May 14, 2013
Memories, New and Old
If you are familiar with The Sanctuary, then you know their stories. Barbara was The Sanctuary’s second resident, and she came to The Sanctuary suffering from a “wasting” disease. She had been chronically thin for much of her adult life, and this condition would plague her until her passing. Bunny was captured in the wild and spent over 40 years in an Indiana zoo. She came to The Sanctuary after the zoo management and community made the decision that she needed a change, a decision that allowed Bunny to live the rest of life grazing on fresh grass and sleeping under the stars. Ned was confiscated from a circus trainer by the USDA in 2008. He arrived at The Sanctuary shortly thereafter, thus earning the distinction of The Elephant Sanctuary’s lone male elephant. Ned was not intended to be a permanent resident; however, as The Sanctuary does not have the necessary separate facilities for bull elephants. The Sanctuary would be a temporary place of rest and recuperation until a more suitable home could be found. Sadly, Ned’s health had already deteriorated past the point of possible recuperation by the time of his arrival. The Sanctuary is honored to have been able to provide Ned a place of rest and comfort for the short time that he was with us.
Even while The Sanctuary takes time to remember those who have left us, new memories are being made every day. Last week was a normal week in the Asia and Africa habitats, or at least normal by Sanctuary Standards. Caregiver Laurie has these observations to share:
“Sissy and Winkie are happy to be back outside in the warm weather. Warm rain is one of Winkie's favorite things and she appeared to be having a good time in last week’s showers with lots if excited ear flaps and her high pitched noise which sets off Sissy's signature ‘trunk-popping.”
“Flora and Tange have been enjoying the mild weather mostly hanging out together, but a few times this week they have chosen to have some alone time and were found at opposite sides of their habitat. Flora was in a very calm mood on Friday, and she greeted us with sleepy eyes and a trunk wave. Tange was much more lively, eagerly following down the fence line for her breakfast.”