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Mara’s Mud Pond Modifications

Mara and Bambi continue to have a strong bond and spend most of their time together these days. Rana is frequently with them as well, but she enjoys taking breaks to do her own thing. When wandering, she usually remains in the area, just a little farther away.

We are seeing some modifications to the pond in Yard 4, courtesy of Mara. There is a shelf area that she has been making larger and larger by playing in the mud. The girls have now created an entire wading pool on the side that is large enough for all three elephants to fit. Mara and Bambi both seem to have decided that this corner is the best place to hang out. They spend so much time standing in the wading area that there is no longer any grass growing near it. When they want to graze, they now need to leave the pond and take a few steps to get a snack.

The area seems to work well for them. We still haven’t seen Bambi go deep in the pond, but the shelf gives her a nice, shallow place to hang out while Mara and Rana swim.

Photo of Mara exiting “her shelf” to stand next to Rana. If you look closely, you can see Bambi in the background between them.

Comments(17)

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    Cintia Abney says

    Is it Mara who likes to make mud balls?
    Very happy for them.. and Rana just chilling, free time to hang out with Maia is she wants

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      sara says

      Yes – Mara is our mud ball girl. Good memory!

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    So much joy

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    Kelejan says

    What a sweet photo that is.

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    Julie says

    Ohhh. Thank you for the nice snippet of sanctuary life. I adore the photo. Is it Mara on the left and Bambi on the right?

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      sara says

      The photo shows Mara exiting “her shelf” to stand next to Rana. If you look closely, you can see Bambi in the background between them.

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    John says

    It’s wonderful to see them enjoying their new lives!

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    Sallee Kelly says

    How did donations go for “Happy Melon Monday” a week or so back??? I hope fantastic!

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      sara says

      We had a wonderful response! Thank you to all that helped Mara. We hope it will help us get her appetite up.

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    Linda says

    Mara and Bambi doing some landscaping 😀

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    Nancy Shaw says

    Yeah, I like wading pools or sprinklers !

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    Deb says

    Are Rana and Mara not as tight as they were?

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      sara says

      Rana and Mara still have a strong relationship. Adding Bambi to the mix has just made them a tighter group.

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    Katie Howard says

    This seems just about perfect! ❤️

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    Terry Feleppa says

    I think they built it intentionally for Bambi to feel safe and give her the peace of mind to venture a little deeper!

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    SHEILA says

    YES, DOES MARA STIIL MAKE MUD BALLS AND PRESS THEM ON HER BODY❓ MY GOODNESS THAT WAS VERY FUNNY TO SEE😄🤣. GREAT BAMBI IS ENJOYING MARA RANA! NICE ALSO FOR RANA TO GET AWAY ABIT! I THINK THIS BERY WISE MATRIARCH IS BONDING MARA AND BAMBI FOR A GREAT FOREVER RELATIONSHIP LONG AFTER RANA IS HERE! ( GOD FORBID SHE DESERVES 10 MORE YRS).
    WELL THESE GALS ARE VERY CREATIVE WITH ENVIRONMENT! I GUESS THEY FELT IT DIDNT HURT TO EXTEND THE POND FOR 3 LADIES TO BE IN POND ALL AT ONCE👍‼️ GREAT THEY R ENJOYING THAT POND! HOPE BIG BAMBI GOES IN THE WATER AND ENJOYS A SOAKING! IM SURE SHE WILL IF MARA AND RANA ENCOURAGE HER👍SO WONDERFUL THIS THREESOME DOES SO WELL WITH EACH OTHER❤️🐘🐘🐘❤️

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    carey says

    Gorgeous photo and story, thank you 😊

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