All four elephants unexpectedly ate dinner together recently. Shirlei went out to feed and found Rana and Mara first, near the 5A water trough. She fed both of them near where they were. As she was dropping off their dinners, Maia came through the training square, presumably looking for her dinner. Shirlei had Maia follow a little bit further down the fence line and fed her there. Mara stopped eating for a minute to watch, but as soon as she saw that Maia and Rana were both eating, she went back to her dinner.
Meanwhile, Lady must have heard the four-wheeler and wondered where her meal was because she appeared by the portion of the fence between Yards 1 & 5. Rather than walking away when she saw the others, Lady stayed by the fence watching. Since she seemed content to stay where she was, Shirlei fed Lady near the corner where Maia was eating.
Shirlei stayed to observe and saw that everyone seemed calm and ate the correct food. We don’t know what any of the four thought of their little “dinner party.” For us, it’s nice that Lady chose to walk over, saw the others eating dinner in the same yard, and decide to stay and have her dinner near them.
Photo of Rana (left) and Mara (right) enjoying their dinners.
August 17, 2020