Video: Lady Splashes Around and Has Some Muddy Fun

We caught a brief moment of Lady enjoying herself at a mud hole recently. You can see that she splashes around with her trunk, covering herself with mud and generally making a nice squishy mess. She uses her trunk to scoop up little balls of mud – one of her favorite techniques. Toward the end, you can see that she is really silly and gets into the fun of it all.

Playing in the mud is not only a fun activity for the elephants, but it also offers the opportunity for natural stimulation, something that most captive elephants never get to experience. Plus, it is good for their skin. 

P.S.: You may notice that she is lifting her leg a bit at the beginning. It just looks to us like she’s scratching an itch.


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    Sally says

    Wonderful to see. That wet mud must feel really good on her feet.

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    Barb says

    Well my day is complete now! Watching sweet Lady having fun and being silly in the mud! What more could I ask for?

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    Susana Tejedor says

    Hermosa Lady. Pero quiero ver videos actuales de Mara, por favor

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    Wim says

    Wonderful looks like she’s really relaxing completely at ease. 🤗🐘❤️

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    Because crossing borders is MUCH MORE difficult during the pandemic, are there any other elephants in Brazil that you want to bring to GSE? Have you done a complete count of ALL captive elephants in South America? Have any other zoos on the continent offered GSE their elephants?

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      Kat Blais says

      As we’ve stated before, we keep these details quiet most of the time, as to not risk progress with any facilities we may be working with. But we are definitely not only focused on one country.

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    Carol says

    Yes…I was concerned that her foot was bothering her.

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      Sara says

      Because her feet will never be healed, she is medicated for her discomfort every day. But we’re guessing this certainly helps make them feel better!

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    Syd says

    Lovely Lady! I did like the fancy footwork at the start….

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    Bill says

    It is always good to watch the girls having fun.

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    Rachel says

    Sweet Lady. Hopefully she got rid of that itch on her hind leg when she walked into the mud hole. She seemed relieved at the end. I can relate! ❤️

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    Katie Howard says

    My God, she looks wonderful!!! What a “happy puppy” she is! Let be the birdsong “soundtrack” too 😊

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    Julie says

    So lovely….so good to see our Lady feeling herself like this. This is my new favorite video, the birds, the tranquility and peacefulness of it all…so nice! Thank you!

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    Alana says

    Great clip. Smiled all the way through it. Will watch again.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    This one is the best video EVER!! So much fun in the mud! I especially love that our ladies get to hear lots of birds singing during their days now. Thank you so much for this one–made my day!

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    Patricia Bamford says

    I was just about to go to sleep, one last check on email and what a treat, my beautiful Princess having fun.❤️ Going to sleep with a smile now.

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      Sara says

      We are glad we could help!

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Sweet Sentient Lady Bug you are living the good life in the jungle, sunshine, birds singing and keeping you company and a wonderful mud hole to play in.
    Thank you GSE for giving her life back.❤️🐘

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    John says

    Very sweet video. Love to see them being playful and silly. Next thing they’ll be doing Silly Walks!

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    Debbie Sides says

    She is a love and cute as a button! Love to see her so happy!

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    Beji says

    Nothing like a mud treatment on spa day. Ahhhhh…..!

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    Sallie says

    Dear Lady, you are so in control of your Spa Days . . . I should have you remind me of when I need to start soaking, mudding up and clipping! Honestly, I only got halfway done! No Problemo. No mud, but There’s always Tomorrow! Keep it up! And share your tips!

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    Sue says

    Love the video, thank you!!! Lady looked like she was smiling and grinning with enjoyment. So proud of her. She makes being brave look easy. Love seeing her in action. She looks amazing, esp. her skin! Thank you again! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Donna Johnson says

    Lady is so beautiful! I just want to hug her and tell her she is so loved ! I know you do that already. Thanks for the video, Scott and all you do for our beloved friends!

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    So happy you clarified her back leg was possibly from something other than being painful for her. It was the first thing I noticed. It was wonderful to see her being playful and a little silly, entertaining herself! The pictures are great, but the videos of the girls really brings them to life. I LOVE watching them, and once again appreciate GSE so much. Anyone reading this, please consider going to Amazon Smile when you shop Amazon, and name Global Sanctuary for Elephants as your named charity donation. It is free, and Amazon mades a donation to GSE every time you shop. Just a suggestion.

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