Maia, our original explorer, wandered across the creek in Yard 4 a few days ago. During our wildfire a few weeks ago, across the creek is the only section of habitat that burned. While Maia previously was the first elephant to enter the burned area in Yard 5, she is now the first elephant to do so in Yard 4.
The grass mostly dries out and goes dormant during the dry season. Once the rainy season begins, the new grass grows among the tall, dry grass before eventually taking over, returning our pastures to full lushness.
As the dry grass burned across the creek, the area has no tall, dry grass. It is all beautiful, bright green 6-10 inch ( 15-25 cm) clumps of fresh, new spring grass. Now that it’s tall enough to be easily eaten, Maia seemed delighted to spend a chunk of the day grazing out there.
We also recently found Bambi in Yard 5, along the creek, doing the same thing – enjoying all-new fresh grass.
Fresh grass makes happy elephants.
Photo of Maia.
November 4, 2020
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Sallie saysNovember 4, 2020 at 4:17 pm
Awwwwww, Sweet Maia, your have such an independent & forward thinking heart and tummy! Enjoy your yummy new grasses! Hope the other gals will join you soon!
Sunny saysNovember 4, 2020 at 4:22 pm
Because they are brave girls 🙂
John saysNovember 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Who doesn’t want happy elephants!
Dee saysNovember 4, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Do you think they smell or see the new green grass?
Carey saysNovember 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm
They must be loving it ! How interesting to hear that Bambi has explored and discovered the new grass also. I keep wondering if she and dear Maia will spend increasing amounts of time together thinking back to the early closeness through the railings, maybe they are too similar, we’ll have to wait and see.
Kelejan saysNovember 4, 2020 at 6:16 pm
I cannot think of anyone, John. New grass has lots more nourishment than old grass.
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysNovember 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Such a brave Maia. Seems that Bambi has learned some social distancing and manners. Hopefully they will become buddies again. Happy elephants. Love saying that!!
arie saysNovember 5, 2020 at 12:22 am
Enjoy the fresh green, Maia, and call the other girls to join you!
Rosie P saysNovember 5, 2020 at 1:30 am
Happy elephants! Music to my ears!
margareta.kjellstrom saysNovember 5, 2020 at 3:15 am
I quite agree! Fresh grass gets fresh elephants and happy human beings
fresh grass, fresh elephansts, fresh human beings
Wim saysNovember 5, 2020 at 8:14 am
The green green grass of home makes everybody happy. The world needs many happy ELEPHANTS.???
SHEILA saysNovember 5, 2020 at 9:56 am
AWESOME MAIA?! UR SUCH A SMART? LADY?U ARE A REAL LIL EXPLORER ALRIGHT, KNOWING EXACTLY WHEN THE GRASS IN BURN AREA WILL SPRING UP! SEEMS LKE BAMBI?KNOWS TOO! MUST BE SMELL! BOTH OF U LADIES R OVER ZEALOUS AND CAN WALK REAL WELL SO WHO KNOWS MAYBE MAIA AND BAMBI WILL GET FRIENDLY?. THIS WOULD BE VERY NICE?❗️MAIA WILL TEACH MANNERS TO BAMBI BECAUSE THEY BOTH LOVE FOOD??‼️
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