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Update on Maggie the Elephant PAWS Rescued From Alaska (Video)

Animals  (tags: maggie, PAWS, elephants, animals, AnimalWelfare )

- 3734 days ago -
Maggie is now with the other African Elephants roaming during the day with them..instead of the gate being closed she is allowed to go up the hill and play, roll in the mud (its been raining there) and now she is having a ball with the other Elephants

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Ali Hirst (286)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 1:20 pm

The month of January has been one of the rainiest months in the history of Calaveras County and rain produces incredible opportunities for mischief and raucous play among the elephants.
71 and Mara, long-time residents, familiar with tobogganing down the slippery, muddy hills demonstrated their superior skills to novices, Ruby and Lulu. Lulu, the smallest and most agile of the four, soon mastered the technique of splaying two back legs out behind and sliding down the steep hills while Ruby, the tank, created her own freestyle routine, looking like a small battleship floating into port as she carommed down the hill.

The elephant paths have changed as 71, Mara, Lulu and Ruby move farther up the hill to forage for tree limbs and scrub oak. Since we were concerned about Maggie's physical capability to move up the fence line with them, we kept the gate closed into that part of the habitat, preventing access to the very steep terrain. After a few days, Maggie voiced her displeasure with bellows of outrage as everyone moved out of sight leaving her alone in the yard. We have learned that Maggie does not tolerate separation from the group, so we opened the upper gate and spent the day out with her, monitoring her activities.

Maggie surprised us as she moved quickly up the hill, pausing to touch trunks and rumble at the others, then rolling in the soft dirt hidden under the mud. That day, Maggie moved all over the top habitat, eating scrub brush, playing in a dead tree pile, throwing mud and sticks at the other elephants, and, finally, attacking and successfully taking down a big scrub oak.

At the end of the day, Maggie and the others returned to the barn covered in mud, wearing huge branches and rocks on their backs.
Maggie's wounds are almost imperceptible now, and she is certainly much stronger; if it ever stops raining for a few days in a row, we will send her out with her new friends. We did run a camera during her outing, so new video will be appearing on our web page shortly. Rain is predicted for the rest of this week, so we hope everyone will be patient as we wait for the perfect day to finish Maggie's introduction to her loving (and impatient) family.

Ali Hirst (286)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 1:22 pm
I have been following Maggies progress along with many of you and this latest newsletter and video from PAWS is the icing on the cake. All the work PAWS and many Care2 members did to get Maggie out of Alaska and with Elephants of her own kind has finally paid off and she in now one of the family......Great News

Jacqueline V (351)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 2:38 pm
Great News

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 3:33 pm
Puts a smile on my face!!!!!!

Peggy S (16)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 4:31 pm
So nice to hear about Maggie again, and this time happy news....thanks and noted!

Michael Owens (1647)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 4:33 pm
Great News

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 4:55 pm
Love this---thank you Ali--

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 5:04 pm
That's so great!:) Thanks so much for the update!:)

Karen S (148)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 5:36 pm
This is just soooo wonderful! Thanks and definitely noted! :)

Viviana M (16)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 6:45 pm
oh gee! i just loooooove happy endings! im crying tears of joy!its beautiful. thank you so much ali

gail dair (0)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 10:31 pm
great news thankyou

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 10:07 am
Thank for this wonderful update on Maggie!

Linda B (71)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 2:56 pm
This is the best story I've read in quite some time! I can just imagine them sliding down the hill, and throwing stuff at each other, just like a bunch of fun-loving kids.

Thanks for posting!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2008, 2:11 am
This is fantastic news, thank you for sharing this !!
I will pass it on.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2008, 2:12 am
Wonderful news and thank you Ali for the update.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 4, 2008, 9:33 pm
it is just so wonderful to get an update on Maggie...have been following this story right along and so glad that Maggie is really doing alot better now...sounds like she is also having herself some fun...thanks for posting...noted...

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Friday February 8, 2008, 11:06 pm
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