Bambi has been enjoying mornings with Rana the past few days.
After everyone finishes breakfast, we open up for the two to share space while Mara gets her second breakfast. This scenario allows Mara to enjoy her bonus breakfast at her leisure, without a best friend to “help” her eat it. It enables Bambi and Rana to spend time together while Mara is occupied elsewhere. It’s been happening most mornings, and it seems to benefit everyone.
It is slowing Bambi’s excitement level a bit to share space with another elephant every day. She still makes all of her excited noises, but Rana just takes it in stride, and Bambi quickly calms down.
Rana, of course, is pretty much the perfect elephant for this. When Bambi spent time with Mara, there seemed to be constant vocalizing, touching, and excitement. When Rana and Bambi share space, there’s a lot more quiet time, but in a sweet way. It reminds us of hanging out with an old friend when you can sit in silence and simply enjoy each other’s company. They will quietly graze with their rears touching. It has the feeling of “just be.” Bambi still is obvious in her preference of Mara to Rana. While Mara is certainly teaching Bambi about etiquette, Rana is teaching Bambi some important lessons too. Rana seems to be teaching Bambi emotional balance and growing as part of a herd.
Rana also is incredibly patient. Bambi can touch her and be a little bit of the “annoying little sister” without Rana seeming to mind. She is the most grounded, tolerant, and patient elephant here. She seems to accept each elephant for who they are, without expectations, and Bambi relaxes around her.