Despite her gradual weight gain, Bambi will take some time to get to a ‘normal’ weight, and is still receiving extra meals. Her last meal of the day is at around 10:00 p.m. Kat was recently driving around Yard 5, looking for Bambi to drop off her late-night hay and snacks. Kat found Bambi along the fence with Yard 4, socializing with Maia. They seemed to be having a sweet moment. When Kat popped up, they both stepped back and put on an air of innocence, as if to say, “We weren’t doing anything!” It was super cute. We gave them both lots of verbal praise and put Bambi’s hay down near to the fence (but out of Maia’s reach) so that the two could continue hanging out once they finished their food. Of course, we then gave Maia a late-night snack as well – we can’t feed one and not the other.
Interestingly, the two were far apart from each other at dinner that day, so it’s sweet that they met up later to have some lovely social time.
We’ve seen the two of them being sweet at the training square in the mornings several times as well – Bambi has begun showing up there around breakfast time. We don’t know if she is showing up for Maia or showing up for breakfast, but, either way, the two have morning interactions. We’ve continued feeding them along the fence somewhat regularly and have seen some evolution since the first day it happened (story here). Bambi seems to be putting forth an effort to walk a little slower, to stay more in line with Maia. Maia is also smelling in the direction of Bambi as they walk side by side as well. The first day they didn’t really acknowledge that the other was there, so it’s nice to see them responding to each other a little more.
One night, after dinner, we found the two of them at the square with Mara and Rana. Bambi was on the Yard 5 side, Maia was on the Yard 4 side, and Rana and Mara were on the Yard 1 side. All four were vocal and seemed to be immersed in their after-dinner conversations.
Photo of a very sleepy Maia.
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Julie saysNovember 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm
So cute, sleepy Maia. It’s so nice to hear how socially resilient Bambi is. Another smile-worthy day at GSE Brazil. Thank you 🙂
Bo saysNovember 15, 2020 at 3:15 pm
After dinner conversations… that puts a smile on your soul 🙂
Lois Steinberg saysNovember 15, 2020 at 3:27 pm
Do you plan to let Bambi share space with the others soon?
Kat Blais saysNovember 16, 2020 at 12:18 pm
Bambi does share space still with Rana. The plan is to allow her into yard 4 with Maia, but we want Bambi to learn yard 4 a little more before doing so. Lady is out of the question at this point, Bambi is way too fast for her.
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysNovember 15, 2020 at 4:16 pm
I loved your last paragraph….all four vocalizing for after dinner conversation! . So wonderful to live vicariously through your detailed descriptions of these wonderful girls. Their social progress, as well as their physical appearance is awesome. Thank you.
Wim saysNovember 15, 2020 at 5:02 pm
So utterly nice how they’re moving towards each other and create a blueprint for a sanctuary herd. You must all feel like brave spectators. ???
SHEILA saysNovember 15, 2020 at 5:15 pm
OH YES A VERY SLEEPY? MAIA! SHES SO CUTE‼️ OH I THINK BAMBI IS BEING TAUGHT BY MAIA. TO BE MORE MANNERLY AS MAIA HERSELF HAD TO LEARN THIS WITH RANA ALSO AND MARA DOESNT LIKE BAMBI AROUND HER TOO MUCH AS SHES NOT FEELING WELL! BAMBI IS LOVELY AND EXUBERANT WE KNOW! I THINK BAMBI IS SO LONELY SHE WANTS A CLOSE FRIEND AND MAIA IS ALONE ALOT! BAMBI HAS HUNG OUT NEAR MAIA IN YARD 5 EATING THE NEW GRASS AND I BELIEVE BAMBI ?AND MAIA ?ARE GOING TO SWEET ?FRIENDS! EVENTUALLY IM ? PRAYING ALL THESE 5 LADIES ARE ALL TOGETHER ?
Sallie saysNovember 15, 2020 at 6:49 pm
GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS! Morning, Noon and Night. Bambi and Maia are just too cute with each other. It is so nice to be involved with their goings on, and to step back from the world political scene occasionally. It is definitely, HEALING. Thank you, all of you, at GSE.
Patricia Lentz saysNovember 15, 2020 at 6:50 pm
Thank you Scott and cat and all the others that bring us information on these sweet girls. So glad to hear they’re enjoying their new lives may God bless you all
Carey saysNovember 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm
So much socialising , it must be great to hear and see! I’m wondering whether Maia socialises more with Bambi ? Happy to hear that Bambi is learning to slow her pace to fit …
Kat Blais saysNovember 16, 2020 at 12:17 pm
We see them together at least once a day usually. The plan is to allow them into one of the bigger yards together, we just want Bambi to be a little more familiar with the yard first.
Meredith saysNovember 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Kathleen Ryan saysNovember 16, 2020 at 12:40 am
Thank You for the wonderful Stories about these highly intelligent magnificent Animals. God Bless you all for taking such good care of them !!
SHEILA saysNovember 16, 2020 at 12:59 am
SWEET PICTURE OF MAIA??❤️LOOKS SO CUTE DOZING! VERY MICE HOW BAMBI AND MAIA R REAQUAINTING AGAIN! MAIA WAS FIRST LADY ?BAMBI MET DAY AFTER ARRIVAL! THEY HAVE BEEN HANGING OUT RECENTLY AND. BAMBI IS SO LONELY SHE TRIED SO HARD WITH MARA AND RANA! NOW MARA REJECTED HER BECAUSE BAMBI IS SO EXHUBERANT! I THINK BAMBI WILL BECOME GREAT FRIENDS WITH MAIA AND SOON MAIA! BAMBI WILL REJOIN RANA AND MARA, AND HOPEFULLY SWEET LIL LADY? IT WAS NICE TO HEAR ALL THE LADIES WERE VISITING AT HE SQUARE CHATTING AND RELAXING?‼️
Rosie P saysNovember 16, 2020 at 3:32 am
Wonderful to read about these interactions. Bambi is fitting in and becoming an accepted member of the herd. A social chatter after dinner, a meet and greet at the fence, a world away from the zoo where she was too fearful to leave her indoor space. The change in her is miraculous!
Beautiful Maia…..love the photo…….restful and not a care in the world.
FRANCINE FORD saysNovember 16, 2020 at 10:57 am
I’m so happy to hear this news. I posted here yesterday very soon after I got your Ellie news, but my post never showed up. It’s happened many times before & I chalked it up to glitches in my phone or on the way your computer picks up (or not) on certain things. But I never read a listing of yours about these BEAUTIFUL Golden Girls without saying anything. This wonderful news is no exception. I ❤❤❤reading about all the goings on over in Brazil. Please let me know if there is anything possible that I can do to let y’all know I’m seeing your postings & responding to all you share. So appreciative am I to your news, I usually post back within a few hours if reading. Loving Maia’s sweet, fuzzy head.
EleComposer saysNovember 16, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Hi Francine, thanks so much for your Comment. We do know that some Comments get caught in the Spam Filter due to the number of emoticons included. We have no control over the Filter, but it does seem that if you keep them to 10 or under, that you should be fine. Hopefully, that helps! Thank you for being here and for your support and care for the elephants; it is truly appreciated!
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