Bambi met her first tapirs! At around 7:30 last night, Bambi trumpeted loudly enough that Trish heard it at the office. After hearing a few more rumbles and noises, she checked the camera system. It showed Bambi standing in Yard 1, looking very alert, and then quickly heading into the barn.
Shortly after she went into the barn, two tapirs walked by Yard 1, near where Bambi was watching. We believe she saw them and was unsure what she should think. In Bambi’s defense, tapirs are a unique looking animal. (If you aren’t familiar with them, you can see some photos here →).
The first time Rana saw a tapir, she made so much noise that we came running, just to see Nutmeg, looking confused, nearby. Nutmeg is a full-grown, 700 lb (320 kg) tapir who graduated from our wildlife rehabilitation program. He is now fully wild, but still comes into the area at times, so we occasionally see him.
We are unsure if the tapirs that Bambi saw last night were ones that we know. Just as new elephant arrivals tend to react strongly to birds initially, they can respond similarly to other wildlife too. It doesn’t usually take long for an elephant to realize that the wildlife isn’t a threat. Once they notice the animals aren’t responding to them, they stop responding as well.
It seemed very exciting for Bambi, but she handled it very well. Shortly after, she felt brave enough to go back to the yard without any human intervention.
Photo of Bambi, enjoying a bath.