From Nicole: Bambi’s Footwork

Visiting caregiver Nicole has been recently working with Bambi to improve a little on presenting her hind feet for foot care. According to Nicole, “She was getting so close to resting her foot on the fence, but just wouldn’t bring it up the last little bit. Then one morning (caregiver) Tina and I were working with her and she kept leaning in no matter what was asked of her. Finally, we stepped back and gave her some space, and she leaned in and presented her back foot perfectly on the fence without being asked. It felt like the entire time she was saying ‘Let me show you what I figured out!’”

“After that she presented her right hind leg great when asked,” said Nicole. “When switching to her left hind leg, she was getting it close, but not fully presented. The next morning, I asked her if she could show us how incredible she is and present her left hind foot just like the right one. I stepped up and asked for her to lean in, which she did great, and then asked for her left hind foot and she presented it in the perfect position like she’d known how to do it all along.”

In this video, you can see caregivers Nicole and Tina working on Bambi’s back left foot – with one caregiver at Bambi’s nose and the other working on Bambi’s feet.


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    Sue says

    Good job Bambalina!!! ❤️👍🏻🐘❤️

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    Susan Flewelling says

    Nothing like a nice pedicure !

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    Pam Knaggs says

    I’m older than Bambi, so I know I would have a heckuva time raising my leg to that fence, too! Good job Miss B!

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      Sara says


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    Joan McGinnis says

    That’s my Girl, Miss Bambi!

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    John says

    Amazing video. This perspective shows how mammoth these magnificent creatures are. Sometimes I lose sight of that when it’s just the elephants being shown.

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    Wim says

    Well done Miss Bambi. You are truly amazing.

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    Terry says

    It is so impressive to know you can connect in such a trusting way where Bambi, and the others feel safe enough to work in unity with you!

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    Lucy says

    This isn’t Bambi specific but how long do the ladies sleep at night? I know in the wild they barely sleep at all but I thought that was because of safety and food concerns. But if they don’t have to worry about that do they sleep longer?

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      Sara says

      We can’t actually say with certainty how long they sleep because we’re not watching them. They can wander late at night, go into the bushes where we can’t see them. We know that at least some of them lie down, so that’s possibly a signal of comfort in their surroundings.

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    Sheila says

    Oh this BIG Bambino. Lady. She’s smart cookie, she could have Been playing with Nicole. I think she loves humans fussing with her and talking nice to her. giving her treats! Bambi is a very lovely lady. She’s not as puppy dog like as first while after arrival. But I’m sure she can get excited if she can’t find her ladies. RANA AND MARA. she’s good with MAIA AND GUILLE. ALSO. 😂😍Beautiful Bambi

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