I went to a farm called Two Tails Ranch. Surprisingly it is located in Northern Florida just five and half hours from us here in Miami. Elephants in Florida? Yes. I thought I would have to wait a few months for my trip to Bali coming up to have my dream come true, but I was ecstatic when I found out there is elephants only five hours from me! I woke up at five in the morning and went on a five and half hour road trip. Personally I love road trips, they are so relaxing with such beautiful scenery, allows you to realize there is an abundance of life to be seen and lived from every corner.
When I arrived to Two Tails Ranch it was such a beautiful farm full of twenty two magical elephants. The farm is very personal and you can see that it is family owned, which made it very comforting. I had a personal Extreme Encounter tour which includes watching Luke the famous elephant paint us his masterpiece, sit with Luke for an unforgettable photo, feed additional elephants on the property, and ride Patty. After that we stayed for hours and had the rest of our personal tour where we bathe Patty and wash her two times so we have a clean elephant for the endless amounts of photos we were about to take. We washed her entire body, behind her ears was her favorite. She would get up and roll over and lay down on command, she was so unbelievably smart. (Fact: Elephants can’t lay down for longer than an hour, the reason being is because their own body weight will crush their internal organs, so lying down for longer, would slowly cause their organs to be crushed. So, like horses, they sleep standing). I then had the rest of the day with her in the yard just watching her mannerisms and learning her character. Each of the elephants have their own personalities. I was told Patty was the most fond of me because of the sounds she would make when I would be standing near her. It almost sounded like a cat purring with echoing. I felt the love 🙂 She would hug me with her trunk and I felt like I was being hugged by the universe.
It was so mesmerizing to see how smart and loving these creatures really are. They really are similar to characters of dogs! To have the time to ride, feed, bathe, and spend the day with these beautiful creatures was such a blessing and I am beyond grateful to have had this amazing opportunity. Elephants are truly my favorite and one day I hope to have elephants. I hope you enjoy, thank you for visiting my sweet space on the internet 🙂 Wishing everyone a blessed and wonderful New Year!
Fun facts about Elephants :
They have the largest brains in the animal kingdom.
Elephants can live up to 70 years in captivity.
Elephants are the only mammal that can not jump.
Elephants eye sight is weak, but their sense of smell is strong.
Their trunk has more than 40,000 muscles in it.
Elephants can play, cry, laugh, and have the most incredible memories.
Elephants eat five bales of hay a day and thirty pounds of fruit.
Last but not least … Elephants are not afraid of mice.