This week, Bambi was having some basic training done along the fence – and had an excellent session. As part of the protected contact positive reinforcement training we do with all of the girls at the sanctuary, to allow for foot care and any needed medical treatments, we offer the elephants produce as a reward. The biggest piece of fruit or veggies generally comes at the very end as a way of saying, “Job well done.”
Bambi is a little different in the way she enjoys her watermelon. The other girls generally step on theirs and pick it up in smaller portions, as you’ve seen in plenty of videos before. Bambi, however, likes to keep the whole fruit in her trunk and snack on it, piece-by-piece, until she’s done. Just another charming way that Bambi embraces her unique self.
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Margery saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:07 pm
What is the lump between her ear and eye in the above shot please?
Sara saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:39 pm
That’s just her cheekbone. It’s slightly emphasized by the camera angle.
Kenneth B. Newman saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:07 pm
BIG personality, BIG appetite !!!!!
Pam saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:08 pm
Thanks for this post. How often is this basic training done?
Sara saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm
It depends on the elephant. Most of the girls who have been here for a long time don’t need training because they learned their needed behaviors early on. Bambi still needs some refreshers at times. It’s primarily done with new elephants who are learning positive reinforcement to get used to foot treatments and medical care, etc.
Melinda saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:10 pm
Bambi is such an awesome girl! And I agree with her method of eating watermelon. After all, who knows what might be on one’s feet! Ewwww…
Cintia Abney saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:11 pm
My beautiful and unique Bambi Bambilicious ❤️❤️❤️
Bonnie saysNovember 3, 2022 at 2:49 pm
Bambi’s so cute looks like she really likes watermelon
Wim saysNovember 3, 2022 at 3:11 pm
I’m not surprised she’s loaded with surprises.
Apparently there seem to be two LADIES in the sanctuary. 😉
Julie saysNovember 3, 2022 at 3:25 pm
I love this post and the photo! Thank you!
Nancy saysNovember 3, 2022 at 3:43 pm
Made me Smile. I liked it!
Beji saysNovember 3, 2022 at 4:28 pm
I just love this big and beautiful girl!!!
Susy saysNovember 3, 2022 at 5:23 pm
Que bellas palabras para describir un premio al buen trabajo. Es hermosa Bambi..una señorita previsora..tomo todo, cómo de a poquito. Gracias una vez más por compartir tan bonitos momentos..me parece ver y estar ahí. Besos desde Mendoza. Argentina
Tracy H saysNovember 3, 2022 at 5:30 pm
What a cutie. Love sweet Bambi🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘
Barb saysNovember 3, 2022 at 7:19 pm
Such a dainty Bambi! Clever and less bending down 🥰
Carey saysNovember 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm
Haha Bless her! I’m glad she also enjoyed the training
Sandy saysNovember 3, 2022 at 8:56 pm
Ha! Bambi is one sly lady! It is much harder for her friends to “share” her treat if it is wrapped in her trunk!
Carmen Dalziel saysNovember 4, 2022 at 7:14 am
I love Bambi! She’s certainly unique. She’s been my favourite “puppy-elle” since she came to the Sanctuary!
Tammy saysNovember 4, 2022 at 7:26 pm
Good girl Bambi you’re a shining star and we love you! Enjoy all those treats you’ve worked hard to earn them!😘 🐘👏💞
Polly Weber saysNovember 5, 2022 at 11:41 am
Sara, You have a marvelous gift for writing. I learn so much from everyone’s questions and your responses. I am sure this is a repeat question but how do you measure the height of an elephant …like a horse and its withers?
Sara saysNovember 5, 2022 at 1:55 pm
I’ve never heard of a technical term for measuring height. We usually measure in meters.
Carol Anderson saysNovember 7, 2022 at 6:16 am
A wonderful congratulations to Global Sanctuary for Elephants for receiving Outstanding International Sanctuary of 2022. What an honor and so deserving of you folks who go above and beyond in every way what is required of you. Your sanctuary alone is big to allow the room for each elephant to roam at will. Then to include medical care, food and life support is just amazing. You so deserve to be recognized for all that you do.
You so deserve to receive the Outstanding International Sanctuary for 2022. You have such a large sanctuary and to include medical, food and life support for all the girls is amazing.
Sara saysNovember 7, 2022 at 11:44 am
Thank you, Carol. We are incredibly honored.
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