Lucy is a content and well-adjusted elephant with some manageable health issues, the most significant of which is a respiratory problem that makes it difficult for her to breathe at all times, and particularly when she is under stress. She breathes solely from her mouth, which is unique to her. Her breathing issue is well managed at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
Lucy has recently been diagnosed with a large uterine tumour which is common for elephants that have not given birth. She is receiving medical treatment to reduce the size of the growth and address any possible discomfort it may be causing her.
Lucy also has arthritis. She receives excellent care in managing this condition including regular rehabilitation therapy and daily walks. Her therapy includes therapeutic laser treatments to mitigate the arthritis in her leg joints. Since this program was started in 2009, Lucy has shown steady improvement.
On her feet, Lucy has some pad defects that are the result of conformational defects – she was born pigeon-toed and bow-legged. As these issues put extra stress on Lucy's feet, her caregivers check the condition of her feet and provide regular foot care.