Bambi and Mara have continued spending intermittent time together in the same yard. It is going well overall. Bambi has been very respectful of Mara’s space, but she is still staying near her friend. She will wander off to graze but then come back. Sometimes, Rana is with them, but she isn’t always near. Rana tends to stop by the barn somewhat regularly.
Recently during a night feed, Scott found Rana, Mara, and Bambi together. They were walking along the Yards 4 and 5 divider fence in a line. Scott fed them there, and they ate side by side. Everyone was very respectful of each other’s food.
Scott wasn’t expecting to see all three elephants, so he headed back to the barn to pick up more food for them. He left them all with a decent amount of food, but all three elephants were gone when he returned 10 minutes later. Scott drove around for a few minutes and found Rana and Mara, still together, but no sign of Bambi. He gave Mara her additional food but didn’t look further for Bambi, who doesn’t need as much supplemental feeding as Mara now that she is not as skinny. We have no idea what happened or where Bambi went, but Mara and Rana were both so calm and relaxed that Scott wasn’t concerned.
The next morning, Bambi and Rana were near the barn, and Mara was next to the pond. Later in the day, Mara went to the barn and met up with Bambi and Rana. Overall, everyone seems bright, easy, and good with the sharing of space.
Photo of Mara, walking away after finishing a meal. Bambi, who still had plenty of food left, grabbed her hay and followed Mara so that she could stay near her friend.
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Nannette Stone saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm
So lovely to hear they are sharing space and they sound happy together
Carey saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 1:53 pm
Very good to hear, ?
Sandy Jones-Kaminski saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 3:25 pm
LOVE: Bambi, who still had plenty of food left, grabbed her hay and followed Mara so that she could stay near her friend.
Melinda Barnett saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm
I love these updates! They make my heart sing!
ginger lyvere peck saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 4:12 pm
So good to hear they’re all settling in together! I sure hope Lady comes around and gets to enjoy the benefits of sisterhood.
Wim saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 4:48 pm
Wonderful developments it’s getting better and better. Growing is a sentient process. Nobody does it better than Elephants. ??
Lori Hoover saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 5:10 pm
Oh, Zooming Bambi is getting some spectacular definition to those legs of hers. I’m so glad to hear the space sharing is going well with all the girls.
Sallie saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 5:25 pm
THOSE GIRLS ARE A TRIP AND A HALF! WOWZERS! LAS CUATROS AMIGAS JUST HAVE THEIR OWN WAY TO DO THINGS . . . LIKE PEOPLE, ELEPHANTS HAVE MOOD SWINGS. GUESS IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT THAT MOMENT! BAMBI IS A HOOT, GRABBING HER HAY-TO-GO! WHEN FRIENDS ARE DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT, IT’S NICE TO TAKE SOME SNACKS ALONG! JUST IN CASE.
SHEILA saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 5:59 pm
BIG BAMBI IS DESIRING FRIENDSHIP WITH MARA!? FUNNY HOW. MARA GOT UPSET WITH HER BUT IT SEEMS NOW BAMBI IS TRYING TO SHOW MARA. SHE HAS LEARNED BOUNDARIES MORE FROM RANA AND THAT SHE STILL LOVES MARAS FRIENDSHIP?❤️‼️
I THINK THIS IS GREAT REMARKABLE PROGRESS FOR THESE LADIES❤️???❤️ I PRAY BAMBI AND MARA WILL CONTINUE TO BE FRIENDS?
Alice saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 6:13 pm
This is wonderful news that Bambi is adjusting to being a “herd” elephant again and that Mara is more accepting of her! You also mentioned that Bambi isn’t so skinny anymore. So she obviously has put on weight since being at the sanctuary! This is great! Maybe no medical problem after all, but just totally unhappy with her life prior to coming to the sanctuary? You guys work wonders and I’m so grateful for what you do!
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 6:29 pm
Beautiful friendships evolving between the girls, just what everyone wished to happen. Is there any update on Maison??♥️
Kat Blais saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 9:55 pm
No, nothing new on Maison.
Tammy saysJanuary 17, 2021 at 9:50 pm
Love Love Love the sisterhood bless their lil hearts ? ? ?
Rosie P saysJanuary 18, 2021 at 3:37 am
All seems well in ellie heaven. It’s so good to hear that Bambi is getting along with Mara. Perhaps Mara feels better and more able to cope with Bambi’s zest for life….but it does sound as though Bambi is gradually learning elephant etiquette.
Luis Carrasco saysJanuary 22, 2021 at 3:25 am
QUE LINDO SABER QUE ESAS ELEFANTITAS POR FIN SON FELICES, DESPUES DE TANTO SUFRIR. ESTAS PRECIOSAS ELEFANTITAS SOLO MERECEN LO MEJOR.
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