Maia and Bambi Sleep Side by Side

Recently, during the evening, we heard some trumpets and rumbles and then one really big trumpet. Since the herd dynamics have been shifting fairly dramatically, and what we heard wasn’t the typical sort of vocalization we hear at night, we thought it would be a good idea to go down the hill and check on things. 

We found Maia and Bambi in Yard 5, standing side by side. They were both very calm and easy, with Bambi making nice, soft rumbles. Maia seemed delighted to have someone to explore with at night and it was good for Bambi to have encouragement to check out new areas after dark. While we still don’t really know what is behind the big shift with Bambi, it’s becoming evident that Maia really wants to be there for her. Seeing the two of them standing together and getting sleepy was a lovely moment to witness.

Knowing that things were just fine, Scott told the elephants that he was about to leave. Maia did a “trunk pop”, which is a hollow sound that occurs when an elephant strikes the ground with her trunk, and some more soft rumbles. As he was driving away, he saw that both girls were settling back in, almost shoulder to shoulder. 

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Photo of Guillermina and Maia illuminated by the 4-wheeler headlights


  1. REPLY
    Terry says

    I’m wondering, since Maia is so very tuned in, as all the girls are, Maia knows Bambi’s eye sight has been challenging, so Maia has stepped in to watch over Bambi?

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      Sara says

      We don’t really know, since we’re not around them most of the day. But she does have a protective nature toward Bambi.

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    Bonnie says

    It’s amazing how animals know things

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    Tammy says

    How sweet just knowing the girls are always there for each other no matter what they are family and show they really do love each other deeply 💞🦋

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    Sheila says

    Aaahhh sweet😍🐘🐘 Ladies are great. Funny hanging on the fence like twins😂 I’m so happy Maia has signed on to guide Bambi as she goes blind. Very very lively Maia is ready to be Bambis side kick. As Mara pushed Bambi away. Truly not great. Hopefully MARA loves up to Bambi soon. But Bambi will stay with Maia!

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