Mara and Rana have been having their share of “lazy days” recently. They seem not to want to take more than 30 steps at a time, and they end up staying in a smaller area for a portion of the day. It seems to be associated with being closer to Lady, which is incredibly endearing.
It commonly happens near one specific water trough in Yard 4, referred to as the 4A trough. There is decent grazing, even at the end of the dry season, and nearby trees provide plenty of shade. Of course, the trough provides water, and there are a few mud holes around too. When Lady is near and sees Mara and Rana in that area, she tends to wander over. The three end up hanging out pretty close at the fence line, even if the gate is open.
Two of the three nearby mud holes are close to each other and get such frequent use that they may turn into one giant mud wallow soon. They’re both elephant-made mud wallows, and there’s a third wallow a little further down the fence. When Lady comes over, she likes to go in the mud hole in Yard 3. Frequently Mara will go in the next mud hole, and the two will just watch each other and play separately in their two mud holes. It gives Lady social time at her pace, and it’s nice that this is a spot where all three are content spending their time.
Photo of Lady.
August 16, 2020