Mara is falling back into what was her norm behaviorally, emotionally, and food-wise before having her gas episode and lying down into the morning (last week).
We, of course, are still monitoring her closely, and continuing her medications and specialized treatment. Everything else here is a bit status quo, and that is definitely not a complaint.
Her least favorite meal of the day has always been breakfast, although she’s ready for a decent-sized snack a couple of hours later. She still eats a good quantity of food, but leans towards her favorites and rejects some of her vegetables, which she tosses to the side for Bambi or Rana. She also seems the most tired around breakfast time. Today, mid breakfast, there was a clear shift in how awake she was, brightening up significantly part of the way through eating. One of the elephant veterinary experts we work with in Asia said this is something they see commonly in geriatric elephants in the morning.
Her hay consumption is better now than it was a couple of months ago and that is definitely a welcome change. She has always eaten her hay, but the size of the bites varies. If she’s not feeling that hungry, she takes little dainty bites. Right now she is taking what would be considered “normal” sized bites, and even carrying her hay away with her – away from Bambi and Rana, who have their own piles of hay.
Late-night feed, about 10 pm, still seems like her favorite time of the day, both in her mood, energy, and appetite. It is often when all three girls are most vocal as well. In the evenings, Mara sucks down her food, eats everything we offer (although sometimes it is favorites first), and generally doesn’t share anything with Bambi and Rana. Although nature provides most of the diet for the elephants, and Mara does graze throughout the day, we need to check in on her more often because of her gastrointestinal issues and make sure she is eating well and her system is moving along as an elephant’s should. So she will continue to receive her three larger meals and two smaller meals for as long as needed.
Since Mara is a little more stable, dedicated updates about her health will become more infrequent. No news is good news. So we hope you won’t get as many updates on Mara’s health as we’ve been doing. We’ll continue to post smaller updates in the comments section of Facebook posts and little add-ons to the blogs, so people don’t need to ask “How is Mara doing?” each day. And this will allow us to get back to discussing the other girls as well and life at the sanctuary.
Thank you all for your support during this last episode, for all of the prayers and good vibes that were sent Mara’s way, and for trusting in the dedicated care that Mara receives here at the sanctuary and from experts around the world.