footwork

Lady With Some Pep in Her Step

This video is from yesterday. Lady had her own little party just before it was time for foot care. She was joyously trumpeting and kicking around in the bushes, but like many elephants, as soon as you turn on a camera, they stop. We decided to share the video anyway…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hopes Part IV: The Actual Condition of Lady’s Feet

Elephant feet are nuanced and complicated and still a leading cause of death for captive elephants. Lady’s feet aren’t just uncomfortable or an inconvenience, they have defined part of her life. As much as we would like to go in and ‘fix’ everything, we can’t do that safely. Now that…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part III: Emotions

Lady is a strong elephant, both physically and emotionally. Her feet have been in terrible condition for a long time, yet she pushes through it. This is something we have seen in other elephants as well, but it always takes us back a bit. Through a lifetime of being in…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part II: Trimming Her Front Feet

  FIRST HURDLE  CLEARED (HER BACK FEET).  ON TO HER FRONT FEET. The first tremendous hurdle had been cleared; Lady allowed us to begin working on her back feet. We got some substantial work done over the course of a week, so it was time to take the next step-…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part I: Trimming Her Back Feet

It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Lady. When you acknowledge an elephants’ individuality, all elephants are complex, yet some are a little ‘harder’ than others. Lady is amazing, she gives you this wide eyes, crooked smile look, and you can’t help but melt. She’s silly and…...

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Maia and Rana’s Footwork Routines

All of our girls get regular footwork, just not necessarily frequent footwork. We look at their feet daily, and if an issue pops up, it’s immediately taken care of. But for the most part, their feet generally look really good. Maia’s footwork is the most infrequent. She uses her feet…...

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