Morning Snack With Rana

People sometimes think elephants are indiscriminate eaters, but that is rarely the case. With the little ‘fingers’ on the end of their trunks, they will pick individual berries from a bush. Elephants like Guida will eat single leaves and sift through saplings for the perfect section of vines.

Rana comes in once a day so we can treat her vulva (an issue she arrived with), and when she does, we offer her a bite to eat. This video shows her technique when it comes to eating banana leaves. Many elephants will strip larger leaves this way, although they will then also eat the stalk.

January 23, 2019


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    Kelejan says

    I love watching these little incidents with the elephants.

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    Susan says

    Amazing dexterity! Holding the end with her foot too. Love it!

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    Sherry says

    I love watching too! Thank you sanctuary for sharing and I am learning a lot!

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    John says

    Oh my! This video leaves me wondering – is this instinct or intelligence or both at work? Just beautiful to see Rana do this.

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