Lady is an incredible example of perseverance, and we know that’s why many of you love her. This video shows her determination to enjoy a jackfruit.
Lady is a petite elephant, which means she also has a smaller mouth (for an elephant, at least). We usually cut her larger fruits into smaller pieces. While Maia will get a half of a watermelon, we typically give Lady two quarters, so they are more appropriately sized for her mouth.
Jackfruit goes from underripe to overripe quickly. Once that happens, the fruit becomes so sweet and sticky that all the creatures devour them off the tree. The best way to guarantee the elephants get plenty from our tree is to harvest them when they are slightly underripe when they are still a little rubbery. We try to cut them into smaller chunks for her, but we don’t always. This video is her getting a whole jackfruit into bite-size pieces. As you can see, she doesn’t give up until she gets every single bite.
September 17, 2020