The Pond, Some Palms, and a Bath


After spending the morning in the pond, Maia got out for a brief break to enjoy a snack pile that Kat left her – some palm fronds and a small amount of fruit. Kat was nearby cleaning a water trough along a fence, so Maia headed over for a drink of extra-fresh water.

Since Kat was cleaning the trough, the hose was out. Maia decided she wanted a bath and, using her body language, asked Kat for one. Kat soon found out that Maia didn’t want a standard shower.

Maia wanted the laziest version of a bath possible. She just stood there, facing Kat, and put her head down and her ears out. Maia stood perfectly still and let Kat spray the water over her back and back of her neck. She put forth no effort in moving her body to get the water to hit other places. Maia decided if she stood just so, enough of her would get wet that she wouldn’t have to do anything but stand there.

She stood there for a few minutes, half napping, and just soaked it up. After she felt like she had enough, she walked back over to her palm snack and remaining fruit to finish enjoying her snack.

April 9, 2020


  1. REPLY
    Bobi StaySee says

    Kat the Rain Machine! Can feel how good that felt, just letting it rinse off and wash over that pond water. Like back in school when we rinsed off under the shower after getting out of the pool. Hand shower before treats, beautifully thanks to Kat.

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    Muriel Servaege says

    Thank you, Kat, for giving Maia exactly what she wanted! Maia is very spoilt and enjoys it. We are so happy for her.

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    Kelejan says

    I think these elephants have some sort of power over the Sanctuary people and they take advantage of it. 🙂 We being able to read and see what is happening every day really is helping us all with this Virus problem, we know that something good is happening in the world. Thank you all so much, and everyone else who posts here. Love you all., Elephants. Carers and Supporters.

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      Rosie P says

      Yes, Kelejan, I feel just the same. One big sanctuary family that helps us all during this difficult time and many many thanks to all who support this wonderful place….carers and supporters alike! And the precious girls at the heart of us! I love you all, too!

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    Heidi says

    Yes, Kelejan, I agree! It’s nice to know something good is happening in the world! I think this elephant is a little spoiled! (And deserving of it!)

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    Susan says

    There is no end to your goodness to these precious characters! Please take care of yourselves. NOTHING CAN HAPPEN TO ANY OF YOU….. many blessings.

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    Anella Stewart says

    In a world filled with so much uncertainty, I so look forward to Kat and Scott’s updates on our precious ele-girls. With all the trauma these lovely ladies have suffered in life, they deserve all the loving attention they now get. Thanks Kat and Scott and all at GSE for making such a profound difference in their lives.

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    Rosie P says

    Thank you so much, Kat, for the caring way you treat these girls. Thank you to all the carers and helpers for recognising their needs and for the empathy and compassion shown to each of them……and to all the other amazing animals and wildlife living there. XXXXXXX

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    Patricia says

    There is one place I can almost always count on for a smile! (When somebody passes, it’s not a smiley day.) Maia, you are such a little wag! I love you with all my heart. How wonderful that you and Kat are such good friends. I know you are a very lucky girl, now, but I think Kat is very lucky, too. Just a bunch of angels. xoxoxo

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    Sheila says

    Oh dear lil maia! ?sure nice to hear ur wandering about just living life. Getting treats‼️! Nice palms and great folage to eat‼️! Wonderful ponds to sleep and soak in!‼️ a nice friend ?rana to hang out with when. Feel lonely!You deserve a lively life sweet maia!? geb excellent home for elephants! Staff take great care to please stay well in this horrific time of covid virus

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