Sometimes, we cut apples into smaller pieces and put then in the water troughs around the habitat. This way, when an elephant comes to drink, they’ll find a little bobbing snack. In many parts of the world (including the US), this task is frequently a party game for humans in the Fall season. As any human who has been bobbing for apples knows, it can be a little bit of a challenge to pull out the apple pieces as they sink and float and move around in the water. Some elephants aren’t super into it, as it is a lot of effort for a smaller piece of apple. Other elephants love the challenge – and the snack at the end.
Lady enjoys it, so we try to target it to her. We don’t put it in every water trough every day. We try to rotate when we do it and which water troughs so that sometimes when she goes to drink, she gets a lovely little bonus surprise.
It always seems to make her happy, and it only takes the humans a few minutes, so we are delighted to leave an apple surprise for her frequently.
Photo of Lady, looking delighted.