Elephants always keep you on your toes, but lately, they make us work at dinner time. Because we try and feed Rana at somewhat of a distance, especially since Maia now is also willing to help her finish her hay, we have to at least know where Maia is. The hard part comes in when we find her first, circle back to find Rana, and once we do, Maia is gone.
This has resulted in many circles in the habitat, finding one, losing another, with sometimes Guida popping up in the middle, although she usually shows up last. The girls are all fine with it, seemingly looking at us sometimes as if to say ‘stupid humans,’ but it works out in the end. It just takes a little longer on certain days.
Technically the girls don’t need supplemental feeding, but we do put vitamins and other supportive supplements in their diet, and it also allows us to watch how they eat and where their appetite is at. It’s also a good check-in, to get a close look at them and see how they are doing.
Guida on the left, Maia on the right
April 28, 2019