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.