Maia is No Longer Our Fastest Elephant. Guess Who Is!

We’ve had many requests for a video comparing Bambi’s walking speed to our other elephants. Before Bambi’s arrival, Maia was our fastest elephant. We recently tried to film Bambi and Maia walking on opposite sides of the fence to demonstrate their different speeds.

It wasn’t very successful, so we tried again. As you can see, it still did not give us quite what you – or we – were envisioning. At least the video demonstrates just how much faster Bambi is, and we hope it makes you smile as well!

Happy Sunday.

December 6, 2020


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    Deb Moore says

    HA, Bambi kind of strides like an African. Love her !! Speed demon !

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    Meredith Leonard says


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    Sallie says

    RATS! I was hoping for a competitive “speed walk” sprint! Starting line and Finish line treats might help or a carrot on a stick might get them moving in sync. But then they would expect it every 5 minutes or stay at their own speeds . . . This vid was a witness to: “Today I will only go at my own speed, so I can eyeball the yard and plan my day . . . Whatever, let Bambi do her own thing! (Bet something interesting caught her attention, and she will tell me about it!) Hasta la vista!

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    Joy Taylor says

    Bambi is full speed to see all she can (and eat) in her wonderful new environment.

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    John says

    Oh don’t worry. It made me smile!!! Thanks you guys!!!

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    Julie says

    Oh yes. Bambi is very speedy. She’s a good mover. I love that she now has room to stretch out and go! Thank you ESB.

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    Nicole says

    Love it! Thank you so much! I think Bambi is so much happier here.

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    bo says

    This, secretly, just makes me think they are having a friendly race against each other, just for fun and they made up this important rule:
    No losers, we’re all equal and all winners!

    They won a ticket to the best place they could be at thanks to their ‘team animal/elephant lovers’!

    Love Bambi’s body language!
    Thanks for this video.

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    Did Bambi have a head start? 🙂

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    pam lewis says

    Huge smile, thank you!

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    Bonnie says

    Thanks for the video Bambi ok I win Maia I’ll be there when I get there no hurry so cute

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    Wim says

    Love this video. Must be a good sign to be ‘running’ all of the time. Amazing though how they move swiftly. ???

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    Kelejan says

    They ALWAYS make me smile, however fast of slowly they walk. At least they are no being prodded with bullhooks.

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    Kristina says

    Goodness, Maia looks downright slow compared to Bambi!

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    Ms Bambtastic is a sprinter. She walks more like an African than an Asian Ellie. Not surprising as Ethiopian runners have been known to win marathons.

    Ms Maia likes to take her time. As one of my Auntie’s would call it, Ms Maia likes to “lollygag”. Nothing wrong with that, in Sanctuary EVERYONE’S a winner.

    This made me smile, thank you.

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    Rosie P says

    Oh, I loved this video! Gosh, Bambi is fast! Is this the same ellie we saw at the zoo???? LOL! I think she’s got a new name….Speedy Gonzales!

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