We recently had a couple of cool days here at the sanctuary, and colder weather makes most elephants act spunky and silly. In fact, all animals of all sizes in the habitat seemed to be giddy and having fun.
Mara, Bambi, and Rana had spent the night all together and we decided to encourage them to move around a bit and warm up. Scott and Kairo, one of our caregivers, drove alongside the fence and the elephants followed, making several stops along the way for impromptu parties. There was lots of singing, lots of trumpeting, and lots of talking and rumbling. More than once, they decided to spin in circles. We aren’t sure what instigated all this, other than a sense of fun. Sometimes, if the elephants see other animals walking around, they might stop and make a bit of noise, but there was no obvious cause that particular morning.
After walking a bit, the girls stopped again, singing and trumpeting and rumbling. There seemed to be no single elephant leading the pack of silliness; it was a group effort.
Shortly after their loud celebrations, they all settled down to eat and were completely calm, as though nothing exciting occurred all morning. Only they know what prompted the festivities, but we suppose any reason for a party is a good reason.
Photo of Rana, Mara, and Bambi