The always-cute Lady has been continuing to, well, be cute. She has been pushing her comfort level with socializing and getting closer to Mara, Bambi, and Rana.
Recently, Lady has been in Yard 3 at night, and Mara, Bambi, and Rana usually descend upon Yard 2 during night feed. We can use so many adjectives to describe those three elephants, but we definitely wouldn’t call them “quiet.” The three usually show up at the barn right after Kat and Scott start preparing for night feed. As the group approaches – and when they arrive – they typically have some celebration featuring a significant amount of vocalizations.
Despite sometimes being in the vicinity of the barn at night, Lady usually avoids their area when they are around. In the past week or two, she has come down to the barn when the three arrive and spends time near them. She still maintains her preferred distance, but we see her trying to be a part of things in her way. The three together can be a bit intimidating in general, and Lady is a very petite elephant. They are all bigger than her, yet she is still choosing to push her boundaries and approach them from a distance.
We try to let the elephants do everything at their own pace. When they do things on their own – like when Lady approaches others or Bambi goes deeper in the ponds – we encourage them. We like to see them engage more or stay a little closer to the others, but on their terms. Encouragement can mean anything from verbal praise to tossing fruit, hay, or other treats their way.
Lady usually receives some hay and fruit at night feed, but she gets a little extra when she is near the others.
Photo of Lady