Just Being Elephants

Much of what we are able to show of the elephants through photos and videos represents just a small portion of their lives. Most of their days are spent on their own, doing normal elephant activities – which is what this video reflects. 

The elephants tend to know about what time meals will be brought out, so they come over and eat their snacks, get supplements and a little checkup, but then right away they turn back and start grazing. They return to “elephant time” almost immediately after. It’s incredibly important that we let them get back to their normal lives and just do elephant things.

Here, Mara takes the lead by turning around to graze first. This is a little bit unusual, as she tends to follow others rather than lead in these situations. Bambi comes to join her and then Maia stops by after that. It’s encouraging to see Maia being part of the group, all of them relaxing and spending some laid-back time together.

P.S.: If you enjoy swinging elephant tails, this video has lots to love!


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    Patricia says

    “Just” being elephants. I’ve commented before that every little thing they do is magic! The swinging tails, yes!! Maia has the shorter tail? Besides the tails, the foot movement, the trunks…I am so grateful I get to see this elephant wonderfulness just about every day! xoxoxo

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      Sara says

      Yes, Maia does have a shorter tail.

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    Melinda says

    Watching elephants just being elephants is the best thing ever! Thank you!

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    John says

    Swinging elephant tails, indeed! Thank you for reminding us about the natural rhythms of these amazing creatures.

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    Carey says

    It’s exactly what we want for them all, thank you

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    Shelley Russell says

    Watching elephants being elephants! Love it! I think this could be the title of a film short of Sanctuary! 🥰

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    Gin says

    I cant walk and chew gum at the same time. But they swing their tails while using their trunk to pull grass and put it in their mouths. Lol amazing!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    I love that “casual” look with the back leg crossed! I wonder what these ladies would think if they knew how many of us watch their every move on these videos every day??!

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