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Bambi Creates Her Own Excitement

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Bambi continues to make us laugh daily with her antics. Recently, Mara was eating in the chute, with Rana and Bambi outside in the yards. They all love each other and, sometimes, they try to touch Mara through the bars as she is eating, which can be a little distracting.

We fed Rana and Bambi in Yard 1 and closed the gate between Yards 1 and 2 closest to the barn, to allow Mara to eat in peace. We left the far gate open, so if the other two wanted to be closer, they could. Everyone ate fine and was calm. As they finished their meals, Rana and Bambi switched piles and finished each other’s dinner, which is somewhat common. Once Mara finished, we let her into Yard 2, and she walked to an elephant-made mud wallow and started dusting herself. Rana also walked through the open gate to be near Mara.

Sometimes Bambi isn’t the most observant elephant. She is mostly blind in her left eye, but her lack of observational skills can usually be attributed to her puppy-style excitement and lack of attention to detail, rather than her limited vision. Bambi’s first response is not to stop and think, as most Asian elephants might. Despite knowing where both the gates are, when Rana “disappeared” (that is, walked through an open gate to Mara), Bambi did not approach either gate to see if they were open. Instead, she ran down the fence with her big deep rumbles, calling for Rana. She didn’t run to the gate, but turned around before it. On her second lap, she realized that the gate was open and ran to the others, full speed. Once they were “reunited,” there was a full spectrum of excited behaviors – spinning, touching, vocalizations. It was a silly, but happy, moment that Scott caught on film.

Comments(29)

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    Cintia Abney says

    My Bambina!!! She is something else ❤️
    I noticed both Rana and Mara lift their front leg to Bambi. What does that mean?

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      Sara says

      It is generally just a greeting or a gesture of affection.

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    Audrey says

    Such loving companionship for all these elephants. Especially Bambi, finding friends she can enjoy her time with was good. I remember when she was cooped up in the barn with that other elephant tormenting her whenever she could.
    Thank you this was beautiful footage of their loving friendship. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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    Patricia J Richardson says

    So cute, cute, cute!!! Love sweet Bambi! She adores her “more than friends”!

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    Sue says

    Poor Bambi! she was certainly on a mission to get back to her Friends!!! And who could blame her! Love the close up of all their sweet faces, thank you!!! I had two questions on their eyesight: Do you know if the Ladies make eye contact with each other and their humans? And how well do elephants see in general? This may be answered in one of your upcoming posts; if so I will watch for that. Thank you!!!! ❤️🐘❤️

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      Sara says

      The girls do make eye contact with one another and with their caregivers. Their sight isn’t their strongest sense. Their day vision is worse than that of humans, but their night vision, with a full moon, is almost as good as their day vision.

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    Nancy Shaw says

    Oh Yeah….WEEE and Flappy Ears ! haha Was Bambi afraid she would miss out on getting an Apple ?

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      Sara says

      She was just missing her friends!

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    Merry says

    Her frantic rushing up and down brings tears to my eyes. Do you think Bambi was afraid that she suddenly and inexplicably lost her friends? These creatures are capable of such complex feelings. Or am I reading too much into it? Thank you for your daily news.

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      Sara says

      She didn’t realize she’d lost them and was trying to find them in all the funniest ways.

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    Debbie Sides says

    They are over the top adorable together!

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    Melinda Barnett says

    Love sweet Bambi, and all the others! Can’t wait to see how she interacts with P&G!

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    Sandy says

    Wonder what would happen if you played these exquisite sounds for the Mendoza elephants before they arrive? Sort of a getting to know you gesture…?

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      Sara says

      Elephants are very sensitive emotionally, so they will find their own ways to get to know one another.

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    Audrey says

    I was wondering why the leg was raised?

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      Sara says

      That is generally a greeting or sign of affection.

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    SHEILA says

    OH MY! BIG PUPPY 🐘BAMBI👍SHE IS JUST SO SWEET AND HILARIOUS‼️MY GOODNESS SHE RUNS FAST! NEVER SAW ANY OF THE OTHER LADIES MOVE SO FAST 😍SHE GETS ABIT PANICKED I THINK, YES AND WITH ONE EYE ONLY AND HER L❤️OF RANA AND MARA! SHE FEELS MOMENTARILY ABANDONED! ITS LIKE SHES SO WORRIED SHES NEVER GOING TO SEE THEM AGAIN‼️THEN THE ROARING LIKE A LION OR A TRACTOR🤣😄SHE FINDS THEM AT LAST❗️OH THEN SHE PEES! SHES SO EXCITED! MY GOODNESS BAMBI. U DONT KNOW HOW U ENTERTAIN US❗️I ALSO NOTICED THE RIGHT LEG RAISING FIRST BY RANA AND THEN MARA, DOUBT BAMBI SAW THIS GREETING SHE WAS SO EXCITED🥰🐘🐘🐘❤️IVE SEEN BACK LEGS BE RAISED UP AS WELL ON ELEPHANTS! Does it mean Greeting also? IM SO HAPPY BAMBI IS SUCH A HAPPY FUNNY LADY👍👍

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      Sara says

      The raising or touching of the back legs is generally a greeting or sign of affection.

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    Wim says

    Wonderful soundcheck Bambi. Never a dull moment when you’re in the house.
    Enjoying how you’ll always keep company.
    🐘💚

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    Julie says

    So lovely sweet Bambi. What is it about elephants? Big package of wonderful!

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    Beji says

    My goodness, they are divine! I honestly think and feel that they are speaking to my soul. A moment to treasure!

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    Sunny says

    Yes, that is the sweet Bambi we love 💕

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    Camilla Carter says

    I never ever get tired of hearing about the girls or hearing from them.❤🐘🐘🐘❤

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    So much fun to watch this one! Thank you so much–needed it today!

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    fernande poitras says

    elle a beaucoup d affection a donner elle est très touchante et ses amies aussi

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    Katie Howard says

    BEST! Video ever! What a hoot Bambi is! 🤣. I love the posturing, the rumbles and the trumpets!!! Methinks Bambi is just a party gal – any excuse will do! 🤗

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    john says

    These elephants are an endless source of fascination and happiness for me. Thank you GSE. Y’all rock my world.

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    Carol Anderson says

    Speaking of Bambi having puppy dog actions, is she a younger elephant?

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      Sara says

      She is young in spirit, but Bambi is about 60 years old.

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