This week, we were able to weigh the girls as part of their normal check-ups. We admit that we were slightly concerned that one of our “healthier” girls might have put on some pounds they didn’t need, but were relieved to find that was not the case. Rana remains in a good range with no weight gain of note.
Mara and Bambi, who we have been monitoring more closely, both gained weight. At this point, Bambi is at nearly optimal weight and we don’t feel that she needs to be checked as often as before. As we have learned, Bambi’s desire for food has only grown since she arrived at sanctuary and, in fact, she has become sneakier in her methods of getting more to eat.
Because Mara prefers to eat dinner in the chute on many evenings, she doesn’t need to have discussions with her sisters about whether they’ll attempt to share her food. . Also, the fact that evening meals are a social activity for Mara, Rana, and Bambi means we don’t have to go looking for Mara at dinner too often. Mara has shown a significant interest in eating more hay lately, which is wonderful. Hay is more similar to what she would find in nature and helps her put on more calories than fruits and vegetables. Because it is the dry season, there is less of the perfect green grass the elephants are used to grazing on – so hay is the next best thing for her. She continues to get her vitamins and medicine so, all in all, the whole herd here in Brazil is headed in the right direction.
Photo of Mara enjoying some blooms this week