Scott checks in from Bambi’s zoo in Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. It’s a slow day here; Bambi continues to be very fearful and is taking her time.
Everything went pretty well yesterday, and we are just trying to be present with her today. She is very sleepy today and spent a lot of today sleeping. In general, the vibe feels different today somehow – she feels a little heavy. It may just be the usual ebb and flow of life, it could be how sleepy she is; it could be something else. We don’t have any way of knowing. We are here to support her when she takes a step forward, but we are also here to support her when she takes a few steps back.
Once she arrives at Sanctuary, she will change pretty immediately. She will have space when she needs to take a step back. Bambi will be able to go into bushes, go for a long walk, or do whatever she wants. This fearful elephant that we see here isn’t who she is. We saw her years ago at another zoo, and she wasn’t like this. Her behavior here is environment-induced, and she will be a different elephant at the sanctuary. We don’t know if her fearfulness is related to a person, an event, or just captivity as a whole. Captivity is hard on elephants. It’s hard for them to feel safe, protected, or like they matter in many captive environments. Our focus is to help her feel safe. We will see some changes immediately, and other changes will take longer. Everything will happen at her pace.
Overall, things are going well. Bambi is more concerned today, but there is no rush. We will move forward and leave when she is ready. All we know for sure is that it won’t happen today. We kept today’s Facebook Live video short so we can keep focusing on her.
We appreciate everyone who is continuing to send positive thoughts, good vibes, and positive energy to her and the team.
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