Female Asian Elephant
RE-BIRTHDAY: RESCUED SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
For as frightened as Bambi was at the zoo...
… to step outside, go into the container, put herself out there, she has already shown that is not her true self after arriving at the sanctuary. Bambi is a long, leggy elephant who is severely underweight and lacking in muscle mass. She can be hesitant with certain things, but she is also an elephant who will run up the hill to playfully chase the four-wheeler and have her own trumpet parties in the middle of the yard. She is cute and spunky and already trying to see what she can get away with in her new home. We are just beginning to get glimpses of Bambi’s personality, and we’re not sure yet who she is, but we do know that her personality is pretty big.
58 years old
Elephant Sanctuary Brazil
A bit of a puppy dog personality. She is easily excited finds joy in the little things.
Circus elephant for 40+ years. Confiscated and sent to Leme Zoo for 5 years, then Zoo at Ribeirão Preto from 2015 to 2020
Blind in one eye, suspected joint issues, and possible kidney issues but not fully diagnosed due to lack of testing.
Improving since her arrival at SEB. Still thin but putting on healthy weight and muscle.
Bambi at the zoos
When we first met Bambi at the zoo in 2013 she was spunky, but seven years later and she was a different elephant.
When we visited Bambi at the Leme Zoo in 2013, she was interactive when we initially arrived. She was all ears and attentive when we spoke to her, but she never vocalized. She was on the brink of being silly—you could see it in her face, sticking her tail out—just a half a step away, but never got there. We were brought closer to look at her, and she was respectful but much more reserved with people near. The zoo, who had only taken her temporarily after she was confiscated from the circus, asked us if we could take her. It was a surreal but sad moment that they were offering, yet we did not even have a property for the sanctuary at that point. Leaving the zoo that day, we knew there was a chance that she might never know sanctuary. And it was heartbreaking.
A SHADOW OF HER FORMER SELF
It has been seven years since then, however, and the cute little butterball we briefly knew is a shadow of her former self. Bambi has lost a significant amount of muscle mass and weight. She is now blind in one eye and carries her head low. Being unsure of the reason for her decline in condition, we are preparing for the possibility of a serious health situation. Even if this is the case, we do expect significant room for improvement in Bambi’s health. Her age alone implies end-of-life care, so it’s crucial to prioritize comfort in her remaining years. We are hopeful that now that the ESB team is able to care for her, some simple adjustments such as diet and exercise could make a huge difference for Bambi physically. And as anyone who has followed our past rescues knows, autonomy, individualized care and respect, and the support of compatible herd members help to heal the soul.