Over time we’ve witnessed Bambi becoming more settled into daily life in general, finding a comfortable pace and a secure spot within the herd. She seems to be becoming softer and looking at us more during treatments, as if to really see us, perhaps to a depth that only elephants can. It appears she’s wanting to engage somewhat differently and expressing a renewed level of enjoyment with the world around her in general. Recently, we were doing maintenance foot treatment and she was very rumbly and soft and felt connected to the moment – relaxed with the process and enjoying the time. This felt like a slightly new vibe from Bambi, who once struggled with learning to match her energy with that of others.
In the past, Bambi has not been completely at ease when walking through the chute of the treatment annex. But this week she stopped and let Scott touch all over her side as she walked through the chute and into the grazing area. She stood along the fence and was relaxed enough that she allowed him to check for ticks and generally touch her in a gentle way. Scott wasn’t asking for this behavior. Rather, it was just a moment of quiet and calm between the two of them. She was rumbly and passive. It was just another small moment where we are seeing Bambi seeking connection, whether it’s with people or with other elephants in the group.
Photo of Bambi with Rana in the background