Lovely Miss Maia coming for dinner. You can see she eats her veggies first, although it’s hard to tell which one. Pumpkin looks to be second and grain goes in on the third mouthful. It’s the grass eating that is mesmerizing. She takes big bites, but you can see she goes through the motions as if she pulled it herself. She hits it on the ground and her body to get off all the dirt, then she puts in in her mouth and pulls at the ends to pull off the roots (which don’t exist in this case) and then uses her tongue to fold it over to fit nicely into her mouth. An art all unto itself.
At this point, all of the ladies get two supplemental meals a day. They receive grain mixed with molasses, vitamins and some supplements, vegetables, and grass. The food itself isn’t needed, but it acts as a vehicle for supplementation and to check in on them, their chewing and their appetite.
You may wonder why the grass? We cut it daily just in case they come in for breakfast, but right now they haven’t been, so they get the grass with dinner. It’s good for fire prevention to cut along the habitat fence lines anyway and much healthier and less fattening than hay.
March 16, 2019
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