Mara is eating substantially faster lately, compared to the days when she was feeling more discomfort. For a while, she came back to the barn most evenings for her night feed. Rana and Bambi could hear the four-wheeler coming down the hill at around 10:00 p.m. (22h) and would start heading that way as well. Recently, they’ve all been a little more intermittent with how frequently they show up. We suspected Mara likes coming to the barn because she is fed in the medical chute while the others eat in the yard. She can eat at her own pace without her friends hovering, ready to “help” or look for leftovers.
Previously, it took Mara around an hour and a half for her to eat her meal at night, but now that she is eating at a more normal, healthy rate, it’s faster. She is eating quickly enough that Rana doesn’t always accompany Mara and Bambi to the barn. Rana is a bit lazy sometimes. If Bambi calls for her, she will still come (most of the time), but more and more frequently, Rana decides to wait where she is for the others to return. We like to allow the elephants to choose where they spend their time, so on the nights Rana doesn’t come, we still find her and share some food with her.
On a recent night, when we went to find Rana, she was hanging out in Yard 4 near the water trough shared with Yard 3. Lady was nearby. The two were on opposite sides of the fence, but still spending time together. We aren’t sure what happened before or after Mara and Bambi went to the barn. Regardless, it’s nice that the two chose to spend some time together, with Lady being social in her own way.
Photo of Rana