We were leaving after feeding Lady dinner in the back of Yard 2 when we heard rumbles and trumpeting in the distance. We knew it could only be Bambi – nobody else sounds quite like her, and, due to her deep rumbles, they also seem to travel the furthest (at least to our human ears).
They were happy vocalizations and were no cause for concern. However, we aren’t usually around Lady when the other girls have their parties, and we wanted to see Lady’s reaction. We were in Yard 3, so we approached on foot, much quieter than a four-wheeler. Lady was standing at her dinner, still eating happily, but she had one ear out, so she was listening to them, unphased.
Like the overly curious humans we are, we decided to check on Bambi and see what she was celebrating. We quickly discovered that Bambi and Rana had come across each other on the main path, which we usually call “Middle Road.” Bambi was beside herself with excitement to see her friend. She was smelling Rana everywhere and touching her belly. Rana was standing there, nonchalantly eating because she is good with Bambi’s most over-the-top antics. You really would never guess Bambi was 58 years old. ?
It was nice to see Bambi’s excitement level with just the two of them. Bambi has always been relatively obvious about her preference for Mara. Bambi would always happy to be with Rana, but she would remain focused on Mara. Even when Bambi and Rana would share space, and Mara would be in a neighboring yard, Bambi would frequently walk away from Rana to socialize with Mara through the fence.
At this point, Bambi has developed enough of a friendship with Rana that seeing her now deserves its own party. Not only is it good to see Bambi let go and be her fully silly self with another elephant (she is still a little reserved with Mara), but it’s also great that Bambi has realized what we all know – that Rana is awesome! It’s also good for Rana, who does enjoy those silly moments, and doesn’t have them as much with Mara at the moment.
Photo of Lady, listening and eating.