Lady has foot care sessions twice a day most days. In the mornings, we do her foot soaks and topical treatments, and in the afternoons, we scrub and apply topical treatments. We don’t do trimming daily, but, when we do any filing or trimming or her nails or pads, it happens in the afternoon.
One recent morning, after her foot soaks, Lady backed out of her chute like usual and went into the stalls. We wanted to document her feet through photos, so we asked Lady to present her feet at the front set of bars, where she does her afternoon footwork.
Lady seems to appreciate routines and is not a fan of anything new we introduce to her care regimen. The first few times we applied a liniment to Lady’s front left leg to help with stiffness (it is much better than when she arrived, but she has her days), we got dirty and watchful looks. Now it may be her favorite part of her morning routine. It took her a little bit to accept it fully.
This morning, when we asked for her foot, she paused, shot us a little side-eye, and put up one of her feet. Once she realized that the additional request was nothing out of the ordinary, and meant more treats for her, she was her usual cooperative self.
Sometimes, elephants look at us as if to say, “What are you doing, silly humans?” It’s always charming when they act as if our tiny human brains entertain them. At least this time, we had a legitimate reason, other than needing more coffee. ?