Because Lady has been spending more time in Yard 5, the other four elephants have been given access to Yards 2, 3, and 4. We don’t necessarily keep track of them at night, but we really don’t need to because they give us vocal status updates throughout the evening. Mara, Bambi, and Rana often take advantage of the sanctuary’s nighttime magic to play and vocalize. They sometimes sound a bit like kids who don’t want to go to sleep at bedtime – but since they have no bedtime, they can do whatever the elephant version of jumping on the bed might be.
On this evening, around 11pm, we heard a tremendous amount of rumbling, bellowing, trumpeting, and all sorts of lively noises. Normally, their parties go on for about 10 minutes, with things dying down – but then someone touches someone else – and then it starts all over again. But this wasn’t dying down; they kept going.
When we hear anything out of the ordinary, we always check on the elephants through the camera to make sure everyone is safe. Even though all of the commotion we heard sounded lighthearted, it is better to make sure all is well, particularly when noises keep going for longer than expected. After we determined where the ruckus was coming from, Scott found Rana in Yard 3 and Bambi in Yard 2, both at the divider between the two yards. They were touching one another’s feet between fences, running around, knocking around trees, and generally having a good frolic. Excitable Bambi would run full-speed into the bushes and then come back a few minutes later. We have no idea where Mara was at this point. She may not have felt like playing or they may have been looking for her and, in the process, got split up and turned extra silly.
On Trish’s arrival here, we warned her that she might hear the girls making a bit of noise at night. What might sound to some like an excessive amount of fanfare is an average evening here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.
Photo: Bambi and Rana
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Sallie saysJune 14, 2021 at 2:47 pm
Thank you for the VERY entertaining update on The Girls! I guess ya just had to be there to get the full dramatic experience! But what a visual. Sounds like they may have had a bit too much to drink. Water will do that to ya . . . You can certainly say, that life is never dull in GSE!
Tammy saysJune 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm
I love hearing this it makes me smile big and giggle alot…good for them! 🥳🐘 🤗
Alana saysJune 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm
A slumber-less party! Girls just want to have fun. Love it.
Debbie Sides saysJune 14, 2021 at 3:15 pm
It’s wonderful their night time paeties!
Bill saysJune 14, 2021 at 3:44 pm
I couldn’t help but visualize elephants jumping on their beds and laugh out loud.
john saysJune 14, 2021 at 3:48 pm
And to think of Bambi when we first saw her at the zoo…………… amazing.
SHEILA saysJune 14, 2021 at 4:07 pm
OH MY GOODNESS! BAMBI❤️🐘 THE BIG PUPPY GIRL. ENGAGED ❤️🐘RANA INTO SOME RAMPAGING PLAY! IT SURE MAKES ONE WONDER WHAT THE BASHING OF 🌴🌳TREES AND RUNNING WAS ABOUT! WE KNOW BAMBI IS VERY ENERGETIC AND EXUBERANT, SILLY SO PERHAPS IT WAS TIME TO GET RID OF THE ENERGY AND RANA WAS HER ONLY PLAYMATE IN THE NIGHT, BUT MARA ❤️🐘,🐘🐘LADY, MAIA ALL WANTING TO SLEEP HAD TO LISTEN TO THE LADIES HAVING FUN! TODAY MAYBE THE 2 LOUD PLAYERS COULD BE SNOOZING💤🐘💤💤🐘
Carol saysJune 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm
PARTY TIME AT THE OK CORRAL!!!!!!
Bernadette Rey saysJune 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Good for them. Enjoy ladies
Jillyp saysJune 14, 2021 at 5:06 pm
🤣 hahaha silly girls. How wonderful they are free to be as silly as they like just for fun. It makes me laugh to see (Bambi?) with a whole branch in her mouth ♥️🥰🌱🐘🐘🐘
Sara saysJune 14, 2021 at 5:12 pm
That’s Rana on the right.
Katie Howard saysJune 14, 2021 at 5:19 pm
Silly, silly girls! (They’re due this opportunity to be silly!)
Girl power 😄
Carey saysJune 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm
Who wouldn’t get excited at the prospect of a beautiful evening and a long night ahead. It must be great to hear it!
Beji saysJune 14, 2021 at 7:02 pm
Happy hour!! Party on!
bo saysJune 14, 2021 at 11:58 pm
at times you must be sleepy, not ? day or not, sleeping or not, you can’t say
“not now, later.”
of course, when you do something with such love and passion, nothing is ever ever too much, i’m sure.
and it is a team.
still, you always have to ‘jump’ when the residents need to be taken care of. in general, and then when something is out of the ordinary…
all the residents have different routines, different feeding times, different sleeping routines, …
it just got me wondering.
immense love and respect for all of you!
and hope you still get enough sleep 🙂
Sunny saysJune 15, 2021 at 12:17 am
I’m glad they’re having fun 🤗
Barb saysJune 15, 2021 at 11:18 am
As always, fabulous “tails” of life at its best at ESB! Thanks!
Suzanne Eaton saysJune 15, 2021 at 12:46 pm
Lots of giggles here enjoying the girls’ happy night time antics at GSE.
It’s wonderful to see their happy hearts living life as they choose.
Thank you for the narration.
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