We occasionally refer to Bambi as a puppy, because, well, her exuberance reminds us of a puppy sometimes. Her reaction to Rana and Mara spending time in the ponds might be her most puppy-like behavior to date.
As many of our followers know, Bambi wasn’t a big fan of water before sanctuary. Here, she seems to enjoy the mud, rain, and baths. When she arrived, it was the end of the dry season, so the ponds were low on water and more reminiscent of giant puddles than ponds. We would find her in the mostly empty ponds early on, splashing away with Rana and Mara.
Scott recently went to drop off an afternoon snack to Mara (and anyone with her). He found Mara and Rana swimming in the pond and Bambi standing outside. She seemed very curious about why they were enjoying themselves. She quickly came running over to Scott as if to say, “DO YOU SEE THEM?!?!?!” She ran back and forth between Scott and the pond several times, seemingly trying to express numerous emotions at once.
A few days later, this video was filmed when we came upon Mara and Rana enjoying themselves in the pond with Bambi standing outside the edge again. That day, Bambi started to come over to Kat, and Kat put down a pile of food for her. Then Rana exited the pond looking for snacks as well. Once Bambi realized Rana was leaving the pond, she excitedly ran back over to check on Rana. Rana ended up on Bambi’s initial pile, so Kat put down a new snack for Bambi. Meanwhile, Mara started to get out of the pond, so Bambi had to run over to Mara to be excited about Mara exiting the pond. Mara got the second pile of food, so Kat made a third pile for Bambi. Everyone settled in on their snacks and seemed happy, enjoying their food in the shade.
Please note that the pond is actually quite deep. During the video, Mara and Rana are standing in the shallow part near the edge.