the other elephants were in Yard 5, we opened up Yard 4 for Lady and she took off at a Lady-paced run, headed directly toward the pond. Kat was nearby and saw Lady out of the corner of her eye, fully submerged. Lady was sitting up, butt on the floor of the pond, rubbing back and forth, in total squishy play mode. We included the clip of Lady climbing out of the pond to showcase the strength that Lady had developed at the sanctuary. In typical Lady fashion, she took a somewhat difficult way out of the water.

Lady seemed to let go fully when she was in the water. This was one of those moments where your heart feels full over what sanctuary can truly provide the elephants, and how much the little things really mean to them.


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    Eileen says

    This makes my heart so happy for her!

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    It makes my heart sing to see how joyful and playful our Lady was in the pond. Thank you for sharing.

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    Wim says

    She really looks happy bathing in freedom.
    How wonderful that life has turned for several years.

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    It is wonderful to see Miss Lady Bug at peace and joyful in the pond. Thank you for sharing.

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    Jillyp says

    Thank you so much for sharing this of dear Lady. I adore it. She’s so free and uninhibited here, just in a dream and her own world enjoying the moment, with all the sounds and smells of freedom. Dearest Lady ❤️ Thank goodness she had this time at the Sanctuary 🌳🌳💦🐘☀️🌳🌳

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    Gillian Gandy says

    Thank you so much for sharing this video. She was a lovely Lady. I will never forget her soulful eyes her cheeky smile and her parties for one and her love of the grasses. I will love her forever. No more pain in her ele heaven. ❤

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    Benita Auge says

    It was probable that allowing her weight to not place so much stress on the feet made her feel wonderful.

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    Sue says

    What a wonderful video of Lady, thank you so much for sharing. Seeing her fully let go in the water made me smile. How beautiful to see her so joyous. Thank you. The way you shared so much with us this week has been a huge comfort. Seeing your respect and treatment of Lady from the moment you met her is truly humbling to witness. Extra love and hugs Kat, I can’t imagine how hard this is for you. ❤️🐘❤️

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    Irene says

    She loved the water. Thank God You have all these wonderful memories of cute Lady xxxxx
    It’s because of you caring people that she was able to have a beautiful life 🙂


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    Elizabeth says

    Lady seemed calm and enjoying a dip in the pond.

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    Patricia Mitchell says

    So glad she was finally able to do what she chose to do. Not what horrible humans forced upon her.!
    Thank you for giving her freedom!!

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    Gretchen says

    My heart is full, thank you for sharing this. Her feet must have loved being in the squishy mud as well as her butt. I will love this hat wearing beauty forever.

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    Beth says

    Her pure child-like joy just made me keep smiling. I lub her❤️abd feel blessed to have known her. I miss her so much but am sure she is splish-splashing her way in Heaven. Btw, I asked my beautiful white Percheron, Bonnie, to greet Lady when she crossed over.💖🪷🦢

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    Rand says

    Scot and Kat should be very proud and happy about what they gave Lady. She had 4 wonderful years and you can see that Lady is ecstatic in the water. This is why I support GSE Brazil

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    Jran says

    Healing waters❤️

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    Audrey says

    Thanks to you all, for giving Lady the best years of her life. With friends & freedom she was already enjoying best life had to offer. 🩷

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    Sara says

    That was completely delightful.

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    Terry says

    Pure bliss!! I could feel her joy, her sense of freedom and connectedness to all things as she splashed and swired like a little girl who is able to get in the water for the very first time.
    With every step she took, Lady was grace in motion. She was finally given an abundant and free life when she arrived at sanctuary.
    It has been an honor and a privilege to watch your light shine sweet, sweet Lady.

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    Bonnie says

    Boy she was having a good old time Thank you all for giving her Freedom as well as the other girls

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Thank you for this last spectacular glimpse of Lady’s sanctuary life.

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    Shelley Russell says

    Thank you for sharing this video of dear sweet Lady, it must have felt heavenly for her being weightless in water, the soothing feeling of deep mud…..the pain relief must have felt so good. 💔

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    Johnny says

    The loud birds seemed to enjoy Lady’s swim also. Or perhaps she was upsetting their tranquilit? Who knows. Animals are wonderful, amazing, fascinating and more. Thanks for posting lovely Lady taking a bath/swim.

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    Rocío says

    Que lindo ver este video, Lady siendo feliz… Y siendo feliz con tan poco; tanto que aprender de ella.
    Descansa en paz querida Lady,

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    Beji says

    Always loved, never forgotten

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