Rana and Mara are eating some of their meals in the barn recently. It’s an easy way to separate them to ensure Mara gets all her own food without her food-oriented best friend helping herself, and then we can treat Rana’s eye papilloma while Mara eats at her own pace.
If Bambi is nearby, we will sometimes let Mara and Rana into separate yards after breakfast. Mara will stay by herself, and Bambi is given the opportunity to join Rana, giving Bambi and Rana one on one social time. Mara does not seem to mind these brief separations from Rana.
This time gives Bambi much needed socialization opportunities with another elephant. Bambi brings a significant level of excitement to her interactions with other elephants, which is understandable. The humans find it incredibly charming, but the elephants find it less so. We hope that sharing a space with Rana will help defuse Bambi’s tremendous energy levels to help her have positive social interactions with other elephants. Rana, of course, is excellent with Bambi regardless of Bambi’s manners.
Bambi will frequently make seemingly random noises at seemingly random times. The vocalizations she makes would have significance if another elephant made them. However, they don’t appear to us to have the same meanings to her.
For example, Rana will be relaxed and calm when Bambi suddenly vocalizes as if Rana did something exciting. At times, she will make a noise that an elephant usually makes when another elephant touches them. She will do it after she’s been standing next to someone for several minutes, without any observed changes in behavior or posturing.
Elephants sometimes urinate when they’re excited or during greetings, but Bambi does not seem to understand the difference between that and an elephant urinating normally. If Rana urinates when they are sharing space, Bambi will become very excited and respond with excited urination.
Bambi continues to be very energetic and animated while sharing space with other elephants. She zooms around with enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Rana continues to be a rockstar and remains calm and patient. She seems content spending time together and doesn’t seem phased or concerned by Bambi, regardless of Bambi’s speed. Bambi’s excitement appears to be incredibly innocent, so it’s encouraging to see Rana be so accepting of Bambi for who she is.
Photo of Rana.