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Bambi’s Tour of Yard 4

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When Bambi first started spending time in Yard 4, we gave her a bit of a tour over a few days. Sometimes our new arrivals explore the space with a friend who has lived here for a while, such as Mara, who explored with Rana. Since Bambi was in Yard 4 by herself, we tried to feed her in different areas each time. Many kinds of grass grow in the habitat, and, just like with fruit, each elephant has their own grass preferences. We showed her the water trough, pond, and also all the different pastures and areas with various grasses for her to try. Some spots, like Hidden Pasture, have multiple types of grass in the same field. When we introduced her to Hidden Pasture, we fed her under one tree and placed her second pile of food in a different type of grass. Encouraging her to eat in both areas motivates her to try multiple varieties of grass – or at least to decide if she wants to try them.

Her first morning in Yard 4, we fed her in the woods behind the pequi tree. When we went out the next morning for breakfast, Bambi was in the same location where her breakfast was served the previous day. We aren’t sure if she was looking for scraps or believed that was where she was supposed to eat breakfast. Regardless, we led her off and fed her in another cute spot a little bit away. As we mentioned in a recent post, she doesn’t seem to be in any particular location for meals recently, which is fantastic.

Having spent a few days “showing” her all the areas, we are now feeding her near where she is at meals, trusting her to determine where she wants to spend her time when she’s in Yard 4. She doesn’t seem to have any apparent preferences yet, but we will likely see patterns developing over time.

Photo of Bambi.

December 4, 2020

Comments(8)

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    Beji says

    It’s a Bambi salad! All the different greens, fruits and veggies she has to choose from. Like a salad bar. Maybe you should change the name to Hidden Valley Ranch (the dressing) Ha

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    Wim says

    Eat at home wonderful Bambi. Must feel like a privilege to have so many ‘homes’ where you can eat. Much to discover and wish you lot of fun with hopefully some company in the near future. All Elephants MATTER.🙏🐘

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    John says

    It’s so obvious these elephants are spoiled!

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    Carol in Canada says

    These updates are wonderful; I relish your excellent reports, very much. Thank you for letting us witness these girls thrive in Sanctuary – even from afar – and for tirelessly working to improve the lives of Elephants. I can’t wait to follow along with the adventures of our new mother, daughter team joining ESB soon. Cheers!

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    SHEILA says

    OH BAMBI🐘U HAVE SUCH A CARING 💗GROUP THAT ARE TRYING TO TEACH U TO ENJOY ALL UR NEW HOME ENVIRONMENT! NOT SURE IF U UNDERSTAND BUT IT MUST BE STARTING TO SETTLE IN BECAUSE THE GOOD NEWS IS BAMBI IS TRAVELLING ABOUT YARD 4 ON HER OWN AND SHE IS. NOT ALWAYS WAITING IN SAME SPOT FOR HER MEALS! GOOD JOB BAMBI‼️HOPE U CAN BE HAPPY AND THAT U ARE ABLE TO JOIN THE OTHER LADIES SOON FOR FUN ADVENTURES IN THE JUNGLE🌴🌳🌴

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    Sallie says

    MISS BAMBI HAS SEEN THAT HER CURRANT WORLD, IS DEFINATELYBHER OYSTER! PICKY, PICKY, THAT’S MY GIRL! YOU WILL FIND YOUR GROVE . . .

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    arie says

    Speaking of loved and pampered elephants ..🤗❤️

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    Rosie P says

    What must be going through their minds in the first months of sanctuary. Not only do they have space to roam and explore but food readily available at all times in the pastures, so much enrichment and humans who care for them with such compassion and empathy. First steps on sanctuary ground is a beginning. ESB has taught me that. This is where true healing begins and a journey starts. Bambi is progressing, she is gradually finding herself and realises she has choices, she is an elephant, a magnificent being and she is respected.

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