When Mara first arrived, she was a little nervous about birds as well as wildlife in general. After decades in a sterile zoo enclosure, she wasn’t used to other animals moving in and out of her space so freely. She also wasn’t used to moving in and out of their space either.
In a few of our early videos with her, you could see her running at the birds to scare them off. This behavior is somewhat typical for new arrivals. What was different with Mara is that she would also run away from them at times, something we’ve never seen in any of the other girls.
Someone asked the other day how she felt about birds after a few weeks here, and we wanted to do a post about it. We filmed these videos at dinner on two different nights and they show how much of a non-issue the birds are now. She is entirely comfortable with them around her. These specific birds (anis) like to eat the bugs that come out of the grass as the elephants move, so the girls seem to learn to appreciate their company.
Mara is becoming so much more confident in general, and we couldn’t be more proud!
There are a few different clips in the video. In every clip, Mara is the closer elephant, and, of course, the elephant by her side is Rana.