Mara continues on her upward trajectory of healing since her bout of gastrointestinal issues and bloating a couple of weeks ago. Knowing how these episodes can repeat themselves, and healing takes its own path, we are happy with how Mara has been these past days. Although she looks good, we cannot become complacent in our care and evaluations of her health.
She continues to receive a variety of medications, from traditional to integrated, and her diet is weighed out and tracked, along with any shifts in behaviors. She is eating hay and grazing very well, which is the most important part of any captive elephant’s diet. Ideally, elephants should process food in constant movement through their system.
Though she continues to be picky, that is the Mara we have always known and can work with. Her specific and somewhat demanding side is something that is quite charming and lets us know she is doing okay. Yesterday afternoon, Guilherme called Mateus on the radio and you could hear Mara requesting faster delivery of her food. Although Mateus was still offering her food while talking, apparently it wasn’t quick enough. And how can you not smile about that?
Just after dinner the other night, we were out by the three, planning an up-and-coming project. It was one of those moments that erased all of the other nonsense of the day and everything felt right. Whether it was that magical pre-sunset lighting, the beauty of our surroundings, or just the obvious loving bond that Mara, Rana, and Bambi share, we don’t know. But Mara didn’t appear sick or tired, she was radiant, affectionate, a little silly, and it made the rest of the world fade away. We know they won’t live forever, but we also know this home allows them to rediscover pieces of themselves they have been missing for decades.
Photo of Mara with Bambi in the background