Everyone is doing well, and it is a quiet day. It’s still hot here, and with the high temperatures hitting around 100*F (38*C), the elephants are feeling slow.
Yesterday, our Facebook Live ended with Maia walking away from Bambi to look for her dinner. After Maia finished eating, she stayed near Bambi for a little bit before heading into Yard 4 near Rana and Mara.
This morning, Maia, Rana, and Mara were still together near the pond in Yard 4. Everyone seems to prefer a specific spot in the pond. It’s a deeper little nook on the pond’s east edge, and everyone seems to want to stand in that particular location. It appears that each of the three had a turn this morning standing in the hole, and everybody also had a turn this morning watching someone else stand in the spot. It was quite charming to observe. Currently, Maia is lying down in the pond.
Meanwhile, Bambi is still spending time near the barn, as is Lady. Lady had foot soaks in the barn this morning while Bambi was in Yard 1. They have been observing each other throughout the day, and Lady hasn’t run away. She will stand and watch Bambi for some time, and then she will walk off a short distance to stand under one of her favorite shade trees to nap or scratch herself against it. Bambi is rumbling, and occasionally trumpeting. Lady is listening to her, but she isn’t responding with vocalizations that we can hear.
Bambi trumpets in ways that seem random – she’ll be grazing and suddenly trumpet. Sometimes we see a reason, like a bird, but generally, it seems to come out of nowhere. They don’t sound worried or concerned. It may be that she is really enjoying her grass.
Overall, Bambi is doing quite well – she briefly chased a dove and seemed very proud of herself after. She’s had a few little “kicking the bushes” party – similar to what Lady does. As with Lady, it seems like a silly and playful behavior. We have seen Bambi lying down on the cameras at night, which shows she is resting well and feeling more comfortable.
Bambi has also enjoyed several baths today. She will walk over to a trough to drink and start bathing herself from the trough. Bambi seems to have already figured out her humans pretty well. After a few trunkfuls of water, she will begin looking around expectantly for a human to come and turn on the nearby shower. Of course, we walk over and do it for her (yes, she is training us quite well!). We are always happy to spoil the elephants here, but it’s a little amusing how quickly Bambi has figured us out.
Everybody is slow today, looking for shade and relaxing and focusing on trying to stay cool until the sun goes down. Thankfully, the temperatures drop significantly at night in the valley. The lows at the higher elevations are in the mid-to-low 70*s (23*C), but it cools off even more in most of the habitat.
It looks like these unseasonably hot and dry days will continue for at least a few more days. We are all looking forward to the rain that will hopefully come soon, marking the dry season’s end.
Photo of Bambi scratching on a tree, but not The Itchy Scratchy Tree.
Hot off the press! Enjoy this quick little video of Bambi playing in the water just now!