Bambi is shining more and more each day, and she continues to thrive. She is also cracking her humans up more and more, not just with her enthusiastic antics but with how she moves her body.
Bambi is an Asian elephant, and she has no recorded history of spending time with African elephants. However, she still moves like an African elephant in many ways. Bambi not only walks like an African elephant, but she has the response time of an African – that is, she is FAST when she wants something. When she turns around, rather than turning like the other girls, she spins around – which is usually more of an African behavior. She doesn’t have any joint issues that we are aware of, but her legs go out in this goofy kind of way when she walks. African elephants are generally more flexible than Asian elephants, and Bambi is highly flexible – more like an African than an Asian. Asian elephants tend to move slowly and take precise movements. Bambi is a little all over the place.
It was incredibly hilarious when Bambi and Maia walked side by side (on opposite sides of the fence) a few days ago. Maia has this metered, focused walk; and; directly beside her was Bambi, walking like an awkward puppy that doesn’t understand how its legs work just yet. Watching her walk, one would never guess she is 58.