Recently, Lady has been showing up near the barn at 10 p.m., right around night feed time. She will either arrive right before us or be approaching as we come.
Frequently, at that time of night, Bambi is socializing with Mara and Rana along a fence. The three of them are generally quite noisy, and Lady may be approaching due to the vocalizations.
We give Lady the chance to decide if she wants to stay close to the others while they eat or walk off to her own piles of hay. Because of her recent curiosity, we don’t want to dissuade her from staying close to Mara and Rana if she is comfortable. If she seems interested in them, we will give her a little something close while we put more hay out in the habitat for her. This way she doesn’t feel like she is missing out no matter what her desires are that evening.
It’s always interesting to see how each little shift causes a ripple effect with the other elephants.
Photo of Lady.