November 23, 2005 ~ Delhi’s 2nd Anniversary
Can you believe it has been two years since Delhi was confiscated and brought to the Sanctuary? She surprised all of us with her zest for life and remarkable recovery. Thanks to the EleCam, our members have been privy to all of Delhi’s many antics, including her legendary “Granny Dash” and many soccer matches with Scott. When she showed us that even a 60-year-old elephant can scale a fence, all we could do was laugh. She gingerly lifted each of her limber legs, slowly and carefully, over the temporary cable which had been erected to contain her for quarantine. With a mischievous twinkle in her eye she slowly- but effectively - managed to climb over the fence to munch on the tasty grass growing on the other side. These past two years have taught us what an incredible recovery an infirmed elephant can make. Delhi continues to bless us daily.
October 31, 2005
The morning after Delhi trekked down the mountain and across the pasture, we noticed that her feet appeared to be sore. It is not like Delhi to stay indoors, so we immediately set out to find her some relief. We started with a call to the vet and a homeopathic remedy, followed by a new pair of shoes. Tina continues to bless our lives, and today she blessed Delhi's as well. If it had not been for Tina and her patient cooperation with the entire shoe creation project we would not have had shoes to offer Delhi. Today we reminisced about sweet Tina.
October 28, 2005
Another cold snap — and this time Delhi decided to make the trip back to the barn. What a reunion it was! Sissy, Winkie, and Tarra have all spent a great deal of time with Delhi this summer, visiting her in the pasture and on her mountain. But Jenny, Shirley, and Bunny have been spending time on their own mountain; they have not seen Delhi for weeks.
Everyone, including Bunny, was already in the barn when Grandma Delhi arrived, returning from her summer adventure. Jenny and Shirley were so excited they could not leave her alone. Crowding her from both sides, she was a Delhi sandwich. The affection and vocalizations literally went on for hours.
October 25, 2005
Delhi was determined to ride out the one night of cold weather, but we were not willing to let her brave the cold. When she showed no sign of starting her mile long trek back to the heated barn, we erected a warming tent for her. All she needed was a protective cover to protect her from the moisture and wind (although the wind turned out to be non existent). The smaller the area the better so she would benefit from her own body heat. The tent was not even completed before she wandered over to check it out. She went right in and made herself at home, even lying down around 1:00 a.m. for her beauty rest. She woke refreshed and exited the tent when the sun came up. The next night she slept in the tent again, even though it was not as cold as the night before. It seems she just liked sleeping in the tent.
October 23, 2005
Today was overcast and a little windy; the
temperature was comfortable…for an elephant. Consistent
with this time of year, most of the elephants
spent the day in the pasture grazing. Long naps were also part
of the activity with Jenny and Sissy doing most of the sleeping.
While they slept Winkie and Shirley grazed nearby; Tarra and Bella
were off on an adventure, Bunny was deep in the woods on the Southeast
mountain while Delhi was on her mountain in the opposite direction.
Of course Misty was making the best of her quarantine confinement
chirping at the caregivers as they drove back and forth on the
road out side her corral. All is well in elephant country.
The Fall colors are breathtaking; adding an elephant or two to the scene… magic! At the end of the day Tarra demonstrates the luxury of free choice access into the heated barn, she and her sisters can come and go when they please.
October 17, 2005
Jenny and Shirley are spending time grazing and napping in the Autumn sun. In this series of EleCam captures, viewers are privy to the special bond shared between Jenny and Shirley.
October 11, 2005
Jenny and Shirley are down from the mountain and out in the pasture, grazing away!
September 29, 2005
Bunny, our ever-elusive nature lover is seldom seen by the EleCam during warm weather but now that the weather is beginning to change, so will Bunny’s pattern. You will see Bunny coming down into the pasture much more this time of year. Bunny's loyal zoo following feared she might never acclimate to this life of freedom. To everyone’s delight, Bunny adapted to her new-found freedom immediately. With a full elephant family and abundant habitat to explore, Bunny is indeed one content elephant. To make things even better, she recovered from her debilitating foot disease within 6 months of her arrival in 1999 and has not experienced any foot problems since.
September 12, 2005
As the years race by, we are forever thankful for each and every elephant that finds her way to the Sanctuary. It is hard to think about what life would be like for these elephants if they had been denied this opportunity. Winkie is such a powerful example of an animal whose actions are shaped so profoundly by her environment. Winkie was actually released to the Sanctuary because no zoo would take her; her reputation was that bad. Even USDA voiced concern about what they referred to as her aggressive nature, fearing that “too much freedom” might be a bad situation. Sadly even some seasoned elephant managers echoed the same sentiment, that Winkie was a dangerous elephant and would only get worse given freedom instead of dominance. Bless her heart, Winkie proved them wrong. More is better in the case of elephants and space. Winkie’s fears took weeks to melt away, but in a short time she was a much different animal than before she arrived. Winkie was the 7th elephant to be released to the Sanctuary and the 7th elephant to prove that freedom of choice and freedom of movement helps to heal the heart and body of a captive elephant.
September 11, 2005
September 10, 2005
With so much suffering in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina, it feels a bit strange to be heralding
joy, but today was just one of those days.
Jenny, Shirley Bunny and Tarra have been
out of EleCam sight for several months, occupying
the hill and habitat in the Southeast section of the Sanctuary. This
is the area that Barbara found so alluring. She would spend days
on end exploring the hill tops; cutting trails through the then thick
underbrush of the recovering clear-cut land. Who would have realized
that only a few years after the land was clear-cut and sold to us
that it again would support a healthy forest teaming with
all kinds of wildlife?
Sissy calmly grazes as a resident red tail hawk, perched on the tree to the left, takes flight.
August 29, 2005
As Katrina loomed down on the coastline, weather forecasters turned an eye to other states that were in the path of the storm. Local weather reporters advised that this might be the worst storm in quite a while, warning residents to be prepared.
How do you prepare a herd of captive elephants for such a storm? Seldom do the Asian elephants return to the barn for any reason except cold. They have been through many storms, some intense, and always prefer to remain outdoors, in the woods. One of the concerns expressed for the elephants being outdoors during storms is the possibility that they will be injured by falling objects such as trees.
All we can say is that the elephants seem to know where to be during storms and although accidents definitely can happen, none have. The elephants actually seem more agitated while inside the barn during a storm then outside.
Last night caregivers timed the night feeding to precede the storm. But even with this well-thought-out game plan, the caregiver found herself driving through the habitat fighting heavy winds and rain—but, luckily, no lightening. When she reached the elephants they were calm and undisturbed and ready for their groceries. Each was covered from head to toe with thick gooey mud. Jenny took only a few minutes to eat and then returned to her mud slinging ritual, covering not only herself but also "stander bys" including her caregiver. The worst of the storm passed while the caregiver was feeding the elephants, so they enjoyed the relatively mild storm together.
August 13, 2005
An EleCam viewer has captured Winkie enjoying a dust bath!
August 11, 2005
Although Tina blessed us with only a brief stay, she won our hearts and will never be forgotten. Her magnetic personality drew hundreds of people to her new home when she moved to the Sanctuary. These people are forever changed, having been touched by Tina’s special gifts. With that charming smile and a twinkle in her eye, she claimed us as her own.
Forever in our hearts, our dear TINA.
August 9, 2005
July 21, 2005
July 9, 2005
Sissy takes a dust bath—then shares her space with a deer! (See if you can "catch" the deer in the second slide!)
July 7, 2005
Tarra goes blackberry picking.
July 6, 2005
Today marks Shirley’s six year anniversary at the Sanctuary. In this relatively short period of time Shirley has impacted the Sanctuary profoundly. With wisdom and kindness she has helped to create a family and has taught her caregivers more than we could ever have expected. In spite of her broken leg, multiple burn scars and other injuries, Shirley is healthy. It is putting it mildly to say that Shirley is content. Jenny is her main focus but it is obvious that the wellbeing of all the elephants is important to her. All of the elephants, including Winkie, treat Shirley with great respect. By all observations they adore her.
June 12, 2005
Summer at the Sanctuary brings lazy, peaceful days. A new canine friend has joined the herd.
June 3, 2005
Shady spots provide cool relief for the girls of summer.
May 28, 2005
Jenny, Shirley, Bunny, Tarra and Bella have
all been on an extended hiatus from the
EleCam and many viewers have asked about their
whereabouts and wellbeing. They are all having
the time of their lives, foraging new trails
in the southern area of the property—Barbara’s
favorite stomping grounds. In fact, the past
few nights they were found leisurely hanging
out by Barbara’s
grave when their groceries were delivered
around midnight. Barbara passed away four
years ago this month and was a beloved member
of her herd.
Misty is enjoying the warm weather and abundance of grass. With all the rain this spring Misty literally tore up the pasture and we were afraid she would have only dirt by summer; thank goodness we were wrong! Misty grazes with her toy ball and foot trimming tub near by. As you might expect, what is a foot trimming tub to us is actually a great toy for Misty. It is made of aluminum pipe, light weight and easy for her to grasp… and throw around.
Immediately following this posting we received
a message—a very creative interpretation
of the elephants' elusive behavior.
May 18, 2005
May 18, 2005
Today brought disappointing news about Misty’s sister’s with the announcement that USDA will allow the Carson and Barnes Circus to have some of the Hawthorn elephants. Luckily, Misty will not have the misfortune of being returned to that life. We are honored to be able to protect and provide for her. She is full of joy and always ready to engage in any form of fun provided. Today she demonstrated her healthy appetite, grazing on live vegetation which seems to suite her just fine.
May 11, 2005
Today was a break-through day for Sissy and Winkie. Each elephant progresses at her own pace. Sissy and Winkie have been the best of friends, helping each make amazing recoveries. Their break-throughs include Winkie learning to trust new keepers and befriending all of the elephants, Sissy finding the confidence to cross a swollen creek, Winkie feeling safe enough to finally lie down to sleep and Sissy forgoing physical closeness with the other elephants until Winkie felt comfortable to coexist in the herd. Today is just another in a string of breakthroughs, all because these elephants have been allowed to live a life free to make their own choices. Today they pushed their fears aside and, for the first time since their arrival, “climbed the mountain” and disappeared into the forest beyond. Their adventure lasted all day.
They walked the
forest trails and found one of the man-made
watering holes. Jenny was sleeping when they
entered the glade where she and Shirley were
spending their day. When dusk fell they started
making their way back home. By 11 pm they
were back in the pasture, contently grazing
in the moonlight. The next morning, as soon
as the sun rose, they decided to repeat the
adventure of the previous day and headed
up the mountain again. This time they stayed
all day and all night. After they were fed
at 11pm they drank from the water trough
and purred contently, showing no desire to
leave this forest wonderland. As the 4-wheeler
roared off into the night, two mammoth silhouettes
cast twin shadows against a backdrop of forest
and midnight sky.
May 7, 2005
As the sun sets Delhi finds a dust bowl!
April 30, 2005
Delhi immersed in the habitat; enjoying the pond, a good scratch and some tasty vegetation. Delhi and Sissy enjoy tender moments.
April 26, 2005
Today we celebrate Tina’s birthday. Even though she is no longer
with us we think of Tina often. The flutter of a butterfly or buzzing
of a bee, that makes us think of Tina with a smile. That chubby face
with sparkling eyes ever engaged and kind. Tina lived a short life
filled with many joys and pain. Known and loved by thousands, Tina’s
legacy is that she is still able to change people’s lives for
the better, even today.
April 25, 2005
Barbara came to us nine years ago a ghost of a creature, emaciated and listless. But inside that hollow shell lived a most magnificent being; vibrant, knowing and compassionate. Barbara taught her friends, human and elephant alike, lessons of profound spiritual significance. She was our greatest wanderer and the one most likely to leave a hauntingly deep impression on those fortunate enough to meet her. After 5 years filled with recovery and heartbreak Barbara left us to struggle with the pain of her passing. We soon realized that although Barbara was no longer physically with us her energy was everywhere, even stronger than before.
April 23, 2005
Misty is making the best of her situation; napping, playing and generally having lots of fun!
April 9, 2005
A glorious spring day. Sissy and Winkie have already established their daily pond routine; and what fun they have!
April 8, 2005
Winkie enjoying a snack.
April 7, 2005
The elusive Bunny is captured on the EleCam
Today Misty received a surprise in the mail…a beach ball. She loved it for the two and a half seconds that it withstood her exuberance, and then POP, is was history.
April 6, 2005
Winkie enjoys a spring shower which always puts her in a playful mood.
April 4, 2005
The elusive Bunny was spotted by EleCam fans.
April 1, 2005
Winkie enjoying April Fools Day
March 30, 2005
Another day in paradise!
March 29, 2005
Delhi is enjoying this spring weather. She sent time playing in the mud hole that Jenny excavated several years ago. It is spring fed and makes a wonderful mud spa. After playing for several minutes she wandered off to take her well-deserved nap!
March 27, 2005
Delhi is a busy girl, checking out all corners of the Sanctuary. This evening at dusk she was seen at the upper pond, content as she could be.
March 25, 2005
The girls dubbed this the “first day of spring” by taking the first swim in the pond this season. Jenny, Shirley, Sissy and Winkie played like puppies; their joy was contagious.
March 21, 2005
Jenny rolled around and Shirley protectively stood over her as a caregiver trimmed Jenny’s back pads. Jenny was being very silly; wiggling around, sitting up half way and then back down again, making the trim job a challenge. She finally lay still for a few minutes and then was up on her feet ready to play. Her fooling around caused quite a stir with the EleFans viewing the EleCam.
March 19, 2005
Shirley (58 years old) was feeling like a kid this morning.
March 10, 2005
Winkie has a way of keeping herself entertained even when everyone else is napping!
March 9, 2005
Today was a reminder of what we are striving for; a healthy environment which allows for natural behavior between caring members of a close-knit family group of elephants. What a joy it is to observe these elephants as they demonstrate how important choice is in their lives. Today EleCam viewers were treated to a banquet of displays of affection; first Shirley and Tarra, then Jenny and Sissy and then Sissy and Shirley, all in a 20 minute span of time. Their joy is contagious!
Today is a day of many celebrations; Flora’s one year anniversary and 22nd birthday, and the 10th year anniversary for Tarra and the Sanctuary. It is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Tarra inspired the creation of the Elephant Sanctuary. The momentum that she has created shows no signs of slowing down. We look forward to more successes and increased awareness regarding the lives of captive elephants worldwide. Without a doubt, Tarra will continue to be the inspiration towards that goal.
February 16, 2005
Bunny had several small crusty spots on her ears about the size of a pin head. They appeared to be either bug bites or an allergic reaction. Since we had never seen this condition on any of the elephants before, Dr. Scott was call out to do an examination. Bunny was pleased to be the focus of doc's attention; she adores him. An immediate determination was not made but a sample was sent to the lab for analysis.
February 14, 2005
It is hard to believe that Tarra is 31 years old. She is still the baby of the Asian herd which is exactly where she wants to be. In these ten years of Sanctuary life Tarra has grown tremendously, not physically but emotionally. She has forged a strong relationship with all of her sisters and caregivers as well. She remains independent as ever, that is her personality, but she lives amongst the herd. With her ever present canine friend Bella, the two scour the habitat for new adventures daily. As the months and years have passed Tarra has become an integral member of the herd.
February 14, 12:30AM
With the balmy weather hovering at a comfortable 56 degrees, Delhi stayed out long after all the other elephants had migrated back to the barn. Then at 12:30 a.m. she made her mile journey from her now favorite cedar tree in the back-60 to the barn, to join her family. She was greeted with an enthusiastic Bunny trumpet and playful interactions from Tarra.
February 4, 2005
It was a fabulous February day; all the girls headed out for the pasture and a nap in the sun. Tarra and Bella soaked up the sun together.
February 1, 2005
Today Jenny, Shirley, Sissy and Winkie spent time together above the small pond.
January 26, 2005
It is 5 years today that Sissy arrived at the Sanctuary—timid, shy and emaciated. She spent nearly 4 weeks inside the barn before finding the courage to go outside. Her gentle nature was immediately evident and in no time she had developed a strong relationship with Carol and Scott. Once Winkie arrived, things rapidly progressed. Sissy had become the big sister, providing security and support to her new-found friend, Winkie. Sissy continues to bless us with her compassion and kindness. It is an honor to serve her.
January 25, 2005
Everyone has been enjoying this glorious weather. Today an EleCam Fan captured this series of images of Jenny rising from her late afternoon nap…heaven.
January 22, 2005
An EleCam viewer sent this screen capture of Winkie playing with her hanging barrel toy. She had a blast!
January 13, 2005
January has been wet and warm—a glorious month especially for our coldest month of the year. The ground is saturated which makes it great for slip-n-sliding and other antics. Winkie cannot help herself; she has to play, slamming her face into the mud. This is a classic position enjoyed by all elephants who engage in playful behavior. Up close it looks painful, but when you hear the trumpet of glee you realize they are having pure and simple fun!
Sept. 29, 2005
Happy 6th Anniversary, dear Bunny
Sept. 11, 2005
July 21, 2005
Tibetan Prayer Flags
Prayer flags are gentle reminders, bringing us back to our essence and helping us to open our hearts and minds. When we hang prayer flags, we create the intention for more kindness for ourselves and all sentient beings. It is believed that prayer flags literally bless the air wafting through them with sacred mantra prayers. All beings that are touched by the wind are said to become calmer and more uplifted—good karma is created in the surrounding area.
As they wave in the wind, prayer flags carry wishes and prayers for compassion, peace and healing around the earth. Prayer flags also encourage us to live more mindfully and help us to restore our own inner calm. A more peaceful world still must begin in each of us, one open heart at a time. The silent prayers are blessings spoken on the breath of nature.
I truly believe Tina possessed that gentle and peaceful spirit that prayer flags evoke. She touched so many lives and so many hearts, awakened a strong sense of compassion in people and probably helped some heal. I hope these flags might hang near Tina’s resting place as a gentle reminder of a gentle girl that touched our hearts so profoundly.
May her rebirth be as beautiful as her spirit.
In Memory of Tina
the new wonder
In your eyes
your sisters' faces
In your eyes
your heavenly keeper
In our eyes
all the wonders
In Memory of Barbara
MATRIARCH OF INSPIRATION
From Michael Sultana
5th Anniversary, our dear Sissy. Your suffering brought attention,
and in turn, your freedom. Such a gentle, sweet soul, may you
continue to enjoy your precious family for many, many more
REFLECTIONS AND REBIRTH
Was Moved and Moved from zoo to zoo.
my best friend,
Fellow Sisters - while we graze and while we rest,
To Sissy ~
Every day I marvel at your gracious, sensitive and thoughtful
wisdom, and your gentle spirit.
You are a blessing yourself.
May you celebrate many, many more Anniversaries with your ever-growing family.
Delhi goes to
the Africans fence and
(and the Africans reply)
proud and humble greetings cousin,
(and Delhi chants slowly)
I needed this time
(and then she sings)
My Soul needs to Wander,
I have been scratching my back, my head
(and Tange says)
By Carole Moffett
is a day called Judgement,
Will come to God and whisper,
We served man faithfully,
We've fought in battles honorably,
The elephants all trumpeted in unison,
On bended knee they pleaded,
Now Tarra she stepped forward,
With Shirl and Jen and Bunny,
She spoke so soft and whispered,
We walked the earth in peace and calm,
and ate the food you grew,
My Mother and Father, they stood their ground,
But their efforts were no match for them,
We come to ask, not revenge Lord,
Those who came to do us harm,
Blessings on those who kept us safe,
Love to all who watched and prayed,
Our lives were full with love and peace,
The love you gave to all mankind,
Hugs and Kisses to all the girls,
Once again it's Christmas time, when good deeds
Scott and Carol needed a very special place,
And so it was that Barbara came, a frail and sickly gal,
Next along came Bunny
with unbearable foot ills,
Winkie with aggression and wild spirit to
Tina rode a long long way, from north to south she came,
Barbara too has left this Earth, without her warming sweater,
Delhi was the next to come, officials intervened,
Flora from the circus, had tired of the game,
So join with me in wishing, these elephants long life,
God Bless The Elephant Sanctuary And All Who Reside There.
There was a day
With earth's most precious angels,
The elephants spoke softly,
Thank you all for coming,
We came to praise and worship,
So everyone please listen,
Our load was hard and heavy,
We gave our lives and children,
They never asked or pleaded,
They sold us into slavery,
We climbed and danced and shouted,
But never did we ask of them,
A test of strength and courage?
A burden placed on us you see,
But wait, a truck is coming,
To a place almost heaven,
My Lord, I see neighbors,
Oh Yes! my precious sisters!
So friends stand up and listen,
and say hello to all of us,
Beautiful Tarra's Birthday Tribute
Tarra is all
I will try Tarra, Happy Birthday.