June 11, 2014
Old Habits at The Elephant Sanctuary
These are all happenings that have been witnessed by our caregivers (and EleCam viewers) over the past week here at The Elephant Sanctuary. The 13 elephants who call it home have resumed their summertime habits and schedules.
There is one elephant that has been spotted doing something very out of the ordinary, however. At the beginning of the month, our cameras caught Misty grazing near the “Lake Road”… an area of the habitat where she has not been seen in years. Maybe it was the encouragement of caregivers, maybe it was the support and companionship of Shirley after the passing of Dulary, or maybe she was just ready to explore. For whatever reason, Misty has been spotted a couple of times already this month in areas far from the Barn, unusual for her.
It seems June is a time for some elephants to resume old habits, and for some elephants to start new ones.
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Many of our Girls have come to their Sanctuary home with many such problems, including Billie and Frieda. We think that Frieda's bowing may feel like a nice stretch and also help her scratch the backside of her feet. Billie is often observed just sitting in her pond, a position that would be hard to achieve on land...and even harder to get up from. After Billie's trunk-lifts, she finishes her session with a drink and a rinse courtesy of a fire hose wielding caregiver. Looks like moments of elephant "Zen" to us.