With Mara and Rana’s seemingly increasing boredom, we opened the gate to Yard 4 to give them the option of joining Lady for a few days. They did not immediately head into the yard. Rana spent some time near the open gate, but Mara spent much of the day socializing with Bambi along a shared fence. After dinner, Mara walked toward the open gate, and Rana followed without hesitation. At 10 p.m. feed, they were both very mellow, grazing deep in the habitat.
The following morning, Scott heard what can only be described as a ruckus. There was a massive amount of trumpeting, bellowing, and roaring. It was so loud that Scott headed down to check on the elephants a couple of hours early.
He quickly found the source – Rana, Mara, and Bambi were having a party along the fence. It appeared that Rana and Mara went to the water trough near Yard 3 for a drink and found Bambi just on the other side of the fence. Since it had been several hours, apparently a celebration was in order.
Lady was in Yard 4, but in her typical style, she was far away from the commotion, enjoying trunkfuls of grass on the other side of the pond.
Photo of Rana (foreground) and Mara (background).
November 28, 2020