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Mara and Bambi Together Again

We opened up Yard 4 for Bambi while Mara was in the back of the yard, near the mud wallow.

As many of you may recall, Bambi and Mara did fantastic sharing space at first, but then Mara began acting out toward Bambi. In response, we separated the two. They got along very well along fences, so we’ve tried allowing them to share space again twice, but, each time, Mara would act out toward Bambi.  They’ve had more physical space. Additionally, we’ve given Bambi a lot of time with Rana to help Bambi learn basic socialization skills.  We wanted to try to two together in a larger yard, hoping that, with more space, Mara would behave more appropriately.

We hung out near Mara so that we could observe the two together.  In a little under an hour of being in Yard 4, Bambi saw Mara at the mud wallow.  There was a big trumpet and rumble fest, and, once they settled down, they were both very calm and relaxed. They gave themselves a nice coating of mud, and it seemed to go well.  Rana was near the barn during their meeting but has access to Yard 4, so the three may meet up at some point.

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    Bobi StaySee says

    Whew. Third times’ charming.

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    Sue says

    Such wonderful news, I hope they can continue growing their friendship! Hopefully Mara is, or will be, felling better, it is just not fun when you are not feeling well. Sending love and hugs to all!! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Cintia Abney says

    So nice to see the three together! Hopefully Bambi is more settled now and Mara feeling better (healing stuff on the way soon)

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    Katie Howard says

    This is wonderful news! Maybe Mara is feeling a little better? Or Bambi has been more appropriately socialized by Rana? Or a little of both? Or something ‘unknowable’ to us mere mortals. Whatever! It is fantastic!

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    Kelejan says

    Thank you GES for always keeping us in the loop about about how each elephant develops with each other. You teach us that one cannot dump elephants in a space together and expect instant friendship. I often think of own relationship with my own circle of cohorts and it is amazing how alike our lives are, female elephants and female humans. I have no doubt it will be just the same when we get the males together some day in the future.

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    Lori Hoover says

    I’ll have my fingers crossed for all the girls.

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    SHEILA says

    AAAHHH!!! THANK YOU FOR GREAT UPDATE.👍. SO WONDERFUL THAT BAMBI GETS TO BE WITH MARA🐘 AND RANA AGAIN! BAMBI DOES GET ALONG WITH 🐘MAIA I BELIEVE SO THIS WILL BE SO WONDERFUL!! SO GLAD FOR BIG 🐘BAMBI! SHE LIKELY DID GET SOME COACHING FROM ❤️MZ RANA🐘WE CAN ONLY ASSUME! BECAUSE HER BEHAVIORS R CHANGING! I THINK BAMBI WILL FOREVER BE AN EXTROVERT LADY IN MANY WAYS!! HOWEVER SHE SO LOVELY SHE MEANS NO 🚫HARM. THANK U FOLKS FOR YOUR INTEGRATING PROGRAM WITH THE 4 GIRLS! NOW ITS JUST LIL 🐘LADY REMAINING! BUT SHES GETTING CLOSER I PRAY EVERY DAY WATCH THE OTHER LADIES ALOT! WHICH IS GOOD FOR HER🙏

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    bo says

    Elephantastic!!

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    Sallie says

    THINGS HAPPEN. SOMETIMES FOR A GOOD REASON. AND MARA & BAMBI WORKED IT OUT JUST FINE! GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS! THEY EACH JUST NEED A LITTLE MORE TIME GETTING USED TO EACH OTHER.

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    Carey says

    Well done ! That’s good to hear. I love hearing about their rumble tests! thank you for your update

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    Rosie P says

    I hope this could mean that Mara is feeling better. Rana appears to be a calming influence on her sisters so maybe things are beginning to work out for Bambi and Mara……..I very much hope Mara’s health issues have settled now as Bambi wants and needs this close friendship.

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    FRANCINE FORD says

    Thank you for sharing this great news with us. It’s always wonderfully educational for me who now knows more about elephants than I ever thought I could. I share your website & videos with my FB friends in the hopes that they too can read & see all about your beauties; The 5 GGs(Golden Girls). Thank you again!
    ❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘

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