As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, Rana and Bambi spend time together most mornings while Mara receives additional feedings. The rest of their day is also falling into somewhat of a routine.
Around mid-day each day, Rana goes back into Mara’s space, and they spend the afternoon together, in the vicinity of the barn. Mara and Bambi will frequently interact at the fence in the afternoons, and those interactions have appeared positive.
After dinner, Mara and Rana sometimes head into Yard 4, where Lady is. They don’t always see Lady, but some mornings we find them close to each other. At other times Lady is deep in the habitat grazing, and it’s unlikely they meet up.
While that has been their steady routine for the last bit, it still changes a little each day. Sometimes, Mara and Rana go all the way to the pond and are there at breakfast time, happily grazing. Other days, they are back by the barn for breakfast. Some nights, we find them interacting with Bambi through a fence at 10:00 p.m. feed, with Bambi in Yard 3 and Mara and Rana still in Yard 4.
It’s nice how, even when they develop a routine, they are still making choices to make each day a little different. It seems to bring them balance and certainly keeps the humans on their toes.
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Wim saysDecember 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm
Ultimate balance is the secret of Life. All of the girls have survived horrendous times. They have a flawless timing like all creatures of nature.
Kelejan saysDecember 8, 2020 at 4:53 pm
Just like us humans, we like to see variety.
Nancy Shaw saysDecember 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm
Bernadette Rey saysDecember 8, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Lady seems to be somewhat of a loner in all these interactions. Is that a fair comment. Or Is that just her nature?
Kat Blais saysDecember 9, 2020 at 7:39 pm
I don’t know that it’s accurate to say she’s a loner, only because she seems to enjoy having the girls around, just not right next to her. And while she will walk away at times, she will also head in their direction at others. I think she is independent and likes her space at times, but also likes company as well.
John saysDecember 8, 2020 at 5:47 pm
It’s like Club Med for elephants.
SHEILA saysDecember 8, 2020 at 9:42 pm
YES IT @APPEARS THAT A RANA + BAMBI ROUTINE IS DEVELOPING WHICH. HOPEFULLY WILL SHOW MZ ?EXHUBERANCE ?BAMBI TO QUIETLY GREET MARA ?AND ?LADY!!
HOW IS CHUNKY LIL MAIA DOING WITH BAMBI❓ ARE THEY SPENDING TIME IN SAME YARD? VERY NICE ?TO HEAR RANA AND MARA ARE GOING INTO LADYS YARD EVEN TOO MUCH INTERACTION BETWEEN ALL THE LADIES!! I ALSO AM. BERY CONCERNED ABOUT MARA’s HEALTH?? IS THERE ANY MEDICAL INFO ON MARAS HEALTH ISSUE❓ U FOLKS ALL WORK SO HARD TO GET HARMONY WITH THESE 5 LADIES, I HOPE THEY WILL ALL BE GREAT WHEN POCHA AND GUILLERMINA ARRIVE? GOING TO BE VERY EXCITING WITH MUM AND HER GIRL? BRAVO ❤️TO U FOLKS FOR ALL UR HARD WORK WITH THESE WONDERFUL ELEPHANT LADIES?
Sallie saysDecember 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm
These routines show confidence for their daily individual choices, without making it an elimination of relationships. They will come together when their individual timing works out naturally. You Girls, got the rhythm going! It will just be a matter of time! LOVE YOU GIRLS, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
Rosie P saysDecember 9, 2020 at 2:37 am
It’s good to know that Bambi has her friends and appears to have plenty to keep her occupied and interested in sanctuary life. If you needed reinforcement that all your hard work pays off then this is it. Ellies doing as they wish, pleasing themselves, choosing who they wish to interact with.
Thank you for allowing me to be on this journey with them and with you. I am certain so many supporters feel the same.
Carey saysDecember 9, 2020 at 5:32 pm
That new growth is such a wonderful colour, lovely for Maia
Kelejan saysDecember 10, 2020 at 1:58 am
Rosie P, I echo your sentiments about being allowed to be on this journey following the developments of the herd. It will be extra interesting when out first mother/daughter arrive to see how they integrate with the others. I winder if this will be a first?I think the daughter must be one of the youngest elephants to find sanctuary.
Kat Blais saysDecember 10, 2020 at 11:34 am
She is as far as sanctuaries in the Americas. Flora was in her 20s when she arrived at the sanctuary in TN, but older than Guillermina. As far as I can think of, she was the youngest up until now.
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