Lady was recently showing some interest in moving around the habitat a little bit, so we opened up access to the yards by the barn for her; that gave her some new territory to explore and she could be near the barn for foot soaks and treatments.
This also gave us the chance to open up Yard 5 for the other elephants so that they could roam and likely appreciate a change of pace. During this time, the caregivers and staff took the opportunity to empty and clean out the bottom layer of dirt in the pond in Yard 4l. Of course, since it needed to stay dry to be able to move the dirt and not turn into a giant slip and slide, a huge rainstorm arrived during the process.
After the large equipment was moved, Lady shifted over into Yard 4, which she’s been seeming to enjoy. She might have been a little disappointed in the empty pond situation, but there was still plenty of squishy mud for her to play in. The rain started to fill the pond some so, at the very least, Lady had a large-sized mud wallow to play in. Although the pond is too large to fill by pumping water into it, it usually fills quickly once the rains come. And we know some of our more “high maintenance” ladies will appreciate the cleaning.
Pond fun was on the agenda for the other ladies as well. While Lady was quite comfortable in her space, the other girls were in and out of the pond in Yard 5, especially Maia. Bambi and Guille stayed near her for a lot of the afternoon. Here you can see the “Powerpuff Girls” standing together, being calm and light while enjoying the shower. You can see that Mara is making a puddle for one and tossing some mud on her head. Sometimes, some of the best fun happens when it rains.